Classic Inca Trail Peru – Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour
Classic Inca Trail Peru – Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour
Classic Inca Trail Peru – Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour (Top-Selling)
Classic Inca Trail Peru is the most popular way to visit Machu Picchu from Cusco. Accompanied by a local tour guide, you will be retracing the footsteps of the Incas.
The whole trail offers the best of Peru in just four days. You will witness everything from scenic landscapes, archaeological sites and Andean traditions.
For those Travellers who have missed a space on Classic Inca Trail we have a GREAT Alternative trek to Machupicchu (See our 4 Day Salkantay Trek)
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4 Days 3 Nights
3300 msnm - 4200 msnm
Trekking, Nature & Culture
Group Service from 02 Minimum 08 Maximum
Classic Inca Trail Peru – Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour Overview
Classic Inca Trail Peru is the most popular trail to Machu Picchu. The four day Inca Trail takes you through some of the prominent archaeological sites that can be visited only by hiking the trail.
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of most travelers in South America. This 46 Kilometers (26 Miles) long trail with our local tour guide will take you back in time as you will be retracing the footsteps of the Incas.
Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour is a tour that can only be operated by certain tour companies who are authorized by the Ministry of Tourism after fulfilling all the requirements.
To maintain the authenticity of the trail, local authorities have imposed several restrictions. One of these is the introduction of Inca Trail Permits which allows access to only 500 people a day. This number also includes guides, porters and cooks so barely 200 travelers get to hike the trail each day.
Inca Trail permits are released six months before the intended date of hike and are sold out within minutes. To secure your permit, we strongly recommend that you book the trail well in advance.
Why Quechuas Expeditions for Inca Trail Peru?
As local tour operators, in Quechuas Expeditions we aim in providing authentic experience to our guests. Our guides are locals and have plenty of experience in guiding the Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour.
Our tour guides are also Red cross licensed First Aiders. They are also trained on providing assistance if any trekkers experience altitude sickness.
The best time to hike the Classic Inca Trail Peru is during the dry season, between March and November. The trail gets wet and slippery during the rainy season, between November and March.
Please note that Inca Trail Peru is closed in February every year for maintenance.
Classic Inca Trail Peru Summary:
- STARTING POINT : Pick-up from Cusco & Sacred Valley Hotel/Airbnb. From 4:30 am to 5:00 am
- ENDING POINT: Drop-off in Cusco at Hotel/Airbnb 10:30 pm
- DEPARTURE: Daily (Based on Availability, INCA TRAIL SPACES By Clicking Here). If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as large group service). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator as most agencies do here in cusco.
- HIKING DISTANCE: 46km /26miles
- PHYSICAL LEVEL: Level 3. Inca Trail Requires some physical preparation and we Also recommend to Aclimatize 2 days before we begin the inca trail
- MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 4,200 m / 12,000 ft
- TRANSPORTATION: Private Van/Bus to Km 82 (for our Passengers and staff) Tourist Expedition Train Back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Bus back to Cusco
- ACCOMMODATIONS: 3 Nights in Camping in 4 Season Tents/02 ppl per Tent (Sleeping bag and Therm-a-rest Self-Inflating air Mat are included)
- MEALS: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 2 tea times + wake-up teas
- MACHU PICCHU: Inca Trail Permits & Machu Picchu entrance fee Included.
Machu Picchu Inca Trail Itinerary Overview:
- Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – KM 82 – Huayllabamba
- Day 2: Huayllabamba – Dead Woman Pass – Pacaymayo
- Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runkuracay – Sayacmarca – Phuyupatamarca – Winayhuayna
- Day 4: Winayhuayna – Sungate – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
UPCOMING INCA TRAIL: 4-day Permits are already sold out for June and July. Permits are running out quickly for August, and September. See Below you will find the dates that are still available.( To confirm Send us Your personal information as well as a deposit of US$250 and you are ready to depart)
JANUARY 2023: AVAILABLE
MARCH 2023: AVAILABLE
APRIL 2023: AVAILABLE
MAY 2023: AVAILABLE
JUNE 2023: AVAILABLE
JULY 2023 AVAILABLE
AUGUST 2023 AVAILABLE
SEPTEMBER 2023 AVAILABLE
OCTOBER 2023 AVAILABLE
NOVEMBER 2023 AVAILABLE
DECEMBER 2023 AVAILABLE
JANUARY 2024 AVAILABLE
Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Highlights
- Hike the Original Inca Trail and Get Machupicchu by the sungate
- Sleep in Comfort under the stars
- Enjoy the scenic views of Inca Trail Incan sites (Llactapata,Huayllabamba, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Winayahuayna)
- Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about Incan religion
- Enjoy our friendly customer service and experienced top guides, cheffs and Happy porters (Well-threat Porters)
- Eat delicious, freshly prepared Peruvian cuisine (Buffet Peruvian Style Food)
- Hike through the different types of landscapes and Sceneries, such as cloud forests, highlands, grassy hills, and Andean valleys
- Reach 4,200 meters (12,000 feet) in elevation along the Inca Trail Pass which is known as dead woman pass
- Explore MachuPicchu and the surrounding area with expert and knowledgeable tour top guides
- Please, Note: We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Inca Trail Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of 30% and you are ready to go…
- Please, Note: Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending on time of booking and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Classic Inca Trail they allocate campsites for all Travel Companies) Because the 1st 250 spaces go to Wiñayhuayna Campsite which is 2 hours close to Machupicchu and the rest goes to Phuyupatamarca which is 5 hours walk to Machupicchu. So we recommend to book well in advance in order to get Wiñayhuayna campsite.
Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho – Km 82 – Huayllabamba
Your epic four day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu begins with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will be driving you to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This is the last major town before the trail head in Km 82 so you can buy some last minute things you may need during the hike.
We will be driving you to Piscacuho or Km 82. The place is named after its distance while traveling from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
Once at the trailhead, the local authorities will be verifying your passport against the Inca Trail permit.
We will begin with a gradual uphill hike to Miskay. Along the way we will be immersed in the captivating views of the trail. We will also be visiting a number of small and lesser known Inca sites.
Once in Miskay, we will be serving the first lunch of the Inca Trail. Our local chef will prepare a traditional Andean meal.
After lunch, we will continue hiking for two hours to Huayllabamba, witnessing more sights and archaeological complexes.
Huayllabamba is at 3000 meters (9842 feet) above sea level. We will be camping here for the night. We will be reaching Huayllabamba by 0500 PM. Our crew will welcome you with some appetizers and a cup of freshly brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
After witnessing the sunset, we will be serving dinner before you settle in your respective tents.
- Total distance: 10 km (aprox.)
- Estimated walking time: 5 – 6 hours
- Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (aprox.)
- Campsite altitude (Huayllabamba): 3,000 m (aprox.)
- Places to see: Ollantaytambo, Piscakucho, km 82, Kanabamba, Llactapata Incan Site, Tarayoc lunch spot, Hatunchaka, Huayllabamba.
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayu
The second day of the Classic Inca Trail begins quite early in the morning. You will be waking up to a cup of freshly brewed Peruvian coffee or tea followed by a protein rich breakfast to keep you energized for the day.
We will begin with a five hours uphill hike to the highest point of the Inca Trail, the Dead Woman’s Pass at 4600 meters above sea level (15091 feet). The pass is named after the way it looks. The hill here vaguely has a formation of a woman resting in the Andes.
We will have plenty of time here to soak in the views and immerse in the energy of the Andes. Our tour guide will be giving you an insight into the Andean mythology and traditions.
After contemplating the views, we will begin with a gradual downhill hike for two hours to Pacamayu. It is at 3600 meters/ 11811 feet above sea level. Our crew will serve lunch here.
After lunch, you will have time for a siesta as this will be our campsite for the night as well. We will be serving tea/coffee in the evening followed by dinner.
- Total distance: 12 km (aprox.) Please, See we climb one pass only (Dead Woman Pass 4200 meters high) while Many operators are using a camping spot of Chaquicocha and passengers are forced to climb the 2nd pass of 3950 meters high) So 2 passes in one day.
- Estimated walking time: 6 – 7 hours
- Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (aprox.)
- Campsite altitude(Pacaymayu): 3,650 m (aprox.)
- Places to see: Huayllabamba, Yunkachimpa, Tres pierdas, Llulluchapampa, Warmihuañusca(Dead woman Pass), Pacaymayu.
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Chaquicocha – Wiñay Wayna
The third day of the Classic Inca Trail begins at 0600 AM. After relishing an Andean breakfast, we will be leaving the campsite at 0700 AM. We will be visiting three iconic archaeological sites on our way.
We will begin with an hour’s hike up the hill to Runkuraqay. It is an Inca complex at 3800 meters (12467 ft). This complex played a major role during the Inca civilization. Our local expert will be giving you an immersive tour here.
Once you have got an insight to this, we will be hiking further up to Runkurakay Pass. It is at 3760 meters (12,335 ft. above sea level). We will have a brief stop here to contemplate the view of the valley below and catch up with the breath.
We will then begin with a gradual descent for 45 minutes to Sayacmarca archaeological site. It sits at 3850 meters (12631 ft) above sea level.
After the tour of the complex, we will continue our hike down to Chakicocha (3600m/11811ft) through cloud forest. We will be stopping here for lunch.
After lunch, we will hike to Phuyupatamarca. This is the last section of the original Inca Trail. We will also be visiting some of the last Inca ruins that we will be crossing along the way.
Our last section of the trail for the day will be to Wiñay Wayna (2600m/8530ft). This will be our campsite for the night.
In Quechua, Wiñay Wayna means forever young. The archaeological site is arguably the most beautiful one along the trail. We will have an immersive tour here. After witnessing the sunset, we will be returning to the campsite for dinner.
- Total distance: 16 km (aprox.) We explore the incan site along the inca trail
- Estimated walking time: 7 – 8 hours
- Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (aprox.)
- Campsite altitude (Wiñay Wayna)2,650 m (aprox.)
- Places to see: Pacaymayu, Runkurachay Incan Site, Runkurakay pass(3900 meters high) Sayacmarca Incan Site, Conchamarca Incan Site, Chaquicocha Lunch spot, Phuyupatamarca incan site, Intipata incan site, Wiñay Wayna incan site.
Day 4:Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will be waking up at 0300 AM. After breakfast, we will be parting ways with our support staff. You can express your gratitude and tip them at this point, if desired.
We will begin with an hour’s hike to the emblematic Sun Gate or Inti Punku. This will be the most rewarding moment of your Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. You will witness the glorious rays of the rising sun beaming on the walls of the citadel as the blanket of cloud would unveil this Inca masterpiece.
After contemplating the view, we will hike down to a checkpoint and continue further to Machu Picchu citadel.
We will begin the tour with a brief introduction to Inca civilization.
We will be visiting the main areas of the citadel like the main plaza, farming terraces and more. After the tour, if you have booked to climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain, our tour guide will be directing you to the respective entrance.
Once you have enjoyed Machu Picchu, we will be taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. You will have some free time here so you can have lunch or explore the town. You can also visit the hot springs for a perfect treat to your muscles after a long trek.
At 0600 PM, we will be boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will meet you on arrival and will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be reaching by 10:00 PM.
- Total distance: 7 km (aprox.)
- Estimated walking time: 2 – 3 hours
- Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)
- Places to see: Wiñay Wayna, Intipunku(Sungate), Machupicchu city, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain(optional), Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Town.
Please Note: Walking and journey times are approximate.
Classic Inca Trail Peru Includes:
- PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION/ Private Tourist transportation Cusco – Ollantaytambo and then KM 82 (The Trailhead) (We never share Bus service with other companies as most agencies do here to minimize costs) and Please, Note. we always use the same tourist transportation for our porters. we wont send them by an unconfortable truck as most do here.
- EXPEDITIONS TRAIN BACK TICKET/ Tourist Expeditions train Back ticket (Between 1:30pm to 7:00pm. Subjet to availability) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then bus back to cusco and we willdropp you off at the hotel.
- PROFFESIONAL GUIDES/ English – Spanish speaking guide for 4 days of the Inca Trail and Machupicchu.(All our Guides work for us only) All of them speak Fluent English & Second Guide Over 08 people Group(Large Group Service)
- CAMPING EQUIPMENT/ Thermarest air-inflate Confortable sleeping Mattress (While others agencies are using foam mat) Thats why many of them run away from us. Because they dont want their passengers to see the Quality of our Camping equipment)
- Two person CAMPING TENTS (3-people capacity tent used as doubles – Kayla Doite) 4 season tent Aluminium poles Tents
- MASTER CHEFFS/Cook and assistance of the Cook.(We have chosen the best cook/cheffs and all are trained by Quechuas Expeditions every month)
- Cooking equipment (We use New cooking equipment and change all every 3 months) Snacks (Fruits, energy bars)
- Daily tea service (Wake up Coca tea and afternoon tea time(Happy hour) with full of popcorn and special snacks made by our cooks)
- Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables
- FOOD/Food service in the campsites (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu: Buffet style Plenty of food you will never be hungry with us! as well as Guinea Pig for free because we want you to taste all from Peru.
- Vegetarian and free Gluten menu at no extra cost (Please let us know at the time of booking)
- Portering Service. As detailed in the table authorised by the INC. (To carry our camping equipment and food) We Never overload our porters. Please, see a detailed page where you can see how we threat our porter Chaskis
- Extra Portering Service of 7 Kilos/14 pounds for our personal stuff (We will provide you a duffel bag to put all your personal stuff as well as the sleeping bag & Mat)
- INCA TRAIL PERMITS AND ADMISION TICKETS/Inca Trail and Machupicchu Permits & entrance fees as well as all the porters and cooks valid for 4 days as well as insurance policy of life for all our staff.
- Visit to Machu Picchu on the 4th day (2 hours guide tour to explore the whole incan site)
- Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters as well as adecuate clothing like: (Sleeping bag, Mat, Jacket, T-shirt, pant, rain poncho, shoes, hat, belts, proper backpack to carry the equipment and all of them are limited to carry 20kg only).
- Private Transportation from the train station of Ollantaytambo to Cusco (2 hours drive) and drop off at the hotel.(we only use our Private Transportation. so you will never wait at the train station till the bus of 30 ppl gets full)
- First-aid kit (Our Guide will carry while on the Inca Trail) Please, note all our Guides are trained every year in first-aid)
- Emergency oxygen bottle (Our guide will carry while on the Inca Trail)
- Rain waterproof cover for your day backpacks as well as Rain poncho
- Pre trek Orientation – briefing (Hotel or Office) Let us know once you are at the office or by email.
- Single Tents upon request with no extra cost.
- Water for Driking: we will supply with filtered and boiled water and your bottles will be filled at each meal time.
- Water bottle for refilling with water along the inca trail (WE DONT WANT YOU TO USE PLASTIC BOTTLES) Get one once you are at our office!!!
- Free “I survived ” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!!)
Classic Inca Trail Peru Does Not Include:
- Breakfast – Day 1
- Lunch and dinner – Day 4
- Tips (optional)
- Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please):Quechuas Expeditions highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.
DISCOUNTS (to apply discounts. Please send us an email at email@example.com)
- UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD (Students must be below 25 years) : US$30. Please send us a a scanned copy of the student card at the time of booking.
- Under 17 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of passport at the time of booking.
- Under 12 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of passport at the time of booking.
- Group of 5 or more: US$20 per person. All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
- Machu Picchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
- Extra Portering Service for the entire trip/14kg- US$150 (We will porvide you a duffel bag to put all your personal items. This will be given to you at the briefing time)
- Extra Portering Service for the entire trip/7kg- US$75 (We will provide you a duffel bag to put all your personal items. This will be given to you at the briefing time)
- Extra Portering Service for the entire trip/4kg- US$50 (We will provide you a duffel bag to put all your personal items. This will be given to you at the briefing time)
- Upgrade to Vista dome Train (First Class Train) (Includes Private Transportation From Ollantaytambo to Cusco) USUS$70
- Extra Night in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person (Twin Bed room, 3 Beds room & 4 Beds Room with Private shower & Bathroom)
- A night in Cusco at our Quechuas Guesthouse: from US$20 per person / Twin Bed room (Before we do the tour/trek or after the tour/trek)
- Goose Down sleeping bag (Mummy style): US$30 for the entire trip
- (Black Dimond) Walking Poles Rubber Tips Included: US$20 for the entire trip
- Day Pack 20 – 30 liters (Rain cover included): US$15 for the entire trip
BRIEFING for all our treks is a Night before we do the trek at 6:30pm in our office, But if you want us to come to your Hotel let us know in advance.(You will get a chance to meet you guide and as well as to give you your duffel bags)
STORAGE Most Hotels have storage where you can leave the rest of your stuff while you hike to Machupicchu, But if they dont have a place you can leave your stuff in our storage with no extra cost. (Let us know at the time of briefing)
We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going!!! To Confirm and Secure the Inca Trail Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of 30% and you are ready to go…
Classic Inca Trail Peru (Prices for 2023 & 2024)
Availability (Based On Availability): Daily Departures All Departures are 100% Guaranteed. If You’re Booked, You are Going, We wont Cancel your Trip !!!
How to Book?: Send us your personal information as well as a Deposit of 30% and the Final Balance will be paid once you are in Cusco.
Group Service: Price per person: US$750
(You will be joined into a formed group of people who come from different countries/Nationalities): From 04 Persons to 08 Persons (Maximum)
If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as GROUP SERVICE). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator as most agencies do here in cusco.
Classic Inca Trail Peru Packing List:
Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.
List of things you must bring:
- Original Passport (and some copies) If you have changed your passport Bring a couple of copies of the one that you have used to purchase the inca trail permit.
- Travel insurance is essential (and some copies)
- Airline tickets (and some copies)
- US$ cash and Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
- Camera and Memory cards
- Rechargeable batteries and adapters
- Reading/writing material
- Cover for backpacks
- Fleece top
- Windproof/waterproof jacket
- Small towel and swim wear
- Sun hat
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 2 pairs of long trousers *zipp off
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
- Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes (with ankle protectors)
- Knee-length socks (to be used with rubber boots, if provided at the jungle lodge)
- Sport hiking sandals
- Sun block
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
- Watch or alarm clock
- Water bottle
- Purifying tablets or filter (Micropur recommeded)
- Insect Repellent (for mosquitos)25 % of deet at least you can also by in cusco.
- Flashlight (head light recommended)
- Money belt
- Sleeping silk liner (for sleeping bags)
- Wool hat, mitts or gloves (preferably waterproof)
- Rain poncho, plastic bags for your personal stuff to keep dry
- Sleeping bag (it can be hired form us) we have goose down or syntetic sleeping bag
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
- Thermal underwear
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
Frequently Asked Questions
Licensed trek operators: The INC (Institute of National Culture) is the regulatory body responsible for controlling access to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. In order to operate the Inca Trail companies must meet certain basic requirements proving that they have professional guides and good camping equipment, radio communications and emergency first aid including oxygen. The license to operate the Inca Trail is renewed at the beginning of each year. Due to legal problems the Government has found it hard to withdraw licenses from poor performing companies and every tour operator that has satisfied the basic requirements has so far been given a license. Legislation is likely to be introduced later in 2008 to give more power to the Ministry of Tourism and allow them to fine, suspend or close badly performing companies. A comprehensive list of licensed Inca Trail tour operators can be found by clicking here.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION for BOOKING the INCA TRAIL for 2020 – 2021 – 2022 – 2023
- Whether you are trekking the Inca Trail in 2020 -2021, it is recommended to secure your spots as soon as possible (CHECK the OFFICIAL INCA TRAIL AVAILABILITY ABOVE) there is no reason to wait! – BOOK NOW!
- The number of available spaces shown in this page is for both: for the CLASSIC INCA TRAIL which is done in 4 Days, 5 Days, 3 Days and 6 Days the ones that goes via Salkantay. And the Short Inca Trail that starts from Km 104 always has spaces. Please, confirm which of them are you interested when consulting or booking
- We provide guaranteed Inca Trail departures every single day in 2020 – 2021- 2022 as long as there are available spaces; so you can START THE TREK any date marked in GREEN (except during February when the Inca Trail is closed).
- The Inca Trail is CLOSED every year in FEBRUARY for maintenance, for allowing conservation projects, and too much rain; so this month is not available.
- Whether INCA TRAIL permits for your desired date are SOLD OUT, you can always pre-reserve for another date, for next year or simply consider other alternative tours which get to MachuPicchu as well
- SALKANTAY TREK
- LARES TREK
- INCA JUNGLE TRAIL
- CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK
- VILCABAMBA TREK
- ANCASCOCHA TREK
- OR SHORT INCA TRAIL 2/D or INCA TRAIL 3/D which is available always
- Keep in mind that no matter which tour you choose, the grand tour of MachuPicchu in the end will be almost the same; what will vary is the previous part or how you will get there (this is through the Trails, by Train or through any of the alternative treks)
- The maximum number of available Inca Trail permits is 500. Support staff is included within the five hundred, meaning that only about 200 permits are allocated for tourists and about 300 for cooks, porters and guides each day.
- No travel agency or tour operator will be able to offer you a space for the Inca Trail, unless there are available spaces shown for the date you want to start the trek. Keep also in mind that if you find 90 spaces or less, it means that you have to book your Inca Trail as fast as you can since the remaining spaces can sell out within the following hours or even minutes.
- Also it is important to know that NO matter how many clients cancel their Inca Trail reservations, NOBODY else can use these spaces as the system is designed to prevent some companies to book the spaces with made-up information in advance and then change it with that of their last-minute real clients.
- We hope you find this information on the Inca Trail Availability useful and if so, start dreaming about your next adventure in 2020 – 2021- 2022!
HOW TO BOOK INCA TRAIL
Instructions to Book Online (Reservations) Choose a date, and Let us know how many people you are.
First step: Check the Availability
Ensure that you are making the reservation plenty of time in advance. Check that there are still spaces available in our group and book as far ahead as possible since our trek departures dates are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru. If you do not have a valid passport or plan to renew your passport before coming to Peru please see our Frequently Asked Questions and Booking & Conditions page for more details.
Choose your preferred date or join us to any of fixed departure date (We need 02 people to open a new departure date) and please note we will never pass you onto another operator as most travel agencies do here. (they share transportation, Food, Guide, Cook and porters) to minimize costs that’s why many charge less than us. because they are thinking to share with other companies. But Quechuas Expeditions organize the trip even the group is of 02 ppl.
We require all Personal information as well as a Non-refundable US$200 to ensure your Inca Trail permits and porters permits as well as Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fees.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We have received feedback from many clients saying that our confirmation emails are often directed to their spam folder rather than their inbox. To ensure that you receive our reply, please modify your Junk or Spam filter settings to allow the incoming firstname.lastname@example.org email address. You may also want to add this email address to your list of known contacts.
First check the Inca Trail availability to ensure we have a confirmed date for your departures please click to:
Second step: Check your Personal Information and BOOK
Fill in our Inca Trail booking form(See the Attached File). Please do not make a reservation until you have all the details below. We cannot accept a booking without all the names, nationalities, passport numbers and ages:
The following client information is requested for any Inca Trail booking:
• Complete names and surnames (as in your passport appears)
• Passport Nationality
• Passport number
• Date of Birth
IMPORTANT NOTE: The exact information provided by you will be submitted to the Government Institution (INC) in charge of regulating the access to the Inca Trail and will be included in the official permit to enter the Inca Trail on the requested date. Should there be any change in the above-mentioned data (ie. New passport number), we kindly request you to inform toy your Travel Consultant via e-mail as soon as possible. The government reserves the right not to allow the entry to any visitor whose data are not the exact ones as those in the official permit. Quechuas Expeditions Tours excludes any responsibility for a no entry in case the passenger information has changed without prior notice to us.
Third step: Trek deposit
To secure the Inca Trail Reservation with us, the client must deposit US$200 . Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. Without a down payment your Inca Trail Trek is not confirmed.
Payment can either be made by Western Union, Paypal, Bank Transfer(western union the fastest and safest method of Payment in Peru).
Fourth step: Confirmation Travel Invoice
We will send you a Travel Invoice of the trek and deposit (with the signing of our Travel Consultant), when we receive all requirements above. You have to print this document to show in our office in Cusco.
Fifth Step: Come to Cusco and pay the remaining trek balance in Cash
You can pay the balance of the trek at our offices in Cusco (minimum of 2 days before trek departure, before 10:00am). Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Nuevo Soles) or American Express Travel Checks (+ 5% commission charged). You can withdraw cash in either US$ or Peruvian Sole from one of the many ATM machines in Cusco (Visa, MasterCard, etc). Prior to departing for Peru it is advisable to inform your bank that you are coming to Peru, so that you do not experience any problems with your credit/bank cards whilst abroad. Remember that the limit that you can withdraw each day in Peru may be less than your normal limit at home.
INCA TRAIL PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING
• Briefing before the Inca Trail
One or two days before departure our representative in Cusco will contact the clients in their hotels, where you will meet with your guide, he’ll provide information and answer any questions they might have about their Inca trail program. We must be informed in which hotels the clients are staying and the date of their arrival.
Where you will meet with your group and guide, here you will be given any rental equipment such as sleeping bags and duffle bags if you have requested extra porter the actual time of your briefing (6 or 7pm) will be confirmed at your check-in at the office 2 days prior to the trek.
If you do not have an operator in Cusco our office can take care of the reconfirmation of any domestic flights to Lima or other cities. Please ask for further information when you make your reservation.
ABOUT CAMPSITES ON THE INCA TRAIL
Please note that we are not in control of the campsites we are issued with from the Institute of National Culture. In general your campsite allocation is dependent on how early you book, or rather, how many permits are left. The first 250 spaces are generally given to Wiñay Wayna (3rd campsite) and thereafter you will have a longer walk to Machu Picchu on the last day and it could mean you do not make it for sunrise. Do not let this disappoint you as Machu Picchu is marvelous in itself!
Porters Working Conditions: In April 2002 a new law was introduced to set a minimum wage for all porters on the Inca Trail. This has followed years of exploitation. This wage is 45 Peruvian Soles per day which is about US$ 16. It may not seem a lot but wages are all relative to livings costs and compared to other professions 45 Soles is quite well paid. Even though the law exists it is not being enforced and many companies are still paying their porters as low as US$ 5 per day. In 2002 the maximum weight that a porter can carry was limited to 20kg (15kg load + 5kg personal items). All porters have their weight checked by government officials at the start of the trail. However even this system is open to abuse and many tour operators get their guides and assistants to carry large loads across the checkpoint where they are dropped and left for the porters to pick up. Many trekkers who have hired an extra porter are also asked to carry their bags across the checkpoint to be given to the porters after they have been weighed. (and Many Travel agencies are sharing porters once they are on the Inca trail that’s why most of the are overloaded and there are agencies that include porter service on their prices because they don’t care they only want to sell Inca Trail)So even with the new regulations and a weigh-station at the beginning of the trail it is still possible to see porters carry loads of up to 35kg or more.
What about my luggage which I don’t need on the trek?
We suggest you to leave your entire luggage, which you don’t need during the trekking, behind in your hotel. Almost every hotel in Cusco has a safety deposit where you can store your luggage and do not charge for this service when you’ll return to the same hotel after your trek. But if they dont have a place we also have a place where you can leave with us. Let us know Please.
How much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh?
Sleep mat weight = 1 kg
Sleeping bag weight = 2 kg
What if I have a medical emergency while hiking the trail?
Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts/ scrapes, etc.). They receive Red Cross First Aid and other emergency training every year. Our guides lead over 300 travelers along the Inca trail each year and we have rarely had a traveler unable to complete the hike. In these rare instances when someone has not felt well enough to finish the hike, he/ she has been escorted back to Cusco and generally felt well enough to re-join the group in Machu Picchu via train a few days later. Cusco has the nearest modern medical facilities so travelers with a serious medical emergency would need to be evacuated there. Guides and porters have pre-established evacuation strategies in place should this need occur.
What equipment is supplied by Quechuas Expeditions?
We supply the sleeping tents (4 season Aluminum poles tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity ten), dining tents, tables, chairs, toilet tents, cooking equipment, water purifiers, air Thermarest mattresses, and other camping equipment. Our outfitter purchases the highest quality equipment in Peru and older equipment is evaluated and replaced on a regular basis.
What do I need to carry?
We recommend that travelers carry the items that they will need each day while hiking such as water, snacks, camera and film. Porters will carry all of your other supplies including camping equipment, clothes, sleeping bags, etc. We generally ask travelers to bring only the belongings that they will need for the trail and leave any unneeded luggage at the hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. To prevent porters from becoming overloaded, we ask all travelers to limit their personal belongings to 12 lbs for the hike.
and if you have an extra porter he will carry all your personal stuff and depends on the pottering service you have requested
Full Porter(12kg) Half Porter(6kg) and Porter to carry Sleeping bag and Pad(4 kg)
What are the guides like?
Our Quechuas Expeditions Tours guides are among the very best and most experienced guides anywhere. They are from the surrounding Cusco/ Sacred Valley area and speak fluent English, in addition to Spanish and the native language of Quechua. Most have 5-10 years of experience leading Inca trail hikes and all have training in the history, spirituality, culture, and ecology of the area. We receive rave reviews on our guides. For more information, check out our Testimonials at: Our Testimonials Most of them are highly recommended by Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor.
What is the food like on the Inca trail?
A cook accompanies every group on the Inca trail. Almost invariably, travelers comment on the delicious menu. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hearty snacks are provided for your hike. Meals are a mix of local specialties and international favorites. Check out our Inca Trail menu. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. Other special dietary requests can usually be accommodated as well with sufficient notice. (You will never be hungry with us. there will be plenty of food)
How is drinking water supplied?
Although there are places to purchase bottled water occasionally along the trail, we recommend that travelers bring their own refillable bottles to limit plastic waste. Water is boiled, treated with iodine, and then filtered with one of our portable filters (Katadyn and PUR commonly used). It is available in the morning to fill your bottles and at every meal.
What about late cancellations?
Current regulations do not allow us to replace cancelled passengers with new passengers. Trek permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
If I give you my deposit now, do you buy my permit immediately?
Not necessarily immediately, but we customarily purchase the permits within a few days of receiving your deposit.
and if you want us to act Asap (Send us Your deposit by Western Union wich is the fastest and safest way in Cusco, Peru and we can get the money in Minutes and Confirm the Trip in Minutes as well.)
WHY Quechuas Expeditions? We have Extra Things that other companies wont provide you.
For a Momorable Lifetime experience…
– We have Our Medical Emergency Equipped Rescue Mountain Car(This car will be available for all our passenger) and this will ready for any Emergency you need.
– Local 100% Peruvian 13 years experienced Tour operator(Based in Cusco)
– We treat our team of porters the best with a HOUSE for them to sleep and proper equipment, wages and health insurance for everyone
– Best Tour guides(Fluent English)
– Master Cheffs The best in the Cusco region
– The food provided on our treks is the best( buffet Style and plenty of food)
– The best Camping Equipment (spacious tents 4 season aluminum poles tents, Eating & Cooking tents, Portable table & chairs, comfortable air Thermarest mattresses and more…)
– No hidden prices or Surprises/ We Never Pass you onto another operator as most travel agencies do here. We will depart even if you are a group of 02 persons.
We never share service with other companies as most travel travel agencies do here to Minimize cost.(that’s why porters are overloaded because they are forced to carry for 2 or 3 different companies)
– Small groups & personalized services we also Cater Large groups
– Sustainable and eco-friendly tour company
– Committed to social projects and improving living conditions for the children of Peru. Lots of facilities to book any expedition in Peru.
Quechuas Expeditions is a travel agency in cusco which its first objective is the conservation the Inca Culture and the ecological preservation of the planet.
Our tours are extremely flexible according to what the client wishes to get out of his/her trip. They range regular between 4 to 8 days in length, but it can be extended for more days. Quechuas expeditions have professional multilingual guides (including the manager), local guides working as tour assistants who also participate in the expeditions, professional cooks and very experienced boat and bus drivers.
Discover with Quechuas expeditions the Inca Culture, the Andes, the Amazon Jungle, Titicaca Lake, The Colca Canyon, Cotahuasi Canyon, Nasca Lines and Paracas in the South of Peru. You can visit with Quechuas Expeditions : Nasca, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno, the jungle of Puerto Maldonado, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Tambopata National Reserve and many attractive tours in the South of Peru like river whitewater rafting, horse-back riding, traditional tours and much more.
Quechuas Expeditions will work with you to plan your time in Peru. We can help you building your itinerary. Just give us your frame of time and your interests, and we will develop some proposals on the best way of using your time while visiting our country. We want you to get the most out of your trip and we will work our hardest to ensure you have an unforgettable experience in this special place.
We will include our advice about the cities to be visited, the tours and activities that will satisfy your interests and lodging options that will best meet your needs.
You do not need to purchase all inclusive tours or book complete itineraries. We allow you the freedom of choosing your best options and have the safety of booking the services you think are more important.
As natives and locals, we know these Inca trails like the backs of our hands and are passionate about protecting our natural and most treasured resources. Unfortunately some other companies are not so vigilant and we are concerned about the environmental impact. We hope to lead by example, by giving excellent service to you while conserving and respecting our natural resources and people.
At Quechuas Expeditions, we hold excellent service to you, our clients, and your interests and enjoyment as paramount. We also pride ourselves on being a company which holds the sacred nature of Macchu Picchu and the Inca trail of utmost importance.
All of us at Quechuas Expeditions are thrilled to have you as our guest and invite you to learn about our culture. We have a professional staff of mountain, jungle and cultural guides – all licensed to guide the Inca trail, salkantay trek,inka jungle ,lares trek,choquequirao to machupicchu,jungle amazon tours, cultural and archaelogical attractions in cusco,Peru and Bolivia. Our guides are dedicated professionals who lead our tours all year round, taking vacation only in February when the Inka trail is closed for maintenance and reforestation. All guides ar trained in first aid and rescue. We also have a professional staff of cooks who have done the incatrail for many years.
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