Altitude: 2050 – 2650 m. / 6726 – 9350 f.
High Season: March – January
Duration: 2 days – 1 night
Level of Difficulty: Normal (Easy) click to see level
Route: Closed in February
You can control if there are still some spaces left on the date that you prefer. Ask our online operator and you’ll know directly if there are permits left!
The Inca trail leads through the protected wild nature of the Peruvian jungle and forest steppe, passes several archeological Inca sights and offers impressive views. The Incas used this itinerary for the pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machu Picchu.
How do you now if there is availability for the incatrail to Machu picchu
Well, it’s very easy, just select the month you want to travel in and you will see how many spaces are still available. The trail is regulated to 500 people per day. Support staff like guides and porters is also included into this allowance, so really only half of the 500 is for tourists.
There are limit of permits available each day for the Inca trail 2 days. it’s highly recommended to book your Inca trail 120 days in advance (especially in high season). If you wish to book your Inca trail you will need to pay the trek deposit in advance. Otherwise we will not be able to buy your trek permit. Once we have bought your permit for the Inca trail it’s not possible to change the date of your departure or your passport number, so make sure these details are correct. At this moment it’s not allowed to climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain for persons that are on the Inca trail. You only can do this iff you buy an extra expensive entree ticket machu picchu. Please notice that the Lares and Salkantay trail with Machu Picchu included are always possible as permits are not required.
Day 1: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Wiñaywayna-Aqua calientes ) 10 km
You will be picked up from your hotel between Early a.m. depending train hours, to be transferred to either Poroy train station or Ollantaytambo train station. The train will stop at km 104, after 1 h 1/2 from where you will start hiking the Inca trail, at an altitude of 2100 Mt. The trail starts with crossing the Willkamayu River by a bridge; also known as the Urubamba River. After you have crossed the river you will be visiting the famous Inca site of Chachabamba. After an introduction of the Inca history you will start walking a trail of roughly 8 km. After 3 hours of walking you will reach the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna (2650 m). Winaywayna is also known as the second most impressive archaeological site after Machu Picchu. This fantastic place is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming, and it was probably an experimental laboratory for agricultural purposes in Inca times. The name Wiñaywayna means ´forever young´. After walking around this beautiful place you will continue your trek by crossing the rain forest, through a narrow path, until you reach Inti Punku (Sun Gate). At this point you will have a great view over the most impressive place: Machu Picchu. After a break we will continue by bus to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night. This evening you will have the chance to visit and relax in the hot spings that are located at the upper section of Aguas Calientes. Total distance 10 km.
Day 2: Visit Machu Picchu
You will take one of the first buses at 5.30 a.m. to Machu Picchu. This ride will take about 25 minutes. After arriving at Machu Picchu you will start your 2 h guided tour around this beautiful place. When you finish the guided tour, there will be plenty of free time to explore and take photos by yourself. You you are ready you will take the bus or you can walk down to Aguas Calientes. At Aguas Calientes you can get some lunch (not included). In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will continue by bus to Cusco.
* Transfer from your hotel.
* 1 Train ticket Poroy or Ollantaytambo to km 104.* 1 Train ticket Machu Picchu ( Aguas Calientes ) – Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
* Entrance fee to Machu Picchu archaeological complex.
* All applicable taxes.
* Bilingual guided tour.
* All Meals as indicated in the itinerary. 1 lunchbox, 1 diner & 1 breakfast.
* First aid kit
* 1 bus tickets going up to Machu Picchu and 2 going down. Total 3 bus tickets.
* 1 night hostel (upgrade available, 3 or 4* hotel in Aquas Calientes).
Not included :
* Please notice that the food at Machu Picchu is really expensive. You might want to bring some snacks.
* Extra night in Aguas Calientes is an option. You need to tell us some days in advance so we are able to buy your return ticket 1 day later.
* Personal Insurance
*More luxury hotel in Aquas Calientes
*Personal porter, you have to carry your personal belongings yourself.
What do we need when you make a reservation?
*Full name as it is written in your passport.
*Date of birth.
*copy /Fax or scan of your international university student card (if you have one and are less than 30 years old the trek is 30 USD less).
*Departing date for the trail
*40 % deposit via Western Union to Peru or via visa online, both +5,5% click in the logo at the right of this website.
You will have to pay the remaining amount at our office in Cusco in cash USD or credit card or pay pall (+5,5% for credit cards )
All tours may be provided in private upon request
Note : if after making the reservation you have to change your passport, or if it is stolen, please bring the old one with you or at least a copy. The INC are very strict ! If the passport and the number on the permit do not match they will not let you start the Inca Trail. Please inform us in advance if you don’t have a copy of your old passport. The INC and Southamerica charge 25 USD in administration fees to change this. It is not possible to Climb Wayna Picchu for Inca Trail clients (rules of INC)!
What you should bring
* Your official international passport and student card. It’s not possible to enter the trail without these documents.
* Day backpack.
* Trekking shoes.
* water bottle no recycle.
* Flash light.
* Sun hat and sun cream.
* Clothes for the trek and a rain coat.
* DEET insect spray.
* Emergency money and money for tips (guides).