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OUR CONFIRMED DEPARTURES: AVAILABILITY & BOKINGS
(Availability and Bookings / Disponibilidad y Reservaciones)
Daily Departures upon your request.
US$ 980.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
DAILY DEPARTURES !!
3-4 person USD$ 1,290 p/person.
5-8 person USD$ 980 p/person. (Special rate.)
If you interest is walking this tour in a small group and you would like to join 2 or 4 person to make lower costs, please let us know, so we can try to find other interested people. AVAILABLE DEPARTURES from JANUARY to DECEMBER 2014
It is important to be in good physical condition to make this moderate rated but truly rewarding trek. If you want to visit a number of stunning Inca sites linked by a beautiful stone pathway built in the midst of the most incredible scenery in rising altitudes. A good mix of culture, nature, archaeology and scenic beauty. ..then this is for you! Book early, Get in shape, Get good boots and have fun... !
Highest point 4,200 mts.
Inca Trail Classic 4D/3N - Private Service.-This special Inca Trail in a private service can depart any date as long as there are Permits available. This permits are required and is important to reserve in advance, You need to book 4-6 months before due to the Permits. For last minute booking please check the availability permits link.
For 20-30 minutes, the night before of your trek at 6:00 pm at your hotel.
Huaynapicchu Ticket.- Just recently from July 24th the National Culture Institute encharged of the control of visitor to Machupicchu started a new regulation for people interested in climbing the 300 mt mountain Huaynapicchu, limiting to 400 visitors per day in 2 turns (from 7:00am and 10:00am)
The cost is USD$ 70 pp and tickets but must be reserved and paid for at least 4 months in advance to guarantee permits.
FREE Sacred Valley tour for group bookings of 4 persons or more, provided just one person in the group is responsible for making the booking and sending the full trek deposit,
4 Nights for the price of 3 in MARQUESES BOUTIQUE Hotel in Cusco or FREE Up-grade to Delux rooms for the price of Standard room. To get this offer you must quote it at the time of booking and payment is required in $ USD cash. Please book through this website but you must indicate your tour with SAS Travel (This offer is only valid for accomodation dates from JAN 1st 2013 to APRIL 15th 2013). For months May- Aug- Stay 4 Nights FREE Up-Grade to Suite for the price of Delux rooms ..... to get this offer you must quote it at the time of booking and payment is required in $USD cash. www.hotelmarqueses.com
The best itinerary for a Private Small Group Inca Trail hike...!!!
Day 1: Cusco - Ollanta - Km 82 Piskacucho - Ayapata 1st Camping.
Day 2: Ayapata, Dead woman`s pass, Llulluchapampa, Pacaymayo camp.
Day 3: Chakicocha, Aobamba, Phuyu, Intipata, Winaywayna, Aguas Calientes.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes -Machupicchu,(Huaynapicchu) Aguas Calientes, Cusco.
(* Entrance fee to Huaynapicchu mt walk extra of USD$ 70 per person).
ADVANTAGES OF INCA TRAIL 4D/3N -PRIVATE SERVICE:
- Daily departures in small group, (4 person mínimum).
- Pre-Departure briefing the night before of your tour in your hotel.
- Maximum of 8 person (Open new departures upon your request.)
- Pick up from you Hotel in Cusco and Private van to Km 82,start of your trek.
- 7 Kg personal porter, SAS provide a duffle bag for the porter.
- Porters to carry camping equipment, tents and cooking gear.
- Experienced english speaking mountain guide, expert cooks team.
- Full board meals for the entire tour: 3 Breakfast, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinner.
- Avoiding the busiest 3rd night Camp at Wiñay Wayna, camp or Hotel in AC.
(3rd Night Camp at Puente Inka or Hotel in AC. Enjoy Machupicchu twice.)
(Arrive to Machupicchu through the Sun´s gate and enjoy magic sun-set.)
- Early tour at Machupicchu, walk to discover with your expert guide.
- Guided tour and interpretation at Machupicchu, extra time to explore.
(Plenty time in your own to visit all the areas and sectors of Inca sites)..
- Climb Huaynapicchu mountain after your tour (Extra US$70 per person).
- Walk to Inca Bridge... highly recommended !! no extra cost.
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes in private rooms.
- (Hot water shower and beds in Aguas Calientes -Hotel for the 3rd night.)
- Natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes; Optional for 10 Soles extra.
- New Eureka comfortable tents "Outfitters 4" tent for 2 person, pillows
- Thermal rest mattress, toilet tent, cooking and dinning tent,
- Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen.
- Bus down to Aguas Calientes, Vistadome 1st Class train return to Cusco.
- Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
(Optional start from Ollantaytambo or Urubamba after your Sacred Valley tour.)
Also you can add an extra night at Aguas Calientes, visit and explore the full day at Machupicchu and we can organize your train return to Cusco on Day 5th
Walking Inca Trail to Machupicchu with SAS Travel; Fully portered trek where your comfort is our prime responsibility, we make sure that you get the best experience of your holiday while you interact with the locals, explore and rediscover remote ancient Inca buildings, learning some Quechua words and history, take in the stunning landscape surrounding you and simply feel one with mother nature, while we carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your camps and take care of all your requirements. At SAS Travel we want you to worry about nothing but getting the maximum out of your trip... just exceeding your expectations !!
Early pick-up from your hotel will begin around 5:00 am. We will meet at our departure point, Plaza Regocijo, by 5:30 to board our private transportation. Make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card. Our journey from Cusco to Piskacucho takes approximately 3 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will stop to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing on to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft). There we will meet our camp crew and the porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike. Passports in hand, we clear the official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town). Our vantage point is from a flat bluff above the extensive site, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands. After a short rest, we continue another 15 minutes down to our lunch site at Tayaroc. Our path is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys. Walking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors. After lunch, another 3-4 hours will bring us to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m / 9,840 ft), followed by an uphill climb through woods and along a stream to our first camp at Ayapata (3,300 m / 10,824 ft). You will be rewarded with Te Macho and a buffet dinner. Buenas Noches!!!
Maximum Altitude: 3,300 m/10,824 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,680 m/8,790 ft
Distance Travelled: 12 km approx
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Ascent up: 620 m
After breakfast, we depart from the Ayapata camp around 7:00 am. This is our longest day, but one rewarded with spectacular views down several valleys and up to the surrounding snow-covered peaks. We will put in a 5-hour hike to reach our lunch camp in the Pacaymayo Valley, then another 3-4 hours to our night camp at Chakicocha.
We begin with a 900-m ascent up to the Warmiwanusca (Dead Womans) Pass at 4,200 m/13,776 ft. Along the way, we ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where you can see several species of birds. With luck we will see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles. We will soon enter a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland, and the treeless grasslands of the puna. From this point, you can see the highest pass ahead. The path climbs for two more hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This last hard climb brings us to Dead Womans Pass, the first of two that we will cross today.
Once the full group reaches this pass, we take a rest break before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley on the other side. You will find that your energy returns as we proceed along this downhill segment toward a generous lunch and rest.
In the afternoon we begin a second ascent, this time to the ruins at Runcuracay, located a bit below the Runcuracay Pass (3,950 m / 12,956 ft). From the pass, in clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Womans Pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. These include the 6,000-m Pumasillo (Pumas Claw) massif. From here, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the impressive ruins at Sayacmarca.
After some exploration, another 20 minutes bring us to Chakicocha (3,400 m / 11,000 ft). This will be our coldest night on the trail, at around +3 degrees C in December and -4 C in June. Tea time and Buffet Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m/13,776 ft
Minimum Altitude: 3,000 m/9,840 ft
Distance Travelled: 16 km approx
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours / Ascent up: 900 m
At sunrise, you will catch sight of Sayacmarca back along the trail, perched on the side of one of the many mountains that surround our campsite. Today´s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, Winaywayna and Intipata, and enjoy dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley. This stretch of the trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries. Your lungs will appreciate the fact that today´s hike is much more down than up, and significantly shorter than yesterday´s.
In getting to Phuyupatamarca (the Town of the Clouds), we will pass through the first of two short, natural tunnels in the mountains. After visiting this site, we will descend about 2,000 stone steps to Winaywayna. If you have not had any knee problems up to this point, you may after this descent. If you have had prior knee injuries, we recommend the use of trekking poles, and perhaps an extra porter, to relieve some of the stress on your joints.
Around mid-day, we will arrive at the site of Winaywayna the last of the remarkable ruins enroute, which we will explore and have a guided visit (2,700 m / 8,856 ft). After we will visit the adjacent site of Intipata with its dramatic terrances on the left side of the road. There is a bar and a small gift shop, and best of all, hot showers for a small fee. There will also be many more trekkers gathering here.
After visiting the complex of Wiñaywayna we have our lunch and time for a rest before we continue with our last section of our trek for about 1.5 hour toward the Sun´s Gate Inti-punku , natural mirador of Machupicchu here you can make really nice pictures and contemplate the beauty of the arounds.
From Inti Punku, a final easy 40-minute hike will bring us to the entrance to Machu Picchu itself. The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city. We will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by the trek guides. Now on front of Machupicchu you will have time to appreciate this marvelous and magical place from the top levels near farming terrains permiting spectacular views, after we dedicate enough time we start to walk down for 10 minutes toward Machupicchu´s main gate to board a private bus to Aguas Calientes town, where staff of Viajeros Hotel are waiting for us. After settle in our 2,3 private rooms, your guide will take you to the natural hot springs for a couple of hours to relax and indulge your muscles then return for our dinner at the Hotel. This option is open to your final desire, we do propose as well a camp in Puente Ruinas if you don`t want to end in Aguas Calientes town, with this last option you can enjoy the beauty of the sunset and spend in Machupicchu for at least 1 hour then we walk for 40 minutes to this camp , but next morning early we have big chances to get the passes to climb Huaynapicchu mountain (USD$ 70 pp not included)..
Maximum Altitude: 3,750 m/ 12,300 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,700 m/8,856 ft
Distance Travelled: 10 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours / Descent : 700 m
We will get up very early around 4:30 am we will take the first bus to Machupicchu ( 30 minutes) then walk for 10 minutes to the higher part for overlooking Machu Picchu for the first rays of the sunrise.
The formal tour will end around mid day, after which there will be a couple of hours for more exploring on your own, or to just collapse under a tree in the central Plaza area. For those still with energy and interested to climb the Huaynapicchu mountain this can be arranged by your guide.
Additional options: If your legs, lungs and energy still hold up after our four days of hiking, it may be possible to climb the peak of Huayna Picchu, behind the main site. However, special permits are required and they are issued in limited quantities. So if you are interested, talk with your guide at the initial briefing for the trek, and remind them on the third night to make arrangements. If permits are not available, you may instead hike to the Inca Bridge or climb Machu Picchu mountain, both located near the site, but staying at Aguas Calientes town you will have a big chance for this.
In the early afternoon, lunch will be provided at Viajeros Hotel down in the town of Aguas Calientes. There you will also be able to store your backpack, take a shower and/or look around the town a bit before catching the train back to Cuzco.
Accommodation: Not Included,
Maximum Altitude: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft (Machupicchu)
Distance Travelled: 8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Descent : 300 m