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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
    • 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

Important news -COVIT 19.

Plan your trip to Peru with flexibility
The Ministry of Tourism announced on July 30th that international flights would be authorized again by the end of this year or the beginning of 2021, which will depend on reports from the Ministry of Health on the advance of the coronavirus in Peru.
1.- Reschedule your trip without any extra cost.- To reschedule or postpone your trek or tour date, just send us an email to: [email protected]
Permits and entrances for all our treks, tours and trips are available from January 1st to December 31st, 2021, 2022. Also -All our tours, treks, and trips booked can be rescheduled for any start date up until the end of 2024.
2.- New Flexible Bookings.- We are taking new online booking for Tours, Treks to Machu Picchu and all other trips listed in our website for dates after August 2020 and for future dates until 2024, -If COVID-19 still does not allow to travel to Peru, then we will be very flexible to move on for a future date as many times as necessary. Please note at this stage, due to this unexpected world pandemic situation, you are entitled to use the entire amount of your booking deposit paid for the new departure date trips while they are available this year 2020 and the next year 2021 until 2024.

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Price Information

US$ 800.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

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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 nearly two decades, offering “high quality tours with an special personal touch” exceeding expectation of hundreds of clients now friends, thanks to a full time dedicated and well motivated proffesional staff, that treat its porters well and with respect, promoting a possitive impact in the Andean communities and pioneers respecting the environment but overall offering 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.

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Difficulty

Distance: 45 Km / 28 Miles
Duration: 4 or 5 Days
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"
Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC
Note that the Inca Trail is closed February.

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Recommended Hotels

Cusco Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico) this visitors ticket costs 130 soles approx US$45 (half price for students) and is valid for 10 days..
The full Cusco Tourist Ticket ticket allows you entry to 15 sites These sites which are part of the City tour are Sacsayhuaman / Qenko/Puca Pucara/Tambo Machay and these sites which are visited in the Sacred Valley tour are Pisac/Ollantaytambo/Chinchero plus other sites in Cusco such as Religious Art Museum / Church of San Blas / Regional History Museum The entrance to Moray is included on the full ticket and is used when doing the mountain biking tour Cusco Tourist Ticket is sold at the sites themselves and can be bought on the day of tour if you like.
Note this ticket does not include: Entrance to Koricancha (or Qorikancha) 10 soles Entrance to Cathedral 25 soles (the visit of the Cathedral is optional as many people prefer not to visit now that it is more expensive so there is the option to have afternoon tea in a restored Colonial house / hotel if you prefer during this part of the City tour) Cusco Tourist Ticket also includes the admission to the Cusco folk dances and music at Cusco Art Center in the 3rd block of Sol Avenue, presentation everynight from 7:00 pm Alternatively you can purchase a partial ticket for 70 soles which allows a one day only visit of just the 4 Archeological sites if you are not planning to visit any of the Sacred Valley sites such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros or a one day only partial ticket to visit the Sacred Valley sites such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros ( Moray ) if you are not going to have time to visit the 4 Archeological sites of Saqsayhuaman /Qenqo /Pucapucara /Tambomachay.
The partial ticket for 70 soles does not allow for any further discount for ISIC card holders. Student partial ticket cost is also 70 soles

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Sacred Valley tour. Night in Ollantaytambo & Inca Trail 5Day/4Night -Group Service

Last Minute Information

  • INCA TRAIL Trek 5 Day is AVAILABLE on 2020 and 2021.  BOOK NOW!  PERMITS HAVE STARTED SELLING LAST WEEK AND ARE RUNNING OUT FASTLY. Limited spots. Book with a LOCAL RECOMMENDED and RELIABLE OPERATOR. -Guaranteed Departures. Small-Group Sizes. High-Quality Equipment. -Delicious Peruvian Cuisine. -Friendly and knowledgeable guides, cooks and porters. - No hidden fees. -Porters carry a dinning, kitchen, client and toilet tent. Hike the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU, and immerse yourself within the fascinating Incan Civilization history. EXPERIENCE this marvelous trek WITH THE EXPERTS.
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  • Sacred Valley tour, night in Ollantaytambo and Inca Trail Trek. Excellent version for those walkers who are a little worried about the height of Cusco and want to acclimatize better in Ollantaytambo and therefore perform better during the trek. The first day is dedicated to a Sacred Valley tour, Night in Ollantaytambo in a 3-star Hotel and next morning you will join our trek group in your Hotel at 08:30 am (70 Soles pp entry on Valley tour not included).
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  • Small Group Sizes: Min 4-8 people Max -with 1 Tour Guide. Exceptional mountain guides, cooks and porters make your trip authentic, enjoyable and hassle-free.! Tents for 2 people, FREE mattress and rain ponchos.  
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  • SPECIAL -PROMOTIONAL RATE.
  • US$ 800 per person without a personal porter.
  • US$ 860 per person. (Includes: 6 Kg personal porter)
  • US$ 880 per person. (Includes: 8 Kg personal porter)
  • US$ 50 Off for students with University student card or under 16.
  • (US$ 10.00 OFF -per person for 4 people group booking). Book Now!
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  • Note.- Permits for Inca Trail on April, May, June 2020 are SOLD OUT for all companies. Check out our ALTERNATIVE Treks and Tours which are AVAILABLE the year around.
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  • OPEN DEPARTURE DATES: -AVAILABLE Permits on: 2020, 2021:
  • Join us! our SMALL Group Departures on:    
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  • FEBRUARY 2020: The trail is Officially Closed for cleaning, rainy month.
  • MARCH 2020: 2,5,8,10,16,17,20,22,25,30,31
  • On APRIL, MAY, and JUNE 2020: --Permits are SOLD OUT.
  • JULY 2020: 4, 8, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28
  • AUGUST 2020: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
  • SEPTEM 2020: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
  • OCTOBER 2020: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
  • NOVEMBER 2020: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
  • DECEMBER 2020 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31
  • JANUARY to DECEMBER 2021.-  Daily Departures!  BOOK NOW!  (Except in February.)
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  • SEE our ALTERNATIVE Treks on 2020: 4 Day Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail,  2 Day Short Inca Trail,  3 Day Sacred Valley + Short Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek -AVAILABLE. Short Inca Trail + Lares Trek 4 Day    
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  • HOW TO BOOK.- Check out our Available Departures, select on the Calendar the preferred month and year, then click-on in your desired trek starting date. This will lead you to a different page. Select the total number of passengers traveling. (To secure your permits we need urgently: Name and surname, passport number, age, and nationality). Once you finish filling all the information required, you will create a reservation code (eg: 240611001). To confirm your reservation, pay online immediately a booking deposit using your reservation code with MC, Visa or Paypal. (Pay for 2 or more people in your group with one reservation code, because this will help us to apply and purchase permits immediately for all people in your group).
  • Pay with VISA, Master Card, Visa, American Express or Diners US$ 300.00 per person plus 5% card surcharge US$ 315.00 per person (In case you would like to add Huaynapicchu Mt Ticket pay US$ 385.00 per person -plus 5%)
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  • Tickets for Huayna Picchu: If you would like to add the walk to Huayna Picchu Mountain after the Machu Picchu 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$45 pp for students with University card, cardholders must send a copy of card by email at the time of booking), Pay online with your reservation code US$ 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.
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  • Optionals.-  
  • Extra Ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain US$85 pp
  • Vistadome Deluxe train return to Cusco.- Extra US$60 pp  (On Day 4th)
  • Return to Cusco on Day 5th with Expedition Traiin -No extra surcharge.  
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  • Our recommendations:
  • Before starting your trek, we recommend to training to improve fitness levels, visiting your doctor and having a complete medical check before booking this hike.
  • The fitter and more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy your trek, please take some time to 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 and demands less effort. If you would like to take it easy as much as possible and relax ... simply book an overnight tour by train or Deluxe Vistadome Train tour or the exclusive Bingham Train and have an early guided tour to explore the citadel on your own for classic pictures.
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  • MULTIDAY TOUR WITH INCA TRAIL TREK:
  • 9 Day Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, and Huaynapicchu Mt.  
  • 8 Day Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Hot springs and Inca Trail trek.
  • 7 Day Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Inca Trail Trek.  
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  • ALTERNATIVE TREKS AVAILABLE -NOW: Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail 4 Day. SEE our Open Fixed Departures. CLICK HERE for DETAILS:  ]
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Special Offer

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Program Itinerary

Day 1: CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS -OLLANTAYTAMBO.

At 08:30 am depart for our guided Sacred Valley tour to Visit the traditional Pisac market, then we walk around the Inca site in Pisac for nearly 2 hours, then the bus descend down to the village to continue to Yucay and Urubamba Valley. This is where we stop for our Buffet lunch (this will take 45 minutes) then we continue toward Ollantaytambo Inca site where we will have a guided tour. After this tour you will be set in your hotel (Dinner is not included)

Hotel Sol Ollanta or Apu Lodge

Day 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO - KM 82 PISKACUCHO -AYAPATA 1ST CAMPING

Pick-up from your hotel in Ollantaytambo at 8:00 am. Make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card. Our journey from Ollantaytambo to Piskacucho takes approximately 1 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will stop to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing on to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft). There we will meet our camp crew and the porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike. Passports in hand, we clear the official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town). Our vantage point is from a flat bluff above the extensive site, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands. After a short rest, we continue another 15 minutes down to our lunch site at Tayaroc. Our path is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys. Walking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors. After lunch, another 3-4 hours will bring us to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m / 9,840 ft), followed by an uphill climb through woods and along a stream to our first camp at Ayapata (3,300 m / 10,824 ft). You will be rewarded with Te Macho and a buffet dinner. Buenas Noches!!!

Maximum Altitude: 3,300 m/10,824 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,680 m/8,790 ft
Distance Travelled: 12 km approx
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Ascent up: 620 m

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Camping

Day 3: AYAPATA- LLULLUCHAYOQ - DEAD WOMAN`S PASS- PACAYMAYO -RUNCURAKAY -SAYACMARKA

After breakfast, we depart from the Ayapata camp around 7:00 am. This is our longest day, but one rewarded with spectacular views down several valleys and up to the surrounding snow-covered peaks. We will put in a 5-hour hike to reach our lunch camp in the Pacaymayo Valley, then another 3-4 hours to our night camp at Chakicocha.

We begin with a 900-m ascent up to the Warmiwanusca (Dead Womans) Pass at 4,200 m/13,776 ft. Along the way, we ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where you can see several species of birds. With luck we will see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles. We will soon enter a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland, and the treeless grasslands of the puna. From this point, you can see the highest pass ahead. The path climbs for two more hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This last hard climb brings us to Dead Womans Pass, the first of two that we will cross today.

Once the full group reaches this pass, we take a rest break before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley on the other side. You will find that your energy returns as we proceed along this downhill segment toward a generous lunch and rest.

In the afternoon we begin a second ascent, this time to the ruins at Runcuracay, located a bit below the Runcuracay Pass (3,950 m / 12,956 ft). From the pass, in clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Womans Pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. These include the 6,000-m Pumasillo (Pumas Claw) massif. From here, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the impressive ruins at Sayacmarca.

After some exploration, another 20 minutes bring us to Chakicocha (3,400 m / 11,000 ft). This will be our coldest night on the trail, at around +3 degrees C in December and -4 C in June. Tea time and Buffet Dinner.

Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m/13,776 ft
Minimum Altitude: 3,000 m/9,840 ft
Distance Travelled: 16 km approx
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours / Ascent up: 900 m

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Camping

Day 4: CHAKICOCHA - AOBAMBA - PHUYUPATAMARKA- INTIPATA - WIÑAYWAYNA

At sunrise, you will enjoy the beautiful Pacasmayo Valley, then a gentle up to Runcuracay ruins and reach the 2nd pass then you will catch sight of Sayacmarca back along the trail, perched on the side of one of the many mountains where we have a stop to walk around and some historical information. 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. Stop to rest and enjoy a lunch at Chakicocha. Later on we will continue toward 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 5:00 pm we will arrive at the site of Winaywayna the last of the remarkable ruins enroute, which we will have time to explore and have a guided visit (2,700 m / 8,856 ft). After we can see the adjacent site of Intipata with its dramatic terrances on the left side of the road, cold showers at this camp for a small fee and toilets available. There will also be many more trekkers gathering here. This is the last oficial campsite so we recomend to look after your belongings. After visiting the complex of Wiñaywayna we have our dinner and time to rest and prepare plans for next morning.
Maximum Altitude: 3,750 m/ 12,300 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,700 m/8,856 ft
Distance Travelled: 10 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours / Descent : 700 m

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Camping

Day 5: WIÑAYWAYNA- MACHUPICCHU- AGUAS CALIENTES- 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, so a headlamp is strongly recommended. From Inti Punku, a final easy 40-minute hike will bring us to the entrance to Machu Picchu itself. The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city. We will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by the trek 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 Huayna Picchu, behind the main site. However, special permits are required and they are issued in limited quantities, it need to be reserved in advance. If permits are not available, you may instead hike to the Inca Bridge or climb Machu Picchu mountain, both located near the site. In the early afternoon, 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 around 15.00 Hrs back to Cuzco.
Meals: BL
Accommodation: Not Included,
Maximum Altitude: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft (Machupicchu)
Distance Travelled: 8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Descent : 7 Km

Breakfast Lunch

What is Included:

  • Sacred Valley tour (From 08:30 am to 16:00 Hrs), Bus and english speaking guide. Buffet Lunch in Urubamba. Hotel Sol Peru in Ollantaytambo (Double or Triple rooms).
  • Pick-up from your Hotel at Ollantaytambo from (08:00 am -8:30 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.
  • Tourist Expedition train at 16:00 Hrs return to Cusco train Station. (Poroy Station 25 minutes near Cusco.)

What is not Included:

  • Sacred Valley Entry Ticket 70 soles per person.
  • Dinner not included in Ollantaytambo.
  • Down Sleeping bag -8°C $25
  • Thermal rest Inflatable mattress $25
  • 8 Kg shared personal porter $80
  • A pair of Trekking poles US$20 for entire trek.
  • Hot Shower on 3rd night (10 soles), Hot Springs (15 soles)
  • Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, porters etc.

Additional Options:

  • Personal porter for 8 Kg US $80.00 (We lend a porter duffle bag).
  • Down sleeping bag minus 8 ºC (US$ 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 )
  • Huaynapicchu ticket $85.00 pp (Book in advance).
  • Vistadome Train + car return to Cusco (Up-grade train return) extra USD$ 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 original ISIC student card if applicable : imperative
  • A Backpack
  • Sleeping bag -8º C
  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking poles:
  • Warm clothes : layers for variable temperature especially at night.
  • Thermals : Gloves / scarf : wool socks / woolen hat for cold nights:
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for a comfortable day walks
  • Flash light : head torch
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Sunprotection : sunscreen : sun hat and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit / insect repellent :
  • Rain Gear: poncho/ a good rain jacket :
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • 2 litre water bottle : disposable water bottles are not permited in Machu Picchu site.
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc ( soles or dollars )
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs.

Recommendations

  • WHAT TO CHOOSE ???
  • 1.- 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.
  • 2.- 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).
  • 3.-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$370.00 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 ISIC student card).
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  • 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 $75.00 or $40.00 if you have scanned through a valid ISIC card.
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  • Please Note: Hostel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes town is not a 3 star hotel but it is clean, safe and comfortable with a friendly and very helpfull staff. They have private Twin, Double and Triple rooms, with small private bathrooms and hot gas water system, it has one of the best locations in town, far enough from the riverside so it is not noisy, being very central at the foot of the bridge, only a few blocks from Train and right near the Buses and you don`t have to do anymore long uphill hikes to get to your room! It is about 10 minutes from the hotspring pools. We try to include an economical accommodation option for this tour package to make it accessible for everyone but recommend that if you are wanting better accommodation in Aguas Calientes town to celebrate your accomplishment of the Inca Trail trek or any special date/ tour then please request one of the recommended hotel Upgrades below:
  • UP-GRADING Hotels in Aguas Calientes (Based on double occupancy ).
  • Hotel Wiraqocha Inn USD$ 25.00 p/person extra special price and amazing views from every room! highly recommended as best value
  • Hotel Inka Town USD$ 35.00 p/person
  • Hotel Killa Inn USD$ 45.00 p/person
  • Hotel Andina Luxury US$ 46.00 p/person
  • Hotel Santuario US$ 54.00 p/person.
  • Mapi -INKATERRA US$ 90.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Hotel Casa Andina US$90.00 p/person
  • Sumaq Hotel 5 stars US$ 240.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Hotel Machu Picchu Pueblo INKATERRA US$ 260.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Hotel alongside Machupicchu: Sanctuary Lodge US$ 490.00 p/person.(Includes D B)
  • To guarantee your hotel reservation UP-GRADE, please include the payment of it in your tour booking deposit, 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! (therefore the upgrade cost based on single occupancy are below… ).
  • IMPORTANT: You must present your passport with the TAM immigration slip to all hotel accommodations. The national sales tax (18%) is charged to all Peruvian citizens and foreigners staying 60 consecutive days or more. In case the room is shared by both a taxable and non-taxable guest at the same time, the sales tax will be applied to the whole room. So please take every caution to not lose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to the Cusco office for your check-in.

Please Note

  • 1.- Departure point for the tour: Our Sacred Valley tour start at our office at 08:20 am. At the time of your check in at office (days prior your depart) we will provide complete details of your tour since you will stay for the night at Ollantaytambo (70 Soles Valley tour sites entry, and Dinner are not included). Also important to have all yours items prepared for the trek along with you to bring on the bus (if you hired a porter we will provide a duffle bag previously) rest of your belongings should be stored at your hotel or at Marqueses Hotel. The next day please be ready around 08.00-08.30 am. Our bus with the group will stop at plaza of Ollantaytambo before continue to Km 82 where Inca Trail beguin.
  • 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: You must 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 5th 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

  • A.- PERMITS, BOOKING & RESERVATIONS.-
  • When do I need to book to confirm my Inca Trail permits? Permits for Classic Inca Trail trek are limited and must be reserved and booked 10-8 months before the date of your desired date -especially in the high season from May to August (6-3 months before for other months). Make sure to spend a couple of nights in Cusco in order to acclimate before your trek. This 4 or 5 Day Trek can be also booked with our MULTIDAY TOURS with INCA TRAIL We strongly recommend a visit to your doctor and dentist before your holiday. You must ask your doctor about current inoculation requirements. During your trek, you are under the control of your tour guide and that leader has the authority to determine your suitability to continue with your trek.
  • When can I start my Inca Trail trek ?  We offer -Daily Departures for all our Group and private service Inca trail trek. Make sure to spend a couple of nights in Cusco previous your trek starting date in order to acclimate, please check out here AVAILABILITY & TREK DEPARTURES Please note the starting trek date is the same for all our -Group service Classic Inca Trail treks: 4 Day,3 Night trek, 4Day/4Night trek, 5Days/4Night trek with Huaynapicchu mountain. 
  • How to confirm my permits and How to pay a booking deposit ? Online bookings are essential on our webpage, click on the page of the desired tour, fill out with the requested details as a mandatory (Name and surname, passport number, age, and nationality) -your registered data is protected in our secured and encrypted website, (all passengers require a valid passport -valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip. Students until 26 years old must send us a copy of the valid University card via email, Childs must send us a copy of passport. Once you have booked online, make an online payment in our website, a booking deposit of US$ 300 per person plus 5% = US$ 315 per person with Visa, MC, Amex debit/ credit card. Passengers interested in Inca Trail trek plus a Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt pay US$ 385 pp plus 5% Visa, MC fee.
  • Where this tour start.- All our tours as Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hikes 4Day/3Night, 4Day/4Night or 5Day/4Night, Sacred Valley + Inca Trail trek 5 Day start from Cusco, located at 3,400 meters in the southwest mountains region of Peru.  
  • What Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu to Choose ?Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night  without Huaynapicchu
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night with Huaynapicchu   
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/4Night without Huaynapicchu
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night with Huaynapicchu
  • Inca Trail 5 Days/ 4Nights plus Huaynapicchu mt. and night at Aguas Calientes. 
  • All our MULTIDAY TOURS with INCA TRAIL trek. 7,8,9,10,12,15,18,21 Day Tours
  •  Huayna Picchu Mt permits at 11:00 am or at 07:00 am  Limited spots, it needs to book and purchase the entries in advance (6-4 months before). The cost is US$ 85 pp ( $45 pp for students with University card). 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-transferable and non-refundable. Neither can be used for the next year.    
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night.- Your group will arrive to Machupicchu by 07:00 am then you will have a  2-3 hours for the group guided tour at Machu Picchu sanctuary, where your guide will show you all remarkable temples, residences, plazas, fountains, terraces and neighborhoods, afterward you can still stay visiting around -ask details to your guide or take the exit way toward the entry and get on the regular buses running down to Aguas Calientes to our meeting place at Hostal Viajeros for our final group lunch. 
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night 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 plus 5% card fee. 
  • Inca Trail 4 Days/ 4Nights with Huaynapicchu Mt.:This is exactly the same 4 Day/3Night tour but the advantage is you can spend few more hours on the entire Day 4th till 5pm in Machu Picchu site, walk Huaynapicchu Mt you can relax in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes in the evening and the package includes your dinner on Day 4 and your breakfast on Day 5th plus an accommodation -based in a double room.  The train journey is incredibly beautiful so you want to be able to appreciate this in daylight 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 Ollantaytambo before taking a bus to Cusco from here. Transport to Cusco not included you can get there for 15 Soles pp. (You can include as well a walk to Huanapicchu Mt on Day 4 th). Pay $ 385 pp plus 5% Visa, MC fee with your reservation code and indicate below in Notes.
  • What is the Special 4th Night in Aguas Calientes without Huaynapicchu Mt ?Inca Trail 4D/4Nights Group Service is the regular Inca Trail 4d/3n plus 1 night (based on double/triple accommodation) in Aguas Calientes in Hotel Viajeros. 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 15 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.  
  • 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 Huayna Picchu Mt then this is the best value. This trip is hiking the classic 4 Day Trail trek, stay overnight in Aguas Calientes, enjoy he hot springs, on Day 5 th re-enter to Machupicchu and walk Huayna Picchu Mt. This is especially a good opportunity in the wet season giving you a second opportunity to see Machu Picchu. Afternoon Train returns to Cusco arriving around 8:00 pm (Guide, bus tickets, lunch on Day 5th are not included). The cost is $85.00 pp or $45.00 pp with a valid University student card (you must send us a scanned copy of your university card asap).
  • Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu? In truth, it is not a typical sunrise. As long as you don´t have too much mist or low cloud then you 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.  
  • 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 $85 pp) 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 lunch, then you just need to be down in time for your train ride at 14:30 pm at the latest. Train leave at 14:55 pm  /  2nd train at 16:22pm  
  • 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 meters, there are several air companies as Latam, Avianca, Star Peru, 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, Oltursa and Civa recommends bus companies if you have plenty of time and your desire is explore the coast). 
  • Am I able to change dates after the initial reservation?  Not. Once we have confirmed your booking and we have paid for your permits, it is not possible to change the assigned date into another day or replace it with a new person (change of passengers) -note permits are personal, non-transferable and non-refundable. Usually, we need to purchase permits for trekkers and group porters immediately, due to limited available spots and the high demand for permits, after your deposit is paid -depending on the urgency of the situation. The only time that we don’t get them within a few days is if you have reserved a date more than 8-6 months ahead of time. If we already have your permit, and you would like to go in a different date we do must reserve and purchase a new permit and start a new reservation process with your new desired date. 
  • What if do not have my passport right now? The Park officers require to see a valid passport (check out with your embassy), If you don`t have an updated passport, in the meantime due to limited permits, you can book the tour with your old passport number and details, then you must send us via email your new passport number and details.  (You must bring both of your passports, your old passport, and a new passport.)   
  • What are the benefits of doing a private trek? One of the main reasons why a private trek is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for. You can choose almost any date that you would like to start the trek, this is recommended for families, a group of friends so you can walk at your own pace and enjoy a private small group size. 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 food 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 a University student card? How can I use it to get a discount? University student cards with a valid expiration date marked stands and it is accepted. (Only admitted until 26 years old). Please send us a copy in a scanned email at the time of your booking, otherwise, it is impossible to get a student permit.  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.
  • Can I pay for the entire tour up front? Usually, we require to pay a booking deposit of $300 pp plus 5%. The balance must be paid on your arrival to Cusco in US$ cash.  If you choose to pay with credit/debit card you need to pay 8% extra. The prices of the tours are for cash payment.  You can withdraw US$ out of the ATMs or banks in Cusco. If you would like to pay in full for your tour up front you can pay in our website with your reservation code adding the 5% extra card fee.
  • 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 an 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 through PayPal on our website. Click on How to Pay: 
  • Arrive in Cusco and check-in at the Cusco SAS Travel office.-  We assume most people try to arrive in 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 7:00 pm the night before your trek when you meet your guide and other group members. 
  • Where can I store my luggage while I am trekking?  Most hotels and hostels 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 hikers at Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso  265), 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. 
  •  B.- BEFORE YOU GO.-
  • What is INCLUDED in the price of the tour?  Basically all components for 4 Days are included (SAS Travel private Transport to the trailhead -Km 82, Entrance Fees to the Trail and Machu Picchu, Group porters to carry clients tents (2 or 3 people tents -upon your request.), Fresh food and cooking equipment, stove, table and benches, Full board meals, Expert guides, Cooks, Bus to Aguas Calientes, Lunch in Aguas Calientes, Expedition Train return to Cusco).  Not included.- A warm sleeping bag, if you don´t want to bring yours you can hire with us, (US$25 for the trip, 4 seasons warm sleeping bag, mummy shape and have a clean bed sheet), a personal porter to carry a roll mattress, sleeping bag and your clothes in total for 8 Kg also can be hired US$80 ( a duffle bag is provided, then you just need a daypack to carry your personal staff). The rest of your belongings need to be stored in your hotel in Cusco or in our Hotel Marqueses free storage.
  • Where are the Departure points for our Treks?  Pick up from your hotels from 05:30 am (we recommend you to have 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 05:45 am, (please provide clear contact details of your accommodation in Cusco at your check-in at our office). Your guides will provide the procedure`s details of pick up times at the -briefing session the night before of you trek depart.
  • 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 US$ 20.00,  A pair of trekking poles US$ 20.00
  • Personal porter for 8 Kg US$ 80.00 (Half shared porter) or hire a shared personal porter for 6 Kg for $ 60 Dollars for the entire trek.
  • I don`t have a sleeping mattress.  Do I need one?  We include in the cost of the tour the loan of a sleeping 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 traveling with a thermal-rest or technologically advanced type of sleep mat then definitely bring that instead. Also you can hire a thermal-rest mattress for extra $20 for the trip.
  • How much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh?  Sleep foam pad mattress weight = 1 kg and Sleeping bag weight = 2-5 kg. Total 3.5 Kg
  • I am on my own, will I have someone to share a tent with? Yes, another person of the same sex or if you prefer you can pay a single supplement for a tent just for you. This is US$ 70 (For the entire trek -please note that is for a single tent and an extra porter who will carry a single tent.)
  • 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 (15 soles), the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (15 soles),  tips for your trekking staff -guides, cooks and porters, drinks, snacks in Machu Picchu and drinks at lunchtime at Aguas Calientes, etc.  You should take at least 350 -400 Nuevos 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$75 pp (in 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 where we will arrange accommodation and meals until you meet your group, have a tour at Machu Picchu and return by train to Cusco.)
  • 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 and are passionate to transmit Incas History.
  • How many people will be in my group?  We require 6 people minimum for our treks, indicated dates on web availability 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 Park office has a rule in place that limits the number 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 travelers hire an extra porter). If you would like to have a porter carry your things is $80.00 for the entire hike for 8 kilos, OR hire a 6 Kg personal porter for US$ 60.00 for the entire trek (then you only need to carry a small daypack with water, camera, snacks and rain gear in case). SAS Travel provides 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 -free luggage storage). Unless you have hired an extra porter, you will need to carry your own backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mattress, clothings, personal staff and water for the day (boiled water is provided from Day 2 at lunchtime -please note that locals sell bottled water and other drinks at 1st and 2nd camp as a way to get some incomes for their families so we recommend you to buy from them to help their families). If you hire a personal porter, bring a small comfortable backpack with a good back support to carry your personal staff such items as your camera, water bottle, snacks (energy bars, dried fruits, sweets, etc) sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a rain poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) porters do not walk alongside you, your bags and belongings will be at campsite at afternoon. (Please after the hike return our blue duffle bag to your guide or into our office in Cusco).
  • Please note that there are fines and notifications against our company if you give excess weight to your hired porter, so try to under-pack rather than over-pack  -if your bag overweight at the check-in point, items will have to be removed to reduce the weight. If you are considering carrying all your belongings (mat, sleeping bag, clothes and personal items) we suggest bringing a bigger comfortable backpack -only if you are an experienced trekker, experience hiking on the mountain and top physical conditions.
  • 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 training 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 accompany the slow participants in the group help and assist you.
  • The Inca Trail is considered a moderate trek, it is a little difficult on the 2nd day when you reach the 4,200 meters 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. The air is very thin which makes it difficult to breathe.  We recommend strongly to hire a personal porter, use trekking poles...enjoy, relax and rest.
  • 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 pole is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking down immense sets of Inca stairs. It will help with your balance, security in irregular bleachers and reduce the impact on your knees.  You can purchase rubber tips for metal tips.
  • How long will I be walking every day? How long is the trail?  The total distance is 46 Km/ 28 Miles. This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites: Pickups, Departure points?  Pick up from your hotels from 05:30 am. Meeting departure point at Hotel MARQUESES at 05:45 am.  (Depart from Cusco at 05:45 am).  From Cusco 3 Hrs Drive to Km 82, start of the hike.
  • Day 1:  3-4 hours drive to Km 82. Walk from Km 82 -2600m to Hatun-Chaka 1st Camp -3000m (12 Km to walk  6-7 hours)- 400m to climb.
  • Day 2: Hatun-Chaka  Pacaymayo 2nd Camp -3600m.(Highest point 4,200m)16 km. 8 hours 1,200 m to climb.
  • Day 3: Pacaymayo to Wiñay-Wayna 3rd Camp 2,700m. (12 km to walk. 5-6 hours).  200 m to climb.
  • Day 4: Wiñay-Wayna to Machu Picchu -2400m. (6 Km to walk. 3 hours walk) 200 m to climb.
  • Day 4th wake up around 4.00 am, 2-3 hour to Inti-punku Sun`s Gate, MachuPicchu. The entire trail is about 46 kilometers (27 miles) long from start to finish. For hikers interested in climbing to Huayna Picchu Mt (takes 2 hours) you must reserve and pay in advance so we can purchase your passes and it is after your group tour by 11.00 am.
  • 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), take it easy and drink plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days drink cups of Coca tea, eat light, no alcohol, in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here!.  The highest point you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail is 4200m/13818 ft. on the 2nd Day.
  • What if I am unable to finish the trail? In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to 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 a trek that you will have access to. In extreme cases, a helicopter picks 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 accommodation is payable by the passenger and usually is between $60-100 total.
  • 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 casserole, 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 liters bottle of water to take with you on the first day. On 2nd you can buy water from locals because they provided their campsite and bathroom, they offer hot shower for 15 Soles, we will boil water when is possible so you can refill the same bottle, not recommended to drink water directly from streams or rivers even using water purification -most people get sick not for the altitude rather by drinking not good water. You will be able to buy bottled water, drinks (Gatorate, Cocacola, beers, etc) 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 with running water. 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. Our camping team will install a toilet tent for our group. 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 Park office 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 trailhead 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 trailhead 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 downpour 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 springtime, 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 any time 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 pays 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 in charge of getting the passes for Wayna Picchu climbing. We, therefore, recommend that you tip the assistant guide at lunchtime on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes at lunchtime 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$12 -15)  Again, tips are optional, not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously, if you want to pay more please do so.
  • SUMMARY:  Like in most American countries, tipping is normal practice. If you have enjoyed the service provided by the trekking team we would recommend bringing between (US$ 45-50 ) 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 a typical sunrise. As long as you don´t have too much mist or low cloud then you 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.
  • 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 $85 pp) 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 lunch, then you just need to be down in time for your train ride at 14:30 pm at the latest. Train leave at 14:55 pm  /  2nd train at 16:22pm
  • What time will I be back in Cusco?You generally, arrive back to Cusco around 7.30 pm -8:00 pm. 4Day/4Night Inca Trail version will be returning by 13:00 Hrs.
  • Can you explain the train service a little more?? Many of our travelers 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 travelers. 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.
  • Where this tour 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 meters in the southwest mountains region of Peru. Cusco (the center 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 architectural history and Art which from a 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 center of Cusco, more than 20 churches, monasteries, and Plazas and most of the travelers 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 around 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.  
  • 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 the low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 meters (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 acetazolamide (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 a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking steroids is not advice. A natural alternative is ginkgo biloba, 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.

Booking Information

  • Once you have seen available permits for the tour of your preference and created a reservation code. (If you are travelling as a couple, or with more persons you must book and pay with one reservation code.) But please complete details of your companion on lines below: Travelling with: (write Full names, Passport number, Age and Nationality). Once you finish sending us all your details you will receive a Reservation Code (eg: 240611001). Then you just need to pay your deposit online on Step 3 (pay for 2 or more person in your group with ONE reservation code, so we can guarantee all your permits, tickets for Machupicchu, train tickets and tour all together in a group.)
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  • 1.- Pay a booking deposit ONLINE with VISA or Mastercard.- US$ 315 pp (US$ 300+5% card fee). Payments by credit card will carry a surcharge of 5%.
  • 2.- Pay a booking deposit with Paypal.- US$ 318.00 per person Payments by Paypal will carry a surcharge of 6%. US$ 300 + 6% Paypal fee.
  • BOOKING DEPOSIT REQUIRED.- UPDATED AVALIABILITY: CLICK ON HERE 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 ie upgrade hotel Aguas Calientes etc you should contact us at least 6 weeks prior to the tour. This is done by responding to the email with your final confirmation and indicating any extra ítems to be added and then we can adjust your invoice accordingly and reconfirm the exact balance you need to pay by emailing you within that week. (you need to add the 5% credit card commission or 6% Pay pal 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, we recommend to hire a for 8 Kg in this 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 accommodation in Ollantaytambo. Dinner not included. The expedition 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 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 not 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, Machu Picchu 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 $400.00 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. 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).
  • I have read and accept the conditions.