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Our Itinerary is as follows:
Briefing in Wayki Trek’s Cusco office. Time to be determined by the company.
*Your briefing is usually programmed one day before your program and usually in the morning. However, if your program starts on a Monday, your briefing will be programmed for the Saturday prior to your program and during the morning only. Therefore, please consider this when booking your flights to Cusco.
CUSCO / KM 104/ AGUAS CALIENTES
Early in the morning we will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to the Train Station at Ollantaytambo; where we will take the train to get to the starting point of the trek at Km 104. The transfer between the bus and train will be approximately 3 or 4 hours. Along the way we will see beautiful landscapes, mountains, Andean towns, snow capped mountains, and valleys, especially the Sacred Valley. This route will take us to the beginning of the trek and will take us even further down to the “Ceja de Selva” (Jungle) and the Urubamba River showing us all of its' natural beauty.
Once we arrive to Km 104 (the starting point of the trek) we will be close to the principal gate in order to check in and start our big adventure to Machu Picchu. The first archeological center we will visit is Chachabamba (2,050 msnm), which is known for its' beautiful construction and location in the valley
that still preserves its' architecture intact. After that, we will ascend slowly for about 3 hours to the fascinating archeological center of Wiñaywayna (2,650 msnm), where we will enjoy its' charms and eat our box lunch. After a short break, we will continue through the semi-tropical forest to the mystic Intipunku (Sun Gate), where we will appreciate the first panoramic view of the enigmatic citadel of Machu Picchu, surrounded by impressive mountain peaks, deep valleys, and the Urubamba River. From Intipunku we will descend for almost 30 minutes to the citadel and we will take a break at the top to rest and take pictures. Finally, we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes (2,030 meters), where we will spend the night in the chosen hotel, where we have the opportunity to visit the hot springs of that the city is named for.
After a good rest we will get together with the group to have dinner.
AGUAS CALIENTES / MACHU PICCHU/ CUSCO
After an early, warm breakfast we will take the first bus to Machu Picchu so we can enjoy the beautiful sunrise of this magical place before the arrival of more tourists. The guided visit inside the citadel will take about 2 or 3 hours. After that, we will have the opportunity to freely explore the wonderful lost city of the Incas. By the afternoon, we will go back to Aguas Calientes to take the train back, Peru Rail – Expedition *.
(*) The return from Aguas Calientes will be done together with your tour guide. Time of service to be confirmed.
One day before the trek. Once there, you will receive all pertinent information for your trek and our staff will answer all of your questions.
Pick up from the train station in a private van to the Hotel in Cusco*
(*) The return from Aguas Calientes will be done together with your tour guide. Time of service to be confirmed.
In route assistance
IT2D: It does not include: breakfast on the first day; lunch and dinner on the last day..
*Please advise of your request for a personal porter at the time of your booking, as they will need permits to enter the Inca Trail as well.
Depending on your physical condition, the trek can be exhausting. If you would like to bring your own belongings, you can hire a porter to carry up to 15 kilos (33 pounds) per USD $ 150.00. The cost includes the salary of the porter, entrance to the Inca Trail, food and transportation.
It is also necessary to book in advance this trek, as it has a limited capacity of 400 people per day divided into 2 seperate times. The first group starts the trek at 7am and the second group at 10am; with 200 people in each group.
Going up Huayna Picchu will take between 45 min to 1 hour. The trail is narrow but safe. The view is amazing. You will see a panoramic view of Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate, the Urubamba Valley, and the Urubamba River. If however, there is no availability for the mountain Huayna Picchu we can consider Machu Picchu Mountain, which is also impressive for its' location.
The Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain ticket costs an additional US$ 75.00 US dollars and the Machu Picchu citadel ticket costs an additional US$ 69.00 US dollars
*Keep in mind that the trekking up to the mountain is not suggested for people with problems with vertigo or who are afraid of heights.
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes
If you want to return the day after your service, just let us know in advance to change the date of return by train without penalty (35 days before). If you let us know this change after 35 days, we will have to check the availability of the train and pay a fine.
Also, if you need assistance in booking a hotel in Aguas Calientes, we can do so as an optional service free of charge. Please note that in Aguas Calientes there are a variety of options for accommodations, from bed and breakfasts to 5 star hotels. In addition, you have the option to enjoy and visit the hot springs of the town.
On the route there are public bathrooms in some campsites and places to eat lunch. We would also like to let you know that the public bathrooms are located by the Government, and their location are as follows:
Train leaving from Machu Picchu train station
To return by train from Machu Picchu Station, you must take into account the following:
Information on the departure time by train from Aguas Calientes will be provided during the Post-Sale.
If you the customer, whether Private service or Group service, want to make an upgrade or change the departure time of your train service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, you must report this change at least 35 days before your trip. In this way, you would avoid paying the penalty. You only have to pay the difference in the train ticket
We would like to kindly remind you that Wayki Trek manages small groups ( of up to 8 people only), that’s why we can offer a highly personalized service: offering you a more enjoyable time on the trek with more interaction between our participants. In addition, Wayki Trek has a high level of environmental responsibility with each of our processes.
(Groups consisting of Max. 8; Min. 2 people)*
*Price per person, applies for departures from 1st January 2018 until 31st March 2019.
** 17 and under. (Young children that turn 18 during the trek will be charged the adult price). (For 2018 student discounts please communicate with your salesperson.)
Due to the strict regulations established by Machu Picchu Park, once you have made your booking, the space and permit that has been purchased cannot be cancelled. It is also impossible to transfer the permit to someone else under a different name, nor can the date of your permit be modified. Therefore, if you are not able to arrive on the scheduled date, No refunds can be done.
Permits are not refundable and WAYKI TREK will purchase the permits as soon as the confirmation of the booking is sent to you.
In the event that you decide to withdraw from the trekking once it has started, you will be responsible for all additional charges such as: food and transport that might occur because of the modification of your itinerary. However you can join the group again for the visit to Machu Picchu citadel and the use of the same services from that point onwards.
In the event that you decide to cancel the trip due to a health issue or personal problem; the above cancellation policies will be applied as the company had already incurred in administrative and logistic expenses for your trekking.
It is important for Wayki Trek to provide excellent service to our passengers to fulfill your expectations, and to participate in the conservation of our environment. It is because of these two reasons and to guarantee the continuous application of this philosophy that we have obtained two of the most important certifications in our field: ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. With them, we guarantee the service that our passengers expect from us and the conservation of the environment in each step of our processes.
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, we, in WAYKI TREK have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
Wayki Trek believes it is a priority to help and assist in the development of local Andean communities. That is why we are actively collaborating to eradicate problems like the loss of self-identity, lack of basic services, low education levels, little economic development and migration to big cities due to extreme poverty. In an effort to reverse this, Wayki Trek has implemented projects that help to minimize the impact of these problems in the communities. The construction of a Medical Clinic and a rural Library are examples of that effort.
The Inca Trail is a protected area. For this reason, there are only 500 permits available each day (including hikers, and all working as porters, cooks, and guides). You should reserve your place as soon as possible. Sometimes the treks are booked at least 6 months in advance or more. Also, note that from May to September the permits are highly requested and spaces sell out quickly. To book the Inca Trail, we need your personal information which will be sent to the regulatory office.
In Wayki Trek, we are known for having small groups in our treks. For this reason, our shared/ group service always keep a standard between 2-8 people per group. We always handle this range to provide personalized service to our customers.
To book your Inca Trail trek, we need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT):
1) Name of the tour:
2) Trekking starting Date:
3) Name (Include middle name):
4) Last Name:
6) Birthday (DD/MM/YYYY):
7)Number of passport:
8)Passport Expiration Date:
10)If you are student (Do you have ISIC card) YES or NO
14) Food Preference:
You can use the PayPal option from our website and follow the steps. Please note that PayPal charges 6% tax for this transaction that is included automatically in this option. Once the payment is done, please forward us the email confirmation in order to proceed with your booking.
In case you decide to make the deposit directly from your account, don’t forget to add the 6% tax. You can send the deposit to this account: email@example.com
In case you decide to use Western Union (http://www.westernunion.com), you will need the following information:
Paternal name: QUISPE
Maternal name: GUTIERREZ
Address: 239 Quera St., Cusco - Perú
Please don’t forget to send us the tracking code (MTCN) in order to pick up the deposit and confirm your booking.
If you have reserved the service with your old Passport and then you have renewed it and obtained another, you most likely will have a different passport number. Please let us know so we can update this information. This modification has to be made prior your trip to Peru (at least 10 days before your trip). As soon as you have your new passport please inform Wayki Trek of this change. Otherwise, this update or modification will have an additional fee of USD 12.00 and it will create a big inconvenience to update it at the last minute.
Update of passport
In case you are going to update your passport, kindly, make sure you take a picture of your old passport since in order to update your passport number into your permits is mandatory to show a photo of your old passport and new one to the Ministry of Culture. In case you don´t have a picture of your old passport, you will be required to pay a fee of $115 USD in order to rebuy your permit. This is a requirement of the Ministry of Culture, unfortunately, we are not able to change this.
Change of last name
We are not able to change your last name in any of your permits or related entrances. So in case you get married or will change your name or last name, take in consideration that your permits won´t work. This means that we will need to rebuy your permits, so you will be required to pay a fee of $115 USD in order to rebuy your permits or related entrances. This is a requirement of the Ministry of Culture, unfortunately, we are not able to change this.
Change of nationality
We are not able to change your nationality in any of your permits or related entrances. So in case you change of nationality, take in consideration that your permits won´t work. This means that we will need to rebuy your permits, so you will be required to pay a fee of $115 USD in order to rebuy your permits or related entrances. This is a requirement of the Ministry of Culture, unfortunately, we are not able to change this.
Student with ISIC card
ISIC cards are no longer valid in order to apply to the discount. This because of new regulations of the Ministry of Culture.
Students with student card
In order to apply to the discount for students, your card must show all the following information:
a) Name of the University.
b) Full name of the student.
c) Student photo.
d) It needs to show validity: 2018-2019
e) Plastified format similar to a credit card.
f) Expiration date
The university card must show all the previous information named. If the card does not show the previous information named, the Ministry of Culture won't allow the student discount.
Those passengers who booked their trip using the discounted price for Student card Holders must bring their original and valid student card (not a copy, not expired). This document must be shown at the Inca Trail Control Gate. Unfortunately, if you do not bring your card. Your entry to the Inca Trail as the permits won’t be valid without your card.
If you have medical restrictions for some or all the activities detailed in your booking please contact your doctor and inquire about the risks of doing said activities.
Altitude Sickness (Soroche) and Stomach Pain
For those trekkers that come to Cusco directly from places at sea level; we recommend to arrive 2-3 days before your trek. Two of the most common health issues among tourists in Cusco are: The Altitude Sickness (Soroche) and stomach pain provoked by slow digestion.
Altitude Sickness: some of the symptoms are headache and nausea. There are some over the counter medication (pills) that help to minimize the symptoms of this problem, such as Glucosa Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Soroichi Pill, and Acetazolamida among others. If the symptoms persist, the use of oxygen is the next step. Under these circmstances we have the equipment and staff ready to assist our trekkers.
Stomach Pain: It is recommended to drink between 3-4 liters of water per day. Your body will need this to stay hydrated. Hot drinks are specifically recommended like coca leaf tea. Also recommended are soups, vegetables, and carbohydrates (not fried or heavy). Candy, chocolates, cookies and fruits are also a good option. In general, all food that is easy to digest. Do not drink alcohol or smoke.
Try to sleep at least 8 hours and do not exercise too much. Keep your body in good temperature wearing warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold. While adjusting to the altitude there is a general rule to follow: eat what is necessary and drink plenty of liquids.
It is very important that our passengers inform us before their trip of any medical restrictions, food restrictions, allergies, special diets, current medications, health issues, or anything that we need to consider to make your trip enjoyable and without concerns.
Take only whatever is necessary for the trek and leave the rest at the hotel:
For more information about the recommendations for this Trek, download our PDF: INFORMACIÓN IMPORTANTE IT2D
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Enjoy four days of the history of the ancient Inca Trail
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