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INCA TRAIL PERU 10 DAYS: Explore Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

The Inca Trail Peru is a tour package that offers you the best of southern Peru – visit the regions of Cusco and Puno; it mixes the culture, tradition and history

Inca Trail Peru is a great trip offering cultural insights such as ancient and colonial architecture, Inca temples, local villages, hike the Classic Inca Trail and explore the stunning Machu Picchu; this tour package takes you also to the region of Puno where you’ll visit the islanders of the Lake Titicaca including the island of Uros, Takile and Amantani. It’s highly recommended if you have only a few days available for trekking and traveling through Peru. Without a doubt this trip is one of the best in Peru since you‘ll travel in the two of the most picturesque regions of Peru.

The Inca Trail Peru is a hidden gem filled with cultural impressions – Inca style villages, barren landscapes, mountain peaks, and fertile Inca terraces. It’s expensive but also fantastic. You’ll be visiting the most scenic regions in Peru, surrounded by absolute pristine nature. The trip highlights are the city of Cusco, trek te Inca Trail, explore Machu Picchu known as the lost city of the Incas and navigate the Lake Titicaca.

TEN DAYS TOUR

From Cusco to Puno
$ 1,280
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotels
  • Guide

The Inca Trail Peru is a fantastic tour package operated by “Sunrise Peru Trek”. This tour start one you arrive to the city of Cusco; from where we drive through the sacred valley of the Incas, then continue  walking the ancient Inca Trail until Machu Picchu and return to Cusco; the tour continues with a great tour to Puno where we’ll visit the islanders of the Lake Titicaca.

The Beautiful Inca Trail Peru offers natural and cultural highlights like the Vilcabamba mountain range, picturesque villages, mysterious Inca sites, traditions culture and history. Peru is one of the best countries for trekking and cultural tour, with its long history, fascinating art, typical and varied architecture. The vast diversity of people, their culture, language and traditions will intrigue anyone. The two predominant religions, Catholicism and Inca religion, are ever present with the variety of gods and goddess, various temples, churches, and depict the deep faith of the people.

The panoramic mountain scenery and a diversity of beautiful landscape will enchant you and make your visit one of the most romantic and memorable ones you have ever experienced, Peru is the land where the Incas was born. Guided sightseeing tour of Cusco city, sacred valley, Inca Trail Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and its surrounding areas will give you an enchanting glimpse of Tour in Peru – its people, culture, traditions and mountains – that will surely make you want to come for a longer visit.

TRIP STYLE

Adventure Trekking

MAX. ALTITUDE

4,200m / 13,997 fts

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels & Tents

DIFFICULTY

Moderate/ Challenge

At a Glance

  • Timing: 10 days/ 9 nights
  • Starting point at: Cusco airport.
  • Ending point at: Puno airport.
  • Inca Trail Permits: Yes, required. 500 permits are issued daily. In the highest season the trail is booked several months in advance.
  • Departure Dates: Any day with two people. We offer affordable tour prices for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
  • Altitude:  The Inca Trail begins at 2,750 masl/8,875 ft and the maximum altitude is  4,200 masl /13,818 ft. the Dead Woman pass.
  • Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco

Arrival to Cusco at any time, we will meet you in the airport and transfer you to the designated hotel, enjoy the city.

DAY 2: Ollantaytambo

Discover the Inca ruins along the Sacred Valley; includes the visit of the Pisac Market. The Sacred Valley Tour ends at the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo.

DAYS  3, 4, 5 & 6: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

45-km of trekking through the Inca trail – all included. The last day of the trek, we will start very early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu (if weather is good).

DAY 7: Puno

A wonderful 7-hour bus journey through the Peruvian «Altiplano».

DAYS 8 – 9: Lake Titicaca

Discover the floating island of the Lake Titicaca and experience overnight at Amantany Island.

DAY 10: Transfer Out

Departure from Puno at any time.

Our Inca Trail Peru Includes Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

This 10-day Inca Trail Peru, is a brilliant tour Package that takes you to trek the footsteps of the Incas, visiting attractive Inca temples along and observing stunning mountain scenery. Discover the mystery of Machu Picchu; Set sail on the waters of Lake Titicaca and visit the island of Uros, Amantany and Taquille. Inca Trail Peru begins in the city of Cusco where you’ll visit the Inca and colonial architecture the you’ll drive through the sacred valley of the Incas, three days of trekking Across the “Vilcanota” mountain range, explore the stunning Machu Picchu, travel to the “Altiplano” and visit the island in the Lake Titicaca.

During this Inca Trail Peru trip you’ll use hotels of category 3 stars, camping in the national park of Machu Picchu, and use the conditioned house of a local family in the island of Amantani. The trip is available all year however we recommended from April to November.

Day to Day Trip Itinerary

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

The Inca Trail Peru begins once you arrive to Cusco airport at any time. However, we must know your flight details for your reception and transfer to the hotel. There will be a briefing about the tour and how to get around in the city. On this day, there is no planned activity. Walk slowly to get used to the altitude. Optionally, you can do our city tour program that starts at 01:30 p.m. and ends ad 6:30 p.m.

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

We’ll start the tour at 08:00 a.m; you will be picked up from your hotel and we’ll head for a completely guided tour to the pretty Sacred Valley of the Incas. This tour includes visit to the Andean native markets and ruins of Pisac; we’ll stop for lunch in  the town of Urubamba. After lunch we’ll continue toward the the beautiful Inca village and fortress of Ollantaytambo.

The Sacred Valley tour is a relaxed and incomparably attractive stretch of small villages and ancient ruins spread across a broad plain and rugged mountain slopes northwest of Cusco city. The Sacred valley was appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities. It was one of the Empire’s main points for the extraction of natural wealth, and the best place for corn production in Peru. Through the valley rolls and the revered «Río Urubamba» (called the «Willcamayu» by the Incas). We’ll finish the Sacred Valley tour at the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo; here, you can purchase some items for the Inca trail.

DAYS 3, 4, 5 & 6: INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

This morning, we’ll travel by private bus for one hours to Pisqak’ucho (km. 82), the starting point of the Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu. The porters and the guides will organize everything for you. Porters will carry your heavy gear. All you have to do is carry your daypack and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and the fascinating Inca sites. The first two days, we will walk for approximately 8 hours (including breaks).

On the third day, we will have a 5 hour-hike. The last day of the Inca trail trek, we will start to walk very early escorted by our experienced Inca Trail guide to arrive for the sunrise at Machu Picchu (if weather is good). Once in Machu Picchu you’ll have a guided tour for 2 -3 hours then you’ll take the bus down to the tonw of Aguas Calientes and enjoy your lunch. Later in the afternoon, we will take the train through the Urubamba Valley to Cusco. We’ll arrive in the evening and transfer you to your hotel.

NOTE: The passengers who not able or nor interested in the hike of the Inca trail for spending 2 days in Cusco, and then travel by train to the picturesque town of «Aguas Calientes» with overnight. Next morning, you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu entrance and meet with the hikers at the ruins. If you decide not to do the hike, then we’ll need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

Distances of the Inca Trail:

Day 1: Km 82 to Llulluchapampa

Approximate distance: 15 km.
Estimated hiking time: 7-8 hours.

Day 2: Llulluchapampa – Chaquiccocha

Approximate distance: 15 km.
Estimated hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.

Day 3: Chaquiccocha – Wiñaywayna

Approximate distance: 10 km.
Estimated hiking time: 5 hours.

Day 4: Wiñaywayna to Intipunku (Sun Gate) – Machu Picchu

Approximate distance: 5 km.
Estimated hiking time: 2 hours.

DAY 7: TRAVEL FROM CUSCO TO PUNO

We’ll start at 07:00 a.m and travel to Puno; this journey takes about seven hours. You will visit interesting places and stop along volcanic hot springs. We will arrive to Puno in the afternoon.The city of Puno is a small city located at the banks of the highest navigable lake of the world.

DAYS 8 – 9: TOUR TO TAKILE AND AMANTANI

You’ll be picked up from the hotel at 7:00 am, we will then go to the port of the lake from where we’ll aboard the boat, the first place to visit is Uros floating islands, where, we will learn concerning of people who live on the floating islands, and we will have time to hang out with them. After the visit these floating islands, we will continue sailing to get the next island Amantani, when we arrive to the port of Amantani island, the local people will be waiting for us with a big and contagious smile who will take us to their house to have lunch.

After lunch, we will be part of their daily activities that they do as farmers, we will then explore the island and of course we will go to Pachatata (pre-Incan temple) from where we will have stunning sunset. At night about 7:00 pm we will have dinner. After dinner, we will be part of the small celebration party organized by locals to enjoy the Andean music made of pure flute.

On the next day we’ll have breakfast, which is made by the local family, right after that, we will embark the boat to Taquile island, the trip is about 1-hour, upon our arrival on this island, we will take a short hike to get amazing views as we make our way to the small village of Taquile, where we will have lunch; after the Lunch we’ll we will explore this small town and walk back to the dock to take the boat back to Puno, we will be getting the hotel at about 4:00 pm or after this time.

DAY 10: TRANSFER OUT

Departure from Puno at any time.

Inca Trail Peru Includes

  • Transportation: All scheduled transportation; All transfers entrance fees: For all the visited tourist places.
  • Meals: All Breakfasts in the hotels and along the road; in the trail 3 breakfasts, 3 hot lunches, 3 hot dinners prepared by our professional Chef. Meals included pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruits, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking; hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for adjusting to the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn). We also offer vegetarian menu option if you request. We provide boiled water every morning for your water bottle.
  • Guide & porters: Licensed bilingual official Tour Guide; 2 guides over 8 people. Porters will carry both your personal items (6kg) in duffel bags that we provide and the camping equipment for the Inca trail. You must carry your day-to-day packing such as your camera, snacks and some drinkable water.
  • Camping equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two people, brand new four season tents, therm-a-rest, dining room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the guides, tent for the porters, cooking gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • Accommodations: 3 nights ***hotel in Cusco; 2 nights ***hotel in Puno, 1 night with a local family and 3 nights in camping tents.
  • Others items: Local guide available for permanent assistance; first aid kit, oxygen bottle.

Excluded

  • Meals: All Lunches and dinners except on the Inca trail and on the Lake titicaka tour. You should consider a budget from 15 to $25 USD for each meal as average in restaurant.
  • We will assist you with all local matters.
  • Sleeping bag: You can rent it from us for $20 USD for the entire Inca trail trek.
  • Tips for the staff.

PRICE OF THE TOUR

Minimum 2 persons

 TYPE OF TRAIN PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition class US$ 1,280
 Vistadome class US$ 1,310
 Hiram Bimgham class 

Optional Extras for the Inca Trail

Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$10
Single Tent Supplement US$30 per night

Payment facts

For ten-day Inca Trail Peru, we will require a non-refundable trek deposit of $300 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer. These are the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. The money transfer should be in the name of «SUNRISE PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L». Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both: US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

HOTEL IN CUSCO

PRISMA HOTEL OR SIMILAR
Rating: 3 star
Web: http://www.hotelprismacusco.com/

FACILITIES

Restaurant (open to public for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Bar-Cafeteria
Telephones with international and national dial up
Fax services
Luggage porters
Laundry service

HOTEL IN PUNO

HOTEL CONDE DE LEMOS OR SIMILAR
Rating: 3 star

Web: http://www.condelemosinn.com/

FACILITIES

Restaurant (open to public for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Bar-Cafeteria
Telephones with international and national dial up
Fax services
Luggage porters
Laundry service

ESSENTIAL INFO FOR INCA TRAIL PERU

The Inca Trail Peru Group

Maximum group size for Inca Trail Peru, is 8 passengers. Passengers come from a range of countries worldwide (average of 3 nationalities per group) and many will be solo travellers. You will find you have many things in common with your fellow travellers, including a passion for discovery and a strong interest in exploring the National Parks. Our  Inca Trail Peru is designed for adults over 18 years old. While most passengers are aged 25-55, every year we get many people both above and below this age range.

All travellers over the age of 70 will be requested to complete a self-declaration of fitness form prior to travel. Our Inca Trail Peru tour, is a unique holiday experience and much of your enjoyment will come from the team spirit of your group and the fun you’ll have together, as well as from the local setting. We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of bringing a positive attitude with you on tour; a sure guarantee to enjoying each and every moment, even in the adversity of the odd rainstorm!

Tipping

Tipping is an expected and highly appreciated component of your Inca Trail Peru tour. Although it may not be customary for you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, as an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. It is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the communities that you visit.

Your group will be assigned a Lead Guide, and a group of porters. The number of porters designated to your group will depend on the amount of baggage and equipment is taken on the trek; this typically works out to 2-3 porters per traveller, but this number will be confirmed by Machu Picchu National Park rangers at the gate once all baggage is checked.

It is best to present your crew with the group’s tip upon completion of your Inca Trail Peru, during the last meal on the mountain. Tips should be placed in a group envelope and a member of the trekking team can hand the envelope directly to the Lead Guide.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is also referred to as “Altitude Sickness”, and as the name indicates the illness is commonly encountered at exceptionally high altitudes, such as the summit area of the highest pass. AMS, once apparent, can be most effectively treated by immediately taking the affected person to a lower altitude. Often a drop as little as 500m will be sufficient. The symptoms of AMS include in the order normally experienced; headaches, nausea, anorexia, exhaustion, lassitude, rapid pulse, insomnia, swelling of the hands and feet and reduced urine output.

Trekkers can take precautions to at least minimize the severity of the illness, by maintaining a slow steady pace from day one, include an extra day of acclimatization at a high altitude and by drinking at least 3-4 liters of water every day. Preventative medicine is also available and you should consult your physician for specialist advice.

Fluid build-up may cause a condition known as edema (or oedema), which can affect the lungs (pulmonary), preventing effective oxygen exchange, or affect the brain (cerebral) which will result in the swelling of the brain tissue. The latter can be lethal if not treated immediately or if symptoms are ignored. Probably 40% of all people trekking the Inca trail will suffer to some extent from AMS. You should familiarize yourself with this condition and take preventative care.

For more information on this sickness please click on the Action Guide to High Altitude.

Porters and cook

The porters do not only transport your gear and the supplies up to the mountain. Arriving at every camp site long before you, they will have already erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening they will also boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner of a quality that has surprised many previous clients.

Weight limits for porters

Remember that there is a weight limit of 6 kg (12 lbs) per climber, on the gear of each hiker to be portered. A soft duffel bag is preferred – a rucksack is not necessary as they prefer to porter the loads balanced on their backs and shoulders.

CONTACT US

Should you encounter any difficulties meeting your transfer from the airport to the starting hotel, depending on which country you are in you can contact a SUNRISE PERU TREK representative on the following:

  • Mauro Pedraza – Operations Manager
    Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
  • Henrry Chauca – Operations
    Mobile: +(51) 950 313131
  • Sharon Ovalle – SUNRISE PERU TREK Representatives Supervisor
    Mobile: +(51) 974 359484

Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours. Thank you.

How to book?

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Inca Trail items and FAQ's

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm or 7pm at our office or in your hotel.

Of course! During the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel in Cusco, both are for free.

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-8 persons. SUNRISE PEREU TREK Specializes in SMALL; PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.

Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are neither transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!

OF COURSE! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number that you sent to us to book your Inca Trail Permit. The rangers check each day and also when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, we can make the changes when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the new passport number as soon as possible.

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-8 persons. SUNRISE PEREU TREK Specializes in SMALL; PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.

You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 6kg/12p. Your team of porters will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear.

It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.

Toilets have improved a lot in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have toilet blocks with flush toilets and running water.

In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, SUNRISE PERU TREK will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems in extreme cases; a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if recover quickly.  They then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.

Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, for sure we will pick you up!

It will depend on the train’s availability BUT the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore you will take the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours for Machu Picchu

The Classic Inca Trail is the only trek that leads you directly up to the Sun Gate, having the first amazing view of Machu Picchu. This trail has also a historical significance because along the Inca Trail, you will explore many religious Inca Cities and it will take you through many different microclimates, offering amazing views of the Andes, the valleys, the waterfalls, the flora and fauna.

It is advisable to have two full days in Cuzco to recover from your travel and to do at least one day hike to higher altitudes help with acclimatization. We can organize day hikes & other tours around Cuzco for you. If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cuzco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cuzco to rest, recover from your travel and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cuzco before departing for the trek.

To avoid altitude sickness on the trek, we recommend that you spend time in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. If you have never been in high altitude, we recommend that you spend a day in the Sacred Valley because it is at lower altitude than Cusco city.

We recommended any hiker who are planning to do Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is better to stay a couple days in Cusco or higher altitude to be well acclimatized before you begin the 4 days trek; it is important to walk with small back pack.[/

A minimum of 02 persons is needed to depart Classic Inca Trail. Whether you’re traveling as a family, group, friends, and couples or even traveling alone, we welcome you to our Trekking adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are charged per person or maximum of two persons sharing a room/tent. Shared services are the basis for the described itinerary. Private services will be upon request.

We are confident that the quality of our journeys will meet your expectations and that you will enjoy the best of cultural, nature, and adventure travel experience ever possible. If you are not satisfied, you will be given credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. This is the best the best guarantee you can get in the travel business.

Due to low participation of trekkers, other tour companies will cancel their trips or pass their customers to bigger group tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low subscription or participation or change the date of departure neither will we give our travelers to other tour operators!.. Our customers can rest assured that their trekking holidays are insured and guaranteed for trekking to Machu Picchu.