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Inca Trail To Machupicchu

SALKANTAY - INCA TRAIL - MACHU PICCHU TREK

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New regulations limit the number of people on the Inca Trail. Permits are available only on a first-come, first serve basis. To guarantee your spot on the Inca Trail we recommend that you reserve at least 6 months in advance!

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Thin air outfitters tour operator company takes you in this adventure program thinking that the best way to approach the magnificent Inca City of Machu Picchu, is exploring the remote areas with high passes and cloud forest. Andean communities and less known Inca remains, joining to the classical Inca Trail to Machupicchu, on this itinerary we spend a few days following a high and remote trail which skirts many of the great peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. This Adventure and Cultural trek combines the sacred Salkantay mountain 6.271m.a.s.l. / 20,568 ft. one of the highest peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain range.

LOCATION:
  South America - Cusco Peru. Vilcabamba Mountain Range
DURATION:
  6 days and 5 nights.
PRICE:
 USD. 890 per person
SEASON:
  All Year, ( INRENA determined to close in February)
DEPARTURES:
  Every Day
ACTIVITIES:
  Archeological, Nature, Cultural, adventures.
GROUP SIZE:
  Minimum 4, maximum 16
DIFFICULTY:
  CHALLENGING

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO-MOLLEPATA-CRUZPATA-SORAYPAMA-ICCHUPATA.

We leave the Cusco city at 6:00 a.m. in a private bus or Van, and drive to Mollepata town. For about 5 hours, we will have some stops along the way like in the town of Limatambo 2,100 m.a.s l. / 6,880 ft. Here we will visit the archaeological site of Tarawasi, an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the Inca time, then we leave Limatambo and drive up on the right shore of the Apurimac river, to Mollepata town 2,800 m.a.s.l. / 9,185 ft. then we will continue drive up through the Cruzpata town 3,100 m.a.s.l. /10,170 ft. then will go in to the Soraypampa valley the final driving portion with a spectacular views along the trail with many levels of variations and along the dusty road we will see little groups of houses, flora, small wild birds and spectacular view of the Humantay snow peak mountain 5,902 m.a.s.l. / 19,358 ft. finally we will get Soraypamapa 3,900 m.a.s.l. / 12,800 ft. the trail head of our hike, here we will meet our Mountain staff and horses to carry our luggage, here also we will have our first lunch, after the lunch break we will start our afternoon hike with a gradual up hill right to our first camp site of Icchupata

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DAY 2: ICCHUPATA-ABRA INCACHIRIASQA-PAMPACCAHUA-

After breakfast will leave the campsite at around 7:00 a.m. to start the hike steep climb towards the Incachiriasca pass 4,950 m.a.s.l. / 16,236 ft. the highest point of the all trek, and from which one we will have impressive views of the Salkantay mountain 6,285 m.a.s.l. / 20,614 ft. on the pass we break or photo time this is a perfect place for a impressive views of the vilcabamba mountain range. After that we will descend towards our lunch place after the pass, observing Salkantay valley and the beginning of Sisaypampa valley (it is possible that we can see condors in this area). After lunch we will descend towards the Pampacahuana community, next to which exists an original Inca canal. Here we have dinner and overnight at camp.

DAY 3: PAMPACCAHUANA-PAUCARCANCHA-HUAYLLABAMBA.

We will leave camp at around 8:00 am to start a downhill walk along the shores of the Pampacahuana river following its course towards the Wayllabamba community 3,000 m.a.s.l. /9,840 ft. On the way down we will visit the Incaracay archaeological site (Paucarcancha) where we can appreciate this spectacular Inca remains with its rectangular constructions, plazas, retaining walls and terraces. Here is our lunch place we will have plenty time to explore the area, After this point our camp site is very close, nothing far is like a relaxing afternoon, finally we will arrive to Wayllabamba town, the union point with the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, here we will meet our porters and we will say bye our horse drivers, camp for the night.

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DAY 4: HUAYLLABAMBA-ABRA HUARMIHUAÑUSQA-PACAYMAYO.

After the breakfast we will start Climb steeply from Wayllabamba through the fields, native tree forest then we will emerge above the tree line and then we reach the meadow known as Llulluchapampa 3,680m.a.s.l. / 12,070 ft. here is our lunch place before the second highest pass of our trek, Abra of Huarmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass at 4,200m.a.s.l. / 13,776 ft. on the pass freezing winds. Inca trail program hikers celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail, for our program second pass, Then we start to decent from the pass along the steeps although not difficult then campsite at Pacamayo 3,600m.a.s.l. / 11,808 ft. Here there are toilet facilities, where we will camp.

DAY 5: PACAYMAYO - RUNKURAQAY - SAYACMARCA - PHUYUPATAMARCA -WIÑAYHUAYNA.

This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites that we will visit and learn from your guide about each one. From Pacaymayo we will climb to the second pass, Abra of Runkuraqay 3,970 m.a.s.l. / 13,021 FT. Half way up, we will visit the archaeological site named as a camp site Runkuraqay. This site, located at 3,800 m.a.s.l. / 12,464 ft. consists of a small oval structure. After to get the pass, we will descend towards Yanacocha (Black lake) then we will enter into the cloud-forest area and then get another Inca remains of Sayamarca 3,624 m.a.s.l. / 11,886 ft. This is a beautiful site with a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, fountains, patios and irrigation canals. After that we will have the lunch at Chaquiqocha camp site, then we will continue the trek with a easy climb, Along this climb we can appreciate a great job of the Incas walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order then we will go through he Inca tunnel, we will arrive at the third pass, Abra of Phuyupatamarca 3,700 m.a.s.l. / 12,136 ft. after the pass there is another Inca remains with same name as the pass, This is one of the most preserved and complete Inca remains along the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, Phyupatamarca means ¨town over the clouds¨. Here we can appreciate this sacred complex like water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Vilcanota River valley, the we will descending along the stone steps to Wiñaywayna 2,700 m.a.s.l. / 8,856 ft. Where we will up our camp site, in this campsite we will find a lodge with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers. The campsite has the same name as the Inca remains which one is located only five minutes away from the camp highly recommended to visit even if you felling tired from the day trek. Wiñaywayna is an impressive site and one of the intact almost 90 percent of the total construction, composed by agricultural centre with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector.

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DAY 6: WIÑAYHUAYNA-INTIPUNKO-MACHUPICCHU-CUSCO.

Early wake up call, most of the hikers or groups wake up around 4.30a.m. that means will be the most noise camp site and also an early breakfast so we leave the camp site by 5.30a.m. to get Machu Picchu early as possible before sunrise. The first rays of the sun reach Machu Picchu around 7a.m. The final portion of the trail lead us through the cloud forest finally we will get the final pass of Intipunku 2,750 m.a.s.l. / 9,020 ft. well know (Sun Gate). From Intipunku we will descend into Machupicchu, then later on we will enter by the highest point of MACHUPICCHU INCA CITY through the ¨Guard house¨. then descend to the control point where we will register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We will immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Huaynapicchu mountain where you can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or you can visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca bridge. In the afternoon, we will meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in the thermal baths. From here we will take the train to the city of Cusco.

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WHAT TO BRING

  • ORIGINAL PASSPORT
  • A sleeping bag.
  • A backpack (20 or 25 liters).
  • Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
  • Long pants and shorts.
  • Long sleeved shirts and T-shirts.
  • Warm clothes sweaters, jacket and fleece.
  • Rain gear.
  • Camera, films, batteries.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Insect repellent and sun block.
  • Personal toilet items and first aid kit.
  • A pocketknife.
  • A water bottle and purified pills.
  • A change of underwear.
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun, rain or cold.
  • A pack towel.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, biscuits, dry fruits etc.
  • Cash USD and local currency (option for ATM machine Machu Picchu town)
  • Swimsuit (optional Machu Picchu hot springs visit)
  • Walking sticks with rubber covers (optional).

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INCLUDED DURING THE TREK

  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from hotels all the members, and then transfer by Bus or Van to Soraypampa Village (trailhead).
  • Entrance Fee, Machu Picchu
  • A large igloo tents, for each 2 persons.
  • Mattress, one per person.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Dining tent.
  • Enough tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent (in case campsite don't have toilets).
  • English speaking professional tour guide.
  • An expert cooks.
  • Wranglers and horses
  • Full meals during the trek.
  • Daily snack bag.
  • Daily afternoon tea service.
  • Daily wake up call tea, and hot water for washing.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Bus ticket to Machupicchu town.
  • Train ticket (Backpacker Service Departure: 17:03 arrival:21:19
  • Transfer train station/hotel

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NOT INCLUDED

  • Day 1 Breakfast, (you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
  • Day 6 Lunch, Dinner (on your own).
  • Hot springs pool visit (on your own).
  • Tips to the crew (guides, cooks and porters).

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES:

  • Sleeping bag, rental sleeping bag should be requested in advance charge is USD 40.
  • First Class trail instead backpaker.Vistadome Departure 15:25, Arrival 19:41 extra charge USD 40.
  • Single tent, if you prefer to have guaranteed single tent the charge is USD 40.
  • Hotel booking service for extra night in Machupicchu town, additional charge depending hotel category.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Participants in this trek should plan at least two or three days acclimation at around 3,400m.a.s.l / 11,100 ft. Cusco altitude.
  • To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure.
  • We can arrange for accommodations and Pre or Post tours.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: According to the new Inca Trail regulations, The Machu Picchu Sanctuary authorities allow only 500 people to enter to Inca Trail every day including Cooks, porters, Guides. Each one who enters that day needs to be listed on a permit form, provided by the park authorities in advance. Booking will be only guaranteed if you reconfirm your trip date, providing FULL NAMES, PASSPORT NUMBERS, NATIONALITIES, GENDER, OCCUPATION AND DATE OF BIRTH. (All those information will be how appear in your passport), Students required for Entrance Fee discount the Valid (no Expired) International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and must be under 26 year of age. (We required via e-mail the digital version copy of valid ISIC).

 

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