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CLASSIC INKA TRAIL 04 DAY TREK TO MACHUPICCHU

Day 1: Cusco - Chilca - Wayllabamba

The first day of the trek is relatively easy and serves as training for the days to follow. Travellers are collected early from their hotels (5:00 - 5:30am) and travel by bus, past the picturesque villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, for the 2½ hour scenic trip to kilometre 82 (the start of the trail). Buses normally stop at the town of Urubamba or Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley for about an hour to give people the opportunity to have breakfast.

Having arrived at km 82 hikers cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right as it climbs steeply up from the river. After passing through a small village, the ruins of the Inca hillfort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca ('happy bridge'). The Incas, when they conquered the area, built a fort here since the site commanded an excellent view up and down the Urubamba valley and controlled the entrance to the Cusichaca valley. It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca river. From parts of this trail there are great views of the Cordillera Urubamba (Urubamba mountain range) and the snow capped peak of Veronica 5860m.

You'll also get a good view over the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata (also known as Patallacta on some maps). Llactapata means 'upper town' in Quechua and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and was primarily an agricultural station used to supply Machu Picchu with maize, the staple crop of the Incas. The settlement comprised over one hundred buildings, houses for the workers and soldiers, including five baths.
For a further 7 km the path follows the left bank of the river up to the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m). The name in Quechua means 'grassy plain'. We will probably spend the night here depending on the speed of the group. This is the last place along the trek that you can buy snacks and drinks.

Meals:BLD
Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude:3,000 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

Day 2: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo

Climbing up from Wayllabamba following the left bank of the Llulluchayoc river for about 1 hour brings you to 'Tres Piedres' (three stones) and a small bridge over the Huayruro river. There is a small campsite here toilet facilities. The stream is named after the Huayruro which is an ornamental tree. It's seeds are red and black. Many of the porters from the Ollantaytambo district are also known as Huayruros because of their traditional red and black ponchos! A little further on you'll enter a beautiful cloud forest passing a waterfall.

A further three hours trek through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain brings you to the treeline and a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (3,680m). It is another 1½ hours climb to the first and highest pass of the trail (Abra de Huarmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass) at 4,200m. During this part of the trail hikers are exposed to the Andean elements: first scorching sun and then, closer to the pass, freezing winds. Once at the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail.

The decent from the pass is steep although not difficult, following the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd night's campsite at Pacamayo (3,600m). There are toilet facilities here.

Meals:BLD

Accommodation: camping
Maximum Altitude:4,200 m/13,776 ft
Minimum Altitude:3,000 m/9,840 ft
Distance Travelled:12 km approx
Approximate Walking Time:7-8 hours / Ascent up: 900 m

Day 3: Pacaymayo - Puyu Patamarka - Wiñay Huayna

From Pacamayo it takes about an hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley below.

Another 45 minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m). At last you'll feel that you are walking along the trail of the Incas with paving, for the most part, being original. The descent down the steps from the pass is steep so take care. This section of the trail, up until the 3rd pass, is particularly beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about 1 hour from the 2nd pass you'll arrive at Sayacmarca by way of a superbly designed stone staircase. The name Sayacmarca means 'Inaccessible Town' and describes the position of the ruins perfectly, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. No one knows the exact purpose of these ruins.

You have to backtrack a little to rejoin the trail as it passes Conchamarca, a small Inca dwelling situated in the shadows of Sayacmarca, which was probably a tambo for weary travellers on their way to Machu Picchu. From then on the path descends into magnificent cloud-forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock, on the way.

The trail then climbs up to the 3rd pass (3,700m). The view from the pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,180m) and Veronica (5,750m). A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin so far. The name means 'Town in the Clouds'. Access to the ruins is down a steep flight of stairs passing six 'Inca Baths' probably used for the ritual worship of water.

Leaving the site via an impressive Inca staircase leading from the west side of the ruins (the far end from the baths) you descend a thousand or so steps. Be careful with your knees which will feel the strain by the end of the day.

After about an hour of walking through cloud-forest you may just be able to see the tin roof of the Trekkers Hostal at Wiñay Wayna, although it probably won't be for another 2 hours until you arrive.

Wiñay Wayna is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu. There is a restaurant where you can purchase drinks and even a well deserved beer, as well as hot showers ($1.5) and toilets.

A short trail leaves from the southern end of the hostal to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. The name in Quechua means 'forever young' and is named after a variety of pink orchid which grows here. The ruins comprise magnificent agricultural terraces set in an impressive location. There are also many buildings of good quality stonework and a sequence of 10 baths, suggesting that the site was probably a religious centre associated with the worship of water. Ritual cleansing may have taken place here for pilgrims on the final leg of the trail to Machu Picchu.

Meals:BLD

Accommodation:camping
Maximum Altitude: 3,750 m/ 12,300 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,700 m/8,856 ft
Distance Travelled: 16 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours / Descent: 700 m

Day 4: Wiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

The trail from the CAMP SITE to Machu Picchu is clearly marked and takes about 1½ hours. We'll wake early at 4.30am, have breakfast and set off on the trail again by 5.30am to get to Machu Picchu before sunrise. The sky starts getting light by 5:30am and the first rays of the sun reach Machu Picchu at about 7am. The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you in all its glory - a fantastic sight for all.

When you arrive at the ruins you'll have plenty of time to take photos of Machu Picchu from the classic view point'. When the group is back together again we descend to the main entrance where you can safely leave your large backpacks. You can also go to the toilet and have a quick coffee in the restaurant just outside the entrance. The group will re-enter the ruins with the same guide for a complete tour of the major sectors. The tour takes about 2 hours so by about 11:00 you'll have free time to explore the ruins alone. For information about climbing Huayna Picchu (optional) please see our frequently asked questions section.

The train back to Cusco departs from Aguas Calientes which is the nearest village to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The train departs at approximately 18:45 or 21:30hrs (time can vary subject to ticket availability) and you'll arrive back in Cusco for about 22:30hrs or after midnight. Included in our standard service is the tourist bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes, return on the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where you will be collected and taken by bus back to Cusco. ( If you prefer to walk down to Aguas Calientes from Machupicchu One hour of distance aprox, You get a discount of USD 9.00)

We suggest that after visiting Machu Picchu that you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes by 17:00 at the latest. Buses depart every 15 minutes. Check with the guide for actual times. Most people, however, leave the ruins at about 14:00 and return to Aguas Calientes for lunch (at the ruins there is only one restaurant and it's very expensive). There are several small restaurants in Aguas Calientes to satisfy all budgets. You may also wish to pay a visit to the town's famous thermal springs which feel great after having completed the trail. Entrance to the springs costs US$3, allow 2 hours to really enjoy them.

Important note: The above trek itinerary is typical of 98% majority of our Inca trail 4 day groups. However campsites used during the trek may be subject to change depending on availability of spaces as issued by the UGM (the government authorities that control access to the Inca Trail). The UGM are responsible for allocating the campsites to the various trekking companies. Although we try to make Wiñay Wayna our last campsite (since it is only a 2 hour trek to Machu Picchu) we cannot guarantee this to be the case and on occasions we have been allocated space at Phuyupatamarca (nearly 5 hours from Machu Picchu). These matters are the same for all trekking companies and are outside of our direct control.

IMPORTANT FACTS

PRICE:

USD 450.00 - ADULT
USD: 410.00 with a student ISIC card

DURATION:

04D/03N (train back 21:30hrs) - See earlier train prices below.

AVAILABILITY:

March-December (February is closed to maintenance the trail)

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Waynapicchu Mountain: USD56.00
  • Machupicchu Mountain: USD53.00
  • 4:22pm Return Train: + USD20.00
  • 6:45pm Return Train: + USD10.00

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What is Included:

  • Pre-departure tour briefing, presented by our tour guides
  • Private bus to km 82 Piskacucho (trek starting point)
  • Permit to the Inca Trail Trek National Sanctuary and Park
  • Entrance fee for Machupicchu for the day of your arrival
  • Excellent experienced tour guides
  • 24 hours Oxygen assistance and first aid kit
  • 2 person per tent (clean spacious tent)
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress.
  • Dining and kitchen tent ( camping equipments).
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Vegetarian food available on request with no extra charge
  • Fairly treated porters carry the equipment, tents, food, cooking gear and dining tents
  • Accommodation, food, transport, permits and entrance fees for our porters and cooks
  • 3-4 hrs Machupicchu guided tour.
  • Visit and guided tours in the 6 Inca archaeological sites en route
  • Back packers Tourist train return on Day 4 to “0llantaytambo” then by bus to Cusco

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What is not included?

  • Sleeping bag (we rent sleeping bags)
  • Personal porter for 18 Kg US$130.00 (enough for 2 trekkers)
  • Hot shower on 3rd camp (10 soles)
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. ( USD 12.00)
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Extra drinks
  • Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks and porters. It`s a tradition but not mandatory.

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We recommend that you bring

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
  • Backpack & Daypack (for personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Trekking poles: metal tips are not allowed on the trail
  • Warm clothes,layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf , wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort
  • Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2 litre water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site
  • Water purifying tablets optional.
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
  • Emergency money at least 200-300 extra soles
  • If you don`t have sleeping bags, rain ponchos, trekking poles, *water bottle, etc you can rent/buy them in Cusco.

INKA JUNGLE TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 04D/03N

Short Description

This hair-raising, adrenaline pumping tour captures the majestic power of Machu Picchu and fuses it with a variety of extreme sports and unbelievable trekking to give you the most action packed experience you can find. Downhill mountain biking, zip lines, raging rivers, sleeping deep in the jungle, walking along lost Inca trails up sheer cliffs shrouded in clouds before reaching the mysterious and stunning ruins of Machu Picchu, this tour has it all

Optional activities:

Rafting (day 1): US$35
Zip Line (day 3): US$35
Huayna Picchu: US$12.00– or – Machu Picchu Mountain: US$09.00

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Day 1 - Cusco To Santa Maria

The tour begins with pickup at 6:30 am in Ukukus Hostel*** reception. Leave your bags in our luggage storage and hit the road! Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you are driven to over 4,200 meters above sea level to the top of Abra Malaga. (picture mtn.) Take a deep breath, strap on the protective gear provided and take in the majestic mountain before hitting the pavement on brand new mountain bikes.

Feel the wind whip your face as you cruise down winding mountain roads, past waterfalls, mountain villages and the occasional road dog. Almost three hours and a 2,000-meter decent of white knuckled excitement brings you to the lunch stop in Alfamayo. Strip off layers and slap on insect repellent as you enter the pre-jungle climate. After lunch and some time to relax (to let the heat of the afternoon melt away) a short van ride takes you to the start of your first short trek.

About 30 minutes penetrating the jungle takes you to your accommodation for the evening. A family owned jungle lodge provides the perfect backdrop to recover from the trek and recount the excitement of the day. Keep an eye out for the family mongoose and parrot!

* OPTIONAL RAFTING TOUR IN SANTA MARIA, US$35

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Day 2 - Santa Maria To Santa Teresa 

A 7 am wake up finds you shrouded in the mists of the jungle. After a hearty breakfast your day starts with a short but intense climb to start your section of an authentic Inka Trail. As you wind up and down precipitous cliffs over a stunning valley your guide will transport you to the time of the Incas, revealing some of what little we do know from this ancient and amazing culture. The trail descends to Quellomayo where the group will stop for lunch and have some time to relax in hammocks. Keep an eye out for natural fruit, especially the taste explosion that is maracuya (passion fruit). After lunch the trek continues along the surging Urubamba river, crossing it at one point in a cart and pulley (safe yet thrilling!). Your day of trekking (around 16km) concludes with a visit to the immaculate Santa Theresa hot springs. Sink into the warm water and let the aches of the trail melt away. Dinner and a comfortable hostel in Santa Theresa rounds out the day.

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Day 3 - Santa Teresa To Aguas Calientes

A choice waits at the outset of the third day: either continue trekking, or choose to fly through the air 150 meters above the ground over rivers and jungle! The zip line option includes transport to the zip line facility and 5 zips. Are you brave enough to lean back into the upside down monkey position? Or spread your wings and dive head first in the incredible superman position. Make sure you book your zip line ahead of time to ensure the safest, highest, fastest zips (there are several other zip tours of lesser quality).The group will re-form at the Hidrolectrica station for lunch before continuing the trek. Another three hours trekking along the train tracks and the raging river brings you to the tourist town of Aguas Calientes. Travelers have the option to visit the local hot springs or relax and explore the town before dinner. Make sure you make it an early night to be awake for the ascent to the jewel of the tour: Machu Picchu!

* OPTIONAL ZIP LINE TOUR IN SANTA TERESA, US$30

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Day 4 - Machu Picchu / Huayna Picchu To Cusco

Your climb to Machu Picchu begins before the sun is up. Ascend step by step for approximately an hour up the Inca staircase to the formerly lost stronghold of Machu Picchu. A 2-hour guided tour reveals mysteries and poses questions of how the Incas lived and were able to achieve such marvelous feats of engineering. After the tour you have the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for an even more incredible view of the ruins and the surrounding sheer cliffs of the Andes. Take your time exploring the wondrous ruins and get that perfect picture before making your descent back to Aguas Calientes. Your return time to Cusco will depend on train tickets availability. Either 18:45 or 21:30hrs ( it might vary during season).

**3 days, 2 nights Inca Jungle trek

The 3 day Inca Jungle trek is also available from April-December - we do not recommend the 3 day tour during the rainy season due to landslides on the driving road from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa. The difference with the 3 day tour is that at the end of Day 1, after the biking and optional rafting, you take a taxi to Santa Teresa, thus skipping the second day (longest walking day) of the normal 4 day tour. The second and third days of the 3 day tour are exactly the same as the third and fourth days of the regular 4 day tour. Ask us for more details if you are interested.

IMPORTANT FACTS:

PRICE:

USD 280.00
USD: 260.00 with a student ISIC card (train back 21:30hrs)
See earlier train prices below.

DURATION:

04D/03N

AVAILABILITY:

All year

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

*Rafting (day 01) USD35.00

*Zip Line: (Day 03) USD35.00
*Waynapicchu Mountain: USD12.00
*Machupicchu Mountain: USD09.00
*4:22pm Return Train: + USD20.00
*6:45pm Return Train: + USD10.00

INCLUDED

  • transport from Cusco to Abra Malaga
  • professional bilingual guide
  • bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet
  • food, from lunch day 1 to breakfast on the day 4
  • accommodation in hostels
  • entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco

NOT INCLUDED

  • breakfast day 1
  • rafting in Santa Maria US$35
  • zip line in Santa Teresa US$35
  • final lunch/dinner in Aguas Calientes (buy some snacks on day 4 in AC for the trip back to Cusco!)
  • bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional US$9 each way)
  • Huayna Picchu (US$12.00) or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$12.00) – if you want it ask about availability and pay at time of booking!

Machu Picchu FAQ

What Is The Difference Between Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain?

Huayna Picchu is the mountain located at the northwest end of the ruins and Machu Picchu mountain is located at the southwest end. Huayna Picchu is steeper, but more popular and has some interesting archeological ruins at the top. Machu Picchu mountain is a longer trek, less steep and less crowded and offers great views over Machu Picchu. Check this amazing link out for views from the Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu mountain (it will open with the Huayna Picchu mountain, click on the right side of the picture and the other views will open).

http://www.airpano.ru/files/Machu-Picchu-Peru/2-3 

How Long Is The Walk From Aguas Calientes To Machu Picchu?

The hike up to Machu Picchu takes around an hour and 45 minutes up and 50 minutes to go down.

How Hard Is The Hike From Aguas Calientes To Machu Picchu?

The trail is comprised of stairs and is fairly steep, but taken slowly should not be a problem for most people.

How Long Is The Hike From Machu Picchu Up To Huayna Picchu?

The trail takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to climb up and about 30 minutes to get down.

How Hard Is The Hike To Huayna Picchu?

The trail is very steep and can be crowded. People who have trouble with vertigo may not enjoy this trek.

What Is The Best Time To Hike Huayna Picchu?

We recommend the 10:00 - 11:00am entry time as it is more flexible with tours and allows travelers a more relaxed experience at the ruins.

When Does Machu Picchu Open/Close?

The santuary open at 6:00am and closes at 5:00pm.

How Long Do Most People Spend On MP?

The majority of people will spend about 6 to 7 hrs in Machu Picchu.
Not Staying At Ukukus Hostel***? No Problem!

Ukukus Travel desk is open to EVERYONE, not just guests from the hostel.
So don't be afraid to stop in and check out the best travels deals and services in Cusco!

Why booking with Ukukus Travel??

• Our tour operator owns their own transports, bikes and equipment meaning the tour is well organized and the service is better. Better biking gear is also provided including full-face helmet, gloves, elbow and knee protection, and jackets.

• Pickup is early, at 6:15am, allowing for extra time for a short break in Ollantaytambo, safer and quieter roads for biking and an early arrival to Santa Maria for lunch and rafting.

• White water rafting in Santa Maria is exclusive with our tour operator meaning it is better controled for safety, maximum 6 passengers per boat and always an accompanying safety boat or kayak.

• 1st night of the tour is spent in a rustic lodge in the cloud forest, rather than right in the town of Santa Maria. This offers a lovely place to unwind and enjoy the outdoors and really experience the natural beauty of the area.

• Day 2 of the tour starts immediately trekking along an old Inca Trail, rather than all the way from Santa Maria which is a route along the driving road. This also means you get a head start from the other groups and arrive to the Santa Teresa hot springs early enough to enjoy them without any crowds.

• Everyone stays in the same hostel in Aguas Calientes and heads up together to Machu Picchu in the morning.

LARES TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 04D/03N

Description

This unforgettable and less-travelled hike combines amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, cloud-forest vallies and authentic Quechua textile communities as well as a visit to the Lares hot springs. A wonderful hike offering a unique view into the lifestyles and traditions of the Andean people.

Day 1: Cusco – Calca - Lares Hot Springs – Huacawasi

The transport leaves Cusco at around 6am (hour to be confirmed). It is a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Pisac and stopping for breakfast in the provincial town of Calca. Departing Calca around 08:00 we head off for the 3 hours drive to the town of Lares (3100m) which is the starting point for the trek. Along the way you will be able to observe small Andean communities, and spectacular mountain landscapes spotted with herds of llamas and alpacas.

Before we start the trek we'll visit the hot springs which are located in meadows just out of town. For those of you who remembered to bring your swimwear we will take a relaxing dip in the warm waters which are famous for their healing powers. Feeling fully refreshed, we begin a leisurely walk up the Trapiche River Valley. After about 2½ hours we will arrive at Vilcabamba village where we will stop and have lunch. We will then continue up the valley for another 1½ hours to the small village of Huacawasi (3700m) where we will set up camp and spend the night. Walking distance approx 12km (4-5 hours).

Day 2: Huacawasi – Abra Ipsay – Patacancha

Many of the houses that we see in this small village of Huacahuasi are built from stone and have thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colourful textiles. In the morning we will learn about the weaving techniques and be able to admire some of their high quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments. After lunch we will climb for approximately 2 hours to the top of Ipsayccasa Pass which, at 4500m, is the highest pass along the trek. From here we get stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We will descend gently for about 1 hour until we reach the site of our second night's camp beside the beautiful Ipsaycocha Lake. We may be lucky enough to see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis and other wetland birds. Walking distance approx 9km (6-7 hours).

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Day 3: Patacancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Today is a much easier day. After an early breakfast we'll walk gently downhill through a wide-open valley for about 2½ hours until we arrive at the village of Patacancha. The people from this area are known locally as "Huayruros" - the name of a red and black seed reminiscent of the colour of their ponchos.

We'll have a chance to view some textiles made by the people of this community - the high quality weavings are famous for their intricate designs reflecting aspects of their everyday lives and culture. We'll walk slowly down the valley to Willoq, another Quechua village where the locals still wear their traditional dress and are proud to maintain their cultural identity.

Our transport will be waiting for us to take us further down the valley to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we will rest and have lunch. In the early afternoon we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey that starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as we near Aguas Calientes. Total journey time by train is about 1½ hours. We'll spend the night in a hostal in Aguas Calientes where you'll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak under the hot showers!! We will make it an early night to bed to prepare for your Machu Picchu visit the following morning. Walking distance approx 12km (5-6 hours).

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Rise early around 4:20am to start walking up to Machu Picchu, or take one of the first buses at 5:30am (US$9 each way). You'll have plenty of opportunities to take photos and have some peaceful time alone to enjoy the sun rising from behind the mountains. Your guide will give you a tour of Machu Picchu telling you about Inca history and the significance of the major sites of interest. The tour takes about 2 hours, after which you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own or climb Huayna Picchu (if you book it in advance; US$10 per person) - the mountain that overlooks the ancient Inca city (allow a minimum of 1½ hours).

Most people are ready to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes around 1pm where you can have lunch in one of the many restaurants (not included). You need to be at the train station half and hour before your train departs at 9:30pm. There will be transport waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to bring you back to Cusco - estimated arrival time 1:30am. If you prefer to be back in Cusco earlier, you can select the 16:22 pm (US$12) or the 18:45 pm (US$7) return train.

What is the difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are two mountains peaks which tower over the Machu Picchu archaeological site. To climb one of the mountains you need to purchase a pass in combination with your Machu Picchu entry ticket-passes cannot be purchased separately from entry ticket, and once entry ticket has been purchased a mountain pass cannot be added or cancelled.

Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu).

This is the more popular of the two optional mountain treks but it also can be very crowded. 200 people start climbing between 7am-8am, and 200 people start between 10am-11am so in total 400 people climb every morning. The trail is quite steep and takes about 1.5 hours to climb up and down - people who have trouble with vertigo may not enjoy this trek. There are some interesting archaeological ruins on the top of Huayna Picchu.

Machu Picchu Mountain.

This hike is less popular than Huayna Picchu but no less beautiful. MPM is located on the other side of the ruins from Huayna Picchu. There are 500 passes available daily. You can begin your climb between 7 and 11am. The trail is less steep than Huayna Picchu but it is a longer hike (takes about 3 hours total).

Check this amazing link out for views from the Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu mountain (it will open with the Huayna Picchu mountain, click on the right side of the picture and the other views will open).

http://www.airpano.ru/files/Machu-Picchu-Peru/2-3

IMPORTANT FACTS:

PRICE:

With private Transport Cusco-lares 04 paxs
USD: 460.00 adults
USD: 440.00 students with valid ISIC cards

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DURATION:

04DAYS/03NIGHTS

AVAILABILITY:

All Year

GROUP SIZE:

Minimun 04 people per booking
If you want to go with only 2 people you will need to pay an extra USD 30.00 per person, contact us for more details.

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

*US$12 Huayna Picchu

*US$09 Machu Picchu Mountain
• US$15 Early 16:22 (4:22pm) return train
• US$10 Early 18:45 (6:45pm) return train

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We recommend that you bring:

  • Backpack
  • sleeping bag (Minus 8ºC - can be rented at our office.
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants. not jeans
  • layers for variable temperatures specially at night
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sunprotection : sunscreen : sun hat : sunglasses
  • Thermals : wool socks : Gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho : a good rain jacket
  • extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle : water purifying tablets optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks
  • Trekking poles

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SALKANTAY & MACHUPICCHU 05D/04N

We highly recommend you to include the walk to the mountain Huayna Picchu in your tour to Machupicchu, it takes 2 hours and you can start after your tour finish, extra of US12 pp.

If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu beware that there are new regulations and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permits to climb Huayna Picchu is US$12 extra and you need to indicate yes to this in your web reservation at the time of your booking.

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There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am. The guide will organize the tour of Machu Picchu around peoples climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits.

Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferable and non refundable.

Last minute bookings of this trek will possibly miss out on permits in high season so please book and pay in advance.

BOOK EARLY ... to avoid disappointments.

Remember just recently since July 20th 2011 there are a limited number of spaces available for MachuPicchu and Huaynapicchu Mountain for each day so call us now with your questions or book online to reserve your spot

SALKANTAY & MACHUPICCHU 05D/04N

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Day 1: CUSCO – Mollepata - Soraypampa (L)(D)

From Cusco very early in the morning at 5.00am.we will go by bus to MOLLEPATA (this the beginning of the trek) it takes around 3 hours, when we get here we have our first breakfast and arrange our horses, afterwards we walk up for around 3 more hours to CRUZ PATA Where we have lunch, after the lunch we will have one hour to take a rest and then , we start walking to SORAYPAMPA (3.850 M.A..S.L) in this part of the trail, we are going to see in front of us, the first HUMANTAY snow capped mountain. After we will get to see in front first campsite at 5:30 pm where our porters will be waiting with some hot tea. And later we are going to eat our dinner (the first campsite is the coldest).

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Day 2: Soraypampa - Chaullay (B)(L)(D)

After having a good breakfast and leaving at 6:30am. Here We have to climb up for four hours to the first pass of SALKANTAY mountain. Which is over 4.540 m.a.s.l. here on the top of this Salkantay mountain (highest point). We stop for around 15 minutes to take group pictures, because from here, we will have great views of range of the mountains and we will find some heaps of stones (Apachetas) around this pass. After this, We are going dawn for 4 hours through a nice trail to Chaullay, which is over lower than first campsite 2.900 m.a.s.l where we have our tea time and dinner.

Day 3: Chaullay – La Playa (Sawayacu) - Santa Teresa (B) (L) (D)

We leave from Chaullay early as well after our breakfast at 7.00 am we will pass through COLLCAPAMPA. In this part of the trek we will walk on a narrow trail on the mountainside, crossing some species of orchids and different kinds of plants, and some cornfields, fruit fields and we have opportunity to see the most beautiful waterfall on the trail. After walking for 5 hours. Finally we will get to LA PLAYA place, which take a small truck to go SANTA TERESA town is over 1.645m.s.a.l it is going to be just 45 minutes by truck and we will get to SANTA TERESA around 3:00 pm to set up our tents here We can go to the medicinal hot springs waters which is only 45 minutes from Santa Teresa town.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (B) (L)

We get up at 7.00 in the morning and after breakfast we start walking for around 2 hours to get the Urubamba river where we cross the river by a cable. After this spectacular experience we keep going for 2 more hours to a hydroelectric power station which is also a small village, we get here our lunch and after that we walk the last part by the rail way 03 hours aprox, to Aguas Calientes town, where we spend the night in a hostel.

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Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)

Early walk (approximately 1.30 hours uphill from Aquas Calientes) or bus for 25 minutes to the Citadel of Machupicchu, guided tour for 3 hours and plenty of free time for further exploring, photos and optional climb of the mountain Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Gate of the Sun. Generally around 3-4pm people walk down the steps back to Aguas Calientes get your lunch and finally we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with bus connection arriving to Cusco city around 10:30 pm. (may vary during season).

IMPORTANT FACTS:

PRICE:

US$300 adults

US$280 students with ISIC cards

DURATION:

5 days -or- 4 days ( With train Schedule: 21:50hrs ) - See earlier train prices below

AVAILABILITY:

January - December ( Dangerous in February & March )

OPIONAL ACTIVITIES:

US$12 Huayna Picchu

US$9 Machu Picchu Mountain passes

US$15 Early 16:22 (4:22pm) return train
US$10 Early 18:45 (6:45pm) return train
US$35 Zip Line in Santa Teresa (5 day only)

What is Included:

  • Collection from your hotel at 05:45 am
  • Vehicle to Mollepata-Cruzpata (starting of the trek)
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and mattress
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains
  • 6 kilos of your personal items ie extra clothes, sleeping bag to be carried by mules so you just need to carry your daypack with everything you will need during the day. Full board meals 4 Breakfast, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • First-aid kit.
  • Horses/donkeys to carry tents, food, cooking equipment.
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and bus transport to Cusco
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your own, Climbing to Huaynapicchu
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes Double or Triple Accommodation
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent:

What is not Included:

  • First breakfast and last lunch.
  • Waynapicchu montain ( USD 12.00).
  • Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) If you don't have it, it can be hired at our travel company.
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Drinks, bottle water
  • The bus up and down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$ 24.00
  • (50 minutes down-hill walk to Aguas Calientes).

We recommend that you bring :

  • Backpack
  • sleeping bag (Minus 8ºC - can be rented at our office.
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants. not jeans
  • layers for variable temperatures specially at night
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sunprotection : sunscreen : sun hat : sunglasses
  • Thermals : wool socks : Gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho : a good rain jacket
  • extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle : water purifying tablets optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks
  • Trekking poles

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Why book the Salkantay Trek with Ukukus Travel?

If you are wondering why booking the Salkantay trek is cheaper or more expensive with other agencies then ask if they offer following services:

*Private transport to Mollepata (the start of the hike)

*We work with the biggest operator in town who works mainly for expensive online companies.

*ALL guides work exclusively for our operator and have a lot of experience guiding this tour

*You can choose how you want to come back from Aguas Calientes (find out your own transport, or different train options, if you want).

*The operator owns all gear, tents, cooking material etc.

*Zip line option on day 4! (if you do the 5 day version)