ALTERNATIVE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
- Trek Type: Hiking, adventure, camping
- Who For: People with sense of adventure and in good shape
- Temperature: Cold, temperature may go below 0 C° /32f at night
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Highest altitude: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
This alternative trail is unique version instead of the Classic Salkantay Trek. The first two days follow the trail around Salkantay Mountain, but on the 3rd day we enjoy the less trodden path that connects with the Classic Inca Trail. You even get the opportunity to walk a portion of the Classic Inca Trail on the 3rd day.
DAY 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – ICHUPATA
At 4:30am we pick you up from your hotel, and then we drive in our private bus to Mollepata (2,850m/9,350ft) for 3 hours, in this place we´ll stop for breakfast. Then we continue by bus to Soraypampa (3800m/12,467ft), the trailhead for the trek, where we meet our horsemen, horses and pack all our equipment onto the horses. Afterwards we start the gradual climb up for about 2 hours to see a spectacular Umantay lagoon. After some pictures we will back to Soraypamapa, where officially begins our trek through narrow path until lunch spot. After lunch, we follow the narrow trail which is gentle climb up for 3 hours through beautiful Andean valley toward our first campsite at Ichup located at 4400m/14,436ft or Pampa Japonesa. This will be our coldest and best camping place right in front of Salkantay.
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Distance Covered: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
- Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
- Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
- Highest elevation: 4400m/14,436ft
- Difficulty: Challenging
DAY 2: ICHUPATA – INCACHIRIASCA PASS – INCA CANAL
After a delicious breakfast, we will begin the 3 or 4 hour steep climb towards Incachiriasca pass (4850m/15908ft), the highest of the entire route. We will have amazing views of Apu Salkantay and glacial moraines during this portion. We will stop at the top of the pass to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view.
We will then descend 2 hours toward our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe the neighboring Salkantay Valleys. This is a place where we might see Andean condors.
After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community (3,700 m / 12,136 ft), located next to an original Inca canal. This is our camp for the night.
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Distance Covered: 14 km / 8 ½ miles
- Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
- Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136
- Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
- Difficulty: Challenging
DAY 3: INCA CANAL – PAUCARCANCHA – LLAQTAPATA – KM 82 – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Today we change pace as we join the Classic Inca Trail. We begin by hiking downill for 3 hours from Pampacahuana to Paucarcancha (3133 m / 10,276 ft)). We will visit the Inca site of the same name.
After the tour we will hike downhill for 2 more hours until we reach llaqtapata, which is the first inca site of the classic Inca trail. Lunch in Miskay and from here is 2 more hours until kilometer 82 where our transportation will pick us up to go to Ollantayatambo (2,792 m/9,158 ft) where we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes we will have dinner and stay in a hotel (double accommodation) for sweet dreams
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Lodging: Hotel
- Highest Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
- Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
- Distance to walk: 16 km/ 10 miles
- Estimated walking time: 6 ½ to 8 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Easy
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Very early morning, we take a 25 minutes bus up to Machupicchu (2400m/7874ft of elevation). Our guide will lead us to explore and discover each corner within the enigmatic Citadel. The guided tour will be for 2 hours approximately. Afterwards, you will still have some time to visit other places that you did not see with your guide. In the afternoon we will back to Aguas Calientes town by bus where we will take the train (at 14:55 or 16:20) back to Ollantaytambo, where our staff will be waiting for you, for transfer back to Cusco, arriving at 20:00 approximately to your selected hotel in Cusco.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
- Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
Price: $645 USD per person
- Discount of USD20 for students with the student international card (ISIC Card). we need a copy of the card at booking and you have to bring to Perú with you
- Discount of USD20 for minors of 16 years old that send us a copy of their passport at booking.
- Briefing: At least briefing has to be two day before your trek (to organize everything the next day). We will come to your hotel for briefing.
- Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek.
- You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 5 a.m. in Cusco and drive to trailhead to begin your trek. Once you complete the trek, you will be drive directly to Ollantaytambo, where we will take the train.
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu archeological site up and down
- Professional Tour Guide: All of them speak English, graduated in tourism and well-trained in first aid measures. All them grew up in Cusco and have a passion to teach others about their heritage. They are experts in their field working at least 5 years in tourism and will ensure your safety and happiness.
- Access Tickets: As soon as we receive your personal information and a deposit, we are going to purchase your access tickets to all sites
- Cook & Horsemen: We include Chef and assistant chef. Horseman and his mules to carry all equipment and your duffel bags. We will have access to our duffel bag once we get the evening campsite.
- Emergency Horse: All of our alternative treks include an extra horse for our clients making very little progress in the trek
- Equipment: We provide the finest equipment. We use Eureka tents that are shared by only two people. Spacious dining tent with camp tables and chairs to enjoy our meals in, latrine tent, inflatable mattresses, sleeping liner and pillow and duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person, it includes your sleeping bag). The duffel bag will be provided by your guide at your briefing.
- Food: You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of hot tea each afternoon. We will also provide you snack each morning to enjoy along the hike. Our chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at briefing. Food is typically served family-style.
- Drinking Water: Beginning from your first lunch until your 3th day breakfast, we will supply all the water needed. This water will be filtered, boiled and then cooled, before distributing. You must take your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 2L worth. We will refill waters at each meal.
- First Aid: all our guides receive training in first aid from a physician. Our tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment, if needed.
- Hotel: we work with 2 start hotels, with private bathroom, hot water and for your comfort they are private rooms with WIFE connection. If you wish to upgrade hotel please ask for options.
- Food: First day breakfast and Lunch the last day.
- Sleeping Bag: If you don’t want to bring, it´s available for rent: $20 for whole trek.
- Walking Sticks (Pair): If you don’t want to bring, it´s available for rent: $10 for whole trek
- Huayna Picchu: Is $20. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Is the mountain that stands background to Machu Picchu. It is 55 minutes hike up. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. You will do this after your tour in Machu Picchu.
How to Make Booking
HOW TO MAKE A BOOKING
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- Receive a booking form, fill out and send us.
- Make your deposit.
- Receive your confirmation from us via email and that it is all.
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PROCESS OF FULL BOOKING
1. – We will email you booking forms for completion.
These forms will outline the details that we need from each of you – passport number, nationality, full name etc. We do not need a scan of your passport. If you are a student, we need the number of your ISIC student card, and a scan of your card. With Inca Trail bookings, we need this at the same time as your booking.
2.- Nonrefundable deposit to confirm your reservation.
- FOR UNIQUE PACKAGE TOURS: Deposit: 25 % of the program price per person
- FOR UNIQUE ADVENTURE JOURNEYS: Deposit: USD 225 dollars per person
When sending you the booking forms, we will also send you further information about how to make your deposit. Payment options include: 1. Paypal (accept Credit Cards) 2.Bank deposit 3. Western Union
- Please note that there are costs involved in both making international bank transfers or a Western Union transfer – in both cases the costs will be paid by the client, NOT Pureq Experiences.
- Please note that this deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE as described in the General Terms and Conditions. We highly recommend you take out travel insurance that covers such deposits in the case of cancellation.
3.- Upon receipt of your deposit, we will confirm your trek via email.
LEASE read this confirmation – it includes details of your pre trek briefing, our address as well as how to pay the balance.
4.- Arrival in Cusco (only for treks)
the balance of your payment can be paid upon arrival in CASH. (As long as you arrive in Cusco a MINIMUM of 48 hours prior to your trip’s departure unless by prior arrangement)
- For those that wish to pay the balance of their trek fee via PayPal or bank deposit or Western Union, please ask your travel consultant for more information.
- For cancellation policy, please refer to our General Booking Conditions.
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- Valid, GREEN ISIC CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good 20 to 30 liters daypack
- Water storage: Camelback enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots
FOR YOUR DUFFEL:
Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). I f you rent in our office both, the weight is 3.5 kg total.
- Extra t-shirts
- Extra hiking pants
- Set of hiking socks
- Warm jacket:, because gets very cold at some nights
- wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Sandals for camp
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
- Bug spray
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication: First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:
We always recommend the small ones. Because inside Machu Picchu, no larger back bags than 25L will be allowed in. Other ways, you will need to store outside.
- Rain gear
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
- Rain jacket and pants, or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)