PRIVATE INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

During this tour, you will have more time to ‘take it easy’ and explore the trail (Inca sites, flora, fauna, bird watching etc.). You camp in places behind the normal campsites, where fewer people camp and as you are camping at higher altitudes, the views of mountains and sunrises are amazing. (Please note that due to the higher altitudes, these campsites are a little colder than those on the 4 day Inca Trail.) This tour is suitable for older people or anyone who wants to walk at a more leisurely pace, and enjoy the trip.

This extra time also means that you get even more photo opportunities, and time to explore new techniques and different perspectives. Flavio will guide you using all of his knowledge and experience, helping you to create beautiful images that will last a lifetime. We, at Photo Tours Peru, want you to share your skills as well as learning new ones, and participate in a journey of exploration and discovery, not just of amazing places and landscapes, but of your own photography.

Day 1: Cusco – Patallacta

Early in the morning you will be met by their guide at the lobby of your hotel at the arranged time to take the private vehicle that will transfer you to Km 82 of the Rail Road to Machu Picchu, from where you will be met by your field stuff (Porters and Cooks) with all our equipment. From here we will start our hike to km 88, using a little visited portion of the Inca Trail following the right margin of the Urubamba River to then reach the bridge that will take us to Q’ente, located at Km 88 of the railroad to Machu Picchu. We will cross the bridge and hike for about 30 minutes to the first camp in Q’ente. Lunch will be served at campsite. After lunch, we will visit Machu Q’ente (one ½ hour hike) and Patallacta ruins,Patallacta Inca site. After time to enjoy landscape, we will pass Cusichaka river then we will arrive at Patallacta to camp. Camp. (L / D)

Day 2: Llactapata – Llulluchapampa.

Today is another relatively easy day. Most groups would be powering ahead along the Inca Trail today and would be heading over Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point on the trek and one of the hardest and longest climbs on the Inca Trail. We’re going to take things at a more leisurely pace and our goal for today is a campsite just before the pass, Llulluchapampa, this breaks the hardest stretch over two days making the climb significantly easier.

On the way to Llulluchapampa we’ll once again go off the beaten track to visit the least visited of all the sites on the Inca Trail, the Inca fort of Paucarcancha. As we climb up to Llulluchapampa we’ll pass through various biozones including the low sierra, cloud forest and the high puna. There are many opportunities to see a variety of plant and birdlife and if we are lucky we may also spot White Tailed Deer. Our campsite for the night is at 3800m / 12460ft. and just like before it is tranquil and quiet with most trekkers either camping in the valley below or on the other side of the pass.

Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Phuyupatamarca.

Today is our longest day and crosses two high passes; luckily for us we’re nearly at the first pass and once we’ve passed the second the walking is easy with very little ups and downs to contend with. Today sees some of the best views and scenery of the whole Inca Trail and includes visits to two Inca sites (Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca); with fantastic views of the high snow-capped peaks for most of the day and the cloud forest all around us today is by far the most visually stunning.
Our campsite for tonight is at Phuyupatamarca (3680m / 12073ft) from where we’ll get our first views of Machu Picchu mountain far in the distance (the site itself is hidden from view). The views of the sunset from here are fantastic and once again the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to Machu Picchu.

. (Camp) (B / L / D)

Day 3: Paqaymayu – Phuyuputumarca Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 major sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu Picchu itself late in the day. With only a short distance left to cover you’ll really have the opportunity to see these sites in detail and learn more about the Inca culture and Machu Picchu in preparation for your visit tomorrow. The area around these Inca sites is also rich in wildlife and with only a handful of people around on this stretch of trail at this time of day it is the perfect opportunity to try and spot some of the more elusive species.

The final stretch of the Inca Trail is completely deserted this time of day so our arrival to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) is perfect. With good light and very few tourists about we can get some great photos to the citadel from a distance before carrying on down. After we arrive to Machu Picchu, we’ll head down to Puente Ruinas (the campsite near Aguas Calientes) to be greeted by our porters for our last night camping together. We’ve made it!

(B / L / D)

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
 (B / L / D)

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Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will wake early with different views, not of the mountains but of the Urubamba river. After breakfast we will go once again to the most famous sacred city of the Incas, where your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder from this corner of the world. Following this you will have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace, or to climb Huayna Picchu, giving you two days to enjoy this wonder of the world. (B)

NOTE :

* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
Timetable :
– 1st Turn 07:00 am : 200 people.
– 2nd Turn 10:00 am : 200 people.

Included :

  • Round trip transfer from the airport-hotel-airport
  • Private service
  • Professional Photographer English/Spanish speaking guide.
  • Private transportation round trip to PISCACUCHO (km 82)
  • Entrance fees for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Transportation by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Round-trip Transfers
  • Vistadome train
  • Chemical toilet
  • Last lunch at Sanctuary Lodge
  • Double occupancy tents
  • Camping Equipment: Bathroom tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables and comfortable mattresses
  • Gatorade
  • Cook
  • Porters to carry food, tents and cooking gear
  • Coffee breaks in the afternoons
  • All meals (including breakfast the 1st day, not including lunch the 5th day)
  • First aid kit/Oxygen
  • Extra porter half load: 7 kilos
  • Vegetarian meals at no extra cost

Not Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

We recommended you bring:

  • Personal Sleeping Bag (If you dont have one, you can hire from us)
  • Backpack and Daypack
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Water bottle, flashlight, hat, sun block, sunglasses
  • Warm clothes, Light clothes, 4 pairs of socks
  • Insect repellent
  • Chocolates, candies or other snacks
  • Camera + Film/Video camera (optional)

Prices 2018

  • 1 people :  US$1850.00 per person
  • 2 people :  US$1300.00 per person
  • 3 people:   US$1250.00 per person
  • 4 people :  US$1200.00 per person
  • 5 people :  US$1150.00 per person
  • 6 people :  US$1100.00 per person
  • 7+ people : US$1050.00 per person

Discounts

  • Student Discount: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to phototourperu@gmail.com
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $75 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): 

Expected Weather in Cusco and on the Inca Trail

In Cusco dry season starts in April to October, the days are usually sunny and hot but temperatures drop abruptly after 4-5 pm until 7-8 am.

Weather is very changeable from November to March and heavy rains are expected, with the wettest months being December to March, although is not as cold as it is in the dry season.

*Please note this reference applies to the altitude of 3400 meters and changes depending on the altitude (higher altitude = colder). Also note that it could be wet on the 3rd and 4th day of the Inca Trail (cloud forest regions).*

Available Departure Dates: We strongly recommend that you make your trek booking as soon as possible. So far we have been able to obtain trek permits for ALL of our clients and have not had to cancel any trek bookings.

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