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4 Day - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Group Service

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    Day 1: The Start of the Adventure – "Inca flat"!

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    Total distance to be covered on day 1: 12km (5 to 6 hours more or less)

    We will meet and pick you up from your hotel (less than 5 minutes from any hotel in Cusco!) at 4-4:30am (time to be confirmed at the briefing time) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (which is called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (6:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast is not included)

    Upon arrival at kilometer 82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use of the restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellent, and more) and it will be necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trail’s first control point.

    To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up along the Incan flat terrain) and will have great views of the site of an Incan Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Incan site of Llactapata (officially called 'Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. .

    Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be an hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC (depending on the month).
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: The Trail Trial! We go over 2 passes...

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    Total distance to be covered on day 2: 16km (8 to 9 hours more or less)

    After waking up at 5:30am (or 5:00 depending on your guide) and breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass' at 4200m/13779ft). On this day, a real sense of achievement is felt upon reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to our lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft).

    On the way up to the pass, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. We will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q'ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!!

    After lunch, begins the second two hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters), we arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the nights
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Back in the past! Beautiful scenery and a short walk to camp.

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    Total distance to be covered on day 3: 10km (5 hours more or less)

    This is the most impressive day (in our opinion) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca' (meaning 'Town in the Clouds') and reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!

    The Incan site of 'Phuyupatamarca', is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Incan site of 'Intipata' until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours and have arrive to camp by lunch time!

    A short distance from this campsite is located the Incan site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). Even if you are tired after your day's trek, don't miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

    Temperatures during the night are about 12º C
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 4: Machu Picchu in its Glory!

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    Total distance to be covered on day 4: 5km (2 hours more or less)

    We leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day (breakfast is around 3:30-4:00am). It is an early start in order to get to 'Inti Punku' ('Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to a spot where you can take the classic picture postcard shot of this ancient city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself!

    A walking tour (2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

    You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours is until Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.

    If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the trail!!!

    Allocations or Itineraries are subject to change depending on time of bookings and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail).
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    We booked a classic 4 day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu with Valencia Travel via an online voucher. Pre-trip The pre trip support we received via email and phone from Emy was great. Arrival and day trip planning When we arrived at our hotel...More

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    ValenciaTravel, Gerente at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Dear Michael and Rhonda; Hope you had a great journey back home. Thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful words, I highly appreciate them! It is very satisfactory when our passengers appreciate our work and effort to provide the best possible service....More

    Reviewed 20 July 2019 via mobile

    Amazing experience! Aldo and Rene were great and promised I could make it! Lol! The food was fabulous and I have full respect for the porters. The porters are what made this all possible. I liked how the Valencia porters all traveled together. Valencia travel...More

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    ValenciaTravel, Gerente at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2019

    Dear Cindy: Thank you so much for your kind words about our professional staff. All of us give always the best in order to provide memorable experiences for our guest who trusted on us and our service standards. If you are planning to try a...More

    Reviewed 10 July 2019 via mobile

    Two of my favorite adventure ladies and I had the trip of a lifetime and it wouldn’t have been possible without our guides, porters, chef, and group of adventure seeking equals. We are quite the planners and like to do research about the places we...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
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    ValenciaTravel, Gerente at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2019

    Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. I am very pleased to hear that our staff made your stay pleasant and a lifetime trip. Your kind words mean a lot to us and are highly appreciated. Thank you...More

    Reviewed 5 July 2019 via mobile

    We hiked over 26 miles through multiple micro climates, endless ancient ankle twisting rock steps, breathtaking views, and elevation ranging from ~2,500m to ~4,500m. Four nights on the Incan trail were quite an experience and wow.... our feet are killing us and we need a...More

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    ValenciaTravel, Gerente at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2019

    Dear Matthew; The Inca Trail has many challenges during its journey, but there is nothing more rewarding than reaching Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, enjoying an amazing sunrise. Then you realize that all the sacrifice, pain of feet and body was absolutely worth it....More

    Reviewed 2 July 2019

    Bottom line, up front: I unreservedly recommend Valencia Travel in Cusco, Peru. Use them. You won't go wrong. I created my TripAdvisor account specifically to write this review of them because they were so outstanding during the trip from which I just returned to the...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    ValenciaTravel, Gerente at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2019

    Dear friend: I don´t have words enough to thank such an excellent comment. It´s great for us to know you had a great and memorable experience in Peru, we work hard for giving our guest the best experience ever and it´s gratifying for us to...More

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    Response from Chakeenis | Reviewed this property |
    That depends what time you start the last hike to Macchu Picchu. Our group got up at 4am and hiked into the sunrise. We were arrived at Macchu Picchu in the morning and were on the bus into town by noon. We had an amazing... More
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    Response from Chakeenis | Reviewed this property |
    Hi. Great question. I recommend 45L. You should be good with a 30-45L pack. Some of the backpacks come with a raincover. If yours does not I would highly recommend that you purchase the raincover to keep all your stuff... More
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    You can rent a sleeping bag from Valencia, and they are comfortable and clean. Pay extra for the personal porter to carry it along with some additional items. It is so worth it! The porters are amazing, so tip graciously. I... More
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