The Complete Trek of the Inca Trail Expedition To The Machu Picchu Citadel – Small Group*
This is our most popular big adventure. Discover ancient Inca complexes and other archaeological sites along your trek to Machu Picchu. We have taken into consideration all logistical factors, altitude adjustment period and additional features that are relevant to the whole package.
With EcoAmerica you will get a complete experience, from greeting you at the Lima airport on your arrival day, to allowing time to adjust to the altitude in Cusco, to offering you two classes of Train Service, an overnight in Machu Picchu and a second entrance to the citadel on your 7th day, to transferring you to the Cusco airport on your 8th day. Most of the essentials are included so you can budget your adventure during your planning stages. We look forward to showing you a fantastic time, and remember BOOK EARLY TO MAKE SURE THERE IS SPACE AVAILABLE.
Available for a minimum of two guests – * Private Expeditions are available on request and may operate any day of the week. There are limited spaces at the Camp Sites, and they are controlled by the Peruvian National Park System. We strongly recommend advanced reservations to ensure availability.
AVAILABLE FOR MONDAY, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS ARRIVALS IN LIMA UNTIL JAN 31, 2016
- Meet and greet service at the Lima airport
- One night hotel accommodations in Lima at the Costa Sol Airport Hotel or best available
- Meet and greet service at the Cusco Airport
- Transfer to your Cusco Hotel
- Two Nights at Los Portales Hotel in Cusco or best available
- One Night in Machu Picchu at El Mapi Hotel or best available
- Shuttle Bus Tickets to Machu Picchu on Days 6 & 7
- Second Entrance to Machu Picchu on Day 7
- Choice of train from Aguas Calientes /Machu Picchu to Cusco
- Arrival transfer from Cusco Train station to your hotel on Day 7
- Departure transfer from your Cusco hotel to the Cusco airport on Day 8.
- Breakfast on days 2, 7 & 8.
- Dinner on day 6
- Pre-departure briefing on Day 2
- On Day 3 Departure from your Cusco hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to starting point of the trail.
- Inca Trail Fee for days 3, 4, 5 & 6
- Machu Picchu entrance fee on day 6.
- Sleeping bags
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Kitchen tent.
- English speaking professional and official tourist guide.
- Chef and cooking equipment.
- Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
- Accommodation for all our staff.
- Meals (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, and daily morning snack, plus tea service (except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost. Advanced notice required.
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
- First-aid kit and Oxygen
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes.
- Your choice of Train: Standard Class: Expedition. First Class: Vistadome Panoramic/ Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
- Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco.
- Personalized service of our Peru-based partners
Inca Trail Package Does Not Include:
- Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Tips to Guides and Porters
- Porters to carry personal gear (available at extra cost).
- Personal/single Tent
Day 1 | Mon / Wed / Fri
Welcome to Lima, Peru
Meet and greet service at the Lima Airport and assistance with a walk-over to the Costa Sol Airport Hotel. Your greeter will present you with all your local paper-work, pertinent information and schedules. Check in for an overnight stay.
Day 2 | Tue / Thu / Sat
Lima To Cusco | B.
Walk over to your corresponding airline ticket counter at the Airport and proceed to check-in for your morning flight to Cusco (airfare is NOT included). On arrival in Cusco: meet and greet service and transfer to the Los Portales Hotel for an overnight stay. The balance of the day is at leisure to gradually begin to adjust to the altitude.
Day 3 | Wed / Fri / Sun
Piscacucho / Huayllabamba | B.L.D.
Let the big adventure begin! After our hotel pick up in Cusco, we will go to Piscacucho (2,750 m/9,022 ft.), at Km. 82 on the tracks we enter the Inca Trail. Our trip will start with a slow pace walk to get used to the trail. We will be able to see the beautiful snowcapped mountain Veronica and we’ll get to a natural viewpoint from where we will see the archaeological site of Llaqtapata. Our first campsite will take place at Huayllabamba (3,000 m /9,842 ft.)
- Distance: 12 km. / 7.45 mi.
- Estimated time: 5-6 hrs.
- Maximum altitude reached: 3,000 mts. / 9,842 ft.
- Campsite: Huayllabamba (3,000 mts. / 9,842 ft.)
- Highlights: Panoramic view of Llaqtapata and Veronica snowcapped mountain.
Day 4 | Thu / Sat / Mon
Huayllabamba / Llulluchapampa / Warmiwañusca / Pacaymayo | B.L.D.
The most intense day of the Inca Trail is here so make sure to bring some extra sugary sweets in your pocket for extra energy. We will walk through the Valley of Huayllabamba while we observe the ecological changes of going from the highlands to the plateau. In Yunca Chimpa we start the ascent to Llulluchapampa (3,750 mts. / 12,303 ft.). While we enjoy a refreshing snack, the Huayanay Valley is in front of us, and the challenge of the day: the defiant Warmiwañusca mountain pass (4,200 mts. / 13,799 ft.), also known as “Dead Woman” mountain pass. If we are lucky we´ll get to see the beautiful hummingbirds and sparrows that live in the area. Finally it is time to descend to our campsite in Pacaymayo (3,600 mts. / 11,811 ft.) for lunch and rest after this challenging day.
- Distance: 11 Km. / 6.83 mi.
- Estimated time: 6-7 hrs.
- Maximum altitude reached: 4,200 mts. / 13,799 ft.
- Campsite: Pacaymayo (3,600 mts. / 11,811 ft.)
- Highlights: Warmiwañusca mountain pass.
Day 5 | Fri / Sun / Tue
Runkurakay / Sayacmarca / Phuyupatamarca / Wiñaywayna | B.L.D.
A day filled with archaeological sites in our trail, the longest but also the most impressive and least difficult day. We will ascend to the Runcuracay mountain pass (3,860 mts. / 12,664 ft.) to see the archaeological complex of the same name to later continue to the Sayacmarca Inca fortress (3,580 mts. / 11,745 ft.). After lunch, it’s time to cross the Phuyupatamarca Mountain pass (3,700 mts. / 12,139 ft.). In this area we will see the best preserved Inca complex in all the Inca Trail, whose name in English translates to “over the clouds”. After a well-deserved rest, we will continue to Wiñaywayna (2,650 mts. / 8,694 ft.), an impressive Inca complex with numerous agricultural terraces and religious and urban areas. This will be end of the day for us; we will set camp and enjoy our farewell dinner. There are public restrooms and hot showers. If not too tired, unlikely though, there’s a youth lodge for those not ready for bed yet.
- Distance: 16 km. / 9.93 mi.
- Estimated time: 8 hrs.
- Maximum altitude reached: 3,860 mts. / 12,664 ft.
- Campsite: Wiñaywayna (2,650 mts. / 8,694 ft.)
- Highlights: Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna.
Day 6 | Sat / Mon / Wed
Wiñaywayna / Intipunku / Machu Picchu Overnight | B.D.
We are getting closer to our main objective. We’ll get up at dawn to ascend through a narrow way of steps until we get to Intipunku or the Door of the Sun (2,720 mts. / 8,923 ft.) and get a first glance of Machu Picchu (2,450 mts. / 8,038 ft.) at sunrise; a memorable experience to capture in pictures. We will then go down for a guided tour of the fortress and the opportunity to learn and see everything there is to see of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. At the arranged time, descend (by shuttle bus) to the village of Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night at the El Mapi Hotel. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy a nice walk around the village.
- Distance: 4km. / 2.48 mi.
- Estimated time: 2 hrs.
- Maximum altitude reached: 2,720 mts. / 8,923 ft.
- Highlights: Intipunku and Machu Picchu.
Day 7 | Sun / Tue / Thu
Personal Exploration Of Machu Picchu / Afternoon Train To Cusco | B.
Our experience with other explorers dictated that a second entrance to the Machu Picchu Citadel was a must. So we included it! Shuttle Bus Tickets and Admission to the Archeological Park will be provide so that you may take-in the mystery and beauty of Machu Picchu at your own pace. In the afternoon, board your train for your journey back to Cusco. On arrival, you will be transferred to the Los Portales Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 8 | Mon / Wed / Fri
Cusco / Lima / Home or Next Destination | B.
At the appropriate time, transfer to the Cusco airport to check-in for your onward flight. Thanks for letting us arrange for your Inca Trail Expedition., we hope to see you again; perhaps you would like to join us for the Salkantay Inca Expedition, the back door to the Machu Picchu Citadel.
PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – FOR SCHEDULED SHARED GROUP
MINIMUM TWO GUESTS REQUIRED
AVAILABLE FOR MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY ARRIVALS IN LIMA UNTIL JAN 31, 2016
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In Lima: Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport: Conveniently connected to the airport in Callao, Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport is close to Minka Shopping Centre, National University of San Marcos, and Major National University of San Marcos. Additional area attractions include Leyendas Park and Plaza San Miguel.
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport has a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and a computer station is located on site. Business amenities at this 3-star property include a business center and limo/town car service. This spa hotel offers a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a bar/lounge. Additional amenities include spa services, a fitness center, and a steam room. For a surcharge, guests receive transportation including an area shuttle within 100 km, a theme park shuttle, and a shopping center shuttle. The 192 guestrooms at Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport include laptop-compatible safes and minibars. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access is provided. 26-inch LED TVs are equipped with cable channels. All accommodations provide desks and phones. Bathrooms offer bathtubs or showers, hair dryers, and complimentary toiletries. Housekeeping is offered daily.
In Cusco: Los Portales Hotel: Located right in front of the Incan Temple of the Sun, Koricancha, Los Portales offers stylish accommodations, massage sessions and spa facilities. Guests can also enjoy free Wi-Fi.
Rooms at Los Portales Cusco are elegantly decorated in pastel tones and dark green; they are fully carpeted and have flat-screens with cable TV and minibar. Room service is also available.
The hotel offers a full buffet breakfast which can be enjoyed at the checkered marble floor patio decorated with plants. The restaurant offers a varied dining menu.
In Machu Picchu: El Mapi: Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Turn into an amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site. Each room is equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal amenities, 32″ flat screen TVs and tight-focus reading lights.
- Prices are subject to change without previous notice.
- The price includes: hotel accommodations with taxes, activities, ground transfers and tours as indicated, meals as per itinerary, on site logistical support of our Peru-based representative office.
- The prices do not include: personal expenses, additional activities, international and local airfares as well as airports departure taxes, gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, bell and wait staff.
- Meal Codes: B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner.
- All tour services are SIC share basis.
- Deposit: A $600.00 deposit per person is required to activate your reservation.
- Final Payment: The balance is due 65 days prior to the start of your tour. If full final payment has not been received by the due date, EcoAmerica Tours reserves the right to cancel the reservation without notice.
- Method of Payment: For your convenience, we accept major credit cards and checks.
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EcoAmerica Tours, LLC. and/or any of its agents will not claim any responsibility for injury, damage, loss, additional expenses, accidental delay or other irregularities which may be caused either through willful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of companies or individuals providing or engaged in transportation, accommodations or other services related to the execution of the tour, or through natural calamities and other factors beyond its control. Prices are subject to adjustment in the event of any change, without notice. EcoAmerica Tours, LLC reserves the right to change any tour if considered necessary in order to render better service to its clients.
Working with EcoAmerica Tours means being involved in a different way of doing tourism; and of course, it comes with the following advantages:
- Over two decades leading the tourism industry in Latin America.
- Regional coverage and exclusive tailor-made programs.
- Fast, friendly and efficient response to your requirements.
- Always available: emergency line and operational offices 24H/7D.
- We care about your passengers: EcoAmerica Assistance Network.
- Top guides and the best transportation quality.
- Quality Control Department: care to passengers’ voice.
- Top Producer and great relationship with key suppliers.
- Positive impact of our operations at all levels.
WE RECOMMEND FOR THE INKA TRAIL:
- 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
- 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 the Inca Trail. 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. Small towel
- Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Cash in soles and/or US$ for tipping
- 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 the Inca Trail)
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