Famous Inca Trail 4 Days/3 Nights
Famous inca trail 4 days is one of the world’s ten best hikes, the Inca Trail is unparalleled for its ecological diversity and wealth of archaeological treasures. The Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary covers 32,952 hectares and it is home to a network of Inca highways, scores of archaeological sites, ten ecological zones (from glacial peaks to tropical forests), over 450 species of birds and 200 hundred species of orchids, as well as the legendary city of Machu Picchu. See our Inca Trail availability 2015
ACTIVITIES: Hiking, Camping, Nature exploration, History, lot of fun & See our some picture of our experience about the Inca Trail.
DAY 1: Cusco – Piskacucho km 82 – Llactapata – Wayllabamba
- Pickup from your hotel at 5:00
- Transfer to km 82 ( 2720 m / 8923 Ft ).
- Hiking the Inca Trail
- Archaeological site of kanabamba, Llactapata ( quechua names )
- Lunch at Taray village at 1.30 pm aproxx.
- Camping in Wayllabamba ( 3300 meters / 10829 ft )
- Walking distance 12 km.
DAY 2: Wayllabamba – Dead womens Pass – Pacaymayu.
- Wake up time & breakfast
- Survive the highest mountain (Dead Women Pass), great views
- Lunch and siesta
- Tea time or high tea
- Walking distance: 9 km.
DAY 3: Pacaymayu – Chaquikocha – Winayhuayna.
- Wake up time & breakfast
- Inca cities and original inca path
- First view of Machu Pichcu Mountain
- We will get to visit Winayhuayna Inca ruins.
- Walking distance: 16km.
DAY 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Hiking to Inti Punku the “Sun Gate”
- Guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Climb to huayna Picchu ( book it in advance )
- Descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Walking distance 6 km.
Day 1: CUSCO-PISKACUCHO –WAYLLABAMBA.
We collect you early in the morning from your hotel (5:00 – 5:30) Time in Peru, and travel by bus, passing the pictures villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, for two hours of scenic trip towards the 82 kilometer (start of the trail), with opportunity to take breakfast on the way.
Having arrived at 82km, we cross the bridge then to initiate with 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. Then we follow the Kusichaca valley for two hours to reach our first camp at Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,900ft) where we will have a high tea, dinner and spend the night. During the tour we will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains such a Veronica (5,860m/19,337ft), great green valley and myriad of flora and fauna along the whole tour.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities.
Maximum Altitude: 3,000m/9,900ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2,650m/8,747ft.
Day 2: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PAQAYMAYU.
Today is the toughest day on the trek .After a healthy breakfast, we start walking up a moderate hill for five hours through the Peruvian 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 climate, 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 Paqaymayo (3,600m/11,877ft), where we have our lunch, high tea, dinner and spend the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities.
Maximum Altitude: 4,215m/13,907ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3,600m/11,877ft.
Day 3: PAQAYMAYU – CHAQ’ICOCHA – PUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑANWAYNA.
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 Runcurakay (3,800m/12,540ft) to explore it. Then we ascend to the second Runcurakay pass (3,977m/13,127ft), from here we can enjoy the breathtaking surrounding mountains and stunning lakes. After time to enjoy all the beautiful sight we descend for one hour to next archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3,600m/11,877ft), then we walk 30 more minutes to Chaquicocha for lunch, afterwards we continue through an easy path to the third 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 Peruvian cloud forest for three hours, all downstairs to the third camp at Wiñaywayna (2,650m/8,747ft) where we spend the night
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities.
Maximum Altitude: 3,977m/13,127ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2,650m/8,747ft.
Day 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.
This day is most expected from our trek. We wake up very early and then have breakfast, afterward we walk for one hour towards the Sun Gate (2,720m/8,977ft), from where we may enjoy the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majesty monumentally. Then we descend for an hour towards the wonder of the world: Machu Picchu (2400m/7,920ft). Afterwards we start with the guided tour for three hours visiting all the important places such as: the temples, sundials, sun temple, cemeteries, enclosure, urban and agricultural sector and much more, with plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and optional climbing of Huayna Picchu, Machu Pichu Mountains. After plenty of time to enjoy the “lost city of the Inca” we head back to Aguas Calientes for buffet lunch then we take our return train to Ollanataytambo with bus connection to Cusco city. At your hotel, arriving around in the evening
Meals: Breakfast & buffet Lunch
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR TREK ?
- Pre briefing trek
- Collection from your hotel
- Private transport from Cusco to Piscacucho (starting of the trek)
- 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad 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
- Hot water for washing purposes
- Boiled water to fill in your bottles
- Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes toOllantaytambo and private transport to Cusco
- Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
- 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 and kitchen tent
- Hot water for drinking and washing purposes
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- First breakfast
- Wayna Picchu: $65
- Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) US$ 20
- Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
- First breakfast & Last dinner
- VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, Please add US$36 per person
- Tips for your crew guide, cook, porters
- Sleeping bag (Minus 10ºC – can be rented at Nig Adventures office for US$20)
- Hiking boots
- Warm clothes and trekking pants, not jeans
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
- Flash light with extra batteries
- Camera, extra film & batteries
- Sun protection: sunscreen: sun hat: sunglasses
- Thermals: wool socks: Gloves
- Scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
- Insect repellent
- Rain poncho: a good rain jacket
- Extra plastic bags especially in wet season
- Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
- Water bottle: water purifying tablets optional
- Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
- Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
- Down sleeping bag: $20
- Walking stick: $10
- Personal tent $30
- Additional night in Aguas Calientes: $60
- Waynapicchu $67
- Our standard Inca Trail to Machu Pichcu 4 days includes English Speaking Guide
- US$597 per person
- Nig Adventures does not have hidden charges in the trek prices.
- “Any day that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 trekkers”
- Student Discount: US$35 (Requires “ISIC” Card to qualify)
- Under 18’s Discount: US$25
- Sleeping bag US$25
- Walking stick US$15
- OPTIONAL UP-GRADES: Hotel and Train… VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, Please add US$47 per person
- Please note that this discount does not apply to private treks or any other trek not mentioned here.
Please have a read the following information; it will help you to clarify all your queries and question about our services and the treks to Machu Picchu”
WELCOME TO CUSCO: You will be met on arrival at Cuzco airport, please ensure that you advise your full flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to trip start. Look out for our representative holding an orange board with your name at the arrival terminal.
The rest of the day is at your leisure until 6pm, when your Nig Adventures representative will meet you at the lobby of the hotel, who will give you all the information about your trek or tour.
DEPARTURE: Any day that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 trekkers
GROUP SIZE: Small Groups from 2 – 6 people (could be 2, 4, 5 as maximum 6 people), a small group will make your experience different with a personalized attention depart of the whole team, where you can also enjoy the route according to its rate hike.
NOTE: Big group can be organized by request.
TRAIN SCHEDULES: At the end of the Trek or Tour we will take the 2:55pm or 6:35pm train leaving Aguas Calientes. It takes 2 hours till Ollantaytambo and then we will transfer you back to Cusco and your hotel. Train tickets depends on availability.
Hotel: For treks that include accommodation at Aguas Calientes, we stay at “Hostal Machu Picchu or El Presidente Hotel” which is a very nice place to rest after several days of walking! In comparison to other companies, we will not be staying in basic shared rooms or sharing showers. Our hotels depend on availability.
However, if you would like to have a better accommodation just let us know the accommodation of your preference and we will let you know how much the extra fee will be.
HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN: Please, if you are thinking of climbing Huayna Picchu mountain you must book this at the same time as your trek or tour to Machu Picchu. Only 400 people can hike Huayna Picchu per day. You will climb it on your own after the tour in Machu Picchu around 10 .00 am. The price is $23 per person .. more infomation
Note: For the Inca Trail trek hikers, the Huayna Picchu mountain entrance tickets cost US$65 per person and it has to be booked in advance.
HORSES, COOK & ASSINTANT COOK: On this trek we provide horses and mules to carry the food, the camping equipment and your belongings up to 7 kilos.
OUR GUIDES: They each speak English fluently and of course all of them speak Spanish and Quechua (the Inca Language). They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and of course they will have lots of history to share with you.
MEALS: The food provided by the porters and cook is nothing short of amazing. Trekkers can expect a breakfast of omelettes or pancakes, a ‘takeaway’ snack pack of fruit or chocolate to eat mid morning, a two course lunch of soup and meat with pasta or rice, afternoon tea on arrival at camp with biscuits and popcorn and a three course dinner. Breakfast and dinner is accompanied by hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate) and lunch usually by cordial (other drinks e.g. soft drinks or beer are at your own expense and can be pricey on the trail). All food is prepared, served and cleared away by the cook and porters and the quality of the meals is quite something when you consider that all the ingredients and basic cooking equipment has been carried in. Trekkers will certainly not go hungry and special dietary requirements can be catered for if specified in advance. You will be able to buy bottled water on day 1 and 2 of the trek at various points along the way, after this you will refill your empty bottles from boiled water provided by the porters. Boiled water will be provided during the trek when it is possible to make camp.
OUR EQUIPMENT: We provide 4 man tents for only 2 people and INFLATABLE MATTRESS for everyone. Our dining equipment includes a spacious dining tent, tables and chairs, plates and utensils.
Please note that if you are over 1.95 meters / 6´4″ tall then you won´t be able to rent a sleeping bag in Cusco. In this case it is recommended to bring your own.
CULTURE SHOCK RATING: The comforts of home are more of a rarity. English isn’t common and the food will be quite different to home. It’s important to observe some of the local customs to not cause offence. Many of the locals’ standards of living may be confronting.
SPENDING MONEY: Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
TIPPING: If 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 to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Nig Adventures destinations.
Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
WEATHER: The wet season in this region is from December to March when heavy rains can cause disruptions to ground transport. Intrepid will monitor any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to natural weather occurrences.
TRANSPORT: Train, Minibus
HIKING TO MACHU PICCHU: 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 7kg/15p max. While you hike, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel in Cuzco.
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.
For during the trek, you need a day pack big enough to carry personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sun cream, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litres capacity back pack is big enough.
FITNESS: The Inca Trail is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important but the Inca Trail is the kind of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do. Obviously the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do some extra walking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip.
Many people worry whether they will be able to cope physically but complete failure is rare and would usually only result from severe altitude sickness or a person lacking even a basic level of fitness. People of all ages (from teenagers to pensioners) complete the trek and age itself is no barrier if you are positive minded and live an active lifestyle. Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting your doctor who will be able to provide you with more information.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative.
If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Inka Trail FAQ
Please read carefully and become fully informed about our Inka trail.
1.- Is Nig Adventures a Peruvian Company?
Yes 100% Peruvian! It was created by Raul Ccolque and family who were born in a little village in the Sacred Valley.
2.- Is Nig Adventures a licensed Inka Trail operator ?
We have been an official Inka Trail operator since 2012. We have all the licenses to operate on the Inka Trail and many other adventure tours around Cusco and Machu Picchu.
3.- What is the Inka Trail cost ?
It is $635 per person for our 4D/3N trek, which includes a 7kg / 14 pounds weight allowance for your trekking clothes which will be carried by Nig Porters. This allows you to walk with just your day pack and enjoy the trek without the additional weight. This weight allowance is not included with most other tour operators.
4.- How many people are in the average group?
We have a minimum of 2 people to start a group and a maximum of 10-12 with two guides. However, most of our groups are of 4 – 6 people. If you are traveling solo, we are very happy to match you up with one of our existing groups.
5.- How do I know about the availability for the Inka Trail?
Open the “Inka Trail Availability” menu from our website. Then click on the month you are looking for and you will see the availability on the government website in real time. It does tend to book up about 2 months in advance.
6.- How do I book the Inka Trail ?
Please fill in the form from our “Book Now” menu on our website. Then make a deposit of $200 per person which you can do via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay Pal does charge a small fee of 5.5% which is to be paid by the client. This comes to a total of $211 per person including PayPal fees. As soon as we receive both we will book your Inka Trail permits (subject to availability) and email you with a confirmation and your final invoice which can be paid when you arrive in Cusco.
7.- Can I change the departure date after the entrance tickets have been purchased?
We are sorry but the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been purchased the government does not allow any changes whatsoever, so we can’t change any departure dates after purchase. Tickets are also not transferable.
8 .- Do I get my money refunded if I cancel my Inka Trail trek?
We are sorry but again, the answer to this is “No”. Once we pay for your permits and other required tickets, we do not receive any refund from the government or Train Company, so we therefore cannot refund any monies to you. Please read the cancelation policy carefully from our website.
9 .- Do I need to bring my original passport to do the Inka Trail?
YES, you absolutely need to bring your original passport and it is very important that it be the same passport number you sent to us to book your Inka Trail permits. The Rangers will double check every single day and also when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. If you are in the process of 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.
10.- If I’m a student, do I get a discount?
Yes you do, we provide a student discount of $35 to holders of an International Student Card holders (ISIC Green Card). And we do need a copy of your card with your booking, please. Be sure to bring it with you to Peru, as they will check it here too.
11.- Why should I book with Nig Adventures?
There are many reasons to book with Nig Adventures!! We are an official Inka Trail operator, we are a Peruvian company, we have smaller size groups, the BEST guides, the BEST meals, the BEST camping equipment, private toilets, our camping sites are located at the BEST locations without many other groups around, and very importantly – we are a PORTER FRIENDLY COMPANY, we treat our porters, guides and cooks the best! Just read our reviews on Trip Advisor!
12 .- How many people are in each tent?
We provide 4-person comfortable tents but we only put two people in each 4-person tent which means you have plenty of space in your tents to relax and keep your trekking gear. Our tents are also quite tall since they are A-line tents, most of other companies provide very tiny and low tents that you can’t even stretch out in.
13.- If I’m vegetarian, can your cook accommodate my needs?
Absolutely! Our food is the best! We can accommodate your needs without any problem if you are vegetarian, vegan, or have any allergies. All meals are buffet, freshly prepared in the same location where we are camping.
14.- What is the weather like on the Inka Trail?
For sure you will have many different varieties of weather as you pass through the numerous microclimates which will depend the day and the elevation you are at, but we definitely suggest you bring clothes for 4 seasons, including water-proof gear. One thing we can say is that weather rarely goes below zero.
15.- How long is the Inka Trail ?
It is 45 km / 26 miles
16.- What is the highest point of the hike?
The highest point of the hike is 4215m / 13,829 ft. which is on the second day of the hike.
17 .- Is this hike for me?
This hike is definitely not easy but is something you can survive, you just need to try to be as fit as possible and believe that this will be a lifetime experience, this is once-in-a-life-time adventure!!
18.- How many km do we walk each day?
Day 1.- 14 km Day 2.- 16 km Day 3 .- 10 km Day 4 .- 5 km
19.- 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 group of : 2 trekkers will have 5 porters + 1 cook 4 trekkers will have 7 porters + 1 cook 6 trekkers will have 10 porters + 1 cook 8 trekkers will have 12 porters + 1 cook 10 trekkers will have 14 porters + 1 cook If by any chance we have a larger group, the number of the porters will increase accordingly.
20 .- How many guides do we have ?
According the Government Regulations of the national park, if the group is 8 people or less you will have 1 tour guide. If the group is 9 or more, you will have 2 tours guides. Both will speak beautiful English.
21 .- What happens if I become ill on the trail?
It will depend a lot on what kind of illness you get and at which point on the Inka Trail. Should you become ill before Dead Women’s Pass and feel you can’t continue the hike, you will return with a porter to the trail head and take the train to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu where you will meet up with your group. In the unfortunate instance you become seriously ill, we will return you either by stretcher or horse to the trail head and bring you back to the clinic. It is very important to have travel insurance in case anything happens along the way. Extra expenses due to illnesses are covered by you. We can provide legal documentation for your travel insurance company to assist in getting the money reimbursed to you. Should you become ill after Dead Woman’s Pass it is actually better to just continue on the trail since you are closer to Machu Picchu and at a much lower elevation as well, Nig Adventures tour guides are extremely well-trained on how to assess the situation in case you need any assistance. Our tour guides bring oxygen tanks and first aid kits with all the typical necessary medications. If you have any special medications from your doctor it is a good idea that you bring them with you.
22.- What time do we depart on the hike on the first day and what time we usually wake up each day?
We will collect you from your hotel in Cusco at 4.30 am on the first day and the average time to wake up each day is at 5am. This can also vary depending on your guide and the speed of the group.
23.- Will we be dropped off at our hotel in Cusco after returning from Machu Picchu? Can we be dropped off at Urubamba or Ollantaytambo after our trek instead?
Yes, we will absolutely drop you off at your hotel in Cusco after your hike and also we can also drop you off at any hotel in Ollantayambo , Urubamba or Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley. Just let us know in advance.
22.- What time will we arrive to Machu Picchu on the 4th day of the trek?
You will arrive around 7.30am. It is a 2 hour walk to Machu Picchu from the last campsite. You will then have a 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu.
23 .- Can we climb Huayna Picchu after our Inka Trail?
Yes you can, subject to availability and if you have pre-purchased a ticket to do it. We will book you in the second slot which begins at 10am. This means that you will have your guided tour first, then climb Huayna Picchu on your own. Huayna Picchu is regulated to only 400 people per day and this means that you need to book it far in advance since it tends to sell out quite a bit ahead of time. The price for a permit to climb this mountain is $65 per person and we can book it for you. Alternatively, you can climb Machu Picchu Mountain for $55, which is a longer and more challenging climb. Huayna Picchu is about 1½ hours roundtrip, Machu Picchu Mountain is about 3 hours roundtrip.
24 .- How do we get from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes ?
We include bus tickets which will be given to you by your guide at Machu Picchu. The buses depart every 10 minutes and it takes about 25 minutes to get down to Aguas Calientes. This road is not a particularly nice ride since the road is not paved and it can be a little bit of a rough ride but the buses are comfortable and clean. Make sure you allow enough time to descend to be sure you have plenty of time to catch your train.
25 .- What time does our train depart and what kind of train is it?
This will depend on a number of different criteria, but the idea is to allow as much time as possible in Machu Picchu. It also depends on the train availability. We normally book the trains for either 2:55pm, 4:20pm or 5:20pm. All trains are tourist expedition class. It is a beautiful, scenic train ride and ideally you want to do it in daylight. It does get dark around 6pm here, as we are so near the equator.
26 .- Can I upgrade to a Vistadome train? How much is it? Is it worth it?
You can absolutely upgrade to Vistadome train which has slightly nicer seating, domed glass windows which make for better views of the high mountains and a dance show on board the train. The price is $65 per person which includes the transfer from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco. Most people take the tourist expedition class train and the train ride is only 2 hours from Ollantytambo and as mentioned previously – the major difference is the seating and shows, the views are the same on both trains as they follow the same route, though the Vistadome has windows in the ceiling of the traim cars, so that you can see the tops of the mountains en route. If you choose to upgrade to the Vistadome train, it will return to Poroy instead of Ollantaytambo. Poroy is about 25 minutes outside of Cusco. So this means you will not stop in Ollantaytambo to catch the 2 hour bus back to Cusco, instead your train ride will be 3 1/2 hours, leave you in Poroy, and we will pick you up from there for the 25 minute drive to Cusco.
27.- Can I stay extra night in Aguas Calientes and return the next day to Machu Picchu?
Yes, absolutely. We can purchase your bus tickets and Machu Picchu entrances tickets for you which will cost an additional $70 per person. You will go back into Machu Picchu on your own since the guide will have gone back on the 4th day. Then you will take the afternoon train with the following day’s group and still use our transportation back to Cusco. Sometimes people don’t want to go back to Machu Picchu but want to stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes and take morning train to Ollantaytambo to spend the day and see the magnificent ruins there. You can also do that and still take our transportation to Cusco for free that afternoon. if you’d like. Just let us know so that we book your trains accordingly. Note: Trains come from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo only.
28 .- How long is the total ride from Aguas Calientes to Cusco?
It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo ans then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to Vistadome, the train is 3 1/2 hours to Poroy, then 25 by taxi to Cusco.
29.- Does Nig Adventures operate all their own tours directly for our Inka Trail or could we be passed along to a third party operator?
Good question! We operate our all of our treks ourselves, we never pass any of our clients on to other operators. This insures our quality control and also means we never work for commissions-only as many other companies do.
30.- If there are only 2 people in the group, will we be trekking with another company?
No, even when we have only two people we will still do the trek ourselves, without any additional charge. This means your Inka Trail is absolutely 100% confirmed for your preferred date of departure.
31.- How do we pay our remaining balance in Cusco?
We prefer that you pay by cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) but you can also use a Visa card (no other credit cards are accepted, this is common in Peru). We are required to charge an additional 5% since your card is international.
32.- Tell me about the seasons in Cusco and Machu Picchu?
We have two seasons, rainy and dry season, rainy is from November to March. Dry season is from April to October which is considered to be the best months to do the hike. The Inka Trail is closed for the month of February.
33.- What does the trail look like?
The first day is a little muddy, and not as clean since local people use the same trail for their horses. The second day to Machu Picchu is all paved with stone, most of which are uneven and can make it a little hard to walk on but certainly doable. We do suggest you take trekking poles/walking sticks to help balance yourself.
34.- Why is this hike more important than others?
In our humble opinion, the Inka Trail is the most beautiful hike in the world! It is the only trail that takes you directly though the Sun Gate into Machu Picchu. It is very historically significant and, very importantly, it takes you through many different microclimates, providing amazing views of the Peruvian Andes. Great valleys, waterfalls, flora and fauna are amazing highlights. There are also many other Inka archeological sites along the way that are just as interesting as Machu Picchu ruins. This is the only trail that the Inkas walked along in the 1400’s to Machu Picchu and it will remain with you forever how wonderful and spiritual this hike is. Finally we want to say that we want to create unique experience for you, we have the best team and the very best routes and camping logistics!