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INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS

The 2 days Inca Trail is a trek of 11 km long. It’s a short length trek and demands a low effort. This type of hike is for people who want to enter Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail, but doesn’t have too much experience in trekking or don’t have much time to do a trek. Also, this trek can be done by families with young children, (9-14 years old).

The 2 days Inca Trail is a trek of 11 km long. It’s a short length trek and demands a low effort.  Also, this trek can be done by families with young children, (9-14 years old).

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Our Itinerary is as follows:

ONE DAY BEFORE THE TREK

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.

DAY 1

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.

  • Distance: 11 Km.
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Low Altitude: 2030 m. / 6658 Ft.
  • High Altitude: 2650 m. / 8692 Ft.
  • Campsite Altitude: 2030 m. / 6658 Ft.

DAY 2

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.

GROUP

INCLUDED

Briefing

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.

Transportation

  • Pick up from Hotel in a private van to Ollantaytambo Train Station
  • One way train ticket in EXPEDITION, from Ollantaytambo – 104 km (starting point of the trek);
  • One way bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (first day)
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (second day)
  • Perú Rail train EXPEDITION leaving Aguas Calientes in the afternoon*
  • 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.

Accommodation

  • One night of accommodation at Aguas Calientes

In route assistance

  • Professional tour guide fluent in English, specializing in hiking, with many years of experience and trained in first aid and rescue. The guide will attend from the first day to the last day of the walk, leaving you at the hotel.

Entrance

  • Tourist ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, which will be given on the first day and will be used along the way until you get to Machu Picchu.

Emergency equipment

  • First Aid Kit: includes alcohol, bandages, pads for height, hydrogen peroxide, bandages, cotton balls, oxygen, rescue ropes, etc.
  • Radio communication: They are equipped with radios used by workers in the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. We maintain constant communication in case of emergencies.

Food

  • A box lunch for the walk (first day), dinner will be at a local restaurant or at the same hotel, and breakfast for the following day will be at the hotel.
  • Meals prepared for this trek comply with all nutritional standards so our passengers can recover the energy used during the trekking.
  • We can also accommodate special requests such as: vegetarian meals, diabetic diets, allergies, etc.  These special requests must be done during the booking process. We would like to emphasize that our menu has been elaborated by our professional chefs.

IT2D: It does not include: breakfast on the first day; lunch and dinner on the last day..

NOT INCLUDED

  • Hiking Poles
  • Restroom Tent and Portable Toilet
  • Personal Porter, to carry personal items from our clients (up to 15Kg)*
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Tips.

*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. 

 

OPTIONAL SERVICES

Additional Porter

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.

 

Huayna Picchu

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.

IMPORTANT: If you choose to stay an extra night, you automatically lose the return with your leader guide and the return with Wayki Trek's van from Ollantaytambo train station to the city of Cusco. For this reason, you must reprogram the return from Ollantaytambo with executive sales, as an additional service.

 

Public Restrooms

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:

  • Public Restrooms - Inca Trail 2D: KM104, Wiñaywayna, Machu Picchu (the beginning) and Aguas Calientes.

 

Train leaving from Machu Picchu train station

To return by train from Machu Picchu Station, you must take into account the following:

  • Group Service: the customer will return with his trek's group and the leader guide.

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

IMPORTANT: If the customer wants to make an upgrade or change the departure time of their train service, they automatically lose the return with their leader guide and the return with the Wayki Trek's van from Ollantaytambo train station to the city of Cusco. For this reason, you must reprogram the return from Ollantaytambo, with executive sales; as an additional service.

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.

GROUP SERVICE 

(Groups consisting of Max. 8; Min. 2 people)*

  • USD 535.00 Adults
  • USD 515.00 students **

*Price per person, applies for departures from 1st April 2016 until 31st March 2017.

**With ISIC card and 17 and under. (Young children that turn 18 during the trek will be charged the adult price).(Valid until December 31, 2017) (For 2018 student discounts please communicate with your salesperson.)

DISCOUNTS

  • Students: Those who have a valid ISIC card, in the event that you book under a student rate with this benefit, will need to bring the original card (not a copy) to show it at the control points throughout the Inca trail. If the card is not shown, you will be denied entry to the Inca Trail as the permits purchased for you won’t be valid anymore.
  • Children: Between 7 and 17 years (at the start of the trek) pay the student rate, however they must show a copy of their passports.
  • Children under 7 years: They have a 30% discount.
  • Members of the South American Explorers: Receive USD10.00 discount.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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.

To consider:

  • If you cancel the booking between 30 to 10 days before the start of your trip; you will be required to pay 50% of the total cost.
  • If you cancel the booking between 10 to 3 days before the start of your trip; you will be required to pay 80% of the total cost.
  • If you cancel the booking between 1 to 2 days before the start of your trip; you will be required to pay 100% of the total cost.

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.

CERTIFICATION ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004

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.

SMALL GROUP

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.

SOCIAL PROJECTS

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.

AVAILABILITY

 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.

GROUP SIZES

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.

HOW TO BOOK

To book your Inca Trail trek, we need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT):

Personal information:

1) Name of the tour:

2) Trekking starting Date:

3) Name (Include middle name):

4) Last Name:

5)Gender:

6) Birthday (DD/MM/YYYY):


7)Number of passport:

8)Passport Expiration Date:


9)Occupation:


10)If you are student (Do you have ISIC card) YES or NO


11)Nationality:


12)Email:


13)Phone Number:

14) Food Preference:

15)Allergies:

16)Medical Requirement:

17)Adittional Services:

Deposit; In order to confirm a space (Permit) for the Inca Trail, a deposit of USD 200.00 per person is required. (Depending on the method chosen to make the deposit. The transaction fee is not included).

TO MAKE THE DEPOSIT

PAYPAL

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: leocusi@waykitrek.net

 

WESTERN UNION

In case you decide to use Western Union (http://www.westernunion.com), you will need the following information:

RECEIVER:

Name: MELISSA

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.

 

PAYMENT CONDITIONS:

  • In order to guarantee your participation in the Inca Trail, you need to send us your deposit. Otherwise we can NOT guarantee the service.
  • The deposit does not include any fee or tax for this transaction.
  • Once you send your deposit, please send us the confirmation receipt or MTCN in order to confirm your booking, otherwise we will not be responsible for your Inca Trail space.
  • The deposit is NOT refundable, once you send us your information along with it, we immediately purchase your permit to the Inca Trail.
  • The last payment will be made at our Cusco office, after your briefing. Please note that we only take cash.

DOCUMENTATION

Passport

If you have reserved the service with your old Passport and then you have renewed it and obtained another, your passport number has most likely changed. 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.

IMPORTANT: If you do not bring your passport, you won’t be allowed in the trail. Also, if you bring your new passport and failed to inform us and this information was not updated, you won’t be allowed in the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu.

Student with ISIC card

Those passengers who booked their trip using the discounted price for ISIC Student Holders must bring their original and valid CIIU 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 you will be denied entry into the Inca Trail as the permits won’t be valid without your card.

HEALTH

Medical Considerations

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.

Food Restrictions

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.

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE TREK

Take only whatever is necessary for the trek and leave the rest at the hotel:

  • A Hiking/trekking Backpack (15 liters capacity)
  • Hiking Poles with rubber tips. You can bring your own or rent it from WAYKI TREK
  • Trekking Clothing: Hiking shoes, waterproof pants, waterproof shorts, two shirts, a light sweater, jacket for rain, and clothes to rest in at the hotel.  On the other hand, it is quite comfortable and relaxing for the body to wear light clothes for the walk; for this, waterproof materials are very good, because they enable quick drying from sweat and rain.
  • Night in Aguas Calientes: Please bring with you a clean set of clothes to wear after the trekking. Also, you can bring along swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal Hygiene items: toothpaste, toothbrush, and wet wipes.
  • Medicine: If you are taking any medications, please bring them with you. It is also recommended to bring some over the counter medicine for the altitude sickness (Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamida). It is also suggested to bring Anti Blister Gel to avoid getting blisters on your feet and being unable to continue on your trek.
  • Digital Camera with an external memory (2-4 Gb) (Optional).
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Sun Block SPF 60 (UVA-UVB) waterproof and sport.
  •  Waterproof Insect Repellent lotion, not spray.
  • Swiss Army Knife.
  • Water bottle made of flexible plastic brand Platypus. This type of bottle is very easy to carry and does not take up a lot of space. At the same time, they help in our effort to protect the environment. WAYKI TREK will be refilling water throughout all of the trek.
  • Extra money to buy some beverages during the trek (optional). Also, if you decide to stay one night in Aguas Calientes, you will need to have cash with you as the ATMs in the area quickly run out of money due to the amount of tourists. If you just wish to have lunch in Aguas Calientes it is also advisable to bring cash. For all transactions we suggest to bring local currency (Peruvian Nuevos Soles).

RULES TO FOLLOW DURING THE TREK

  • Before the start of the trek (Km 104) we will go through a control point where you will have to show the passport that was used to make the booking of the trail. All the information must match the information on the permits. This will be verified by government staff. Only after this verification is done, you will be granted access to the Inca Trail. In the event that information does not match their and our records, you will be denied entry. (Ministry of culture regulation).
  • if you have made your booking with an old passport and then you have obtained a new one with a different number, please contact WAYKI TREK as soon as possible to modify this information. This procedure has to be done no later than 1 week prior your trip. Otherwise the modification will have a penalty fee and will generate a big inconvenience to change it at the very last minute.
  • All road routes are marked, they need to be respected in order to guarantee the preservation and conservation of the route and its' own security. If you become curious about a specific area outside of the marked one, please reach out to your tour guide before.
  • Please deposit all garbage in the containers located in each campsite.
  • It’s FORBIDDEN to climb or attempt to climb any walls on the archeological sites. Pick up flowers that are indigenous to the area, hunt animals or take stones from the archeological sites. This type of behavior will be prosecuted by the local authorities and the government.
  • Firearms are prohibited on the trail. It is also prohibited to take, carry, or possess alcoholic beverages while on the trail. At the entrance of the Inca trail, during the first control point you and your belongings will be inspected to guarantee that said items do not enter the trail. We must also respect other fellow trekkers doing the route and the trail itself as the area is a historic sanctuary.
  • In the event of an emergency, please reach out immediately to your tour guide, or to any Inca Trail staff located along the route. They can assist you in any type of emergency.
  • The tour guide MUST follow the company policy in regards of treatment of passengers and assistance. Which was previously agreed from both parts.
  • The trail is pretty safe, however you must follow the instructions given by your tour guide and ALWAYS BE ALERT. There are sections of the trail which are 3 meters wide and then there are others which are very narrow. Along the trail, you will see mountains, deep valleys, rivers, e.g. this natural trail is a very beautiful place. If you’d like to stop to contemplate the landscape and scenery, you must come to a complete stop, and then continue with the trek.

 

For more information about the recommendations for this Trek, download our PDF: INFORMACIÓN IMPORTANTE IT2D

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