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CUSCO + INCA TRAIL + TITICACA LAKE 10 DAYS

Our adventure begins in the majestic imperial city of Cusco, very famous against many cultural and natural attractions. In this expedition you will travel the best of Peru in gastronomy and Culture, you will visit the best archaeological sites of the Inca culture, the enigmatic Inca trail to Machu Picchu, where you will delight your senses with the landscapes of the Andes and the cloud forest, where There are many varieties of orchids and birds. Then there will be a visit to the highest lake in the world the Titicaca to learn more about the origin of the powerful Tawantinsuyo empire. Once there you will have spectacular views with the blue sky, and you can also share your experiences with the inhabitants of the islands, taquile and amantani.

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Cusco + Inca Trail + Titicaca in 10 days Trip Overview

Difficulty of the hike: Moderate

KmDistance hike: 700 Kilometers

Elevation max: 4400m

Group: 2-8

Price from $2450 per person

Departures
March to December 2020

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Day 1

CUSCO CITY TOUR

Difficulty level: Easy
Altitude: 3350 m
Hiked distance: 20 km
Approximate walking time: 5 h

Upon your arrival in Cusco, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There you will receive a short briefing with the rest of the morning being at your leisure to rest and acclimatize. We will pick you up from your hotel in the afternoon and start to visit the Imperial Cusco City, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish cultures. Continuing our journey visiting the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Koricancha, as well as the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship centre of the Sun God. You will have time to enjoy these beautiful sights; proceeding to visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman with its military Inca architecture which dominates the city.

Finally we go to the north east of the city to the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. Afterwards we take you back to your hotel in early evening for a rest then you will experience Cusco by night in one of the many terrific restaurants surrounding the main square or Plaza de Armas de Cusco.

Hotel: Maytaq Wasi, Best Western, or Casa Andina 3***

Day 2

CUSCO - PISAC - MORAY - SALT MINES - OLLANTAYTAMBO

Difficulty level: Easy
Altitude: 3500 m
Hiked distance: 120 km
Approximate walking time: 10 h

We will pick you up at your hotel at 7am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We stop at Ccochawasi Animal Sanctuary to see the native animals like the Condor, Llama, Alpaca and Puma. After this, we drive for 10 minutes up to the mirador of Taray to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like a carpet. Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. There we can admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and  the religious area of this important citadel. Here we will spend more than 2 hours, exploring the Inca city.

Then we head back to the colourful market of Pisac, spend some time visiting it and then drive to Urumbamba for lunch and on to the Pre-Inca Salt Mines and then to the archeological site of Moray.  After a time to visit the Salt Mines and Moray, we finish our tour in Ollantaytambo.  We explore the archeological site for 1.5 hours  and admire the water fountains, the Sun Temple, the Incahuatana and the impressive store houses.  Finally you stay in Ollantaytambo for the night.

Hotel: Isky Hotel, Tunupa Lodge Hotel

Day 3

OLLANTAYTAMBO - PISKACUCHO - HUAYLLABAMBA

Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 3350 m
Hiked distance: 11 km
Approximate walking time: 6 h

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After the breakfast in your Hotel, we will take our transport to the  Km 82 to meet with our porters and cook, we cross the bridge to initiate our trek along the left bank of the Urubamba river, that follows to the North-east of the Urubamba valley. After three hours walking we visit the first stunning Inca site of Llactapata (2,650m/8,747ft).. Afterwards we continue with our hike for 30 minutes to Tarayoc for lunch. We follow for two hours the Kusichaca valley to reach our first camp at Ayapata in the temperate green valley and small village of Wayllabamba (3,300m/10,200ft) where we will have a high tea, dinner and spend the night. During the day we will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains such as Veronica (5,860m/19,337ft), lush green valley and myriad of flora and fauna.

Day 4

HUAYLLABAMBA - WARMIWAÑUSCA - PAQAYMAYU

Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 4200 m
Hiked distance: 12 km
Approximate walking time: 7 h

Today is the toughest day of the trek .After a healthy breakfast, we start walking up a moderate hill for five hours through the cloud forest to reach the highest point of our trek, the Warmiwañusca pass (Dead Woman pass) located at 4,215m/13,907ft. From here we may enjoy the spectacular views of different micro climates, magnificent mountains, beautiful green valley and myriad of flora and fauna. After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we descend for two hours to our second camp at Paqaymayu (3,600m/11,877ft), where we have our lunch, high tea, dinner and spend the night.

 

Day 5

PAQAYMAYU - CHAQICOCHA - PHUYUPATAMARCA - WIÑAYWAYNA

Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 3650 m
Hiked distance: 16 km
Approximate walking time: 8 h

Today is the longest day of our trek but interesting and the most beautiful as well. After a delicious breakfast we walk uphill for one hour to the archaeological site of Runqurakay (3,800m/12,540ft) to explore it. Then we ascend to the Runqurakay pass (3,977m/13,127ft); from here we can enjoy the breathtaking surrounding mountains and stunning lakes. After time to enjoy all the beautiful sights we descend for one hour to next archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3,600m/11,877ft), then we walk 30 minutes to Chaquicocha for lunch. Afterwards we continue through an easy path to the pass of Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/12,047ft); from here we enjoy the spectacular views of Machu pichu mountain, stunning Inca site, the Urubamba canyon and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Then we descend through the cloud forest for three hours, all downstairs to the third camp at Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8,747ft) where we spend the night.

Day 6

WIÑAYWAYNA - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 2720 m
Hiked distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 5 h

This day is the most expected of our trek. Waking up very early for breakfast and walking for one hour towards the  Sun Gate (2,720m/8,977ft) where we can enjoy the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. Descending for an hour towards the wonder of the world: MachuPicchu (2400m/7,920ft). Afterwards we start a 3 hour guided tour visiting the temples, sundials, sun temple, cemeteries, enclosure, urban and agricultural sector and much more, with plenty of time for further exploring. After exploring the “lost city of the Incas” we head back to Aguas Calientes and take our return Vistadome train at 14:30 pm or 16:15 pm from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then by  van connection to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening.

Hotel: Maytaq Wasi, Best Western, or Casa Andina 3***

Day 7

CUSCO - ANDAHUAYLILLAS - RACCHI - LA RAYA - PUNO

Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 4300 m
Hiked distance: 387 km
Approximate walking time: 10 h

We pick you up at your hotel at 6.00 am to take you to the bus station ( Inca Express or First Class ). Both companies provide royal class service with an english speaking tour guide and a waiter who is ready to assist you with hot and cold drinks on board. During the trip you will stop to visit some Inca ruins, museums and the Andahuaylillas church which is considered to be the Sixtine Chapel of South America because of its amazing frescos. Then we stop at the Raqchi Inca ruins which used to be a religious  and resting place for Inca travellers. The next visit is at La Raya, the border between Cusco and Puno, where the most traditional animals of Peru can be seen, llamas and alpacas. In Pucara we will visit a museum where it is possible to see some pre-inca remains. Finally by 5.30 pm we arrive in Puno city where our representative will pick you up to take you to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast –  Lunch Hotel: Casa Andina Puno 3***

Day 8

PUNO - UROS ISLANDS - AMANTANI ISLAND

Difficulty level: Easy
Altitude: 4400 m
Hiked distance: 38 km
Approximate walking time: 4 h

After having breakfast in your hotel, the tour leader will pick you up to take you to the port of Puno. There you will embark on a 30minute boat ride until arriving at the floating islands. You will be welcomed by the locals who will  show you the island and the products they weave. Then we will have a 3 hour boat ride to get to the Amantani island. At 2.30pm we arrive at our destination where our guide will introduce us to the local families who are going to share their homes with us. After lunch we will hike for one hour up to the mountain called Pachatata ( Father god) which is located at 4400m above sea level. There, you will enjoy an amazing view of the sunset over the lake and a chance to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Afterwards we will come back to your local home for dinner and then you will have the opportunity to dress in traditional clothes provided by the locals and go to the local school where a party with them will take place.

Day 9

AMANTANI ISLAND - TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO

Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 4200 m
Hiked distance: 48 km
Approximate walking time: 8 h

You will have an early breakfast with your local family and then take a two hour boat ride to arrive at Taquile Island. The inhabitants still live according to their ancestral traditions and dress with gorgeous coloured traditional ropes. They are also famous for the magnificent weavings that the men do not the women. You will have some time to learn about ancestral farming techniques and try to use a few Inca tools. We will have lunch in a typical restaurant  and take the boat back to Puno and your hotel for the end of the Tour.

  Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Hotel: Casa Andina Puno 3***

Day 10

DEPARTURE FROM PUNO

Difficulty level: Easy
Altitude: 3800 m
Hiked distance: 42 km
Approximate walking time: 1.5 h

After having breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your remaining time in Puno City,  then in the late morning or afternoon we will drop off at the airport in Juliaca to take your plane back to Lima.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:

  • Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel for the tours and for the trek departure
  • Private transportion
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable)
  • Thick foam mattress
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Porter to carry tents, food, cooking equipment
  • Extra porter for your things, it means you will need only a day backpack to carry the things that you will be using along the day
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy station (Cusco) and private transport to Cusco
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private guided tour and entrances to the archeological sites
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef, cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Pillow
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Tea time
  • Day pack rain covers
  • Transfer to Airport in Juliaca

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) – US$20
  • Air Mattress – US$20
  • Walking Poles – US$15
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$ 80
  • Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day

OPTIONAL UPGRADES for hotels to 4**** or more!

  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters
  • Single Supplement – $50 per night for solo travelers
  • This unique trekking package can leave on any date, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS FAQ

  • A.- BEFORE YOU GO
  • B.- ON THE TREK
  • C.- BOOKINGS & RESERVATION

1.- BEFORE YOU GO:

Where are the Departure points for the classic inca trail ?

The pick up is  from your hotel in Cusco  at 05:00 am , please provide a clear contact details of your accommodation at your check-in in the Cusco office.

Arrival to Cusco and check in at the Cusco ECO PATH TREK office

We assume most people try to arrive to Cusco 2-3 days before the trek to allow adequate time for acclimatisation and a buffer in case of transport delays. Once you have settled in and rested you must come to the Cusco office to view and reconfirm the information we have pertinent to your trek, personal requirements and sign the conditions ( even if you have already paid in full.) There are occasions when local holidays or unrest may require last minute changes to departure times or some additional information.

Where can I store my luggage while I am on the Classic inca trail ?

On the trek/tour, you should only bring with you the things you really want/need and leave the rest of your things in your hotel in Cusco.

What should I pack for the classic inca trail ?

  • Good rain gears
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hat
  • gloves
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Trekking poles
  • sunglasses
  • Mosquito repellent

How much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh?

  • Sleepmat weight = 1 kg aprox.
  • Seeping bag weight = 2-5 kg aprox.

I am on my own, will I have someone to share a tent with?

Yes another person of the same sex , or if you prefer you can pay a single supplement for a tent just for you. This is US$ 70 (For the entire trek)

Will I need any extra money?

YES, so that you can take part in options such as bottle water/drinks, tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machupicchu, etc. You should take at least 500 soles as emergency money. Also, for the passengers that are concerned about health, it may be prudent on your part to keep in mind that a train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes costs approx US$50-80 (in the case you need to leave the trail early).

Do the guides speak English?

Yes all our tour guides speak very well the English, mostly of then have studied in th university of Cusco, aslo are Archeologist, Biologist, and the most important are really funny guys. How many people will be in my group? We  work with small groups, we use to have 4 to 8 persons per tour guide. If there are more persons we will add another tour guide. Our staff for a group of 8 passengers are: 1 cook, 1 kitchen assistant, 1 head  porter, 5 porters. Should I hire an extra porter? If you have not trekked in altitude before we would suggest your organise the extra porter. Unless you have hired an extra porter you will need to carry your day pack.

  • The half porter who will carry only 7 kg cost $70.00 USD for all the trip
  • A full porter who will carry 14 kg cost  $ 120.00 USD for  all the trip

ECO PATH TREK  provide a duffle porter bag at the briefing the day before your hike. You should bring only what you absolutely need/want on the trek, and store the rest of your belongings in Cusco.

2.- ON THE TREK

I am not really an experienced trekker?What if I can’t keep up? How difficult is the Inca Trail?

Most people have that concern but don’t worry. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early. You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. It’s not a technical hike but there are a lot of Inca stairs to walk up and down, and the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend using a trekking poles and have an early night before the trek.

Are Trekking poles really necessary?  

For this trek more than any of the treks, we  recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking down immense sets of Inca stairs. It will help with your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

How long will I be walking every day? How long is the classic inca trail?

This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:

  • Day 1: 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) 5-6 hours.
  • Day 2: 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) 7-8 hours (“Dead Womans Pass,” the highest pass of the trek at 4,200m, is on this day  )
  • Day 3: 16 km (9.9 miles)  7-8 hours. Its the longest day of the trail
  • Day 4: 6 Km (3.7 miles ) 6-5 hours

The entire trail is about 42 kilometers (26 miles) long from start to finish.

Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Classic Inca Trail ?

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recomend as there is also so much to do here. The highest point you will reach while hiking the classic  Inca Trail is 4200m/13818 ft. You will sleep at 3340m/10988 ft for two nights.

What if I am unable to finish the classic inca  trail?

In the scenario that you are unable to finish the classic inca trail due health issues, ECO PATH TREK will do everything in its power to get you to the nearest civilization and get help or transportation to help. If the issue is respiratory or due to altitude, we do carry at least one tank of oxygen on trek that you will have access to. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel Insurance required) There are no refunds in the situation that you are unable to finish though. Generally if due to altitude sickness people can´t make it over the pass on the 2nd day they come back to Ollantaytambo accompanied by a porter if just mild (or guide if serious) and if they recover from altitude sickness they stay the night here in Ollantaytambo and then take the train to Aguas Calientes the next day (Day 3) in the afternoon , you will spend the night in any hotel  in aguas calientes, and  rejoin your group in Machu Picchu early on Day 4 and continue the tour as normal. The additional costs for this such as train ticket and accomodations will be payed by the customer.

Can ECO PATH TREK accommodate my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

Yes  we are able to accommodate many types of dietary needs upon request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or cannot eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem. The meals of our chefs are one of the most popular parts of our tours too, and the quality will not be reduced when accommodating your dietary needs. The meals are served buffet style and you are able to choose what you would like to eat. Your guides will let you know what time the meals will be served.   Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes quinua, cereals and vegetable soups, Beaf Lomo Saltado with rice, chicken cacerole, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods as scramble egg, quinua panqueques.

Will I need to bring water?

We recommend that you purchase a 2 lts. bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, and of course at Machu Picchu.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Along the trail there are several sites with toilets. Bring a roll of toilet paper. As far as other trash goes, please carry your own trash to each campsite where the porters will pack it up and take it out.

Is there a chance that my trek will be canceled?

There is very little possibility of a cancellation of a trek by the DRCC (Park Office) even under extreme weather circumstances or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The DRCC or ECO PATH TREK cannot change the date of a trek if there is a general strike. We do everything possible to ensure you get to the trail head to start the trek .

Is the classic trail still good during the rainy season? Is it safe?

The trail is perfectly safe during the rainy season. Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists. If you are one who doesn’t mind the rain, then we say ‘Go for it!’ You will just have to bring good rain gear and waterproof boots.

What kind of weather can I expect on the classic inca trail ? Temperatures?

During the “rainy season” (1 Dec – 1 May), you could have some rain any day but you can expect that it could rain every day in Feb and could be heavy! Often in Dec and Jan you may just get some light continual showers or it could be fine and then a heavy afternoon downpoor but in truth you could also have fine days. At the same time, it will also be noticeably warmer at night. The day times will get up to about 25 degrees Celsius, the low will be about 2 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Nov) the daytimes will seem strikingly like spring time, with bright and sunny skies, but it will be much colder at night. During the daytime you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and at night it will be as low as 0 to -5 degrees Celsius. It is always best to dress in layers during anytime of year, really. As you hike, put them on when you feel cold or shed them and put it in your day pack when you get hot.

How many trekkers and trek crew are in a typical group?

For a group of max 8 trekkers our typical trekking staff comprise of: 01 guide,  01 cook, 01 assistant cook, and 8 porters.

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips?

Tips for the above mentioned trekking staff are not included in the price of the trek. Tips are optional not mandatory. Generally tips are distributed amongst the trekking staff (except the guide and the assistant guide ) on the third night of the trek at Wiñaywayna camp after the evening meal since these trekking staff will not accompany the group to Machupicchu. Deciding how much to tip is always a difficult and sometimes uncomfortable decision. We think that a tip should not be used to subsidize a poor wage but should be a way to show the staff that you have enjoyed the trek and appreciated the services that they have provided.  Please pay tips in cash and do not pay in kind such as in beers etc. We have tried to be as clear as possible about tipping but we understand that this is a complicated issue when many different cultures and lifestyles come together.

Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?

In truth it is not typical sunrise. As long as you don´t have too much mist or low cloud then you see the first light illuminating Machu Picchu. It is after dawn though as the sun must rise up over the high mountains surrounding Machu Picchu.

Will I be able to climb Huayna Picchu.

If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, note that The trail to Huayna Picchu is safe but very vertical and is about an hour and a half round trip beware that there are new regulations since July 2018 and permits have to be bought in advance. If you want us to organise your permit to climb Huayna Picchu and we must have this request in writing and confirmed at the time of your booking indicating you will pay the extra  for this permit. Deposit for Huayna Picchu permit is $80 usd . BUT remember, so in case you will book the huaynapicchu mountain, you will lost the tour guiding in Machu Picchu, because our tour guiding starts at 9:00 am and ends at 11:00 am. So the time to climb up Huaynapicchu is at 10:00 am. And you will not able to go to both places at same time.

How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?

When the Inca trail tour is done, we arrive at the citadel at 8:30 am. After a 30-minute break to use the bathrooms, and eat a snack. It begins with the guided tour at 9:00 am. The complete circuit takes 2hrs approx. Then we will all retire as it is not allowed to stay longer in the archeological site, by rules of protection of the Sanctuary. At 12:00 pm approx. We must get off by bus to the city of Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch, and then take the train back to Aguas Calientes.

What time will I be back in Cusco?

The train will came back at 14:30 pm, wich arrives to Ollantaytambo train station at 16:20 pm. Then you will be pick up by our private transportation , arriving to Cusco at 18:30 pm, the drop off will be your Hotel adress in Cusco.

3.- BOOKING & RESERVATIONS

What if i’m Student?

How can I use it to get a discount? The Decentralized Department of Culture of Cusco communicates To be considered as a student, you must carry your university card, and not be older than 25 years. This card must be valid at the date of your trip on the Inca trail. The card must have the following requirements:

  • The full name should be appreciated
  • The photo of you
  • The name of your university
  • And the expiration date

THE ISIC CARD IS NO LONGER ACCEPTED FOR ENTRY TO THE MACHUPICCHU ARCHEOLOGICAL PARK . The discount that is offered isn’t a ECO PATH TREK discount, but is actually offered by the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Office. For that reason, it absolutely necessary that we have a scan of your card “in hand” when we go to purchase your permits. If you didn’t send us a copy of it along with the initial booking, then make sure to note on the registration form that you have one and will send the scan as soon as possible so that we know to try and wait before we purchase the permit.

Am I able to change dates after the initial reservation?

The only time that you can change your dates with no penalty charge is, if we have not purchased your permit yet. Usually we try to purchase the permits, at the most, the same day yo do the reservation for the Inca Trail. If we do not already have your permit you can change your date. If we already have your permit, the penalty to change is US $150 and there must be availability for the date which you want to move to.

What if do not have my passport right now?

The Park of Machu Picchu  requires a valid passport to issued your permit to the trail,best case is to organize your new passport in advance if that is the case. There is the possibility due to the limits of spaces on your requested date to book with your old passport number, them we can do a paperwork to change it.

Can I pay for the entire tour up front?

Usually we only charge the deposit of your Inca Trail to the card to confirm your booking. The balance is paid on your arrival to Cusco in cash. If you choose to pay with credit card you need to pay 5% commission. The prices of the tours are for cash payment. You can withdraw US $ out of the ATMs, which there are plenty in Cusco.

ALTITUDE or MOUNTAIN SICKNESS, SOROCHE

Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first. Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or Soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxigen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood. The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases — consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower. A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge’s disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes. Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500m (8100 ft) may develop altitude sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco ( 3326m) Machupicchu (2400m) and Lake Titicaca (3820m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion. Symptoms may include headaches,nausea,vomiting,dizziness,malaise, imsomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor. To help prevent altitude sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1000m. Alternatively, take 125mg or 250mg of acetozolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness, tingling,nausea,drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence. Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4 mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily. Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced. Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking sterorids is not adviced. A natural alternative is gingko, which some people find quite helpful. When traveling to high altitudes, it´s also important to evoid overexertion, eat ligh meals and abstain from alcohol.

 



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