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The best combo tour is the Classic Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain. This is a five day trip, first hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and finally Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) hike.
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is known as one of the most famous and popular hiking trails not only in Peru but also worldwide. It consists of a four-day trek to Machu Picchu. The main attraction of this tour is a beautiful combination of Inca ruins, majestic mountains, exotic vegetation and amazing ecological diversity. The trail leads through high passes with unforgettable views, a cloud forest, and finally down into semi-tropical vegetation.
The Machu Picchu sanctuary is home to more than 250 species of orchids and many species of rare birds, animals, reptiles, as well as some species that are on the verge of extinction.
The highest point above sea level is 4,200 m, so everyone who comes from the coast is advised to spend 2 days in Cusco before traveling to acclimatize to the altitude. You can explore and discover one of the most unspoiled landscapes in Peru and experience an Andean journey to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
The 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu includes a hike with a professional Guide, Cook and Porters carrying high-quality camping equipment. A tour that you will remember because we will go through challenging roads and we will successfully overcome them!
5 Days and 4 Nights
Min 2 and Max. 10 travellers.
Min 2 and Max. 6 trekkers
We pick you up from your hotel and transport you by bus to the trailhead at km 82. There a briefing takes place at 2,350 metres. them we pass a checkpoint and hike along the Urubamba river visiting the collection of archeological sites of WILKARAKAY and the marvelous Inca ruins of Llactapata. We later continue up the CUSICHAKA River Canyon offering some magnificent views of the Cordillera Oriental, particularly, VERONICA Mountain (5,850 m). We have lunch in Chamana, to continue afterwards following the trail and the Cusichaka river observing several Inca agricultural terraces and irrigation channels. Then, we visit the picturesque village of Huayllabamba. From this point, we start ascending while appreciating different eco-systems along the way. In AYAPATA, we set up the first campsite (3,700 m) and have afternoon tea and finally dinner before we go to sleep.
After wake-up and breakfast, we start hiking up the trail toward the first pass WARMIWANUSCA (4,200 m) passing through the cloud forest of Yunkachimpa and Corralpunku enjoying excellent views of snowcapped peaks. From the pass, we descend to the PACASMAYO Valley (3,300 m) to have lunch there. We continue hiking through the valley to reach the Inka ruins of RUNKURACAY where we have another guided visit. Afterwards, we climb up to get over the second pass (3,860 m) and follow the “Royal Inca Highway” down to see the Inca site of SAYACMARCA. Then, we pass the YANACOCHA lake and camp in CHAQUICOCHA.
We start climbing up the trail and pass through beautiful subtropical vegetation on the route to the archaeological site of PHUYUPATAMARCA. There we have lunch at an altitude of 3,600 metres to later steeply descent through a cloud forest having opportunities to see stunning orchids and different varieties of birds before we reach the wonderful Inca remains of WIÑAY WAYNA (2,700 m) where our guide shows us around. We spend the third night near the ruins.
Early morning, we begin hiking to Machu Picchu overlooking the Urubamba river on the way to Sun Gate or INTI PUNKU to see the sunrise above Machu Picchu. We enter the site early in the morning for the best photo opportunities and then spend the rest of the morning visiting and exploring the citadel. Those interested in having lunch in Aguas Calientes (a town below the Inca citadel) can meet up later (optional) or can visit the hot springs of the town. Otherwise, you can just enjoy your free time in Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo to later continue by private vehicle to Cusco.
You will be picked up in your hotel, and driven to Cusipata, located southeast Cusco. After breakfast, you will rejoin the bus journey to headtrail. You will start out the hike at the foot of snow-topped Mt Ausangate, the highest mountain in the Cusco region. As you gradually ascend, you will see two different breeds of south american camelids, Alpacas and Llamas roaming and grazing freely on the high plains and steep slopes. Upon arrival at the top of the Vinicunca rainbow mountain, you will rest as you admire the minerals’ colours on top of the mountains and the breathtaking view of the Ausangate snow-topped mountain and the faraway high mountains. Afterwards you will backtrack to the bus and drive back to Cusipata for lunch. On the way back to Cusco, you will see three bridges built in three different times, Inca, colonial, and republican. Finally, you will be back in Cusco late afternoon.
Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.
We would love to take everyone on the Inca Trail and guide you to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day of the week as long as permits remain with the government. Please remember, permits are only needed for your START DATE.
$550 per person
2 Trekkers: $1000 per person
3 Trekkers: $900 per person
4 Trekkers: $750 per person
5 Trekkers: $700 per person
6 Trekkers: $600 per person
7 Trekkers: $575 per person
8 or more Trekkers: $550 per person
– $25 off per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.
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As seen in our Additional Items under Trip Overview there are several optional upgrades. Below is a quick list of prices but be sure to check our Overview section for more details.
Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It’s a 45-minute hike to the top of Huayna Picchu. The views of Machu Picchu from the top are incredible. However, if you’re afraid of heights you need to be warned that coming back down the path is quite steep. If you decide to take this hike then you would it after your tour of Machu Picchu. While this hike is on your own your guide will direct you to where it starts. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance due to popularity.
Machu Picchu mountain is the mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers even more stunning views than Huayna Picchu but takes an hour and a half to reach the top. You can book this with an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you.
All our tours include the Expedition (Tourist) Train. This train is usually booked at 4:22 p.m. departing from Aguas Calientes. There is also the Vistadome train, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats, windows and some entertainment. Usually the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and travels to Poroy, a train station closer to Cusco. While this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel.
You’ll have a full day at Machu Picchu arriving at the citadel around 6 AM and leaving no later than 2 PM to catch your 4:22 train. If you would like to tour Machu Picchu again on your own the next day that can be arranged for you.
Gabo was a great guide. Learned so much and very grateful he was our guide. The trail was in great condition and made hiking easy.