Sacred Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu 4 Days

NOV 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 780 USD pp
Trip Type Walking & Treking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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The sacred Inca trail to Machu Picchu is a new route that starts from the city of Cusco, we will go in our private transport to the north-west of the city of Cusco, during the first rays of the sun we will visit the typical market of Pisac, and appreciate its fine handicrafts, also the traditional ovens where some small empanadas are made in the Cusco style. Then we depart through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the archaeological complex of Urco, where we will visit one of the sacred temples of the Incas, of great significance, since according to archaeologists this is the true origin of the Incas. On this trip we will also visit the Inkarry museum, a cultural space where the best representations of all the cultures that existed in Peru since 4,000 BC are displayed. And after having been imbued with a lot of information on history and culture, we will finally make an ascent through the mountains of Apu Kusanpata, passing through beautiful forests of Queuñas and Chachacomos, to Lake Yanacocha, a sacred space since time immemorial. Continuing the trip you will go up to the high peaks of the apu Illahuaman, from where you have a fabulous view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and be part of an offering ceremony to the sacred apus of the Quechua people, with the coca leaves, with our Andean priest of Q’eros.

In that way, we also give strength to the Pachamama, so that she might go on generating life. During that offering ceremony, prayers are made for the health of whoever asks for them. Often, prayers are made for the participants´ work, prosperity and protection. In our Andean Cosmovision, everything that surrounds us is alive and we consider that offsets of balance frequently occur within our lives. So, one of the ways we have to harmonize and re-balance them, is through that Sacred Ceremony. Therefore, prayers are made with three undamaged coca leaves that Mother Earth gives us and which are offered to the Apus (Great Mountain Spirits). We also use elements like sweets, wool of different colors, myrrh, incense, animal fat and a great variety of foods and herbs we buy in the market and that the Andean people call “alcanzo” (allowance). But, one has to know how to prepare the offering, because not all that is being sold is being used, as each element has its meaning and reason to be.

After an approach to the mysticism of the Incas, we will go down to the Yucay Valley where the royal estates of Inca Wayna CCapaq and Tupaq Inca Yupanqui are still preserved. To close with a flourish you will explore the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu through the 2-day Inca Trail route, where you can enjoy Machu Picchu with more time and get the best photos of your trip to Peru.

INCLUDED IN THE SACRED INCA TRAIL HIKE  TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS:

  • Transportation Cusco-Huayoccari
  • Transportation Yucay-Ollantaytambo
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Camping tent
  • Sleeping mats
  • 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfast, vegetarian option available
  • Professional english tour  guide
  • Andean Priest from Q’ero community
  • 7 kg free for your duffel bag
  • Entry ticket to Inca Trail
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Entry ticket to Inkarry Museum
  • Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Km 104
  • Train Ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • 1 night hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • First aid kit

NOT INCLUDED :

  • First breakfast
  • Last day lunch
  • Extra drinks such as coffee, beer, pisco sour
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for the travel staff
  • Enjoy and share a great Inca experience accompanied by an expert guide.
  • Delight yourself with the best cuisine that Peru has through a delicious dish prepared by our expert chef.
  • Meet local people with picturesque costumes that keep the culture of the places where they live alive.
  • Experience the beauty of beautiful gorges, mountains surrounded by plants and animals of various varieties.
  • Share a unique experience with the Andean priests of the Q’ero nation. Who are the last descendants of the true Inca culture, they will teach you all about their rituals and traditions about offerings to mother earth.

On this tour you will have considerable changes in height, from 2,500 meters to 4,300 meters. This tour has a moderate to demanding level of walking. The temperature changes are also remarkable, since we will go through different microclimates, so in the sacred valley of the Incas during the months with dry season, it is an average heat of 21 ° C. And in the mountains at night you will have temperatures of up to – 2 ° C. We must also mention that the climate changes rapidly in the Andes.

Inca Trail Camping Tents: 1 night

The overnight stays during the Sacred Inca Trail is made in double-roofed tents, which are installed by the accompanying team. The tents are equipped with thick foam mattresses that are carried by the horses. Sleeping bags can be rented on site for a fee prior to the start of the trek. On your lares trek you will have a tent with your portable toilet, in the camps, these are always clean and you can use at any time.

VERONICA View Hotel: 1 night

VERONICA View Hotel is located in Ollantaytambo and offers a bar, a garden and a terrace. The property has a restaurant, 24-hour reception, room service and free WiFi. There is free private parking and a car rental service. The rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. All rooms at the VERONICA View Hotel have a work desk and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is served at the property. The VERONICA View Hotel features spa and wellness facilities with an indoor pool and sauna.

RETAMA MACHU PICCHU: 1 night

The Hotel Hotel Retama Machupicchu is located, 700 meters from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, it is the most beautiful and quiet area of ​​the town, in the Wiñaywayna Park located three blocks from the Peru Rail station, overlooking the river and the moutains; It offers free WiFi and a tour desk. The accommodation offers luggage storage and a currency exchange service. Room service, 45-inch plasma AOC TV, 24-hour hot water, Hair dryer, Towels for thermal baths, Buffet breakfast.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4200 m
Hiking Distance 7 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

Our guides will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am, then we will go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with our private transport. The first stop will be at the Taray viewpoint where you can see the beautiful sacred valley, with its corn crops. Very close is the town of Pisac where we will visit a traditional clay oven, where delicious empanadas and breads are prepared in the Cusco style. You can also visit the typical market of Pisac, where you can buy some crafts.
Right there you can take advantage if you want to have your breakfast in one of the restaurants near the square. Continuing with the trip we will make another stop at the archaeological complex of Urco, where we will visit the great terraces of the Inca period, with their water channels, by the way these are still being cultivated by the local inhabitants. We also visit the sacred temple of Water, the astronomical observatory, and the royal houses of the Incas. At noon we will arrive at the Huayoccari sector where our porters are already waiting for us, and lunch is ready.
After a rest, we start the ascent walk to Lake Yanacocha, it will be a 3-hour walk along a path surrounded by forests of Queña, Chachacomos and wild flowers. Today we finish our walk with a view to the bottom of the Sacred Valley. The camp will be next to the Quellococha lagoon surrounded by fabulous mountains, at night you can enjoy a sky full of stars and the milky way.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4300 m
Hiking Distance 10 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

Today we will get up very early, after having a nutritious breakfast, we will start with the walk to the highest part of the circuit, which will be the Apu Illahuaman pass. From here you can appreciate a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and the snow mountains of   Veronica, Salkantay, Ausangate, Pitusiray and Sawasiray. It is here where our Andean priest will develop a sacred offering to the Apus or sacred mountains, and he will strengthen you with a lot of energy, as well as a balance of your chakras, with prayers and sacred songs. Afterwards, you will have to make a descent to the community of San Juan, there will be our lunch, you will also be able to know the local life of the inhabitants, who are dedicated to growing potatoes, and raising alpacas. Then the walk continues to the Yucay Valley, there you will discover the huge cultivation terraces of the Inca period, and also a lunar astronomical center. In the afternoon our transport will pick us up to take us to our lodge in Ollantaytambo.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

We will leave our Lodge early, to take the train to the start of the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. After 1h by train we will arrive at the site of Chachabamba. Where we will organize our backpacks, to explore the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Before we must pass the control in charge of the park rangers, who will check our tickets and passports. The walk begins at 2000 meters, the first site you will visit is the ruins of Chachabamba, where your guide will give you a short introduction on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
From here it will be a slow ascent along the path surrounded by orchids and wild flowers, towards the ruins of Wiñaywayna. After 2 hours we arrive at the waterfalls sector, where you can take some photos, very close is the archaeological complex of Wiñayhuayna, which are the most beautiful ruins of the entire Inca Trail, together with your route guide you can visit the temples, granaries , palaces and water fountains. Then we go to the second control of the Machu Picchu national park, there our porter will offer us a lunch. Then we go through the jungle towards the Sun Gate, from where you will have the first impression of Machu Picchu. Today we will just come by and take some photos of the wonder of the world. To end the day, a local bus will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will sleep in a comfortable Hotel. Dinner will be in a tourist restaurant.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

Today is a very important day as we are going to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu. For this, we will go up very early, and be the first visitors to the sacred sanctuary of Machu Picchu, if you have good luck, you will enjoy a sunrise surrounded by some llamas. We will start the tour from the guardian’s house, from where the classic photo of Machu Picchu is taken. You will visit the most important sites such as the house of the sun, sacred square, temple of condor, and the houses of the nobles. The guided tour lasts 2 hours, then you can stay a little longer in the sanctuary, since then you have to return to the town of Aguas Calientes, so you can have lunch, in any restaurant. Do not forget to be at the train station half an hour before the departure of your train, our company usually reserves the train tickets for the 14:30 pm schedule. This train will arrive at the town of Ollantaytambo where our driver awaits you, who will pick you up and drop you off at the door of your hotel in Cusco at approximately 7:00 pm.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING FOR SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

warm jackets
Hydration bladder
wool socks
camera
scarf
first aid kit
hiking shoes
Dry bags
Trekking Poles
sun cream
Snack
sun hat
bathing suite
rain coat
Sandals
insect repellent
Passport
Down Jackets
toilet paper
daypack
Wool cap
head lamp
gloves
sun glasses
cap
extra cash
Trekking pants

SHORT INCA TRAIL FAQ

Responses to most FAQs related to the  Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  by Eco Path Trek.

  1. BEFORE YOU GO
  2. IN THE TREK
  3. RESERVATIONS AND RESERVATIONS BEFORE THE TREK
  • Where is the pick up for the short inca trail hike?

The pick up from your hotel will be at 4:00 am, please provide clear contact information of your place of residence at check-in at the Cusco office.

  • Where to pay the remaining amount of the Short Inca Trail?

We assume most people try to get to Cusco 2-3 days before the trek to give enough time for acclimatization. Once you have settled in and rested you should come to the Cusco office to see and confirm the information we have pertinent to your short inca trail tour, personal needs and sign the conditions (even if you have already paid in full.) There are occasions in Local festivities or discomfort may require last minute changes to departure times or some additional information and that is why we have a brief briefing  before your trip.

  • Where can I store my luggage while I’m on the Short Inca Trail?

For the short inca trail  you just have to take with you the things you really want / need and leave the rest of your things in your hotel in Cusco.  Eco Path Trek offers free luggage storage for all our guests. If you have luggage, you should leave it at the office the day before, and after your tour you can pick it up.

  • What should I pack for the Short Inca Trail?

The most important things, for a day of trekking like:

  • 1 trekking pants
  • small backpack
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Has ample
  • Bottle of water
  • appetizers
  • walking shoes
  • raincoat
  • Original passport

 

  • Am I going to need any extra money on the short inca trail?

Yes, so you can buy: for example, a bottle of water / drinks, hot springs in Aguas Calientes , souvenirs, snacks in Machu Picchu, etc. Bring at least 400 soles as emergency money.

  • How many people will be in my group on the short inca trail?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, dates indicated in the availability of the web, are open groups in which you are invited to join. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and a 9 -16 hikers sheet we have 2 licensed trekking guides on the short inca trail. During the low season groups are more likely to be small and during peak season groups will probably be large. The Ministry of Culture has a rule in place made limited the amount of passengers by 2 guides for 16 people.

DURING THE TREK ON THE SHORT INCA TRAIL.

  • I am not very experienced hiker in? What if I can not keep up? How difficult is the Short Inca Trail?

Most people have that concern, but they do not care. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to return before. Just remember what made you are able to go at a speed made it comfortable for you. Take your time, your own pace, and enjoy. The Short Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. It is not a technical hike but there are plenty of Inca steps, up and down, and altitude can affect some individuals by value. It is recommended to use a trekking poles and have them in the early evening before the trek.

  • Are trekking poles really necessary on the short inca trail ?

For the short inca trail  we recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known problems of the knee. There are several times during the short inca trail hike  the need for its use, whether ascending a mountain or walking through immense sets of ladder of the short inca trail. It will help you with your balance and reduce the impact on your knees. Park rangers only allow trekking poles with rubber tips, because if it is metal it damages the road. You can purchase rubber tips for metal tips from any local store in Cusco.

  • Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Short  Inca Trail?

It is impossible to predict that they will be affected by altitude. Its ability to adapt to high altitude is deterministic undermined by its genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problem as long as they take the time to acclimate properly.

  • Can ECO PATH TREK meet my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

Not to worry, ECO PATH TREK is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs on request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or can not eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem for us.

  • I’m going to have to carry the water on the short inca trail?

Yes you must carry your own water, be it in a canteen or a bag to carry water. Since  2018, the entry of plastic bottles to the Inca Trail networks and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary is no longer allowed. So we beg you to take that detail into account. On the other hand you must be wondering how much water you should carry, the answer is, that you will evaluate it according to your need to want to drink, on the short Inca trail you usually have the first two hours a very hot temperature so Surely you should drink more than a liter of water, and to continue the journey you must have another equal volume of water. We do not recommend the idea of carrying water tablets for you to take from the streams and can purify, since many of them are not suitable for human consumption.

  • Are there any bathrooms along the way?

Along the short inca  trail there are 3 places with toilet facilities. First at the hiking start, then after 3 hours, and in Machu Picchu. Please bring a roll of toilet paper. As for another type of trash going, please take your own trash to each camp. Do not leave a trace or throw away the trash.

  • Is there a possibility to cancel my hike of short inca trail?

There isn’t a chance of  cancellation the short inca trail. Even in extreme climatic conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Ministry of Culture or ECO PATH TREK can not change the date of a walk if there is a general strike. We will make every effort to ensure that you get to the beginning of the short inca trail to start the walk by the date of the permit, on some dates if there is a strike will be communicated by the mail, where you will be informed the time and date of departure, Sometimes you must go a day earlier to prevent the road from being blocked. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel the trip for any reason, he will lose his trip; You would only have the option of going to Machu Picchu, on your own and do not lose your return train ticket, entrance to machu picchu.

  • Is the short  Inca trail good during the rainy season? It is safe?

The trail is perfectly safe during the rainy season. In fact, some people like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists. If you are one that does not mind the rain then it says’ ok for it! “You’ll just have to bring good rain gear and water boots.

  • What kind of weather can I expect on the Short Inca Trail? The temperatures?

During the “rainy season” (Dec 1 – May 1), you could have some rain at any time, but you can not expect it to rain every day. Often in December and January you may only get some continuous light rains or you could be fine and then a splendid afternoon, but in reality you could have days of good weather. At the same station, therefore, it will be noticeably hotter at night. The times of the day will get up to about 25 C° degrees Celsius. On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Dec) the days seem surprisingly like spring, with a bright and sunny sky, but it will be much colder at night. During the day you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 C° to 30 C° degrees Celsius and at night it will be 10 C°to 8 C° degrees Celsius. It is always better to dress in layers at any time of the year, really. As you walk, change the poles, since if you walk with the garment wet, it is dangerous since it could catch a flu.

  • How many hikers are there per group?

We work with a group size of 2 to 8 people, for which it is assigned: 01 guide. If the group is 8 or  more, you will have two guides

  • What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips?

The tips for the trekking staff mentioned above are not included in the price of the trek. Gratuities are optional but not mandatory. Tips for the guide: The guide will accompany the group along the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend you tip the guide after the tour in Machu Picchu, a reasonable amount is 80 usd.

  • Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?

This depends on the station that is going to visit the citadel, for example in the rainy season it is almost impossible to appreciate a sunrise, since machu picchu always dawns cloudy. In the dry season, if there is the opportunity to see an impressive sunrise in Machu Picchu.

  • Will I be able to climb the Huayna Picchu?

If you are interested in the mountain Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, it is mandatory to have a special permit which is reserved, at least 6 months in advance of your visit to Peru. This income has an additional cost of $ 80 usd.

  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?

The visits to Machu Picchu have been divided into two schedules, the first is (6:00 am to 8:00 am), those ticket has a one-time validity, with a duration of only two hours with the guide, then you can stay a prudent time until the midday. This system has been implemented for reasons of care and protection of the world wonder. To came back to aguas calientes town you can do by walk wich is 45 minutes or by the local buses.

  • What time will I be back in Cusco?

You generally arrive back to Cusco at 18:45 pm. The final place will be your hotel adress in Cusco.

RESERVATION

  • Student discount? How can you use it to get a discount?

  • A.- For the students of the school: With the passport or national ID – original ones, from 8 to 17 years old
  • B.- For the students of the University:With the original student ID gives from the university in PVC material and it must have the follow requirements:
  • university information,
  • personal student information
  • student picture
  • expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.

 

  • Is it possible to change the dates after the initial reservation?

You can only make the change of dates, if we have not yet bought the permits for the Inca trail, but if everything is already organized it is very unlikely to change the date of travel, otherwise you may lose your reservation.

  • What if I do not have my passport at this time?

The Ministry of Culture requires a valid passport issued, the best case is to organize your new passport in advance if you did is the case. There is the possibility, due to the limits of the spaces on the requested date of reservation with your old passport number, and change it when you have the new passport. So we recommend bringing both documents.

  • Can I pay for the full tour in advance?

Generally, we only charge the deposit of your Inca Trail to confirm your reservation. This deposit and full details on the booking form are used as a guarantee for income and other excursions. The balance is payable upon arrival in Cusco in cash. If you choose to pay by credit card you need to pay 10% commission. The prices of the tours are cash payment.

 

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

NOV 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 780 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 780USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 720USD Per Person
Choose your preferred departure date to proceed.
Avalible Dates

Why travel with Andean Great Treks

LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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