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Inca Trail

I would like to express my deepest and most sincere gratitude to Sap Adventures for an amazing and unforgettable trek along the Inca Trail. From the first email before our trip until our departure from Cusco, everyone at SAP took excellent care of my mom, my aunt, and me, but I especially want to thank our guides: Braulio and Franklin. We literally would not have made it to Machu Picchu without them.
We knew going into the trek that we would be the slowest of the group, but we were unprepared for the altitude sickness and exhaustion. After the first half hour of hiking, we only saw the rest of the group and Braulio at a few rest stops, meals, and in the evenings. When we did see Braulio, he was a wonderful guide; very knowledgeable, outgoing, friendly, and concerned for our well being. At Machu Picchu especially, he demonstrated an extensive archaeological understanding, and my only regret is that we were not fast enough to spend more time with him and the rest of the group. Franclin stuck with us at the back for the entire trek, and I sincerely believe that it was only his patience, encouragement, and care that got us to Machu Picchu.
Beginning on the first day, my aunt unfortunately had a hard time and struggled with altitude sickness and exhaustion. As would become our trend, darkness fell before we reached camp, and we needed to stop every few feet to take a break. But Franclin, who had been with us all day, kept up his enthusiasm and encouragement. Braulio and several porters, despite having already reached camp and seen to the needs of the rest of the group, returned to us for the last part of the trek to light our path and help us for the rest of the way to camp. Once there, they administered oxygen to my aunt and made sure we were as comfortable as possible.
At the beginning of the second day we were amused to see that we had been assigned our own personal porter, Mario, who quietly shadowed us like a guardian angel for all of the second and third days just in case we needed more help. Despite having to take care of three rather slow hikers, Felipe and Mario never complained. I cannot possibly express my appreciation enough. Felipe treated my mom and aunt as if they were his own much-loved and respected mother and aunt, and helped keep my worry for them at bay by pointing out orchids, describing the Inca ruins, and trying to teach me Quechua.
In addition to Felipe, Braulio, and Mario, the other Sap Adventures porters, cooks, and coordinator all helped make the trip amazing.
Linton Smith Lintonsmith32@gmail.com
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7 Days Cusco – Inca Trail


This is a really adventure package that includes the sacred Inca Trail, the most famous trekking of South America and  the City Tour, the Sacred Valley tour and  it also includes
The Budget package is the best value for money, includes a good service with porters and camping equipment.
The sacred Inca Trail is a magnificent, well preserved Inca route which connects Machu Picchu with what once were other regions of the Inca Empire, and today it is one of the world’s most popular treks. This four-day walk goes from the highlands of 4,200mts and down through the cloud forests to finally arrive at Machu Picchu - 2,380mts.
As this package includes the 4 Day Inca trail trek in which permits availability are Limited you must ensure there are still permits available in our website: Click: AVAILABILITY & BOOKINGS or send us an email requesting your interested date.
Booking your Package in advance ( 4-6 months) guarantee to get your permits.

Program Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco

Upon arrival at Cusco airport you will be met and driven to Hotel, where you are advised to rest for a while to acclimatize to the altitude. In the early afternoon you will be taken on a Cusco City Tour from 1.45pm to 6.30pm.
This tour includes the Qoricancha (temple of the sun) and the Cathedral.
The tour drives along Circunvalacion Road up to famous fortress of Sacsayhuaman, then to Q'enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay The tour is provided by English speaking guide. Also included in this is a tourist card, giving you access to all the sites in the Cusco area as a whole (i.e., including outside of the City itself). Hotel Overnight. (No meals)

Day 2: Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas

After an early breakfast . You will be picked up at 8:15 am. Full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley, visiting: the colorful Indian market in Pisac where a mixture of color and tradition can be fully appreciated. The Valley has a distance of 31 km (19 miles) of Cusco, and an altitude of 2,970 ms (9,700 p). Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley, followed by Ollantaytambo, the oldest town continuously occupied of the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their channels have not changed since Inca times. They evoke their ancestral inheritance. We’ll have lunch in a typical restaurant in the afternoon. After that we’ll go to the Chinchero market. At the end, return to Cusco at 6:30pm approx.
The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice; however, we always have plenty of suggestions for you, should you require them. (B, L)

Day 3: Begin the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Between 06:00 and 06:30 we pick you up at your hotel in our private bus. Ensure you have your original passport and ISIC student card (if applicable – for a discount on entree fee to Machu Picchu).
The journey by bus to km 82 (the starting point for the trail) takes approximately 3 hours. Once we get there and are all ready to go, this first day will have us walking mostly through the valley. It starts at 2380m with a small climb to a plateau overlooking the Incan site of Llactapata and rewards you with superb views of Mount Veronica. Walking times are always approximate depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors, but generally you will walk about 2-3 hours before lunch. Then after lunch we walk on just past the village of Wayllabamba to reach our first campsite at 3000m.
Approx 14km, 6 hours walking this day

Day 04. - Day 2 is the most difficult day as you walk from about 3000m to 4200m — the highest pass of the trek (known as Dead Woman’s Pass – but don’t be discouraged!). You can walk at your own pace and stop to get your breath whenever you like. You’ll find your energy returns once you continue down to the valley of Pacaymayo, where we camp at 3600m.
You can hire a porter from the village of Wayllabamba to carry your pack to the top of this pass for approximately 70 soles. If you wish to do so you must organize and pay this money directly to the person who carries your items, and please check your belongings upon receiving them at the end of this service as these people are not Sap Adventures staff.
This is the coldest night; between +2/+4 degrees Celsius (in December) and -3/-5 degrees Celsius (in June). Approx 12km, 7 hours walking this day

Day 05.- Day 3 is exceptionally beautiful because of the ruins you will witness and the incredible stone trail you walk one, and also because there is a lot more downhill than uphill! However, there are about 2000 stairs descending from the ruins of Phuyupatamarca to those of Wiñaywayna, so take care with your knees. If you have had knee or ankle injuries an extra porter is recommended so that you are not carrying extra weight and overstressing your joints. There is a guided tour of all the ruins on the way. Camping is usually at Wiñaywayna 2700 mtrs.
Take extra care of your personal belongings at this campsite as all the tours campsites are nearby. As usual, always keep your daypack containing your valuables with you. The only hot shower on the Inca Trail is on this third night at Wiñaywayna. There is a hostel near the campsite with an 8min hot shower for 5 soles, and a bar and restaurant where you can purchase bottled water.
Approx 16km, 6 hours walking this day.


Day 06.- We get up extremely early to arrive at the magical Intipunku "The Gate of the Sun" as the first rays begin illuminating the lost city of Machupicchu down bellow. A further 20 min walk down from here takes us to the famous view from the terraces at the end of the trail. It is a good time to take pictures before the 10:30 crowds arrive. Your tour of Machupicchu should last about 2 hours and finish between 10:30 and 11:00am. Then you have free time to climb Huayna Picchu if you wish (This is the famous peak in the background of most images of Machu Picchu. The trek is about 90 minutes). A maximum of 400 hikers can climb this mountain per day so if you are determined then start immediately after your tour! Or, of course, you may simply just collapse under a tree and quietly reflect in amazement at the mystery, the architectural achievement and beauty of Machu Picchu.
From Machu Picchu, it is a pleasant walk through sub-tropical jungle down to Aguas Calientes (about 45 mins), but if you are weary you may also take a bus – the $7 bus ticket is included and your guide will give you the ticket.
Once in Aguas Calientes you can have a hot shower, and then store your backpack while you go to have lunch, visit the hot springs or shop around the village.
If you are not extending your stay for one night in Aguas Calientes*, you will leave around 6pm to return to Cusco by train or by a combination of train & bus. Please note that during the high season there are a number of different departure times for the trains that run only to Ollantaytambo, from where buses run onwards till Cusco. The type of return journey depends simply on availability. You will arrive back in Cusco around 9 - 9.30pm.
Approx 7km, 2 hours walking this day.

Day 7: Transfer to Airport or Train / Bus Station

Transfer to the airport. Arrive to Lima in time to connect with your international flight. (B.)

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  • Trip Duration:  7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Start / Finish: Cusco


What is included?


  • Reception and transfers from Cusco´s Airport
  • 3 Nights in Hotel in Cusco in Standard Private Rooms with Buffet breakfast
  • 3 Nights Camping at Inca Trail
  • Cusco City Tour, Sacred Valley & 4 Days Inca Trail, with experienced guides
  • Expedition Train Ticket to Ollantaytambo
  • 1 Bus ticket Machu picchu-Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance fees for Inca Trail and Machu picchu
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.


What is not included?


  • Cusco Visitors Ticket (165 soles or approx US$59 )
  • 4 Inca sites near Cusco, Templo of the Sun, Cathedral and 3 sites on Sacred Valley.
  • Meals where not indicated
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes 10 soles
  • Bottle water, drinks.
  • Sleeping bag


You need to bring


  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
    Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
  • Cash - sufficient for your final lunch in Aguas Calientes, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)

The price of this package will be according to the category of the hotel at the moment of your booking. 


Hotel
occupancy

Hostal

hotel

hotel

hotel

hotel

Monasterio/Cusco

3 star

2 star

3 star

4 star

5 star

5 star

Double / Triple

$ 680

$ 710

$ 800

$ 1,010

$ 1,150

$ 1,540

single

$ 750

$ 790

$ 945

$ 1,310

$ 1,600

$ 2,185

 


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