Packing list for Lares Trek - Inca Trail - Machu picchu
Classic Inca Trail 2D/1N to Machu picchu
Price as Adult 2012:$380 /with Green Isic Card $370 with a minimum of 2 People
Price as Adult 2013:$420 /with Green Isic Card $400 with a minimum of 2 People
- Length : 12Km / 7,45645 Miles
- Length per Day : Day01: 12 Km Day02: Guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Min elevation:2000 Meters high /6561.679 Ft
- Max elevation:2750 Meters / 9022.309 Ft.
Important new trail regulations INC ( Institute National de Culture) Please note the INC has confirmed a 50% increase on the Inca trail fee for trekkers and porters but from August not January 2007 as previously indicated. A - Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 PEOPLE PER DAY) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so. B - Your passport details and ISIC student card if applicable must be presented to the UGM park control to obtain a permit. You most scan / fax your valid ISIC card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk losing your permit. YOUTH TRAVEL CARD or ISTC is not accepted by the control. C - We have daily departures for the 4 day Inca trail (except in all February) and from May to October (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 4 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date .D - For lower season dates November to April there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.
Last Minute Information: If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu beware that there are new regulations and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permits to climb Huayna Picchu is $57 extra and you need to indicate yes to this in your web reservation at the time of your booking….There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am. The guide will organize the tour of Machu Picchu around people’s climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits. Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferable and non refundable.
Last Minute Information Inca Trail PERMITS 2011- 2012 There are a limited number of permits for the Inca Trail (2 Day) and issued 'first come, first served.' You must book well in advance to be sure of securing your spots For high season (May to September) you should contact us at least 4 to 6 months in advance to discuss availability or check out our FIXED DEPARTURES: We can only buy your permit once you have paid your deposit.
If you are planning a hike 2 days the classic short Inca trail to Machu Picchu and stay one more night in Aguas Calientes expending your time seeing around the Machu Picchu this is a great trip itinerary combining the Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu ruins and the third day some challenge climb to the one mysterious mountain located in front of ruins….The Quechua name of the mountain is Putucusi (2350m) which means "Happy Mountain".You already known the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is consider one of the most important and preserve trail in Peru and this enquires to be booked in advance through one certified local tour operator in Peru….The networks were known as Qhapap Nan (the sovereign's highway). There is remains of the Qhapaq Nan (The Inca trail) throughout Peru that are still used to this day by local farmers sometimes accompanied by pack animals, usually the Llama. The trails were used by the Inca people as a means of relaying messages, carried via knotted-cord Quipu, books, and by memory; and for transporting goods. Messages could be carried by Chasqui runners covering as much as 242km (150mi) per day. There were approximately 2,000 inns, or Tambos, placed at even intervals along the trails. The inns provided food, shelter and military supplies to the tens of thousands who traveled the roads. There were corrals for Llamas and stored provisions such as corn, lima beans, dried potatoes, and Llama Jerky. Along the roads, local villagers would plant fruit trees that were watered by irrigation ditches.The trek itinerary as known as 2 days Inca trail and climbing to Putucusi Mountain is one of the best alternatives for people wants to discover more amazing landscape around the mountains of Machu Picchu ruins. Wayna Picchu Mountain (2530m), Machu Picchu Mountain (3010m) and Putucusi Mountain are available to be explored taking guided tours with additional night in Aguas Calientes.
Important: Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the Trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly. Note: that the Trail is closed every February for cleaning.
If you are a group of 2 - 3 or more people and there are still enough Permits Available in the Park (Cultural National Institute INC), then we can open a new departure date according to your required date as long as it is not alongside another group departure date. * If for any reason you miss out on a trek permit you can still visit Machu Picchu by train. See the many options into our web site such as : 2 Day or 2 Day trip to Machu Picchu / 2 Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu / 2 and 3 Day hike to Huchuy Qosqo with Machu Picchu so I suggest you get further information from each and let us know which one is great option for your !!
Typical 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek Itinerary:
Day01: Cusco – Km 104 – Chachabamba - Wiñay wayna – Sun Gate Viewpoint – Aguas Calientes.- At 6:30am pick up and transfer from your hotel to the train station of Poroy…Travel by train to trailhead at Kilometer 104.10am after find the checkpoint over the Ollantaytambo River and start to walk guided by official English-Speaking tour guide into Chachabamba ruin located next of old Inca Trail, this complex was considered the second gate to Machu Picchu. 3 hours climbs the hillside leaving the woods for open grassland till lunch time…The path continues descend to cloud forest crossing a nice waterfall and then arrive to the impressive Wiñay Wayna ruin, where you will have completely guided tour. Next to Wiñay Wayna ruins are facilities to use toilets and buy drinking water and short rest on the urban area of terraces. We walk slow following the ancient Inca Trail and getting the best view of the Urubamba Canyon and passing the cloud forest up to the final pass named Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From here you will have unforgettable scenery of Machu Picchu ruin and Wayna Picchu Mountain….At 3/4pm we arrive to Machu Picchu gate, if you like we can wait out or inside the ruins for nice sunset over the ruins. The first day entrance to Machu Picchu it will be impossible so we will let for the next day which is big day..Today you will stay at nice and comfortable hotel called Hotel PACHAMAMA IN www.pachamamainn.com (2 stars) with private bathroom, hot shower and next day breakfast (Box L - D)
Meals : A special box Lunch including a small bottle of water, energy bar,candies,apple or bananas (not restaurant on the trail ) Accommodation : Hotel Pachamama INN www.pachamamainn.com ( Double or Matrimonials ) Single supplement US$15.Maximum Altitude: 2680m / 8792ft./ Minimum altitude:2100m 6888ft./Distance Travelled : 7 Km Aprox.approx walk: 7 to 8 hours.
Day02: Aguas Calientes – Machu Pucchu – Sun Gate Viewpoint – Cusco.- 1st OPTION..At 4:30am breakfast and begin of 2 hours climb to Machu Picchu archaeological site (2500m).2nd OPTION…At 5am breakfast and half hour later aboard the first tourist bus to drop us to Machu Picchu main door, and to be the first visitors Inside Machu Picchu archaeological site you will have complete guided tour of this spectacular and mystical place. The guided tour include walk through the different section such as the urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide climb to Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City. At according time descend to Machu Picchu and then free time to explorer on your own. At mentioned time aboard a tourist bus to descend to Aguas Calientes town. Lunch will be in the town of Aguas Calientes and around 4pm we will aboard the backpacker train to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) and from here we take a private van to drop us to the hotel in Cusco about 8:30 PM. (B - L)
Optional.-After complete guide tour of Machu Picchu, you can desire to ascend to Huaynapichu at 7am or 10am. Another new option for climbers is the Machu Picchu Mountain, this is another highest mountain from you can have a better view of Machu Picchu ruins and Waynapichu. South Adventure Peru Tours recommend ascending to Machu Picchu Mountain and skipping the Wayna Picchu Mountain but since the 20th of July, 2011 the entrance has been limited to 4000 per day and everybody will have to pay another entrance cost which is S/25 per person and must be booked in advance!!
Stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town.- Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes? Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after the trek this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation which is US$ 45 per person at HOTEL PACHAMAMA IN www.pachamamain.com with private bath and hot shower and next day breakfast )
Our 2 Day Inca Trail Includes:
- Private transport Cusco – train station Poroy - Cusco
- Backpacker train ticket from Cusco (Poroy) - Trailhead (104km) and back to Cusco Day02.
- Official English-Speaking tour guide during the 2 Days.
- Entrance to the Inca Trail & Entrance to Machu Picchu ruin (Second day).
- First day an especial snack and Buffet dinner on Day01.
- A special snack to take to Machu Picchu on Day02 if od not require , lunch will be provided.
- 01 night of hotel in Aguas Calientes - room with private bath and hot shower (2* category).
- Meals according the tour itinerary & Tourist shared bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for any participant and our camp staff
Our 2 Day Inca Trail NOT Included:
- Optional bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on Day02 ($8 USD)
- Optional entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes ($4 USD)
- Towel can be hired for $2 USD at the hot spring - Aguas Calientes
- Alcoholic drinks & Breakfast on the first day
- Tips for guide and camp staff
What you need to Bring/Carry:
- Original passport to be showed in the park control of the trail (Day 1).
- Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
- Hiking boots (waterproof) for the rainy season.
- Long pants or slacks & Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
- T-shirts & Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
- Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - April
- Camera with extra batteries.
- Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna or in Aguas Calientes
- Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
- Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Inca Trail
- Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
- Personal toilette ítems.
- First Aid kit aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness).
- Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
- Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
- Optional: Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No Damage the Inca Trail) without rubber covers you CAN'T use them.
- Optional: Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the Inca route.
- Optional: GPS to map the campsites, the ruins and the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU
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