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LARES - INCA TRAIL - MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS

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ITINERARY

1 Day before your hike

You will have your briefing in the Wayki Trek office, time to be determined.

*Your briefing is typically scheduled for one day before your trek. However if your trek starts on a Monday, your briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before. Please take this into consideration when booking your flights.

Day 1: Huacawasi / Ipsaycocha

Our first day we leave Cusco very early to reach Huacawasi (Lares), which is the starting place of our hike. Before we start trekking, we will have the chance to visit the community of Huacawasi and learn about the customs and traditions still kept from ancestral times. After this we will start our trek, gradually ascending and passing by small populations that still use the very colorful clothings of their ancestors and herds of llamas and alpacas. Along the way we will have the opportunity to share local experiences. After ascending for approximately 3-4 hours, we will arrive at the highest pass on our trek- Ipsayccasa (4,450 masl). Here we will rest for a bit, feeling the cold of the air high in the Andes, almost touching the clouds. From here we can see the entire chain of snow-capped mountains in the area, such as the Mountain of Verónica (5,750 masl). After we are rested, we will descend to the Ipsaycocha lagoon (4,350 masl), a small lake with an abundance of high-altitude birds, including the Andean goose, known for its color and size; the Puna ibis, and other aquatic birds that soar through the mountains. Here we will have our first campsite, close to the lagoon of Ipsaycocha.

Day 2: Ipsaycocha / Pumamarka /Ollantaytambo

We will wake up early to local birdsong, and have our breakfast surrounded by the mountains and lagoon in all their splendor. We start out descending toward the community of Patacancha (3,750 masl), which is another ancestral community characterized by its colored woven textiles and indigenous culture. From here we will take a local car/van for approximately 30 minutes to the archaeological site of Pumamarka (3,750 masl), known locally as “The Pueblo del los Pumas” (The City of the Pumas), a mystical and magical place in its location overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

After our visit to Pumamarka, we will have a delicious lunch and a nice rest. After lunch, we start walking again on one of the original Inca Trails, passing by different archaeological sites, filled with different flora and fauna, with incredible views of various valleys, mountains, and local villagers along the route, finally arriving in Ollantaytambo, where we will spend the night.

Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Inka trail 2 dias – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we will make our way to the Ollantaytambo train station, where we will board our train to Km 104, the start of the 2 Day Inca Trail. During this train ride we will get to see impressive landscapes, mountains, Andean towns, snow-caps, and valleys, coming down towards the jungle and the banks of the Urubamba River, showing all of its natural beauty. At Km 104 (start of today’s hike) we go through the checkpoint to enter the 2 Day Inca Trail. After going through control, we will visit the Archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,050 masl), beautiful in its construction and location in the valley, nearly all of its architecture still intact. We will then ascend for approximately 3 hours to the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna (2,650 masl) where we will enjoy our tasty box lunch. After a good rest, we will continue through the semi-tropical forest towards the mystic Inti Punkuu (Sun Gate), where we will get our first incredible panoramic view of the enigmatic citadel of Machu Picchu. From the Inti Punku we descend approximately 30 minutes towards the citadel and we will rest in a very good place to take incredible photos. We will then make our way to the buses and take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hostel/hotel.

Día 4: Machupicchu

After a warm breakfast,we will take the first bus up to Machu Picchu so we can enjoy the sunrise over this magical place. We will then have our tour, which lasts between 2-3 hours. We then have some free time to enjoy the splendor of the citadel and surrounding landscapes, in the exotic tranquility of this lost city of the Incas. In the afternoon, we will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, where we will have lunch and then take our train back to Ollantaytambo. From here we will take our transportation back to Cusco, where everyone will be left at their hotels. End of Adventure!

 

INCLUDED SERVICES

TRANSPORTION

•Pickup from your hotel in our minibus toward the start of our trek in Huacawasi.

•Local bus from Patacancha – Pumamarka.

•Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (third day).

•Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu / Aguas Calientes (last day).

•EXPEDITION train from Ollantaytambo to km 104. (time to be confirmed).

•Return EXPEDITION train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.

•Bus from the train station to your hotel in Cusco (last day).

Field Staff

  • Professional tourist guide fluent in English, specializing in hiking, with many years of experience and trained in first aid and rescue. He/She will attend from the first day to the last day of the walk, leaving you at your hotel?
  • Professional Chef, assistant cook and waiter for customer service. Our chefs are graduates of culinary schools with many years of experience cooking in the mountains.
  • Muleteers in charge to carry the equipment needed for the campsites in horse. They will be us from the starting of the trek.

                            Horses to carry the equipment needed and personal belongings from passengers up to 8Kg*

                            Emergency Horse, in the event someone is not feeling well*

* The service of horsemen and horses is available only for the first 2 days. After that the transfer is by land (bus and train) to Aguas Calientes

 

Entrances

Entrance to Lares Trek

Entrance to the campsites

Entrance Inca trail 2 days and Machupicchu

Campsite equipment

 Eureka & Doite high mountain tent, that are waterproof and thermal, for up to 4 people, but for convenience we use it only for 2 people.

Reinforced Foam Mat

 Dining Tent

 Kitchen Tent

Camping tables and chairs

Bathroom Tent / Portable Toilet

First aid kit (alcohol, bandages, medication for altitude sickness, oxygen water, Band-Aids, oxygen tank, cotton, rescue ropes, e.g.)

 1 Walkie Talkie by Group

During the whole trek, the passenger will have access to a great variety of food. Dishes rich in calories, vitamins and proteins that will provide all the energy that you need for the trek.

 Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served daily and you will also receive snacks and hot drinks like infusions in the afternoon. Along with your breakfast, you will receive a cup of coca tea, which will help you to adjust to the cold air in the mountain.

 We can also accommodate special requests such as: vegetarian meals, diabetic diets, allergies, e.g. this special requests must be done during the booking process. We would like to emphasize that our menu has been elaborated by our professional chefs. Water will be provided every day during the whole trek.

            FOOD NO INCLUDED:  Lunch and dinner on the last day

 

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PRECIOS

 

At Wayki Trek we manage small groups, this way we have a highly personalized service offering the most enjoyment of the trek and more interaction with the members of the group. In the same way, you should know that Wayki Trek has a high level of environmental responsibility with each of our processes ( Lares Trek + inka trail 2 days).

GROUP SERVICE*

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

 USD 790.00 Adults

USD 760.00 students**

*With ISIC card and 17 and under. (Young children that turn 18 during the trek will be considered with the adult price).

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

DISCOUNTS

Students: Those who have the valid ISIC card, in the event that you book under a student rate with this benefit, you will need to bring the original card (not a copy) to show it at the control points throughout the route.

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.

PRIVATE SERVICE* 

(Group participants Min 1 person; Max upon request)

For information regarding our prices in private service, please contact our sales executives: sales@waykitrek.net 

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

Important: discounts are not available in any private service.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you, after having deposited the initial amount for your booking (USD $ 200.00), decide to cancel it, we may refund your deposit as long as no tickets have been purchased or any administrative expenses have been made; however, if cancellation is after acquiring the provisions above, your deposit will not be reimbursed.

Please 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 withdrawn from the trek once it has started, you will be responsible for all additional charges such as: food and transportation that might occur due to the modification of your itinerary.  However you can join the group again in Aguas Calientes to spend the night and visit Machu Picchu city the next morning with use of the same services onwards.

In the event that you decide to cancel the trip due to a health issue or a personal problem; the above cancellation policies will be applied as the company had already incurred in administrative and logistic expenses for your trek.

 

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 three 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.

WAYKI EXPERIENCE

WAYKI TREK offers to their passengers the best alternative to be able to experience the real tourism; which is through the “Wayki Experience”. Through this program, our passengers will live one day at the Wayki Community, where they can participate in agricultural or livestock activities; they will also share local food and the daily lives of children who assist this community. All of these activities will enrich your knowledge of our culture and will make your trip unforgettable!

Thanks to “Wayki Experience” and other social work done by WAYKI TREK, many rural communities have seen a contribution to their development.

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 this problems in the communities. The construction of a Medical Clinic and a rural Library are examples of that effort.

HOW TO BOOK

To book your Lares Trek – Inca Trail - Machu Picchu 4 Days,

we need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT):

Personal information

  1.      1) Name of the tour:
  2.      2) Trekking starting Date:

  3.      3) Name (Include middle name):

  4.      4) Last Name:

  5.      5)Gender:

  6.      6) Birthday (DD/MM/YYYY):


  7.      7)Number of passport:

  8.      8)Passport Expiration Date:


  9.      9)Occupation:


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


  11.    11)Nationality:


  12.    12)Email:

 
  13.    13)Phone Number:

  14.    14) Food Preference:

  15.    15)Allergies:

  16.    16)Medical Requirement:

  17.    17)Adittional Services:

 

Booking form (fill out information)

 

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: GORKI

Paternal name: DALENS

Maternal name: PAUCAR

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 Lares 4D, 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 Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain spaces.The deposit is NOT refundable, once you send us your information along with it, we immediately purchase your permit to the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain.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 your passport 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.

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

For IT5D trek, student discounts with ISIC Card are not contemplated, since this is a private walk. For the issue of controls, you must have your passport or ISIC card, but consider that there is no special discount for being a student in IT5D.

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 medications (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 especially 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. During the adjustment 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 restriction,  food restriction, allergies, special diets, current medication, health issues, or anything that we need to consider to make your trip enjoyable and without concerns.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE TREK

  • One day before the Briefing, you will meet with fellow travelers. The Briefing is provided to groups that go on our shared programs and private ones as well. Once on the trail then you will split according to the service you booked.
  • On the day that you start your trek you will meet with the porters and cooks at the entrance of the trail.
  • At the entrance of the Inca Trail you will be able to see different trekking groups from different travel agencies and tourists from different nationalities. As According to the Inca Trail regulation; the maximum capacity of the Inca Trail is 500 people per day including tour guides, porters and cooks. You will also be able to meet with other groups at the camp sites so you can have the opportunity to share your experiences.
  • During the trek, not all trekkers have the same strength and ability once on the trail. Therefore, some will walk faster than others. The tour guide will be on the look out to check for the last person of the group, as to encourage him/her to keep up with the group and keep an eye on the group at all times.
  • The Porters will take all the equipment necessary to put together the campsites. If you opted to hire an extra porter to carry your personal belongings. This extra porter can take 15Kg. Our porters become the heroes of the Inca Trail, as well as the cooks, who prepare delicious meals without the comfort of any standard kitchen.
  • Along the trail, you will also be able to see government staff dedicated to supervise and enforce the regulations of the trail as well as to offer assistance should an emergency arise.
  • Finally, you will see local people, especially during day one and day two. They live around the area and work in agriculture. Many times you will see porter’s wives bringing supplies to their husbands.
  • Before taking the train back to Cusco after your trek, please remember to pick up your belongings (backpack and others) in the location specified by your tour guide. The tour guide MUST advise of this location prior to visit the Machu Picchu citadel to avoid any misunderstandings.

RULES TO FOLLOW DURING THE TREK

  • Before the start of the trek (Km 82) 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 of the information must match the information on the permits. This will be verified by government staff. Only after this verification is complete will you be granted access to the Inca Trail. In the event that the information does not match their and our records, you will be denied entry. (Ministry of culture regulation).
    IMPORTANT: 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.
  • Every section of the trail is marked as to show our trekkers the route where they must remain. This is done with the purpose to protect the environment of the area. If you become curious about a specific area outside of the marked one, please reach out to your tour guide before.
  • The campsites are determined beforehand by the government. These are also mentioned in the permits or admission tickets that you will receive. We must adhere to the regulations, respect fellow trekkers, and avoid unruly behavior.
  • Please deposit all garbage in the containers located in each campsite. If you have the need to dispose of any kind of garbage during the trek please advise the porters as they carry a plastic bag for this purpose.
  • Bonfires are strictly PROHIBITED by government regulation. The area where the Inca trail is located is a very vulnerable ecosystem and has suffered several fires in years past that have greatly damaged some areas of the trail. We want to avoid similar incidents from happening again.
  • It is also 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 IT5D

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