Machete Tours - Peruvian Travel Ecotourism - Peru and Latin American Tour Operator

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Trekkings to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day

Our hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu combines the legendary four day Inca Trail and the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu- which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Inca Trail is one of the world's best walking trails and contains much historical value . It takes us to many historic sites such as Sayacmarca- the inaccessible city- and the ruins at Wiñay Huayna. However, it's stunning scenery is also a large part of the experience. From green alpine meadows to the misty tropical mountain forest, through Warmiwañusca, also known as the "Dead Woman's Pass", this part of the Andes ecosystem is well worth a visit. Join us on this hike and walk in the footsteps of the Incas.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Cusco to Huayllabamba.

Day 2: Huayllabamba to the Pacaymayo Valley.

Day 3: Pacaymayo to Wiñay Huayna.

Day 4: Wiñay Huayna to Cusco.

Please Note

This Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trekking Tour can easily be incorporated into a Peru round trip itinerary or with other Peru Adventure tours such as treks in the Colca Canyon or Tours of the Nazca Lines – just give us a call to discuss this further!

Difficulty

T3 Demanding Mountain Trekking: Trail through irregular terrain, often with significant differences of altitude, partly exposed sites with fall hazard, scree, pathless jagged rocks. Requirements: Endurance, well sure-footed, good hiking shoes, basic alpine experience. In case of a several day trekking, daily walking times of 5 to 8 h. Hostels or mountain huts often available.

Leaving Dates

Departures: Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from 1 March to 31 January.

February is closed to Public.

There is a limited entrances (500 per day) and tour is subject to availability.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day 4 days

Day 1: Cusco to Huayllabamba.

An early pick up for a ride through the spectacular Sacred Valley and on to our trailhead at Km 82, the beginning of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! Have breakfast and begin our trek. After hiking for about 3 hours we reach our first campsite at the village of Huayllabamba. (B.L.D.)

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day 4 days

Day 2: Huayllabamba to the Pacaymayo Valley.

Hike through areas of cloud forest and on to the 4200m ‘Warmiwañusca’, the Dead Woman Pass. Perhaps the toughest climb on the route, the views from the summit are awe-inspiring and well worth the effort of the ascent! We descend into the Pacaymayo Valley where we set up camp for the night. (B.L.D.)

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day 4 days

Day 3: Pacaymayo to Wiñay Huayna.

Climbing ancient Inca stairs we reach a second pass at 3850m. Fabulous views of the snow crowned Vilcabamba Mountain Range are all around us. Continue into the Aobamba Valley and pass the ruins of Sayacmarca and then the large site of Wiñay Huayna. We camp in these spectacular surrounds and ready ourselves for an early start and the final push to Machupicchu. (B.L.D.)

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day 4 days

Day 4: Wiñay Huayna to Cusco.

A short hike leads us to Intipunku, the Sun Gate, to watch the sunrise over the awesome Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. We take a guided tour of the ruins before having free time to independently explore. Descending from Machu Picchu World Heritage Site we have lunch in the town of Aguas Calientes before catching the afternoon train back to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco in the early evening you will be transferred to a hotel of your choice. End of our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour service. (B.L.)

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day 4 days

Prices

Price per person (from 2 and including personal porter) from 1 Jan. 16: US$ 580.00
Student Discount with I.S.I.C.: US$ 35.00

Included

  • Staff/Crew
  • Bilingual certified guide
  • Porters to carry our camping and trekking gear
  • A personal porter to carry your personal gear of up to 7kg
  • Professional trail cook
  • Our guides carry first aid kits, and an oxygen bottle in case of any medical emergencies.
  • Accommodation
  • Good quality tents, self inflating sleeping mattresses, dining tent with camping table and chairs, toilet tent.
  • Local Tours and Activities
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu Archaeological Site are included (entrance fees to both the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu World Heritage Site are included in the price).
  • Travel Insurance
  • A travel insurance included: Travel Insurance for Machete Tours Participants.
  • Transport
  • Transport from your Cusco hotel to the trail head and buses to and from Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes are provided. On the last day of the tour you will return to Cusco by train, and be transferred to a hotel of your choice on arrival.
  • Meals
  • Excellent nutritious meals will be provided by cook while on the trek (if you have specific dietary requirements or would prefer vegetarian options please specify this when booking the tour). We also provide energy snacks in between meals.
  • 4 Breakfasts. 4 Total Lunches. 3 Dinners.

Not Included

  • A warm Sleeping Bag (these can be hired locally, 8 dollars per day).
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Some money for staff tips (generally expected at the Inca Trail, although not essential).
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Meals not included in the program.
  • Read our GENERAL CONDITIONS

Bring

  • Note: On this trek a porter will carry up to 7 kg of personal gear per client, so please try and keep baggage to a minimum
  • A good strong day back (around 30 litres is a reasonable size)
  • Good hiking boots
  • Sandals for relaxing around camp at night. Wind and water proof jacket (Gore-Tex is good)
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Camera (water proof case is useful)
  • Extra batteries for camera
  • Extra money for your own expenses – dollars are easily exchanged, there are ATM’s in major cities and travelers checks are a secure method of carrying funds
  • A photocopy of your passport/travel documents
  • A copy of your travel insurance
  • Mosquito repellent (DEET is good)
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Swimsuit
  • Binoculars (good for wildlife watching!)
  • International Student Card (for trail discounts)

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand the nature of booking onto the Inca Trail and what we recommend in order for you to enjoy your adventure with us!

Q: Why should I choose Machete Tours to travel with?
A: We are a fully licensed agency that complies by the Peruvian Law. Apart from the formalities we are dedicated to improving the standard of tourism services in Peru.

Q: Do I need to book in advance and, if so, how far in advance should I book?
A: Due to regulations brought in 2002, the Inca Trail (7 days via Salkantay, 5, 4 or 2 days on other routes) is limited to 500 people per day (including guides, porters and cooks). It is therefore necessary to book in advance to guarantee a place on the date you want to leave. The Inca Trail is world famous and an iconic route and in the high season (May, June, July, August and September) it is advisable to book at least 5 months ahead.

Q: What about children on the Inca Trail? Do you suggest it?
A: We have operated many family groups with children as young as 7 years old – we would not recommend that your child is younger than this! The children that have done the trail with us were used to walking long hours as they have done some hikes before. So it is essential for us to know if your child is physically fit for the challenge! We never accept a booking just for the sake of booking!

Q: Can we book our group privately so that no other persons can join in?
A: Yes – if you want to trek just with a family or a group of special friends, an additional $160 per person is added to the cost, in order to “close” a group. This is a nice way for a family or group of friends to enjoy their Inca Trail Experience!

Q: Do I need to be fit?
A: We recommend that you are in good physical condition before attempting one of the Inca Trail routes. On the Inca Trails you can often walk for 6 hours or more per day, on steep terrain and at high level. An athlete’s level of fitness is not required, but a good level is required.
An important point for both your health and success on the trail is for you to acclimatise well in Cusco prior to your trek. Cusco lies at 3,350m/10900ft. We recommend a stay there of at least 2-3 days.

To help with acclimatisation we recommend:
- Avoid over-exerting yourself when you first arrive
- Drink lots of fluids
- Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
- Avoid taking sleeping pills
- Drink coca tea (ancient traditional leaf)

Q: How do I make a reservation?
A: Please refer to our tour program description.

Q: Why do I need to send a deposit?
With your deposits we pay for official entrance fees to the Inca Trail in order to reserve your place on the trail. In addition porters’ entrance fees and taxes are paid from this deposit. Return train tickets are also purchased.

Q: How do I send my deposit?
A: Please refer to our tour program description.

Q: How do you treat your porters?
We provide ours porters with full uniforms, orthopaedic backpacks, trekking sandals, ponchos. They eat the same food as our trekkers. Their weight limit is 18kg, but we kindly ask our clients who want a porter to carry their luggage to limit their weight to 8kg each, to contribute towards our porter welfare.

Q: What if I am a slow walker or want to take my time?
If you walk a little slower that the rest of the group or want to take in the scenery a little more, then that will be fine – you will reach the campsites before nightfall – we always leave plenty of time to reach the campsites, usually leaving early in the morning when the weather is often best.
Even slow walkers reach campsites before nightfall, so it is all fine! Our guides will keep you informed of distances and hours to be covered after every break.
With groups of 9 or more trekkers you will have a minimum of 2 trekking guides. The lead guide will always be at the front of the group, while the assistant guide will always hike with the last person in the group.
In case you only have 1 guide (for groups of 8 or less people) the guide will always walk with the last person in the group.

Q: How does your costing work?
Machete Tours operates uniquely with this system of costing for our passengers. We have cost out all our expenditures depending on whether there are 2 or more passengers departing. In order never to compensate on your enjoyment of our treks, all our operating expenses are covered appropriately in this manner, therefore no compromise on service EVER!
You receive the same standard of service if you are 2 persons departing or 10 people!
In Cusco, many agencies endorse their passengers to other agencies when they cannot form a big enough group themselves. WE NEVER SEND PASSENGERS WITH OTHER AGENCIES! Your service is guaranteed through our agency!

Q: Once I have booked my place on the trail, can I change my departure date?
A: No. Unfortunately once your reservation is officially confirmed with the INC it is not possible to change departure date. You would need to make a new reservation with a new deposit for your new date (this date needs to be one which is at least 5 days before or after your prior departure date). Please note that this is not an agency decision but a local authority regulation.

Q: Are there many toilets along the Inca Trail?
A: Yes. There are several flush toilets along the trail and we highly recommend using them (please avoid using nature).

Q: How many people go in each tent?
We use comfortable and spacious tents on our routes, designed for 4 people, but in each tent we only allow 2 passengers, giving plenty of space to relax in the evenings.

Q: What if I get ill and need to turn back?
Once people have started an Inca Trail trek it’s quite rare that they have to turn back due to illness or injuries. All Machetes guides have extensive first aid training and carry a first aid and oxygen bottle for emergencies. If this situation occurs we will assist you in returning to Cusco, which has good hospitals and medical care. Once you have recovered in Cusco we can help you visit Machu Picchu by train. These services will cost extra as they are not included in the Inca Trail prices.

Q: What about the food?
A: We have excellent trained cooks who will provide you with an incredible variety of dishes:
Our highly trained cooks make some superb food on the trail, and I’ve given some examples of the meals they prepare below.

Breakfast:
There will usually be a selection of some or all the following: scrambled eggs, porridge pancakes, bread and jam. We provide you with plenty of hot drinks, i.e. hot chocolate, coffee, English tea and/or a selection of herbal teas (chamomile or simple traditional coca tea). Hot drinks are excellent on cool evenings and morning after you emerge from your sleeping bag.

Lunch and Dinner:
You will always have a bowl of soup followed by a main course (chicken, beef, fish etc. with rice or pasta). After this, a dessert and herbal drink will be provided.

Afternoon snacks:
At the end of trek each day we will have hot drinks, popcorn, biscuits, bread and jam, chocolate, etc.

Snacks:
We provide our trekkers with snacks beginning on either Day 1 or Day 2 – it’s our cook’s decision! You are welcome to buy your own favourite snack foods if you wish, too!
On the trail our cooks will also have snacks available – these will be given throughout the trek when the cooks feel they are most needed.

If you are a vegetarian or have any special dietary requirements please contact us before the journey and we’ll be more than happy to accommodate your needs.
Vegetarian/special diet options: Please inform us of this before your departure. We are happy to cater!

Q: Do you provide us with drinking water?
Boiled water for drinking is arranged every day so you do not need to bring water purifying tablets, though a water bottle is required on the first day.
Yes. We provide you with boiled water – our cooks boil water for 10 minutes from which you can replenish your water supply (you do not need purification tablets). On the first day you need to carry a bottle of water until lunchtime, therefore you can start filling from our cook’s supply for the rest of the trek.

Bottled water is possible to purchase at points along the Inca Trail. Bottled water is now available to purchase at certain points along the Inca Trail if you wish, but note it is not guaranteed where, so you might need to take from the cook’s supply anyway.

Q: How much should we tip the porters?
A: Tips are usually given to the porters and crew on the 6th night of the trail in the campsite of Wiyna Wayna. Tipping is not essential, but it is a way to show your guides, cooks and porters your appreciation for the effort and hard work you will see during our trips. Here is a guideline to help you gauge what might be considered a ‘standard amount’ to tip.

Guideline: For the porters: approx. Soles 80 per porter from group
For the Cooks: approx. Soles 100 per cook from group
For the Guide: approx. Double of the cooks tip from group

Q: Should we tip the guide?
With tipping the guide this is again you own decision, but we would recommend that you do tip the guide in relation to the quality of his/her guiding and abilities. As a basic guide we suggest that the guide receives roughly twice the tip of the Cook.

Q: Where do I store the bags I don’t need when I go on the trail?
The best place to store bags and extra equipment is at your hotel in Cusco – at these hotels you can store extra gear until you return from the trek. We can also store at our office in case your hotel does not.

Q: Where can I store the additional luggage before my guided Machu Picchu visit?
If you have any heavy equipment that you don’t want to take around the Machu Picchu site itself you can leave equipment at the ‘control gate’ whilst exploring the site for 8 Soles (subject to change). Walking sticks are not permitted unless totally necessary for the visitors (for example older or disabled tourists).

Q: Does the Inca Trail ever close?
The Inca Trail is closed each year for essential repairs and maintenance in February
A: Yes – it closes for maintenance in the month of February each year.

Q: When is the rainy season?
This usually begins in October/November and continues to around April. During the rainy season in Peru it doesn’t rain all the time. Clouds generally build up around the mountains as the day progresses, releasing powerful showers as the day progresses – they rarely last all day! After the showers the sun often breaks through and the day is wonderfully fresh and clear. Make sure you bring a good raincoat and/or waterproof poncho and you’ll be just fine. As long as you are well prepared with a good raincoat, you will be fine!


Health/precautions.
This is quite a demanding trekking tour and clients should possess a good standard of fitness and some hiking/country walking experience. Don’t drink tap water – purify or buy bottled water (water will be boiled on the trek). Consult your doctor for the latest advice regarding regional health risks/immunisations. Although a generally safe country, always be aware of the possibilities of theft/robbery – consult local staff for further information.

Weather/Altitude/Geography/Temperature.
Weather: May to October is generally considered the dry season (best time to visit) in the Peruvian Mountains and Jungle, however it can be cool and misty on the Peruvian coast at this time of year. Altitude means that even within the tropics it can be very cold high up (above 2000m) – bring warm cloths and light clothes for lower, more tropical parts of the tour. Temperatures can range from below freezing in the highlands to around 35 ̊C in the tropical lowlands. On arrival in high altitude areas clients should drink plenty of water and relax for the first couple of days until fully acclimatized.

The difficulty of
Trekking Level Scale is based on the classification of the Swiss Alpine Club and used worldwide by the collaborative openstreetmap project (see SAC-Scale

The scale goes from T1 to T6. The letter T represents "Tourism" or -in our case- "Trekking", reason why the scale was slightly adopted to the Andean context:
INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS IS A T3 level.

T1 Trekking: Trail well cleared. Area flat or slightly sloped. Requirements: None.

T2 Mountain Trekking: Trail with continuous line and balanced ascent. Terrain partially steep, fall hazard possible. Requirements: Hiking shoes recommended, some sure footedness.

T3 Demanding Mountain Trekking: Trail through irregular terrain, often with significant differences of altitude, partly exposed sites with fall hazard, scree, pathless jagged rocks. Requirements: Endurance, well sure-footed, good hiking shoes, basic alpine experience. In case of a several day trekking, daily walking times of 5 to 8 h. Hostels or mountain huts often available.

T4 Alpine Trekking: Small trail or trace, sometimes cross-country, quite exposed, precarious grassy acclivities, jagged rocks, facile snow-free glaciers, sometimes need for hand use to get ahead. Requirements: Familiarity with exposed terrain, Solid trekking boots, Some ability for terrain assessment, alpine experience. In case of a several day trekking, daily walking times of 7 to 10 h. Alpine huts sometimes available, sometimes not.

T5 Demanding Alpine Trekking: Small traces, often cross-country, in exposed, demanding terrain, jagged rocks, few dangerous glacier and névé, single plainly climbing up to second grade (5.4). Requirements: Mountaineering boots, reliable assessment of terrain, profound alpine experience, elementary knowledge of handling with ice axe and rope. In case of a several day trekking, daily walking times of 7 to 10 h. Camping over snowline or 5.000m.

T6 Difficult Alpine Hiking: Like T5, but more exposed, precarious jagged rocks, glacier with crevasses with danger to slip and fall. Climbing difficulty up to second grade (5.4). Requirements: mature alpine experience, familiarity with the handling of technical alpine equipment.

Note:
this Scale is generally suited for mountainous areas. For non mountainous regions, other difficulties and requirements are present (i.e. mud or trail visibility in the forest).*


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us!
We look forward to trekking with you!

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