• inca trail to machupicchu::this trip is terrific option for those who want to experience the beauty and wonder of arriving at machupicchu. on this trek we will find many archaeological sites, cloud forests, waterfalls, an abundant variety of fauna and flora.
  • salkantay to machupicchu::this lovely and varied salkantay trek hike is the soft option from soray since the pass is lower though still a tough 4,750m 15,580ft and then is mostly downhill through forested valleys, above deep ravines, ending at 1,500m.
  • sacred valley tour::it is a setting of picturesque communities, impressive terraces and many important archaeological sites. you will find the fortress of ollantaytambo, pisac with its inca canal 3km long and chinchero.
  • choquequirao::grandiose and mysterious, this abandoned city has lots of parallels with machu picchu and there are a variety of theories about its function. copesco has partially cleared the site and there remains a lot more to be discovered.
  • manu biosphere reserve::we may encounter an agami heron or a sungrebe and brown cappuchin monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. specially constructed piers that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of giant otters that live here.
  • ayahuasca ceremony 5d 4n::These ayahuasca ceremonies combine the great experience of the ayahuasca ceremony plus an amazing jungle tour both of them in special locations one in an original healing center called Capitary which facilities were made to relax you after the ayahua
  • Ayahuasca Preparation Ceremony::Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel, then we visit Belen market to know about natural medicine, drinks and handicrafts in  Pasaje Paquito.  After that we visit the Maniti rescue place  trichechus

inca trail to machupicchu 4d 3n

The Inca road system/inca path to machu picchu/inca trail. inka trail was constructed in pre-Columbian South America, the Inca road system, or Qhapaq Ñan. was the most extensive. The network was based on two north-south roads. The eastern route ran high in Puna and mountain valleys from Quito, Ecuador to Mendoza, Argentina. The western route followed the coastal plain except in coastal deserts where it hugged the foothills. More than twenty routes ran over the western mountains, while others traversed the eastern cordilla in the montana and lowlands. Some of these roads reach heights of over 5,000 m ( 16,500 ft ) above sea level. The trails connected the regions of the Inca empire from the northern provincial capital in Quito, Ecuador past the modern city of Santiago, Chile in the south. The Inca road system linked together about 40,000 km of roadway and provided access to over three million km² of territory.

Our porters are essential to our Team and we take good care of them providing them with sandals, backpacks, caps with flaps at the back to protect their necks from the sun, rainproof jackets (vests), trousers and fleeces. Our porters also receive health insurance and we have a unique Porters House where they can sleep at night before any trek. The are our "INCAS HOLIDAYS Team"!!

The roads provided routes for rapid communication, personnel movement, and logistical support. The prime users were soldiers, porters and llama caravans, along with the nobility and individuals on official duty. Permission was required before others could walk along the roads, and tolls were charged at some bridges.Althought the Inca roads varied greatly in scale, construction and appearance, for the most part they varied between about one and four meters in width.
Because the Incas did not make use of the wheel for transportation, and did not have horses until the arrival of the Spanish in Peru in the 16th century, the trails were used almost exclusively by people walking, sometimes accompanied by pack animals, usually the llama.

Relay messengers, or chasqui, stationed at intervals of 6 to 9 km , carried both messaegs and objects such as fresh marine fish for the rulers in the sierra. Messages consisted of knotted-cord records known as quipu along with a spoken message. Chaskis could cover an estimated 240 km per day.
There were approximately 2,000 inns, or tambos, placed at even intervals along the trails. The inns provided food, shelter and military supplies to the tens of thousands who traveled the roads. There were corrals for llamas and stored provisions such as corn, lima beans, dried potatoes, and llama jerky. Along the roads, local villagers would plant fruit trees that were watered by irrigation ditches. This enabled chasqui runners and other travelers to be refreshed while on their journeys. Inca rope bridges provided access across valleys.

The most important Inca trail road was the Camino Real, as it is known in Spanish, with a length of 5,200 km ( 3,230 mi ). It began in Quito, Ecuador, passed through Cusco, and ended in what is now Tucumán, Argentina. The Camino Real traversed the mountain ranges of the Andes, with peak altitudes of more than 5,000 m . El Camino de la Costa , the coastal trail, with a length of 4,000 km ( 2,420 mi ), ran parallel to the sea and was linked with the Camino Real by many smaller routes.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is actually three routes, which all meet up near Inti-Pata, the 'Sun Gate' and entrance to Machu Picchu. The three trails are known as the Mollepata, Classic and One Day trails, with Mollepata being the longest of the three. Located in the Andes mountain range, the Trail passes through several types of Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra. Settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins are located along the trail before ending the terminus at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu mountain. The two longer routes require an ascent to beyond 12,000 ft ( 3,660 m ) above sea level, which can result in altitude sickness.
Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly.
Note that the incatrail is closed every February for cleaning.

Overview:

• Gratuities.
• We are professional licensed operators on the Inca Trail and endeavour to make your trek a Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes memorable one!.
 

Detailed Itinerary

FIRST DAY: CUSCO - KM 82 PISKACUCHO - LLACTAPATA-WAYLLABAMBA

We will leave from Cusco and 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) and the start of the Inca Trail. We will have lunch at Miskay and relax a bit before hiking to our first campsite. Huayllabamba,Along the way we will see the first and the biggest archeological site of the inca trail patallaqta.


SECOND DAY: WAYLLABAMBA -LLULLUCHA PAMPA- WARMIWAÑUSCA - PAQAYMAYU

We'll start the day, early in the morning, just to take advantage of the shade of the mountains ,its much better to hike up to the highest point of the Inca Trail. Here, we can literally see the various ecological zones and microclimates, which make up the area, mapped out in front of us. We will cross the Warmiwañusca pass at 4,200 meters/13,780 feet above sea level. After lunch we will continue on to the Pacaymayo campsite, where we will enjoy dinner and a well deserved rest.


THIRD DAY: PAQAYMAYU - RUNKURAKAY-CHAQICOCHA - WIÑAYWAYNA

begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45-minute hike up to the second highest pass on the Trail (3,850 meters/12,631 feet above sea level), 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 . After lunch we will head to the Wiñaywayna site , where we will spend our last night on the inca Trail.


FOURTH DAY:WIÑAYWAYNA - INTI PUNKU (SUNGATE)-MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO

After an early breakfast, we begin the final leg of the trek to the lost city of Machu picchu. First, we will hike to Inti Punku ("Sun Gate"), 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, we will take the bus down or walk to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy a buffet lunch and free time to enjoy the town before returning to cusco by train.

Important Notes


What is Included:

• Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office
• Professional English speaking inca trail tour guide
• Collection from your hotel (we pick you up where you are staying from) between 6:00 to 6:30 am
• Bus to km 82 piskakucho ( trailhead)
• Tourist train (cerrojo-backpacker ) back to Ollantaytambo and then bus back to Cusco)
• Entrance fee to the inka trail and Machu picchu
• Food: *3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
• We have 4 people tents for 2-people so there will be plenty of space to set up your backpacks
• Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. Chairs and tables )
• Foam Sleeping mattresses note ( if you want to hire some comfortable air mattressit also can be hired from us)
• Cook, porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment )
• Oxygen balloon for any emergency
• First Aid kit and Free Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our incas tours office.
• * Vegetarian/special diet options available.


What is Not Included:

• Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes town
• Bus ticket from Machu picchu to Aguas Calientes (optional) one way US$7
• Entrances to the hot springs water in Aguas Calientes 10 soles
• Sleeping bag (goose down) -15ºC-extreme it can be hired from us US$20 for all trek mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 25 trips

Wath you need to bring:

• Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
• Travel Insurance card is essential
• Walking boots
• Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
• couple of T-shirts
• Comfortable trousers (zip off pants )
• Sun hat , Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
• Water Purification tablets ( recommended micropur)
• Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
• Insect repellent ( for Aguas Calientes and Machupicchu )
• Toilet paper
• Personal medication
• Camera and films
• Torch with spare batteries ( we recommend head lights )
• Some extra snacks ( like chocolates ,candies )
Optional
• Personal Porters to carry luggage (see note below):
o Half porter = $60 to carry 7kg
o Full porter = $120 to carry $14kg (can be split between 2 persons)
Our Porters carry a maximum load of 18kg, but we kindly ask you to not exceed your 7kg stated allowance as we need to adhere to the INC regulations and more importantly not damage the health and welfare of our Porters! Please note that if you want to hire a personal porter you need to tell us this at the time of making your reservation as our Porters also require permits to enter the trail and we cannot add on more porters after we have obtained your permits!
 

Prices for 2010
02 passengers $680-00 per person
03 passengers $630-00 per person
04 passengers $530-00 per person
05 passengers $500-00 per person

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