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4 Day Salkantay Trek to Machupichu by Glamping in Domes

15 Aug

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa

We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. to drive for about 3 hours to Mollepata where we start ourSalkantay trek . As soon as we are at mollepata while you have breakfast the cook and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we start hiking the first 3 hours will be a little bit uphill to get Cruzpata where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our Salkantay trek towards Soraypampa, our first Salkantay Trek camping spot (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) we will be very close to the second highest Salkantay snow capped -mountain of Cusco.
1ST DAY:Total distance: 15 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,800 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (aprox.)

Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay – La Playa – Lucmabamba Coffe Camp

After having our Salkantay Trek breakfast we start walking about 5:30 am ,because this day will be the longest day the first 4 hours is uphill to get the highest point of the Salkantay Trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here.
After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach  Chaullay Where we take our Local transportation for 1 hour to Get our Lucmabamba Coffe Campsite.
The Reason we stay at this campsite is because the next day we will climb up to mountain where you will find one of the most beautiful inca trail site which is known as Llactapata and you will also see Machu Picchu City from this point.
2ND DAY:Total distance: 19 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 8 – 9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,650 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 2,750 m (aprox.)

Day 3: Lucmabamba Coffe Camp – Inca Trail Via Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start walking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa walking about 6 hours. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits ,plants and as soon as we are at la playa place horses will go back to Mollepata on taking the same Salkantay Trek and after haing lunch we Take a local car to get Hydroelectric station to start walking 2 more hours by taking the railrodad to Aguas Calientes.
3RD DAY:Total distance: 16 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,750 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 1,600 m (aprox.)

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Salkantay trek important day ,We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machupicchu which takes one and half hours up to machupicchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machupicchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.and after enjoying machupicchu you have to go down to aguas calientes to take the train back to ollantaytambo and then bus back cusco.
4TH DAY:Total distance: 4 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 1- 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)

SALKANTAY TREK INCLUDES:

– Private Tourist Transportation To Mollepata and Extra 1 hour to Challacancha to get better views and skip the dusty road. (We never share Bus service with other companies as most agencies do here to minimize costs)
– English – Spanish speaking guide for 4 days of the Salkantay and Machupicchu.(All our Guides work for us only) All of them speak Fluent English (Second Guide Over 08 people Group)
– 2 Nights in Dome at SORAYPAMPA & LUCMABAMBA COFFE CAMPSITE ( Twin bed room, Matrimonial bed room, 3 beds room, 4 beds room Accomodation)
– Day 1: Soraypampa Campsite at our Geodesic dome
– Day 2: Lucmabamba Coffee Campsite at our Geodesic dome
– Day 3: Aguas Calientes Hotel Accomodation
–  Accomodation Overnight in Aguas Calientes(Twin bed room with Private bathroom and shower) Night 3
– Return Tourist Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and  Bus Transfer to Cusco

– Cook and assistance of the Cook.(We have chosen the best cook/cheffs and all are trained by Quechuas Expeditions every month)
– Cooking equipment (We use New cooking equipment and change all every 3 months)
– Snacks (Fruits, energy bars)
– Daily tea service (Wake up Coca tea and afternoon tea time(Happy hour) with full of popcorn and special snacks made by our cooks)
– Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables
– Food service in the campsites (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu: Buffet style Plenty of food you will never be hungry with us! as well as Guinea Pig for free because we want you to taste all from Peru.
– Vegetarian and free Gluten menu at no extra cost (Please let us know at the time of booking)
– Transportation La Playa to Hydroelectrica Day 3 (For our Staff)
– Horseman and Horses.(To carry our camping equipment, food and 7 kilos of your personal stuff like: sleeping bag and mat as well as cothes) We Never overload our Horses(well Animal Welfare). And we will Provide you a Duffel bag(at The Breifing Time) for all your personal stuff to be carried by horses.
– Salkantay Trek and Machupicchu entrance fees, valid for 4 days
– Insurance policy of life for porters and cooks.
– Visit to Machu Picchu on the 4th day (2 hours guide tour to explore the whole incan site)
– Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters as well as adecuate clothing like: (Sleeping bag, Mat, Jacket, T-shirt, pant, rain poncho, shoes, hat, belts, proper backpack to carry the equipment and all of them are limited to carry 20kg only)
– Private Transportation from the train station of Ollantaytambo to Cusco(2 hours drive) and drop off at the hotel.(we only use our Private Transportation. so you will never wait at the train station till the bus of 30 ppl gets full)
– First-aid kit (Our Guide will carry while on the Inca Trail) Please, note all our Guides are trained every year in first-aid)
– Emergency oxygen bottle (Our guide will carry while on the Trail)
– Rain waterproof cover for your day backpacks
– Pre trek Orientation – briefing A day before we do the Trek. (Hotel or Office) Let us know once you are at the office or by email.
– Single Tents upon request with no extra cost.
– Water for Driking: we will supply with filtered and boiled water and your bottles will be filled at each meal time. Please, bring enough water for the 1st day.
– Free “I survived ” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!!)

SALKANTAY TREK DOESNT INCLUDE: (Please, No hidden costs or surprises)

– Extra expenses
– Breakfast – Day 1
– Lunch and dinner – Day 4
– Pillows
– Not detailed meals
– Tips (optional)
– Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please):Quechuas Expeditions highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:

– Original passport and copies (and Student card (ISIC) green card if you are student ). Note ( you have to bring your student card to machu picchu because you are going to be required to show at the Machupicchu control point
– Travel Insurance card is essential
– Sleeping bag (not included)
– hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
– Sun hat and gloves
– T-shirts / shirts
– Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
– Rain pants
– Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
– Sun protection cream ( factor 25 recommended )
– Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
– Water bottle.
– Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended)
– Toilet paper and wet wipes
– Personal medication
– Camera and films
– Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights
– Extra contribution suggested in soles money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency.
– Previous acclimatization in Cuzco city, for at least 2 days and general good health. Quechuas Expeditions offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek

We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of US$100 and you are ready to go. Please, (Click here to see method of payments)

Please, Prices are Based On Group size you want us to place you./Please, note: We will Never pass you onto another operator or share service with other companies as most agencies do here.

SALKANTAY TREK (FAQs)Frequently Asked Questions

GROUP SERVICE: Luxury and Confort while you hike Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU BY Glamping in Domes 4/Days 
SMALL Group Service:(Group Size: 02 Minimum – 06ppl Average – 08ppl Maximum) 
Fixed Price per person Adult US$860 & Students US$840 / 7 Kilos Portering Service included /Duffel Bag provided by QE
Please,Note: If you are 02 we can open a New group and Leave any day you suit.

AUGUST 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
SEPTEMBER 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
OCTOBER 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
NOVEMBER 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
DECEMBER 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
JANUARY 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
FEBRUARY 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
MARCH 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
APRIL 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
MAY 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
JUNE 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
JULY 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
AUGUST 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
SEPTEMBER 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
OCTOBER 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
NOVEMBER 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
DECEMBER 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU BY Glamping in Domes 4/Days 
LARGE Group Service:(Group Size: 02 Minimum – 12ppl Average – 16ppl Maximum) 
Fixed Price per person Adult US$660 & Students US$640 / 7 Kilos Portering Service included /Duffel Bag provided by QE
Please,Note: If you are 02 we can open a New group and Leave any day you suit.

AUGUST 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
SEPTEMBER 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
OCTOBER 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
NOVEMBER 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
DECEMBER 2018: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
JANUARY 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
FEBRUARY 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
MARCH 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
APRIL 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
MAY 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
JUNE 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
JULY 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
AUGUST 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
SEPTEMBER 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
OCTOBER 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
NOVEMBER 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
DECEMBER 2019: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

PRIVATE SERVICE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU BY Glamping in Domes 4/Days / Prices are based on Number of people departing that date/ We will leave with minimum of 02 PPL.

02 persons group / US$1300 per person
03 persons group / US$1250 per person
04 persons group / US$1200 per person
05 persons group / US$1150 per person
06-8 persons group / US$1100 per person

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15 Aug

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Under 100% Peruvian People Managment…Thank you so much for choosing us!!!

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RAINBOW MOUNTAIN HIKES

15 Aug

Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca 1/D

The Rainbow Mountain of Peru, also known as Vinicunca, are stunning and can be seen on the spectacular Ausangate Trek. Ausangate mountain itself is considered a holy mountain (or mountain spirit) by local Peruvians and is the deity of Cusco. Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offerings and this tradition continues today.

Most trips that allow you to see the Rainbow Mountains require a trek of at least 6 days. That has changed with this brand new itinerary. We have designed this hike so that it can be done as a day trip!

On this trek you will see quaint villages, beautiful adobe style houses, herds of llamas and alpacas and you will have magnificent views of the Ausangate Glacier (6,385 m / 20,945 ft), the highest mountain in the Cusco region.

With uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure.

Itinerary:

We will pick you up early from your Cusco hotel and set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft) is 3 hours long. Once we reach the Inkintuyoc bridge, we will have a fueling continental breakfast.
We then start off on our hike, following a lovely stream. You will be immediately surprised by literally herds of alpacas and llamas. We will have consistent views of the Ausangate Mountain. We will hike through villages and interact with the local residents. We will stop for a deluxe box lunch along the trail.
Back on the trail, we encounter more of the traditional elements of this trek. This includes potato fields and unique fauna. We have the prospect of seeing chinchillas and vicunas. Vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru. Many red mountains are also a highlight of this portion of the hike.
After a total hike of approximately 5 hours, we finally reach our destination, what we came to see….the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). After getting over the shock of their beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.
At this point, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 4 to 5 hours. Our private van will be waiting for us when we return.
We will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is between 8 and 9 PM.

Meals: Continental Breakfast / Box lunch

Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
Distance to walk: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles
Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down
Level of Difficulty: Challenging

IMPORTANT:

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 1/Day 2016 – 2017

Group Service:(04-12ppl Average – 16ppl Maximum over 08 ppl 02 Guides) /02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. Based on availabilty(See Above)
Price per person Adult US$70 If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 1/Day 2016 – 2017
Small Group:(02-06ppl Average – 08ppl Maximum) /02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. Based on availabilty(See Above)

02 persons group / US$320 per person
03 persons group / US$280 per person
04 persons group / US$240 per person
05 persons group / US$200 per person
06-8 persons group / US$180 per person

Services Included:

  • Professional Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Quesiuno
  • Return transportation from Quesiuno to your Cusco hotel
  • One continental breakfast, one deluxe box lunch
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.

Services Not Included:

  • Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
  • Tips
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Water
  • Rain jacket / poncho
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Rain pants
  • Snacks
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Our trek rankings are the following

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL AVAILABILITY 2017

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2018 – 2019 INCA TRAIL PERMIT AVAILABILITY IN REAL TIME BELOW!

3, 4, 5 & 6 Days INCA TRAIL AVAILABILITY 2018 – 2019


November 2018 – Available
December 2018 – 
Available 
January 2018 – Available 
February 2019 – Closed For cleaning (see our alternative treks to Machupicchu)
March 2019 – 
Available 
April 2019 – Available 
May 2019 – Available 
June 2019 – Available 
July 2019 – Available 
August 2019 – Available 
September 2019 – Available 
October 2019 – Available 
November 2019 – Available 
December 2019 – Available 
January 2020 – Available 

QUECHUAS EXPEDITIONS (The Best Local Tour Operator) will create amazing expeditions to Machu Picchu, with great guides, Master chefs, and the unmatchable, unstoppable ‘Chaskis’ Porters, as well as the best Camping equipment tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and pillows.
Please, If you want to do Inca Trail. We recommend to act ASAP because all inca trail spaces are running out very fast…

02 person to open a new group & any day you suit./ To Confirm and Secure the Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of US$200 and you are ready to go. please, (click here to see method of payments)

ALL DEPARTURES ARE 100% GUARANTEED – IF YOU’RE BOOKED, YOU’RE GOING EVEN IF YOU ARE A GROUP OF 02 PEOPLE.(Prices are fixed. wont change even if you choose Large group size)

Please, Prices are Based On Group size you want us to place you./Please, note: we will Never pass you onto another operator or share service with other companies as most agencies do here.

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4/Days 2018 – 2019
Group Service:(04-12ppl Average – 16ppl Maximum over 08 ppl 02 Guides) /02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. Based on availabilty(See Above)
Price per person Adult US$680 & Students/Children under 16 year old US$640. If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4/Days 2018 – 2019
Small Group:(02-06ppl Average – 08ppl Maximum) /02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. Based on availabilty(See Above)

02 persons group / US$740 per person
03 persons group / US$720 per person
04 persons group / US$700 per person
05 persons group / US$680 per person
06-8 persons group / US$660 per person

PRIVATE LUXURY SERVICE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4/Days 2018 – 2019(This Service Included extra things)
Upon Request. 02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. Based on availabilty(See Above)

TREK NAME
Price is per person and in US$

2 Persons
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3 Persons
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4 Persons
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5 Persons
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6-8 Persons
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PRIVATE LUXURY INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS

US$1200

US$1150

US$1100

US$1050

US$1000

INCA TRAIL PRIVATE LUXURY SERVICE: (GROUP SIZE UPON REQUEST) and Includes:

Special trek program just for you, and you can depart any day you wish and choose the group size, we don´t add any people, is arranged just for you. All private groups include additional services, such as:

  • Extra Personal Portering Service of 6kg allowance per person(Duffel Bags provided to carry your personal stuff) you will only carry day pack.
  • North face 4 season tents
  • Extra Entrance to Machupicchu to Climb Huaynapicchu Mountain
  • Vistadome Train(First Class Train back From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo)
  • Private Van back to cusco from Ollantaytambo
  • Bus Down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch in Machupicchu or Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.
  • 02 walking poles per person / Rubber tips included.
  • 01 Duffel Bags to carry all your sleeping bag, Self-inflating pad as well as your Clothes.
  • Tour Guide to explore Machupicchu. and of course we pay a little bit more to the porters and guide
  • Train Ticket Back from machupicchu to Ollanta and Bus back to Cusco for your Tour guide.
  • Note: Responsible Tourism and Well-paid and well-treated porters(HOW YOU CAN HELP ENSURE PROPER TREATMENT; we never overload our porters)(Click here to see a detailed page)
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain. 1st Time: 7:00am-8:00am (     ) / 2nd Time: 10:00am-11:00am (     ) We recommend 2nd time after exploring Machupicchu city before crowds.

 

ITINERARY:

Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending on time of booking and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Classic Inca Trail they allocate campsite for all Travel Companies) Because the 1st 250 spaces go to Wiñayhuayna Campsite which 2 hours close to Machupicchu and the rest go to Phuyupatamarca which 5 hours walk to Machupicchu. So we recommend to book well in advance in order to get Wiñayhuayna campsite.

FIRST INCA TRAIL DAY: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA
We will leave from Cusco to start the Inca Trail .we travel to Urubamba where we will stop briefly at Ollaytaytambo where you can buy last minute gear and personal needing, then we move on to Piskacuchu (Km 82) Inca Trail Control Point .and then we start our hike of Inca Trail to Wayllabamba(first camping spot). along on the Inca Trail We will have lunch at Miskay (first Inca Trail Village) and relax a bit before hiking to our first Inca Trail Archaelogical site of Patallacta or Llactapata (biggest Inca Trail Quechuan Site) after an explanation of your guide about Llactapata ,you will keep going for 2 more hours to get Wayllabamba (first Inca Trail Camping spot 2900 m.a.s.l)

First day: Total distance: 10 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 5 – 6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude (Huayllabamba): 3,000 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Ollantaytambo, Piscakucho, km 82, Kanabamba, Llactapata Incan Site, Tarayoc lunch spot, Hatunchaka, Huayllabamba.

SECOND INCA TRAIL DAY: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO
We’ll start our Inca Trail day, early in the morning, just to take advantage of the shade of the mountains ,its much better to hike up to thefirst Inca Trail pass (Warmihuañusca which means dead woman pass 4200 m.a.s.l) highest point of the Inca Trail. Here, we can literally see the various Inca Trail ecological zones and microclimates, which make up the area, mapped out in front of us. We will cross the Warmiwañusca pass and once we are on the top. we are going to see many snow-capped Mountains around and after we take a our group pciture we keep going dow to Pacaymayo (second Inca Trail Camping spot 3600 m.a.s.l) where we have our Lunch and then we will have a free afternoon to explore by ourselves.

Second Day: Total distance: 12 km (aprox.) Please, See we climb one pass only (Dead Woman Pass 4200 meters high) while Many operators are using a camping spot of Chaquicocha and passengers are forced to climb the 2nd pass of 3950 meters high) So 2 passes in one day.
Estimated walking time: 6 – 7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude(Pacaymayu): 3,650 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Huayllabamba, Yunkachimpa, Tres pierdas, Llulluchapampa, Warmihuañusca(Dead woman Pass), Pacaymayu.

THIRD INCA TRAIL DAY: PACAYMAYO – CHAQUICOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA
Inca Trail begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45-minute hike up to Runcurakay Pass (second highest pass on the Trail 3,850 m.a.s.l), and along the way we will visit the Runcuracay archeological site. During the day’s hike, we will also visit the Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca quechuan archeological sites of the Inca Trail. After lunch we will head to the Wiñaywayna site , where we will spend our last night on the inca Trail and then we will have a celebratory dinner to then say good bye to our Inca Trail porters.

Third day: Total distance: 16 km (aprox.) We explore the incan site along the inca trail
Estimated walking time: 7 – 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude (Wiñayhuayna)2,650 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Pacaymayu, Runkurachay Incan Site, Runkurakay pass(3900 meters high) Sayacmarca Incan Site, Conchamarca Incan Site, Chaquicocha Lunch spot, Phuyupatamarca incan site, Intipata incan site, Wiñayhuayna incan site.

FOURTH INCA TRAIL DAY:WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
Inca Trail Important 4 th Day After an early breakfast, we begin the final leg of the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu picchu. First, we will hike to Inti Punku (“Sun Gate”), Gate of the Inca Trail where we will take in an inspiring and panoramic view of the Machu picchu citadel. After a short hike down to Machu picchu, we will register and then enjoy a 2-hours guided tour of the sanctuary-city. After the tour of Machupicchu there will free time to explore by yourself and you will stay almost all day and then after you will have to be in aguas calientes to take the train which is between 4:30 to 6:20pm leacing from aguas calientes to ollantaytambo and there will be a private bus back to cusco and we will be arriving between 9:30pm to 10:00pm
Fourth Day: Total distance: 7 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 2 – 3 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Wiñayhuayna, Intipunku(Sungate), Machupicchu city, Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain(optional), Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu Town.

IMPORTANT:

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL INCLUDES:

• Private Tourist transportation Cusco – Km 82 (The Trailhead) (We never share Bus service with other companies as most agencies do here to minimize costs)
• English – Spanish speaking guide for 4 days of the Inca Trail and Machupicchu.(All our Guides work for us only) All of them speak Fluent English.
• Second Guide Over 08 people Group(Large Group Service)

• Thermarest air-inflate Confortable sleeping Mattress (While others agencies are using foam mat) Thats why many of them run away from us. Because they dont want their passengers to see the Quality of our Camping equipment)
• Cook and assistance of the Cook.(We have chosen the best cook/cheffs and all are trained by Quechuas Expeditions every month) 
• Cooking equipment (We use New cooking equipment and change all every 3 months)
• Snacks (Fruits, energy bars) 
• Daily tea service (Wake up Coca tea and afternoon tea time(Happy hour) with full of popcorn and special snacks made by our cooks)
• Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables
• Food service in the campsites (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu: Buffet style Plenty of food you will never be hungry with us! as well as Guinea Pig for free because we want you to taste all from Peru.
• Vegetarian and free Gluten menu at no extra cost (Please let us know at the time of booking)
• Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles – Kayla Doite) 4 season tent Aluminium poles Tents
• Porter Service. As detailed in the table authorised by the INC. (To carry our camping equipment and food) We Never overload our porters.
Please, see a detailed page where you can see how we threat our porter Chaskis: And dont be fooled by some agencies who are offering free portering service. thats why many of our brother porters are forced to carry.

• Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fees as well as all the Inca Trail permits, valid for 4 days
• Inca Trail entrance fee/permits and insurance policy of life for porters and cooks.
• Visit to Machu Picchu on the 4th day (2 hours guide tour to explore the whole incan site)
• Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters as well as adecuate clothing like: (Sleeping bag, Mat, Jacket, T-shirt, pant, rain poncho, shoes, hat, belts, proper backpack to carry the equipment and all of them are limited to carry 20kg only)
• Return Tourist Expeditions train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Train time is at 6:20pm and this time will allow you to stay in machupicchu almost all day without rushing your Exploration. and if you upgrade to Vistadome the train will be at 3:48pm.
• Private Transportation from the train station of Ollantaytambo to Cusco(2 hours drive) and drop off at the hotel.(we only use our Private Transportation. so you will never wait at the train station till the bus of 30 ppl gets full)
• First-aid kit (Our Guide will carry while on the Inca Trail) Please, note all our Guides are trained every year in first-aid)
• Emergency oxygen bottle (Our guide will carry while on the Inca Trail)
• Rain waterproof cover for your day backpacks
• Pre trek Orientation – briefing (Hotel or Office) Let us know once you are at the office or by email.
• Single Tents upon request with no extra cost.
• Water for Driking: we will supply with filtered and boiled water and your bottles will be filled at each meal time.
• Free “I survived ” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!!)

Quechuas Expeditions Additional Things which are Included 

• Portables Tent & Biodegradable Toilet (toilet waste bags) Quechuas Expeditions allows you to bring the comforts of home along for an enjoyable trip.Having a toilet in your home away from home may be convenience at its finest. Camping. so you don’t have to go out into the woods in the middle of the night to do your business.
– Quechuas Expeditions Detailed Page of Camping Equipment, Food and other imporntant things:

• Responsible Tourism and Well-paid and well-treated porters(HOW YOU CAN HELP ENSURE PROPER TREATMENT)(Click here to see a detailed page)
• We have Our Medical Emergency Equipped Rescue Mountain Car(This car will be available for all our passenger) and this will ready for any Emergency you need.


• Quechuas Expeditions Bottle for free. Get one for free at the office.

Please help us to reduce or eliminate the generation of plastic waste by refilling this bottle in any of the water stations located throughout on the treks. This is part of our efforts towards a cleaner and healthier environment. Sponsored by Quechuas Expeditions (The Best Local Tour Operator)

Get one of this Bottle for Fee at our Office!!!

Quechuas Expeditions Water Bottles (Get one for Free)

 

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL DOESNT INCLUDE: (Please, No hidden costs or surprises)

• Extra expenses
• Breakfast – Day 1
• Lunch and dinner – Day 4
• Pillows
• Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town(US$5)
• Tips (optional)
Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please):Quechuas Expeditions highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.

UPGRADES AND ADDITIONAL THINGS TO HIRE & RENT:

• Extra Personal Portering Service of /12kg- US$150 for entire trip (We wil provide you duffel bag to put all your personal stuff)
• Extra Personal Portering Service of /6kg- US$75 for entire trip (We wil provide you duffel bag to put all your personal stuff)
• Extra Personal Portering Service of /4kg- US$50 for entire trip (We wil provide you duffel bag to put all your personal stuff)
• Huaynapicchu Mountain Entrance ticket US$80 (2 hours round trip) based on availability and book in advance
• Extra Night Hotel in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person based on twin bed room with private bathroom
• Walking sticks(Black Diamond) : it can be rented from us. (02 poles – Black Diamond  US$20 for the entire trip)
• Sleeping bags: it can be rented from us.(US$30 for the entire trip)
• Upgrade to first class Vistadome Train (And inclues and Private Transfer From Ollantaytambo to  Cusco as well)US$60
• Sleeping liners: it can be bought from us.(US$15)

WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:

• Original passport and copies (and Student card (ISIC) green card if you are student ). Note ( you have to bring your student card to machu picchu because you are going to be required to show at the Machupicchu control point
• Travel Insurance card is essential
• Sleeping bag (not included)
• hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
• Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
• Sun hat and gloves
• T-shirts / shirts
• Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
• Rain pants
• Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
• Sun protection cream ( factor 25 recommended )
• Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
• Water bottle.
• Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended)
• Toilet paper and wet wipes
• Personal medication
• Camera and films
• Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights
• Extra contribution suggested in soles money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency.
• Previous acclimatization in Cuzco city, for at least 2 days and general good health. Quechuas Expeditions offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek

Classic Inca Trail 4 days – Camino Inca 4 Dias

19 Oct

LOW SEASON PROMOTIONAL PRICES  For December 2015 and January 2016 only
(Group Service 04 people Minumum, 12ppl Average and 16 ppl Maximum. 02 guides over 08 people group)
Price Per Person: Adults USD 540 and students with ISIC card USD 500.

Available spaces where you can join us:(spaces based on availability)
Please, Book Asap Because spaces are running out very fast.

DECEMBER 2015: See our Alternative treks: Salkantay trek to Machupicchu, Lares to Machupicchu.
JANUARY 2016:  9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

To confim we need you to send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of US$200 per person
Please, click here to see the methods of payments:

Please you have to act ASAP because spaces are running out very fast and we dont want you to get dessapointed. Send us all to: Info@quechuasexpeditions.com
Please, to Book Inca Trail from March 2016 to January 2017Get more information by Clicking here:

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FIRST INCA TRAIL DAY: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA
We will leave from Cusco to start the Inca Trail .we travel to Urubamba where we will stop briefly at Ollaytaytambo where you can buy last minute gear and personal needing, then we move on to Piskacuchu (Km 82) Inca Trail Control Point .and then we start our hike of Inca Trail to Wayllabamba(first camping spot). along on the Inca Trail We will have lunch at Miskay (first Inca Trail Village) and relax a bit before hiking to our first Inca Trail Archaelogical site of Patallacta or Llactapata (biggest Inca Trail Quechuan Site) after an explanation of your guide about Llactapata ,you will keep going for 2 more hours to get Wayllabamba (first Inca Trail Camping spot 2900 m.a.s.l)

First day: Total distance: 10 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 5 – 6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude (Huayllabamba): 3,000 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Ollantaytambo, Piscakucho, km 82, Kanabamba, Llactapata Incan Site, Tarayoc lunch spot, Hatunchaka, Huayllabamba.

SECOND INCA TRAIL DAY: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO
We’ll start our Inca Trail day, early in the morning, just to take advantage of the shade of the mountains ,its much better to hike up to thefirst Inca Trail pass (Warmihuañusca which means dead woman pass 4200 m.a.s.l) highest point of the Inca Trail. Here, we can literally see the various Inca Trail ecological zones and microclimates, which make up the area, mapped out in front of us. We will cross the Warmiwañusca pass and once we are on the top. we are going to see many snow-capped Mountains around and after we take a our group pciture we keep going dow to Pacaymayo (second Inca Trail Camping spot 3600 m.a.s.l) where we have our Lunch and then we will have a free afternoon to explore by ourselves.

Second Day: Total distance: 12 km (aprox.) Please, See we climb one pass only (Dead Woman Pass 4200 meters high) while Many operators are using a camping spot of Chaquicocha and passengers are forced to climb the 2nd pass of 3950 meters high) So 2 passes in one day.
Estimated walking time: 6 – 7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude(Pacaymayu): 3,650 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Huayllabamba, Yunkachimpa, Tres pierdas, Llulluchapampa, Warmihuañusca(Dead woman Pass), Pacaymayu.

THIRD INCA TRAIL DAY: PACAYMAYO – CHAQUICOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA
Inca Trail begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45-minute hike up to Runcurakay Pass (second highest pass on the Trail 3,850 m.a.s.l), and along the way we will visit the Runcuracay archeological site. During the day’s hike, we will also visit the Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca quechuan archeological sites of the Inca Trail. After lunch we will head to the Wiñaywayna site , where we will spend our last night on the inca Trail and then we will have a celebratory dinner to then say good bye to our Inca Trail porters.

Third day: Total distance: 16 km (aprox.) We explore the incan site along the inca trail
Estimated walking time: 7 – 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude (Wiñayhuayna)2,650 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Pacaymayu, Runkurachay Incan Site, Runkurakay pass(3900 meters high) Sayacmarca Incan Site, Conchamarca Incan Site, Chaquicocha Lunch spot, Phuyupatamarca incan site, Intipata incan site, Wiñayhuayna incan site.

FOURTH INCA TRAIL DAY:WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
Inca Trail Important 4 th Day After an early breakfast, we begin the final leg of the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu picchu. First, we will hike to Inti Punku (“Sun Gate”), Gate of the Inca Trail where we will take in an inspiring and panoramic view of the Machu picchu citadel. After a short hike down to Machu picchu, we will register and then enjoy a 2-hours guided tour of the sanctuary-city. After the tour of Machupicchu, there will be plenty of time to enjoy by yourself and once you have enjoyed Machupicchu you have to go down to agua calientes to take the train to ollantaytambo by train and then bus back to cusco.

Fourth Day: Total distance: 7 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 2 – 3 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Wiñayhuayna, Intipunku(Sungate), Machupicchu city, Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain(optional), Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu Town.

IMPORTANT:

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL INCLUDES:

• Private Tourist transportation Cusco – Km 82 (The Trailhead) (We never share Bus service with other companies as most agencies do here to minimize costs)
• English – Spanish speaking guide for 4 days of the Inca Trail and Machupicchu.(All our Guides work for us only) All of them speak Fluent English.
• Second Guide Over 08 people Group(Large Group Service)

• Thermarest air-inflate Confortable sleeping Mattress (While others agencies are using foam mat) Thats why many of them run away from us. Because they dont want their passengers to see the Quality of our Camping equipment)
• Cook and assistance of the Cook.(We have chosen the best cook/cheffs and all are trained by Quechuas Expeditions every month) 
• Cooking equipment (We use New cooking equipment and change all every 3 months)
• Snacks (Fruits, energy bars) 
• Daily tea service (Wake up Coca tea and afternoon tea time(Happy hour) with full of popcorn and special snacks made by our cooks)
• Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables
• Food service in the campsites (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu: Buffet style Plenty of food you will never be hungry with us! as well as Guinea Pig for free because we want you to taste all from Peru.
• Vegetarian and free Gluten menu at no extra cost (Please let us know at the time of booking)
• Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles – Kayla Doite) 4 season tent Aluminium poles Tents
• Porter Service. As detailed in the table authorised by the INC. (To carry our camping equipment and food) We Never overload our porters.
Please, see a detailed page where you can see how we threat our porter Chaskis: And dont be fooled by some agencies who are offering free portering service. thats why many of our brother porters are forced to carry.

• Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fees as well as all the Inca Trail permits, valid for 4 days
• Inca Trail entrance fee/permits and insurance policy of life for porters and cooks.
• Visit to Machu Picchu on the 4th day (2 hours guide tour to explore the whole incan site)
• Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters as well as adecuate clothing like: (Sleeping bag, Mat, Jacket, T-shirt, pant, rain poncho, shoes, hat, belts, proper backpack to carry the equipment and all of them are limited to carry 20kg only)
• Return Tourist Expeditions train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Train time is at 6:20pm and this time will allow you to stay in machupicchu almost all day without rushing your Exploration. and if you upgrade to Vistadome the train will be at 3:48pm.
• Private Transportation from the train station of Ollantaytambo to Cusco(2 hours drive) and drop off at the hotel.(we only use our Private Transportation. so you will never wait at the train station till the bus of 30 ppl gets full)
• First-aid kit (Our Guide will carry while on the Inca Trail) Please, note all our Guides are trained every year in first-aid)
• Emergency oxygen bottle (Our guide will carry while on the Inca Trail)
• Rain waterproof cover for your day backpacks
• Pre trek Orientation – briefing (Hotel or Office) Let us know once you are at the office or by email.
• Single Tents upon request with no extra cost.
• Water for Driking: we will supply with filtered and boiled water and your bottles will be filled at each meal time.
• Free “I survived ” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!!)

Quechuas Expeditions Additional Things which are Included 

• Portables Tent & Biodegradable Toilet (toilet waste bags) Quechuas Expeditions allows you to bring the comforts of home along for an enjoyable trip.Having a toilet in your home away from home may be convenience at its finest. Camping. so you don’t have to go out into the woods in the middle of the night to do your business.
– Quechuas Expeditions Detailed Page of Camping Equipment, Food and other imporntant things:

• Responsible Tourism and Well-paid and well-treated porters(HOW YOU CAN HELP ENSURE PROPER TREATMENT)(Click here to see a detailed page)
• We have Our Medical Emergency Equipped Rescue Mountain Car(This car will be available for all our passenger) and this will ready for any Emergency you need.


• Quechuas Expeditions Bottle for free. Get one for free at the office.

Please help us to reduce or eliminate the generation of plastic waste by refilling this bottle in any of the water stations located throughout on the treks. This is part of our efforts towards a cleaner and healthier environment. Sponsored by Quechuas Expeditions (The Best Local Tour Operator)

Get one of this Bottle for Fee at our Office!!!

Quechuas Expeditions Water Bottles (Get one for Free)

 

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL DOESNT INCLUDE: (Please, No hidden costs or surprises)

• Extra expenses
• Breakfast – Day 1
• Lunch and dinner – Day 4
• Pillows
• Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town(US$5)
• Tips (optional)
Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please):Quechuas Expeditions highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.

UPGRADES AND ADDITIONAL THINGS TO HIRE & RENT:

• Extra Personal Portering Service of /12kg- US$150 for entire trip (We wil provide you duffel bag to put all your personal stuff)
• Extra Personal Portering Service of /6kg- US$75 for entire trip (We wil provide you duffel bag to put all your personal stuff)
• Extra Personal Portering Service of /4kg- US$50 for entire trip (We wil provide you duffel bag to put all your personal stuff)
• Huaynapicchu Mountain Entrance ticket US$80 (2 hours round trip) based on availability and book in advance
• Extra Night Hotel in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person based on twin bed room with private bathroom
• Walking sticks(Black Diamond) : it can be rented from us. (02 poles – Black Diamond  US$20 for the entire trip)
• Sleeping bags: it can be rented from us.(US$30 for the entire trip)
• Upgrade to first class Vistadome Train (And inclues and Private Transfer From Ollantaytambo to  Cusco as well)US$60
• Sleeping liners: it can be bought from us.(US$15)

WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:

• Original passport and copies (and Student card (ISIC) green card if you are student ). Note ( you have to bring your student card to machu picchu because you are going to be required to show at the Machupicchu control point
• Travel Insurance card is essential
• Sleeping bag (not included)
• hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
• Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
• Sun hat and gloves
• T-shirts / shirts
• Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
• Rain pants
• Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
• Sun protection cream ( factor 25 recommended )
• Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
• Water bottle.
• Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended)
• Toilet paper and wet wipes
• Personal medication
• Camera and films
• Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights
• Extra contribution suggested in soles money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency.
• Previous acclimatization in Cuzco city, for at least 2 days and general good health. Quechuas Expeditions offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek

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VERSION EN ESPAÑOL:

PROMOCION DE TEMPORADA BAJA.Precios desde Diciembre 2015  a Enero 2016 Solamente.
(Servicio en Grupo 04 Personas Minimo, 12personas promedio y 16 personas Maximo. 02 guias sobre 08 Personas)
Precio por persona: Adulto USD 540 y Estudiantes con carnet ISIC USD 500.

DECEMBER 2015: See our Alternative treks: Salkantay trek to Machupicchu, Lares to Machupicchu.
JANUARY 2016:  9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Para confirmar Necesitamos que nos envien el formato de reserva y un deposito de US$200 por persona
Por favor, Haga click aqui para ver los metodos de pago:

Por favor, Actue Inmediatamente porque los espacios se estan agotando muy rapido y no queremos que pierda la oportunidad de un espacio. Envienos todo al Correo: Info@quechuasexpeditions.com

Por favor , to realizar Reservas del Camino Inca desde Marzo a Enero de 2017, Para mayor Informacion haga click aqui:

 

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ITINERARIO
DIA 1: CUSCO -WAYLLABAMBA (A) ( C) :

Muy temprano por la mañana te recojemos de tu hotel en la movilidad que nos llevará hasta el kilómetro 82, donde nosotros llegaremos aprox. a las 11:00 am. para luego dar inicio a la caminata. Este primer día es bello y los primeros kilometros son fáciles de caminar. Nosotros tendremos una hermosa vista del nevado la Veronica y también caminaremos cerca al río Vilcanota hasta que lleguemos al complejo arqueológico de Llactapata, lugar donde almorzaremos para luego continuar hasta nuestro primer campamento en Wayllabamba en donde pasaremos la noche después de una reparadora cena .

DIA 2 : WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO (D) (A) (C) :

Después de desayunar damos inicio a la parte más difícil de la caminata pero no imposible, en donde caminaremos hacia el punto más alto del Camino Inca en donde tu tendrás una increíble vista panorámica de todo el área y podrás observar los diferentes tipos de microclimas que existe en la zona. Después de aprox. 3 horas de caminata pasaremos el abra denominado Warmiwañiusca o mujer muerta que esta aprox. a 4,200 m.s.n.m. Aquí tendrás una enorme satisfacción por haber llegado al punto mas alto de todo el Camino Inca. Después de esta fabulosa experiencia almorzaremos para luego continuar descendiendo hasta llegar a Pacaymayo en donde cenaremos y pasaremos la noche .

DIA 3 : PACAYMAYO – PUYA PATAMARKA – WIÑAY HUAYNA (D) (A) (C): (**)

Despues de desayunar empezamos a caminar hasta ascender al segundo paso más inportante del Camino Inca que se encuentra a 3,850 m.s.n.m. hasta llegar al complejo arqueológico de Runkarakay en donde tendremos una visita guiada por todo el complejo como también así de la ciudadela de Sayacmarca. Luego de la visita guiada continuamos caminando hasta llegar al complejo arqueológico de Puyupatamarca otro importante monumento, donde nosotros almorzaremos, después de un breve descanso continuaremos con la caminata hasta llegar al último campamento Wiñay Huayna (siempre joven) donde tendremos una visita guiada al impresionante complejo arqueológico. Después de la visita guiada cenaremos y pasaremos la última noche.

DIA 4: WIÑAY HUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (D) :

Después de desayunar, continuamos con la caminata muy temprano para llegar a tiempo y poder apreciar la salida del sol en Machupichu. Después de una hora de caminata pasaremos por el Inti Punku o Puerta del sol conocida también como la puerta de ingreso al Machupicchu, donde tú podrás apreciar la vista panoramica más impresionante de toda la ciudadela luego de esta experiencia visitaremos por 3 horas aproximadamente todo los alrededores de la ciudadela Inca, visitando los sitios principales como los recintos, plazas, fuentes Sagradas, Templos el sector agrícola y urbano. Después de nuestra visita guiada tú tendrás un tiempo libre para que puedas tomarte fotos, etc. Luego previa coordinacion nos encontraremos con el resto del grupo para poder tomar el bus que nos llevará hasta el pueblo de Aguas Calientes (si desea puede continuar en Machupicchu). Por la tarde/noche retornamos al cusco en tren. Fin de nuestros servicios.

EL TOUR INCLUYE:

– Recojo desde el hotel en Cusco.
– Bus hasta el kilometro 82 inicio de la caminata.
– Tickets de bus de bajada de Machupicchu a Aguas calientes.
– Tickets de ingreso al Camino Inca y Machupicchu.
– Ticket de tren turístico de Aguas Calientes a Ollantaytambo.
– Traslado de Ollantaytambo a Cusco.
– Carpa o tiendas (carpa cuadruple para dos personas),
– Matras ó colchonetas.
– Porteadores (solo para las tiendas, almuerzo y equipo de campamento).
– Equipo de primeros auxilios, balón de oxígeno.
– Opción vegetariana (sin cargo extra).
– Alimentación 3 Desayunos, 3 Almuerzos y 3 Cenas.
– todos los impuestos.

NO INCLUYE :
– El primer desayuno (primer día) normalmente lo brindan en su hotel antes de salir.
– El último almuerzo (cuarto día) cuando termina el tour.
– Ingreso a Huayna Picchu (USD 80 en caso de comprarlo con nuestra empresa)
– Propinas.
– Gastos personales.

OPCIONAL:
– Bolsa de dormir:
– Sintetica hasta – 5°C USD (10 por todo el tour).
– Pluma de ganso hasta -10 °C USD (20 por todo el tour, recomendado).
– Porteador extra, maximo de carga 12 kilos.

Why Choose Us?

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Why you are looking the rest when you have the best

WHY BOOK WITH Quechuas Expeditions (The Best Local Tour Operator)

  • Local 100% Peruvian 13 years experienced Tour operator(Based in Cusco)
  • Best Tour guides(Fluent English), Cooks  in the Cusco region(Under Local Guides Management)
  • We treat our team of porters the best with proper equipment, wages and health insurance for everyone.
  • The food provided on our treks is the best( buffet and plenty of food)
  • The best Camping Equipment (spacious tents 4 season aluminum poles tents, Eating & Cooking tents, Portable table & chairs, comfortable air Thermarest mattresses and more…)
  • No hidden prices or Surprises/ We Never Pass you onto another operator as most travel agencies do here. We will depart even if you are a group of 02 persons.
    We never share service with other companies as most travel travel agencies do here to Minimize cost.(that’s why porters are overloaded because they are forced to carry for 2 or 3 different companies)
  • Small groups&personalizedservices
  • Sustainable and eco-friendly tour company

Committed to social projects and improving living conditions for the children of Peru. Lots of facilitiestobookanyexpedition in Peru

Mountain Rescue Car In Machupicchu

24 Sep

We are the only Company in cusco we have this car. We have Our Medical Emergency Equipped Rescue Mountain Car(This car will be available for all our passenger) and this will ready for any Emergency you need.

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Salkantay Trek Frequently Asked Questions

23 Oct

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WHY QUECHUAS EXPEDITIONS? The Best Local Tour Operator.

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• Under Inca Trail and Alternative Treks Local Guides Management (100% Peruvian People)
• 13 years of Experience specializing in Tourism in Cusco, Peru.
• We have Many Real travelers reviews and Highly Recommended by Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor, Frommers & South American Explorer Club. (Please, Click at here Quechuas Expeditions)
So why you are Looking at the Rest when you have the Best…
• The Best Local Tour Operator in Cusco, Peru.
• Small group specialists (02 people Minimum Average 06 ppl. & 08 people Maximum) but can cater for large groups
• Official licensed Local Tour Operator on the Classic Inca Trail, Alternative Inca Treks to Machupicchu and Jungle Tours
• “we don’t pass our passengers to other cheap agencies as most travel agencies do here. they will re-sell you to other cheap companies.
• We never share service with other agencies” thats why they dont have the control of the service because they share porters(Porters overloaded) cook, transport, guide and other things once you are on the inca trail, we depart with 02 people Minimum & our Maximum 08 people (Note: Typical Group Size 4 to 6 people)
• Highly Experienced Professional Quechua, Spanish, English speaking guides
• High quality, safe, fun and environmentally friendly tours
• We Support Sustainable, Responsible & Ethical Tourism…
• Dedicated to high quality service Brand new Camping, Biking Equipment and Private Land Transportation
• Respect for culture and nature / environmental consciousness and conservation.
• We are the most reliable company in the business
PROMPERU (Peruvian Goverment Official Website)
• Responsible Tourism and Well-paid and well-treated porters (Inca Trail agencies fined for not paying minimum wage to the porters click here)
• Personal treatment, Enthusiastic, experienced and well-trained employees who speak fluent English and French
• Shared passion for travel, Payable tours
• 5% of our profit we donate and it benefits to these Quechuas communities where our inca trail porters live canacchimpa, Huarocondo.

– What is the Maximum & Minimum Quechuas Expeditions Group Size?
We are only Operator who organize with a Minimum of 02 people and Average of 04-06ppl and as Maximum of 08 ppl.

– Does Quechuas Expeditions take the route of Llactapata? and Humantay Lake?
Yes, this route is our plus to offer to everyone while many go to Santa Teresa town. W City and get a great view of the Mountains. and we also climb the beautiful lake of Humantay on the first day.

– Does Quechuas Expeditions offer Food for vegetarians and for those who don’t eat Gluten?
Yes, we do offer vegetarian Food with no extra cost (Please send us all your dietary requirements) and instead of wheat we use Quinua or Quiwicha.

– What is the difference that Quechuas Expeditions is offering on theirs tours compared to others?

Private Transportation Cusco – Mollepata – Marcocasa (trail head) we skip the 1st dusty road part.
3 (4 season aluminum poles tents) We never use fiber weak poles tents as most
4 Therm-a-rest self inflating pads with no extra cost.
5 Private Transfer from Ollantaytambo to cusco and then you will be transferred
6 We are Taking the Inca Trail to Llactapata and get a great view of Machupicchu.

What happens if Quechuas Expeditions does not get the Minimum Group Size?
We require a minimum of 02 people to depart. We have always managed to meet the minimum group size for all of our departure dates and have never canceled a trip. If we do not reach the minimum number of people required for a trek, we reserve the right to combine our clients with other organizations for the trek to meet the minimum group size.
We require just 02 persons to depart. During the last 5 years Quechuas Expeditions has always managed to meet the minimum group size for ALL of our departure dates and have never had to cancel any group departures or have to combine with any other trekking company or accept clients from any other trekking company in Cusco.
However if in the event that we do not reach the minimum required number of persons we reserve the right to combine our clients with another trekking company of similar or higher cost. Unlike many other trekking agencies, including some of the most expensive, we will not re-sell your trek to a cheaper, inferior company. There will be NO trek surcharge when combining with a more expensive trekking company as Quechuas Expeditions will accept responsibility for this extra cost. However we cannot guarantee that trekking staff used by other companies will receive the same treatment and high pay as provided by Quechuas Expeditions, although we do our best.

– What happens if I get sick on Salkantay Trek?
We will evaluate your symptoms and treat you accordingly.
We carry basic medical supplies on the trail, however, we recommend that you also bring your own supply of medicine. If your symptoms are considered poor enough for you to continue the trek, we will have a porter accompany you back to Cusco where you can seek further medical treatment. Unfortunately, you will be responsible for all expenses occurred during your transport back to Cusco (for example, the bus ticket).

If you are feeling better, we will help you get to Aguas Calientes so you can participate in the guided tour of MachuPicchu.

– What happens if I arrive at Machu Picchu and then decide to stay an extra night, can I change my train ticket?

It is still 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 US$10 administration fee and changing the ticket will be subject to availability of spaces on the train on the following day.

– How cold are the Salkantay camping Spot?

All of our former trekkers agree that the coldest campsite along the trek is the first base-camp: Soraypampa base-camp. During the nighttime, temperatures can drop below freezing. This is especially true during the months of June, July, and August. However, the second and third campsites are semi tropical climate.

The altitude means it can get quite chilly, especially during the Andean winter (May – September) when the temperature can drop to below zero degrees (Celsius) at night. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can purchase warm, inexpensive and locally made hand-woven mitts and gloves in Cusco.

– What training do you provide for your staff on environmental practices?

Our guide teams have been trained in first aid and rescue and are regularly updated through seminars and courses in their respective fields. All of our trekking staff receives regular briefings on how to best comply with the Salcantay Trek Trail and Machu Picchu Sanctuary Regulations as well as on environmental awareness.

We are great believers in leaving the areas that we visit in as untouched a condition as is possible. We encourage everyone who travels with us to respect the land, the people, and their fellow travelers. This type of focus leads to amazing experiences and insights that bring a sense of satisfaction, which is difficult to create any other way, so be thinking responsibility, consideration, and FUN!.

– What you do to minimize environmental impacts on the Salkantay Trek?

Our Environmental Management Policy and Commitment considers running our operations in a responsible way, according to the following:
* Selective disposal of garbage (organic & inorganic)
* Garbage withdrawal of Natural Protected Areas
* We provide toilet tents with chemical toilet facilities. All garbage is disposed of outside the Natural Protected Areas
* Avoid fires – no smoking allowed inside the tents
* Use of bowls for washing purposes to avoid the soap from being thrown over to the floor or to natural water sources
* Avoid disturbing animals
* No animal hunting allowed
* Preservation of the flora, no orchid taking allowed
* Walking over the Inca ruins, walls or archaeological sites is absolutely forbidden.

– What type of Hotel does Quechuas Expeditions Include for their treks?

At Quechuas Expeditions, we always offer the Pumas Inn – Sumaq Muyurina. These hotels offer comfortable beds, hot water for showering, and a buffet breakfast.
NOTE: We guarantee these hostels per the itinerary if you book your trek in 2 months in advance, otherwise we may be forced to offer substitutes.

– Can I upgrade the hotel in Aguas Calientes?

There are two way to upgrade your accommodation in Aguas Calientes:
1.) Tell us what type hotel are interesting in book.
2.) Book your own accommodation.
Important: In both of the alternatives  we will give a $20 discount per person and you can use this money to upgrade your accommodation.

–  When do I need to make a trek reservation?
Salkantay Trek permits are not required for this trek so in theory you could just turn up in Cusco and book this trek a day or two in advance. However the train tickets from Aguas Calientes and back to Ollantaytambo at the end of the trek are becoming more and more difficult for us to purchase at short notice and it is highly recommended that these tickets are bought at least 2 months before trek departure.
The number of spaces within the group are also limited so if you have limited time in Cusco and you really want to do this trek then we would recommend making a trek booking as far in advance as possible.

– How far in advance do I need to make a trek reservation?
For the Salkantay Trail, As far in advance as possible. Because our company has strictly limited the number of people in our group Size( 8 people). We therefore recommend that you try to make your Salkantay reservation as far in advance as possible as soon as you know the dates of your international flights. The list of available trek spaces is shown on our Salkantay Trek main page and is updated 2 or 3 times a week. As long as dates are shown available then you can make a trek booking. Dates that have been crossed out have been closed either because they are fully booked or because the limited number of trek permits remaining on this day have dropped to a dangerously low level so we have stopped taking further bookings (even though the group is not full) and have had to buy the trek permits for the group.

We have included recommendations below as a guide as to when to make a trek booking.
Nov, Dec, Jan & March: Reservation should be made at least 2 months in advance
April, May, June, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct: In 2010 most trek permits were sold out between 2 and 3 months in advance. In 2007 we therefore recommend making a reservation at least 3 months in advance, although 5 months is recommended.

– How to Book Passes to Climb Huayna Picchu?
Climbing HuaynaPicchu mountain is a unique experience and provides a different perspective than from Intipunku (the Sun Gate). It takes approximately 45 minutes to climb.
If you want to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, note that The trail to Huayna Picchu is safe but very vertical and is about an hour and a half round trip. Beware that there are new regulations since July 2011 and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permit to climb Huayna Picchu is $80 if you want us to organize your permit to climb Huayna Picchu and we must have this request in writing and confirmed at the time of your booking indicating you will pay the extra 20$ for this permit.
There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am.
The guide will organize the tour of Machu Picchu around peoples climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits.
Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferable and non refundable.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to climb HuaynaPicchu. Please specify if you would like the ticket from 7am – 8am or from 10am – 11am.

– 10 – When is the best time to do Salkantay?
Dry season runs from May to November and this is typically the time that is most recommended. However, this is also the cooler time of year. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing at the height of the dry season.
June, July and August are the most popular months to visit so you will tend to encounter much larger crowds during these months.
In the wet season (December to April), you can expect showers three to four afternoons a week. For travelers that don’t mind a little drizzle and muddy trails, this time of year offers smaller crowds and greener hillsides, with wildflowers and orchids often in bloom.
The shoulder seasons, April to June or September to November can often provide the best of both worlds. They typically have fewer crowds and warmer temperatures than the height of the dry season, but still tend to have relatively little rain

EXTRA INFORMATION ABOUT OUR QUECHUAS EXPEDITIONS COMPANY:
We are a professional agency, and take care for our environment when we are working with groups and we provide a complete catered and guided service of the highest quality.
Quechuas Expeditions, has many years experience organizing tours & treks and only employ quality & responsible staff who you can trust. Our administration base is in Cusco.

Our tour service and client support in Cusco is managed by our agency, we are TOUR OPERATORS,
–  We are committed to departing with 02 of you on our Tours we will never pass you onto another Cheap Tour operator!
– We depart even if you are 02 people.
– We are the sole operators of all our tours!

Our Staff:
All the guides we use are certified and issued licenses by the Cuzco Tour Guides Association and our guides are trained every year.
We do not employ unlicensed or unaccredited guides and staff.

– How many days do I need to acclimatize before the Salkantay trek?

It is really important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek.

ACCLIMATIZATION
We do recommend that you arrive in Cuzco at least 2 days before the trek departs to help you become acclimatized to the altitude and avoid possible problems with altitude illness while on trek. All treks from Cuzco gain altitude quickly on the first day(s) with some treks gaining more than 1000m in altitude in a single day and it is important to be well acclimatized before commencing the trek.
It is advisable to have two full days in Cuzco to recover from your travel and to do at least one day hike to higher altitudes help with acclimatization. We can organize day hikes & other tours around Cuzco for you.
If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cuzco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cuzco to rest, recover from your travel and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cuzco before departing for the trek.
To avoid altitude sickness on the trek, we recommend that you spend time in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. If you have never been in high altitude, we recommend that you spend a day in the Sacred Valley because it is at lower altitude than Cusco city.

Prevention of altitude sickness
Climbers should be informed of the risks, symptoms and treatments for altitude sickness. If the ascent is to take place in a remote mountain it is important to be prepared and to take precautions.
Acclimatization – the best way to prevent altitude sickness is to ascend gradually, so that your body can become acclimatized to the changing altitude. Plan the acclimatization and make sure your trip includes enough time for this. Make sure everyone in the group is fully acclimatized before ascending.
Vacation packages – beware of vacation packages that promise to ascend a mountain in just a few days.
Fluids – consume between 4 to 6 liters of water per day.
Food – eat a high calorie diet while at high altitude.
Worsening symptoms – if moderate altitude symptoms worsen you should descend immediately.
Sleeping – when your altitude is over 3,000 meters, ascend no more than 300 meters each night. In other words, do not sleep at more than 300 meters higher than you slept the previous night. Even if you ascend more than 300 meters during the day, before going to sleep come back down so that you are no more than 300 meters higher than the night before when you go to sleep.
Smoking – do not smoke.
Alcohol – do not consume alcoholic drinks.
Acetazolamide/Dexamethasone – these medications can also be used to prevent altitude sickness.
Moderate symptoms – people with moderate symptoms should stay at their current altitude until their symptoms have gone completely.
Other medications – some medications may make symptoms worse while at high altitude, or ascending, including tranquilizers and sleeping pills.

– What is the best thing to do in the event of altitude sickness?
Wherever possible “go down”. The important things are to have gradual ascent, time to adjust, rest days, and someone who can recognize early problems. All these requirements are features of this trek. If you are staying in Cusco, you may still feel the effects.
The best advice is to sleep, take plenty of fluids or you could also try coca tea.
The porters chew coca leaves wrapped around a black resin called “llipta”.
When you are actually walking and active (especially on day two of the trail), this may help since it dilates the blood vessels and carries oxygen to the parts of the body that need it.

Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness, also called acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, Acosta disease,puna, or soroche is a disorder caused by being at high altitude where air pressure is low without prior acclimatization (the process of gradual exposure). If it does occur, it will do so at altitudes above 8,000 feet (2,500 meters) – 8000 meters is a common height for many ski resorts. More severe symptoms generally occur at above 3,600 meters (about 12,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).

Altitude Sickness Symptoms.
Symptoms of acute altitude sickness include:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • lethargy
  • poor sleep
  • loss of appetite

– What are the causes of altitude sickness?
The main cause of altitude sickness is ascending too rapidly. It may also be caused by going too high and staying there for too long. The human body needs to adapt to the lower air pressure and decreased levels of oxygen – for that it needs a gradual progression (acclimatization).
The average human body needs from 1 to 3 days to get acclimatized to a change in altitude. People who do not spend enough time acclimatizing to a new altitude before going further up have the highest risk of developing altitude sickness.
Altitude sickness – our body’s response to a lower oxygen supply to the muscles and brain – can become a serious and fatal condition.
If there is less oxygen in the blood, the heart and lungs have to work harder, raising the pulse and breathing rates. More red blood cells are made to enable the body to carry more oxygen. As our bodies respond to a change in altitude our blood acidity level, lung pressure, electrolyte levels and fluid and salt balance change.
Diagnosing altitude sickness
If a person has climbed to an altitude above 2,500 feet, they have a headache plus at least one of the symptoms listed above, then an accurate diagnosis is fairly straightforward.
The first symptoms of altitude sickness tend to be a headache, light-headedness, exhaustion, insomnia and stomach upset. Anyone who develops these symptoms should immediately stop ascending, or even go down to a lower level and rest until symptoms have completely gone.

– What are the treatment options for altitude sickness?
The signs and symptoms of altitude sickness should not be ignored, because the potential complications of the condition could be fatal. Death from altitude sickness used to be much more common in the past; mainly because people did not spot the signs or symptoms (or decided to ignore them).
People with very mild symptoms may continue ascending, but at a much slower pace. It is important to let others know the symptoms are there, no matter how mild they might be.

People with slightly more severe symptoms should:

  • Rest completely
  • Consume plenty of (non-alcoholic) fluids
  • Not smoke

Descending – descending to a lower altitude is probably the best thing to do if symptoms develop. Attempts to treat or stabilize the patient in situ at altitude is dangerous, unless highly controlled and with good medical facilities. People with moderate symptoms usually respond well if they descent just 1,000 feet (300 meters) and stay there for 24 hours. If the individual with moderate symptoms remains at this lower altitude for a couple of days their body will have become acclimatized and they can then start ascending again.
People with severe symptoms should descend at least 2,000 feet (600 meters) as soon as possible. If this is not done quickly there is a risk of serious of life-threatening complications. People whose symptoms do not improve after descending 600 meters should go down further until they start feeling better.
Pure oxygen – giving pure oxygen to a person with severe breathing problems caused by altitude sickness can help. Oxygen is commonly provided by physicians at mountain resorts.
Gamow bag – this is used when a rapid descent is not possible. It is a portable plastic hyperbaric chamber inflated with a foot pump. It can be used to reduce the effective altitude by up to 1,500 meters (5,000 feet). It is usually used as an aid to evacuate patients with severe symptoms, not to treat them at high altitude.
Coca plant – this is a folk remedy for altitude sickness in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. A tea is made from the coca plant.
Painkillers – Tylenol (paracetamol) or ibuprofen can be taken for headaches.
Acetazolamide – this medication corrects the chemical imbalance in the blood caused by altitude sickness, as well as accelerating the patient’s breathing rate. If the person can breathe more quickly their body will have more oxygen, resulting in an alleviation of some symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness and headache. This medication has some possible side effects, including pins-and-needles on the face, fingers and toes, excessive urination, and blurred vision (rare).

Prevention of altitude sickness
Climbers should be informed of the risks, symptoms and treatments for altitude sickness. If the ascent is to take place in a remote mountain it is important to be prepared and to take precautions.
Acclimatization – the best way to prevent altitude sickness is to ascend gradually, so that your body can become acclimatized to the changing altitude. Plan the acclimatization and make sure your trip includes enough time for this. Make sure everyone in the group is fully acclimatized before ascending.
Vacation packages – beware of vacation packages that promise to ascend a mountain in just a few days.
Fluids – consume between 4 to 6 liters of water per day.
Food – eat a high calorie diet while at high altitude.
Worsening symptoms – if moderate altitude symptoms worsen you should descend immediately.
Sleeping – when your altitude is over 3,000 meters, ascend no more than 300 meters each night. In other words, do not sleep at more than 300 meters higher than you slept the previous night. Even if you ascend more than 300 meters during the day, before going to sleep come back down so that you are no more than 300 meters higher than the night before when you go to sleep.
Smoking – do not smoke.
Alcohol – do not consume alcoholic drinks.
Acetazolamide/Dexamethasone – these medications can also be used to prevent altitude sickness.
Moderate symptoms – people with moderate symptoms should stay at their current altitude until their symptoms have gone completely.
Other medications – some medications may make symptoms worse while at high altitude, or ascending, including tranquilizers and sleeping pills.

– Do I need to bring hiking boots & walking Poles?
Hiking boots are highly recommended, as they provide ankle support that reduces the risk of injury, especially when trekking in the wet season (December to March) as you will encounter a lot of mud and rocks. It is also important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in.
Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken. We do not recommend trekking in sandals, using new boots, or renting boots prior to the trek. Make sure the shoes are sturdy enough for the duration of the trek and will not fall apart.

– Can I use trekking poles on the Salkantay trek ?
Many people like hiking with trekking poles or walking sticks as they provide stability and support when trekking on rocky terrain. Recently, government authorities have stopped trekkers from using wooden sticks that could have come from local forests to prevent deforestation of the protected Andean region.

– Are there toilets on the Salkantay Trail?
Welcome to Quechuas Expeditions.
Quechuas Expeditions, is an adventure trekking specialist that offers unique experiences to little known wilderness places.
Quechuas Expeditions, since 2006, offers creative and innovative ideas to allow the maximum enjoyment of the richness of our country, providing an agile, personalized and efficient service, with the backing of professionals of vast experience in the field of tourism.
Our tours are led by knowledgeable professional guides who will help you explore Salkantay Mountain. We customize from simple to specialized itineraries covering any particular interests and activities.
The top-quality professional preparation of our personnel (guides and counters), besides the high quality standards in choosing our providers, have always guaranteed customers satisfaction.
Our adventure hikes are specifically and carefully designed, and you will find many of them ONLY on this site.
We are specialists in Inca Trail alternate (or alternative) routes, so if you have missed out on a place on the Classic Inca Trail then you have come to the right place to find some great Inca Trail alternatives and options.
Trekking in the Andes is a passion for us – which we would like to share with you. We highly recommend these alternative treks to Machu Picchu (and other locations) as a wonderful way to get off the beaten track and experience the real Peru.
Find all the information you need to plan your trip to Peru – we are specialists in Peru adventure travel. We have the most frequent departures of any agency in Cusco on the challenging 5 day Salkantay to Machu Picchu route!
Among the services offered by the company stands out the coordination of itineraries for individuals or groups, including hotel reservations, transport, tours, car rentals, logistical support activities and any other special requirements necessary.
We always work thinking of you, of your needs, but above all, of your expectations. We know that every detail is important, and for this reason make our best…

– If I am traveling alone can I have my own tent?
If you are traveling alone and are willing to share a tent with a member of the same sex, then there is no additional cost. If there is no one of the same sex, you will receive a tent of your own at not additional cost. However, if you would like your own tent and are unwilling to share, then there is an additional charge of US$40.

How many people can fit in each tent?
There are two people per tent and Plenty of space for personal stuff

– Is the Salkantay trek difficult?
All of the treks are fairly difficult and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting the trek. You have to be moderately fit to complete this hike. Try walking 10km in a day or go to the gym a month before the trek because we will cover a lot of distance in the first 2 days.
The Salkantay Trek is a 50km hike through mountainous regions. The maximum altitude reached is 4600m above sea level. You should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately 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.
Note: It is really important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend two or three days in Cusco (3400m/11220ft) prior to starting the trek. This time can be put to good use visiting the city of Cusco, the nearby Inca ruins, and the Sacred Valley.
The second day of the trek will be the longest and hardest. After an early breakfast, we will start hiking up a moderate climb for three and half hours until we reach the Salkantay Pass (4,650m/15,092ft). From this point, we can soak in spectacular views of Cusco’s second highest peak. At the pass, you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present for the mountain spirit.

– Salkantay Trek Map
Cusco covers a total area of 70,015.30 Km2. In this beautiful land, it is possible to find colorful Andean valleys, snowy peaks, rivers, waterfalls, the beautiful Andean jungle, Inca and pre-Inca sites, and several Andean communities. These Andean communities are connected by thousands of paths. Some of these paths have been used before the Spaniards arrived to Peru. One of these paths is the one connecting the Andean valley of Mollepata with the Santa Teresa town located in the Andean Jungle. This path is well-known as the Salkantay Trek. After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful and popular one. Indeed, the magazine National Geographic Adventure rated the Salkantay Trek as one of the best 25 treks all over the world.

– Salkantay Trek Most Importanta List of Things?
During the trek your main luggage will be stored at your hotel in Cuzco and you will receive a small duffle bag at your briefing (which will be held the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes for 3-4 days. Your team of porters or horseman will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail.
Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the horseman will always be ahead of the group. You should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. By Peruvian law the duffle bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs) which is to include your sleeping bag. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra amount together with your day pack.

–  Packing List for the Salkantay Trek
Please note: During the Salkantay trek even daytime temperatures can become extremely cold with a wind chill factor, especially on day 2 crossing the high passes.
* Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
* One sleeping bag per person: 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, can also be hired in our office for US$30.
* One pillow per person
* Thermarest pads are provided with no extra cost.
* Well worn-in waterproof walking boots: Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight.
* Waterproof clothing: A plastic poncho is recommended and can be purchased easily for approx US$1.
* A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
* Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
* Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
* Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
* Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
* Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
* Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
* Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
* Sun block
* After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
* Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
* Handkerchiefs
* Toilet paper
* Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
* Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
* Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
Small towel
* Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
* Cash in soles and/or US$
* Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

Very Important Documents
* Original Passports & Travel Insurance (copy of this)
* Salkantay Trek Map (Will be provided at the time of briefing)
* Original International Student Identity Card ISIC (in case you have applied for a student discount)

–  What do I need to bring on the trek?

What we Recommended that you Carry?
– A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
– Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
– Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
– Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
– Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
– Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
– Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
– Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
– Sun block
– After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
– Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
– Handkerchiefs
– Toilet paper
– Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
– Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
– Small towel
– Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
– Cash in soles and/or US$
– Original passport
– Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
– Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites).

Salkantay Trek Recommendations
If you have decided to hike the Salkantay Trek, please make sure you read this section. The Salkantay is a beautiful trek covering Andean valleys, snowy peaks, the Andean jungle, and Machu Picchu. This amazing trek is considered a moderate to difficult hike for which you need to be prepared.
First, the Salkantay Trek covers a total distance of about 55.5 miles (89 kilometers) – the Short version is about 10.5 miles (or 17 kilometers) shorter  – and reaches a maximum elevation of about 14,760 f.a.s.l. (4,600 m.a.s.l.). The trek starts at about 9,180 f.a.s.l. (2,850 m.a.s.l.) which means that in one day and a half, you will gain an elevation of about  5,580 f.a.s.l. (1,750 m.a.s.l.) These are two good reasons to be in good physical shape and used to the altitude of a high altitude city such as Cusco before starting the trek. It is recommended that you stay in Cusco or another high altitude city a couple of full days prior to starting the trek. In addition, you might choose to  take high altitude sickness pills or chew coca leaves during the trek. If you get the symptoms of altitude sickness (strong headache, nausea, stomachache, and sometimes nose bleeding), try to drink a lot of liquid, and either have a very light meal or eat nothing at all.  You should  be feeling better the next day.
Second, since you will be hiking through several ecological steps, you will be encountering different climates and will need to be ready for it. For instance, the first day will be sunny in the beginning and very cold at night (below freezing) with almost no chance of rain.
The second day will be below freezing in the morning, windy at midday with a low possibility of rain, and cool at night.
The third day will be warm during the day and cool at night with a possibility of rain.
The fourth day will be cool at morning with a possibility of rain and warm at midday. All these weather changes require you to bring the necessary gear to make this trek an enjoyable experience. Some of the basic gear you should bring are an impermeable or rain poncho, waterproof hiking boots, sun screen, hiking hat, sun glasses, light jacket, warm jacket, long and short sleeves shirts, gloves, hat, wool socks, thermal underwear and a good sleeping bag (good for 15 Fahrenheit degrees or less).
Third, campsites are dark at night so make sure you have a good flashlight. The sky at night is spectacular and if you want to spend a while outside looking at the stars, please make sure you have a good supply of batteries.

Finally, remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.

Finally:
Remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.
In order to fully enjoy this once in a time experience, we recommend that you  follow these instructions. Travel Insurance is highly recommended for this trip and a copy of it may be requested.
Please keep in mind that our horses will carry up to 17.6 pounds or 8 kilograms of your personal belongings. If you bring more weight, we recommend that you to hire a personal horse.

Checking list for the Salkantay Trek
Well broken hiking shoes, a good jacket, a sleeping bag for low temperatures (as low as 28ºF), an impermeable, and sun   screen should be your priority when hiking in the Peruvian Andes. In the Andes and high jungle weather is sometimes unpredictable.
The following items should be brought to the trek: Waterproof shoes, sleeping bag for low temperatures, gloves, cotton hat, thermal socks, day hat, heavy jacket, light jacket and impermeable, long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, t-shirts, underwear, sun glasses, tennis shoes or sandals to be used at the campsites, small first aid kit, toilet paper, sun screen, insect repellant, flashlight, and water container.
You might consider the following items: Snacks, energy bars, walking sticks (Rustic walking sticks can be purchased before starting the trek), sealable bags, wet wipes, water purification pills, altitude sickness pills and camera.
Please make sure to bring your personal medication to the trek as well as stomachache pills, diarrhea pills, and headache pills.

– Salkantay Trek Preparations

What we Recommended that you Carry?
– A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
– Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
– Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
– Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
– Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
– Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
– Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold condition
– Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
– Sun block
– After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
– Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
– Handkerchiefs
– Toilet paper
– Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
– Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far

– Small towel
– Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
– Cash in soles and/or US$
– Original passport
– Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
– Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites).

Salkantay Trek Recommendations
If you have decided to hike the Salkantay Trek, please make sure you read this section. The Salkantay is a beautiful trek covering Andean valleys, snowy peaks, the Andean jungle, and Machu Picchu. This amazing trek is considered a moderate to difficult hike for which you need to be prepared.
First, the Salkantay Trek covers a total distance of about 55.5 miles (89 kilometers) – the Short version is about 10.5 miles (or 17 kilometers) shorter  – and reaches a maximum elevation of about 14,760 f.a.s.l. (4,600 m.a.s.l.). The trek starts at about 9,180 f.a.s.l. (2,850 m.a.s.l.) which means that in one day and a half, you will gain an elevation of about  5,580 f.a.s.l. (1,750 m.a.s.l.) These are two good reasons to be in good physical shape and used to the altitude of a high altitude city such as Cusco before starting the trek. It is recommended that you stay in Cusco or another high altitude city a couple of full days prior to starting the trek. In addition, you might choose to  take high altitude sickness pills or chew coca leaves during the trek. If you get the symptoms of altitude sickness (strong headache, nausea, stomachache, and sometimes nose bleeding), try to drink a lot of liquid, and either have a very light meal or eat nothing at all.  You should  be feeling better the next day.

Second, since you will be hiking through several ecological steps, you will be encountering different climates and will need to be ready for it. For instance, the first day will be sunny in the beginning and very cold at night (below freezing) with almost no chance of rain. The second day will be below freezing in the morning, windy at midday with a low possibility of rain, and cool at night. The third day will be warm during the day and cool at night with a possibility of rain. The fourth day will be cool at morning with a possibility of rain and warm at midday. All these weather changes require you to bring the necessary gear to make this trek an enjoyable experience. Some of the basic gear you should bring are an impermeable or rain poncho, waterproof hiking boots, sun screen, hiking hat, sun glasses, light jacket, warm jacket, long and short sleeves shirts, gloves, hat, wool socks, thermal underwear and a good sleeping bag (good for 15 Fahrenheit degrees or less).

Third, campsites are dark at night so make sure you have a good flashlight. The sky at night is spectacular and if you want to spend a while outside looking at the stars, please make sure you have a good supply of batteries.

Finally, remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.

Finally:
Remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.
In order to fully enjoy this once in a time experience, we recommend that you  follow these instructions. Travel Insurance is highly recommended for this trip and a copy of it may be requested.
Please keep in mind that our horses will carry up to 17.6 pounds or 8 kilograms of your personal belongings. If you bring more weight, we recommend that you to hire a personal horse.

Checking list for the Salkantay Trek
Well broken hiking shoes, a good jacket, a sleeping bag for low temperatures (as low as 28ºF), an impermeable, and sun   screen should be your priority when hiking in the Peruvian Andes. In the Andes and high jungle weather is sometimes unpredictable.
The following items should be brought to the trek: Waterproof shoes, sleeping bag for low temperatures, gloves, cotton hat, thermal socks, day hat, heavy jacket, light jacket and impermeable, long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, t-shirts, underwear, sun glasses, tennis shoes or sandals to be used at the campsites, small first aid kit, toilet paper, sun screen, insect repellant, flashlight, and water container.
You might consider the following items: Snacks, energy bars, walking sticks (Rustic walking sticks can be purchased before starting the trek), sealable bags, wet wipes, water purification pills, altitude sickness pills and camera.
Please make sure to bring your personal medication to the trek as well as stomachache pills, diarrhea pills, and headache pills.

– What About drinking water?
We 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 can be bought in most pharmacies in Cusco. With these tablets you have to wait between 30 and 40 minutes before drinking. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cusco or bought at Mollepata or Santa Teresa.
We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.
Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.

– What is the difference between the 4 days & 5 Days Salkantay trek?
The 4 day will use a bus on the 3rd day from La Playa campsite to Hydroelectric train station. Then, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes. This use of transportation is reflected in the price of this trek.
You will not visit Santa Teresa and Cocalmayo Hot Spring that is offered for our company in the third day like a new option after 3 days of trekking.
The 5 day trek does not use extra transportation to get to Aguas Calientes. This trek walks the distance that the 4 day trek avoided.

–  What Type of train does Quechuas Expeditions Include?
Quechuas Expeditions Company  wants all of our tourist to enjoy as much time as possible at MachuPicchu (you deserve it after your long trek!) We always book the Expedition train on PeruRail which departs at 18:45pm.
With this Train(Expeditions Service), you will have all day to visit Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
This train will arrive to Ollantaytambo at 20:20pm and you will be picked up by your driver. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so there is no confusion. You will be transported back to your hotel/hostel in Cusco, you will Arrive Approximately between 10:00pm – 10:30pm.
Vistadome Upgraded Train (Vistadome Panoramic windows)
(Expedition Tourist train service is included in your tour.) Vistadome train is an optional train returning from Aguas Calientes to Cusco extra of (US$60 per person. This service departs at 15:47 pm from Aguas Calientes Station and arrives at 17:30 pm to Ollantaytambo Train Station then 2 hours private vehicle to Cusco. If you want a Vistadome service you need to contact us directly on info@quechuasexpeditions.com for this to be done and confirmed to you or mark in your booking form when you book your trek.

– Can I book an earlier train At the end of my Salkantay trek?
You have to tell us, what type of train service you want to come back.

– Can I Also do Salkantay Trek in 3 days?
Yes, we can also organize Salkantay Trek 3 days(Please, note we take the same route
1st Day. Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa(where we start hiking) – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay
2nd Day. Huayracmachay – La playa (where we take 2 hours of a Local Transporation to Hydroelectric Train station) here we walk to Aguas Calientes where we do overnight in a hostel.
3rd Day: Machupicchu – Cusco.
prices are based on Number of people departing that date ( And we will advertise the day to get more people and make the price lower.)

Inca Trail Frequently Asked Questions

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WHY QUECHUAS EXPEDITIONS? The Best Local Tour Operator.

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• Under Inca Trail and Alternative Treks Local Guides Management (100% Peruvian People)
• 13 years of Experience specializing in Tourism in Cusco, Peru.
• We have Many Real travelers reviews and Highly Recommended by Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor, Frommers & South American Explorer Club. (Please, Click at here Quechuas Expeditions)
So why you are Looking at the Rest when you have the Best…
• The Best Local Tour Operator in Cusco, Peru.
• Small group specialists (02 people Minimum Average 06 ppl. & 08 people Maximum) but can cater for large groups
• Official licensed Local Tour Operator on the Classic Inca Trail, Alternative Inca Treks to Machupicchu and Jungle Tours
• “we don’t pass our passengers to other cheap agencies as most travel agencies do here. they will re-sell you to other cheap companies.
• We never share service with other agencies” thats why they dont have the control of the service because they share porters(Porters overloaded) cook, transport, guide and other things once you are on the inca trail, we depart with 02 people Minimum & our Maximum 08 people (Note: Typical Group Size 4 to 6 people)
• Highly Experienced Professional Quechua, Spanish, English speaking guides
• High quality, safe, fun and environmentally friendly tours
• We Support Sustainable, Responsible & Ethical Tourism…
• Dedicated to high quality service Brand new Camping, Biking Equipment and Private Land Transportation
• Respect for culture and nature / environmental consciousness and conservation.
• We are the most reliable company in the business
PROMPERU (Peruvian Goverment Official Website)
• Responsible Tourism and Well-paid and well-treated porters (Inca Trail agencies fined for not paying minimum wage to the porters click here)
• Personal treatment, Enthusiastic, experienced and well-trained employees who speak fluent English and French
• Shared passion for travel, Payable tours
• 5% of our profit we donate and it benefits to these Quechuas communities where our inca trail porters live canacchimpa, Huarocondo.

How far in advance should we reserve our space on the Inca Trail?
We recommend that you make a reservation for the Inca Trail as far in advance as possible. From trips from October to March, we suggest booking 4 months in advance and from May to September, 6 months. In the high-season (July to August) we advise a minimum of 7 to 9 months. Government restrictions designed to protect the route limits the number of trekkers to 500 per day, including guides, porters and cooks.
If the trail is fully booked there are many alternative Inca trails(Salkantay Trek, Inca Jungle Trail, Lares Trek) that follow other Inca roads systems which can include an optional visit to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes.

Do I need to buy a trail permit to hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
Yes. All who use the hiking trails in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary are required to purchase a trail permit. Companies which claim to offer you a trek that does not require a permit are offering a trek which does not enter the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

How do I buy the permit?
As part of confirming you on one of our treks, we purchase permits not only for you but for the porters and other trek crew who haul your gear and look after trek operations. In the following discussion, we use “permit” in both the singular sense (“you need a permit to trek in the park”) and in the collective sense (“we purchase a permit for 8 passengers plus trek crew”). Before we can purchase your permit, we need: your full name as it appears on your valid passport (IMPORTANT: check the passport expiry date!), your passport number, your date of birth, and gender. This information appears in the official trail documents and is checked carefully against your passport at control gates on the trail. If the information does not match, you may be refused access to the park and lose your trek.

I need to renew my passport. How can I get a permit without a valid passport?
We can purchase the permit using your expired passport number. You then must bring both the expired passport and your new passport with you on the trail, and present both documents at the checkpoints. If your passport agency does not return your original passport, then it is essential that you keep a photocopy of the ID page of the original passport, and bring that with you to Peru. If you have no passport at all, then you cannot join a trek until you obtain a passport. If your name or passport number varies from what you supplied to us for the permit application, then the park authority may deny you access to the trail. Therefore, it is essential that you supply accurate passport data, and bring this passport with you to the trek.

I noticed that I gave you an incorrect passport number when I applied to join the trek. Can you fix that?
So long as permits are available for your trek date, we can purchase a new permit with the new passport number to allow you to participate in the trek. The cost of the original permit is non-refundable. At the trek orientation you will have to pay for both the old permit and the new permit. If no more permits are available, then park authorities may refuse to grant you access to the Inca Trail if your passport number does not match that listed on the permit.

I lost my passport which I gave you to purchase the permit. I’m applying for a new one. What happens now?
So long as permits are available for your trek date, we can purchase a new permit with the new passport number to allow you to participate in the trek. The cost of the original permit is non-refundable. At the trek orientation you will have to pay for both the old permit and the new permit. If no more permits are available, then park authorities may refuse to grant you access to the Inca Trail if your passport number does not match that listed on the permit.

Is it possible to join a trekking group close to the trek departure date?
For all dates but those very early and very late in the trekking season, the answer is a resounding NO. Trekking permits sell out typically three months ahead of the trek date. The park authorities allow only 500 people to enter the park for any given day. Each person who enters that day needs to be listed on a permit, including guides, cooks, porters, and trekkers. From the end of March through the end of October, if you’re not on a roster three months prior to your trek, you’ll likely find that no permits are left. When that happens, you have two options – change your holiday dates, or trek outside the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary. For an excellent alternate route, we suggest our Alternative Treks(Salkantay Trek, Inca Jungle Trail, Lares Trek) ending in Machu Picchu

What about late cancellations?
Current regulations do not allow us to replace cancelled passengers with new passengers. Trek permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

If I give you my deposit now, do you buy my permit immediately?
Not necessarily immediately, but we customarily purchase the permits within a few days of receiving your deposit.
and if you want us to act Asap (Send us Your deposit by Western Union wich is the fastest and safest way in Cusco, Peru and we can get the money in Minutes and Confirm the Trip in Minutes as well.)

Can I enter Machu Picchu ruins at night on my trek permit?
No. Night-time entry to the Machu Picchu ruins is currently prohibited by the INC (Peruvian National Institute of Culture)

If I change trek dates can I transfer my permit?
Both your trail permit and your trek deposit are non-refundable and non-transferable. To join a new trek date, we have to start the permit process all over again.

Can I make a reservation for the Inca Trail without a Passport Number?
No. We can only accept reservation with a passport-number. When you’re applying for a new passport, at the moment of making a reservation for the Inca Trail, you can send us your old passport-number and take this passport with you to Peru. If you’re old passport is not returned to you or you forget to bring your old passport with you on the trek you will not be allowed to start the Inca Trail and you will not be entitled to a refund. A photocopy of your old passport is NOT permissible; you have to bring your original old passport.

Who controls the Inca Trail availability?
The availability applies to the Inca Trail itself and not to our Agency. Any Agency you choose will have the same availability. Therefore, it is useless to contact another Agency if the date you want is not available.
A large number of available spaces does not mean at all that “there is still time”. Some agencies group their requests together and it is not unusual to see 30 spaces go away in only 5 minutes.
Availability is controlled by the Peruvian National Institute of Culture. Only they are able to manage and authorize the access to the Inca Trail.
According to the current regulations (Resolution nº 02-2003-UGM-CD), the access to the Inca Trail is limited to 500 people per day, including the personnel. For this reason, the number of available spaces on this page corresponds to spaces for trekkers, that is to say 40% of the total number (60% approximately is for the Trek personnel).
According to the same regulations, reservations can only be made up for the current season (from March to January).
The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance; so this month is not available.

How difficult is the hike?
The entire 4-day trail hike is 25 miles so the distances traveled each day are not terribly long. Although it is generally accepted that anyone who is accustomed to hiking and camping (i.e. walking for several hours and sleeping in tents) can hike the Inca Trail, the altitude can make hiking these distances feel about twice as difficult as hiking the same distance at sea level. For a detailed description of the hike itself, check out hiking the Classic Inca Trail.(Thats why we organize small Groups so one can walk slowly and on a natural pace, and there will be plenty of time to take breaks as well as to take pictures)

What are the guides like?
Our Quechuas Expeditions Tours guides are among the very best and most experienced guides anywhere. They are from the surrounding Cusco/ Sacred Valley area and speak fluent English, in addition to Spanish and the native language of Quechua. Most have 5-10 years of experience leading Inca trail hikes and all have training in the history, spirituality, culture, and ecology of the area. We receive rave reviews on our guides. For more information, check out our Testimonials at: Our Testimonials Most of them are highly recommended by Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor.

What is the food like on the Inca trail?
A cook accompanies every group on the Inca trail. Almost invariably, travelers comment on the delicious menu. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hearty snacks are provided for your hike. Meals are a mix of local specialties and international favorites. Check out our Inca Trail menu. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. Other special dietary requests can usually be accommodated as well with sufficient notice. (You will never be hungry with us. there will be plenty of food)

How is drinking water supplied?
Although there are places to purchase bottled water occasionally along the trail, we recommend that travelers bring their own refillable bottles to limit plastic waste. Water is boiled, treated with iodine, and then filtered with one of our portable filters (Katadyn and PUR commonly used). It is available in the morning to fill your bottles and at every meal.

Which campsites do you use?
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 Wayllabamba, Pacaymayo and Wiñay Wayna or Phuyupatamarca. Please, Note: the first 250 spaces go to Wiñayhuayna 3rd campsite and when this is full we only get Phuyupatamarca campsite(Government allocate spaces for all tour operators) so we recommend to book well in advance.

What equipment is supplied by Quechuas Expeditions?
We supply the sleeping tents (4 season Aluminum poles tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity ten), dining tents, tables, chairs, toilet tents, cooking equipment, water purifiers, air Thermarest mattresses, and other camping equipment. Our outfitter purchases the highest quality equipment in Peru and older equipment is evaluated and replaced on a regular basis.

What do I need to bring for the hike?
Travelers only need to bring their own personal supplies and a sleeping bag. If you do not have a sleeping bag, these can be rented in Cusco for a reasonable rate. And if you have an extra porter a duffle bag will be provided for your belongings on the Inca trail so travelers do not need to bring a large backpack unless desired. Proper sun gear, comfortable trekking clothes, mosquito repellant, hiking shoes, a flashlight, a camera, and 1-2 refillable water bottles are recommended. Rain gear is also recommended during the wet season (December- March) and cold weather gear (warm jacket, thermals, hat and gloves) is recommended for the dry season (especially June- August). Please, we recommend to bring rain stuff Just in case. even if we are in dry season.

What do I need to carry?
We recommend that travelers carry the items that they will need each day while hiking such as water, snacks, camera and film. Porters will carry all of your other supplies including camping equipment, clothes, sleeping bags, etc. We generally ask travelers to bring only the belongings that they will need for the trail and leave any unneeded luggage at the hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. To prevent porters from becoming overloaded, we ask all travelers to limit their personal belongings to 12 lbs for the hike.
and if you have an extra porter he will carry all your personal stuff and depends on the pottering service you have requested
Full Porter(12kg) Half Porter(6kg) and Porter to carry Sleeping bag and Pad(4 kg)

What if I have a medical emergency while hiking the trail?
Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts/ scrapes, etc.). They receive Red Cross First Aid and other emergency training every year. Our guides lead over 300 travelers along the Inca trail each year and we have rarely had a traveler unable to complete the hike. In these rare instances when someone has not felt well enough to finish the hike, he/ she has been escorted back to Cusco and generally felt well enough to re-join the group in Machu Picchu via train a few days later. Cusco has the nearest modern medical facilities so travelers with a serious medical emergency would need to be evacuated there. Guides and porters have pre-established evacuation strategies in place should this need occur.

How concerned should I be about the altitude on the hike?
Altitude affects each traveler differently and until you have visited an area with high altitude, it is impossible to predict how your body will react. For this reason, all of our hiking tours include at least 3 days at high altitude with mild activities before travelers begin hiking. This time allows your body to begin acclimatizing (though full acclimatization would take several months) and provides travelers a good indication of how they will feel on the Inca trail (as altitude symptoms are generally the worst on the first day or two at elevation). Commonly, our travelers report mild altitude symptoms such as fatigue, headache, or light-headedness during their first day or two at elevation. Hotels and our porters on the Inca trail have oxygen available for travelers feeling the effects of the elevation.
Severe altitude sickness is rare. In this case, the best treatment is to go down in elevation as soon as possible. We have never had a traveler that had to be evacuated to low altitude. Many severe cases of altitude sickness are the result of a pre-existing condition that is aggravated by the altitude. It is important to ask your doctor whether or not travel to high altitude is advised, especially if you have a pre-existing heart or lung condition such as high blood pressure, asthma, angina, etc. You might also want to ask your doctor about prescription Diamox, a diuretic that many travelers swear by to help them adjust to the altitude more readily. On the Inca trail, you will be hiking in altitudes ranging from
9,000-14,500 ft. The highest camping spot is 12,000 ft.

What about my luggage which I don’t need on the trek?
We suggest you to leave your entire luggage, which you don’t need during the trekking, behind in your hotel. Almost every hotel in Cusco has a safety deposit where you can store your luggage and do not charge for this service when you’ll return to the same hotel after your trek. But if they dont have a place we also have a place where you can leave with us. Let us know Please.

How much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh?
Sleep mat weight = 1 kg
Sleeping bag weight = 2 kg

I am on my own, will I have someone to share a tent with?
Yes another person of the same sex or if you prefer you can pay a single supplement for a tent just for you. This is US$ 30 (For the entire trek)

Should I hire an extra porter?
If you have not trekked in altitude before we would suggest your organize the extra porter. Unless you have hired an extra porter you will need to carry your own back pack, sleeping bag and the mattress and water for the day. 75% of our travelers hire the extra porter for 6kilos. If you would like to have a porter carry your things, one can be hired for US$ 75 for every 6 kilos (shared porter, each porter carries 12 Kg plus his gear) Quechuas Expeditions provide a duffle porter bag at the briefing the night before your hike. You should bring only what you absolutely need/want on the trek, and store the rest of your belongings in Cusco (see the information on our Free Luggage Storage).
Even though if you do hire a porter you will still need a day pack with you so that you can carry such items as your camera, water bottle, snacks (energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, remember glucose is a big help and imperative in the highs), sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) and anything else you will need before lunch as the porters do not walk alongside you. You will meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at the campsite.
It is best to put everything up to 15 kgs in one duffle bag if you are a couple or 2 for the porter so that you don’t have 2 large backpacks in your tent. We can provide you with a duffel bag to use. At the final lunch the staff will provide blue sacs to those who hired extra porters for transporting your belongings back to Cusco. Please return it to our main office in Cusco.
Please note that there are fines and notifications if you give an excess of 6 or 12 kgs, so try to under-pack rather than over-pack—if it is overweight at the weigh station, items will have to be removed to reduce the weight.

Extra Porter Includes:

– Entrance to the Inca Trail 42 soles
– Bus Ticket Cusco to Km 82 (20 soles)
– Food while on the Trek (30 soles)
– Salary of the Porter for the Entire 4 days (50 soles a day)200 soles total.

INCA TRAIL ALTITUDE SICKNESS

• Altitude Sickness (Soroche) Recommendations
The best way to prevent “soroche” is to make a gradual ascension. If the visitor has the time and is able to spend the first nights in the Sacred Valley, he (or she) will be less prone to suffer from altitude sickness.
It is very important that those that arrive in Cusco carry out their activities gradually. We recommend that you rest the first day, eat little and only light food, and enjoy the delicious coca leaf tea.

Part I: Prepare yourself for traveling to high elevations
Basic Concepts
At high elevations, the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere, percentage-wise, is the same as at sea level. But when barometric pressures diminish, so does the pressure of oxygen present in tissues (thereby causing Hypoxia).

This physical phenomenon explains why the quantity of oxygen molecules per breath inhaled is lower at higher elevations than it is at sea level. Faced with this type of challenge, individuals evolve acclimatization procedures that engage most of their systems: respiratory, blood & circulatory, renal, and nervous. The evolved physiological mechanisms tend to normalize the amount of oxygen in their tissues.
These pathologies can manifest themselves in people intolerant to high elevations – mainly the first week – but can be avoided by being aware of what their initial symptoms are, and stopping them from fully developing.
For there to be normal activity, an adequate supply of oxygen must first be secured. Peripheral chemoreceptors, or nerve endings, serve as sensors of the amount of oxygen that enters into the bloodstream. Nerve endings swiftly react to changes of oxygen pressure in arterial blood, and inform the nervous centers that control breathing and cardiac cycles. This information brings about a progressive increase in pulmonary ventilation, which can be observed during the first few days at high elevations (3 to 5 days). This process is called “Ventilatory Acclimatization.” Concentrations of Nor-adrenaline and Adrenaline in the blood increase. This brings about a rise in cardiac frequency, regardless of whether the individual is in repose or working out.
If the exposure to high altitudes is long enough, the first adaptation strategies – respiratory and cardiovascular adjustments – give way to less strenuous mechanisms – mainly an increased production of red blood cells – that improve the transport of oxygen from the environment into the tissues. Adaptive reactions to high elevations may cause certain disorders, however, either by the over-functioning or under-functioning of the mechanisms involved in the acclimatization to high elevations.
These disorders can and should be avoided, by following the recommendations set forth in the second part of this brochure. The time and quality of the acclimatization process varies from person to person. It has nothing to do with previous physical training, or the number of times a person has been in high elevations. If you have to travel to elevations higher than 3,500 meters (11,480 feet) above sea level and have to stay there, it’s very important to prevent the onset of two distinctive pathologies produced by high elevations: pulmonary edema or brain edema.

Medication
• Acetazolamide (NC. Diamox) – 1 tablet every 12 hours, 24 hours before the trip – Half a tablet every 12 hours until the third day in high elevations
• Paracetamol – 1 tablet every 8 hours, in case of headache.
• Ibuprofen 1 400 mg pill before the trip and in case of headaches that don’t lessen with Paracetamol, take one Ibuprofen every 12 hours after meals (it may produce stomach ache).
In case of continued altitude sickness, seek medical help. You must receive oxygen or be promptly removed to a lower elevation.

Part II: General recommendations for people traveling to high elevations

The day before your travel:
• Sleep well.
• Don’t eat foods that are hard to digest.
• Don’t drink alcoholic beverages.

The day you arrive:
• Refrain from strenuous physical activity.
• Drink at least one liter of water a day.
• Eat small quantities of food, preferably carbohydrates.
• Wear appropriate clothing to stay warm.
• Complete rest is recommended for people with altitude sickness scores higher than six points (see below).
• Don’t take sleeping pills or tranquilizers.

The second to the fourth day after your arrival
• Refrain from strenuous physical activity.
• Drink plenty of liquids, commensurate to your physical activity.
• Don’t eat foods that are hard to digest.
• Wear appropriate clothing to stay warm.
• Don’t take sleeping pills or tranquilizers.

During your first four days in high elevations refrain from any strenuous physical activity.
If you feel like you are choking or are breathing noisily, your lips and/or ears turn purple or blue (cyanosis), you have a persistent cough and your sputum is foamy or pinkish in color, you may be developing a serious pulmonary edema caused by the high altitude. If that is the case, immediately seek medical help
You need oxygen or to be promptly removed to lower elevations.
If you feel fatigue or acute weakness, feel nauseous (sometimes vomiting explosively), and have a severe headache that pain relievers won’t ease, you are probably developing a brain edema. If you don’t have a headache, but feel extremely tired and have difficulty keeping your balance, you may also be developing a brain edema. Immediately seek medical help. You need oxygen or to be promptly removed to lower elevations.

SYMPTOMS AND INDICATIONS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS (SOROCHE)

Headache 1 point
Nausea or lack of appetite 1 point
Insomnia or difficulty sleeping 1 point
Dizziness–vertigo 1 point
Headache that pain relievers won’t ease 2 points
Vomiting 2 points
Difficulty breathing when lying down 3 points
Extreme fatigue 3 points
Lessening volume of urine 3 points
Score Intensity of Altitude Sickness
1 to 3 Light
4 to 6 Moderate
More than 6 Severe (complete rest is recommended)
Source: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Inca Trail appropriate clothing

APPROPIATE CLOTHING ALONG THE INCA TRAIL
Hiking pants and t-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light rain gear available in the day pack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur.
At night, warm clothing is required in the first two campsites, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary.
Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST
Recommended packing list for the Inca Trail
The golden rule to enjoy the Inca Trail is to travel light and plan carefully
Leave your luggage at the hotel in Cusco and take a small Backpack, this works best. Pack as light as possible but make sure to take a complete set of supplies, but nothing extra. Some tips here:
Be critical of the quality and the proper fit of your clothing. Cotton clothing should be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat and moisture away from your skin.
Sealable bags are essential. They will keep your t-shirts dry from moisture and will trap odors from your stinky socks at the end of the day. Your electronics should be in a sealable bag as well. An absolute must is a pair of good and comfortable waterproof hiking boots.
Take what you will use and nothing more. If a package of supplies contains more than a four-day supply, break it down. For example, take travel-sized toothpaste.
Everything on the list can be found in Cusco for reasonable prices. Consider buying supplies locally.
* Consult your doctor regarding prescription medication – acetazolamide – helps with altitude sickness to some degree.
We suggest keeping your personal items to a minimum weight. A good choice is to keep the total weight under 10 kg (21 pounds). Consider to hire a porter for your personal belongings if you do not want to carry them. A personal porter will take the luggage of two people (max. 18 kg / 36 pounds). We have made up the following packing list for the Inca Trail which we think fits best.

Should I be very equipped?
In general, you should only take your personal equipment. We take care of the equipment for the group. Please, visit the pages What to bring and Included in the Trek to see a complete list. We advise you to carry only the essential because every superfluous pound is a useless effort to make. So, don’t bring with you grandma’s photo or the silverware! Prefer to bring good walking shoes, enough clothes, binoculars, camera, etc. Read more about Inca Trail Supplies and packing tips

There is no special equipment need, only regular equipment but of good quality, as for any other trek in the nature.

Tops
1 poly/fleece (wind stopper) jacket
1 poly/fleece light weight sweater
1 lightweight long sleeved shirt (optional)
2-3 T-shirts
1 rain poncho (preferable) or rain jacket

Bottoms
1 pair wind/rain pants (Gore-tex or similar)
1 pair lightweight cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis)
1 lightweight fleece pants
Foot & hand wear
4 pairs wool or synthetic socks
1 pair of (used) trekking boots
1 pair of wool or fleece gloves

Headgear
1 wool or fleece hat
1 sunhat
1 pair sun glasses that provide good UV protection

Miscellaneous
1 sleeping bag (rated to -11 C / 12 F)
1 good (day) backpack
2 walking poles
1 headlamp (preferable) or torch
1 pocket knife
1 water bottle
Water sterilizing tablets (Micropur)
Note: bottled water for sale at several parts of the trek; consult your guide at the briefing
Sun block
1 lip balm (spf 16)
Insect repellent
Towel and soap
Toiletry kit
Toilet paper
Personal medicines

Optional:
Camera and extra memory cards
Spare battery for your camera
Binoculars
Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Hot showers in Wiñayhuayna (US $ 2.00)
Sleeping bag
Porter for your personal equipment

INCA TRAIL PHYSICAL CONDITIONS

• How fit you need to be to enjoy the Inca Trail?
To trek is important to be relatively fit and in good physical condition before you start the Inca Trail. A few weeks of training, prior to arriving in Peru, will enhance your experience.
Try to spend an hour a day on the road. Walk upstairs rather than taking the elevator, if possible, walk or cycle when you would normally drive or ride a bus, take the dog for a walk around the neighborhood. Better yet, go on hikes in your area.
Being able to run a few miles each day without issues is probably the best single physical activity you should consider. Other advice we heard was to spend time on the stepper; we can’t argue with that.
While you are training you can also be breaking in those new trekking boots that may otherwise give you blisters on the first day of the trail.
Arriving in Cusco a few days early is also highly recommended. High altitudes affect everybody in different ways, even a marathon runner may feel debilitated. When in Cusco, go visit some ruins in the surroundings, have a little jog, you will probably notice heavy breathing. This is due to the thin air at altitude, not your lack of fitness.
After a day or two of acclimatization, you’ll learn how much food your body can handle in a day, whether coca tea helps, or if acetazolamide is appropriate.
Difficulty degree of this hike: Moderate/Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.

Who is able to do the Inca Trail?
In general, we recommend being in a good shape, without being athletic. Walks are made in a low rhythm and in small groups, so you can stop to take a break for a moment. Don’t forget that this Trek goes up to 4200 meters of altitude. That’s why we do not recommend it to people with respiratory, circulatory or cardiac problems. In any case, only your doctor will tell you if you are able or not to do the Trek. We recommend you to see a physician if you have any doubts.

INCA TRAIL REGULATIONS
• Inca Trail Government Regulations

In an effort to preserve and protect the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian governing bodies have taken drastic measures in the past 2 years to limit the amount of people hiking the Trail. As of March 2004, no more than 500 people (including support staff) per day are allowed on the Inca Trail and this number is strictly adhered to.
Authorization requests to entry the Inca Trail Network of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu must be made on the name of the person and with appropriate documents and paying first 100% of the corresponding fee, depending strictly on established capacity of load. These requests can be made up to 48 hours prior to the date of entry.
The payment of the entrance fee to the Inca Trail Network shall be made only in the city of Cusco, at the Treasury office of the Culture Regional Direction in Cusco – INC. For any reason the payment for the entrance fee will be accepted at registry and control points of the Inca Trail Network.
The availability applies to the Inca Trail itself and not to our Agency. Any Agency you choose will have the same availability. Therefore, it is useless to contact another Agency if the date you want is not available.

Restrictions of the tourist use of the Inca Trail Network
For ecological recovery reasons, the tourist use of the Inca Trail Network is forbidden in February every year, for the roads 1, 2 and 3, indicated on the annex E of the present regulation.

For preservation or restoration purposes, some restriction or closing periods of the Inca Trail Network will be established. In this case, the UGM will inform the visitors thirty (30) working days in advance.
Exceptionally, only in high risk situations, fortuitous or force major cases, the access to the site will be closed or restricted without prior notice. In this case, the Direction will inform visitors about the situation.

Duration of the stay for tourist use
Once inside the Inca Trail Network, the visitor shall not exceed the stay on the established road for more time than indicated on the entrance ticket, except in fortuitous or force major duly proved cases.

The stay on the site runs from the moment the visitor registers his entrance into the Inca Trail Network, at the control and surveillance point of the HSM.

User’s identification
It mandatory that all users of the Inca Trail Network identify themselves with their original ID documents and that they register their entry at the registry and control point of the INRENA (SERNANP from 2009) or the INC.

Banning of circulation and night use of the Inca Trail Network
It is forbidden to circulate inside the Inca Trail Network between 19:00 and 05:30, except in fortuitous or force major duly proved cases.

Mandatory minimum equipment
• Backpacks
• Sleeping bags
• Isolators or Mattress
• Tents
• Water bottle
• First aid kit
• Oxygen bottle
• Propane gas portable stove
• Non elastic rescue cords (09 mm of diameter)
• Portable communication VHF radio equipment adjusted on the INRENA and INC frequency, only in case of emergency
• Location maps of the Inca Trail Network
• Filters for water
• Plastic filters for raw water sediments
• Appropriate containers for solid waste disposal (green and red bags)
• Portable chemical toilets
• Authorized guides should carry this equipment.

Equipment for the Assistance crew
• Group tents.
• Rain coats and thick plastic protection for tents.
• Plastic filter do avoid contamination of water sources with organic waste while washing dishes.
First aid kit (mandatory for Travel agencies and Tourist guides)
• Disinfectants (Methyl alcohol, oxygen water, iodine, soap, germicides)
• Cotton, gauze, bandages and medical tapes.
• Bronco dilatators
• Muscle and stomach analgesics
• Antipyretics
• Antiallergenic
• Ophthalmic liquid
• Creams for solar exposure relief and other medications for burns relief
• Extremities immobilizer
• Small oxygen bottle
• Pressure meter and thermometer

Forbidden elements inside the Inca Trail Network
• Fire or pump weapons, bows and arrows, hunting and fishing gear, axes, mountains knifes, pickaxes, shovels or other tools.
• Any kind of trap used to capture fauna specimens.
• Fossil fuels, such as: kerosene, diesel oil, gasoline.
• Stimulants, psychotropic, and other drugs not allowed by the current national legislation.
• Sound equipments and other noise generators.
• Domestic animals and exotic species.
• Walking sticks with metallic point without a rubber protection or sticks made of local native wood.
• Bottles, plastic containers and disposable glasses.

Solid waste
Travel agencies, Tourist guides and assistance crew must separate solid waste generated during their stay in the Inca Trail Network in organic and non organic waste and take it out the HSM. Last Control point (km 107)

CURRENT INCA TRAIL REGULATIONS
As stated above, no more than 500 people per day are allowed to start the Inca Trail trek at km. 82. This number includes all support staff (ie. porters, cooks and guides) and is very tightly controlled. Once this limit of 500 people is reached, the Trail is effectively closed off for the day and no further bookings can be made. Reservations are not held on the Trail and all permits to trek must be bought as far as possible in advance with complete and correct passport information, to which no modifications can be made. Any attempts at modifications result in a loss of the permit and any money paid.

Source: The complete regulation is available in Spanish on the INC Website http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/

A detailed account of the Inca Trail regulations can be found below:

1. Inca Trail entrance fees / Trek permits: As from January 2010 the entrance fee for the 4 day Inca Trail is 252 Peruvian Soles (about US$ 90) students and children under 15 years old receive a US$20 discount. Trekking companies also have to buy a trek permit for each one of the porters in the group (42 Peruvian Soles, about US$ 15 per porter). The entrance fee for the shorter Inca trail trek costs 146 Peruvian Soles (about US$ 52 for adults). Students and children under 15 years old pay 84 Peruvian Soles (about US$ 30).

2. Student discounts: Students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) receive a US$20 discount on the price of the entrance fee but you must inform the tour operator at the time of making your reservation and bring the card with you on the Inca Trail. No other forms of student identity are acceptable i.e. letters from college, international youth identity cards etc. The tour operator will purchase a student trek permit for you (clearly marked only for students). At the start of the Inca Trail your permit will be checked and you will be asked to show your ISIC card and passport. If the card is not valid or you forget to take your card then there is a very high possibility that you will not be allowed to start the trek. This can cause major disappointment and also delay entry of the rest of the group to the trail. In the past you could just pay an additional fee for a standard trek permit.

3. Restricted numbers of trekkers: Over the last five years Peru has become a more popular travel destination especially since Machu Picchu became one of the 7 new wonders of the World.. There are many great treks throughout Peru but the Inca Trail is the most well known. During the peak season of 2000 many campsites became crowded and the trail became littered with rubbish. In early 2001 the Government proposed to reduce the number of people on the trail to 500 per day. This figure roughly comprises 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff (guides, cooks and porters).
In 2002 and 2003 the government tried to enforce the 500 limit but, due to many complaints by the local tour operators, they gave into pressure during the busy months of July and August and allowed an extra 200 persons. Since 2004 the government has strictly enforced the 500 limit, and many trekkers were disappointed that there were no spaces available.

4. Making an Inca Trail trek booking: Since only 500 trek permits are issued per day for the Inca Trail (trek permits are also required for the porters and cooks) it is important to try to make a trek reservation as far ahead as possible. There is no clear rule as to how far ahead is enough to guarantee you a space since this depends on demand. As a guide, however, we recommend the following:

• December, January, March: 2 months in advance, 3 or 4 months in advance for departures around Christmas
• April, October, November: 3 months in advance, 4 months in advance around Easter
• May, September: 4-5 months in advance
• June, July, August: 5-6 months in advance

5. Maximum Group Size: The maximum allowable group size is 16 persons. For groups larger than 8 persons there must be 2 guides. (On the shorter 2 day trek there must be 2 guides for groups larger than 07 persons)
By the way Quechuas Expeditions Organize small group no over 08 people.(02 ppl Minimum and 04-06 average and 08 people Maximum)

6. Porters Working Conditions: In April 2002 a new law was introduced to set a minimum wage for all porters on the Inca Trail. This has followed years of exploitation. This wage is 45 Peruvian Soles per day which is about US$ 16. It may not seem a lot but wages are all relative to livings costs and compared to other professions 45 Soles is quite well paid. Even though the law exists it is not being enforced and many companies are still paying their porters as low as US$ 5 per day. In 2002 the maximum weight that a porter can carry was limited to 20kg (15kg load + 5kg personal items). All porters have their weight checked by government officials at the start of the trail. However even this system is open to abuse and many tour operators get their guides and assistants to carry large loads across the checkpoint where they are dropped and left for the porters to pick up. Many trekkers who have hired an extra porter are also asked to carry their bags across the checkpoint to be given to the porters after they have been weighed. (and Many Travel agencies are sharing porters once they are on the Inca trail that’s why most of the are overloaded and there are agencies that include porter service on their prices because they don’t care they only want to sell Inca Trail)So even with the new regulations and a weigh-station at the beginning of the trail it is still possible to see porters carry loads of up to 35kg or more.

7. Inca Trail Closure during the month of February: The route of the classic 4-day Inca Trail will be closed each year during the month of February to allow conservation projects to be undertaken as well as giving the vegetation a chance to recover. This is a good month to close the trail since it is also the wettest month of the year. Machu Picchu and the shorter 2-day trail will remain open as usual.

8. Licensed trek operators: The INC (Institute of National Culture) is the regulatory body responsible for controlling access to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. In order to operate the Inca Trail companies must meet certain basic requirements proving that they have professional guides and good camping equipment, radio communications and emergency first aid including oxygen. The license to operate the Inca Trail is renewed at the beginning of each year. Due to legal problems the Government has found it hard to withdraw licenses from poor performing companies and every tour operator that has satisfied the basic requirements has so far been given a license. Legislation is likely to be introduced later in 2008 to give more power to the Ministry of Tourism and allow them to fine, suspend or close badly performing companies. A comprehensive list of licensed Inca Trail tour operators can be found by clicking here.
Source: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/

INCA TRAIL WEATHER
Weather along the Inca Trail

Climate can basically be divided into two seasons,

The dry season (April to October)
Normally between April and October, with generally sunny days, warm evenings and often very cold nights. This is the dry season with little chance of rain. During the day you can expect blue skies pretty much of the time. Since we are close to the equator and very high up, the sun can be very strong so always bring sun protection cream, a hat and sunglasses. It is comfortable to trek in shorts and t-shirt. However when the sun goes in it can get cold very quickly so always have a warm sweater, fleece and long pants close at hand you also need a good 4-season sleeping bag at night and a warm jacket, woolly hat and scarf.

The scenery can be fairly dry and brown during this period with not much activity in the fields apart from gathering in the harvest and drying it. This is a time for the people in the village to relax and enjoy some of the many festivals. The recommendation is to book hotel rooms / flights, etc well in advance.
September & November; some years the rains can start as early as September. However usually we just get a couple of heavy showers each week and the rest of the time it is sunny or overcast. The rain just lasts for a couple of hours and dries up pretty quick. A plastic rain poncho is recommended. The nights are milder and a 3-season sleeping bag is usually sufficient on the Inca Trail.

The rainy season (from December to March)
The rainy season usually starts around mid-November and can last until the end of March. January and February are at the height of the wet season. During these months you can expect rain on 2 out of the 4 days of the Inca Trail. Although downpours can be heavy during this period they rarely last for more than a few hours and then the sun comes out. Being in the Southern Hemisphere this is also the summer in Peru. The sun can be very strong and soon dries up the rain. The nights are fairly mild. Bring good waterproof clothing, pack your sleeping bag within several plastic bags, and bring sun protection cream and a good hat.
The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance; so this month is not available.

Temperature and Environment along the Inca Trail
Depending on altitude and time of day, temperatures fluctuate between 10ºC (50ºF) to 22ºC (71ºF) in Cusco and 2ºC (35ºF) to 20ºC (68ºF) along the Inca Trail.

The climate is relatively mild all year- round, with heavy rains from November to March, and dry and hot weather from April to October, which is a recommendable time to visit. The annual minimal temperature runs from 8° to 11.2°C. In the months of June, July and August the temperature can often fall below zero.
The annual maximum temperature varies from 20.4° to 26.6°C. The terrain is fairly jagged, with many gullies and streams fed by glaciers which eventually pour into the Urubamba river, which crosses the area forming a deep valley which runs through the granite base of Vilcabamba for more than 40 Km through a variety of eco-systems.
Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures, from sunny and warm during the day to freezing nights. During rainy season you’ll find some blocked roads particularly when trying to visit off the beaten track towns.

Cusco & Inca Trail

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High 66 67 68 66 70 68 66 68 70 72 72 68
Avg.Low 46 47 44 42 36 32 30 32 40 44 46 46
Rainfall (Inches) 6 4 4 2 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1 2 3 4

What is the best time to do the Inca Trail?
The high season in Cusco to the Inca Trail is between June and September with July and August being the busiest months. This is because this is the dry season in the Peruvian Andes and Amazon and also because this period coincides with summer holidays in Europe and North America, Canada etc. However since Peru is in the Southern Hemisphere it is also our Winter so the nights can be cold in the Cusco region, often falling to freezing in July and August.

INCAN SITES VISITED ON THE INCA TRAILl
• Archaeological sites visited along the Inca Trail

Information about the archaeological sites visited in the Inca Trail

Llaqtapata
“Terrace Town”. This settlement was taken over from pre-Inca people and expanded by the Incas, almost certainly as a center of food production for supplying the Inca Trail sites and Machu Picchu itself. Though well planned and constructed, most of the architecture is utilitarian and repetitive in style.

Runkuracay
A small site about halfway up the climb to the second pass, it overlooks the Pacamayo valley with a superb view back to the first pass, Warmiwañusca. It was probably built as a lookout point for watching the highway, and perhaps also as a tambo a traveler’s lodging and temporary storehouse.

Sayaqmarca
“Inaccessible Town” in Quechua — and the site fits its name. Built on a narrow spur jutting westward below the second pass, it commands a sweeping vista of the Aobamba valley and the route ahead all the way to the third pass, while in clear weather the snow peaks of the Pumasillo massif fill the horizon to the west

Phuyupatamarca
This “Cloud level Town” stands where the trail crosses from south to north of the long ridge leading to Machu Picchu. It is overlooked by flat-topped peaks whose Inca platforms were built for viewing a breathtaking panorama of snow peaks.

Intipata
“Sun Terraces”. This is a mainly agricultural complex with a small residential sector, probably built to supplement the food supply to Machu Picchu.

Wiñay Wayna
“Forever Young”- the name of a perennially flowering orchid formerly abundant in this area. An imposing curved wall culminates in a temple whose doorway faces the snow peak of Wakay Willka (Verónica). With its chain of ceremonial baths, its intricate maze of houses, temples and workshops, its towering waterfall, and the serene sculpture of its terracing, nothing can compare with the intimate magic of this Inca settlement.

Intipunku, Gateway of the Sun
The Gate of the Sun”, the last site on the Trail overlooking Machu Picchu; the Intipunku, meaning ‘Gateway of the Sun’, is the entrance to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail and offers an outstanding view of Machu Picchu and the sacred mountain of Wayna Picchu. The site, featuring stone buildings and steep stone stairways, would have been the official gateway or checkpoint for people arriving and departing the citadel.

Arriving here at any time is magical, but to reach this point before the crowds or before sunrise to watch the Inca city reveal itself from beneath the shroud of mist is a simply sublime experience.

INCA TRAIL FOOD MENU( YOU WILL NEVER BE HUNGRY!!!) (CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES OF FOOD)
• Inca Trail menu

You’ll be surprised of the excellent high-energy meals served during the Inca Trail; this does not mean you should eat voraciously. Trekking at this altitude is very tricky and can affect your body in many ways, including your digestive system.

Most of the organized tours include the services of porters and a cook, just like luxury camping, with a cooking tent, dining tent, tea in the morning delivered to your tent doors, hot water to wash each afternoon, and delicious meals served three times per day and they definitely exceeded my expectations every day.
Sample menu on the Inca Trail

Day 1:
Breakfast: Fruit salad, bread, yogurt and hot drinks.
Snack: Banana, cookies and biscuits.
Lunch: Asparagus soup with bread, Spaghetti with a mushroom or tomato sauce with cheese and avocado.
Snack: Popcorn, crackers and hot drinks.
Dinner: Vegetable soup with bread, Fish roll with vegetables, rice, French fries and sauce, Porridge and hot drinks.

Day 2:
Breakfast: Toasted bread, pancakes, porridge and hot drinks.
Snack: Apples, cereal and biscuits
Lunch: Corn soup and garlic bread, Yucca (a type of potato) with mixed vegetables, chopped beef and fried rice
Snack: Fried wanton with or without banana, pop corn, biscuits, sweets and hot drinks
Dinner: Tomato soup with garlic bread, Fried chicken with noodles or pasta, peppers and mashed potato, Warm wine, chocolate pudding and hot drinks

Day 3:
Breakfast: Omelet, fried banana, toasted bread and chocolates
Snack: Oranges, chocolate and biscuits
Lunch: Noodle soup with garlic bread, Chicken burger, steak and onions, tortilla, and fried rice
Snack: Fried sweet potato, wanton stuffed with cheese, pop corn and hot drinks
Dinner: Vegetable soup and garlic bread, Lasagna, beans, fried beef with mixed vegetables and rice, Jelly with or without peaches

Day 4:
Breakfast: Cake, toasted bread and creamed beans
Snack: Fruit juice, sandwich and biscuits
NOTE: This is only a sample menu for your Inca Trail hike. Exact food selections subject to change

VEGETARIAN OPTION ARE AVAILABLE WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COST

INCA TRAIL CAMPING EQUIPMENT (SEE SOME PICTURES BY CLICKING HERE)

HOW TO BOOK INCA TRAIL
Instructions to Book Online (Reservations) Choose a date

First step: Check the Availability
Ensure that you are making the reservation plenty of time in advance. Check that there are still spaces available in our group and book as far ahead as possible since our trek departures dates are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru. If you do not have a valid passport or plan to renew your passport before coming to Peru please see our Frequently Asked Questions and Booking & Conditions page for more details.
Choose your preferred date or join us to any of fixed departure date (We need 02 people to open a new departure date) and please note we will never pass you onto another operator as most travel agencies do here. (they share transportation, Food, Guide, Cook and porters) to minimize costs that’s why many charge less than us. because they are thinking to share with other companies. But Quechuas Expeditions organize the trip even the group is of 02 ppl.
We require all Personal information as well as a Non-refundable US$200 to ensure your Inca Trail permits and porters permits as well as Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fees.

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First check the Inca Trail availability to ensure we have a confirmed date for your departures please click to:

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Second step: Check your Personal Information and BOOK
Fill in our Inca Trail booking form(See the Attached File). Please do not make a reservation until you have all the details below. We cannot accept a booking without all the names, nationalities, passport numbers and ages:

The following client information is requested for any Inca Trail booking:

• Complete names and surnames (as in your passport appears)
• Passport Nationality
• Passport number
• Date of Birth
• Gender

IMPORTANT NOTE: The exact information provided by you will be submitted to the Government Institution (INC) in charge of regulating the access to the Inca Trail and will be included in the official permit to enter the Inca Trail on the requested date. Should there be any change in the above-mentioned data (ie. New passport number), we kindly request you to inform toy your Travel Consultant via e-mail as soon as possible. The government reserves the right not to allow the entry to any visitor whose data are not the exact ones as those in the official permit. Quechuas Expeditions Tours excludes any responsibility for a no entry in case the passenger information has changed without prior notice to us.

Third step: Trek deposit
To secure the Inca Trail Reservation with us, the client must deposit US$200 . Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. Without a down payment your Inca Trail Trek is not confirmed.

Payment can either be made by Bank Transfer or Western Union(the fastest and safest method of Payment in Peru).
Please, note: Paypal doesn’t allow us to have an account in peru.  We are Local Tour operators and we dont have ant Foreign Account.

Fourth step: Confirmation Travel Invoice
We will send you a Travel Invoice of the trek and deposit (with the signing of our Travel Consultant), when we receive all requirements above. You have to print this document to show in our office in Cusco.

Fifth Step: Come to Cusco and pay the remaining trek balance in Cash
You can pay the balance of the trek at our offices in Cusco (minimum of 2 days before trek departure, before 10:00am). Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Nuevo Soles) or American Express Travel Checks (+ 5% commission charged). You can withdraw cash in either US$ or Peruvian Sole from one of the many ATM machines in Cusco (Visa, MasterCard, etc). Prior to departing for Peru it is advisable to inform your bank that you are coming to Peru, so that you do not experience any problems with your credit/bank cards whilst abroad. Remember that the limit that you can withdraw each day in Peru may be less than your normal limit at home.

HOTEL AFTER INCA TRAIL

Recommended Hotels Aguas Calientes
• Presidente
• Pequeña Casita
• La Cabaña
• Inti Punku
• Andina Luxury
• El Mapi

Recommended Hotels Cusco
• Cusco Plaza II
• Garcilaso
• San Agustin Internacional
• Eco Inn Cusco
• Jose Antonio Cusco
• San Agustin Dorado
Campsites on the Inca Trail

ABOUT CAMPSITES ON THE INCA TRAIL
Please note that we are not in control of the campsites we are issued with from the Institute of National Culture. In general your campsite allocation is dependent on how early you book, or rather, how many permits are left. The first 250 spaces are generally given to Wiñay Wayna (3rd campsite) and thereafter you will have a longer walk to Machu Picchu on the last day and it could mean you do not make it for sunrise. Do not let this disappoint you as Machu Picchu is marvelous in itself!

LAST MINUTES BOOKING
Late bookings are often with Phuyupatamarca camp 4-5 hrs from Machu Picchu so book early, make your Inca Trail reservations (6-5 months) in advance up to a year if you’re going during peak season. You can only visit with a licensed agency, and spots book up quickly.
Best Camping Sites
Our 2 first campsites Wayllabamba and Pacaymayu are the best campsites from the entire Inca Trail trek, (not crowded and very tranquil sites)

The 3rd night camping is in Wiñaywayna campsite 95% of our groups achieve to this campsite, which is only 2 hours near Machu Picchu.

INCA TRAIL ALTITUDES
• Inca Trail Altitudes

The Inca Trail begins on a zone called “Quechua”: This zone is between 2300 – 3500 m (7,500-11,500 ft) and its weather is temperate and dry with temperatures that range from 0 -21C (32 -70F). The rainy season is from December to March. The rest of the year is dry or even parched from May through September. This region is widely cultivated and essentially, there are no natural plants left.

Above Wayllabamba, there’s the zone called “Suni” or “Jalca”: This is the zone between 3500 – 4000 m (11,500 – 13,000 ft). There is still some agriculture possible at this altitude. Above that lies the “Puna” which is a zone from 4000 – 4800 m (13,000 – 15,750 ft). Its weather is very cold with frequent frost. It is mostly grassland with a type of grass called “Ichu” and the area is used for the Llamas and Alpacas.

Going down from the “Puna” through the “Suni” is the “Yunga Fluvial”: which are inter-Andean valleys on the east of the Andes between 1000 – 2300 m (7,500 – 3,300 ft). These valleys have a moderate, moist climate and abundant vegetation.

Heights
Cusco City: 3,360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2,400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2,850 m.a.s.l.
Inca Trail highest point: 4,200 m.a.s.l.

Kilometers Altitudes Places on the Inca Trail (By Quechuas Expeditions)

KILOMETERS ALTITUDES PLACES
Meters Feets
3,250 10,660 Cusco
0 2,850 9,350 Km. 82 (Piscacucho)
3 2,750 9,022 Llaqtapata
10 3,100 10,170 Wayllabamba
20 4,200 13,775 Warmiwanusqa
24 3,924 12,870 Runkurakay
28 3,725 12.220 Sayaqmarka
32 3,580 11,740 Phuyupatamarka
39 2,650 8,690 Winay Wayna
45 2,430 7,970 Machu Picchu

INCA TRAIL MAP

INCA TRAIL PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING
• Briefing before the Inca Trail

Pre-departure briefing;
One or two days before departure our representative in Cusco will contact the clients in their hotels, where you will meet with your guide, he’ll provide information and answer any questions they might have about their Inca trail program. We must be informed in which hotels the clients are staying and the date of their arrival.

Where you will meet with your group and guide, here you will be given any rental equipment such as sleeping bags and duffle bags if you have requested extra porter the actual time of your briefing (6 or 7pm) will be confirmed at your check-in at the office 2 days prior to the trek.
If you do not have an operator in Cusco our office can take care of the reconfirmation of any domestic flights to Lima or other cities. Please ask for further information when you make your reservation.

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