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Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Duration

4 days 3 nights

Group size

10

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Difficulty

Moderate

Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Duration

4 days 3 nights

Group size

10

Loading type

Campsite

Difficulty

Moderate

Are you attracted to the idea of embarking on one of the most incredible hikes in the world, designed exactly the way you want it? Then you will love the private Inca Trail tour

4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

Overview

Not only will you be able to explore this incredible route, but you will also have the option to tailor it to your needs, preferences, and pace. Walk with an elite team of porters, cooks, and a tour guide exclusively for your group members. This hike is ideal for couples, families with children, or groups of friends. What can you expect? You will walk through the most stunning Andean landscapes and visit some of the most significant Inca sites along the trail, all with your own personal expedition team. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is Peru's most coveted journey and presents an excellent challenge for any type of traveler. Summary: Do you want to explore the best route in Peru but don't like the idea of traveling in a group with strangers? Then, our private Inca Trail tour is ideal for experiencing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, an adventure that will truly change your life forever, with unique and incredible experiences. If you wish, you can join us with your family, friends, or as a couple. Over 40,000 km of Inca roads traverse all of South America to the far reaches of its extensive empire. This four-day excursion to the Inca fortress of Machu Picchu is known as the most emblematic stretch of all the thousands of kilometers that make up the original network. Many magazines like National Geographic consider this section of the Inca Trail as one of the top 5 hikes in the world, and it is undoubtedly the most famous in all of South America. Along the way, the complexity of these fascinating archaeological sites will amaze you in contrast to the stunning beauty of the surrounding hills and valleys. This tour is ideal for those hungry for adventure and excitement, looking to walk in the footsteps of our Andean ancestors along the sacred route to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the unique experience of entering the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu for the first time through the Sun Gate and explore the site with your expert guide. This is the ultimate hike to experience the most epic Inca adventure and learn all about its history.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco | Piscacucho (KM 82) - Canabamba - Llactapata - Huayllabamba - Ayapata

Early in the morning, our tour guide and hiking team will pick you up at your hotel to start your exciting adventure. If you are in Cusco, we will pick you up between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. If you are in Urubamba, between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., and if you are in Ollantaytambo, you can sleep a little longer because we will pick you up between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

After meeting, we will board our private transportation that will take us to a place known as Piscacucho, KM 82, the starting point of the hike. There, our chef will prepare the first breakfast while you prepare your backpack and the last items needed for the journey. Then, you will meet the entire hiking team that will accompany you on this exciting adventure and ensure unforgettable memories amidst the sacred mountains of Cusco. Please make sure to bring your original passport, as it will allow you to enter the Inca Trail. If you forget it, there is no way you can enter the route. Now, we have to go through the checkpoint and start the best Inca experience in Peru.

The first two hours of the journey are relatively flat, which will help us acclimate to the trail. In this beautiful valley, we will pass through potato, corn, and barley fields. The Urubamba River and the imposing Veronica Glacier will be by our side throughout the journey. It's a spectacular landscape. We guarantee that you won't go wrong choosing this incredible excursion!

Then, we will head to Wilkaracay and admire the fascinating archaeological site of Llactapata, which features stone constructions in the middle of three valleys.

Afterward, we will continue for another 20 minutes to reach Tarayoc, where we will have lunch. You'll be amazed by the delights prepared by our chefs in the midst of the mountains! After enjoying the delicious lunch, we have another three and a half hours of hiking to reach our first campsite in Ayapata (3,300 m / 10,827 feet).

If you forgot camera batteries or need to buy a snack to eat or drink, don't worry. In this last part of the day, we will pass through two small communities where you can buy whatever you need. We will arrive at the campsite around 5:00 p.m. Now it will be time to relax your tired legs while enjoying a snack or a hot drink. A delicious dinner will be ready at 7:30 p.m., followed by a well-deserved night of rest surrounded by nature.

Day 2: Ayapata | Abra de la Mujer Muerta - Pacaymayu - Abra Runkurakay - Sayaqmarka - Chaquiqocha

We will wake you up very early, bringing you a cup of coca tea in your tent to warm up and give you a fantastic boost to start the day. Today, the longest and most exhausting day awaits us; we will continue the route after enjoying breakfast. We will begin by ascending for four hours to the highest point of the hike, the WarmiWañusca Pass (4,215 m / 13,829 ft). At this point, you will have the perfect opportunity to open your senses and connect your soul with the immense mountains around you. Feel the spirit of thousands of ancient Peruvians who traversed these paths in complete harmony with nature hundreds of years ago. Then, we will descend for an hour and a half to the bottom of the valley called Pacaymayu, where we will have lunch. Remember that every time we stop, you will have the opportunity to refill your empty water bottle.

After enjoying a delicious lunch and resting a bit, we will ascend for 45 minutes to the Inca complex of Runcuracay. We will explore this small archaeological site and observe two stunning waterfalls on the mountain slopes, which are more vigorous during the rainy season. We will then continue to the top for another 45 minutes to reach the Runcuracay Pass. This will be our last stretch of the route where we will see Andean snow-capped peaks. So, put your backpack aside for a moment, rest, and enjoy the landscapes around you. The place is excellent for a small ceremony; leave an offering to the mountains and our Mother Earth (known as "Pachamama" by the locals of the Andes).

Later, we will descend for an hour to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca, located in an almost inaccessible place but well worth visiting. Here, we will take a break from the hike to discover the secrets of this ancient place in the company of our expert guide. The dedication of our guides will enchant you as they evoke ideas of ancient culture and make the mountains come alive. The mysteries of the Incas will gradually be unveiled as the sun descends, reflecting with a beautiful reddish glow over the Vilcabamba mountain range.

From there, we have only 25 minutes to reach our second campsite in Chaquicocha (3,600 m / 11,811 ft). After savoring another delicious dinner prepared by our chefs, we can observe the stars and learn more about the fascinating constellations in the Andean skies, far from the nearest city.

Day 3: Chaquiqocha | Phuyupatamarka - Inpata - WiƱayWayna

Congratulations on completing the challenge! You've conquered the toughest day! As a reward, today holds a beautiful surprise for you. After resting in our comfortable tents and enjoying breakfast, we will start our day at 6:30 a.m. Before we continue our journey, remember to look to the left side of the location to see the majestic Salkantay glacier at the top of the Aobamba Valley.

We will walk for an hour and a half to the last peak of the trail, Phuyupatamarca (3,650 m / 11,975 ft). From this point, you can enjoy magnificent landscapes of the Inca Sacred Valley, accompanied by abundant vegetation, trees, bamboo, and a blanket of clouds covering the mountains. Next, we will visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, from where you can see the Machu Picchu mountain surrounded by the Urubamba mountain range. Then, amidst the extensive vegetation and the song of birds, we will descend for two and a half hours to In Pata, a surprising agricultural center with large terraces. From here, you'll get the most beautiful panoramic view of the Inca Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River, which winds through the valley like a serpent amid the towering mountains. After that, we have about 30 more minutes of walking to reach our campsite near the archaeological site of WiñayWayna.This complex, whose name means "forever young," is considered the most impressive on the entire route, excluding Machu Picchu, and is what many hikers anticipate on this journey. You are now just a short distance from entering the lost city of the Incas.

We will arrive at the campsite around 1:00 p.m. to enjoy our delicious lunch. We will have a guided tour of the archaeological site of WiñayWayna at 4:00 p.m. Once again, our guide's excellent explanation will bring the area to life, and you can imagine how it was in ancient times. At this point, you will discover water sources, sacred places dedicated to natural deities like the Temple of the Rainbow, and incredible WiñayWayna agricultural terraces. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the fascinating history of the Incas. Before ending the day, we will have a small celebration with the entire team who accompanied us on the journey: porters and cooks. Remember the efforts they have made to ensure your comfort and safety during your days of the excursion. Take a moment to thank them for all the care and affection they provided. Of course, you can also show your appreciation with some well-deserved tips, a common practice on the routes to Machu Picchu. Here, we will bid farewell to our cooks and porters. After our pleasant celebration, we recommend that you go to rest early because the next day we will begin our hike before dawn. The wonder of the world, Machu Picchu, awaits us in all its splendor.

Day 4: WiƱayWayna- Puerta del Sol - HistoricalSanctuaryof Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

All the efforts you have made in the past few days will surprise you with the greatest reward. We will wake up at 3:30 a.m. to have enough time to organize our backpacks and reach Machu Picchu. We will provide you with a nutritious packed breakfast and water for your bottle to keep you refreshed along the way. Then, at 4:00 a.m., we will head to the checkpoint to ensure we arrive at the Inca citadel before other groups. At 5:30 a.m., we will start walking for about an hour to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Get ready because from there, you will see this wonder of Inca architecture and engineering for the first time. You will be immensely surprised and admire the view all around you. Congratulations! You've made it! You are now in Machu Picchu. Bow down to this sacred place that has patiently awaited your visit, as it will change something deep within you.

After that, we have a few more hours of walking until we enter the fortress of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. At 8:00 a.m., we will reach the last checkpoint and take a short break to recharge our energy. Next, we will enjoy a guided tour of an hour and a half of this wonder and all its significant sites. The intimate connection between human beings and nature is intensely displayed in Machu Picchu. Immense stones harmoniously come together to form temples, passageways, houses, and aqueducts that have been functioning for over five centuries. Machu Picchu was built in an inaccessible location to withstand any dangerous attacks of oppression, and also to remind modern man that only through true communion with Pachamama, our Mother Earth, can we live fully.

Once you are ready, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes and meet your guide there, where you will enjoy your final lunch at a restaurant of your choice. Afterward, your expert guide will provide you with the tickets for the exclusive Vistadome panoramic train service and any other information you need for the return to Cusco. Please make sure to be at the station at least 30 minutes before departure. You will arrive at the Ollantaytambo train station. There, a representative will be waiting for you to take you in our private transport back to your hotel's doorstep.

Price

From: USD 1,060.00 per person

Includes:

  • Pre-Departure Information Meeting: You will meet with your guide and the group at our office for orientation before the hike. There, we will provide you with the duffel bags that our porters will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. the day before the trip.
  • Experienced Tour Guide: Our official tour guides with professional training speak both English and Spanish. All of them are graduates of the Tourism Professional Career at the National University San Antonio Abad del Cusco. We select them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploration, and a sincere desire to proudly share our culture and history with you. He will keep you safe, healthy, and comfortable on your hike so you can enjoy your time worry-free.
  • Private Camp Equipment: You will have spacious tents, a dining area, and a kitchen, where you can enjoy your meals without any issues. Additionally, we provide tables, chairs, and kitchen utensils (all carried by our porters).
  • Portable traveltoilet.
  • A Duffel Bag: During the hike, you can carry your personal belongings, up to a maximum of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).
  • Sleeping Bag: Our sleeping bags are efficient and durable to protect you from temperatures as low as -18°C (0°F). They are mummy-shaped and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after each use and have a maximum of 30 trips.
  • Trekking Poles with Rubber Tips
  • Inflatable Mattress: Our camping mattresses will help you sleep comfortably while camping!
  • Medical or First Aid Kit: All guides have received specialized training in first aid. We conduct mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. The guide will always carry a first aid kit to address basic traveler emergencies (altitude sickness, diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we will evacuate you from the trail as quickly as possible and ensure you reach a clinic for treatment.
  • Additional Services Included in Our Program: We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You will receive a small sleeping pillow, a cover to protect your backpack on the trail, and a rain poncho.
  • 24/7 Customer Service: We have a 24-hour telephone service available to facilitate communication before the hike.
  • Satellite Phone: Our top priority is always the peace of mind of our clients. All our guides are prepared for mountain emergencies; however, the possibility of making a phone call to your doctor, hospital, or friend will help you feel safer. For this reason, each guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere in the mountains to call anywhere in the world in case of emergency.
  • Best Camping Tents: We use the best tents to ensure your safety and comfort (for example, Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hard Wear tents).
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 3 Dinners: Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountains. Our passengers love our food! We accommodate all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no additional cost), so please let us know if you have any allergies or specific dietary restrictions in the booking form and remind your guide during the pre-departure meeting. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as hot drinks and snacks.
  • Hiking Water: From the first lunch to the last breakfast, we will provide you with boiled, filtered, and chilled water during the hike. To do this, you need to carry an empty water bottle or a camel bag (a bladder backpack) with a recommended capacity of 2 liters. You can fill your bottles during each meal.
  • Coca Tea: Every morning in camp, you will be awakened with a cup of coca tea. Our staff will bring you the tea to your tent to warm you from the inside before starting the day.
  • Tea Time or Happy Hour: Every evening before dinner, the cooks will provide popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot water, and more. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm up, and enjoy a snack.
  • Trail Snacks Every Day: Before starting your hike, the tour guide will provide you with a cloth bag containing local fruits, cookies, chocolates, candies, etc. We will replenish it every morning so you can enjoy your snacks during the hike.
  • A Cloth Bag for Your Snacks: To avoid the use of plastic bags that pollute our environment, we will provide you with a cloth bag for your snacks.
  • Hygiene Products: You will be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.
  • Private Transportation

Day 1: In the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel, and you will travel in private transportation to Piscacucho (KM 82), the starting point of the hike.

Day 4: Private transportation from the Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Vistadome Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 4)
  • PeruRail'sVistadome train service offers a unique and different way to travel to Machu Picchu. Each of its carriages has panoramic windows, allowing you to feel a part of the surroundings. The Vistadome brings you closer to the incredible landscapes and nature on the way to the Inca citadel, creating a true connection.
  • Consetur Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Day 4)
  • Transport of Personal Belongings by Our Local Porters: Our porters (Kallpa Team) will carry all camping equipment, including personal tents, clothing, sleeping bags, additional dining and kitchen tents, food, water, tables, chairs, and the gas balloon stove. This includes the personal service of a porter who will take care of your travel bag and personal items.
  • Inca Trail Permits and Ticket: As soon as we receive your complete information and the deposit that secures your reservation, we will purchase all the necessary permits (subject to availability). These permits are issued for a specific date and will be in your name. They cannot be changed under any circumstances. Changing the passport number is only allowed for renewal reasons. In that case, you must bring your new and old passport.
  • Entrance Ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Site (Circuit 3)

Not included

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: You can climb the famous mountain that you always see in the pictures behind the Machu Picchu archaeological site. It takes 45 minutes to ascend, and descending can be intimidating if you fear heights. You can do this excursion once your guided tour of Machu Picchu is over. The permit should be issued at least a month in advance due to high demand. Please note that there may be changes to protect your safety, mainly due to weather conditions
  • The ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$60.00 per person.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the Machu Picchu archaeological site. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less intimidating trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes an hour and a half to reach the summit. This hike requires an entrance ticket that we can reserve in advance.
  • The ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$60.00 per person.
  • Dinner in Cusco (Day 4)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our Staff:Tipping is customary on any Machu Picchu excursion. While we pay good wages to all our team members, something extra is always appreciated, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants pool their tips to distribute them among the porters and cooks.
  • Additional Costs or Delays Beyond Our Control: Landslides, inclement weather, itinerary modifications for safety reasons, illnesses, pandemics, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, force majeure, etc.

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