Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

Now we include one dinner at the finest restaurant in Aguas Calientes town at INDIO FELIZ

This premium version of the trek is a little different from the Classic Inca Trail. Trekking over 5 days instead of the usual 4, it provides the opportunity to divert to lesser traveled spots, with our third and final night of camping in arguably the most beautiful location on the trail. This campsite is unique, and only accessible by those taking part in the 5 day tour. We also spend our last night together in the vibrant town of Aguas Calientes, staying in a hotel, and dining together in the finest restaurant in town.

Also this option of trek takes through Machu Picchu 2 times. You will be able to see Machu Picchu one time before the Sunset and the other day for the Surise.

All of our campsites are chosen for their spectacular and remote locations. Far from the crowds and the lights of the city, the night skies in the Andes are a wonder all to themselves and the display of constellations and shooting stars is truly mesmerising. We pride ourselves on making your camping experience as comfortable as possible, using only the highest quality equipment, and with a team of porters whose skill and experience will ensure your safety at all times. Perhaps the jewel in our crown though are our chefs, who are truly culinary masters on the mountain. You will be amazed at the delicious meals they prepare for us!

We take care of booking all transfers, transport and tickets, ensuring that the tour goes as smoothly as possible. Our guides are especially selected for their trekking experience and their historical knowledge; keeping us on the right path, setting the pace for the hike and providing historical commentary and context for the many sites that we will see along the way.

Our time on the trail demands a number of steep ascents to passes above 4,000m. As such we consider this trek to be ‘Challenging’ and recommend it for people with a good level of fitness, and some trekking experience. If you are unsure of whether this trek is for you, please do get in touch as we would be happy to discuss it with you.

For those looking for a more unique and special trekking adventure, we look forward to welcoming you on this spectacular and unforgettable trip!

Classic Inca Trail is  the perfect journey for your vacations¡ contac us to our 24/7 number +51 989585967 or email us to info@perubylocals.com and join us on this espectacular journey to Machu Picchu.

High lights of the Classic Inca Trail

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU – DETAILS

  • Type of tour: Hiking, camping, historical and  train ride, one night hotel
  • Distance covered: 45 km (28 miles)
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights / 1 night hotel
  • Lowest elevation: 2400m (7,880 feet)
  • Highest elevation: 4200m (13,776 feet)
  • Level of difficulty: Challenging but your guide will be there encoraging you and help you enjoy as much as you deserve it.
  • Group size: Our hiking group sizes are very important to guaranty the quality of our service of giving you a perzonalized service thats the reason we run with an average of 7 hikers
  • Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love
  • Accomodation: Camping, we use 3 season roomy tents for 2 people, if you are a solo traveller let us know so we can accomodate with some one else or we will just bring a private tent only for you at your request.

Our guides: PERU BY LOCALS was a dream  that came thuth on 2015 for Jose Condor who guided treks from 2014 un till today and have been to Machu Picchu for over  1000 times, now Peru by Locals has a groups of top guides around among men and women that had a proffesional degree and get refresh trainning every year these folks had been to USA training with NOLS (National Oudoor Leadership Shool) training about WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER sinze our treks go in the wilderness and your helth is our priority in our trips so, our guides are totaly trained to assist any fo your needs while on you are vacationing, we envest on our guides because we belive they are the main ingredient of any trip.

Peru by Locals is not only a travel company but a group of great leaders that love sharing our culture with you and love being  with travellers.

ITINERARY

DAY 0: BRIEFING

At PBL we believe it’s important that all of our clients have the opportunity to ask questions about the  Premium Inca trail to Machu Picchu  (the itinerary, the challenges, what to bring etc) before we start. At a pre-arranged time, your guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing at your Cusco hotel the day before the start of the trek. A Peru by Locals representative will also be available at the briefing to collect any outstanding cash balance for the tour.

Day 1: Warm-up day – Cusco to Huayllbamba

Day 1 kicks off with an early morning pick up from your hotel in Cusco. From there we take a three hour drive through picturesque villages along the way to the starting point of the Premium Inca trail to Machu Picchu at Pisqacucho, also known as Km 82. Here we will meet our team (porters) including the chef, who will be in charge for carrying all the equipment and cooking for us – your guide will introduce them to you.

Our Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts along a trail surrounded by cacti and a dry forest, with a view of Waqayhillca mountain (5.800 m / 19.030 ft), the tallest mountain along the Sacred Valley mountain range. After about two hours of hiking we will stop for lunch.

The last 2 hours hike the vegetation becomes jungle and you have a chance to spot the biggest hummingbird (Patagonia’s gigas). We can expect to arrive at our campground by 4 pm.

Our porters will provide you a bowl of warm water to wash, and after you clean yourselves we will have Inca trail happy hour with hot drinks, popcorn, cookies, etc., and dinner will be served by 7pm.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Time: 7 to 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 2700m (8,858 feet)
Highest elevation: 3000m (10,168 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Challenging day through Dead Woman’s Pass – Huayllabamba to Paqaymayu

You will have an early wake-up call in the morning by one of our porters with a nice cup of coca tea served in tent. You will also be given a bowl of warm water to wash yourselves before having a delicious breakfast; the hike begins around 7am. This day is especially demanding because of the high altitude and the ascent to the highest point on the Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Warmiwañusqa – 4,215 m / 13,776 feet)

The four hours of our hike winds through a high altitude jungle and all uphill, with beautiful mountain views. Once we reach the top of Warmiwañusqa or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215 m / 13,776 feet), we descend to the campground at Paqaymayo (3,650 m / 11,975 feet), where we will spend the night. Here the temperature may drop down to 0°C / 32° F in winter (from May to August).

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 11km (7 miles)
Time: 7 to 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 3000m (9,842 feet)
Highest elevation: 4215m (13,776 feet)
Level of difficulty: Demanding (nothing is impossible in the land of the Incas)

Day 3: Jugle and historical day – Paqaymayu to Phuyupatamarca

We undertake the longest stretch on the Premium Inca Trail, but in return, you will have amazing views, many Inca sites to explore, orchids along the way and similar. We start with one and a half hour ascent to the second pass on the Inca Trail, Runkuraqay (3,950 m / 12,959 feet). After taking some time to rest here and taking pictures, we descend to explore the Inca ruins of Sayaqmarca before we head to our lunch spot. After lunch, we hike for about  hour and half on up  and down path to the next camp, considered as the most beautiful camp along the Premium Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 10km (6.2 miles)
Time: 7 to 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 3650m (11,975 feet)
Highest elevation: 3950m (12,959 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate to demanding
Inca ruins:
Today you will explore the ruins of Runcuraqay and Sayaqmarca.

Day 4: Down to Machu Picchu though Sungate

We will leave camp early after enjoying another gorgeous sunrise over the mountains. We then hike downhill for about three hours to Wiñayhuayna, the site with the most magnificent Inca ruins along the Inca Trail. Here we will have a guided tour of the site and the last lunch of the trek. After saying goodbye to our porters and chef, we begin our two-hour hike to Machu Picchu and will arrive before sunset. Once we get to Machu Picchu we will have a chance to take great pictures because at this time most people have left the city already. We will then take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night at a hotel and enjoy dinner together at a restaurant.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 12km (7,4 miles)
Time: 7 to 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 2400m (7,874 feet)
Highest elevation: 37000m (12,139 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Machu Picchu Tour

This day you may want to have very early wake up in the hotel for taking one of the first buses to Machu Picchu and get the sun rise. You take an early bus up to Machu Picchu where you will have two and a half hours guided tour. Afterwards you will have time to enjoy Machu Picchu at your leisure or climb Wayna Picchu mountain.

When you are ready to leave Machu Picchu, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), where you will catch the train back to Cusco which will mark the end of your Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Inclusions & exclusions

Included on the Premium Inca Trail Machu Picchu:

  • Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • Organic meals on trek
  • Entrance tickets to the Premium Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (does not include Huayna Picchu)
  • Locals (porters), who will carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
  • Chef
  • Boiled drinking (cooled down) water from day 2 onwards
  • Professional trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, traditions, wildlife. Our guides are trained in Wilderness first reponder in USE estandars, we trained them that way because your safety is our priority.
  • First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
  • Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses, etc)
  • Duffle bag if needed
  • Toilet tent and toilet sit (  we include this because the public toilets are in ver bad conditions)
  • Personal porter who will carry your belongins such as sleeping bag. sleeping pad or cloths for the ninght up to 8kilos / 17Lbs
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (expedition). If you prefer vistadome service we can upgrade it  to Vistadome for you at an additional cost of $ 25
  • One night in  3 star hotel, but you have an option to choose your hotel with upgraded price eather  4 or  5* hotels. During the trek you camp 3 nights in tents and one night hotel

Excluded on the Premium Inca Trail Machu Picchu:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us for $ 20)
  • Lunch on 5th day at Aguas Calientes
  • Gratitudes for the locals (porters) and guides, we recomend 15% of the total and more detaisl will be given at the briefing especially about how to make the distribution.

Additional options

Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Additional options

Machu Picchu mountain Machu Picchu mountain is taller mountain than Huayna Picchu and offers you spectacular views of Machu Picchu and surroundings. Our clients said before that it is better than Huayna Picchu and to get to the top it will be about 1,5 h and another 1,5 hours back down. The tickets are asually available almost all the time and not like Huayna Picchu.

Please inform us of your choice when you book the trek with us.

US70
Huayna Picchu Huayna Picchu tickets must be booked in advance since permits are limited to 400 per day and we can help you with the booking. US 70

Prices with hotels

Price per person

The prices of the Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are per person in a double occupancy room in a hotel in the last night at Aguas Calientes.

Flowers house 3* Casa andina 3* Sumaq hotel 4 * Pueblo hotel 5 *
Double occupancy $790

Single occupancy $ 840

Double occupancy $910

Sinlge occupancy $ 940

Double occupáncy $1260

Single Occupancy $ 1490

Double Occupancy $1550

Single occupnacy $ 1790

Note:

Students: discount of $30, but you have to supply us with a copy of your university card or ISIC card when booking the trek with us.

Children up to 15 years of age will be considered as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the booking time.

What to bring

WHAT TO BRING ON THE TREK?

Original passport.

Please, remember to bring your original passport and that should be current one, if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both the one you use for booking your trip and the new one, the information you provided us in time of your booking have to match with your tickets in the Inca trail, the reason we ask you for your personal information when you book the trip.

Down sleeping bag.

See in the question section above.

Trekking boots, they should be breaking down if you have acquired new once make sure to break them down before you come, they should be confortable for your feet and if they have ankle support that is even better.

Down warm fleece, jacket, has to be warm enough for the nights and the jacket if is a win breaker or rain jacket is good.

Few t-shirts, hiking, you will sweat you may considerer to bring at least 3 or 4 of them, one for the hike, one the night and one clean for Machu Picchu

 Socks,  Bring at least 3 pairs

Sun hat,  some days can be hot and suny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat  that can keep the sun off your face.

Cloths for sleeping, warm long underwear and you can use your fleece to sleep with, you may consider bringing gloves especially for the camp sites.

Light long pants, trekking pants are the best those that you can sip off the legs, plus they dry fast.

Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended

Head lamp, All the camps are dark so you will need to bring your head lights for organizing your staff in your tent or going to the bathroom at night.

Sunglasses

Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes

Book to read. you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book or those that are about Machu Picchu that may make you journey more interesting (the following books are recommended by us:  Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Timeby Mark Adams,

Trekking poles. See in the question section above

Bug repellent, there are mosquitos all around the year make sure you pack your bug spray.

Toiletries – toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel

Sunscreen – SPF 35+ recommended

Set of cloths. you should considere bringing set of clean cloth for Machu Picchu, after the night at teh hotel

Are you ready to book? email us to info@perubylocals.com or sen us a Whatsapp message to +51 989585967

Frequently asked questions

What is the terrain like? How challenging is it?

The trek is rated as moderate to challenging and covers approximately 45 km / 28 miles on uneven, rocky terrain with steep uphill and downhill sections and lots and lots of  steps. Day 2 is the most challenging for most of people because of the uphill and elevation, you will walk 1.215 meters / 4,000 feet in a span of 7 km / 4,3 miles to reach a maximum altitude of 4215 meters / 13,828 feet. Prior hiking experience is recommended.

How long before should I book the Inca trail?

  • The Inca trail spots should be booked in advance especially from April to August, as this is busy season, and from September to January there are usually spots left. We recommend you to book our spot for high season before Decembers ends.
  • The Peruvian Ministry of Culture administer control Inca Trail. They are the only ones able to authorize access to the Inca Trail.
  • Access to the Inca Trail is limited to 500 people per day, which includes tourists, guides, porters and cooks. Over 60% of this number is normally the personnel.
  • Reservations for the Inca Trail can only be made from March to January.During February the Trail is closed for maintanance.
  • The availability applies to the INCA TRAIL itself and not to any tour operators. For this reason any agency you may contact will have the same availability of permits for the Inca Trail.

What is the weather like on the Inca trail during the year?

Weather in the region is extremely variable and you should pack for a variety of conditions. In addition, our trek passes through ten bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. During a sunny day you can expect temperatures of about 18–25°C (65–77°F), however on the second day the weather is very unpredictable and temperatures can drop to 6°C (42°F) during the day at the pass (but you won’t  spend a lot of time up there).

The Machu Picchu area has a humid climate and tends to be warmer, since it is located at a lower altitude and near to the Amazon Jungle. The average temperatures at Machu Picchu are between 23°C to 25°C (73°F and 77°F), with the minimum temperature around 18°C (64°F). The Cusco area has only 2 well-defined seasons: wet season and dry season. The wet season starts in November and ends in March. During this period, it rains almost every day for three or four hours, but also there are several sunny days. The dry season begins around March and lasts until October. June and July are the coldest months. Paradoxically at noon the temperatures can reach 23 °C (77°F), the annual highest temperature.

What does my personal porter carry for me? Is he with us at all times?

You only carry a day-pack with everything you may need for a day´s hike (water bottle, rain gear, cameras,

snacks). Porters carrying your extra bag will not walk together with you. Your extra bag will meet you upon arrival at the next stop. You will be allowed to put up to 8 Kilos / 17 pounds that may include sleeping bag 1.5 Kilos / 3.3 pounds, sleeping pad kilo /2 pounds, extra cloths for the night such as long warm underwear, warm fleece and others.  If you don’t have any extra bag where you put extra stuff for the porter we will provide you with a duffle bag and you can return it back at the end of your trek in Cusco.

What happens if I get injured or get sick in the middle of the trek?

In cases of emergencies or medical problems, we follow a detailed medical protocol. All our guides have a “wilderness first aid certification”, and carry a full first aid kit, portable oxygen, and radios with them at all times. In case a special medical attention is needed (the worst situations would be like breaking a leg for example),  , the nearest medical centers, are at  Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes town, depending of  how far away on trek you are.

In case you get sick, for example if you get  altitude sickness that can not allow you to continue, you may need  to return with one of our porters to the beginning of trek and get the train to Machu Picchu where you can meet us for the tour.

What is the electrical situation?

There is not electricity while you are on the trek  – that is why we recommend you to bring extra batteries for your camera if you are considering taking lots of pictures or bring an extra portable recharger for using your phone a lot you . And all the camps are dark so you will need to bring your head lights for organizing your stuff  in your tent or going to the bathroom at night.

What I am going to eat on the trek?

Our meals are based on organic food, and we pack from the beginning fresh vegetables.

Your lunch would be based on a Quinua, pasta, vegetables soup and main course usually in a small version of buffet including rise, potatoes, white or red meat and, salad such as avocado.

Dinner is usually similar but comes with dessert.

Breakfast is based on eggs, omelette, pancakes, bread, cerials, oat meal and drinks. You will be very well fed and may just want to pack very little snacks with you because we will even give you snacks such a fruit and a cookie for the way.

Note: We have options for vegetarians or vegans too, – in time of your booking advise us so we know what to make for you on the trek.

Should I tip to the porters and guides? If I do, how much I should I tip?

Our porters and guides are paid fairly according to Peruvian labor laws – that is why ,  we don’t force our clients to tip the crew. However, most of our clients want to give them an appreciation for the work they do and the service they receive so, if you feel like giving them an appreciation or tip them, feel free to do it at the end of their work. It should be whatever you are comfortable with. For more advice please email us.

How many days should I stay in Cusco before the trek to adjust to the altitude?

The main cause of altitude sickness is going too high too quickly. Given enough time, your body will adapt to the decrease of oxygen. This process is known as acclimatization and generally takes one to three days at any given altitude., Cusco is at an elevation of 3,400 meters / 11,154 feet, so spending at least 2 days before any trek will help you a lot.

You may also consider taking altitude pills.

We often recommend to our clients DIAMOX or  Acetazolamide, which are used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness. This medication can decrease headache, tiredness, nauseadizziness, and shortness of breath that can occur when you climb quickly to high altitudes (generally above 10,000 feet/3,048 meters). It is particularly useful in situations when you cannot make a slow ascent. The best ways to prevent altitude sickness are climbing slowly, stopping for 24 hours during the climb to allow the body to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy the first 1 to 2 days. (Regarding any specific medications, Please, check  about side effects, precautions, interactions or overdose or ask for an advise to your doctor).

Do I need to bring money on the trek?

You should consider bringing money, as you may want to buy bottled water, snacks, Gatorade, beer? etc. from locals that live along the way, especially on day one, as well as if you are thinking to give an appreciations or tips for the porters and guides too.

The last lunch at Aguas Calientes is not included, so you will need money for that as well. We recommend you to bring soles rather than dollars; there are banks and exchange offices in Cusco where you can change any type of currency.

Do I need to carry  my own medicine or first aid?

Your guide will have a first aid kit all the time while you are on the trek, which includes some pain killers, bandages, small bandages to prevent blisters, oxygen tank, pills for case of diarrheas and similar.  At any time of the trek please feel free to ask for anything you may need , however, if you need any special medication or you have a special medical condition, please, contact your doctor to get the best advices prior to the trek.

Can I rent sleeping bag from you?  What type should I bring?

We rent sleeping bags that are especially designed for cold temperatures in the treks and we offer sleeping bags for up to 5 ºF  = -15 Cº, In time you are booking your trek with us you should request the sleeping bag if you need it, as at the spot it won’t be possible to rent it.

If you have one, make sure they are down and for temperatures up to 5 ºF  = -15 Cº,  or, even better,  made for colder temperatures  than that – , you don’t want to be cold.

How big my group is going to be?

We are specialized in both small and big  groups, but we like small groups because that way our clients get personalized service especially when you encounter lots of thing on treks, such as Incan sites, flowers, flora and fauna – your guide spends lots of time with you so you can learn more about our culture and history.

We limit the size of our groups on treks to up to 8 people.

Of course, in case any situation requires to take more than 8 people in a group, that is not any problem for us at all, – for example, a group of friends or family that is more than 8, we are happy to have them in a single group.

Will I get to see the sun rise from the Sun Gate if I trek Inca trail?

You have the chance to watch the sun rise from the Sun Gate during the dry season, that is from May to August, because on the last day of your trek in the Inca trail you will arrive there by 6:30 right before the sun comes over the mountains., The Sun  Gate is beautiful place  to see Machu Picchu in the distance, but also a perfect place to watch the sun rise.

If you trek Salkantay, Lares or other treks we offer, you won’t be able to watch the sun rise from the  Sun Gate but from Machu Pichu, because you will be at Machu Picchu by 6am. It is for sure a perfect place to enjoy the Sun rising over the mountains.

How do I get water on the trek?

In the Inca trail you will be provided with boiled drinking water from day 2 to the end of your trek., However, make sure you will get enough water for the first day, (you can also purchase it on the way to the beginning of your trek). People usually drink about one and half litre of water per day, some  even more so, you need to bring water bottles for the first day to refill them. We recommend you to bring Nalgene water bottles or camel bags so that way we can make less garbage., yYou will encounter locals selling bottled water along the way but not everybody is responsible, many people litter and that is sad. We need to take care of our home and nature – that is  why we recommend you refilling your bottles when you can and thank you for being part of our green home.

Is there any age limit?

In the Inca trail there is not a minimum age or limit ,- any person who is prepared for trekking can do it., Inca trail is a challenging trek so, there is a requirement  of being fit., tThat is why everybody that is thinking to trek Inca trail should have a certain level of fitness -, you don’t want to give up in the middle of trek, as Inca trail is not like walking in the park but is also not impossible.

Can I enter Machu Picchu with my backpack?

You are allowed to take into Machu Picchu backpacks up to 20 liters  , if you have a bigger bag that you carried on the Inca trail, you can check it in by the gate of Machu Picchu before you take the  tour with your guide (it costs s/ 3 soles per bag).

Why do I need to wake up to so early on the last day when I trek the Classic Inca trail?

One of the issues we always had in the Inca trail is waking up the last day really early (by 3:30 am) and not leaving the camp site until 5:30 am., sSo, after you pack and have the last breakfast (until ?? am) you will walk to check point of the camp site that is just 5 minutes from your tents, where you will line up for more than one hour until the gate opens at 05:30 am. aAll that is because our  porters have the train that leaves really early from the bottom of the valley,  – it  is the only train during the day they can load the equipment back to Cusco, so we  thank you for your understanding.

What time do I get back to Cusco the last day?

You will be back in Cusco around 8pm after the trek., If for any reason you have to be back in Cusco earlier than that, please  advise us  at the time of your booking or at least over one month before your trek begins, as we have to buy you the train ticket for exactly specified trains.

Will I have any extra time in Machu Picchu after the tour with my guide?

You will be finishing the tour in Machu Picchu by 10 am and then your guide will leave you in Machu Picchu on your own so, you can enjoy it at your leisure and take a bus down to Aguas Calientes anytime  you feel ready to leave Machu Picchu. At Aguas Calientes you can meet everybody from the group then for lunch before your train leaves.

Should I have to book Wayna Picchu mountain in advance?

The Wayna Picchu mountain has a limit of permits up to 400 per day  which is divided into two groups -, the first group from 7am to 8am and the second one from 10am to 11am., We really recommend you to book it in advance, especially for the dry season or high season that runs from April to August,. Consider booking it 2 or 3 months in advance and email us for the availabilities.

What is the toilet situation on the Inca trail like? Should I bring my toilet paper?

We will provide you a portable private toilet in every camp site that will be cleaned by our staff after being used. Also, each camp has public squatting toilets, (holes in the ground with  flushing water) so, you can use any of them as well.

In caseRegarding the toilet paper, you will need to bring your own with you., We recommend  one role for each two people, but in case for any reason you will need extra, your cook will have extra roles for you., Please don’t hesitate to ask for it as  they are always prepared for any emergency.

Do I need walking poles?

Walking poles are recommended for everybody, they will help you a lot in down  and uphill,. Our expert guides say that they can take up to 30% off the weight of your body and pair  of them  is recommended per person.

If you don’t have any but you want to have them on your treks, you can rent them from us as well – a pair  costs US$ 15 for the four days.

How big my day backpack should be?

Thirty litre backpack will be big enough to carry your belongings such as water, rain gear and extra cloths, since we will provide you a personal porter who will carry up to 13Lbs  of other equipment.

If you already have any  backpack between 20 an 40  litres, they will be good too.

How big the sleeping tents are? How many people can sleep in?

Our tents are for 4 seasons and each one is designed for 3 people, but we use it for 2 (2.30 cm length/ 0.90 inch), width 1.70cm/0.70 inch).

Please, email us if you are a solo traveller, about if you want to share a tent or you want have your own tent to sleep in.

Is there any place to wash myself? Are there showers?

The Inca trail has cold free showers in the second and third campsite so, if you don’t care taking cold showers, you feel free to shower. Every day in the morning you will a get small  bucket of warm water in your tent that you can use for washing hands, face or whatever you need. We also recommend you to bring baby wet  wipes that you can use for washing yourselves..

Is there phone signal on treks?

There is a signal on day one until noon and on day three in the afternoon, but day four you will get a full signal in case you need to be in touch with somebody.

Can I pay the rest of the balance in credit card or does it have to be in cash?

We take the balance of the payment in cash, so you won’t need to pay extra fees,.Of course you can use PAY PAL, or CREDIT CARD, but you will need to pay the fees that are usually over 6%.

In the day of your briefing when your guide will meet you, one of the representatives will meet you too to collect the rest of the balance for your trek.

What are coca leafs? Can I chew on them? Do they help with the altitude?

Coca (Erythroxylum coca) is a plant in the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America. The plant plays a significant role in traditional Andean culture. Coca is best known throughout the world because of its alkaloids, methylecgonine cinnamate, benzoylecgonine, truxilline, hydroxytropacocaine, tropacocaine, ecgonine, cuscohygrine, dihydrocuscohygrine, nicotine, cocaine, and hygrine. Many of the alkaloids contained in the leaf provide physiological effects useful for medicinal purposes. When chewed, coca acts as a mild stimulant and suppresses hunger, thirst, pain, and fatigue. Coca also eases sickness due to high altitudes. So, we really recommend you to get some for your trek and it is easy to find to buy in any stores in Cusco or along the way to the head point of the Inca trail. Your guide will teach how to chew on them.

Nutritional faqs.

100 grammes of coca leaf Organic acids: 3.2mg; Carbohydrates: 46.2g; Fibre: 14.2g; Fat: 3.3g; Moisture: 7.2g

Other Vitamins:   A: UI 14,000; Alpha carotene: 2.65mg; B1 (thiamine): 0.68mg; B6 (pyridoxine): 0.58mg; Beta carotene: 20mg; C (ascorbic acid): 53mg; H (biotin): 0.54mg; Nicotinic acid: 5mg.

Trace elements:   Aluminium: 49mg; Barium: 17mg; Boron: 24mg; Calcium: 1540mg; Copper: 1.1mg; Chromium: 0.23mg; Strontium: 204mg; Iron: 45.8mg; Phosphate: 911.8mg; Magnesium: 0.37mg; Manganese: 0.5mg; Potassium: 1.9mg; Sodium: 1110mg; Zinc: 3.8mg

Can I smoke on the trail?

If you are a smoker, you should still bring your cigarettes on the trek, but maybe try to smoke less, some people believe to trek is hard if you smoke, but your body is used to it so, it may be even worse for you. Also you are not allowed to smoke in the Inca trail but they mean along the way. You can smoke in the lunch spots and campsites.

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