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Inca Trail Discovery

5 days/4 nights
3 nights camping, 1 night hotel in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes

Our five-day program allows the traveler time to explore and enjoy the amazing archaeological sites, landscapes and nature along the way. While most other programs force trekkers to speed through the stunning high-altitude Inca trail, we take the time to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We camp the first three nights, enjoy great meals and sturdy tents.

The hikes average six to seven hours each day including time to explore sites we pass through and to take in the unparalleled scenery. On the fourth afternoon we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate). After a well-deserved night a comfortable hotel, we return to Machu Picchu to see the ruins in the perfect morning light. In the afternoon we return to Cusco by train. This program is specially designed to offer a more relaxed trek and a deeper understanding of Inca culture.

 

Inca Trail Discovery      2017
5 days / 4 nights
     3 nights camping, 1 night hotel.
Program available all the year except February.
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FIXED DEPARTURES
Depart               Return
Tuesday            Saturday
Thursday            Monday
Price per person in double tent.
Price Per Person Single  Supplement
$ 1163 $ 70
Must add for 1 night (Day 4) in a Machu Picchu hotel:
(Rates subject to change by Hotels)
  Price per person
in DOUBLE
Single Supplement
Sanctuary Lodge   $ 491 * $ 368 *
Sumaq   $ 251 $ 148
Hatun Inti Exclusive   $ 88 * $ 88 *
Casa del Sol Machu Picchu Boutique   $ 129 * $ 130 *
Inkaterra Machu Picchu   $ 219 $ 128
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu   $ 71 $ 72
El Mapi   $ 78 $ 77
Inti Inn   $ 53 $ 53
* Low Season, High Season additional.
For bookings of 4 or more people, consider an
affordable PRIVATE DEPARTURE hike. See below.

Price Includes:
- Accommodations in two-man tents during the trek.
- All meals.
- Porters for camp gear and your personal gear.
- English-speaking expert guides.
- Hotel accommodation in Machu Picchu per list above.

Price Excludes:
- Inca Trail permit fee. $120 (Subject to change.)
- Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo Station or Poroy Station (Cuzco) not included.
- Return car transfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to Cuzco not included.

See full Chart of what we include
for our different Inca Trail Hikes.

NOTE: Maximum luggage weight per person is 7 kilograms (15.5 pounds) - including the sleeping bag.


Inca Trail Discovery     2017
5 days / 4 nights
     3 nights camping, 1 night hotel.
Program available all the year except February.
 View Itinerary
PRIVATE DEPARTURES
Depart       Return
Any day        Any day
Price per person in double tent.
2 3 4 - 6 7 - 9 10 + Sing
Supp
$ 1540 $ 1223 $ 1078 $ 823 $ 783 $ 70
Must add for 1 night (Day 4) in a Machu Picchu hotel:
(Rates subject to change by Hotels)
  Price per person
in DOUBLE
Single Supplement
Sanctuary Lodge   $ 491 * $ 368 *
Sumaq   $ 251 $ 148
Hatun Inti Exclusive   $ 88 * $ 88 *
Casa del Sol Machu Picchu Boutique   $ 129 * $ 130 *
Inkaterra Machu Picchu   $ 219 $ 128
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu   $ 71 $ 72
El Mapi   $ 78 $ 77
Inti Inn   $ 53 $ 53
* Low Season, High Season additional.

Price Includes:
- Accommodations in two-man tents during the trek.
- All meals.
- Porters for camp gear and your personal gear.
- English-speaking expert guides.
- Hotel accommodation in Machu Picchu per list above.

Price Excludes:
- Inca Trail permit fee. $120 (Subject to change.)
- Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo Station or Poroy Station (Cuzco) not included.
- Return car transfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to Cuzco not included.

See full Chart of what we include
for our different Inca Trail Hikes.

NOTE: Maximum luggage weight per person is 7 kilograms (15.5 pounds) - including the sleeping bag.

 

Discovery Inca Trail Itinerary

DAY 1: Cuzco / Piskakucho (Km. 82) / Huayllabamba
A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our trail crew we set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp. (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2: Huayllabamba / Pacaymayo
From Huayllabamba we begin a steeper ascent, climbing the Llullucha valley along a stream that rushes through enchanted native unca woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. Here a stretch of open trail climbs beneath mighty crags to our first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). From Warmiwañusca we can look back to the spectacular snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif, and ahead to a distant view of tomorrow’s trail to the second pass. Descending a stepped stone trail we encounter our campsite in a clearing of the forested Pacamayo valley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3: Pacaymayo / Phuyupatamarca
We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend again to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass we camp by pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms, overlooking the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4: Phuyupatamarca / Machu Picchu
We explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways spilling down the mountainside at Phuyupatamarca then begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to the site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites. In the afternoon we follow the last stretch of trail across a steep mountainside through a lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry -a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, we transfer to Aguas Calientes and our hotel for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, possibly Dinner depending upon hotel)

DAY 5: Machu Picchu / Cusco
We return to Machu Picchu by bus and spend the day in both guided and individual exploration, visiting the best-known features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement. Some will want to take the optional hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu (Permit NOT included. Must be booked in advance.) for an amazing overview of the site, while others may want to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. After a full experience of the site, we return to Aguas Calientes and board the return train to Cuzco - Poroy Station with private car to your Cusco hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Note: park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than those indicated.