Day 1: Cusco – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
This day begins with a private pick-up from your Cusco hotel at 4:20 a.m. It will take you about 2 hours to get to the Ollantaytambo train station. We will travel for about 2 hours in our private Altitudex bus to a local house for breakfast, where our chef will prepare a delicious breakfast using top quality local ingredients. After breakfast, we’ll head to the train station to board the Vistadome train to Chachabamba, km 104.
From the control at KM 104, we will start our walk. The first 3 hours will be dominated by the cloud forest uphill towards the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna. You will be given a guided tour of this archaeological and strategic site of the Inca empire.
The Altitudex team will be waiting for you with a delicious lunch prepared by our chef; after lunch, you will have a short break to recharge your energy before continuing.
After lunch, we’ll head to Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol, where we’ll get our first glimpses of Machu Picchu. You will not be visiting the archaeological site today. Nonetheless, you will have time to take photos and check in at your hotel before spending the night at the Sanctuary Lodge hotel, which includes dinner.
walking distance: 12 kilometers/ 7.84 miles
Elevation: 2,400 meters / 7,873 feet
weather: Hot and humid
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, as well as Snacks and Water
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Train Hiram Bingham to Cusco
This day will be unforgettable, not only for the visit to Machu Picchu, but also for the sunrise in front of Machu Picchu. This day will begin with a delectable breakfast provided by the hotel. As long as the weather permits, your guide will pick you up and take you to the most popular viewpoint where you will be part of a spectacular sunrise in Machu Picchu.
Feeling the first rays of the sun in Machu Picchu will be epic and unique that few travelers enjoy. Then, with your history-specialist guide, you will begin your guided tour of Machu Picchu’s citadel. He will tell you every detail about what happened in this beautiful historic sanctuary.
completed your journey tour at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Finally, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will have a delicious lunch at the best restaurant in town. After lunch, you will have free time to explore the town before boarding your train to Cusco. Your return train is considered the best in South America, and you must arrive at the train station 30 minutes before departure. When you arrive in Cusco, our team will immediately transfer you to your hotel, bringing this adventure to an end.
walking distance: 13 km/ 2,24 miles
Elevation: 2,400 meters / 7,873 feet
weather: Hot and humid
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Airport transfers – Hotel, round trip
English speaking professional guide.
Briefing at your hotel the day before the tour at 6:30 p.m.
All transportation during the trek in our modern vehicles.
Exclusive private chef and Assistant
Porter, staff to carry your equipment
Snacks and water every day
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinners
Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail 2 days and Machu Picchu
Hiram Bingham Belmond train tickets to Cusco
Emergency oxygen, AED, satellite phones and first aid kits
Huayna Picchu: The mountain that is next to Machu Picchu. This trek has a duration of about 50 minutes and is quite the walk. It has a cost of 75 USD, and for us to be able to get permission for this mountain, you must let us know a month in advance due to its popularity.
Huayna Picchu: 75
Rentals: These items are not part of the tour package so if you do not wish to bring any of own the above items, you may rent them following these ratest:
Walking sticks: $ 10
Backpacks for the Day: the agency does not provide backpacks, so you must bring your own. Note; Machu Picchu does not allow backpacks over 25 lb.
Tips: Tips are always welcome, and should be based on your travel satisfaction (not mandatory).
Travel insurance: Travel insurance is recommended, but not mandatory. Normally many people get sick with altitude sickness, so we recommend adapting 1 day or 2 days before starting a trek
1. Getting to Cusco
All international passengers by plane must disembark in Lima and pass through Customs because the airport in Cusco is currently only for local flights. You must pick up your luggage in Lima and then check them back in, even if your trip from there to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.
The best way to go to Cusco is by plane, and there are many airlines to choose from. Although LAN generally offers the most options and flights, it is also the most expensive. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.
2. Arrival to Cusco
At the Cusco airport, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Please notify us of your complete flight details at least days prior to 24 arrival. At the arrival terminal, look for our representative holding an Blue AltitudExperience Peru board. Please keep in mind that you must first exit the airport; drivers are not permitted to enter the airport. This can be done on whatever date works best for you!
All briefings take place at our office starting at 6:30 p.m. You must arrange a different time with a member of the AltitudExperience office staff if you are unable to make this appointment. Briefings last between 30 and 45 minutes. Your duffel bags will be delivered here.
4. Altitude Sickness
People begin to worry about altitude sickness as soon as they reserve their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco. Because there is less oxygen in the air at high altitudes than at sea level, your body must work harder to obtain oxygen. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.
This is why we always advise staying in Cusco for at least two days before to starting any hike. It would be ideal if you had more time. You won’t get bored in Cusco because it is a fantastic city with lots to do.
These symptoms will typically be modest. Always ease into action gradually to give your body time to acclimate. Drink a lot of liquids, such as coca tea or water. Since ancient times, coca tea has been used to help avoid altitude sickness.
Coca plant leaves contain alkaloids that help your body get more oxygen into your blood and stave off altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided. They’ll make you urinate more frequently and dehydrate you. Don’t smoke.
Your body has a harder time getting oxygen when you smoke. Don’t use sleeping medicines. Your body may have a harder time absorbing oxygen when you sleep as a result of their potential for shallow breathing at night.
Keep in mind that the journey to Machu Picchu is not a race. When people rush to the mountain’s summit too rapidly, even those in the best form will experience altitude sickness. Your body will have more time to become used to the mountain if you move gently.
To assist prevent altitude sickness, your doctor may recommend medications like acetazolamide and dexamethasone. Two days before you travel to a high altitude, begin taking the medication. While you are at a high altitude, keep taking it.
You must keep in mind that this is your vacation and that worrying about becoming sick is unnecessary. Drink plenty of water, move slowly, and take pleasure in the coca tea. In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong and you become ill, inform your guide right away. All AltitudExperience guides have received training on how to assist you in navigating it.
5. Weather in Cusco
Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April to October. This does not, however, prevent it from raining in June or from shining in December.
Being ready is the best course of action. Please make sure you have rain gear, which should include a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you’re undertaking the walk. Gloves are frequently forgotten, yet trekking is miserable when it’s cold and damp.
Consider the four seasons as well. You should be prepared for all four seasons as many of the climbs over the Andes entail numerous microclimates. Always wear layers since they make it simple to adapt to changing temperatures.
Additionally, it will always be chilly in the evenings, so please be ready with a warm winter-weight jacket.
It’s also critical to remember that the weather can alter an itinerary. Routes can occasionally become impassable, forcing the guides of AltitudExperience to alter the plan for your safety.
6. Luggage Storage
Your luggage allowance is still restricted owing to railway regulations even if this is an overnight train vacation. To be transported to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), all bags must fit in a carry-on.
While you trek, you can leave any additional luggage in Cusco at your hotel or with us at the AltitudExperience deposit. On the morning of your tour, we will collect from you and return after you have reached Cusco. Make sure your baggage are identified in some way so they can be found easily.
7. Pick Up
One of the few businesses that will pick you up from your hotel is AltitudExperience. We’ll schedule this pickup depending on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing as long as your accommodation is in the heart of Cusco City. Depending on the amount of traffic and the period between pickups, pick-up times may vary by 30 to 45 minutes.
The alleys and alleyways in Cusco’s historic center are cobblestoned. Small accommodations like Air BNBs and hotels are frequently found on impassable streets.
8. Inca Trail Permit
Due to Covid-19, the government has shortened the number of permits for the entire Inca Trail, including the campsites.
Inca Trail has different tour versions among them are: Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu; the most popular tour among travelers, Inca Trail 5 days to Machu Picchu; a more leisurely and comfortable tour designed for travelers who wish to explore in depth and stay longer on the Inca Trail. 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; a tour for travelers who due to time and permissions could not do the classic Inca Trail, and wish to have the amazing Inca Trail experience in two days.
The Ministry of Culture in Peru is in charge of all regulations of the Inca Trail, including permits and campsites. To enter the Inca Trail, you must have a permit that matches your NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY, and AGE (issued by the Ministry o Culture). Only licensed Inca Trail tour operators can secure these, and they are not transferable in date or name at any time.
If permits are sold out for your desired start date, there are lots of other roads that lead to Machu Picchu. We can help you find the perfect trek for you.
9. Environmental Impact
AltitudExperience carries all of our trash back to Cusco and uses biodegradable soap. Our staff are taught to maintain the trail and collect any trash left by other groups. Additionally, we employ chemical portable restrooms that allow us to pack trash out. Leaving no trace is something we highly support.
10. Inca Trail Covid-19
The covid-19 epidemic in the Inca trail has had an impact on the travel sector. The government has provided the requirements to return to work in adventure travel, and altitude Experience has adopted all of the safety standards and protocols specified by the Peruvian government.
All of our trips are run in accordance with the following safety guidelines:
- Temperature readings were taken on all hikes.
- In our Cusco office, we practice proper handwashing and sanitization.
- Masks must be used in busy settings and during group activities.
- All of our hiking gear must be kept clean (i.e., tents, hiking poles etc.)
- All of our services have a maximum group size limit (i.e., maximum group size of 10 to 12 people)
- Altitude Experience clients only have access to private Alpaca Expeditions buses and vans.
- During any service, we use our equipment in a strict and coordinated manner to ensure that all travelers are using clean, sterilized, and disinfected equipment at all times.
11. Highlights of AltitudExperience Trekking:
Locally Company: Altitude Experience is a 100% Peruvian-owned enterprise based in Cusco. AltitudExperience is the only tour operator and agency formed by by a Quechua community, called Ponchos rojos (red ponchos).
Satellite Phones: AltitudExperience is the only firm in the Cusco that has satellite phones on all of its treks. Hikers can use satellite phones to communicate with their loved ones.
Food with AltitudExperience: You will undoubtedly gain weight while hiking with AltitudExperience. Our chefs receive specialized training each year in order to prepare unique meals while on the road. Our meal is made with high-quality ingredients organic and served buffet-style. Breakfast, snacks, lunches with soup, main course, and hot drinks, happy hours with hot drinks upon arrival at each campsite, and dinners with soup, main course, and desserts are all included in our services. While on the trails, we also give all hikers with potable drinking water.
Transfers Hotel To Hotel: Hotel-to-hotel service is provided to all Altitude travelers. All of our services include a direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel and a direct drop-off in Cusco.
Personal Porter: is a term that refers to a person who is in charge of All of our hiking packages include porter service, which allows hikers to bring 7KG of personal items on the trail. Our porters transport all of your items.
Quality service: We are the only organization that adheres to the highest standards of hospitality. with over a favorable TRIPADVISOR reviews, all of which testify to our services and explain the type of vacation you will have with us.
Price per person
- USD$ 0 per person (Please contact us)
The student discount only applies for people who present a valid UNIVERSITY CARD. Minors 17 years old or younger. We need you to send us a copy of your university ID Tt award the discount. For children 17 years old and under, we need a copy of passport.
Discount: $30 per person
This mountain is a 50 minute walk to the top and another 50 minute return. If you are planning to do this hike on your own, your guide will give you all the information you need. An additional ticket is required for this hike and we can reserve it for you.
Ticket to Huayna Picchu : 75$ per person