Day 1: CUSCO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA – AYAPATA
Today, begins your adventure of a lifetime with the Classic Inca Trail! We will pick you up from your hotel in our private van at 4:30am. From there, we travel to Piskacucho, which is known as kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins. Along the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at 6:30-7am to load up on energy for our start of the trail. (Breakfast is not included)
Upon arrival at kilometer 82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves by using the restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. Once at the Inca Trail checkpoint, be ready to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) your student card.
At the start of the trail (2,720m/8,923ft) we will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route towards the right. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the ‘Inca flat’ terrain. There are great views of the Inca Fortress (Huillca Raccay), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (also called Patallacta), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes Mountains, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca (5,860m/19,225ft), known in books as Veronica.
Our first campsite is in Ayapata, an hour and a half up towards the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,842ft) located in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night can be as low as 5ºC, depending on the month.
During the day, we will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped mountain W’akay Willca, (5,860m/19,337ft), the lush green valley around us and a myriad of flora and fauna.
- Meals: Lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
- Accommodation: Camping facilities
- Distance: 12kms/7.5mls (6 hours more or less of hiking)
- Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Day 2: AYAPATA – PASS – PAQAYMAYU – CHAQUICOCCHA
After waking up at 5 to 5:30am and enjoying a hot breakfast, we start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, Abra de Warrmihuañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass at (4,200m/13,779ft). On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved rest, we begin the descent towards our lunch spot, which is located at Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft).
On our way up towards the pass, we will be able to see an array of hummingbirds and a variety of other species of birds. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the Polylepis, or Q’ueuña trees, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at (3,650m/11,972ft)!
After lunch, we begin the second two-hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay pass (almost 4,000m/13,123ft). We arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.
- Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
- Accommodation: Camping facilities
- Distance: 16kms/10mls (9 hours more or less of hiking time)
- Difficulty: Moderate/challenging
Day 3: CH’AQICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA
This is the most impressive day by far, so keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb towards the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, which means ‘Town in the Clouds’. Here, we reach the third highest point along the Inca trail (3,680m/12,073ft). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!
The Inca site of Phuyupatamarca, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass. After visiting this site, we continue walking down 3,000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Incan site of Intipata. After taking some time to visit this site, we continue until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2,680m/8,792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours. We arrive at camp by lunchtime! Temperatures during the night are about 12º C.
A short walk from our campsite is the famous Incan site of ‘Wiñay Wayna’ which means `Forever Young` in Quechua. It is named after a special orchid which grows abundantly in the area.
- Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
- Accommodation: Camping facilities and hot showers
- Distance: 10kms/6.2mls (5 hours more or less of hiking)
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 4: WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
At around 4:00am, it is time to wake up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inca Trail. This is the final part of your journey, and we arrive by 6:00am at the Sun Gate, also known as Inti Punku. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel will be in front of us with its intense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. Finally, we walk downhill towards Machu Picchu Citadel (2,400m/7,872 ft.). After walking about 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”. From there, we proceed towards the control point, where we register and leave any large backpacks or walking poles. You are only allowed to take small bags into the citadel, such as camera bags. Walking poles are not allowed because they can damage the stones. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its most important areas. You can wander around the incredible architecture, as well as climb the intricately carved stone stairways. Machu Picchu is considered one of the world’s most important spiritual centers. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site, depending on current government regulations.
You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose. These options require an additional fee.
- Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. These extra hikes must be requested at the time of booking.
- Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the local museum or a relaxing soak in the hot springs.
You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and will have plenty of time to have lunch on your own. We board the Expedition train which departs at 14:55pm to head towards the Ollantaytambo Train Station. This is where you will meet our private van and will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 7:00pm.
*** The Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Hikes depends on availability, please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
- Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only)
- Briefing at our office. This will be done the night before your trek at 6:00pm
- Hotel pick up the first morning of the trek
- Private transportation from Cusco to Piscacucho (in our company van)
- Extra porter for your belongings (you will need only a day backpack to carry what you will need during day)!
- 4 season Eureka Timberline Tents, (large & comfortable) please see equipment
- Thick, comfortable foam mattresses
- Professional English speaking guides who are highly experienced in trekking
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional: vegetarian or other dietary needs upon request)
- First-aid kit, including emergency oxygen tank
- Porters to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
- Hot water for washing purposes
- Boiled water to fill in your water bottles or Camelback
- Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transportation to Cusco (in our company van)
- Permit to the Classic Inca Trail & entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
- Private toilet tent, with a normal toilet seat – this is only for our group
- Two hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes
- Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Rain ponchos
- Taxes (18%)
- Afternoon tea time each day on the trail
- Day pack rain covers
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
- Wayna Picchu: $75 USD and Machu Picchu Mountain $75 USD – This needs to be booked in advance, if you would like to add an extra hike. These hikes sell out. Please let us know at the time of booking.
- First breakfast and last lunch – We will stop at Ollantaytambo for the first breakfast and have the last lunch at Aguas Calientes after the tour of Machu Picchu.
- VISTADOME Train -$57 USD per person extra. (Return only)
- Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of SAM TRAVEL PERU
- Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
- Air Mattress – $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (These are professional poles that can be extended)
- Personal tent- $30 USD – (Please request when you book your trek)
- Additional night in Aguas Calientes – from $60 USD (depending on availability)
- Vistadome Train Upgrade – $57 USD per person (Return only)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Machu Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
Price & Availability
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY FOR CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek is available on any date that is best suited to you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers
GROUP SERVICE – $643 USD per person
***Personal Porter is included in the price!
***Discount of $40 USD per person for groups of 5 or more persons
PRIVATE SERVICE – $797 USD per person – 2 to 3 persons
$747 USD per person – 4 to 6 persons
$697 USD per person – 7 to 8 persons
- 18 to 25 years old:$30 USD. Information required from the student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date, etc. A copy of the card is required at booking to obtain government approval for the discount.
- Under 18 years old:$30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old:$40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and !warm)
- Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional poles that can be extended)
- Personal tent- $30 USD- (For single travelers only)
- Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on availability)
- Vistadome Train Upgrade – $57 USD per person (For the return to Cusco at 4:43pm)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Machu Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
CHECK YOUR TREK AVAILABILITY BY CLICKING ON THE DROPBOX AND CHOOSING YOUR MONTH & YEAR
ADDED VALUE WITH SAM TRAVEL PERU
- EXTRA PORTER: You will receive a small duffel bag at the time of your briefing to pack your clothes and sleeping bag for 3-4 days.
- BOILED WATER – for drinking included along the Inca Trail
- PLASTIC RAIN PONCHO – made by SAM Travel Peru is included
- SMALL GROUPS – average group 4 to 6 with a maximum of 8 hikers
- FLUENT ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE
- DUFFEL BAG – for your belongings
IF THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU IS SOLD OUT
FOR YOUR DESIRED DATES?
If permits are sold out for the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on your preferred date, you have so many other options that will still allow you to trek and enjoy the Andes on the way to MACHU PICCHU. Alternative treks are just as beautiful as the Inca Trail. They are less crowded because we take you OFF the beaten track in the Andes and we make sure you don’t miss anything along your trek to MACHU PICCHU.
*Sam Travel Peru requires only a 2 participant minimum for our departures! You can chose any day that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 trekkers.
*If you are a solo traveller and are flexible with your start date, we will make sure you have a group to travel with so you won’t miss out on any of the fun.
ALTERNATIVE TREK OPTIONS:
- LARES TREK 4D/3N
- SALKANTAY TREK 5D/4N
- HUCHUY QOSQO 3D/2N
- CHOQUEKIRAW TREK 8D/7N or 4D/3N
- AUSANGATE TREK 7D/6N or 5D/4N
NOTE: We can buy your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek permit(s) using copies of the passport(s) provided to us (they must to complete and accurate). If the name or number on your passport does not match the name and number on the trek permit, the Peruvian government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund. You must bring the same passport with you to Cusco and take it with you on the Inca Trail, in order to gain access at the checkpoint.
RENEWAL OR CHANGE OF NAME ON PASSPORT
If you plan to renew or change your name on your passport between making your trek booking and starting your trek, you can book your trek or tour with your current passport number and name, but you must send us a copy of your old passport and a copy of your new passport when you have them. We can then make the change with the government before you arrive. The extra cost to do the change is $25 USD per person. (This will cover the change in number or name for your Inca Trail Permit, Machu Picchu Entrance, and train.)
If you do not advise us of the change or do not want to pay the fee, you must bring both passports (the old and new one). You can enter Peru with your new passport but you must show the government authorities your old passport, in order to enter the Inca Trial, Machu Picchu or train. If you cannot do so, you will not be allowed to start your trek by the government officials.
Check the expiration date on your passport! You must have at least 6 months before your passport expires. If you do not have at least six months from the day you enter Peru, most airlines will not let you board your plane.
WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL?
SAM Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and a local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. SAM Travel Peru is a 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.
Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.
We take pride in having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are our extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by offering them a fair salary. We are proud of our team, without them we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
SAM Travel Peru knows how important it is to trust in a reliable honest operator to create your adventure of a lifetime while in Peru. Check out our reviews and certificates of excellence on, TRIPADVISOR for yourself! Also we are highly recommended on Conde Nast Travelers, Lonely Planet and by many blogs like: Salkantay/Inka Trail ! July 14th to 20th 2016 Trek de Lares 4 hours, “It’s the journey, not the destination…”, Lares Pass – Day 3, Trekking in the Sacred Valley, Alli and Ellie hike to Machu Picchu
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, we at SAM Travel Peru have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
OUR TOUR GUIDES
We are so proud of our guides! They are highly professional and speak fluent English. They are very knowledgeable and passionate for Incan heritage and history. Our guides are dedicated to continuous personal and professional development. They do research to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories in Incan and Andean culture. Our crew is fun loving, great sportsmen and well-educated. They all hold degrees in one of the following: Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.
Our team (guides, cooks, porters, horsemen) and our equipment also makes SAM Travel Peru stand out from all of our competitors! For all our adventurous hikes, we include the following items:
- OUR TENTS: Enjoy a good night sleep in our 4 season EUREKA Timberline tents. All our tents are 4 man tents, ONLY 2 persons will sleep in each, leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffel bags. They also include a little vestibule, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks so you don’t have to bring in dirt.
- OUR THICK FOAM MATTS: They are included to separate and insulate you from the ground. Additional AIR MATTRESSES can be rented for $20 USD.
- OUR KITCHEN & DINING TENTS: The dining tent is used as our meeting room at meal times. This is a great time to sit back relax and catch up for a chat.
- OUR TABLES & CHAIRS: The interior of the dining room includes tables and chairs with two doors on each side, adapting to the day’s weather.
- DUFFEL BAGS: Will be provided at briefing time the night before the trek.
- MORE: Pillows, backpack, rain covers, survivor t-shirts, hot shower and bio chemical toilet are all provided on the trek.
OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS
SAM Travel Peru we have always believed that we should give back to the local isolated communities. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.
SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support our local people. We not only employing them but we also go back to our grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the Classic Inca Trail
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
You will be welcomed at the Cusco airport by one of our team and taken to your hotel. Please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look for our representative holding an orange board SAM Travel Peru at the arrival terminal. You must exit the terminal, in order, to find our representative (they cannot enter inside).
The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm in our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 303 (second floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?
Of course! During the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are free. Please pack what you will need for the trek!
HOW TO BOOK THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL?
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Inca Trail permit without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
*** We require copies of every participant’s passport, in order, to book Inca Trail permits!
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase a permit for the Classic Inca Trail. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (we accept US dollars or Peruvian soles). We have many ATMs within the historical center. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of email@example.com.
MAY I CHANGE THE DATE AFTER THE PERMITS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately, the answer is No. Once permits have been bought the Peruvian government does not allow any changes so we can’t change any date after the permit has been bought. Permits are also not transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number, you sent to us to book your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit. Your passport will be checked when you enter Machu Picchu , the Inca Trail and when you board the train. In case, you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us a copy of your old passport to secure your permit and we can change it when you get your new passport. If so, please send us a copy of your new passport as soon as possible.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend to always dress in layers as it is more easier to adjust to the different climates.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
In general, if you excerise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually take between 24 hours to 2 days.
The recommended remedies for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN, IF NEEDED. Our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. See our detailed information about Altitude Sickness under FAQS.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?
The maximum group size is 10 persons. Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Sam Travel Peru specializes in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provides personalized service.
WHAT DOES THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU LOOK LIKE IN PEAK SEASON?
Our Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek is unique to us and an out of the way location even during peak season, we will only occasionally encounter another group.
HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?
You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters will depend on the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.
DUFFEL BAG AND SMALL BACK PACK
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bag, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you will need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. A 30 to 50L backpack is sufficient. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the porters and animals. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad (foam or air). This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.
IS THE TREK DIFFICULT? DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 42km (24.4 mile) hike through the Andes within the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is at (4,217m/13,907ft). On the second day of the trek, we will climb two mountains. The trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. In preparation: try walking 15kms/9 miles in a day or working out in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.
ARE THERE TOILETS ALONG THE TRAIL?
It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by our lady trekkers who request a private, clean and sanitary toilet!! SAM Travel Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat. Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE TRAIL?
In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to health reasons, Sam Travel Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on our treks for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance is required and recommended). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly they continue the journey towards Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to the original plan.
ARE WE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU TREK?
Absolutely!! Hotel pick ups and drop offs are included with all of our packages! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you off there and vice versa.
AT WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN’S DEPARTURE?
It will depend on the train availability but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco while on the train. Therefore, you will take the train at 4:22pm.
HOW MUCH IS IT THE VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE?
The Vistadome train service has nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered snacks and a dance show will take place on board. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus.
You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train number 204 which departs at 13:37, which will cost $30 USD per person. You can also upgrade to the Vistadome Train number 32 at 16:43, which costs $57 USD. These trains run from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then we drive you back to Cusco in our van, arriving by 17:30h for the earlier train or 20:30 for the second train. (Request in advance.)
You can upgrade to the 16:43 Vistadome from Aguas Calientes to Poroy/Cusco for $70 USD, then we drive you back to Cusco in our van, arriving by 20:30. (Request in advance.) If you upgrade to the Vistadome Train, the trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy takes 3.5 hours and then 25 mins by taxi to your hotel. Our clients are back at their hotel by 8pm.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you want, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
Packing check list
WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU
- Original Passport (the same used for booking your trek)
- Valid University card (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: 2-3 L (Camelbaks are encouraged)
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
- Headlamp: essential
- Toilet paper
WHAT TO PUT IN THE DUFFEL BAG
As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter, who will carry up to 7 kgs/15lbs including your sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the porters or horses. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Couple Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Large plastic bags will be provided at the office – Please ask for them
- Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us for $20 USD
- Face moisturizer
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
WHAT TO PUT IN THE DAY BACKPACK
We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.
- Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.
- Sun Hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Wool Hat
- Rain gear
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Coca leaves
- Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips