MOLLEPATA 90 kilometers from Cusco is Mollepata, one of the districts of the province of Anta. Before arriving at this destination, the towns of Anta, Ancahuasi and Limatambo, of the Cusco Abancay highway, territory where the Incas had to fight boldly against the hardened Chancas that fought for the supreme power but, finally, were defeated by hands who would forge the destiny of the Inca Empire: Pachacútec.
SALKANTAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 7 Days
SALKANTAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu the Path to Machu Picchu where you feel as the only one hiking through the Peruvian andean’s
Is wonderful route which mixes the typical Andean landscapes .
with the remote and mysterious Inca trails.
This trail offers marvelous views and experiences that for sure will remain very deep in your heart and mind.
Less concurred than the popular Inca Trail, along the route we can appreciate a progression of diverse ecological peaks,
tropical sites, glacier peaks, in the path to arrive to the lost Inca city: Machu Picchu
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Welcome to the Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu a combination of the Salkantay Trek with the best trek in South America, (Inca Trail) where you will have an experience of contact with nature between mountains and valleys full of mysticism adorning our landscapes the beautiful orchids and Inca buildings that teach us to respect and protect the environment in which we live, at night accompanied by an open sky with millions of stars and our Andean cosmovicion that will not go unnoticed during this journey full of Andean singing
SALKANTAY – INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU USEFUL INFORMATION
DURATION: 7 days / 6 nights.
SEASON: From January / to December 2018 (Not available on February)
DEPARTURE: Daily subject to availability
GUIDE SERVICE: Group
RETURN : Returning train (tourist class)
Salkantay Inca Trail: Cusco – Mollepata – Markokasa. Day 1:
Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
Starting Elevation – 3350 meters ASL / 10990 feet ASL
Highest Elevation – 4600 meters ASL / 15091 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation – 3920 meters ASL / 12861 feet ASL
Meals: Lunch and Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Salkantay Inca Trail: Markokasa – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pampa. Day 2:
Walking Distance – 13km / 8 miles
Highest Elevation – 4000 meters ASL / 13123 feet ASL
Meals: Lunch and Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea time)
Salkantay Inca Trail: Incachiriasca Step – Sisay Pampa.
Walking Distance: – 14km / 8.7 miles
Highest Elevation: – 5000 meters ASL / 16404 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation: – 3750 meters ASL / 12303 feet ASL
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea time)
Salkantay Inca Trail: Sisaypampa – Channel Inca – Paucarcancha.
Walking Distance: – 14 km / 8.7 miles
Campsite Elevation: – 3000 meters ASL / 9842 feet ASL
Maximum Altitude: – 3750 meters ASL / 12303 feet ASL
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea time)
Salkantay Inca Trail: Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu.
Maximum Altitude: 4200 meters ASL / 13776 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation – 3400 meters ASL / 11154 feet ASL
Distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
Weather: You will experience the 4 seasons all in just one day
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Salkantay Inca Trail: Sayacmarca – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna Day 6: Distance: 16 km
Campsite Elevation – 2600 meters ASL / 8530 feet ASL
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Salkantay Inca Trail: Intipunku – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Day 7:Distance: The shortest distance between Cusco and Machu Picchu is 72.64 km. Driving route: 231.39 km (3h 20min)
The shortest route between Cusco and Machu-Picchu is 231.39 km according to the route planner. The journey time is approximately 3h 20min. The
Before taking this tour you must know about the new regulations created to minimize impact on the fragile environment of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, now days only 500 people in total including guides, cooks and porters on the classic Inca Trail, the shorter Inca Trail and the Salkantay trek 7 days are allow to enter in Machu Picchu though the Inca trail daily.
We advise you to book early (at least 8 months days in advance is recommended) to secure your spot.
On the other hand, you must have the following information to reserve as in your passport and from each participant in your group:
Trek departure date:
Prior arrival date in Cusco
Name (as in your passport)
Special Food Requirement
Gender: Male / Female
Student with ISIC card: No / Yes
Accommodation in Cusco (Address and Phone Number)
What You Need on your Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
You should bring your original passport (International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
Waterproof jacket/rain jacket
Warm jacket, hat and gloves
Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
Water for the first day, but on the way it is possible to buy bottles of water from local families.
Camera and films
Extras for your Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Walking sticks ( $ for a pair of sticks)
Extra porter for personal items ($ for 7 Kilos – max. 7 Kilos)
Upgrade to Single room in Aguas Calientes (35$)
Upgrade to Vistadome train (80$ )
We can help you to book hotels (standard and luxury) in whole Peru.
We also recommend you read the following Inca Trail topics
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. meeting at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
- Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek).
- Experienced Guide: English speaking professional and official tour guide.
- Entrance fee Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
- Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
- Foam mats or sleeping pads: to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
- Accommodation: 6 nights in tent
- 1 Duffle Bag: Where you can put your personal belongings (7 kilograms = 15 lbs) which includes your sleeping bag.
- Porters: We include your personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel with your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing the night before and this should be filled with the things you need for night and the next day. You will not have access to your duffel until your evening campsite.
- Trekking Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
- Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 dinners and Snacks (Vegetarian, vegan or special menus are available at no extra cost)
- Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
- Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
- Daily snacks – Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
- One textile snack bag per person: to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
- Water grooming: Each morning warm water with towel
- 1 Blanket or Liner
- 1 Pillow per person
- Medical kit: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service at 18:20 hrs)
- Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco(Day 7)
- 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
- Light-Weight plastic rain poncho
- We will create a the trip of a Memorable Lifetime Experience for you.
- We are Direct operators & local owners with the best trekking team on the hike
- Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail (S/.10 per person)
- Sleeping Bags: (you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
- Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
- Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
- Personal clothing and gear.
- Travel insurance.
- Tips for our staff: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
- Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
- Moderate Salkantay Inca Trail: Cusco - Mollepata - Markokasa. Day 1
First Day on Salkantay Inca Trail: Cusco – Mollepata – Markokasa.
Transfer from Cusco to Mollepata. We`ll start the ramble joining to a very experienced bilingual guide. Our baggage will be carried by mules. We`ll have some emergency horses too, as far as Markokasa, the place where we`ll set up our first camping (lunch, afternoon snack and dinner).
- Moderate Salkantay Inca Trail: Markokasa - Soraypampa - Salkantay Pampa. Day 2
Second Day on Salkantay Inca Trail: Markokasa – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pampa.
We`ll climb slowly to the Markokasa Passage (3650 m.a.s.l.) followed by beautiful landscapes until the Humantay viewpoint (5917 m.a.s.l.). Then we`ll get along to the Salkantay ravine where we`ll set up our second camp. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Moderate Salkantay Inca Trail: Incachiriasca Step - Sisay Pampa. Day 3
Third Day on Salkantay Inca Trail: Incachiriasca Step – Sisay Pampa.
Today we`ll start our ramble watching exceptional and breathtaking views of the Salkantay snow-capped mountain (6271 m.a.s.l.), as we climb to the Inca chiriasca Passage (4880 m.a.s.l.). This beautiful mountain certainly will amaze us. Later we`ll descend to the Sisaypampa Passage,, where we`ll set up the tents having the majestic Salkantay as a crown. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Moderate Salkantay Inca Trail: Sisaypampa - Channel Inca - Paucarcancha. Day 4
Fourth Day on Salkantay Inca Trail: Sisaypampa – Channel Inca – Paucarcancha.
After a healthy breakfast, we`ll get along the ramble towards the Pampacahua valley, where we will find the remains of an Inca channel. Then we descend to the archeological complex of Paucarcancha. Camping after the visit. (breakfast, lunch, dinner).Third Day on Salkantay Inca Trail: Incachiriasca Step – Sisay Pampa.
Today we`ll start our ramble watching exceptional and breathtaking views of the Salkantay snow-capped mountain (6271 m.a.s.l.), as we climb to the Inca chiriasca Passage (4880 m.a.s.l.). This beautiful mountain certainly will amaze us. Later we`ll descend to the Sisaypampa Passage,, where we`ll set up the tents having the majestic Salkantay as a crown. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Moderate Salkantay Inca Trail: Paucarcancha - Huayllabamba - Pacaymayu. Day 5
Fifth Day on Salkantay Inca Trail: Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu.
We`ll undertake very early in the morning our ramble to Huayllabamba (3000 m.a.s.l.). In this place we will climb to the Warmihuañusca Passage, from where we can see the great design of the Inca trail all the way long, descending to the Pacaymayo valley where we`ll set up our next campsite (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
- Moderate Salkantay Inca Trail: Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna. Day 6
Sixth Day on Salkantay Inca Trail: Sayacmarca – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
This one is the most special day compared to the previous ones. We`ll be watching spectacular landscapes and will be visiting archeological sites like the Sayacmarca, Concahamarcay and the Phuyupatamarca. Finally, we will descend to the striking Wiñaywayna where we`ll set up our last campsite.
- Moderate Salkantay Inca Trail: Intipunku - Machu Picchu - Cusco. Day 7
Seventh Day on Salkantay Inca Trail: Intipunku – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Very early in the morning we`ll start our ramble to arrive at the Intipunku (Sun`s Gate) and there we can have the first impressing and unforgettable view of the magnificent Machupicchu (2475 m.a.s.l.). Then we will descend in our excursion, guided towards the beautiful Inca citadel. In the afternoon we will return to Cusco by train. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast).
Markokasa Markokasa campsite between mollepata and soraypampa used by the operators of the route salkantay Inca road to Machu Picchu (Markoska, the place where we`ll set up our first camping Picchu Machu)
SORAYPAMPA Salkantay camp used by the Tour Operator of the salkantay route (Campsite Elevation Soraypampa 3850 meters / 12631ft)
Soraypampa soraypampa the best known camp used by the Tour Operator of the salkantay route (Campsite Elevation Soraypampa 3850 meters / 12631ft)
SALKANTAYPAMPA-SALKANTAY Salkantaypampa this cmpamento is located before the Salkantay pass, and has an elevation of 4150 meters above sea level
Salkantaypampa Salkantaypampa this cmpamento is located before the Salkantay pass, and has an elevation of 4150 meters above sea level
Inca Chiriasca pass Inca Chiriasca is one of the obligatory steps in the hike for the connection to the Inca road to Machu Picchu (Inca Chiriasca Pass 4880 a.m.)
Inca Chiriasca is one of the obligatory steps in the hike for the connection to the Inca road to Machu Picchu (Inca Chiriasca Pass 4880 a.m.)
Campsite Sisay Pampa-Salkantay Campsite Sisay Pampa. Between incachiriasca step and canal inca generally the third day in the Salkantay Inca Yrail tour to Macu Picchu
Sisay Pampa Campsite Sisay Pampa. Between incachiriasca step and canal inca generally the third day in the Salkantay Inca Yrail tour to Macu Picchu
Inca-channel-Salkantay Inca Channel, in hydraulic engineering the Incas were experts and at the end of the empire they had many works, in this route we went through one of these channels
Inca Channel Inca Channel, in hydraulic engineering the Incas were experts and at the end of the empire they had many works, in this route we went through one of these channels
Paucarcancha Inca Trail El complejo arqueológico de Paucarcancha es uno de los atractivos turísticos que pertenecen al distrito de Ollantaytambo, la comunidad de Qhesqa, en la provincia de Urubamba, Cusco. Este lugar se divide en dos etapas: la primera es el espacio agrícola y se puede ver el hermoso paisaje y también el llamado Andenes (Plataformas), la otra parte del área se subdivide en muchas secciones, el primero de todos es un patio trasero , luego hay algún tipo de campo, además de la plaza principal del circuito, el último muestra 2 habitaciones y otro patio trasero, donde se pueden apreciar muchos campos de incas, este último se encuentra en una colina elevada. Las estructuras donde vivía la gente tienen forma rectangular y tienen paredes inclinadas, típicas de las construcciones incas.
Paucarcancha El complejo arqueológico de Paucarcancha es uno de los atractivos turísticos que pertenecen al distrito de Ollantaytambo, la comunidad de Qhesqa, en la provincia de Urubamba, Cusco. Este lugar se divide en dos etapas: la primera es el espacio agrícola y se puede ver el hermoso paisaje y también el llamado Andenes (Plataformas), la otra parte del área se subdivide en muchas secciones, el primero de todos es un patio trasero , luego hay algún tipo de campo, además de la plaza principal del circuito, el último muestra 2 habitaciones y otro patio trasero, donde se pueden apreciar muchos campos de incas, este último se encuentra en una colina elevada. Las estructuras donde vivía la gente tienen forma rectangular y tienen paredes inclinadas, típicas de las construcciones incas.
Huayllabamba-Inca Trail Huayllabamba is the first place of camping in the classic Inca road. Generally the third day in the Salkantay Inca Trail tour to Macu Picchu, Huayllabamba elvation (3000 m.a.s.l.)
Huayllabamba Huayllabamba is the first place of camping in the classic Inca road. Generally the third day in the Salkantay Inca Trail tour to Macu Picchu, Huayllabamba elvation (3000 m.a.s.l.)
Pacaymayo-inca trail Camping Pacaymayo, in the valley of the same name in which the Archaeological Zone of Pacaymayo is located which is a prehistoric archaeological site Location: Peru, South America Latitude: 13 ° 12 '16 "(13.2044 °) south Length: 72 ° 28 '28 "(72.4744 °) west Elevation: 2,458 meters (8,064 feet)
Pacaymayo Camping Pacaymayo, in the valley of the same name in which the Archaeological Zone of Pacaymayo is located which is a prehistoric archaeological site Location: Peru, South America Latitude: 13 ° 12 '16 "(13.2044 °) south Length: 72 ° 28 '28 "(72.4744 °) west Elevation: 2,458 meters (8,064 feet)
Sayacmarka-Inca Trail Sayacmarca is an archaeological site located on the Inca Trail. It is located on a summit at 3,600 meters. It is divided into two parts: ceremonial and residential. The site presents a door and staircase, as well as an irrigation system through the channels that supply the houses. The complex was discovered in 1915 when Bingham made expeditions, naming it to Cedrobamba. Later it was changed to Sayacmarca.
Sayacmarca Sayacmarca is an archaeological site located on the Inca Trail. It is located on a summit at 3,600 meters. It is divided into two parts: ceremonial and residential. The site presents a door and staircase, as well as an irrigation system through the channels that supply the houses. The complex was discovered in 1915 when Bingham made expeditions, naming it to Cedrobamba. Later it was changed to Sayacmarca.
Puyupatamarca-Inca Trail Puyupatamarca (city above the clouds) Puyupatamarca is an Inca archaeological site located on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is located on the Urubamba Valley. It has a complex system of water sources, in addition to terraces, stairways and enclosures
Puyupatamarca Puyupatamarca (city above the clouds) Puyupatamarca is an Inca archaeological site located on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is located on the Urubamba Valley. It has a complex system of water sources, in addition to terraces, stairways and enclosures
winaywayna-inca trail Wiñay Wayna (2650 m.s.n.m) (Quechua for "forever young", hispanicized spelling Huiñay Huayna) is an Inca ruin along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. The site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures. Above and below the houses of the people built areas of agricultural terraces or platforms, which are still visible. A campsite for hikers with the same name is located in the vicinity and is usually used as the last overnight camping site for hikers undertaking the classical Inca Trai
Wiñay Wayna Wiñay Wayna (2650 m.s.n.m) (Quechua for "forever young", hispanicized spelling Huiñay Huayna) is an Inca ruin along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. The site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures. Above and below the houses of the people built areas of agricultural terraces or platforms, which are still visible. A campsite for hikers with the same name is located in the vicinity and is usually used as the last overnight camping site for hikers undertaking the classical Inca Trai
picchu machu is machu picchu tour operator Machu Picchu was an Incan retreat for its emperor. Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes and overlooks the Urubamba River hundreds of feet below.
Description of Machu Picchu Machu Picchu was an Incan retreat for its emperor. Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes and overlooks the Urubamba River hundreds of feet below.
Puma City Cuzco had the figure of a majestic puma that reclined on the dry bed of the ancient Inkill lake. Its stone head rested on the hill of the falcons and was formed by the Saccsayhuaman fortress. His sharp fangs at the point of the spear made the battle-like relief of the first wall of the square and his flashing pupils were the towers covered with gold plates that shone in the sun. On its gigantic back runs until today the Tullumayu, called "river of bones" because it wetted the vertebrae of the god, whose plush claws closed on another millennial river, the Saphi "root of springs". Its tail ended in a street that still retains its old Indian name, Pumaq suck (tail of the puma).
Salkantay Inca Trail Accommodation
Salkantay Inca Trail Accommodation in personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
the transfer, assembled and disassembled quadruple tent, mats the transfer, assembled and disassembled of bath tent, portable biodegradable bath (friendly with the environment), the transfer, assembled and disassembled of dining tent, benches and table
We highly recommend that travelers bring one or two large Nalgene bottles to use
The Inca Trail is the name given to a pedestrian route, built in times of the Tawantinsuyo Empire, a path that leads to the Machu Picchu citadel. This path starts in the km.82 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railway, ending in this citadel discovered in 1911.
Inca Trail is not the name of a travel agency in particular, though many of these offer various circuits, using this denomination.
Undoubtly it is. This trek is a unique experience in its kind, which mixes the adventure, the History and the mysticism.(regarded among the ten best trekking routes in the world.
No, it isn’t. Unless you are very reckless, it is unlikely that you suffer an accident. On the other hand, any site along the route is suitable to get medical aid. Anyway, if you are a cardiac patient, or you tend to suffer a diabetic crisis, epilepsy, or any other attack, you must be prepared for a well provided attention.
That depends on how accustumed you are to walk or to trek. The most of the route is a permanent downwards and upwards path, but there is not rock climbing or trot on glaciars. Therefore, you do not need to be very experience on trekking. The average height varies from 4200 M.A.S.L. on the upwards in the first stage, and 3500 in the second. On arriving at the Machu Picchu, the height is about 3200 and 2500 M.A.S.L.
There is no government restriction on the age limit for the Inca Trail. However as a responsible trekking company Picchu Machu does not accept reservations for children under the age of 6 years old and adults over 66 years old. All children under 18 years old must also be accompanied by an adult. We require that all of our trekkers over 60 years old hire the service of an extra half porter (6kg). Trekkers over 64 years old must also consult with their doctor prior to starting the trek to check that they are suitably fit to participate. They must follow their doctors recommendations even if this means cancelling their trek booking. We also recommend that clients over 60 years old arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior to starting the trek (rather than the usual 2 days). We recommend that all clients over 55 years old should talk to their doctor well in advance about how best to plan for the trek and also to ensure that their travel insurance covers such adventure activities. We do not accept bookings from single trekkers over 60 years old (i.e. trekkers travelling on their own) and group bookings where everyone in the group is over 60 years old.
If, after having made a trek booking with Picchu Machu, you are unfortunate enough to lose your passport you will have to get a replacement passport. After you have received your new passport we will then have to submit an application to the government authorities to update your trek permit with your new passport number. The application can only be made a maximum of 3 working days in advance and we won’t know if the application will be successful until a day or two before trek departure. In order to make an application to update your trek permit we require (1) a photocopy of your old passport and (2) a photocopy of your new passport. The date of issue of the new passport has to be after the date that we bought your trek permit. We will also require a copy of a police report confirming that the passport has been lost or stolen. The police report must include reference to your old passport number. We then have to prepare a formal application to the government authorities. It cannot be guaranteed that the application will be successful so this process should only be used as a last resort. A US$25 administration charge will be made for preparing and submitting the application. If the application is not successful or for any reason we cannot make an application in time then your trek booking will be cancelled and we will not allow you to start the Inca Trail trek. We will not refund your trek deposit. You will not be required to pay the trek balance until we know that the trek application will be successful. If you are not permitted to start the trek your trek booking will be treated as a “cancellation of the trek by the client” (see Inca Trail Terms and Conditions)
All passports are checked at the start of the Inca Trail and if your passport name and number is not the same as the name and passport number on your trek permit then you will not be allowed to start the trek and the guide and tour operator may face penalty charges.
It is possible that the government authorities will only accept the application after they have seen the original new passport and original police report so please make sure that you come to our offices as soon as possible. The government offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays so if you have a trek on a Monday morning then you must try to get to our offices by the Friday so we have time to take the original documents to the government offices. We cannot leave this process until the day of trek departure.
These regulations have been introduced by the government authorities to stop companies inventing list of clients and then changing the details with real clients at the last minute (i.e. it stops companies from blocking spaces). This regulation is very inflexible and strictly enforced.
No, as stated in above, the trek deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit is used to purchase your Inca Trail trek permit and reserve space within the group. After purchasing the permit we cannot change the date of trek departure or change the name or passport number on the trek permit. If you decide to cancel we cannot transfer your trek permit to another client. Government regulations prevent us from filling your cancelled space with another client and the government won’t refund or credit us the cost of the permit. Even if we were happy to pay for another trek permit for a new client we are still not allowed to fill the cancelled space with another person. We just have to depart for the trek with a smaller group which is less economical to run.( For further details about our trek cancellation policy please see Inca Trail Terms and Conditions for more details)
Unfortunately once your reservation is confirmed with the Inca Trail authorities (INC Reservation Office) it is not possible to change or postpone your departure date. You would need to make a new reservation with a new deposit for your new date (this date needs to be one which is at least 5 days before or after your prior departure date). Please note that this is not an agency decision but a local authority regulation.
The new regulation came into force in January 1th 2004. Because of this law, the prices had suffered an increasing. Besides, it limits the number of visitors to this path, and it has established the obligatoriness of going as part of a guided group.
All reservations must be made well in advance (7 and 10month) is recommended especially during the months June, July and August). Earlier is better due to restrictions on the numbers of trekkers permitted on the Inca Trail
As far in advance as possible. The government has strictly limited the number of people allowed on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We therefore recommend that you try to make your Inca trail reservation as far in advance as possible as soon as you know the dates of your international flights (check that your passport isn’t about to expire). The list of available trek spaces is shown on our Inca Trail Prices & Services page and is updated 2 or 3 times a week. As long as dates are shown available then you can make a trek booking. We have included recommendations below, as a guide as to when to make a trek booking
October 2018 – book by the end of April 2018
November 2018 – book by end of May 2018
December 2018 – book by end of June 2018
January 2019 – book by end of June 2018
March 2019 – book by end of July 2018
April 2019 – book by end of August 2018
May 2019 – book by end of September 2018
June 2019 – book by end of October 2018
July 2019 – book by end of October 2018
August 2019 – book by end of November 2018
September 2019 – book by end of December 2018
October 2019 – book by the end of January 2019
November 2019 – book by end of January 2019
December 2019 – book by end March 2019
January 2020 – book by end of April 2019
March 2020 – book by end of May 2019
April 2020 – book by end of June 2019
May 2020 – book by end of July 2019
June 2020 – book by end of Augut 2019
July 2020 – book by end of September 2019
August 2020 – book by end of October 2019
September 2020 – book by end of November 2019
October 2020 – book by the end of December 2019
November 2020 – book by end of January 2020
December 2020 – book by end January 2020
If you can only depart on a certain date then try to book well before the recommended dates given above. However there are sure to be plenty of spaces available after these dates but you may have to be more flexible with your departure date.
After we have confirmed your trek booking you will need to pay a trek deposit of US$350. The deposit can be paid by PayPal (preferred method as it is quick),The remaining trek balance needs to be paid in our office in Cusco at least 3 days prior to the trek departure date, before 7.30pm. Payment is to be made in cash US dollars (preferred) or local currency. When we confirm your trek booking we will send you more details about how to pay the trek deposit. Please note that the trek deposit is non-refundable & non-transferable. The deposit is used to purchase your trek permit and reserve space within the group. After purchasing the permit (or submitting your details to the government) we cannot change the date of trek departure or change the name or passport number on the trek permit.
The maximum size of our Inca Trail 4 day group service is 16 persons. For groups of over 8 persons we also employ an assistant guide to help out (the assistant guide is a fully qualified guide but may lack some of the experience of the main guide or still need to improve his/her English skills.
This closing is a measure in order to preserve the natural environment, maintaining in February the necesary recovery of the path. We of course, agree with this conservation policy. In case you want to come during this month, you can choose among other alternative routes, equally interesting and rewarding that lead to Machu Picchu. The best routhe we are proposing you inside february
The Inca Trail is a 43km (27 mile) hike through mountainous regions involving trekking for 5-7 hours at high altitude and over rough terrain. The maximum altitude reached on the trek is 4200m above sea level. On the second day of the trek we ascend 1200m. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You should be fit and take regular exercise. Try walking 15km in a day or go to the gym in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3400m) prior to starting the trek. This time can be put to good use visiting the city of Cusco, nearby Inca ruins and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The good news is that virtually everyone in the last few years who started the trek finished it ! Only a handful have had to turn back.
We often have two or more group departing on the same date so the only way to ensure that you are booked in the same group as your friends is for you all to book together at the same time. If you book now we may not have spaces in our group for your friends if they book later and you won’t be able to cancel your booking without losing your trek deposit. If you do have friends who want to join the group later then you must let us know and ask your friends to mention that they want to be placed in your group when they make a booking
No. All the porters are always hired very well in advance, and you must bear in mind that the porters also pay their spots in this way. This is the reason because at the time of making your reservation, simultaneously we make the reservations for them.
We offer standard meals as well as a vegetarian meal option. Just let us know if you want vegetarian meals when you book your trek.
Vegetarian meals have no red meat, chicken or fish. We will assume that eggs and dairy are OK. We don’t cater specifically for vegans as it can get too complicated for our cooks (remember they are cooking in a tent). Most of our main meals in the evening are served as a buffet service so you can always leave what you don’t like. If there is a particular food that you don’t like (i.e. tomatoes, onions, mushrooms etc) we will ask the cook to do his best to leave them out of the dish but we cannot guarantee this. We can also cater for lactose-intolerant and gluten free diets (mild reactions only, no life threatening allergies accepted- see below). We reserve the right not to accept a trek booking based upon dietary requirements, this may be because we already have several people already booked requiring special meals and don’t want to make life too difficult for our cooks. Thanks for you understanding in this matter.
Standard (no dietary requirements, eats everything),
No red meat (chicken & fish ok)
No fish (red meat and chicken ok)
Lactose-free (mild reactions only)
Gluten free (mild reactions only)
Unfortunately we don’t offer a combination of the above i.e. we don’t accept vegetarian AND Gluten-free for example.
We have plenty of clients who have allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please give us details of your allergy at the time of booking. Please indicate the nature of the reaction and what type of medicines you have to take in an emergency. Clients with an allergy must be accompanied by a friend on the trek who is aware of your allergy and the location of any required medicines. We do not accept clients with very severe or life-threatening allergies. Due to the nature of the remote geographical location of the trail and the lack of suitable nearby medical facilities Picchu Machu will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special medical/dietary requirements. We suggest that you to check with your doctor before booking the trek.
The best time to do the trek is between mid-April and the end of October when the weather is typically dry and sunny. The driest months are June, July & August which is also winter in Peru when you can expect temperatures to drop to around freezing in the early hours of the morning. January, February and March are summertime in Peru but in Cusco and on the Inca Trail this also corresponds with the wet season.
You must disclose at the time of booking any medical condition that could affect your ability to do the Inca Trail trek. Picchu Machu reserves the right not to accept a trek booking if we feel that a medical condition may put your life or the lives of any of our trekking staff or other clients at risk onthe trek. People with heart conditions, knee problems, severe asthma or pregnant should not participate in the trek. People with mild asthma / diabetes will have to consult their doctors and follow their doctor’s advice. They will also be required to be accompanied by a trekking companion on the trek at all times who will trek at their sides and be familiar with any medicines required in case of an emergency. Picchu Machu reserved the right to cancel the trek booking of a client if the client has not fully disclosed at the time of making a booking a medical condition that may pose a risk to the health of the client and/or other trekkers. No refunds will be given in this instance.
Due to the nature of the remote geographical location of the trail and the lack of suitable nearby medical facilities along the trail Picchu Machu will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special dietary requirements / medical condition. Clients proceed at their own risk. We suggest that you check with your doctor before booking the trek.
We require everyone to be in Cusco for at least 3 nights prior to starting the trek, although 4 nights is even better. You must pay your trek balance at least 3 days before trek departure. For example if your trek departs on a Monday you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Saturday to pay the trek balance. This ensures that everyone in the group is well acclimatized to the high altitude before starting the trek. Please note the trek balance needs to be paid in Cusco and cannot be paid in advance of your arrival.
Office hours are Mon – Saturday 09:00 am-1:00pm, 4:00pm-8:00pm (please try to come to our offices before 7:30pm at the latest thanks), Sunday: Closed all day
If you fail to pay the trek balance on time Picchu Machu reserves the right to cancel your trek booking as indicated in our trek booking terms and conditions. All clients must plan to arrive in Cusco so that they are able to get to our office before 7.30pm at least 3 days before trek departure. We understand that flights sometimes get delayed so we treat each situation on a case by case basis and are usually sympathetic to genuine cases. If you are unable to make it to the office in time then please call our office as soon as possible. We might be able to make arrangements for a guide to come to your hotel later in the evening (US$25 out of hours call out fee). If you decide to participate in the trek without the recommended period of 3 nights acclimatization to the high altitude then you do so at your own risk.
Backpack, sleeping bag, double-thickness foam mattress (we will provide you with this but you have to carry it, it weighs approx 1kg), rain jacket, strong suitable footwear, one complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle (metal or nalgene type) and water purification tablets (for emergency use), LED flashlight, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunblock, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc, camera and spare batteries (nowhere to charge your camera during the trek). For your own personal hygiene we also recommend that you bring a small bottle of anti-bacterial hand gel to clean your hands each time after using the camp toilets and before eating any snacks / meals. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek, with the same passport number you originally made your reservation with, otherwise you will be unable to go on the trek. Photocopies are no longer acceptable. Bring some money for bottle water, snacks, tips, souvenirs – more details in our trek briefing sheet
We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names & passport numbers that you send us with your trek booking application. You must bring these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the Inca Trail. If the name or number in your passport is different from the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund. If you plan to renew your passport between making the trek booking and actually starting the trek please see the section below about Frequently Asked Questions relating to passport numbers. If you make a trek booking at the student price you must send us a copy of your ISIC card at the time you pay the trek deposit. If you fail to bring your ISIC card on the trek the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek. You will not be given the opportunity to pay the extra difference in price and you will not be entitled to a refund. These are government regulations and apply to ALL licensed Inca Trail tour operators.
Yes, provided that you are suitably acclimatized to the altitude prior to starting the trek. Ollantaytambo is at a much lower altitude than Cusco and time spent there (or anywhere else in the Sacred Valley) doesn’t count towards your acclimatization period. We recommend that you spend at least 3 nights in Cusco, preferably three, prior to spending the night at Ollantaytambo. When you come to our office you must also give us the name of your hotel in Ollantaytambo so that we can arrange a time to pick you up. The hotel would need to be accessible for the bus, otherwise you would need to meet us in the main plaza. If you do not have a hotel reservation and you decide to meet us in the main Plaza in Ollantaytambo at a pre-arranged time we cannot accept responsibility if we can’t find you and leave you behind!! We do not pick up clients from any intermediate hotels between Cusco and Ollantaytambo.
Unless you hire an extra ‘half of a porter’ you will need to carry all of the above personal items. We include porters to carry all the other items such as tents, food and cooking equipment.
About 40% of the group hire the services of an extra porter to carry their personal items. A ‘half porter’ can be hired for the 4 day trek for US$105 (2018) This price includes porters entrance fees, meals, transport and wages. If you hire the services of a half porter you can give him a maximum of 6kg (13lbs) to carry which is usually sufficient for your sleeping bag (about 2.5kg), mattress (1 kg) and change of clothes (about 2.5kg). However the porter will not walk at your side during the trek so you will still need to bring a day pack to carry essential items such as water, snacks, camera, warm sweater and rain jacket. When you pay the trek balance in our office in Cusco we will give you a duffle bag so that you can put your items in that, which you will give to the porter on the day of the trek.
No. The restrictions on the number of people permitted on the Inca trail includes porters. Porters also have to pay a trek entrance fee (about US$18) and their tickets need to be booked in advance. If you want to hire the services of a half porter (maximum 6kg) then you must let us know at the time you make your trek booking. Unfortunately if you feel weakened by the effects of the altitude when you arrive in Cusco and feel it necessary to hire a porter at the last minute the new regulations make it impossible for us to arrange this. However on the trek itself the guide can often help you find “unofficial porters” who live at Wayllabamba (first campsite) who can help you with your equipment from Wayllabamba up to the top of the first pass (the most difficult section of the trail). These porters charge between US$35 and US$50 for their services but they cannot always be relied upon. At times of high demand these prices can often be hugely inflated. Picchu Machu cannot accept responsibility for the services provided by these porters.
We think our porters are the best treated on the whole Inca Trail. All our porters receive a fair wage, are fully insured against accident or injury and are provided with good quality equipment and uniforms as well as the correct gear for all conditions.
Not. Unfortunately you can not cancel your porter after you have booked it. Porters (like your permits) are also booked well in advance and a fee is paid.
Walking boots are recommended as they provide support to the ankle which reduces the risk of injury especially when trekking in the wet season (December – March). However it is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken since they do not support the ankle. We do not recommend trekking in sandals or using new boots or hiring boots prior to the trek. Make sure the shoes are sturdy enough for the duration of the trek and will not fall apart.
Many people like to hike with trekking poles or walking sticks. This is fine as long as the walking sticks will not cause damage to the stone paving along the Inca Trail. If the trekking poles have metal spikes then these must be protected by rubber tips. We recommend bringing some spare rubber tips with you. Rubber protectors can also be bought in several shops in Cusco. Metal trekking poles can also be hired in many equipment hire shops in Cusco for about US$20 for the 7 day trek. Picchu Machu often have poles for hire in our office.
Any bags that you don’t need to take on the Inca trail can be left at your hotel in Cusco. Nearly all hotels have a luggage deposit and rarely charge for this service as long as you are returning to the hotel after the trek. You can also leave valuables in the hotel safe, but remember to bring your passport and some emergency money. We do not store clients luggage or valuables in our office.
Our sleeping bags are rated to temperatures as low as -10°C but are more suitable for temperatures of about -5°C. Since you won’t find temperatures as low as this on the Inca Trail we rate them as very warm and cosy! We charge US$25 per person for the 4 day/3 night trek. We will give you the sleeping bag one day in advance so you can try it out. If there are any problems just let us know when we come to pick you up from your hotel. On the morning of the 4th day of the trek the cook has instructions to collect all the sleeping bags and bring them back to the office. After renting out our standard sleeping bags 15 times we give them to our porters to use. Our sleeping bags are synthetic (easily washed) and weigh 2.5kg. We do not provide down-filled sleeping bags because they can’t be washed after each use. There are several equipment rental shops in Cusco is you need to rent down-filled bags.
Toilets have been built along the Inca trail including all of the major campsites. This has helped a lot to improve sanitary conditions on the trail although conditions are still not always perfect. Each toilet block has cold running water. We recommend that you bring hand-sanitizer to use after visiting the public toilets. Every evening we will provide you with a bowl of warm water to wash with. There is a S/.1 charge to use the toilets in the Wayllabamba district (1 day of trek) as these toilets have been built on land owned by the community. However these toilets are usually much better maintained than the government ones.
The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, Inca Trail lies in the forested fringes of the Salkantay basin, where showers can occur at any time of year.
Therefore, even in the “dry” season, your daypack should always include full rain gear (both jacket and trousers).
Daytime temperatures can vary greatly, with daytime highs ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to 32ºC/90ºF and nightime lows ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to a cold 4ºC/40ºF, though seldom much lower. The floor of the Wiñayhuayna gets ver
The dry season (April to October) seems to be the most suitable. But I also advise you to visit Cusco in a particular time, during the months from November to March, because the views are more spectacular and plainly green, unforgettable scenes that are proper of the summer season.
Campsites are subject to change depending upon the crowds and the season. We generally try to camp in less trafficked areas so that travelers can enjoy the natural beauty of the Inca trail and minimize environmental impacts. Our typical campsite choices are Huayllabamba, Pacamayu, Wiñay wayna.( You also must know that the goverment is the one in determining the camp sites).
Wiñay Wayna is the campsite closest to Machu Picchu, so it is everybody’s favourite campsite. Wiñay Wayna is about a 2 hour trek to Machu Picchu so it allows the group to arrive at Machu Picchu very early in the morning. However there is not enough space at Wiñay Wayna for all the Inca Trail groups. The next nearest campsite is Phuyupatamarca which is a 5 hour trek to Machu Picchu. When we buy the trek permits for the group we are allocated the campsites by the government. Therefore, we recommend that you book as soon as possible, which guarantees wiñay wayna as the last camp
!IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION! Our Inca Trail group typically arrives at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) around 07.15 – 07.30 hopefully in time to see the first rays of sun light up Machu Picchu below (dependent on weather conditions).
It’s a 20 minute walk from the Sun Gate down to Machu Picchu. The group will meet at the Caretakers Hut which is the name given to a stone building that overlooks the ruins. Its the place from where you can take the classic photos of Machu Picchu. The hut is surrounded by terraces so there’s plenty of space for all the groups to meet with their guides and take their compulsory group photos and Machu Picchu selfies! By about 08:30 the group will then have to descend to the main entrance where you place your large backpacks in a luggage deposit (small fee S / .5) and where you can use the toilets or have a coffee. The group then re-enters Machu Picchu at around 09:00 and will have a guided tour of the ruins which takes about 1.5 hours. There are no time restrictions for visitors entering Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail. You can stay as long as you want. However most people are ready to leave by around 1pm and head down to the nearby village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch.
Everyone in the group will have plenty of time to take the classic Machu Picchu shot which is obviously dependent on the weather. This viewpoint is one of the first places we will visit when we arrive at Machu Picchu and is close to the place called the Inca Caretakers Hut which is surrounded by terracing. There is plenty of space to spread out so there’s no problem with people getting in your way and spoiling your shot. After the guided tour of the ruins you will want to return to this spot to enjoy the view, relax and chill-out.
Huayna Picchu is the large mountain just behind Machu Picchu. There is a narrow and steep trail right to the top of the mountain and there are also some interesting Inca ruins at the top. The view of Machu Picchu from the summit is breathtaking. There is an additional fee for climbing Huayna Picchu. Unfortunately, at the moment, clients can’t buy a separate ticket just to climb Huayna Picchu. The entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu is only available as part of a combined Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu ticket that costs S/.200 for adults (approx US$62) and S/.125 for students with an ISIC card (approx US$39). This doesn’t offer good value to people doing the Inca Trail since the Inca Trail permit already includes entry to Machu Picchu. It you want to climb Huayna Picchu and think S/.200 is too expensive then we would recommend staying an extra night in Aguas Calientes and buying a combined Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu entrance ticket for the following day. You will therefore get entrance to Machu Picchu and be able to climb Huayna Picchu which offers better value for money. Of course you will still have to pay for your accommodation in Aguas Calientes and return bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (US$12 each way).
The entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu must be bought BEFORE you start the Inca Trail and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis often several months in advance. Combined Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu entrance tickets can be bought online at www.machupicchu.gob.pe
Note: The government website is frequently not working. If you have any problems we suggest you email the government call centre at firstname.lastname@example.org (the call centre staff can understand English and will respond in English)
During the high season these tickets can sell out more than 8 weeks in advance. During the low season it may still be possible to buy the tickets from the government offices when you arrive in Cusco although each year this is becoming more difficult.
Unfortunately we do not offer the service of buying the Huayna Picchu entrance tickets for you, you must purchase them directly yourself at www.machupicchu.gob.pe
Will provide boiled water to fill your bottle at meal times, although the water is clear always use sterilizing tablets and follow the instructions. The sterilizing tablets ‘Micropur’ can be bought in most pharmacies in Cusco . With these tablets you have to wait 40 minutes before drinking. Take a bottle of at least 1½ liter capacity per person. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cusco
It may still be possible to make changes to your return train ticket if you decide to stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes. You will have to take your train ticket personally to the train station in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return date of your ticket. You will probably be asked to pay an extra administration fee which will be dependent of the train service and departure time and changing the ticket will be subject to availability of spaces on the train on the following day. Before doing this you should also check at the Machu Picchu ticket office in Aguas Calientes if there are any entrance tickets to Machu Picchu available. During the peak season entrance tickets can sell out 4 or 5 days in advance. Unfortunately if you decide to change your train ticket yourselves we will not be able to provide transport for you from the train station at Ollantaytambo back to Cusco and the bus ticket price US$5 will not be refunded (see info above).
If you are travelling alone and are willing to share a tent with a member of the same sex, then there is no additional cost. If, however, you would like your own tent then there is an additional supplement of US$40.