Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N Group Service

Day 1: Km 82
Day 1: Llactapata
Day 2: Our Porters-The Orange Crushers!!!
Day 2: Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft
Day 2: Runkurakay-Pacaymayo
Delicious food
The best equipment for Campsite
The best equipment for Campsite
Day 3: Puyupata Marca
Day 3: Trekking
Day 3: Wiñay Huayna
Day 4: Sun Gate
Day 4: Machu Picchu
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Max Altitude4200 m.s.n.m
Group SizeUp to 8 people
TransportationVan, Train, Bus
4 Days
Cusco To Machu Picchu
From $643 USD
Per person
Tour Code: CIT01
Classic Inca Trail 2019


Day 1: CUSCO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA – AYAPATAToday, begins your adventure of a lifetime with the Classic 4 day Inca Trail. You will have a very early hotel pickup in our private van very at approx. 4:30am.  From here, we will travel towards Piskacucho, which is better known as kilometer 82. This is where the Classic Inca Trail begins.  On the way, we will stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at approx. 6:30-7am to load up on energy to begin our trek.  (Breakfast is not included)Upon arrival at kilometer 82(8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves, use of the restrooms, apply sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. At the Inca Trail first control point be ready to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) your student card.At the start of the trail (2720m/8923ft) we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the Inca flat terrain.  There are great views of the Incan Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (officially called ‘Patallacta’), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes Mountains, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of ‘W’akay Willca’ (5860m/19225ft) known in books as Veronica. .Our first campsite (Ayapata) is an hour and a half up to the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC depending on the month.During the day, we will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains Veronica, (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 – CHAQUICOCCHAAfter waking up at 5 to 5:30am and enjoying a hot breakfast, we start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, Abra de Warrmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft.  On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved rest, we begin the descent to where we stop for lunch, which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft).On our way up to the pass, we will be able to see an array of hummingbirds and a combination of other species of bird life. 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 3650m/11972ft!After lunch, begins the second two-hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000m/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/challenge
  • Day 3: CH’AQICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA  – WIÑAY WAYNAThis is the most impressive day so far; 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 to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’).  Here we reach the third highest point on the Inca trail (3680m/). 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 3000 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. (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours.  We arrive at camp by lunchtime!  Temperatures during the night are about 12º CA short walk from our campsite is the famous Incan site of ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are feeling tired after your day’s trek, it´s a moment you cannot miss, the most impressive site on the Inca trail.

  • 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: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCOAt around 4:00am it´s time to wake up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inca trail to get to Machu Picchu on time. This is the final part of your journey, arriving by 6:00am to reach Inti Punku or The Sun Gate. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel is in front of us with its intense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. The reality of what the Inca people must have encountered on their taxing journey to this expansive temple of Machu Picchu. At this point, we walk downhill towards the Machu Picchu Citadel. (2400m/7872 ft.) After walking 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”. From there we proceed to the control point where we register and leave our belongings. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made from stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site on your own.You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose (not included in the price)

  • Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or bathe in the hot springs.
  • Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and later board the Expedition train by 4:22pm to the Ollantaytambo Train Station where you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco arriving around 8:30pm.Meals: Breakfast
    Distance: 6kms/3.7mls
    Difficulty: Easy*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains hike depends on availability, please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.*** We only take SAM Travel Peru clients in our vans / cars – We do not use public transport.



  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only), please send us your flight information.
  • Briefing at our office; It will be done the night before at 6.00pm
  • Pick up at your hotel to begin your trek
  • Private transport from Cusco to Piscacucho (starting the trek)
  • Extra porter for your belongings, it means 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 experienced in the mountains & knowledgeable of Inca History
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian diets or other dietary needs upon  prior request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Porter to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco
  • Admission Permit to the Classic Inca trail & Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private Toilet Tent With a Seat on the Toilet – Only  For Our Group
  • 2 Hour Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pillow
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Taxes (18%)
  • Afternoon Tea time
  • Day pack rain covers

  • Wayna Picchu: US $75 and Machu Picchu Mountain US$70 – will need to be booked way in advance, if you would like to add an extra hike. 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 to Cusco instead of Expedition Train -This train runs from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy) and it will cost you US$57 per person extra.
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of SAM TRAVEL PERU

  • Sleeping Bag – US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent: US $30 – (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From US $60 (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  – US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  – US$75 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain –  US$70 per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Price & Availability

    PRICE AND AVAILABILITY FOR CLASSIC INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHUThe Classic Inca Trail  to Machu Picchu is available on any date that is best suited to you  as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikersGROUP SERVICE – US $643 per person   Including personal porter !***Discount of $40 per person for groups of 5 or more personsPRIVATE SERVICE –   US $797 per person – 2 to 3 persons                                            US $747 per person – 4 to 6 persons                                            US $697 per person – 7 to 8 personsDISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: US$40  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

  • Sleeping Bag – US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and !warm)
  • Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent: US $30 – (For single travelers only)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From US $60 (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  – US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco at 4:43pm)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  – US$75 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain –  US$70 per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)


  • EXTRA PORTER: you will receive a small duffle bag at your trek briefing held the evening before you start the trek to pack your clothes and sleeping bag for 3-4 days. Your team of porters will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail.
  • 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.
  • DUFFLE BAG – for your belongings.
  • IF THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU SOLD OUTFOR YOUR DESIRED DATES?If permits are sold out for the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on your preferred date,” don’t get stressed out,” you have so many 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 on 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 single traveller and are flexible with your start date, we will make sure you have a group to travel with and you won’t miss out on  any of the fun.ALTERNATIVE TREK OPTIONS: 

  • AUSANGATE TREK 7D/6N or 5D/4N 
  • Important Note: We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names and passport numbers that you send us with your trek booking application (they must to complete and accurate)
    You must bring the same passport with you to Cusco and take it with you on the Inca Trail.Very Important Note: If the name or number on your passport does not match the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.RENEWAL OR CHANGE OF NAME ON PASSPORTIf 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 or name, but you mustsend 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 US$25 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, bring the original of 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. All names and numbers must match!!

    Why SAM

    WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL SAM Travel Peru is your best choice if you truly want to enjoy your trek in Peru, especially in the Cusco Region.  We are specialists in creating unique trekking routes, with our customized treks to Machu Picchu which other tour operators are not offering.  We have numerous Classic Inca Trail options of 1 to 7 days and other Alternative treks to Machu Picchu! What that means for our clients is lots of unique options to choose from, more enjoyable and exciting treks, personalized service, and small groups averaging 4 to 6 trekkers and with a maximum of 8 trekkers.Our high quality service is not about quantity, nor is it about cheap prices and large groups…. We have a fair-price while providing the best possible service and personalized attention in small groups, and providing the best trekking experience through our unique trekking paths. All you have to do is to immerse yourself in the stunning landscape around you and simply feel the magic of Mother Nature (Pachamama) and the Andes. We carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents, avoid crowded campsites, and take care of all your requirements and details so you can relax and enjoy your trek or tour.All Treks are only operated by SAM Travel Peru:  The Company is owned and operated by Saul Alvarez Montalvo a native of Cusco, Peru and experienced guide himself. He is passionate about providing people the best quality service possible. What that means for you is that all our treks and tours are strictly and only operated by SAM TRAVEL PERU with our professional staff. SAM Travel Peru will never pass you onto another company; we will work with you until we get it right…. All the departures are 100% guaranteed – If you are booked and have made your deposit. ! You are going!SAM Travel Peru also 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 3Trekking in the Sacred ValleyAlli and Ellie hike to Machu PicchuSMALL GROUPSIn an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, we in 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 TOP TOUR GUIDESI am very proud of my guides! Highly professionalspeaking in fluent English and very knowledgeable. Passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development and learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated some having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology.  Others are great entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” on this side of Machu Picchu.OUR EQUIPMENT:Our team (Guides, Cooks, Porters, Cowboys) and Our equipment are what really 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 will sleep in them, leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffel bags. They also include a little vestibule in front, 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 US$20.
  • 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.
  • DUFFLE 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 PROJECTSSAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment in responsible tourism, we socially support and employee from these communities.SAM Travel Peru is proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only in hiring them for work but to bring things back to grassroots, to share in their home and families. This makes us happy to have a holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is that we wish to make life richer and more meaningful for all involved.

    Important Info

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION “Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” WELCOME TO CUSCOYou will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out 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) It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!THE BRIEFING:It will take place the night before the trekking departure 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 Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t  pack anything you will need for your hike.HOW TO BOOK THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?FIRST, to book your Classic Inca Trail Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.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):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality
  • SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Classic Inca Trail Machu Picchu.  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 or click here on the payment of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money.  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 HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  • According to Peruvian Law you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
  • All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
  • For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40.
  • For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
  • All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
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  • MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
    *** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?Yes for sure! 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 Machu Picchu permit. The rangers will check every day and when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the new passport number as soon as possible.WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?First I would say that the weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  BUT you will have many different varieties of weather as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depend on the location. We highly recommend you to bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?In general if you have regular exercise and spend a couple of days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatisation to the altitude, you may be fine.The recommended medicine 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.We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimatizing.  Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. Sam Travel Peru specializes in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provides personalized service.WHAT DOES THE INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU LOOK LIKE IN THE PEAK SEASON?It could get a bit crowded but with the regulations in place by the government to limit the amount of persons per day, there is enough space for everyone. To improve your experience on the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu, we have the privilege of being the only tour operator camping at Llactapata, from where you have a great lookout point to Machu Picchu!  However if crowding is a concern we recommend that you also consider all of the alternative treks available.HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of 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 DUFFLE 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 duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you 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. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?The Inca Trail is a 42km (24.4 mile) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 4,217m/13,907ft. On the second day of the trek we 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 in a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatised to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE TRAIL?It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by the female ones who want 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 Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu due to a health reasons, Sam Travel Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). 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 to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to the original plan.ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
    If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.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 from the train. Therefore you will take the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu PicchuVISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE; HOW MUCH IS IT?For sure you may upgrade to Vistadome train which has slightly nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered some snacks and a dance show will take place on board. The price is US$57 per person which includes the transfer from Poroy (Cusco) train station to your hotel in Cusco. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to the Vistadome Train, the trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco), takes 3.5 hours, and then 25mins by taxi to your hotel. Usually our clients are back at their hotel by 8pm. If you plan to take the bus to Puno on the same night, that is totally possible.TIPPINGIf you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, 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 more or less as you feel, 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 in that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and it´s people.


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    Packing check list


  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3 litre Camelbaks are encouraged.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toiletpaper
  • WHAT TO PUT IN THE DUFFLE BAGAs a Professional Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • 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 Celcious.
  • 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 US$20.

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
  • WHAT TO PUT IN THE DAY BACKPACKWe highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40Litres 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
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Coca leaves.
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Value things

    tree planting project

    dreams come true for student

    our christmas party in the andes

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