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8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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    Day 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

    Pass By: Cusco 08007, Peru
    Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a Inkayni Peru Tours staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner hotel, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center.

    This day will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet).

    Meet your expedition group at 5:00pm.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

    Day 2: CHINCHERO – MARAS SALT MINES & MORAY

    Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
    We will pick you up from your hotel around 8 AM and head to Moray. The drive is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and is absolutely beautiful. You will drive through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat, past some villages.

    Finally you will arrive to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.

    When you are done exploring Moray you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side, being filled daily by a little stream of water.

    The last place to visit will be Chinchero. Here we can admire the well-preserved Inka walls of the main square as well as the many altars. We will also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on we will participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles; throughout the afternoon we will become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings as maintained since long before Inka times.

    If you want to see something really different from ruins, this is your tour! The area is amazing and spectacularly beautiful. Once you are done with the visit, you will head back to the city in time to enjoy some lunch on your own.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

    Day 3: FIRST DAY INKA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU: PISCACUCHO TO WAYLLABAMBA (12 KM)

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    After breakfast we will travel to the starting location of the trail, known as kilometer 82. This first day is relatively easy going and smooth as we move along visiting ruins such as the city of Patallacta. This ruin, constructed at the foot of a mountain, was a very important center that had administrative, economic, and religious functions. We will also visit Willkarakay, a military post located above the site of Patallacta.

    After visiting these two sites we will enter the valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca (“happy bridge”) River, also observing the Inca terraces that belong to the previous archaelogical sites. Continuing our gradual walk upward we will arrive to our first campsite in Wayllabamba.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Campasite

    Day 4: SECOND DAY INCA TRAIL: WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYU (11 KM)

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    We will begin our day very early to reach at the end of the day the highest point on the Inca trail, the mountain pass of Warmihuañusca (dead woman’s pass).

    The trek in the morning is rather physically intense, more so for those who are not accostumed to hikes in this altitude, yet it is alsoone of the most spectacular. The first part of the trail we will walk approximately 1 hour and a half through the cover of a densely vegetated Andean forest until arriving to the campsite of Three Stones, where we will take a short rest.

    Continuing on our ascent, the habitat will begin to change as we enter the inter-andean forest full of Unca trees, unique to this area. Two hours later we will arrive to another campsite, Llulluchapampa, where we will take an extended rest with snacks and hot drinks. From here begins the final ascent to the pass of Warmihuañusca at 4,215 meters (13,829 ft), the highest point of the trek, a great opportunity for fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below, before descending a few hours to our next campsite in Pacaymayu for the night.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Campsite.

    Day 5: THIRD DAY INCA TRAIL: PACAYMAYU TO WIÑAYHUAYNA (15 KM)

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Cusco 08000 Peru
    We will begin ascending about 45 minutes to the archaelogical site of Runkurakay, located mid-mountain, that was in ancient times a tambo, or resting place. Another 45 minute ascent will take us to the second highest pass of the Inca trail, Runkurakay (3950 m, 12,959 ft), after which we will descend to the beautiful archaeological site of Sayacmarca, constructed in a strategic location. After a thorough visit we will continue down the beautifully paved road to our lunch site at Chaquicocha.

    From here onward to Phuyupatamarca we will enter the high Andean cloud forest, a maravillous display of Nature’s beauty. Here the trail continues a narrow ridge until arriving to the pass of Phuyupatamarka, a natural viewing area where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as our final destination of Machu Picchu. From here we will descend to our last campsite, passing a very important archaeological site and temple designated for offerings to the sacred mountain spirits of the area, as well as a large terraced area for agriculture. Slightly beyond is our campsite for the night, Wiñayhuayna.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Campsite.

    Day 6: FOURTH DAY INCA TRAIL: WIÑAYHUAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU (5 KM)

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    We will rise very early to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail, which brings us to Inti Punku or the Sun Gate, the principal entrance of the crystal city of Machu Picchu. The trail here is fairly easy going and after about an hour we will arrive to Inti Punku, an awesome location to observe the citadel of Machu Picchu and, weather permitting, sunrise in the Andes.

    Afterwards, a 45 minute descent will take us into the higher area of Machu Picchu, a natural lookout point for the “famous” classic picture and an opportunity for a group picture. Here we will enter as a group to the main entrance for registration before returning to the site for the main tour to learn more about this magical place of beauty and culture left by our ancestors. The tour will last approximately 2 to 3 hours, you can also climb the Huayna Picchu moutain (at an extra cost and have to be booked in advance). In the Afternoon we will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch, then return to Cusco by train.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Golden Sunrise *** or similar.

    Day 7: FREE DAY

    Pass By: Cusco 08007, Peru
    Free day to explore the old capital of the Inca Empire, the legendary navel of the world. Colonial churches, mutiple parks, squares, and colonial mansions built atop perfectly constructed original Inca walls. Craft shops full of souvenirs of all kinds, weavings, jewelry, stonework and more! And of course, local restaurants with the best of Andean cuisine!.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

    Day 8: CUSCO WALKING TOUR – FLY TO LIMA

    Pass By: Cusco 08007, Peru
    Free morning to relax or do Cusco walking tour. The walking tour will visit the following places:

    Plaza de Armas / Main Plaza, which is home to the main cathedral and colonial houses

    Plaza Nazarenas

    San Blas neighborhood

    The twelve angle stone

    San Pedro local market

    In the afternoon there will be a transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    When you arrive in Cusco, one member of Inkayni team will be waiting for you in the airport or bus terminal. About tours, we will pick you up from your hotel we previously booked for you.

    Airports

    • Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport, Avenida Velasco Astete, Cusco 08006, Peru
    Duration
    8 days
    Return Details
    Cusco-Airport
    Inclusions
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 4x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • Before the Inca Trail:
    • All transfers
    • All breakfast included in the accommodations
    • Professional English-speaking guide
    • 4-night accommodation in 3 star hotels.
    • During the Inca Trail trek:
    • Pick-up from your hotel
    • Transportation by bus to Km 82
    • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Assistant tour guide for groups of 9+
    • Chef
    • Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment
    • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
    • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • 4-man tent for every 2 trekkers
    • Inflatable sleeping mattress -(you need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter)
    • Oxygen bottle and first-aid kit
    • Entry/Admission - Cusco
    • Entry/Admission - Sacred Valley of the Incas
    • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
    Exclusions
    • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
    • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
    • Gratuities
    • First breakfast and last lunch of the Inka Trail
    • Extra Personal porter(USD$80)
    • Single Supplement (USD$400 for accommodation and tent)
    • International and domestic flights
    • Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Minimum age is 6 years old
    • Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart disease or other serious medical conditions
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Important: Upon booking, please contact the email address on your voucher to advise of any specific requirements and flight information
    • What you need to bring:
    • Original Passport, ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
    • Clothes: Walking boots, Waterproof jacket / rain poncho, Warm jacket, Hat and gloves, T-shirts, comfortable trousers
    • Other items: Sunscreen (factor 35 or higher), insect repellent, toiletries and hand sanitizer, personal medication, camera and film, torch with spare batteries
    • Note: Since 2000, the Inca trail has been regulated by the country of Peru. This has provided many wonderful things, like clean trails and camping sites, but it has also limited the amount of people on the trail each day. Now only 500 people are permitted on the trail every morning – this includes hikers, guides, porters and cooks.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Good fun on this tour. It was an incredible journey. A nuisance was the the fact they didn’t mention anything about the expected tip for porters until the day before. It was quite a substantial amount that we hadn’t planned for. Either build that in your price or state it
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    Response from lisseth sofia m, marketing at 8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco
    Responded 2 Sep. 2019
    Dear Peter, thank you for your commentary. We are happy to know that you had good fun during your inca trail to Machupicchu with the company of our guide and all our staff. Regarding the tipping, we will have more care in this point, usually the guide inform about it in the briefing. We hope you come back soon. Kind regards, INAKYNI PERU TOURS.
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    We booked a small group tour with Inkayni Peru but end up with private tour. In general, the tour was good. There was a miscommunication between Inkayni and the hotel causing no one pick us from Aguas Calientes train station. The itineary was too loose because most of the day
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    Response from lisseth sofia m, marketing at 8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco
    Responded 31 May 2019
    Dear tong, thanks you so much for your commentary. Our guide Will thanks you your review because he feels that he did a good job with you during your visit to Peru, all us wish that you have the best memories of our beautiful country. Hope you come back soon! Warm regards, INKAYNI PERU TOURS.
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    So much love for Inkayni! We had an amazing guide named Herlin who we now call a friend. He was so helpful, so knowledgeable and cares about his culture so much, always happy to share with our group. We had four people in our group and 9 chaskis who were the best bunch of guys
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    Response from lisseth sofia m, marketing at 8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco
    Responded 24 Mar. 2019
    Dear Christine, thank you so much for your commentary and recommendation. We are happy to know that you enjoyed during your tour to Machupicchu with the company of our guide Herlin. It was pleasure to help you with the organization of your trip in Peru. We hope you come back soon, Best regards, INKAYNI PERU TOURS.
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    Where do I start... One of my long awaited trips to Machu Picchu finally became possible. Thanks to Inkayni Peru tours. Very co-ordinated with pick ups/ drop offs and hotel accommodations . Paul is such an awesome person and best tour guide you could ask for. Very knowledgable
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    Response from lisseth sofia m, marketing at 8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco
    Responded 14 Mar. 2019
    Dear Customer, many thanks for your commentary and commentary, It is good to know that you had an amazing experience during your inca trail to machupicchu tour. Our guide Paul and all our staff are grateful with your review, because it helps them to continue improving. Best regards, INKAYNI PERU TOURS.
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    I had a lovely time traveling with a dear friend of mine in Peru. Johnathon was super knowledgeable and Percy was a great driver on some crazy roads! I felt safe and the trip was organized well. I would highly recommend the tour to family and friends. I am really glad I came
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    Response from Alex Marco H, Manager at 8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco
    Responded 23 Jul. 2018
    Thank you very much! We are grateful for your commentary and recommendation. Our guide Jonathan and our driver Percy thanks your review, because it help them to continue improving. They feel that they did a good job during your tour around Inca Trail - Cusco. Best regards, INKAYNI PERU TOURS.
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