Important information of Machu Picchu | Sanctuary of Machupicchu
- Machu Picchu altitude feet: 7.972 ft
- Machu Picchu definition: Means Old Mountain.
- Best time to go to Machu Picchu: It is recommended to visit Machu Picchu in the months of May, June, July, August, September and october.
- Machu Picchu is one of the 7 wonders of the world
- History of Machu Picchu
Inca Trail Permits:
Permits and spaces available for the Inca Trail
2017 Inca Trail Machu Picchu There are only 500 spaces available per day, approximately 200 are assigned to tourists and 300 to porters, cooks and guides.
If the number of spaces is exhausted, you will have to choose another date. If the permits are exhausted on a particular date, no travel agency will be able to offer a space. Permits can only be purchased with the visitor’s name and passport number.
One thing to consider is the following: once the reservation is confirmed, there is no option to change the date, name. (more information)
DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
DAY 1 CUSCO – WAYLLABAMBA – YUNCACHIMPA
We will start our journey early in the morning, leaving Cusco at 5:30 am in a touristic bus destined for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before arriving at our starting point, we will have a short rest in Ollantaytambo, where you will have the possibility to buy yourself a breakfast. The official start of the Inca Trail is the so called Km 82, here we will meet up with the rest of the group and make the registration process. After crossing the river Urubamba (2200 meters) we will begin the legendary Inca Trail. The first day of our trip is easy and a good warm-up for the following days of trekking. In Miskay we will have lunch by the river, where our guide will give us information about the archaeological complex of Llactapata. After this we will continue our walk to Wayllabamba (3100 meters) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300 meters), where we will spend the night in camping tents. From here we will have a great view of the mysterious mountain La Verónica.
DAY 2 YUNCACHIMPA – WARMIHUAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYU – RUNKURAKAY PASAR – CHAQUICOCHA
The second day is the ‘Free-Hike-Day’, which means that everyone will walk at his own pace, but of course meeting group again during the short breaks. Early in the morning the trail will first lead us through the Llulluchapampa valley (3850 meters), from here we will continue the walk for 2 or 3 hours until we arrive at the highest point of the trail, the Warmihuañusca (pass of the woman – 4200 meters); this section is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short rest on the summit we will continue the walk downhill on a large, serpentine path to the river Pacaymayu onwards to the pass of Runkurakay (3050 meters) until we arrive at our encampment called Chaquicocha (3650 meters); here you can relax while enjoying an impressive view of the mountains.
DAY 3 CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYWAYNA
The third day is the most beautiful. You will notice a change in the ecosystem while walking through the tropical forest of Wiñayhuayna. It is a gentle climb through a beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700 meters) will offer a magnificent view over the valley of Urubamba. The village closest to here is called Phuyupatamarka “city over the clouds” (3600 meters); a well conserved place with Inca baths, where you can enjoy the impressive, ancient engineering. We will pass through the other Inca tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna “always young” (2650 meters). The Inca staircases will change to a zigzag path that heads towards a building with red roof. Our final camp will be with warm water and bottled drinks.
DAY 4 WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHUPICHU – CUSCO
After our breakfast at 4:30 am we will head – all equipped with our lamps – to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) in order to obtain the first look on Machupicchu and to see the sunrise on the mountain. Our final ascend of triumph will take about 1 hour until we can visit the citadel of Machupicchu (2400 meters), roughly 8 am. You can enjoy its spiritual charm during your guided visit (around 2 hours), which will help you understand the significance and the ancient use of the different buildings. After this tour you will have enough time to explore the archaeological site on your own (for example to go to the Inca Bridge, to explore the variety of buildings or to climb up to Huaynapicchu to take an incredible picture of the scenery). Afterwards a bus will drive you back down to Aguas Calientes, where you can have lunch. We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon, returning to Ollantaytambo by train, and then to Cusco by bus.
- Transfer from their hotel until km. 82 (Starting point).
- Entrances tickets to Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- English speaking Professional Guide.
- Camping equipment.
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners – Vegetarian food, or other diet requirements can be arranged.
- Porters carrying your camping and cooking equipment.
- First aid kid .
- Oxygen bottles.
- Return by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Permanently assistance.
- First breakfast before the transfer on the first day – lunch at the last day at Aguas Calientes.
- Sleeping bag.
- Extra porter for personal items.
- Entry to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (price USD 4.00).
- Tips are not included but it is optional.
WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:
• Personal medicational kit (bandaids, cotton, bandages, alcohol, aspirina, tablets for stomach problems, medicines to avoid stomach sickness).
• Hiking shoes.
• Sleeping bag.
• Walking stick with rubber rounded tip.
• Hat or cap.
• Long-sleeved shirt.
• Water bottle.
• Lamp and batteries.
• Long pants.
• Insecr repellent, Off verde advisable.
• Backpack (aprox. 50 to 70 liters) for treks.
• Toilet paper and towel.
• Swimwear, should you plan on visiting the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
• Extra money for tips (optional).