Salkantay Trekking + Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 7D/6N

At Peru By Locals we pride ourselves in our ability to create unique and challenging itineraries for our tours, providing a trekking experience a little different from the other tour companies that operate out of Cusco.

Of all of the trails that cut their way through the majestic Andean mountains, the names of the Salkantay and Classic Inca trails are by far the most famous, and for good reason. Each of these trails climbs to breathtaking mountain passes, stops by ancient Inca settlements, winds through remote Andean communities and passes unique flora and fauna only found in this terrain. From barren snow-capped peaks to lush cloud forest, the ecosystems change as often as we change altitude, just one of the reasons this hike is so special!

Hiking for a week, we spend roughly half of this time on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, arguably one of the most famous and most popular multi-day hikes in the world. With permits now limited to roughly 200 tourists per day, the privilege to walk in the footsteps of Incan Pilgrims to their spiritual citadel at Machu Picchu often requires booking up to a year in advance. And of course the trail concludes at the jewel in the Peruvian crown, the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Named as one of the “New Wonders of the World” in 2000.

But this trer is not all about Machu Picchu. Making several climbs to passes above 4,500m we will be consistently rewarded with spectacular 360 degree vistas of the Andes. We will visit some of the best preserved and most spectacular Inca ruins in the region where our specialised guides will provide commentary on the history of the sites. We will take exciting train journeys that carve along the lush valley floor, providing yet another perspective on the mountain scenery. And we will camp in some of the most beautiful and remote locations in the area. Far from the crowds and the lights of the nearest city, the skies in the Andes are a wonder all to themselves and the display of constellations and shooting stars is truly mesmerising. The last night of our tour will also be spent in a comfortable hotel of your choice in the town of Aguas Calientes, and we will enjoy a group dinner at the finest restaurant in town. Perfect preparation for our pre-dawn start for Machu Picchu!

This level of reward does not come without effort though. This is a challenging multi-day hike, most of which will be at high altitudes, and we recommend it only for people with a good level of basic fitness. If you want to check in with us on your level of fitness and whether this tour is suitable then please just send us an email, we will be happy to help.

Your camping adventure with Peru By Locals is designed to give maximum comfort, without detracting from the raw nature of the trekking experience. We use only the most experienced porters, horsemen & horses to carry our equipment and setup camp. Our chefs are especially trained to be able to create the most sumptuous Mountainside meals, and we use only the highest quality camping equipment to ensure you stay warm, dry and rested for each day’s hiking. We also take care of booking all transfers, transport and tickets so that you can truly relax and just enjoy the experience.

So if you are looking for a challenging, unique, spectacular adventure in the Andes, then please join us at Peru By Locals for this unforgettable 7 day trek!

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 premiun Inca Trail

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU – DETAILS

  • Type of tour: Hiking, camping, historical,  train ride, one night hotel
  • Distance covered: 77 km (48 miles)
  • Duration: 7 days / 5 nights camping / 1 night hotel
  • Lowest elevation: 2400m (7,880 feet)
  • Highest elevation: 4200m (4860m (15,945feet)
  • 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 SalkantayClassic 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. Cusco – Marcoccasa – Soraypampa

Early morning transport to Marcoccasa (3550 m / 11,647 ft), head start of the trek. Along the way short stop at the town called Mollepata to get last-minute supplies and sit down for a nice cup of coffee in one of the local restaurant. At about 9:00 am we continue on to Marcoccasa, where we’ll meet our support staff including horses, who will pack everything for the trek as far as Paucarcancha.

The trail begins with gradual uphill for 3 hours and then it gets flat for the next 4 hours until the end at Soraypampa (3800 m / 12,467 ft) where we spend the night. The views are spectacular as you get closer to the campsite.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 12 km (7.4 miles)
Time: 7 to 9 hours
Lowest elevation: 3550m (11,647 feet)
Highest elevation: 3800m (12,467 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Ichupata

Early morning hike to the beautiful lake of Humantay – to get there it will take us about one hour up, and one hour back down to Soraypampa, from here we hike for one and half hours to Salkantaypampa (4200 m / 13870 ft), where we stop for lunch. After a delicious meal and siesta, our trek starts again towards Ichupata (4400 m /14,436 ft), where we spend the night. During the hike you will have breathtaking views of the “invincible” and majestic Salkantay and other snowcapped mountain peaks. By the time we arrive to the camp, the tents will be ready and waiting along with a delicious dinner that will round off an amazing trek day. This campsite will be the coldest of all the ones, so make sure you have warm clothes for the night.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 11 km (6,8 miles)
Time: 5 to 6 hours
Lowest elevation: 3800m (12,467 feet)
Highest elevation: 4400m (14,435 feet)
Level of difficulty: Demanding

Day 3: Ichupata – Inca Chiriasca – Pampacawana

After a delicious breakfast, we continue with our journey for 2 hours in steep hike up towards the Incachiriasca Pass (4860 m / 15,945 ft), highest point in whole trek. We will rest here for good amount of time and capture the incredible pictures. This pass offers you one of the most spectacular views of snowcapped mountains including Salkantay mount, Humantay, Tucarway and others. From the pass we hike down for about 2 hours to lunch spot called Sisaypampa. In the afternoon we continue down towards Pampacawana (3650 m / 11,975 ft), where we spend the night.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 12 km (7,4 miles)
Time: 7 to 9 hours
Lowest elevation: 3800m (12,467 feet)
Highest elevation: 4860m (15,945feet)
Level of difficulty: Demanding

Day 4: Pampacawana – Wayllabamba – Ayapata

Today we hike down through lush valley for about three hours towards the first Inca site in the trek called Paucarcancha (3150 m / 10,335 ft), where you’ll stop for history lesson given by our guide. Then we hike further down for thirty minutes to Wayllabamba, where a delicious lunch waits for you and where we’ll also join the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Here is where we change our crew, we leave horses and join with our locals who will carry all the equipment on to the end of our trek. The last section of the trek will be 2 hours up towards the campsite through cloud forest.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 12 km (7,4 miles)
Time: 7 to 9 hours
Lowest elevation: 3000m (9,843 feet)
Highest elevation: 3800m (12,467 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate to Demanding

Day 5: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Chaquicocha

The morning begins very early at 5 am with a nice cup of coca tea in your tent. Today is especially demanding because of the altitude and long walk. After 4 hours of trekking up we will reach the Dead Woman’s Pass or WAMIWAÑUSQA (4215 m / 13,780 ft). From here we descend to the lunch spot at Paqaymayo (3650 m / 11,975 ft).

In the afternoon we have four more hours of trekking, half of the way up and half of the way down and in between there are two Incan sites that we will have the chance to look and learn about each of them (Runcuraqay and Sayaqmarca).

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 15 km (9.3 miles)
Time: 9 to 10 hours
Lowest elevation: 3590m (11,778 feet)
Highest elevation: 4200m (13.800 feet)
Level of difficulty: Demanding

Day 6: Chaquiccocha – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Today’s trek goes towards Phuyupatamarca Incan archaeological site, where we stop for a short period of time to explore the ruins. Afterwards we hike downhill for about three hours to WIÑAYHUAYNA, the site with the most magnificent Inca ruins along the Inca Trail and probably the most beautiful ones. After the last lunch in our trek we only have two more hours until our adventure ends at the most sacred place that Incas built, Machu Picchu. Here we catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night at a hotel.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 15 km (9,3miles)
Time: 7 to 9 hours
Lowest elevation: 2,400m (7874 feet)
Highest elevation: 3,700m (12,139 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 7: Machu Picchu Tour

We will take an early bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to watch the spectacular sun rise over one of the most amazing places on Earth. Be prepared for a flood of emotions and goosebumps at the very least, as you gaze at the ancient city of Machu Picchu! We will visit the lost city of Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

If you are brave and fit enough, you can hike up the steep Huayna Picchu mountain, or Machu Picchu mountain which is higher than Huayna Picchu. When you are ready to leave, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town to collect your luggage from the hotel and enjoy a farewell lunch with the rest of the group before you return to Cusco by train in the afternoon.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: Walking tour of Machu Picchu
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Lowest elevation: 2,050m (6,726 feet)
Highest elevation: 2,400m (7,874 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Inclusions & exclusions

Inclusions in the Salkantay Trekking & Inca Trail:

  • Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • Organic meals
  • Inca trail and Machu Picchu tickets (does not include Huayna Picchu)
  • Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.) from day 1 to day 3
  • Porters to carry the equipment from day 4 to day 6
  • Emergency horse in case we need it until day 3
  • Chef
  • Boiled drinking water from day 2 onwards to the end
  • Trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora. Our guides are trained in Wilderness first responder in USA estandars because w belive your safety is our priority.
  • First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
  • Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
  • Duffle bag if needed
  • Round-trip bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (expedition)
  • One night hotel (2*) accommodation in Aguas Calientes (If you have preferences of hotels or a train, we can arrange it at an additional cost)
  • Eight kilos (17 pounds) free bag for the horses or porters.

Exclusions in the Salkantay Trekking & Inca Trail

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Lunch on the last day at Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for muleteers, porters and guides

Additional options

Salkantay Trekking & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Additional Options

Huayna Picchu: In order to climb Huayna Picchu you must book in advance, since permits are limited to 400 per day. The cost is $ 20 per person. This permits needs to be book in advance

Prices

Salkantay Trekking & Inca Trail – Prices

Our service is customized to your needs, and the following prices are calculated according to the type of hotel you would like to stay in on the last day of hike (based on double room occupancy).

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

Flowers house 3* Casa Andina 3* Sumaq hotel 4 * Pueblo hotel 5 *
Double occupancy $ 1190

Single occupancy $ 1230

Double occupancy $1430

Single occupancy $ 1490

Double occupancy $ 1530

Single occupancy $ 1670

Double occupancy $ 1950

Single occupancy $ 2350

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.

 

Note: A minimum of two people is required to run the trek

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