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    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
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    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
VERY IMPORTANT: (Inca Trail permits from Jan 1st - July 30th 2019.) The Classic Inca Trail Trek 4, 5 Days office, has announced that permits will be sold from October 1st, 2018, so we encourage you to book as soon as possible and therefore avoid disappointments.
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Price Information

US$ 690.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

Please Note

Student price: US$ 650.00 (with University, College student card which must be scanned to us at the time of booking.) Or for childs between 11 and less than 16 years of age at time of trek please send copy of photo page of passport to receive student price $640.00 pp

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Overview

"... The roads of the Incas were the most useful and stupendous works ever executed by man. " Alexander Von Humboldt

The Inca Trail is the most famous hike in South America – perhaps the world – and a must-do and one of the biggest highlights of your trip to Peru. Best known as it treks through a range of spectacular Inca ruins along its path. The stunning scenery spanning through altitudes in the valley from 2700m to mountain passes of 4200m is breath-taking, with views of snow capped mountains. Finally passing through the cloud forest to arrive to the majestic Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu itself . The trek will prove unforgetable not just for the stunning sights but the experiences of being accompanied by the warmth, knowledge and expertise of
SAS Travel the Peruvian tour operator who support you in this trek.

SAS Travel is a responsible, reliable and reputable Tour Operator for more than 28 years, offering a quality tours with a special personal touch exceeding expectation of hundreds of clients now friends, thanks to a full time dedicated managing staff, a well motivated professional reservation staff, our camp staff as guides, cooks, assistants, treating our porters well and with respect, promoting a positive impact in their Andean communities and pioneers respecting the environment but overall offering you the highest possible quality treks and tours services within Peru. 4 times rewarded and recognized by Tourism Ministry Dircetur Cusco.

The Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary was created in 1981, with an area of 32,592 hectares. In 1983 it was designated by UNESCO as both a Natural and Cultural World Heritage site in the western hemisphere.
Machu Picchu
The Lost City of the Incas was elected in the 7 New Wonders of the World on July 2007.

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Is it for me?

It is important to be in a good physical condition to make this moderate rated but truly rewarding trek. Stay in Cusco 3 or at least 2 days for acclimatisation previous your trek while you visit and explore the marvels around Cusco (Sacred Valley, Maras Moray Salt mines, Tipon... Get a porter service for 8 Kg per person for your trek equipment (sleeping bag, mattress and warm clothing for cold nights, we lend you a duffle bag), bring a day-pack to carry your personal items, as a bottle of water, a fleece jumper, snacks,camera, sun cream etc). Recommended age from 11 to 69 y/o. Inca Trail.. if you want to visit and explore a number of stunning Inca sites linked by a beautiful stone pathway built in the midst of the most incredible scenery in rising altitudes but most important enter to this sacred place as the Inkas did. A good mix of culture, nature, archaeology and scenic beauty... then this is for you! Book a spot and pay online early (6-8 months in advance), Get in shape, Get ready your boots and you will have lots of fun, adventure and magical time with SAS Travel. !!!

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Difficulty

Distance: 45 Km / 28 Miles
Duration: 4 Day / 3 Nights.
When to go: The best time to tek is from March through December, our dry season.
Altitude: 2680m/8817ft to 4200m/13818ft
Difficulty: The trek is rated moderate, any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route, personal porter is highly recommended.
Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC
Note that the Inca Trail is closed February.

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Briefing

Meet the night before the trek in the SAS Travel office in Cusco at 07:00 pm at Calle Garcilaso 270 near the San Francisco Plaza and Hotel Marqueses. Here you will meet with your group and guide. At this time you will be given any rental equipment such as sleeping bags and duffle bags if you have requested extra porter. Also arrangements for meeting place or transfers for the next morning are coordinated.
....Those snow-capped peaks in an unknown and unexplored part of Perù fascinated me greatly. They tempted me to go and see what lay beyond. In the ever famous words of Rudyard Kipling in The Explorer there was .. Something hidden! Go and find it! Go and look beyond the ranges. Something lost behind the ranges. Lost and waiting for you ... Go!!!
Hiram Bingham, 1909

Transport

Private transport to Km 82 from Cusco, (45 Km or 28 miles walk to Machupicchu through famous Inca Trail trek, (3 nights camping), enjoy, admire, explore and hands down at Machu Picchu, Bus to Aguas Calientes town,Train return to Cusco or Train Ollanta and a private bus to Cusco.

Recommended Hotels

We highly recommend MARQUESES Boutique Hotel in Cusco, it is a beautiful and charming Colonial house built at the end of XVI century that has recently been restored and refurbished, located just one block from Cusco`s mayor Plaza. This great location is part of its popularity, close to all of the most important tourist attractions in the famous capital of Inca`s Empire. Well known for its incomparable hospitality and professional service. We can reserve the hotel and transfers you from the airport on your arrival and back on your return, you will enjoy a safe visit, wonderful attention and be pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the Andean Hospitality. Click on here: MARQUESES Hotel
Due to the safe and strategic location you are within easy walking distance of the many historical places, museums, restaurants, cultural, artistic and traditional places of the Capital Inca City.
SAS Travel Tour Operator & Travel Agency offices are located alongside Hotel Marqueses so we at SAS Travel can assist you at any time.

http://www.hotelmarqueses.com/

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Inca Trail Classic 4Days/3Nights -Group Service.

Last Minute Information

  • IMPORTANT 2019: -Permits for this trek are selling out fast due to huge demand, book in advance. -Book Now !
  • Permits for Classic Inca Trail hike are restricted and limited every year. (There is a LIMITED number of permits offered daily, only 200 spots are granted... so Book Now !). FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS. -BOOK ONLINE WELL IN ADVANCE (10-5 months before.) on Low Season (from December to March -BOOK 6-4 months in advance). WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU to -ACT NOW ! Small Groups size: 6-12 (occasionally 16 participants). Exceptional mountain guides, cooks and porters make your trip authentic, enjoyable and hassle-free.!
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  • OPEN GROUPS for 2018: BOOK NOW and CONFIRM your TREK.
  • Our Price: US$ 690 per person / $ 650 with Univ Student card or under 16 year.
  • Optional personal porter for 6 Kg $60 or for 8 Kg $80.
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  • 2018 -AVAILABLE OPEN DATES ON:
  • NOVEMBER: 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
  • DECEMBER: 3, 11, 16, 19, 21, 23, 24
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  • PERMITS AVAILABILITY -Real Time. (CLICK HERE):
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  • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL 2019: (From Jan 1st to Dec 31st)
  • US$ 700 per person without a personal porter.
  • US$ 760 per person. (Includes: 6 Kg personal porter)
  • US$ 780 per person. (Includes: 8 Kg personal porter)
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  • FIXED DEPARTURES, AVAILABLE SPACES ON 2019:
  • JANUARY 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,31
  • MARCH 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,27,28,30,31
  • APRIL 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,27,28,30
  • MAY 2019: 2,4,10,12,16,17,18,24,26,30,31
  • JUNE 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30
  • JULY 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,31
  • AUGUST 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,31
  • SEPTEMBER 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30
  • OCTOBER 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,31
  • NOVEMBER 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30
  • DECEMBER 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,31
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  • HOW TO BOOK: Online bookings, once you have checked our Confirmed Departures above. Choose on the Calendar -left side (Leaving Dates), the date of your preference. Select the month, year and click on your desired date. Fill in out with your personal details, then below fill in out details of other member in the group in Traveling with, once you have finalized your online booking you will receive an email with a reservation code (Purchase number). -If you do not have a 2nd Option depart date please write again your preferred dapart date. Booking deposit required US$ 315.00 per person.($300 + 5% card fees) Pay a booking deposit online with Visa or MC or through Paypal US$ 318.00 per person.($300 + 6% Paypal fees.)
  • If you would like to add an Entrance Pass to Huaynapicchu Mt on 4th Day at 11:00 am after your tour at Machu Picchu then pay a deposit online US$ 385 pp plus 5%, or 6% with Paypal.
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  • SAS Travel -HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Small groups 6-12 -16 max, confirmed departures, personalized service.
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and experienced recommended guides.
  • Guided tours of the seven Inca archaeological sites en route to Machu Picchu.
  • Delicious, nutritious and healthy, gourmet meals with local products.
  • Experienced team of local porters from Pisac and Paucartambo.
  • New tents and quality camping equipment. Showers on the first campsite.
  • Free baggage storage in Cusco at Hotel Marqueses and in Aguas Calientes.
  • Celebration Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Inca Trail Survivor Certificate signed by your guides.
  • Inca Trail Survivor T-shirt.
  • Special snack and buffet lunch on Day 4 (final day) in our Hostel Viajeros.
  • Hot shower in Aguas Calientes in our Hostel Viajeros at lunch time.
  • 100% Operated by SAS Travel:, we never combine with other operators.
  • Fully 24/7 assistance in our Cusco Office for other trips or queries.
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  • Tickets for Huayna Picchu: If you would like to add the walk to Huayna Picchu Mountain after the Machu Picchu´s tour, please let us know ASAP... the passes are also limited.It takes 1.5 -2 Hrs. The admission is US$85.00 per person (US$45 pp for students with University card, card holders must send a copy of card by email at the time of booking), Pay online with your reservation code US$ 385 pp plus 5% card fees. Your pass will be valid for 2nd turn at 11:00 a.m after your tour at Machu Picchu. When permits for Huaynapicchu Mt are sold out a good alternative is Montaña Mt walk instead, it will take 3-4 Hrs and it is less steep but longer and we most recommend to hike on Day 5th at 07:00 am.
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  • Personal porter.- When you hired a personal shared porter for 8 Kgs and you request a sleeping bag and mattress, both weight 3.5 Kgs so you can add 4.5 Kgs extra to your duffle bag. If you hire a 6 Kgs porter then 2.5 Kgs weight for your personal clothes. A duffle bag in lend you and given the night previous your hike at meeting point.
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  • Our recommendations:
  • Before starting your trek training program, visit your doctor and have a complete medical check over before booking this hike.
  • The fitter and more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy your trek, please take some time do some training. Ensure you keep well hydrated. Walk each day with a relaxed, happy attitude. If you are not prepared for a 4 day hike, the 2 Day short hike version is still great and impressive or if you would like to take it easy as much as possible and relax ... simply book an overnight tour by train, have an early guided tour and explore the citadel in your own.
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  • Alternatively, we recommend booking our: 9 Day Cusco, Sacred Valley Tour with Inca Trail, Hot spings and Huaynapicchu Mt. OR
  • Find more information here: 8 Day / 7 Night:Cusco, Sacred Valley, Hot springs and Classic Inca Trail trek with 8 kg porter. OR
  • Find more information here: 7 Day Tour Cusco, Sacred Valley, Classic Inca Trail with 8 Kg personal porter.
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  • SHORT INCA TRAIL and ALTERNATIVE TREKS to MACHU PICCHU :
  • Permits are AVAILABLE for Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 or 3 Day, 5 Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek, 4 Day Lares to Machu Picchu trek, 4 Day Lares + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (June 1st 2018 to DECEMBER 31st 2018 -Available. SEE Departures: Short Inca Trail and Alternative Treks
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  • Up -dated 2018 PERÚ´s Information, what to SEE and DO: Please Click Here

Special Offer

Book a tour with SAS Travel and get a 10% discount at MARQUESES Boutique Hotel.Free Oxygen service, Medical Assistance and cups of coca tea. Suite, Deluxe or Standard rooms plus a FREE pick up from the airport at your arrival to Cusco. To reserve please contact Giovana at: [email protected] Marqueses Boutique Hotel

Walking the Inca Trail with SAS Travel. Our treks are designed with the expertise and passion by experts University professionals and experienced mountain guides, porters and cooks due our more than 25 years operating in Inca trail the service that we deliver is second to none from the beginning to the end, we receive clients and we say goodbye to friends!
We do not start from Cusco too early avoiding a necessary breakfast, our first day is not very exhausting we will go slowly with many stops, enjoying the beautiful landscapes and Inca sites, time to acclimatize gradually and arrive at our almost private camping without many people with clean bathrooms and hot showers located at less height which will help us to rest early and acclimatise better, we will avoid seeing other large groups, today and next days. (If you are not feeling well you can easily return from here and walk with an assistant for 2 hrs and catch a train to Aguas Calientes town and wait for your group and still enjoy Machu Picchu and hot springs!)
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You will have experienced and highly recommended bilingual guides they provide accurate historical and archaeological information about the Incas as they guide our trekkers around the various sites along the Inca Trail, as well as a memorable and informative guided tour of Machu Picchu. We hike in small groups that give you a more intimate experience, and we provide plenty of flexibility in the tour schedule to give you greater choice and freedom: spending more time in places you like and less in places you are not so interested in.
Our experienced team of local porters will carry our tents, food and cooking equipment and assist trekkers when is required. They also set up tents each day. Our cooks prepare delicious and nutritious freshly cooked gourmet meals using local products. Once you complete the Inca Trail trek, you’ll have a celebratory meal in Aguas Calientes -- and you’ll even receive a certificate of achievement and a Inca Trail T-shirt designed by our guides!
Many items are included in our Inca Trail trek, such as the return to Cusco on the Expedition train, trekking permits and entrance fees.
Do not pay more for less!

Program Itinerary

Day 1: CUSCO- PISKACUCHO KM 82- PATALLAQTA- CUSICHAKA- HATUN CHAKA..(CAMPING) Vamos Amigos !!

Pick-up from your hotel since 05:40 am (meeting point at: Marqueses Hotel) by 5:45 we board our Bus. Bring your original passport and (University student card if applicable). Our journey from Cusco to Piscacucho takes approx. 3 hours, beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. After 1 hour ride we will stop in Urubamba to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy a small breakfast, then we continue to Km 82 (Piscacucho 2,680 masl) start of the trek. There we will meet our camp crew, porters who will carry our belongings during the entire trek. 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 Cusichaka stream 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 Cusichaka Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing potatoes,maize and cereals crops 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 2-3 hours will bring us to Hatun Chaka Camp (3,000 m) You will be rewarded with a Macho Tea hot drink and a buffet dinner will be offered. Hot water buckets are offered for washing. Showers available for 10 soles. Guides will present our plans for the next great day. Have a good night. Buenas Noches!!! Accommodation: Camping (Tents for 2 person) ; Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner ; Minimum altitude:2,680 m/8,790 ft ; Maximum altitude: 3,000 m/10,824 ft ; Distance:12 km approx ; Duration: 6-7 hours / Ascent up: 620 m

Day 2: WAYLLABAMBA- AYAPATA- LLULLUCHAYOQ- DEAD WOMAN´S PASS- PACAYMAYO- (CAMPING),

After breakfast, around 7:00 am we re-start our walk for 45 minutes to Huayllabamba, then climb to Ayapata it takes around 1 hour followed by a soft uphill climb through woods and along a stream (3,300 m). Today is our challenge day the biggest climb of our hike but with plenty of time to enjoy with breaks to rest, it is strenuous because you gain 1,200 meters in elevation planned in 2 stages, but it is rewarded with spectacular views up the mountain, partly it is an old Inca Stone steps, surrounding with impressive snow-covered peaks as (Apu Huayanay mt in our back at the South). You will take 2-3 hour hike with several stops to catch your breath to reach the lunch place at Llulluchapampa Valley with expectacular views around, along the trail, we ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where you can see some species of birds, with luck we will see tinny hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles or perhaps we see the king of the Andean heights the Condor, respected and venerated at Andean towns. We will soon enter into a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland (Qeuñas and Chachacomos small andean bushes) and the treeless grasslands of the Puna región, habitad of tarucas (deers) and pumas. From here, you can see the highest mountain ahead called Warmiwañusca (Dead woman´s pass 4,200 m.) At Llulluchapampa our camp crew will be have a delicious Peruvian gourmet lunch. After lunch there is a time to rest maybe a short nap. Then we continue our hike for another 2-3 hours -600 meter ascent up to the top of the mountain, Warmiwañusca mt. The path still climbs along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catching your breath. This last climb brings us to Dead Woman’s Pass… you made it !!! Here at this top you will discover a special feelings maybe the sacrality of this place or just is you coping with lack of oxygen at this heights. Once the entire group reaches this pass, time for a great group picture then we take a short rest, before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley for 2-3 hrs approx to reach our camp for tonight. This site has an incredible views over a valley, nearby waterfall and snow-covered peaks. You will find that your energy returns as we proceed along this downhill segment. Camping set, Tea time and Buffet Dinner. This campsite is popular with tour groups and although facilities here are reasonable good, with two toilets blocks. No showers, hot water buckets are offered for washing. Accommodation: camping (tent for 2) ; Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ; Minimum altitude:3,000 m/9,840 ft ; Maximum altitude:4,200 m/13,776 ft ; Distance: 12 km approx ; Duration: 7-8 hours / Ascent up: 900 m

Day 3: RUNKURAKAY- SAYAQMARKA- CHAKICOCHA- AOBAMBA- PHUYUPATAMARKA- INTIPATA- WIÑAYWAYNA (CAMPING)

After breakfast, around 7:00 am. The path climbs very steeply from Pacaymayo camp takes 1 hour to reach Runcuracay, a circular structure ruins with a rectangular outbuildings perched on the edge of the valley, an old Inca -tambo where chaskis rested, guard post, lookout point or a ritual building, the site is best viewed from higher up the path. The second pass Runcuracay Mt at (3,950 m), is another hour up, beyond a series of false summits and at the top of a series of steep staircases. Just before the real pass, the path winds between two tarns where Andean gulls sometimes gather. The second pass is another broad saddle, boasting exceptional views, in clear weather, you can look back to Warmiwañuska pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. These include the 6,000-m Pumasillo Mt (Puma’s Claw). From here, most of the trail is downhill. Having descended through a short tunnel the trail begins a series of tight switchbacks, dropping height quickly until it reaches a small viewpoint atop a promontory. Beyond here descend is more gradual and the path curls and coils across the slopes. To the right on the pass lies a small, algae-covered lake, whilst ahead of you Sayacmarca Inca town is visible. Time to explore, interesting lectures from your guides, after on we continue descending and the path bring us to Chakicocha (3,400 m) a nice camp where we stop to rest and lunch. There are toilet facilities. After lunch the hike is exceptionally beautiful because the stone paved highway, we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, then we descend to Wiñaywayna 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. After visiting this ruins, we will descend about 2,000 stone steps to Wiñaywayna camp, use trekking poles to relieve some of the stress on your joints. There is an additional short hike to Intipata another impressive Inca site with farm terraces before we get to our camp. Around 5 pm, we will arrive at Wiñaywayna (2,700 m) once set in our tents and before it get dark we walk for 5 minutes to have an spectacular views and a tour around this impressive Inca citadel, the most preserved and biggest Inca site on Inca Trail. Here is probably the most crowded and noisy camp, we therefore recommend taking extra care of your personal belongings. Keep an eye on your belongings and don’t leave anything outside your tent at night. Tea time and Buffet Dinner. (Note that the hostel in Wiñayhuayna that for decades existed here is totally closed). Cold showers, no beers and basic toilets. The porters very early tomorrow will take a train return home so tonight they will appreciate a tip as appreciation and nice gesture of their work. Accommodation: camping ; Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ; Minimum altitude: 2,700 m/8,856 ft ; Maximum altitude:3,750 m/ 12,300 ft ; Distance: 16 Km approx. ; Duration: 7-8 hours / Descent : 700 m

Day 4: WIÑAYWAYNA- INTUPINKU - MACHUPICCHU (HUAYNAPICCHU) -CUSCO.

We will get up very early -around 4:00 am -to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), overlooking Machu Picchu for the first rays of the sunrise. This will be a hike of 1-2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be hiking in darkness for one hour, so a head lamp is strongly recommended please follow instructions of your guides and watch out your steps. From Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), a final easy 50-minutes walk downhill steps will bring us first to the upper south sector of Machupicchu (The Guardian houses) The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city, after enjoying a panoramic view we must walk straight down to the entrance of Machu Picchu. (backpacks storage for 5 Soles available at the gate.) Few minutes later we will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by the trek guide(s). The formal tour visiting the most remarkable temples and neighborhoods. Machupicchu, the lost city of the Incas, where the last emperors, priests and priestesses took refuge and where the empire survived for 40 years after the arrival of the Spaniards. Secret and mysterious citadel from the time of Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui (IX-Inca`s Dinasty) emperor, his presumed constructor. Then apparently its existence was even well-known only by the authorities and the priests of the Tawantinsuyo “The four lands of the empire”. Machupicchu prodigy of architecture of aesthetic recklessness and by the magestic and harmony of its forms, by the impeccable organization of its terraces, stairs, buildings, patios, passages that are set up in this nest of condors, surrounded by mountains, between the mountain range and the forest like but the extraordinary constructive feat of the pre-Hispanic man. Our visit will end in the late morning, 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. In the early afternoon, bus to Aguas Calientes and lunch will be provided at “Los Viajeros” hostel 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. Arrival to Cusco is generally around 8.30 -9:00 pm. Accommodation:Not Included ; Meals:Breakfast, Lunch ; Minimum altitude: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft ( Machupicchu ) ; Maximum altitude: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft ; Distance:8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu ; Duration: 6-7 hours / Descent : 300 m.
Huaynapicchu Mountain or Montaña -walks.- (Optional) 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 please book and pay in advance for this Ticket and request for the 2nd turn at 11:00 am, or walk to Machu Picchu mountain called "Montaña" which is the trek to the summit of Machu Picchu Montaña Mt located to the south-west of Machu Picchu citadel at 3,050 masl (600 meter of gradual ascent from the citadel) it is a trek of 3- 4 hours to the top of the mountain located at the left of the citadel, The trek to the Montaña Mt offers unparalleled views of the famous Inca sanctuary and panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains scenery, it is considered to be a moderate to challenging trek,it is much recommended to walk this on Day 5th at 07:00 am -Otherwise you can instead hike to the Inca Bridge or do others walks around Machupicchu.

What is Included:

  • Pre-Departure meeting the night before of your trek at 7:00 pm in our office.
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco from 05:30 am or Urubamba, Ollanta at 07:30
  • Private bus from Cusco to Km 82 -Piskacucho village (Inca Trail beginning point.)
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farm house, bathrooms available.
  • 11 Full meals for the entire tour: 4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner, (vegetarian,vegan option, gluten,wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and Entrance Fees for Inca Trail Park and Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Group porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents,table,stools,cooking gear, stove, gas container,cutlery,plates, food and fresh vegetables).
  • 2 Excellent experienced SAS top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert SAS gourmet mountain cooks and assistants.
  • Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon on campsite.
  • Boiled water to drink provided from 2nd day afternoon.(After 2nd Day lunch).
  • A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • 2 person comfy tent clean, new, spacious (4 person dome igloo tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, (Pillows by request)
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance..
  • 2-3 hours official guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
  • Snack at Machupicchu before your tour. (no extra cost).
  • Bus Ticket down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Buffet Lunch in Aguas Calientes after Machupicchu. Hotel Viajeros. Time to go to the hot springs or shop around the village. Storage for your bags and hot showers are available.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station and bus to Cusco (Return to Plaza Regocijo end of our tour.) or Train to Ollantaytambo + 2 Hrs by private bus to Cusco.

What is not Included:

  • Accommodation in Cusco. We recommend Marqueses Boutique Hotel.
  • Personal shared porter for 8 Kg US$80
  • Sleeping bag (-Minus 8ºC) to hire US$25
  • Single tent US$ 70 Upon your request. -Optional.
  • Trekking poles US$20 a pair
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu US$ 85 pp ($ 40 with University student card) -Optional
  • Snacks for the hike as energy bars, snickers,dried fruits.
  • Tips for the trekking crew porters,cooks and guides.
  • Flight Tickets Lima-Cusco.
  • Travel Insurance. Check: Nomade Insurance
  • Hot Springs pools in Aguas Calientes -Optional (15 soles)

Additional Options:

  • Shared porter for 8 Kg US $80 pp (we lend a porter´s duffle bag.).
  • Down sleeping bag minus 5ºC (US$ 25.00 for the entire trek)
  • Inflatable Thermal-rest mattress US$25.00 for entire trek.
  • Single tent US$ 70.00 (If you travel solo and is your choice.)
  • Trekking poles US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek)
  • Backpack (30 Liters) US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek )
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt. USD$ 85.00, USD$ 45.00 with University student card.
  • (On day 4th at 11.00 am or on Day 5th at 07.00 am) If it is booked Montaña walk Optional.
  • Vistadome Train + car return to Cusco (Up-grade train return) extra USD$ 60.00 per person. (This service generally departs at 15:25 pm from Aguas Calientes Station and arrives at 18:40 pm to Poroy (Cusco) Train Station then a 30 minutes private vehicle to Cusco.)

We recommend that you bring:

  • Original passport and (University, College valid student card if applicable).
  • A comfortable 45 Lt trek backpack if you want to carry all your belongings.
  • A comfortable 25 Lt trek backpack to carry your personal belongings if you hired a personal porter for 8 Kg. (A duffle bag is provided then porters will carry your belongings in.)
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC (You can hire from SAS Travel.)
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough sport shoes, (light sandals or clogs are recommended to rest at campsites).
  • Trekking poles with rubber tips. (metal tips are not allowed on the trail).
  • Warm clothes,layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort
  • Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries, -Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, (plastic rain poncho available in Cusco).
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2 litre water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden).
  • Bathing suits for hot springs for hikers with an extra night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Inca Trail with Huaynapicchu and Aguas Calientes)
  • Extra money for drinks en route, Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips for (porters, cooks and guides. ($50-60) It is a tradition. Not mandatory.
  • Emergency money at least 300 soles. Total per person ($150 -$180) Approximately.

Recommendations

  • What Inca Trail Trek to Choose ? If you have a bit of extra time we recommend you choose the Inca Trail tour option:
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  • Inca Trail plus Huaynapicchu Mt. and Aguas Calientes town 5 Days/ 4Nights.- We definitely believe that if you are doing the Inca Trail trek and also want to climb Huaynapicchu mountain then your best value for money if you have 5 Days is this option. This programe is for those people who want to do the Inca Trail trek, stay overnight in Aguas Calientes town, enjoy the hot springs pools, second visit of Machupicchu and walk the the top of Huayna Picchu mountain on day 5th is a 300 meters of gradual walk up to get great views from the summit.(Park office still does not allow for people with an Inca Trail permit to simply add the Huaynapicchu permit. They only sell the Huaynapicchu permit combined with a Machupicchu entrance fee so is costly.) To get the best value from this you should stay the night in Aguas Calientes and re-visit Machupicchu the next day with your walk up Huaynapicchu mountain done then as you also get that full extra day in Machupicchu. This is especially a good opportunity in wet season giving you a second opportunity to see Machu Picchu in good clear weather ! So this package includes the second entrance to Machu Picchu on the 5th Day and permit to walk Huaynapicchu mountain and train in the afternoon back to Cusco arriving around 8:00 pm on your 5th Day. (Guide, Bus tickets on Day 5th and Lunch are not included).
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  • What is Huayna Picchu Mountain walk.-. Huaynapicchu is the steep mountain, towering above the north end Machupicchu, often the backdrop to many photos of the ruins. It looks a bit daunting from below, but while steep, it's not an unusually difficult ascent, and most reasonably fit persons shouldn't have a problem. Stone steps are laid along most of the path, and in the steeper sections steel cables provide a supporting handrail. That said, expect to be out of breath, and take care in the steeper portions, especially when wet, as it can become dangerous quickly. There's a tiny cave near the top that must be passed through, it is quite low and a rather tight squeeze. Take care at the peak, it can be somewhat precarious, and those afraid of heights may want to hang out just below. For most trekkers the wiews are awesome and inspiring. There's also a few ruins near the top. If visiting these ruins, you'll see a second way to start making your descent down the mountain, along some very steep and shallow steps.... these steps are a bit dangerous if wet, but the hike may be well worthwhile. This hike is one of your best bets for getting away from Machu Picchu crowds. Access to Huaynapicchu is limited to 400 visitors per day split In 2 sessions one at 7:00 am and the other at 11.00 am. The 11.00 am time slot is the most popular and so for high season may have to be booked a month in advance and fit just after your group guided tour of the sanctuary. The cost is $85.00 or $45.00 if you have scanned through a valid University card.
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  • What is Montaña Mt walk.- It is the trek to the summit of Machu Picchu Montaña Mt located to the south-west of Machu Picchu citadel at 3,050 masl (600 meter of gradual ascent from the citadel) it is a trek of 3- 3.5 hours to the top of the mountain located at the left of the citadel, The trek to the Montaña Mt offers unparalleled views of the famous Inca sanctuary and panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains scenery, it is considered to be a moderate to challenging trek. When permits for Huaynapicchu mountain are sold out you will have only this option, we recommend to start this trek at 07:00 am. Entry: $85 pp and $45 pp with University cards.
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  • Where our tours start.- All our tours as Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hikes 4Day/3Night , 4Day/4Night or 5Day/4Night, short 2 Day/1Night Inca Trail, alternatives hikes to Salkantay, Lares, HuchuyQosqo, Choquequirao, Auzangate, tours by train to Machupicchu, Jungle trips to Manu Park, trips to Puerto Maldonado start from Cusco, located at 3,400 masl in the southwest mountains region of Peru. Cusco (the centre of the Inca civilization) is the oldest Inka´s ancient capital called Tawantinsuyo, now it is a beautiful and impresive city in Peru with many Inca temples around blended with the Spanish heritage and rich architecture history and Art which from long time ago was named as the Rome of America. Cusco is still not a big city compared Lima or Arequipa, quite safe, a 10 minutes ride from the airport and you are at the centre of Cusco, more than 20 churches,monasteries and Plazas and most of travellers found this city very beautiful, with many good restaurants and shops where staff speak english, most people here speak spanish and Quichua the Inka´s language, official taxis for less than $1.5 per service (3-4 Soles)... then after your great days in Cusco and arounds you can continue visiting Manu National Park, Jungle trips to Puerto Maldonado, Colca Canyon in Arequipa, Nazca Lines, Paracas Reserve, Ballestas Islands, the Lake Titikaca in Puno or still visit Copacabana, Sun Island, Uyuni Salar in Bolivia.
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  • What is the easiest way to reach Cusco.- Get a flight from Lima (Peru´s capital city) located at the coast near Pacific Ocean at 0 -cero masl , there are several air companies as Latam,Taca (Avianca),StarPeru, Peruvian Airlines, it takes 1 hour (most of the flights are early in the morning and afternoon). Bus from Lima to Cusco takes 24 Hrs (Cruz del Sur Crucero, Oltursa and Civa are rec bus companies if you have plenty of time and your desire is explore the coast).
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  • Acclimatization for your hike Inca Trail, Salkantay,Lares Choquequirao, Auzangate treks.- Once you arrive to Cusco located at 3,400 masl .. see how many meters high it is from Lima, you may feel a headache and a little tired, best advice is to rest and coca tea, people feel better after a cup a coca leaf tea. For all our hikes around Cusco and MachuPicchu you will need to walk up to over 4,000 masl (more than 1,000 meters) to have this espectacular views from the Andes so you need to acclimate and prepare your body to cope with the mountains while you can hike around Cusco (2-3 days...) see the Sacred Valley with Pisaq, the South Valley with Tipon, The Barroque route & Urcos lake, Maras Moray and Salt Mines, see museums, colonial casonas, Inca´s temples, Plazas and Markets around Cusco.

Please Note

  • 1.- Departure point for the trek: Our meeting point to depart is at Hotel Marqueses at 05:30 am.There are fixed pickup points to help reduce time going to numerous hotels. If you are near Sol Avenue, Cultura Avenue or centre of town be ready at 05:20 am in any Hotel in San Blas please wait for us in front of the Church of San Blas for your transfer departing from 5.00 am. If you are at Loki Hostal, Niños Hotel, Meloc or Arcopata area please waits at the lobby of the hotel at 5.40 am. This information will be clarified by your guides at the briefing the night before the trek.
  • 2. - Left Luggage during your trek: It is best to leave extra luggage in your hotel in Cusco since you will arrive back around 8:00 pm on the 4th day. or Free storage of your belongings while on the trek is available at Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso # 265, Telephone 084 257819). If you want to use this service you must please collect a luggage deposit tag from the briefing the night before and have this secured on your left luggage in Hotel Marqueses by 5.20 am on departure day or organize to leave your bags the night before. You can pick up your belongings at any time from Hotel Marqueses with your tag receipt.
  • 3.- Personal Porter: Unless you hire an “extra porter” you need to carry your back pack with personal items, sleeping bag and mattress. If you have no experience in high altitude trekking or are feeling a little worry of it, please let us know immediately as organizing an extra porter for Inca trail is very difficult and not always possible. Regarding ”extra porter”, you will still need to carry a daypack, with your camera, water bottle, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a rain poncho in case of rain and anything you will need before lunch as porters do not walk alongside you. You will possibly meet up with your bag at lunch and then at campsites. We will provide you a duffle bag for your personal items to be carried by personal porter, please return this blue bags after your trek.
  • 4.- Passport and student card: We recommend that you bring your original passport and (Univ student card if applicable). If you have booked with an old passport numbers please you must bring both of your passport. Inform previously to our office staff in Cusco.
  • 5.- Drinkable water on the trail.- Bring 2 or 3 Lt of water for Day 1 and 2, there will be hot and cool drinks at meals times provided by our staff, we provide boiled water from 2nd Day at lunch time, bottled water and drinks are sold by locals on Day 1 and 2.
  • 6.- Time for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes? Yes you will have, very recommended and really good for your legs and body... another 10 minutes extra walk but worth it.
  • 7.- Hot shower: ? Only the first camping site.
  • 8.- Temperature: Day temperatures vary from 12 -22 degrees Celsius
  • you must always use layering to manage the temperatures well. Night temperatures, (in the coldest season May to Sept) average -2 to -5 degrees Celsius. The 3rd night is warmer average 6 degrees Celsius as it is lower altitude.
  • 9.- Environmental issues: Please carry your personal rubbish to each campsite where the porters will pack it out. There are toilets at points along the trail and in campsites. At other points please leave the trail on the non-river side at least 30m and burn or bury toilet paper. Please encourage your group and staff to protect the environment.
  • 10.- Tips for the porters, cooks and guides and emergencies: We recommend to consider US$50-60 this is not mandatory but it is a tradition. You need to have your own money for bottled water or other drinks if wanted along the route, Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. Emergency money of at least US$90 (for early return from the trail to pay a train ride to Aguas Calientes, bus to Machu Picchu and meet your group at the sun´s gate, and USD$20 for water/drinks, souvenirs,along the trail, Machu Picchu and hot springs at Aguas Calientes. Total per person (US$150 -US$180) approximately. As for all American countries, tipping is common practice and is a part of the experience but not obligatory. Generally groups prepare a collective tip which is shared out between the porters, trekking crew and cook on the 3rd night. It is customary to thank the guides with a voluntary tip after the Tour in Machupicchu on the fourth day. Please only use this information as a “guideline” requested by some trekkers but don`t let it cause you, or any other person in the group discomfort. Some will not tip at all and some may want to tip more but it is a personal and private decision for each individual and should be respected in that way. Please don`t allow it to become stressful and just tip what you feel is correct. Remember some trekkers are students and others successful business men. More detailed information on tipping is available on the website in the frequently asked questions section...Please read this before the trek as the guides don´t tend to give a lot of details when asked since tips are voluntary so they don`t want to make people feel uncomfortable.
  • 11.- Climbing of Huayna Picchu Mountain.- On Day 4 at 11:00 am.- If you have reserved and paid for a permit in advance, please reconfirm with our office staff and your trek guide at the briefing time. (When Huayna Picchu permits are sold out a walk to Machu Picchu Mountain is an option -3 hrs. walk). Otherwise a free walk to the Inca Bridge is highly recommended.
  • 12.- Bus Down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town and Lunch: After your visit in Machu Picchu you are given your bus ticket for the ride down to Aguas Calientes which you can use at any time if you would like to further explore the site independently. The meeting place in Aguas Calientes is Hostel VIAJEROS (located at the 1st bridge left side) close to the bus arrival area and this is where your buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes is provided from 1.45 pm. At 15:00 pm train return to Cusco and arrive by 7:40 pm.
  • 13.- Duffle Bags and personal porter: At lunch time in Aguas Calientes town, your guides will provide sacs to those who hired extra porters for transporting your belongings back to Cusco, If you return to Cusco with the porter´s bag please return it to our office in Cusco or leave it at Hotel Marqueses, if you are at different hotel please send us an email to collect it.
  • 14.- Peru Rail train tickets: If you would like any train tickets changes after the start of the trek must be made in person at Perurail in Aguas Calientes Station with proof of identity (ie your original passport.) They may charge fees for change of date and coach options will be according to space availability.
  • 15. - Illness once you have started the trek: If you are unable to complete the trek and need to return on the 2nd day, you will be accompanied by a porter to Km 82 and train to Aguas Calientes or from here transport to Ollantaytambo and night at Ollantaytambo.(not included) If you are more seriously ill you will be accompanied by the assistant guide and may need to return to Cusco for medical assistance. You can still join up with the group on the 4th day by taking a train to Aguas Calientes on the 3rd day with overnight here and continue the tour of Machu Picchu as usual but the cost of the train from Cusco is payable by the passenger. All helicopter, van evacuations are at the expense of the passenger.
  • 16.- Travel Insurance.- We strongly recommend that full Travel Insurance is taken, which includes cover, under certain circumstances, against the loss of deposit or cancellation charges. Please note that no reimbursements are given when cancellations occur or for any unused services. (Eg: World Nomades Travel Insurance).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Answers to the most (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions:
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  • A.- BEFORE YOU GO:
  • B.- ON THE TREK:
  • C.- BOOKINGS & RESERVATIONS:
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  • A. BEFORE YOU GO.-
  • What is included in the price of the tour? Basically all components for 4 Days are included. Except: A sleeping bag that if you don´t want to bring yours you can hire with us, a personal porter to carry a roll mattress, sleeping bag and your clothes for 8 Kg also can be hire: This link shows all the inclusions and what is NOT included in the price of the tour? SEE above.
  • Where are the Departure points for our Treks? Pick up from your hotels from 05:30 am (have a early breakfast in your hotel, most hotels offer breakfast or pack breakfast) Meeting departure point at Hotel MARQUESES at 05:45 am (located near SAS Travel office) we depart at 06:00 from (Plaza San Francisco) please provide a clear contact details of your accommodation in Cusco at your check-in at our office. Your guides will provide procedure`s details of pick up times at the “pre trek briefing” the night before you depart.
  • Arrive to Cusco and check-in at the Cusco SAS Travel office We assume most people try to arrive to Cusco 2-3 days before the trek to allow adequate time for acclimatization and a buffer in case of transport delays. Once you have settled in and rested you must come to the Cusco office to view and reconfirm the information we have pertinent to your trek, personal requirements and sign the conditions (even if you have already paid in full.) There are occasions when local holidays or unrest may require last minute changes to departure times or some additional information and so we have a short briefing at 7pm the night before your trek when you meet your guide and other group members and receive any rental equipment.
  • Where can I store my luggage while I am trekking? Most hotels and hostals in town offer a storage service in Cusco, for your tour you must only bring things you really will need and leave the rest of your belongings in Cusco. SAS Travel offers free luggage storage for all of our hikkersvat Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso 265- Tèl: 257819), located near SAS Travel office. You can then pick up your bags up from the storage at any time after you return from your trek (the hotel is open 24 hours). or even better if you stay in this lovely colonial house.
  • What should I pack? See on the page. What to Bring on our trek page:
  • I don`t have a good sleeping bag. Can I rent one? YES you can just organize it at the time of booking.
  • Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius US $ 25.00
  • 45 Lts Backpack $ 20.00
  • A pair of trekking poles US $ 20.00
  • Personal porter for 8 Kg US$ 80.00 (Half porter, 1 porter carries 16 Kg + his belongings).
  • I don`t have a sleeping mattress. Do I need one? We include in the cost of the tour the loan of a sleep mat for the duration of the trek. This is a fairly thick bulky mat that weighs 1 kg and we still say if you are travelling with a termal-rest or technologically advanced type of sleep mat then definitely bring that instead! Also you can hire a thermal-rest mattress for extra $20 for the trip.
  • How much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh? Sleep foam pad matress weight = 1 kg and Sleeping bag weight = 2-5 kg.
  • I am on my own, will I have someone to share a tent with? Yes another person of the same sex or if you prefer you can pay a single supplement for a tent just for you. This is US$ 70 (For the entire trek -please note that is for a single tent and a extra porter who will carry.)
  • Will I need any extra money? YES, so that you can take part in options such as bottled water, drinks on 1st and 3rd night camping, a hot shower on the 1st night (10 soles), the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (15 soles), tips for your trekking staff -guides, cooks and porters, drinks, snacks in Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes etc. You should take at least 350 soles as emergency money that hopefully you will return to Cusco with! Also, for the passengers that are concerned about health, it may be prudent on your part to keep in mind that a train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes costs approx US$65 (in the case you need to leave the trail early, in this rare case a 2nd guide or assistant will help you to take you a lower level and help you to get a train to Aguas Calientes town).
  • Do the guides speak English? SAS Travel has high standards for our guides. All of our top guides must be educated in the field of tourism, most of them obtained a University degree, first aid assistance and completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours as some of them are historians and archaeologists.
  • How many people will be in my group? We require 6 person minimum for our treks, indicated dates on web avalaibility are open groups in which you are welcome to join, Average 10-12 . We can have up to 8 trekkers with one guide and from 9 -16 trekkers we have 2 licensed trekking guides. During low season the groups are more likely to be small and during high season the groups will likely be full. The INC has a rule in place that limits the amount of passengers per 2 guides to 16 persons. If we are getting a lot of requests for a date and there are still a good number of permits available, we can easily open up a second group for the same date.
  • Should I hire an extra porter? If you have not trekked in altitude before (3,000 meters to 4,215 meters / 9,842.52 feet to 13,828.74 feet) we highly would suggest you organize an extra porter, (70% of travellers hire an extra porter). If you would like to have a porter carry your things is $80.00 for the entire hike for 8 kilos (a shared porter, each porter carries 16 Kg plus his belongins (then you only need to carry a small daypack with water,camera,snacks and a rain gear in case). SAS provide a duffle porter bag at the briefing the night before your hike -please return this bag after your tour. You should bring only what you absolutely need on the hike and store the rest of your belongings in Cusco (in your hotel or Hotel Marqueses offer free luggage storage). Unless you have hired an extra porter, you will need to carry your own back pack, sleeping bag, sleeping mattress -1Kg, clothings,personal staff and water for the day (boiled water is provided from Day 2 at lunch -please note that locals sell bottled water and other drinks at 1st camp as a way to get some incomes for their families).
  • If you hire a personal porter for 8 Kg , bring a small comfortable backpack with a good back support to carry your persnal staff such items as your camera, water bottle, snacks (energy bars, dried fruits, sweets, remember keeping up your glucose help lots to adapt the heights and is highly recommended), sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) porters do not walk alongside you, your bags will be waiting for you in your tent at the campsite. Please after the hike return our duffle bag to your guide or into our office in Cusco.
  • Please note that there are fines and notifications agains our company if you give an excess of 8 Kgs, so try to under-pack rather than over-pack -if your bag overweigh at the check-in point, items will have to be removed to reduce the weigh.
  • If you are considering carrying all your belongings (mat, sleeping bag, clothes and personal items) we suggest to bring a bigger comfortable backpack -only if you are an experienced trekker.
  • B. ON THE TREK.-
  • I am not really an experienced trekker? What if I can’t keep up? How difficult is the Inca Trail? 1st recommendation is to hire a personal porter for 8 Kg, intensify your walks and hikes in a way of traning at home, bring or hire trekking poles... Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early. You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. (One of the guides will always scort the slow participants in the group help and assist you !!!
  • The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike difficult on the 2nd day when you reach the 4,200 masl. It's not a technical hike but there are a lot of Inca stairs to walk up and down, and the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend using a trekking poles...relax and rest, have an early night before the trek!
  • Are Trekking poles really necessary? For this trek more than any of the treks, we DO recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking down immense sets of Inca stairs. It will help with your balance and reduce the impact on your knees. SAS Travel and the INC ask that you not use trekking poles with metal tips as it damages the trail. You can purchase rubber tips for metal poles from any local camping shop.
  • How long will I be walking every day? How long is the trail? 46 Km/ 28 Miles
  • This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:
  • Day 1: 12 kilometers (8.6 miles) 6-7 hours Hatun-Chaka camp. (Quite and nice camp)
  • Day 2: 18 kilometers (10.9 miles) 7-8 hours (“Dead Womans Pass,” the highest pass of the trek at 4,200m, is on this day and the longest day). Camp at Pacaymayo.
  • Day 3: 10 km (7.3 miles) at 5-6 hours. Camp at Wiñay-Wayna. (Phuyu for late bookings).
  • Day 4: 6 Km -Around 2 hours walk before arriving to Machu Picchu.
  • You will wake up around 4.30 am, 1 hour to Inti-punku Sun`s Gate. The entire trail is about 46 kilometers (27 miles) long from start to finish. If you still want more, climbing Huayna Picchu provides yet another hour and a half round trip. Check for the free passes with your tour guides.
  • Is Altitude Sickness common? And how high is the Inca Trail? It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day spent in Cusco (3,399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recomend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail is 4200m/13818 ft. You will sleep at 3,340m/10988 ft for two nights.
  • What if I am unable to finish the trail? In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due health issues, SAS Travel will do everything in its power to get you to the nearest civilization and get help or transportation to help. If the issue is respiratory or due to altitude, we do carry at least one tank of oxygen on trek that you will have access to. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense.(Travel Insurance reference is required.) There are no refunds in the situation that you are unable to finish though. Generally if due to altitude sickness people can`t make it over the pass on the 2nd day they come back to Ollantaytambo accompanied by a porter if just mild (or guide if serious) and if they recover from altitude sickness they stay the night here in Ollantaytambo and then take the train to Aguas Calientes the next day ( Day 3) and we look after them in Hostal Viajeros and then they rejoin their group in Machu Picchu early on Day 4 and continue the tour as normal. the additional costs for this such as train ticket and accomodations is payable by the passenger and usually is between $60-100 total and a document for insurance purposes is provided for your claim
  • Can SAS Travel accommodate my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
  • Not to worry, SAS Travel is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs upon request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or cannot eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem. The meals of our chefs are one of the most popular parts of our tours too, and the quality will not be reduced when accommodating your dietary needs. The meals are served buffet style and you are able to choose what you would like to eat. Your guides will let you know what time the meals will be served. Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes quinua, cereals and vegetable soups, Beaf Lomo Saltado with rice, chicken cacerole, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods as scramble egg, quinua panqueques.
  • Will I need to bring water? We recommend that you purchase a 2 litres bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out -locals sell bottled water and drinks as a way to get some money for they famiies. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters or check with your guides. Also, you will be able to buy water, drinks along the way on Day 1 and Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu (bring small bills in Soles).
  • Are there bathrooms along the way? Along the trail there are several sites with toilets. Bring a roll of toilet paper. As far as other trash goes, please carry your own trash to each campsite where the porters will pack it up and take it out. Leave no trace! Please do not litter.
  • Is it OK to bring toddlers on the trail? If you are thinking of bringing any small children with you, we highly recommend arranging a private tour with us instead of going on a group service departure. That way, you can get the extra attention that you will require from the guide. It should be remembered that it is likely you will have a difficult time as it is, so if you have never done higher altitude trekking with your child before, you’ll want to carefully consider your enjoyment and the enjoyment of the child. Also, it should be kept in mind that the emergency rescue services while on the trek are extremely limited.
  • Is there a chance that my trek will be canceled? There is very little possibility of a cancellation of a trek by the INC (Park Office) even under extreme weather circumstances or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The INC or SAS Travel cannot change the date of a trek if there is a general strike. We do everything possible to ensure you get to the trail head to start the trek for the permit date and this means that we must have correct contact details as about 4-5 times a year there is a general strike. This means no land transport is allowed to travel and so the night before the trek /strike date we have to gather everyone together and drive to the trail head area to camp the night before so we make sure that the trek goes ahead. In the case that a passenger decides to cancel the tour for whatever reason, you will just have to pay US$75 more and we can put you on a train to Aguas Calientes. That way you are still able to use the Machu Picchu entrance join your group for a tour and return train ticket at least.
  • Is the trail still good during the rainy season? Is it safe? The trail is perfectly safe during the rainy season. Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists. If you are one who doesn’t mind the rain, then we say ‘Go for it!’ You will just have to bring good rain gear and waterproof boots.
  • What kind of weather can I expect on the trek? Temperatures? During the “rainy season” (1 Dec - 1 May), you could have some rain any day but you can expect that it could rain every day in Feb and could be heavy! Often in Dec and Jan you may just get some light continual showers or it could be fine and then a heavy afternoon downpoor but in truth you could also have fine days. At the same time, it will also be noticeably warmer at night. The day times will get up to about 25 degrees Celsius, the low will be about 2 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Nov) the daytimes will seem strikingly like spring time, with bright and sunny skies, but it will be much colder at night. During the daytime you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and at night it will be as low as 0 to -5 degrees Celsius.
  • It is always best to dress in layers during anytime of year, really. As you hike, put them on when you feel cold or shed them and put it in your day pack when you get hot.
  • How many trekkers and trek crew are in a typical group? For a group of max 16 trekkers our typical trekking staff comprise of: 01 guide, 01 assistant guide, 01 cook, 01 assistant cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 18 porters or carriers. If the group is 8 or less then just 1 guide, 01 cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 12 porters or carriers.
  • What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips? Tips for the above mentioned trekking staff are not included in the price of the trek. Tips are optional not mandatory. Generally tips are distributed amongst the trekking staff (except the guide and the assistant guide ) on the third night of the trek at Wiñaywayna camp after the evening meal since these trekking staff will not accompany the group to Machupicchu.
  • Tips for the Cook, Assistant cook, Coordinator & Porters: On the third night at dinner time someone from the group is usually elected to collect the tips. Please remember to take small bills We recommend that the cook should receive about 50% more than the other trekking staff. The money should be paid directly to each individual or representative of porters rather than given to the guide or cook.
  • Deciding how much to tip is always a difficult and sometimes uncomfortable decision. SAS Travel pay our trek staff fairly and treat them with respect and try to provide good working conditions. We think that a tip should not be used to subsidize a poor wage but should be a way to show the staff that you have enjoyed the trek and appreciated the services that they have provided. The tip should therefore be optional and not mandatory. However, if you have enjoyed the service, we recommend that each person in the group contributes between (US$ 25-35 ) to a porters tips “pot” which is then distributed amongst the cook, assistant cook, general assistant and porters. This should ensure that each porter will receive a tip of about US$ 20-25 and the cook around US$ 45-50. Obviously if you want to tip more please do so.
  • Tips for the Assistant Guide: The assistant guide will accompany the group to Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes, he is encharge of getting the passes for Wayna Picchu climbing. We therefore recommend that you tip the assistant guide at the lunch time on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes at the lunch time in Hotel Viajeros. We suggest that each person in the group tips the assistant guide between (US$10-12) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.
  • Tips for the Guide: The guide will accompany the group throughout the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend that you tip the guide after the tour in Machupicchu at the time of lunch at Hotel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes We suggest that each person in the group tips the main guide between (US$12 -15) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.
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  • SUMMARY: Like in most American countries, tipping is normal practice. If you have enjoyed the service provided by the trekking team we would recommend bringing between (US$ 60-55 ) to covers tips for the trekking staff (porters, cook and guides). However if you think that you have received poor service you are under no obligation to pay a tip. The trekking team will soon get the message. Please pay tips in cash and do not pay in kind such as in beers, alcohol drinks etc. We have tried to be as clear as possible about tipping but we understand that this is a complicated issue when many different cultures and lifestyles come together. (The procedure and amounts listed above have been written in conjunction with our guides and trekking staff. We accept that not all of our clients will be in agreement with this information. It is important that you tip the amount that you feel comfortable with. Please try not to let the procedure stress you or cause anyone to feel badly towards other members of the group who wish to pay less than the recommended amount or decide not to pay a tip at all).
  • Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu? In truth it is not typical sunrise. As long as you don´t have too much mist or low cloud thenyou see the first light illuminating Machu Picchu. It is after dawn though as the sun musg rise up over the high mountains surrounding Machu Picchu.
  • Will I be able to climb Huayna Picchu (300 mts) If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, note that The trail to Huayna Picchu is safe but very vertical and is about an hour and a half round trip.….. beware that there are new regulations since July 2008 and permits have to be bought in advance. if you want us to organise your permit to climb Huayna Picchu and we must have this request in writing and confirmed at the time of your booking indicating you will pay the extra $ for this permit. Deposit for this tour including Huayna Picchu permit is $385 cash instead of $300. If you are considering Huayna Picchu we just want to make sure you know your best value for money options especially since you are already staying the night in Aguas Calientes with Inca Trail 4D/4Nights option (with morning train to Ollantaytambo on the 5th day.)
  • If you have the time to stay until the afternoon of the 5th day this programe Inca Trail plus Huaynapicchu mountain & Aguas Calientes 5D/4N - may be a better option.
  • The Peruvian Cultural Institute INC, still does not allow for people with an Inca trail permit to simply add the Huayna Picchu permit valued at about US$25.00 to it. They only sell the Huayna Picchu permit combined with a Machu Picchu entrance and this cost is at least US$85 more. To get the best value from this US$85.00 you should stay the night in Aguas Calientes and re-visit Machu Picchu the next day with your climb up Huayna Picchu mountain done then as you also get that full extra day in Machu Picchu ( A walk to Inca bridge can complete this great experience). This is especially a good opportunity in wet season giving you a second opportunity to see Machu Picchu in good clear weather!. So this package includes the second entrance to Machu Picchu on the 5th day and permit to climb Huayna Picchu mountain and train in the afternoon back to Cusco arriving around 9:00 pm on your 5th day. for more info see....
  • http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/program/743/inca-trail-plus-huaynapicchu-mountain-aguas-calientes-5d4n-group-service
  • Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu, Inca Trail hike and permit for Huayna Picchu are allocated with your name and passport details so they are non transferible and non refundable. Neither can be used for the next year.
  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes? You will have a guided tour of the ruins that lasts approximately 2-3 hours, after which time you will have 2-3 hours more to spend on your own. You can climb Huayna Picchu att 11:00 am (reservation and new pay required) or just explore. After the guided portion, your guide will give you a bus ticket for the transfer down to Aguas Calientes. You can take the bus anytime you like. We will be serving a buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes town at Hotel Viajeros starting at 1.45 pm so that is something to keep in mind. If you choose to skip the lunch, then you just need to be down in time for your train ride at 14:30 pm at the most late. Train leave at 14:55 pm / 2nd train at 16:22pm
  • What is the Special 4th Night in Aguas Calientes? Is it for me? Inca Trail 4D/4Nights Group Service is the regular Inca Trail 4d/3n plus 1 night (based on double/triple accommodation) in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu town) in Hotel Viajeros or similar level accommodation. It is a great way to take advantage of the relaxing jungle ambiance of Aguas Calientes. There are more trails to venture on for further exploration including the Putukusi Trail, where the summit offers an amazing view of the immense site and Huayna Picchu Mountain. Or to wind down after a grueling trek, soak in the natural hot springs for 10 soles. The soothing, naturally heated waters are said to possess healing properties. For more information see the actual trek Inca Trail 4D/4Nights -Group Service
  • http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/program/614/inca-trail-4d4nights-group-service
  • What time will I be back in Cusco? You generally arrive back to Cusco around 8.30pm -9pm so don`t expect to be able to book a flight out for the same night as flights do not exist after 18.00 Hrs
  • Can you explain the train service a little more?? Many of our travellers request a later train to climb Wayna Picchu or to visit the natural hot baths (for which the town Aguas Calientes is named). We therefore generally reserve a late afternoon train around 14:55 pm or - 16:22 pm for our travellers. Occasionally it is direct to Cusco, but otherwise the service is to Ollantaytambo with a private bus transfer onwards to Cusco.
  • Often passengers decide to stay a further night in Aguas Calientes instead of returning on the 4th night. This is fine, and we can coordinate your accommodation, but any changes you would like to make with train tickets must be made in person with Peru Rail in Aguas Calientes with proof of identity (i.e. your original passport). They will charge a fee for change of dates and coach options will be according to availability.
  • C. BOOKING & RESERVATIONS.-
  • What are the benefits of doing a private trek? One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space. Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available. You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available.
  • In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask a SAS Rep how you can arrange your own private tour.
  • What is University student card? How can I use it to get a discount? University student cards with valid expire date marked stands and it is accepted. Please send us a copy in a scanned email.
  • The discount that is offered isn’t a SAS Travel discount, but is actually offered by the INC and SAS Travel passes the discount on to you. For that reason, it absolutely necessary that we have a scan of your card “in hand” when we go to purchase your permits. If you didn’t send us a copy of it along with the initial booking, then make sure to note on the registration form that you have one and will send the scan as soon as possible so that we know to try and wait before we purchase the permit.
  • Am I able to change dates after the initial reservation? The only time that you can change your dates with no penalty charge is if we have not purchased your permit yet. Usually we try to purchase the permits, at the most, a few days after your deposit is paid—depending on the urgency of the situation of course. The only time that we don’t get them within a few days is if you have reserved a date more than 6 months ahead of time. If we do not already have your permit you can change your date. If we already have your permit, the penalty to change is US $150 and there must be availability for the date which you want to move to.
  • What if do not have my passport right now? The Park office requires a valid passport details to issued your permit to the trail, best case is to organize your new passport in advance if that is the case. There is the possibility due to the limits of spaces on your requested date to book with your old passport number, them we can do a paperwork to change it with your new numbers. Please write in Notes: New passport number will be send.
  • Can I pay for the entire tour up front? Usually we only charge the deposit of your Inca Trail to the card to confirm your booking. This deposit and the details completed on your booking form are used as a guarantee for the balance and other tours. The balance is paid on your arrival to Cusco in cash. If you choose to pay with credit card you need to pay 5% commission. The prices of the tours are for cash payment. You can withdraw US $ out of the ATMs, which there are plenty in Cusco. If you like, some people prefer to pay the full balance by Western Union or Bank just before starting their travels to avoid carrying cash or spending time finalizing things when they arrive so let us know if you would prefer this.
  • I have forgotten how to pay for my reservation so I can confirm. How can I pay online It is very important that you pay a online deposit for your reservation immediately as permits could run out if you do not do so immediately. You normally just follow the instructions at the time but if you have let some time lapse then please enter this site to make your deposit of $300 per person plus 5% or pay your remaining final balance. Please use the reservation code. (Pay with Visa, Master Card. OR pay thro PayPal) PAY A DEPOSIT OR BALANCE HERE
  • ALTITUDE or MOUNTAIN SICKNESS, SOROCHE.- Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first.
  • Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or Soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood. The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases — consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower. A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge's disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes.
  • Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500m (8100 ft) may develop altitude sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco ( 3326m) Machupicchu (2400m) and Lake Titicaca (3820m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion.
  • Symptoms may include headaches,nausea,vomiting,dizziness,malaise, insomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor.
  • To help prevent altitude sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1000m. Alternatively, take 125mg or 250mg of acetozolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness, tingling,nausea,drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence.
  • Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4 mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily.
  • Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced.
  • Dexamethasone is an steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking steroids is not advice. A natural alternative is gingko, which some people find quite helpful.
  • When traveling to high altitudes, it´s also important to avoid overexertion, eat light meals and abstain from alcohol Altitude sickness should be taken seriously, it can be life threatening when severe.
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  • What Inca Trail Trek to Choose ? (If you have a bit of extra time we recommend you choose the Inca Trail tour option:).
  • Inca Trail 4 Days/ 4Nights with overnigth at Aguas Calientes town -Group Service.: This is exactly the same 4 Day/3Night tour but the advantage is you can spend few more hours or the entire 4th day till 5pm in Machu Picchu site and not have to come down early for a 4.5 hours train journey back to Cusco at the end of this long day .... Instead you can relax in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes town in the evening and the package includes your dinner on Day 4 and your breakfast on Day 5th plus a room with private bathroom for only US$ 30.00 extra per person, (organize a pack lunch for Machupicchu with your guide so you don´t need to go down earlier ). The train journey is incredible beautiful so you want to be able to appreciate this in day light hours, the train will depart Aguas Calientes just before 9:00 am and arrives to Ollantaytambo at 11.30 am then you can enjoy visiting this charming town before taking a bus to Cusco from here. (Transport to Cusco 10 Soles bus not included.) From bus terminal 50 meter near train station.
  • Inca Trail plus Huaynapicchu mt. and Aguas Calientes town 5 Days/ 4Nights.- We definitely believe that if you are doing the Inca Trail trek and also want to climb Huaynapicchu mountain then your best value for money if you have 5 Days is this option. This programe is for those people who want to do the Inca Trail trek, stay overnight in Aguas Calientes town, enjoy the hot springs pools, second visit of Machupicchu and walk the Huayna Picchu mountain on day 5th.(The Peruvian Cultural Institute INC, still does not allow for people with an Inca Trail permit to simply add the Huaynapicchu permit . They only sell the Huaynapicchu permit combined with a Machupicchu entrance fee so is costly.) To get the best value from this you should stay the night in Aguas Calientes and re-visit Machupicchu the next day with your walk up Huaynapicchu mountain done then as you also get that full extra day in Machupicchu. This is especially a good opportunity in wet season giving you a second opportunity to see Machu Picchu in good clear weather ! So this package includes the second entrance to Machu Picchu on the 5th Day and permit to walk Huaynapicchu mountain and train in the afternoon back to Cusco arriving around 9:00 pm on your 5th Day. (Guide, Bus tickets on Day 5th and Lunch are not included).
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night -Group Service plus Huaynapicchu mt. ticket permit for Day 4th.- If you only have 4 Days and want to walk Huaynapicchu mountain during your day and after your guided tour in Machupicchu, as if you want to ask our assistance in organizing the permit for Huaynapicchu included in your tour you will need to make the deposit for Inca Trail Classic 4Day/3Nigh + Huaynapicchu mountain ticket permit for Day 4 at 11:00 am as US$385.00 cash sending with Western Union or with credit/debit card plus 5% then $385.00 p/person and you must make this clear in writing so we include this ticket. (US$ 30.00 less if you have valid University student card).
  • What is Huayna Picchu Mountain walk.-. Huaynapicchu is the steep mountain, towering above the north end Machupicchu, often the backdrop to many photos of the ruins. It looks a bit daunting from below, but while steep, it's not an unusually difficult ascent, and most reasonably fit persons shouldn't have a problem. Stone steps are laid along most of the path, and in the steeper sections steel cables provide a supporting handrail. That said, expect to be out of breath, and take care in the steeper portions, especially when wet, as it can become dangerous quickly. There's a tiny cave near the top that must be passed through, it is quite low and a rather tight squeeze. Take care at the peak, it can be somewhat precarious, and those afraid of heights may want to hang out just below. For most trekkers the wiews are awesome and inspiring. There's also a few ruins near the top. If visiting these ruins, you'll see a second way to start making your descent down the mountain, along some very steep and shallow steps.... these steps are a bit dangerous if wet, but the hike may be well worthwhile. This hike is one of your best bets for getting away from Machu Picchu crowds. Access to Huaynapicchu is limited to 400 visitors per day split In 2 sessions one at 7:00 am and the other at 11.00 am. The 11.00 am time slot is the most popular and so for high season may have to be booked a month in advance and fit just after your group guided tour of the sanctuary. The cost is $75.00 or $40.00 if you have scanned through a valid ISIC card.
  • Where this tour start.- All our tours as Classic Inca Trail to MachuPicchu hikes 4Day/3Night , 4Day/4Night or 5Day/4Night, short 2 Day/1Night Inca Trail, alternatives hikes to Salkantay, Lares, HuchuyQosqo, Choquequirao, Auzangate, tours by train to Machupicchu, Jungle trips to Manu Park, trips to Puerto Maldonado start from Cusco, located at 3,400 masl in the southwest mountains region of Peru. Cusco (the centre of the Inca civilization) is the oldest Inka´s ancient capital called Tawantinsuyo, now it is a beautiful and impresive city in Peru with many Inca temples around blended with the Spanish heritage and rich architecture history and Art which from long time ago was named as the Rome of America. Cusco is still not a big city compared Lima or Arequipa, quite safe, a 10 minutes ride from the airport and you are at the centre of Cusco, more than 20 churches,monasteries and Plazas and most of travellers found this city very beautiful, with many good restaurants and shops where staff speak english, most people here speak spanish and Quichua the Inka´s language, official taxis for less than $1.5 per service (3-4 Soles)... then after your great days in Cusco and arounds you can continue visiting Manu National Park, Jungle trips to Puerto Maldonado, Colca Canyon in Arequipa, Nazca Lines, Paracas Reserve, Ballestas Islands, the Lake Titikaca in Puno or still visit Copacabana, Sun Island, Uyuni Salar in Bolivia.
  • What is the easiest way to reach Cusco.- Get a flight from Lima (Peru´s capital city) located at the coast near Pacific Ocean at 0 -cero masl , there are several air companies as Taca (Avianca),StarPeru, Peruvian Airlines and the expensive Lan, it takes 1 hour (most of the flights are early in the morning and afternoon). Bus from Lima to Cusco takes 24 Hrs (Cruz del Sur, Oltursa and Civa are rec bus companies if you have plenty of time and your desire is explore the coast).

Booking Information

  • After checking our confirmed departs, book online filling out the online format (If you are travelling as a couple or in a group, please add person´s details as it is indicated in Travelling with: (write name and surname, passport number, Date of birth and Nationality.) --If your passport is expired or in renew process you can still book a tour get a reservation code and pay a deposit. Send us the new numbers later when you have updated.
  • Once you have made a booking, you will receive a reservation code (e.g: 240611001). If you don´t receive our reply please check your spam/junk file or email us: [email protected] or WhatsApp: 51 974 217869
  • Pay immediately a deposit online with your reservation code. (Pay a deposit for you or for your group with ONE reservation code), so this will help us to apply permits immediately for all person in your group.
  • 1.- Pay a booking deposit online with VISA or Master Card. US$315 per person. US$300 + 5% card fee. (Payments by Visa,MC will carry a surcharge of 5%.)
  • 2.- Pay a booking deposit with PayPal. US$318 per person. US$300 + 6% Paypal fees. (Payments by PayPal will carry a surcharge of 6%).
  • 3.- If you would like to add the walk to Huayna Picchu Mt after Machu Picchu tour. Click on this option and write down at the booking format in Notes at the end of the page, Entry passes are limited, the walk takes 1.5 -2 Hrs. Pay online with your reservation code US$ 385 per person plus 5% card fees or plus 6% if you pay through Paypal. This pass will be valid for the 2nd turn at 11:00 a.m after your tour at Machu Picchu. When permits for Huaynapicchu Mt are sold out a good alternative is Montaña Mt walk instead, it will take 3-4 Hrs and it is less steep but longer or it is much recommended to walk Montaña on Day 5th at 07:00 am.
  • 4.- For group bookings (4-5 person) pay on the same way above or only when there are plenty of permits available for this hike on your preferred date you can transfer your booking deposit to our Bank in Peru or transfer through Western Union. Ask for more details at: [email protected]
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  • Final Payment: You must pay the full balance of your tour 1 month before the date of your tour departure using any of the payment options above. If you need to amend or add anything to your final confirmation invoice (for example, add equipment, upgrade your hotel in Aguas Calientes) you should contact us at least 6 weeks prior to the tour. This is done by responding to the email at: [email protected] with your final confirmation and indicating any extra items to be added.
  • We can then adjust your invoice accordingly and reconfirm the exact balance you need to pay by emailing you that week. You’ll need to add the 5% credit card commission or 6 % PayPal commission or other fees depending on which payment method you choose. Or you can pay your final balance 3-2 Day before your tour at our office in Cusco in US$ cash. (Payments with cards in our office are not accepted).

Terms & Conditions

  • 1.- You must advise SAS Travel office staff and guides of any medical problems or allergies. You need to have a good health and a good level of fitness is required. If your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 69, you will need to present us with a current medical certificate. It is highly recommended to arrive to Cusco a few days before your hike and stay in Cusco at least 3 - 1 nights previous to your hike so that your body is prepared for the altitude.
  • 2.- You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the service of the guide or tour, please advise the guide at that moment so he can resolve any problems ASAP.
  • 3.- You must carry your original passport and valid student card (if applicable) on the trail. If you do not take the correct passport as indicated in your booking and permit documents, the control will annul your permit and refuse your entry to the trail. If for any reason, you organize a new passport after we have purchased your permits, you must send us a copy of your new passport or email the new numbers and bring both of your passport with you, or if this is not possible advise us in writing with a scan of the old passport and your new passport for us to present to the Park controllers with official documentation to avoid problems.
  • 4.- The student US$40 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the park itself, not SAS Travel. All student with valid University cards are validated by the control of the park and only accepted if you scanned a clear copy of your valid student card through with your deposit at the time of booking and it is confirmed though our agent. A Youth Travel card is not accepted to pay as a student by the Park control.
  • 5.- A personal porter is not included in this tour we recommend to hire a 8 Kg porter service when you book a tour, at the time of briefing a duffle bag will be given to you so you can pack your items previous to the morning of your hike (Please make sure your duffle bag does not exceed the limit of the weight amount you requested, all hotels can provide you with a scale to weigh your bag.) The rest of your belongings can be stored in your Hotel or you can leave them in our Hotel Marqueses near SAS Travel office.
  • 6.- Every hiker must have and bring a comfortable 20-30 L daypack to carry your personal items. Bring 2 litres of drinkable water for Day 1 (disposable plastic bottles, plastic bags are forbidden). Our crew will offer you boiled water at Lunch time on 2nd Day until the end of the hike, locals sell bottled water and drinks on route and campsites on Day 1 and 2. Hot showers are available on the 1st campsite for 15 Soles (if wanted). At the campsite we will offer you hot water for washing/cleaning purposes.
  • 7.- If you are a single traveller you are obliged to pay single supplement for a hotel room but if you do not require a single tent on the Inca Trail hike and are happy to share, then you can let us know at the time of booking and be exempt of this US$70 fee.(This depends if there is someone else willing to share the tent that is the same gender.)
  • 8.- Change of dates is not possible after a permit has been purchased and processed. It is non transferable nor refundable. The deposit will be forfeited and penalties costs will be applied. Please note that we do this because we are prohibited to re-sell your spot/permits after you have cancelled. However you can use part of the permit for Machu Picchu admission in other tours such as Lares, Salkantay, or train tours to Machu Picchu on the indicated reserved dates.
  • 9.- This 4 Days /3 Nights includes transport return to Cusco. Our preference would be a train departure at 15.00 Hrs train to Ollantaytambo plus a private bus to Cusco or direct train from Aguas Calientes station to Cusco, on Day 4 of the hike.The group will arrive to Machu Picchu by 07:00 am then have 5-6 hrs approx for a guided tour and free time. By 13:00 Hrs we will board a bus down to Aguas Calientes for a last group lunch and wait for the train return back to Cusco. On days like Inti Raymi, Independence day and easter there may be some slight changes for which we appreciate your understanding.
  • 10.- If you decide not to go, or you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter or assistant will accompany you back to a safe area with emergency assistance at Ollantaytambo town, from here you can continue by train to Aguas Calientes town and meet the group on the 4th morning (train cost will be at your expenses US$70-80 approx). Helicopter air lift and medical assistance are paid at the expense of the passenger, therefore we recommend to have Travel Insurance. If you fail to complete the hike due to illness we will assist you to meet your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour there, although there will be no refund from the original payment, we will however present you with a document to certify your illness and this can be used to present to your Travel Insurance company. If this is the case a hotel in Aguas Calientes, meals during this time, tour in Machupicchu, bus down to Aguas Calientes and train return to Cusco with the group will be provided by SAS Travel with no extra cost, except the train to Aguas Calientes which costs US$ 70-80 pp and the bus up to Machu Picchu which costs US$14.
  • 11.- Huayna Picchu Mountain Entry.- The entrance ticket for this trail is not included in the hike, it is optional due to limited spots,therefore you must reserve and pay in advance US$85.00 per adult / US$ 45.00 with student valid card, you must send us a copy of your students card at the time of booking. This ticket will be for the second turn at approx 11:00 after your guided tour of Machu Picchu. In case Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are sold out the alternative is a walk to Montaña (same costs apply).
  • 12.- Tips for the porters, cooks and guides.($50-60) is not mandatory but it is a tradition. You need to have your own money for bottled water or other drinks if wanted along the route, Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes. Emergency money of at least 300 soles. Total per person ($150 -$180) approximately.
  • 13.- Travel Insurance.- We recommend that full Travel Insurance is taken, which includes cover, under certain circumstances, against the loss of deposit or cancellation charges. Please note that no reimbursements are given when cancellations occur or for any unused services. Get a one week insurance with Nomads Insurance.
  • 14.- When transportation strikes are declared in Cusco without previous notice, the entire group will need to depart Cusco the night before of the tour and do camping near the beginning of the trail to avoid the risk of cancelation of your tour.(We recommend you to come to the SAS Travel office when you arrive to Cusco, to make sure that everything is ready and we ask you to bring your original passport with you.) We recommend to arrive to Cusco a few days prior to your tour.
  • 15.- In extreme cases when Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is declared closed for safety reasons SAS Travel can replace your trek with an alternative trek such as 4 day Lares trek or 4 day Salkantay or Choquequirao trek and your booking deposit and payment money will be used for this, There will be no refund from the original payment, or other train trips to Machu Picchu.
  • SAS Travel will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness or loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. SAS Travel cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unforeseeable or unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment from our company.
  • SAS Travel does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, political strikes, road strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the client responsibility to carry a Travel Insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  • CANCELATION MADE BY CLIENT:
  • a.- Cancelation of tour once you have booked, permits has been purchased a reservation has been confirmed incurs a loss of the booking deposit US $300.00 per person plus cards or Paypal surcharges. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by SAS Travel.
  • b- Cancellation of tour from the date of confirmation to 60 Days of departure incurs a loss of 70% of total cost of the tour. You must pay a balance online using your reservation code.
  • c- Cancellation of tour within 59 Days to 35 Days of departure incurs a loss of 80% of total cost of the tour. You must pay a balance online using your reservation code.
  • d- Cancellation of tour within 34 days to 15 Days of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total cost of the tour. You must pay a balance online using your reservation code.
  • e- Cancellation of tour within 14 Days to 72 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost. You must pay a balance online using your reservation code.
  • However we can organize an alternative tour to visit Machu Picchu joining your group and utilizing your train tickets and permits entrance to Machu Picchu, completing the tour as normal from Aguas Calientes day 4 and discounts in our Hotel Marqueses in Cusco.
  • FINAL PAYMENT:
  • The final balance of your tour will be sent to your email with detailed information. You must pay the full balance of your tour 1 month before the date of your tour departure using any of the payment options indicated in our website or before this date. If you need to amend or add anything to your final confirmation invoice (for example, add equipment, upgrade your hotel in Aguas Calientes, Vistadome Train return etc) you must contact us at least 6 weeks prior to the tour. This is done by contacting our staff at: [email protected]
  • We can then adjust your invoice accordingly and reconfirm the exact balance you need to pay by emailing you that week. You will need to add the 5% credit card commission or 6 % PayPal commission or other fees depending on which payment method you choose.Or pay in US$ cash at our office in Cusco at your arrival.(Payments with cards in our office in Cusco are not accepted).
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