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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
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Price Information

US$ 810.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

Please Note

USD$ 760.00 with University student card or under 16.

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Overview

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.

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Is it for me?

If you want to climb Huaynapicchu mountain (the emblematic big mountain near Machupicchu) and have 5 days then this is your best value for money or check out the package combined with Cusco for even better value and all organised for you from your arrival to Cusco Airport!

Difficulty

Distance: 45 Km / 28 Miles
Duration: 5 Days + extra night in Aguas Calientes
When to go: The best time to visit is April through October, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the 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 (entire trek is practically 3 full days ( 6-8 hrs walk) on Day 4 only 2-3 hrs to reach MP).
Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC
Note that the Inca Trail is closed February.

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Briefing

Pre-departure briefing at 7 pm presented by your tour guide the night before of your tour in our office or your Hotel.

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Inca Trail plus Huaynapicchu mountain & Aguas Calientes 5D/4N - Group Service.

Last Minute Information

  • 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 (10-8 months IN ADVANCE.) on low season (from December to March 7-6 months in advance). WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU to -ACT NOW and SIGN UP SOON ! Group size: 6-12 sometimes 16 participants. Only with highly recommended mountain guides !
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  • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL 2019: (From Jan 1st to Dec 31st).
  • US$ 830 per person without a personal porter.
  • US$ 890 per person. (Includes: 6 Kg personal porter)
  • US$ 910 per person. (Includes: 8 Kg personal porter)
  • US$ 70 off for students with University student card or under 16.
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  • FIXED DEPARTURES, AVAILABLE SPACES ON:
  • JANUARY 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30
  • MARCH 2019: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30
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  • 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
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  • OPEN GROUPS for 2018: BOOK NOW and CONFIRM your TREK.
  • Our Price: US$ 810 per person / US$ 740 pp with Univ card or under 16
  • *Optional personal porter for 6 Kg $60, for 8 Kg $80
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  • 2018 -AVAILABLE OPEN DATES ON:
  • NOVEMBER: 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 28, 30
  • DECEMBER: 1, 3, 6 ,8, 11, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
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  • HOW TO BOOK: Once you have checked our open groups departures. Choose on the Calendar -left side (Leaving Dates), the date of your preference. Select the month, year and click on your interested date. Fill in out with your personal details, then below fill in out details of your group in Traveling with, once you have finalized your online booking you will receive an email with a reservation code (Purchase number). Pay your booking deposit to confirm your spots on Step 3 with Visa or MC or through Paypal. Booking deposit required US$ 300.00 per person. Or See below for more details in: Booking Information.
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  • This is our classic 5 Day/4 Night Inca Trail trek -- a popular option for good reason! It’s a moderate trek that passes through stunning scenery and a number of fascinating archaeological sites on the way to Machu Picchu, where you’ll have a guided tour and time to explore the site on your own. Night in Aguas Calientes town where you can enjoy the hot springs and next day reenter to Machu Picchu and climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain and free time. Train return to Cusco at 15.00 hrs.
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  • SAS Travel Highlights:
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and experienced guides.
  • Guided tours of the seven Inca archaeological sites en route to Machu Picchu.
  • Delicious and nutritious freshly cooked gourmet meals using 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.
  • Special snack and buffet lunch on Day 4 (final day).
  • 100% Operated by SAS Travel: we never place you with other tour operators.
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  • Permits for the Inca Trail trek are limited and must be reserved and purchased well in advance (only 200 hikers can walk this popular trek each day). We therefore operate on a first come, first serve basis.
  • You will need to book and pay your deposit (down payment) far in advance. For high season (April to November), we recommend booking 6 to 8 months in advance. For low season (December to March), we recommend 3 to 4 months in advance. Please contact us with any questions about Inca Trail permits and booking a trek.
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  • Tickets for Huayna Picchu: Included in this tour. (Book in advance... limited spaces !!!)
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  • Special:9 Day /8 Night Classic Inca Trail trek w 8 Kg porter, Cusco and Hotel Marqueses Package. This includes a Cusco and Sacred Valley tour, as well as the classic Inca Trail hike with 8 kg porter service, for US$1,200.00 per person. You can read more about this offer here: 9 Day Classic Inca Trail with Huayna Picchu and Aguas Calientes Package.
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  • ALTERNATIVE TREKS and OTHER HIKES and TOURS by TRAIN to MACHU PICCHU are -AVAILABLE... from May to December 2018, 2019: 2 Day Short Inca Trail, 2 Day Short Inca Trail with Camping, 3 Day Sacred Valley + Short Inca Trail, 4 Day Lares Trek, 4 Day Lares + Short Inca Trail, 4 or 5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu SEE our OPEN Trips: Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu.

Special Offer

BOOK a Tour with SAS Travel and GET a 10% DISCOUNT in our Marqueses Boutique Hotel in Suite, Deluxe or Standard rooms plus a FREE pick up from airport at your arrival to Cusco. Reservations at: [email protected]
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MARQUESES Boutique Hotel “Charming and Amazing Hotel, Great Location one block near centre, Wonderful Staff and Excellent three star Hotel”. © 2018 TripAdvisor LLC

Walking the Inca Trail with SAS Travel. We are very proud of our passionate, highly experienced and bilingual Peruvian guides -- and we’re sure you’ll be impressed by them, too! They provide extensive and 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 required. They also set up our camp 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!
Many items are included in our Inca Trail trek, such as the return to Cusco on the Expedition train, trekking permits and entrance fees.

Program Itinerary

Day 1: CUSCO- PISKACUCHO Km 82- PATALLAQTA -CUSIPATA- WAYLLABAMBA (CAMPING).

Vamos Amigos !! Early pick-up from your hotel will begin around 5:00 am. We will meet at our departure point, Plaza Regocijo, by 5:30 to board our private transportation. Make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card. Our journey from Cusco to Piscacucho takes approximately 3 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will stop to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy a small breakfast, before continuing on to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft) start of the hike. There we will meet our camp crew and porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike (43 Km). Passports in hand, We clear the official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town). Our vantage point is from a flat bluff above the extensive site, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands. After a short rest, we continue another 15 minutes down to our lunch site at Tayaroc. Our path is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys. Walking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors. After lunch, another 3-4 hours will bring us to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m / 9,840 ft), You will be rewarded with a Macho Tea hot drink and a buffet dinner will be offered. Guides will present our plans for the next great day. Have a good night. Buenas Noches!!!
Meals:BLD Accommodation:Camping 2 people per tent, Max:3,000 m/10,824 ft Min:2,680 m/8,790 ft Distance Travelled:12 km approx. Approximate Walking Time:6-7 hours / Ascent up: 620 m

Day 2: WAYLLABAMBA- AYAPATA- LLULLUCHAYAQ- DEAD WOMAN`S PASS- PACAYMAYO VALLEY (CAMPING). After breakfast, around 8:00 am we re-start our walk from camp to Ayapata valley first, it takes around 1 hour followed by a soft uphill climb through woods and along a stream (3,300 m / 10,824 ft) Today is our great challenge day but with plenty of time to enjoy, it is the biggest climb of our hike, 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 mountain in our back). 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, withith luck we will see tinny hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles or perhaps we see the king of the andean heights the Condor, so respected and venerated at andean towns. We will soon enter into a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland (Qeuñas and Chachacomos small andean trees) and the treeless grasslands of the puna región, habitad of tarucas and pumas. From here, you can see the highest mountain ahead called dead woman´s pass. At Llulluchapampa our camp crew will be waiting for us with a delicious Peruvian lunch. After lunch there is a time to rest maybe a short nap. After lunch we continue our hike for another 2-3 hours -600 meter ascent up to the top of the mountain, Warmiwañusca mt. (Dead Woman’s Pass) located at 4,200 meter /13,776 feet. Here you will discover a special feelings at this top maybe the sacrality of this point or just you coping with lack of oxygen in your brain. The path still climbs along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This last hard climb brings us to Dead Woman’s Pass… you made it !!! Once the full group reaches this pass, we take a short rest break 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 view 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. You are free to walk in you own pace. This campsite is popular with tour groupsand although facilities here are reasonable good, with two toilets blocks.No showers, hot wáter buckets are offered for washing.
Meals:BLD Accommodation:Camping Maximum Altitude:4,200 m / 13,776 ft Minimum Altitude:3,000 m/9,840 ft Distance Travelled:12 Km approx. Approximate Walking Time:5-6 hours / Ascent up: 900 m

Day 3: PACAYMAYO - CHAKICOCHA- AOBAMBA VALLEY- PHUYUPATAMARKA- INTIPATA- WIÑAYWAYNA (CAMPING). At sunrise, you will catch sight of Sayacmarca back along the trail, perched on the side of one of the many mountains that surround our campsite. Today’s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, Winaywayna and Intipata, and enjoy dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley. This stretch of the trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries. Your lungs will appreciate the fact that today’s hike is much more down than up, and significantly shorter than yesterday’s. In getting to Phuyupatamarca (the Town of the Clouds), we will pass through the first of two short, natural tunnels in the mountains. After visiting this site, we will descend about 2,000 stone steps to Winaywayna. If you have not had any knee problems up to this point, you may after this descent. If you have had prior knee injuries, we recommend the use of trekking poles, and perhaps an extra porter, to relieve some of the stress on your joints. Around mid-day, we will arrive at the site of Winaywayna, which we will explore before completing a short additional hike to our camp site for the night (2,700 m / 8,856 ft). After lunch, we will visit the adjacent site of Intipata with its dramatic terrances. A number of creature comforts will be available at this camp site. There is a bar and a small gift shop, and best of all, hot showers for a small fee. There will also be many more trekkers gathering here, ready for the final hike into Machu Picchu tomorrow. We therefore recommend taking extra care of your personal belongings here. Keep an eye on your daypacks and don’t leave anything outside your tent at night. Tea time and Buffet Dinner. Meals:BLD Accommodation:Camping Max:3,750 m / 12,300 ft Min:2,700 m / 8,856 ft Distance:14 Km approx. Approximate Walking Time:5-6 hours / Descent : 700 m

Day 4: WIÑAYWAYNA- INTUPINKU- SUN´S GATE- MACHUPICCHU- AGUAS CALIENTES (Hostel Viajeros). 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 MachuPicchu (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 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. Additional Options: If your legs, lungs and energy still hold up after our four days of hiking, it may be possible to climb the peak of HuaynaPicchu, 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 10.00/11:00 am , otherwise you may instead hike to the Inca Bridge or do others walks around Machupicchu. In the early afternoon you can spend more hours at MachuPicchu, bus to Aguas Calientes and lunch will be provided at “Hostel Viajeros” down in the town of Aguas Calientes. Double private room is included. Also you can enjoy the hot spring pools located at 10 minutes walk. Meals:BLD Accommodation:Viajeros Hostel. Private rooms. Maximum Altitude:2,700 m / 8,856 ft Minimum Altitude:2,400 m / 7,872 ft (Machupicchu) Distance Travelled:8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu Approximate Walking Time:6-7 hours / Descent : 300 m If you want to Upgrade your accommodation in Aguas Calientes please let us know.

Day 5: REENTER TO MACHUPICCHU, WALK TO HUAYNAPICICCHU. AGUAS CALIENTES. TRAIN RETURN TO CUSCO. 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.
Please note: (Guide service, Bus tickets on Day 5th and Lunch are not included). Your train ticket is programmed at 16:30 pm (be at the train station 30 minutes before).Plaza San Francisco in Cusco 1 block from the main Cusco´s Plaza.

What is Included:

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before of your tour in our office.
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco from (05:00 am) or Sacred Valley (07:20 am).
  • Private bus to km 82 –Piskacucho village (trek starting point)
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farm house, bathrooms available.
  • Full board meals for the entire tour 5 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 4 Dinner (vegetarian,vegan option, gluten,wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
  • 2 expert SAS gourmet mountain cook, assistants.
  • Permit for Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry camping equipment, tents, table,stools and cooking gear.
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert SAS gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
  • Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon on camp.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • 2 person per tent (clean,new spacious 4 person dome igloo tent)
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, (Pillows by request)
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance..
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable system.
  • 3-4 guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
  • Snack at Machupicchu before your tour.
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes after Machupicchu tour.
  • Accommodation in private room in Aguas Calientes with Breakfast.
  • Time to go to the hot springs or shop around the village.
  • On Day 5th 2nd Entrance to Machu Picchu plus permit to climb Huayna Picchu ( bus tickets not included, independant walk to the mountain without a guide.)
  • Tourist Expedition train at 16:00 Hrs return to Cusco train Station. (Poroy Station 25 minutes near Cusco.)
  • SAS Travel HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Visit, explore and guided tours of the 7 Inca archaeological sites en route.
  • Free storage in Cusco at Hotel Marqueses and in Aguas Calientes.
  • Inca Trail Survivor Certificate signed by your guides.
  • Special snack and Buffet lunch on day 4th (final day).
  • 100% Operated by SAS Travel, we never put you with other tour operators.

What is not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (-Minus 8ºC) US$25 for 3 nights
  • Thermal rest inflatable mattress USD$ 25
  • Shared porter for 8 Kg US$80 (we provide a duffle bag).
  • Trekking poles US$20 a pair
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Extra drinks, bottle water
  • Bus ticket to Machu Picchu US$12 each way on 5th Day as you may like to walk one way when returning to Machu Picchu to climb Huayna Picchu.
  • Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks and porters. It`s a tradition but not mandatory.

Additional Options:

  • Personal porter for 9 Kg US $80.00 We lend you a porter duffle bag.
  • Down sleeping bag minus 8 ºC (US$ 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 )
  • 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.)
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  • Please Note: Hostel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes town is not a 3 star hotel but it is clean, safe and comfortable with a friendly and very helpfull staff. They have private Twin, Double and Triple rooms, with small private bathrooms and hot gas water system, it has one of the best locations in town, far enough from the riverside so it is not noisy, being very central at the foot of the bridge, only a few blocks from Train and right near the Buses and you don`t have to do anymore long uphill hikes to get to your room! It is about 10 minutes from the hotspring pools. We try to include an economical accommodation option for this tour to make it accessible for everyone but recommend that if you are wanting better accommodation in Aguas Calientes town to celebrate your accomplishment of the Inca Trail trek or any special date then please request one of the recommended hotel Upgrades below:
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  • Up-Grading Hotels in Aguas Calientes. (Based on double occupancy ).
  • Hotel Wiraqocha Inn USD$ 25.00 p/person
  • Hotel Inka Town USD$ 35.00 p/person
  • Hotel Andina Luxury US$ 46.00 p/person
  • Mapi -Inkaterra US$ 90.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Sumaq Hotel 5 stars US$ 260.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Machu Picchu Pueblo Inkaterra US$ 260.00 p/person.(Dinner and Breakfast).
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  • To guarantee your hotel reservation Up-Grade, please include the payment of it in your tour booking deposit, adding the 5% card fee so we can reserve and pay for your hotel in advance. All Hotel policies require full payment of your accommodation 20-45 days prior your reservation date. Please note if you are travelling by yourself the Up-Grading cost is much more, as often Hotels in Aguas Calientes charge the same price for a room shared by 2 people or just one person. You must bring and present your passport.
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  • BOX LUNCH.- Hostel Viajeros offers box lunches to take to Machu Picchu but you must request this on your first day or in the office Cost is US$10 pp. Includes: 2 sandwichs ( eg: chicken and salad and ham and cheese) vegetarian (salad roll and cheese and tomato and avocado or made to your request) 750 ml bottle of water or 750 ml bottle of soda/ cool drink, one fruit (mandarine or banana) chocolate or packet of biscuits.

We recommend that you bring:

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
  • A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Trekking poles: 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, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2 litre water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site
  • Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs for hikers with an extra night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Special Inca Trail)
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
  • Emergency money at least 200-300 extra soles
  • If you don`t have sleeping bags, rain ponchos, trekking poles, water bottle, etc you can rent/buy them from SAS Travel at the office at your check-in 2 days before the trek departure.

Recommendations

  • What Inca Trail Trek to Choose ?
  • Inca Trail plus Huaynapicchu Mt. with overnight at Aguas Calientes town 5 Days/ 4Nights.We definitely believe that this is the best value for money deal. Hike the classic Inca Trail, stay overnight at Aguas Calientes town, enjoy the hot springs, 2nd visit of Machu Picchu and walk the Huayna Picchu mountain on Day 5th. (The Machu Picchu 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 it is costly.) This is especially a good opportunity in wet season giving you a second opportunity to see Machu Picchu in good clear weather ! So this tour includes the second entrance to Machu Picchu on the 5th Day and permit to walk Huaynapicchu Mt and train return to Cusco arriving by 19:30 Hrs approx. (Guide, Bus tickets on Day 5th and Lunch are not included).
  • Pemits for Huaynapicchu Mt are limited so we recommend to book in advance, when this permit are sold out the alternative walk to Mantaña Mt is a good option at same cost.
  • What is Huaynapicchu 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 student 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 impressive 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 (4-5 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 Latam, Taca (Avianca),Star Peru, Peruvian Airlines, it takes 1 hour (most of the flights are early in the morning and afternoon). Bus companies from Lima to Cusco takes 24 Hrs we do recommned: Cruz del Sur Crucero, Oltursa and Civa bus companies if you have plenty of time and your desire is explore the coast.

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 5 at 07:00 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.- On Day 4th 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 13.45 pm. At 15:00 pm train return to Cusco and arrive by 7:40 pm. 5 Day tour does not include bus tickets.
  • 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

  • A. BEFORE YOU GO.-
  • What is included in the price of the tour and what is not included in the price of the tour? SEE this information above.
  • Where are the departure points for our treks?
  • We depart from hotel Marqueses but we can pick you up from your various hotels as long as you give us clear contact details of your accommodation at your check-in in the Cusco office. We will confirm the pick-up time and procedure at the -Pre trek briefing the night before you depart.
  • Where can i store my luggage while i am trekking? On the trek, you should only bring with you the things you really want/need and leave the rest of your things at your Hotel in Cusco (all hotels offer this as a free service) or you can leave at Hotel Marqueses located near our office SAS Travel offers Free luggage storage for all of our customers. If you have luggage that you wish to leave with us in Cusco then bring it to the meeting point on the morning of the departure. A SAS Travel Rep will take your things to be stored in the Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso 265- Tèl: 257819), which is right next door to our main SAS Travel office. You can then pick up your things up from the safe storage in Hotel Marqueses any time after your trek (the hotel is open 24 hours). You must bring the tag given to you as receipt when you first dropped off your items:
  • What should i pack? SEE this page above.. What to bring:
  • I don`t have a good sleeping bag. can i rent one?
  • YES… you can just organize it at the time of booking or book directly in the office on your check-in. Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius cost US $ 25.00 / 45 Lts Backpack $ 20.00 / A pair of trekking poles $ 20.00 / Personal porter for 8 Kg $ 80.00 / Personal porter for 16 Kg $160.00 (recommended for 2 people).
  • I don`t have a sleeping mattress. do I need one ? We include in the cost of the tour the loan of a sleeping mattress for the duration of the trek. This is a fairly thick bulky mat that weighs 1 kg and we still say if you are travelling with a thermal rest or technologically advanced type of sleep mat then definitely bring that instead.
  • how much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh?
  • Sleeping mattress weight = 1 kg / Sleeping bag weight = 2.5 Kg
  • I am on my own, will i have someone to share a tent with? Yes another person of the same sex or if you prefer you can pay a single supplement for a tent just for you. This is US$ 70 (For the entire trek).
  • Will i need any extra money? YES, so that you can take part in options such as bottle water/drinks, a hot shower on the 1st night (5 soles), the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles), tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks and drinks in Machupicchu, etc. You should take at least 300 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$70.00 (in the case you will need to leave the trail early).
  • 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, 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 availability are open groups in which you are welcome to join, Average 10-12 people. 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 we would suggest your organize the extra porter (personal porter). Unless you have hired an extra porter you will need to carry your own back pack, clothes, sleeping bag, the mattress, water for the day. 75% of our travellers hire the extra porter for 8 Kilos. If you would like to have a porter carry your things, one can be hired for US $80 for every 8 kilos (a shared porter, each porter carries 16 Kg plus his gear). SAS Travel will provide a duffle porter bag at the briefing the night before your hike. Even if you do hire a porter you will still need a day pack with you so that you can carry such items as your camera, water bottle, snacks (energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, remember glucose is a big help and imperative in the heights), sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) and anything else you will need before lunch as the porters do not walk alongside you. You will meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at the campsite. It is best to put everything up to 16 Kg in one duffle bag if you are a couple or 2 for the porter so that you don’t have 2 large backpacks in your tent. Please return porter´s duffle bags at your return to Cusco to our office or to Hotel Marqueses. Please note that there are fines and notifications if you give an excess your hired 8Kg so try to under-pack rather than over-pack -if it is overweight at the check point, items will have to be removed to reduce the weight.
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  • B. ON THE TREK.-
  • I am not really an experienced trekker? What if I can’t keep up? Most people have that concern but don`t worry. 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.
  • How difficult is the Inca Trail? The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. 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...and 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. Do 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 in Cusco.
  • How long will I be walking every day?
  • This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:
  • Day 1: 12 kilometers (8.6 miles) 6-7 hours Ayapata 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 )
  • Day 3: 10 km (7.3 miles) at 5-6 hours.
  • 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
  • How long is the trail?
  • 46 Km/ 28 Miles 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 (3399m), 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/13818ft. You will sleep at 3340m/10988ft 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 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 and $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. (No pork).
  • Will I need to bring water?
  • We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 - 2 litre 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. If you are planning to drink water from any streams or waterfalls is not recommended you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.
  • 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 transportation strikes 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 in our private transport to the trail head area to camp the night before so we make sure that the trek goes ahead and start the trek next morning as planned.
  • In the case that a passenger decides to cancel the tour for whatever reason, you will just have to pay US$65 more and we can put you on a train to Aguas Calientes. That way you are still able to use the MachuPicchu entrance join your group for a tour and return train ticket to Cusco.
  • 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 maximum 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 plenty of small denomination bills in Peruvian Soles. 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 50 and 60 soles ( US$ 17-21 ) to a “pot” which is then distributed amongst the cook, assistant cook, general assistant and porters. This should ensure that each person will receive a tip of about US$15 and the cook around US$30. 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 incharge 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 15 and 20 soles. (US$5-7) 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 18 and 28 soles. (US$8-10) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.
  • SUMMARY.- Like in most American countries, tipping is normal practice. If you have enjoyed the service provided by the trekking team we would recommend bringing between 70 and 85 soles ( US$ 25-30 ) to covers tips for the trekking staff. 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 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 must rise up over the high mountains surrounding Machu Picchu.
  • Walking to HuaynaPicchu ?
  • Huayna Picchu (300 mts).- Reserve and pay in advance. Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferible and non refundable.
  • 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 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 at the 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.
  • What time will I be back in Cusco?
  • You generally arrive back to Cusco around 8.30 -9pm so don`t expect to be able to book a flight out for the same night as flights do not exist after 4.30pm.
  • Can you explain the train service a little more? Expedition Train return is included this train depart from Aguas Calientes Station at 16:30 pm (best to stay 40 minutes before). From Poroy Station in Cusco a SAS Travel transport will ride to Cusco city. Plaza San Francisco bus terminal (end of our tour).
  • 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 Travel Rep how you can arrange your own private tour.
  • What is an ISIC card? How can I use it to get a discount?
  • ISIC stands for “International Student Identity Card” and is the internationally accepted form of student identification. The INC accepts ISIC for discounts. 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 $200 pp and there must be availability for the date which you want to move to.
  • What if do not have my passport right now?
  • The INC requires an original passport to issued your permit to the trail. If your passport is going to expire before you travel then start the process to renew your passport now, make 2 scanned copies of your old passport and request that you can keep the original expired passport as if you bring this on the trail you will not have any issues for you permit. If you are not permitted to keep the old passport then just send through a scanned copy of the expired and new passports and we can organise a change of document process that costs $15 and this can be paid in cusco with your blance for the tour.
  • Can I pay for the entire tour up front?
  • Usually we require a booking deposit of your Inca Trail trek online pay to confirm your booking. The balance is paid 30 days before the day of your tour. If you choose to pay with credit card you need to pay 5% commission. The prices of the tours are for cash payment. 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 for your reservation immediately after making it online as permits could run out if you do not do so immeidately. You normally just follow the instructions at the time but if you have let some time lapse then please immediately enter this site to make your deposit or final payment.

Booking Information

  • After checking the Availability page for this tour,(many of our tour are offered as a Daily Departures) book online and create a reservation code. (If you are travelling as a couple or in a group, please add person´s details as indicated: Travelling with: (write name and surname, passport number, Date of birth and Nationality.)
  • Once you have sent your booking, you will receive a Reservation code (e.g: 240611001). (If you don´t receive an immediate email reply please check your spam file or email us: [email protected]) Pay immediately a deposit online on Step 3 with your reservation code. (Pay a deposit for you or for your group with ONE reservation code, so we can guarantee permits, tickets for Machu Picchu, train tickets in the same group).
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  • 1. Pay a booking deposit online with VISA or MasterCard. US$ 404.25 per person for Inca trail Payments by credit card will carry a surcharge of 5%.
  • 2. Pay a booking deposit with PayPal. US$385.00 per person *Payments by PayPal will carry a surcharge of 6%.
  • 3.- For group bookings (4-5 person) only when there are plenty of permits for this trek you can transfer your deposit to our Bank in Peru. Ask for more details [email protected] Updated Availability and Booking deposit page: Click Here to Pay Online
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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. [email protected] (Javier) 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.

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 University 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 University student 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 you to hire a 8 Kg porter service when you are booking 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 2-3 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 package includes a simple accommodation in Aguas Calientes and we ask you to please read the Recommendations section in the web page ... in case you would like to upgrade to a hotel option. The train return will be on Day 5 th at 15:00 Hrs from Aguas Calientes to Cusco train station or a train to Ollantaytambo plus a private transport to Cusco, returning to Cusco by 19:30 Hrs approx in both cases.
  • 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.- Upon availability and need to book in advance.This ticket is included for the first session on the 5th day which means you need to enter the control between 7am and 7.50am. Most people take the bus up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Pichu at 6.30 am ($12.00) and then start the day with the climb for first light over Machu Picchu and then have plenty of time after to further explore Machu Picchu. However if you prefer the 2nd session that starts between 10:00 and 11:00 am then please let us know by writing this clearly in the comments and ensuring you have been confirmed with this specification.
  • 12.- Tips for the porters, cooks and guides.(US$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 (US$150 -US$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 Lares Valley 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 $385.00 pp plus cards or Paypal surcharges. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by SAS Travel.
  • b- Cancellation of tour from the time 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. We will however if it is your desire present you with a document to certify your illness and this can be used to present to your Travel Insurance company.
  • 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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