Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
Experience the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with an authorized travel agency; The best trekking in Peru!…
Classic Inca Trail is very well-known trek in the world for its stunning landscapes, deep valleys, snowcapped mountains and great diversity of plants, birds and animals; The trail winds through the Andes passing numerous significant Inca ruins en route. The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is probably the best and awesome adventure holidays in Peru, it is home of unlimited lofty mountains provides excellent platform for such high altitude trekking. We offer this amazing trekking in Peru including the stunning Machu Picchu. Fulfill your dream of traveling in the lap of world’s best trekking route with expert guide.
Our Classic Inca Trail involves 3-day trek and one day explores Machu Picchu the icon of the Incas. During the trek you’ll use camping tents and all equipment will be transported by our porters. Food will be prepared by our mountain chef and the ingredients will be local fresh food. During the trek, everyone takes his on speed, is not necessary to walk fast since in the high altitudes the body requires more oxygen than normal.
This Classic Inca Trail is also known by the name of Pilgrimage trail to Machu Picchu; it was sacred to the Incas; the trail is taken to pilgrims to the center of the physical & metaphysical universe. For the Incas, the mountain represents the seat of “Apus”, spiritual protectors of the life.
In our country if you want to see high altitude alpine meadows, chances are that you would have to trek for at least 2-3 days before you can step onto one. Those 2-3 days would be hard trekking. Most alpine meadows start at around 10,000 feet, when you have just crossed the tree line. This means that it takes some time reaching them.
These wonderful meadows are usually on the fringes of tree line. On most high altitude treks in Peru you’ll pop out on them from a thick forest. The sudden changes in views are startling and beautiful. While most of these meadows are a sight to see, some are more beautiful than others. The ones on the Classic Inca Trail are the special type.
These special meadows stretch far and wide, undulating, almost like an endless carpet. You’ll find Inca ruins and terraces for agriculture. You can walk barefoot feeling the dew under your feet. Everywhere you see it is lush green against the deepest blue sky. But what will take your breath away is the view. Sitting on the grassy knolls you are surrounded by snow peaks that stretch to the horizon. You are sitting in your own garden in the sky.
That’s probably why all people loved the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu so much. We have been on a lot of high altitude meadows in our country — the ones at Classic Inca Trail and Machu Picchu really stand out. The trek is an out and out mountain trek. Classic Inca Trail offers three high passes one of which reach to 4,200m / 14,100ft.
What you should know?
The Peruvian government has sectioned in small portions the thousands of miles of Inca Trails. The popular classic route is 26 miles and takes 4-days. You can do this same route at a slower pace for a 5-day trek. For those wanting to make it more challenging, there is a 7-day trek that combines the Salkantay pass (5,200 masl) with the Inca Trail. There is also a short version of 2-day Trekking that includes one day of hiking and one day visit Machu Picchu. No matter which route you choose, you will need a PERMIT to do the trek.
Classic Inca Trail Quick Facts
- AVAILABILITY: Throughout the year except February
- TIMING: 4 days and 3 ninth
- STARTING AND ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel
- MAXIMUM ELEVATION: 4,200 meters
- ACCOMMODATION: Camping tents
- TRANSPORT: Bus, train and trekking
- DISTANCE: 45 Km / 26 Miles
- WHEN TO GO: The best time to visit is April through October, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season.
- ALTITUDE: 2680m/8817ft to 4200m/13818ft
- DIFFICULTY: The trek is rated moderate; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
- TEMPERATURES: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC
The 4-day Classic Inca Trail is located in the Peruvian eastern Andes; In the national park of Machu Picchu which extension is of 32,592 square hectares . The trekking starts in the community of Pisqhakuchu at 3.30 hours from Cusco. It winds through the Andes and the cloud forest where the Amazon jungle starts; Classic Inca Trail passes through several types of Andean environments including Mountain valleys, high mountains, cloud forest, etc. Along the Inca trail you will find Inca settlements, tunnels and the stone paved trail from the beginning until Machu Picchu.
The magnificent scenery spanning through altitudes in the valley from 2,700m to mountain passes of 4,200m is breath-taking, with views of snowcapped mountains passing through the cloud forest to arrive to the sacred Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.
The trek will prove unforgettable not just for the stunning sights but the experiences of being accompanied by the warmth, knowledge and expertise of Sunrise Peru Trek, the official Peruvian tour operator who support you in this memorable trek.
Classic Inca Trail Included Highlights
- Drive the bus through the sacred valley
- Guided Inca trail
- Guided tour in every Inca site (Patallacta, Runkuraqhay, Sayacmarka, Phuyupatamarka Wiñayhuayna, Inti Punku)
- Machu Picchu sunrise
- Guided tour within Machu Picchu
- Free time within Machu Picchu
- Scenic walks and inspiring mountain scenery
Day 1.- Cusco Pisqhakucho (km 82) – Llullucha Pampa
Drive our tourist bus from Cusco to the community of pisqhakuchu or km 82 and trek 15km until Llullcha Pampa camp, along the way you will be guided and stop at Patallacata Inca ruins to hear the history of the Incas from your Guide; today we will trek 7 – 8 hours. The camp site can be changed, it´s subject to availability and evolution of the group.
Day 2.- Trek from Llullucha Pampa to Chakiqhocha
Early beginning and head toward the highest point (dead woman pass – 4,200masl); today we will trek over two passes and cover 15km along the route we will stop and explore the Runkuraqhay and Sayacmarka Inca ruins. The trekking time will be for 7 – 8 hours approx. The camp site can be changed, it´s subject to availability and evolution of the group.
Day 3.- Trek from Chakiqhocha to Wiñayhuayna
Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery and the original Inca trail, we will visit Phuyupatamarka and Wiñayhuayna Inca ruins; today we will trek 10km and most of the trail is downwards. The trekking time will be 5 – 6 hours approx.
Day 4.- Explore Machu Picchu
Early start and trek for 2 hours to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu; Then we´ll explore this extraordinary Inca sacred place; late in the afternoon we will return to Cusco.
Personalized Services & Responsible Tours
If you are interested in hiking the Classic Inca Trail, you need a permit. Everyone needs permits, including guides and porters, so they do sell out in advance. No matter which Inca trail trek you choose: the 4 days, 2 days, 5 days, everyone needs a permit – but you only need to worry about Inca Trail availability for the beginning date – once you enter you are good.
For any Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu you can book for any day that is best, no permits are necessary.
Very Important Note:
We will buy your Classic Inca Trail permit using the names & passport numbers that you send us. It is very important that you must bring these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the Inca Trail. If the name or number in your passport is different from the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
- Group Size: Typical group size 08-12 persons, Maximum 16 persons
- Minimum group size just 2 persons.
For Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we the only company to pick you up directly from your hotel; As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city, we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 20 – 30 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.
Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Smaller hotels often are located on streets that cars can´t pass through. They also are frequently on hillsides with long steep climbs, making it difficult to carry luggage. We highly recommend that you book accommodations with better access.
RETURNING TO CUSCO
The 4-day classic Inca Trail end in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu; after the informative tour we leave which requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.
- From Machu Picchu to the town of Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus; the buses are first come first serve and run all day.
- You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours
- Once you arrive to the train station, look for a gentleman with a sign. He will then drive you to your Hotel in Cusco. Van ride from Ollantaytambo to Cusco is 2 hours
Weather for Classic Inca Trail
The Classic Inca Trail runs through the Andes where the Weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant. You will notice that there is a large variation between the minimum and maximum temperatures on the trek. In general, when the sun is out it will be very hot. In this heat, you need to drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated. The early hours of the morning and night can be very cold. As a result, you need to be prepared for just about every weather condition.
Altitude concerns for Classic Inca Trail
Altitude sickness is serious and has the potential to ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself several days to adjust to the altitude first. You will thank yourself for this during the trek.
The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over 2 or 3 days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. This is why we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning the Trek.
How to Book Your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
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Classic Inca Trail pre-trek briefing
The briefings will be done at our office at 6:30 PM the night before your trek. If you are unable to make this time, you need to coordinate another time with a member of the SUNRISE PERU TREK office team. Briefings are approximately 30 – 45 minutes long, and where you will receive your duffel bag. During the briefing you can clarify all your doubts with your trekking guide.
Start the Trek of Lifetime
The Four-day “Classic Inca Trail” begins when we pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 05.00 am and board our tourist bus. Ensure you have your original passport and ISIC student card (if is applicable). The bus journey from Cusco to Pisqhakucho (km82) the trailhead will take approximately 3:30 hours. The journey will reward you with specular views of the sacred valley of the Incas, we will pass small towns like: Poroy, Chinchero and Urubamba; then we will arrive to Ollantaytambo and stop here for 30 minutes, you can have your breakfast and also you can purchase some items for the trek; don’t forget some coca leaf for the altitude and leave your K’intu (offering) at the dead woman pass; form Ollantaytambo we follow the Urubamba valley until Pisqhakucho (2,750m) known as the km 82; where we will find our porters, also here is located the control point for the Inca trail, here we must show the permits and the entrance to the Inca trail as well your passport. After we pass the control we start hike steeply up for few minutes and then undulating for 3 hours until Patallacta Inca ruins; this section of the trail runs through mountainous valley with the presence of different type of cactus and we will see some local families farming corn. Patallacta (up city) was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingham at 1915, where still exist great terracing system that was used during Inca times for growing maize; a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands; here you will hear history from the Guide; then continue through the Cusichaca Valley for 2:30 hours until Wayllabamba (3,000m) where the lunch will be served; After a good rest we will continue the ascent toward dead woman pass but we will stop at Lluluchapampa camp, the half way. We’ll Use Llulluchapampa area as a first camp will make easier the second day because we don´t have to hike in one day all the way up from the lowest part until the pass (4,200). In this part of the trail you will be rewarded by stunning views of the high mountains forest , rivers and waterfalls, also great opportunity to see birds and hummingbirds; after 3 hours hike from the lunch place you will arrive to the first camp at Llulluchapampa 3,800m where you can see several species of birds. With luck you will see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles.
- Meals: L-D
- Accommodation: Camping
- Maximum altitude: 3,800m
- Minimum altitude: 2,750m
- Distance of trekking: 15km
- Approximate trekking time: 7 – 8 hours
Dead Woman Pass (4,200masl)
After breakfast we leave the camp site at 7:00am approx. Today will be our longest day but you will be rewarded with spectacular views. The trek from Llulluchapampa camp to Pacaymayo the lunch place will be four hours approximately; and after lunch we will continue 4 hours hike to Chakiccocha camp. From the camp we can see the highest pass ahead; the trail continues steeply up through a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This hard climb brings us to Dead Woman Pass, (4,200m) the first of two that we will cross today. From here we will start the decent for two hours to Pacaymayo valley (3,600m) where the lunch will be served and after rest break we´ll continue the ascend toward the second pass; we will stop at the half way to visit Runkuraqhay Inca ruins which was an Inca relay stations or stopping place for the Chaskis or Inca messengers. From Runkuraqhay Inca ruins we continue trekking upwards on the original Inca trail until the second pass: Runku pass (4,000m); at this place you will be rewarded by spectacular views down several valleys and up surrounded snowcapped mountains one of which is Pumasillu (5,800m) snow mountain. From the second pass we continue descent and we will encounter Sayacmarka and other marvelous Inca ruins located on top of a small rocky mountain from here the trail continues through cloud forest until Chakiccocha camp.
- Meals: B-L-D
- Accommodation: Camping
- Maximum altitude: 4,200m
- Minimum altitude: 3,600m
- Distance of trekking: 15km
- Approximate trekking time: 8 – 9 hours
A Wonderful Day
We leave the camp at 7:00 approx. and continue the hike for 2 hours by undulating original Inca trail until Phuyupatamarka known as the third pass which is located at 3,600m, from here we will continue approximately 3,200 steps down to Wiñayhuayna camp. From Chakiccocha camp you can see the Pumasillu (Puma´s claw) mountain range, full vegetated Aobamba valley, and Sayacmarka Inca ruins; the hike of today will be short but beautiful for the stunning landscape and you will have the opportunity to see flowers, birds, and hummingbirds. This section of the trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries. Your lungs will appreciate the fact that today’s hike is much more down than up. After two hours hike from the camp we will arrive to Phuyupatamarka (town over the clouds) a magnificent Inca temple of the water which was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingham at 1915. After the guided tour we will continue descent through the magnificent cloud forest where plenty of birds and hummingbirds live. We will descent 3,200 steps down approximately until Wiñayhuayna (2,600m), where we will arrive at around noon, here will be served our lunch; after lunch you can rest or you can go to explore around the camping site and visit Wiñayhuayna a marvelous Inca temple which is just 10 minutes’ walk from the camp; at Wiñayhuayna (Forever young) you will see a great Inca terraces system used to grow food that the Incas used there in Machu Picchu. Today the hike ends early because tomorrow we must wakeup very early to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu.
- Meals: B-L-D
- Accommodation: Camping
- Maximum altitude: 3,600m
- Minimum altitude: 2,600m
- Distance of trekking: 10km
- Approximate trekking time: 5 – 6 hours
Explore Machu Picchu Inca site
Today will be exceptional day because you have been hiking for three days and you just want to arrive to Machu Picchu. We will get up very early (4:00am) and start the hike at 5:00am to arrive in time to Intipunku, (The Gate of the Sun), and see the first sun illuminating the imposing Machu Picchu; the Inca trail continues gentle up through a narrow path. After Intipunku we still have half hour walk down to Machu Picchu and take your photos now before the crowds arrive; the guided tour of Machu Picchu should finish between 10:30 and 11 after that you will have extra time to explore by yourself Machu Picchu. Then you will take the bus for 25 minute down to Aguas Callientes and enjoy your lunch; late in the afternoon we take the train and return to Cusco arriving there in the evening.
- Meals: B
- Maximum altitude: 2,700m
- Minimum altitude: 2,400m
- Distance of trekking: 5km
- Approximate trekking time: 2 hours.
Classic Inca Trail Includes
- Guided tour along the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Transportation: Transfer from your Cusco hotel in our Tourist bus to Pisqhakucho (km 82), starting point of the trek – Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.- Tourist train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo.- Transfer from the train station to your Cusco hotel.
- Entrance Fees: For Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Meals.- (3) breakfast (3) hot lunches.- 3 hot dinners delicious meals; food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, We provide available boil water each mourning for your water bottles
- Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people)
- General Porters: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears.
- Cook and cook assistant.
- Camping Equipment: We provide 4 season tents, four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the Guiges and porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
- Other Items: first aid kit, oxygen bottle.
- Personal Travel Advisor assigned for you to customize the rest of your Peru Trip.
- Breakfast: Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, we stop at Ollantaytambo town where you can have breakfast and purchase some items for the hike.
- Meals: Lunch in Aguas Calientes town on the final day, you must consider a budget from US$15.00 to US$25.00 for this meal. Entrance to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (optional) US$ 3.00
- Extra Porter: To carry your personal items (6kls) in duffel bags that we provide US$ 50.00 for the entire trek.
- Sleeping Bag: can be rented in our office
- Others: The optional night in Aguas Calientes town we will assist you on this, but you must let us to know in advance and change you train tickets for the next day.
- Tips for the staff.
- Down sleeping bag minus 8 ºC (US$ 20.00 for the entire trek)
- Personal porter for 6 Kg US $60.00
- Single tent US$ 70.00 (If you travel solo and is your choice.)
- A pair of trekking poles US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek)
- 40 Lts Backpack US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek )
- Ticket for Huaynapicchu mountain US$ 60.00 (Book in advance, limited permits.)
- Up-grading to Vistadome return train to Cusco extra USD$ 60.00 per person.
What to Bring
- PASSPORT. – You MUST take your passport and a photocopy is not sufficient. (Keep it in a plastic bag in case of rain) SLEEPING BAG.-You will need a good warm sleeping bag for the Inca Trail trek. Sleeping bags can be hired for US20-25, please let your Tour Leader know at the Inca trail Briefing. A four season (or -10) bag is recommended for the winter months. At other times you will probably be fine in a 3 season (or -4/-5) bag although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is given as a guideline only.
- SILK SLEEPING BAG LINER.- Especially recommended if you plan to hire a sleeping bag but can also give your own bag added warmth.
- DAY PACK.- A day bag that has easy access to water bottles (external side pockets) or a day pack with a built in hydration bladder. This bag only needs to be large enough to hold the few things you need during the day (hat, water, camera, snacks, rain jacket etc).
- WATERPROOF, WELL WORN-IN WALKING BOOTS.- Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight. Ankle support and waterproofing is recommended but if you already have something comfortable with good grip on rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your well-worn in pair!
- PLASTIC BAGS.- to keep your belongings and clothes dry (wrap everything in plastic bags).
- TOILET PAPER .- Most important! Also small plastic bags or zip lock bags for rubbish which can then be thrown in the main rubbish bag provided by the porters. Please don’t dispose of your toilet paper on the ground!
- WET WIPES AND OR FACE WIPES.- These are an essential and will come in handy after a long day of trekking and no showers.
- SMALL TOWEL AND BASIC PERSONAL TOILETRIES.- There is an opportunity for a shower at the campsite on the third night so bring travel size shampoo and shower gel if you would like to use it, plus wet wipes for the rest of the trek.
- WATER BOTTLE.- bring one large (1.5 litre) or two or three small water bottles that can be refilled on the trail with boiled water, which will be supplied daily
- WALKING CLOTHING IN LAYERS.-(e.g. zip off trousers, fleece, T-shirts). It’s a personal choice as to how many items you bring however please remember there’s a 5kg limit. We recommend the following; 2 Pairs of long Walking Trousers (Zip off are a very hand choice but not a necessity) 2 T-shirts 1 Pair of shorts Rain Jacket or Poncho (Poncho can be purchased locally for a $2-3) 5 Pairs of Thick socks
- WARM CLOTHING FOR NIGHT TIME.- Fleece, long pants, woollen hat, gloves
- THERMAL UNDERWEAR. – Thermal wear is highly recommended, being light, warm and will keep you warm at night.
- SUNSCREEN, SUNGLASSES AND SUNHAT
- PERSONAL MEDICATION AND BASIC FIRST AID KIT .- Band-Aids, Imodium, Panadol, rehydration sachets
- CAMERA AND SPARE BATTERIES, MEMORY CARDS OR FILM.- Please note: there are no electrical outlets on the Inca Trail so make sure you fully charge and or have spare batteries!
- SNACKS.- Chocolates, chips, biscuits, energy bars. Snacks are provided during the trek but you may like to bring one or two extras just in case. If you have a dietary requirement then be recommend bringing some suitable snacks from home. We will accommodate you for Breakfast, lunch and dinner however for snacks it’s recommended to bring some just to be safe.
- HEAD TORCH OR STANDARD TORCH (FLASH-LIGHT) .- (Very Important) and spare batteries. TROPICAL STRENGTH INSECT REPELLENT
- ANTISEPTIC HAND GEL
- SWIMWEAR FOR AGUAS CALIENTES HOT POOLS.- Towels can be hired there for 3 soles.
- FLIP-FLOPS / THONGS / JANDALS.- If you wish to have a shower on the third night and to wear around camp after a long day of trekking.
- EAR PLUGS.- In case your tent ‘roomie’ is a snorer.
GETTING TO CUSCO PERU
You will land at the International Airport in Cusco when you come from Lima the capital of Peru. Our travel representatives will receive you at the Airport and then transfer you to a hotel in the center of city. That will be our first task after you land in this historical city at 2,400m. The itinerary then follows in the coming days.
WHY TO TREK WITH US?
“SUNRISE PERU TREK” offers a wonderful opportunity to help you visit those areas, culture and tradition of Peru that have never been explored before. Your trip itineraries are fully customized in order to meet the individualized needs and interest of each traveler. We also partner with local Porters and Leaders to help you get maximum out of the trip. We are highly dedicated and offer years of experience to plan an outstanding adventure trip for you. Customer service is our top priority; therefore, we cater to every possible need of yours during your stay in Peru be it the food, accommodation, varied destinations or your communication needs. Despite all these facilities, our best packages are offered at a very competitive rate.
INCA TRAIL TREKKING PERMIT
There are some restricted trekking destinations in Peru which require special permission from the government of Peru all trekkers (locals and foreigners). They also need to pay a fixed royalty to trek some of the selected places in Peru. Some of the restricted trekking destinations like Short Inca Trail, Classic Inca Trail, Inca Trail & Salcantay Trek, etc. require special trek permit. However, there won’t be any such problem as we, the company, will look after the legal formalities in securing the trek permits for the clients. It will be our responsibility to secure trek permits for you.
As most of the trekking destinations in Peru exceed 4,000 meters of altitude, high altitude sickness is one of the common problems faced by the trekkers. High altitude sickness can be very fatal and dangerous if you are not prepared for the same. Some of the trekking destinations like Classic Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, Ausangate Trek exceeds the 5000 meters of altitude with chances of high altitude sickness. However, if you are aware of the problem and if you take special measure, then altitude sickness can be avoided and will not be much of a problem. As we have experienced trekking guides and a team of experienced hand, altitude sickness will not be a problem and even if it occurs, it will be handled well by our team members.
Whenever we embark on a tour package or itinerary, we are fully prepared of the possible consequences or the untoward incidents, and hence our team carries a separate medical kit. Medical kit is of immense help and importance during our tours and treks as you never know what will happen next, even regarding the health of the trekkers. Availability of medical kit is very paramount as it will help to provide immediate medical attention to the needy person. Problems of high altitude sickness, shortness of breathing, dizziness, etc. are the ones frequently encountered during the trek. Presence of medical kit helps to resolve any of such problems and provides immediate relief and medical attention to the person who is in need for the same.
Some special trekking equipment are necessary for trekking and expeditions. Such special equipment will have to be brought or arranged by you. As such equipment are quite expensive; it is not possible for us to arrange such materials. However, general trekking and minor accessory requirements will be provided by the company. You only need to bring with you some of the special trekking equipment necessary for trek and expeditions. Also, if you do not have such equipment then we can provide you with such equipment, but you need to pay for it.
FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION
We always make sure that our customers get the right value for their money. Therefore, we always attempt to make some of the best arrangements for our customers. To ensure a comfortable stay, we book tourist standard hotel in Cusco and Aguas Calientes town before and after your trek. Normally, the rooms are twin share, where you will have to share your room with another member of your group. However, this totally depends on the size of your group and the availability of rooms in the hotel. On request, triple share can also be arranged. Moreover, if you are looking for a single supplement room, extra charges will be applied. During the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, your stay is arranged camping sites or lodges with shared amenities. You can also enjoy a hot shower in these lodges. In the absence of shower few buckets of hot water can also be arranged. A full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea &coffee) will be provided during the entire trek. Usually, porridge, toast or chapattis, oatmeal and local bread are served for breakfast. The food served for lunch and dinner are simply great. Peru offers a fantastic selection of good to top quality hotels with a number of reliable chains operating in the main tourist destinations including the Peruvian-owned Casa Andina as well as international brands such as Starwoods Hotels. A number of the country’s colonial buildings have been transformed into luxury hotels to offer guests a glimpse into Peru’s heritage whilst enjoying a comfortable stay. For those looking for something a little more rustic there’s the chance to spend a night in a tree house in the Amazon though jungle lodges can also offer 5* convenience for discerning visitors.
OUR ATTEMPT WHILE YOU ARE ON A TREK
Most of our trails take you to the remote region of Peru, where communication facilities are very less. Therefore, “SUNRISE PERU TREK” takes all the responsibility to deliver your message to your family, friend, relatives or the concerned person. Our guides are provided with a cell phone and are contacted on a regular basis. You can use the cell phone provided to our guides to send your message to us which will further be delivered to the respected person. Also, our guides will make every attempt to follow the planned itinerary; however, it is kindly requested to be flexible in case of changes in the itinerary caused by extreme weather conditions.
OPTIONAL SOLO SLEEPER
If you are travelling alone one of the most rewarding things you can do is join a small group tour. Not only does it connect you with other like-minded travellers but it means you have other people to share and reminisce on your experiences with when you return home. In general, approximately one third of any group will be made up of single travellers, with the remainder being friends or couples travelling together. All of our holidays are based on twin share, so solo travellers generally share a room or tent with someone of the same gender, however if you prefer your own space you may like to consider our Optional Solo Sleeper. For a fixed price per tour, you can enjoy your very own room or tent ensuring you more space, quiet time and privacy. This option will give you your own room or tent for every night, or in the majority of locations on your trip. Prices for the Solo Sleeper option, and tour specific information, are available on tour pages. The number of Solo Sleepers we can offer per tour is limited and is subject to availability so it’s best to book early if you would like this option.
Based on past experience, we recommend at least Peruvian soles 200 – 500 (approx. USD 120 – 150) per day to cover your normal expenses including sightseeing, small souvenir shopping and meals. If you wish to purchase expensive souvenirs, you will need to budget for more, or use your credit cards for these purchases. Remember, this is a rough figure only and spending habits vary greatly between individuals according to their budget and habits!
Although you may not be accustomed to tipping at home, tipping (known locally as ‘baksheesh’) is an important way of life in Peru and is something that is done by locals as well as tourists. When travelling with top deck, tips are already included on anything that forms part of your itinerary, including bus/coach drivers, included meals, hotel staff, local guides, etc. This includes your SUNRISE PERU TREK tour leader. That means you do not have to tip for any of these included services! However, you will need to tip for services that are not included, so please take this into consideration when working out your budget. For example, you will need to tip at non-included meals when you pay for the meal yourself, even if your Trip Leader has helped organize it, and you will need to tip for anything you do on your free time. Your Tour Leader can advise you what an appropriate tip amount is. A general rule when tipping is if the service warrants it, tip what you think is a fair amount, and if you do not think so, then do not tip or tip less than normal. Also, do not get bullied into tipping and disregard any comments that you have not given enough.
In Classic Inca Trail is compulsory for all passengers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before the trip departs covering cancellation, medical expenses including repatriation, loss or damage to baggage and personal belongings, money and personal liability. You must bring a copy of your travel insurance policy with you on the trip. Your Classic Inca Trail Leader will make a record of your travel insurance details at the start of your trip, e.g. the name of the insurance company, the 24 hour emergency telephone number, and your policy number. These will be sent to our operations team to ensure that if you lose your policy details, they can be easily retrieved.
Depending on your trip, you could be travelling in a modern air-conditioned coach or mini-buses, or tourist train. Importantly we own all of our coaches, meaning we can be sure they are well serviced and of a high standard. The quality of all other types of transport has been thoroughly checked and verified by our local offices to ensure they meet our specific requirements. All transport is included in your trip price, and will ensure you arrive at each destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
We want to make sure you’re having the time of your life while travelling with us. Therefore, if you suffer from any kind of medical condition or allergies, we will need to know at the time of booking, or at least 2 weeks prior to the departure of your Classic Inca Trail. If you require regular medication, you must have a sufficient supply before your trip departs, as it may be difficult to obtain while travelling. You must be able to administer your own medication. Strict food and water hygiene is essential to avoid diarrhoea. Make sure food has been properly prepared, drink only boiled or bottled water and keep in mind that ice will likely come from tap water. Also take precautions against insect bites and sunburn. During the hot summer months it is advisable to carry bottled water in your day-pack at all times.
If you are arriving a few days before the start of your Classic Inca Trail, please be advised not to accept offers from people to visit specialty shops or to take guided tours. These people are not associated with SUNRISE PERU TREK and therefore we can’t be responsible for the service you receive from them. Your Classic Inca Trail trip includes professional guides who will accompany you to all the sites mentioned in your itinerary.
Should you encounter any difficulties meeting your transfer from the airport to the starting hotel, depending on which country you are in you can contact a SUNRISE PERU TREK representative on the following:
- Mauro Pedraza – Operations Manager Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
- Henrry Chauca – Operations Mobile: +(51) 950 313131
- Sharon Ovalle – SUNRISE PERU TREK Representatives Supervisor Mobile: +(51) 974 359484
IN CASES OF EMERGENCY
While we hope you never have to use it, if for any reason you need to contact someone from SUNRISE PERU TREK, whether it be that you have missed a trip departure meeting, have become separated from your trip on the road or any other unforeseeable problem, the following options are available to you.
- Cusco Office Your best recourse to assistance during the day is to call our team between 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-4pm. Telf: +51 84 237404
- Emergency Contact If you need to contact SUNRISE PERU TREK outside of the above hours the following number is available: Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours. Thank you.