Express Classic Inca Trail Private Service3 Days / 2 Nights

This is the fastest version of the classic 4-day Inca Trail, on this tour you will visit Machu Picchu and return to Cusco in the evening of the third day.

This tour consists of 3 days of hiking to reach Machu Pichu and 2 nights of camping. During the days of walking we make stops to rest and have lunch, before arriving at each of our camps, finally we will conclude the tour with the arrival at Machu Picchu through the Puerta del Sol then we will start our guided tour in the citadel and we will return to Cusco.

Important: We require a minimum of 4 people to open  a new departure for this amazing hike to Machu Picchu

This package is the Express Classic Inca Trail Private Service

What’s Included:

  • The Inka Trail Backpacker Team: Professional and certified tourism guides, university graduates and fluent in several languages, with knowledge of the Andean culture, prepared in first aid and rescue courses (trained to use the first aid kit, we have an oxygen balloon that they always carry with them).
  • Professional cooks and porters who grew up in Andean communities; They will take care of carrying all the equipment that we use throughout the Inca Trail, you will only have to carry your own backpack with your personal belongings.
  • Transportation; We will pick you up from your hotel and we will go to km 82. We use private buses and mini vans; very comfortable and with all the security accessories according to the number of tourists, our driver has many years of experience and a transfer that will help you with whatever you need.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; this is the only ticket that will allow you to travel the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu. (Does not include the climb to Huaynapicchu).
  • Personal tent; Doite, Kaylas and Pro-Aconcahua brand professional tents, with capacity for 3 people, but to provide greater comfort they are only used by 2 people.
  • Personal mats,
  • kitchen tent, dining tent, camping chairs and tables.
  • Varied food, we offer the vegetarian option and all kinds of special food according to your requirement at the time of making your reservation. During your Inca Trail you will be able to serve yourself a variety of teas and mate,
  • Breakfast includes milk, coffee, tea and mate; You can accompany them with toast, bread, butter, jam, pancakes, scrambled eggs and oatmeal. For lunch, traditional novo Andean food can be served. Dinner includes chicken, beef or lamb, fish and chips or other main dishes. Snacks include: fruits, sweets, chocolates and sandwiches. We will also offer you hot drinks at our tea time where a selection of aromatic teas and mattes, coffee, popcorn and cookies will be served.
  • A container of hot water to do your personal hygiene after of each day of hike
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, (optional)
  • Returning train ticket and transportation back to Ollantaytambo at the end of your Inca Trail (Expedition class) and transportation back to Cusco.

Not include:

  • Breakfast on the first day of the tour. If you did not have breakfast at your hotel we will make a stop in Ollantaytambo so you can have breakfast.
  • Personal Porter
  • Lunch on the last day after visiting Machu Picchu.
  • Sleeping bag, walking sticks (These can be rented in our office. All our sleeping bags are washed after each use)
  • Tips for guides and porters


Starting at

$ 650.00USD

per person

Contact travel advisor +51 940 110 208

Day By Day

Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Ayapata

Express Classic Inca Trail 3 days – The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour starts from the pick up at your hotel or hostel (from 5:30 am approx.) We will travel for an hour and a half to Ollantaytambo where we will stop for breakfast (not included in the price of the tour) . After our stop we will continue with our car trip towards km 82, where the respective entrance controls to the Inca Trail are carried out. In this same place you will have to present your tickets together with your passports or the identity document with which you made your reservation.

The Inca Trail begins at a height of 2,720 meters above sea level. Once the respective controls have been passed at the checkpoint, we will cross a suspension bridge across the Vilcanota River. The first day is relatively easy and is considered the warm-up day as the terrain is relatively flat. This day we will have wonderful views of the Inca fortress Huillca Raccay, the incredible archaeological site of Llactapata (officially called “Patallacta”), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle with the Andes, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca 5,860m. also known as the Veronica. Our first camp will be in Ayapata, which is a 60-minute walk from the small town of Wayllabamba, at an altitude of 3,300m.

  • Distance to travel: 14 km
  • Walking time: From 6 to 7 hours including rest and stop for lunch
  • Camp height: 3,300 meters above sea level.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Temperature: Mild and windy in the afternoon

Day 2: Ayapata – Warmiwanusca – Chaquicocha

This will be the most difficult and at the same time the most rewarding day of the Inca Trail, we will find spectacular Andean landscapes and vegetation of the place. We will start the day at 5:00 a.m. and after a good breakfast, we will begin the 4-hour climb to the highest point of the road, the Abra de Huarmihuañusca or “Paso de la Mujer Muerta” with a height of 4,200m. During this tour we will be able to appreciate that the vegetation is varied with native plants and trees such as the Polilepys or Q’ueuña, which grow in the cloud forest at a height of 3,650m. After traveling the 4 hours of ascent we will celebrate together having reached the highest point.

After a break we will begin the descent for an hour and a half to the second point where we will have lunch (Pacamayo at 3,550m). After lunch we will start with the last part of the climb for 2 hours towards the Runkuraqay pass at a height of 4,000m. Once in the pass and after a break we will continue the descent for 1 hour and a half until we reach our Cachicocha camp (3600m).

  • Distance to travel: 16 km
  • Walking Time: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. including break and stop for lunch
  • Camp height: 3,600 meters above sea level.
  • Difficulty: Hard.
  • Temperature: Cold and windy in the afternoon

Day 3: Chaquicocha – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today will be the most extraordinary day of the trek. We will visit many of the archaeological sites on the way: Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Wiñay Wayna, which means: “Forever Young”. After lunch we will leave Wiñay Wayna at 12:00 pm in order to reach Inti Punku or the Sun Gate, which has a height of 273 meters. In the Puerta del Sol, you will be able to see the first views of Machu Picchu. Also from the Inti Punku you will be able to see the sunset.

Finally we will continue walking through the last section of the Inca trail until we reach the place where you can take the classic photo (postcard photo) with the ancient city. In Machu Picchu you will have your 2-hour guided tour. After your guided tour we will go to the main entrance, where we can board the bus to Aguas Calientes where we will deliver your train tickets for your return trip to Cusco.

  • Distance to travel: 16 km
  • Walking time: 9 hours including rest and stop for lunch
  • Height of Aguas Caliente: 2000 meters from sea level.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Temperature: Mild and windy in the afternoon

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Price

Price of Express Classic Inca Trail

Price: $ 650.00 USD per person

DISCOUNT

  • icon students Student Discount: $20 USD
  • icon teen Discount for Under 18: $30 USD
  • icon children Discount for Under 7: $50 USD

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STUDENT DISCOUNT:

The student discount is available to students worldwide who meet the requirements of the Peruvian government. It can be applied when purchasing tickets for Machu Picchu directly from the Peruvian government.

To qualify for the student price, make sure you meet the following requirements:

Your student ID must be an original document issued by your university, made of PVC material.

  • The student ID must include the following printed information:
  • University information.
  • Student’s name.
  • Student’s photograph.
  • The student ID must have a valid expiration date printed on it, which is valid for only one year. For example, if you plan to visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the expiration date on your ID should be 2023 or 2024. If you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the maximum allowed expiration date is 2024.
  • The student discount is available only for students 25 years of age or younger.
  • The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is not valid for the discount, even if it meets the requirements mentioned above.
  • The only accepted document for the student price is the original student ID that meets the requirements set by the Peruvian government. Other documents, such as certifications or virtual cards, are not accepted as proof of student status.
  • To request the student price, please send a photo of both sides of your student ID to inkatrailbackpacker@gmail.com when booking the tour. If you send it later, you will not be eligible for the student discount.
  • Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or need assistance.

Additional Upgrades for Your Salkantay Hike:

Train schedule

The schedule for the return train at the end of the Tour/Trek is the Expedition Train, departing at 6:20 p.m. or 7:00 p.m., depending on availability.

If you prefer an earlier train for the return journey, we can arrange it for an additional cost of $35 per person. The available times are 2:55 p.m. or 4:35 p.m. We also offer the option to book the Vistadome train at 3:40 p.m. for an additional cost of $65 per person. Please let us know in advance which train schedule you prefer. Please note that none of the reserved trains go directly to Cusco; they only go to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy stations. In any case, we will ensure that transportation will be arranged to pick you up and bring you back to Cusco.

Can I change my return train ticket to an earlier one at the Aguas Calientes station?

Yes, you can make this change in person at the Aguas Calientes train station. However, they will ask you to pay an additional fee for changing the ticket, and the change will be subject to availability of space and train schedules.

How long does the return trip to Cusco take?

The return journey to Cusco takes approximately 3 hours. First, you will board a train in Aguas Calientes, which will take you to the Ollantaytambo train station for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Then, a transfer from our office will be waiting for you at the train station exit with a sign bearing your name to drive you back to Cusco in a car or van for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Finally, they will drop you off at your hotel or hostel. You will receive your train tickets once your Machu Picchu tour has concluded.

rent camping equipment
Yes, in case you do not have the appropriate equipment to carry out the Walk, then we can offer you for rent:

Sleeping bags: 20 dollars per person
Poles: $15 for a pair
Matras (air mattresses) 15 dollars per person
Additional tents: 25 dollars per person

what to bring

What you need to take to the Inca Trail

We recommend that you take only what is necessary to enjoy your tour and leave the rest of your things at the hotel.

  • The original passport or document with which you booked the tour, the authorities on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are very strict and will not allow you to enter if you do not have them with you, you must bring an Original Passport or Identity Document, ID, Canet ISIS. The authorities do not accept any type of photocopy of the aforementioned documents.
  • A small 50 liter backpack that allows you to carry all the things you will take with you since your other belongings will be carried by your personal porter.
  • A sleeping bag preferably at least 5 to 10 degrees below zero, this can be synthetic or feather, if you do not have one you can rent it from our office.
  • Appropriate clothing for hiking, waterproof and comfortable shoes for long walks, shorts and long pants, dry fit sports shirts, rain jacket or rain jacket.
  • Warm clothes to be used in the camp (We recommend cotton clothes that are very comfortable to sleep in, a hat and gloves for the cold. Walking socks, sandals to be used when you arrive at the camp, you should also take with you plastic bags so you can separate things in the backpack (clean, wet, dirty clothes and others).
  • A canteen with water for the first day of the trek. After lunch on the second day you will be provided with cold filtered, herbed water for your cantifloras.
    The use of a canteen is mandatory along the Inca Trail, the authorities will not allow the use or entry of plastic bottles
  • Personal hygiene items: a small towel, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, toilet paper, hand sanitizer gel. These last two items are very important.
  • Personal medications, within this list also includes muscle relaxants, pain tablets and blessed for scratches, blisters on the feet that can be generated after several hours of walking.
  • Items to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes, a sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or caps for the sun and mosquito repellent.
  • Headlamp with batteries, extra battery for the camera (to be used every night in the camps, especially the last day, because we will wake up around 3:30am.
  • Extra money in cash, for your personal expenses such as the first breakfast, lunch on the last day, those of the porters, cook, guide, and other eventualities.

Why Us

Is Inka Trail Backpacker a certified company?

Inka Trail Backpacker is an adventure tour operator, traditional travel and Eco tourism that has been authorized to be an operator on the route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu since 2014.

All tourism companies that wish to be operators on the Inca Trail network to Machu Picchu must be certified and have an Inca Trail operator license granted by the government of Peru. This process is very rigorous and strict; not everyone who participates can be successful. This authorization is renewed every year in the month of December and at Inka Trail Backpacker we have the operator authorization of the Inca Trail valid until March 2025, we have a team that is only in charge of renewing our authorizations year after year and thus continue to be a company authorized to carry out tours through the Inca Trail in its different versions.

Our license as an Official Travel and Tourism Agency in Peru is under the name of Inka Trail Backpacker E.I.R.L
Our authorization to organize tours through the Inca Trail is under the name of INKA TRAIL BACKPACKER E.I.R.L. We also work with the authorizations of the associated companies of which we are a part, such as INTI SUN TREK E.I.R.L and GRUPO CAMINOS DEL PERU E.I.R.L. Duly registered on the official website of the Peruvian Government: www.machupicchu.gob.pe.

Does Inka Trail Backpacker care about the well-being of its workers?

Yes, the fact of offering lower and accessible prices does not mean that we neglect the pay and well-being of our porters or the staff that work with us. Since the end of 2014, Inka Trail Backpacker has been paying the porters who work the Inca Trail a salary of 200 Soles per person for the 4-day trek plus their transportation cost and the cost of their food, we also provide them with adequate equipment for that they can carry out their work in the best way. That is almost 20% above the legally required minimum wage agreed with the Porters Union which makes Inka Trail Backpacker a competitive company that offers good treatment and good benefits for them. After conversations with our porters, they tell us that only a few trekking companies pay them the same as we do and that only two companies pay a little more (they charge their clients around US$150 per person more than we do). Of the other 170 operators authorized to operate the Inca Trail only 60% pay the legal salary and 40% pay less than the legal salary, this is difficult to prove as their porters receive a low salary, but they are asked sign receipts showing they get more!compared to we charge less for tourists who book with us Inka Trail Backpacker

Travel with like-minded travelers:

As a traveler, you know that one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of going to new places is the people you meet along the way. By booking a trek or tour with us, you can be sure that your group will have travelers looking for adventure similar to yours in the Peruvian Andes. Our groups offer a great opportunity to meet new people and network in a friendly environment. You never know who you’ll meet!

Our work with local Communities:

We are really proud of the work we do for our local communities. This is the main focus of our company. We have worked directly with the villages to help them meet their needs. All the products we buy for food on our walks come from local farmers and markets, so we guarantee that our food has fresh and organic ingredients.

100% guaranteed departures

At Inka Trail Backpacker, we like to think that we trek a little differently than our competitors. We stand by our clients and guarantee that we meet 100% of our departure dates on our trips, even if you are a solo traveler, you will always find a place within our groups that you can join.

Travel Info

Visa for Peru

In general, if you are Latin American, North American or European, you will not need it. If you are a citizen of Mercosur, all members can enter Peru just by carrying your DNI or with a valid passport. If you are from a non-Mercosur country then you will need a valid passport and in some exceptional cases depending on your country of origin, a visa. Here the complete relationship.

If you are a minor you will need to pass in the company of your parents. If you are a father and you are traveling with children, you will need a marriage certificate, birth certificate of the child.

Vaccines

No vaccine is mandatory, but the Peruvian Ministry of Health “recommends” getting vaccinated against Yellow Fever to go to certain regions of the jungle. Normally nobody does, so it’s up to you if it’s worth the risk or not. In several countries this vaccine is free and when it costs, it is not expensive.

Climate and environment in Cusco:

If you are Argentine, Ecuadorian, Chilean, Colombian or you come from a place where it is hot in summer as much as possible, in Cusco it is the opposite. Do not think that your summer is replicated in this region. The periods of intense and cold rain are between December and April while in the capital it is very hot. Be it summer or winter, in Cusco at some point of the day it is cold. Always wear a coat. It is typical that in sunny places you feel hot and in shady places cold. The sun is radiant, and with the climate of the place it can damage your skin. Bring sunscreen and/or buy cocoa paste pills at pharmacies, which are very cheap and useful.

Machu Picchu, unlike the city of Cusco, is located on the edge of the jungle, that is, at a hybrid point where the mountains meet the jungle and the vegetation changes, showing characteristics of both regions at times. The best season to visit is usually between July and October (high season) when there is not much rain and always blue skies, however this place is visited all year round and it never disappoints.

Altitude Sickness:

Perhaps you have never experienced a lack of oxygen. This is commonly felt in Cusco due to the height and makes everything cost triple the effort so you do not have your usual physical resistance which will be diminished. Your digestion will be a little slower and your sleep dense and deep. The ideal is to stay calm the first day to acclimatise. It is very normal that all pharmacies sell pills for altitude sickness. Coca tea also helps as well as candies.

Health and safety:

The city of Cusco is safe in the places where you see yourself surrounded by tourists, the center, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu. Avoid walking alone in the night markets or too far from the center with things of value and tourist appearance. Be aware of your pockets at fairs or areas where you are very close to people. In one of the most touristic cities in the world, petty theft and scams are predictable. To avoid this, simply do not leave your valuables alone or trust free things. Do not trust the excesses of unjustified kindness of strangers who will usually always want something from you.

Hygiene is very important to maintain health. Try whenever possible to see how the food served to you is treated. It is common for tourists to get sick to their stomachs from trying everything. To avoid this, be careful, and avoid things that are sold on buses and street vendors, especially fried foods and artisanal cheeses that can be carriers of dangerous bacteria. Boiled, freshly cooked or well washed food will almost always be fine. Long walks on rocky terrain can make you easy prey to dislocations or similar injuries. Wear good shoes. Cusco has good health care places that cater specifically to tourists. To access them do not forget to have travel insurance. Compare them all here so you can choose the cheapest travel insurance.

Lodging:

Peru is one of the cheapest countries in South America so you can get rooms at ridiculously low prices. However, what you get is directly related to what you pay. You can review lodgings, see the photos and compare all the lodgings at http://hospedaje.mochileros.org so you will have a clearer idea.

Faqs

What is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Inca Trail is a stone route built by the Incas more than 500 years ago to unite their towns scattered throughout the empire of Tawantisuyo (Empire of the Incas) This section is a set of protected archaeological sites that goes from km 82 up to Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail is located in the middle of the Andes and is not accessible by car or by any means of transportation. There is no electricity or drinking water infrastructure, nor is there a cell phone network. The water used for food handling is from natural streams/springs that were perfectly conditioned to be water sources. All food is prepared with filtered boiled water to protect the health of tourists.

The Inca Trail is difficult?

The Inca Trail is certainly not easy, but you do not have to be an athlete or expert hiker to walk it. Your physical condition is of course very important, the Inca Trail is the type of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do.

However, the fitter you are, you will be able to admire and enjoy the landscape and the Inca archaeological sites along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Are there toilets on the Inca Trail and in the camps?

Yes, but the restrooms along the trail and/or in the camps are not in good condition. We recommend that you bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer gel for after using the bathrooms.

Should I physically prepare myself before doing the Inca Trail?

Yes, it is mandatory, if you do not exercise regularly, we recommend that you start walking 5 hours a day or do some type of aerobic, cardio vascular, etc. activity during the months prior to your trip.

Are there people who do not complete the Inca Trail? Yes, there are many factors that prevent people from completing the Inca Trail.

Due to altitude sickness (lack of oxygen)
Stomach problems such as diarrhea that many tourists get days before the start of the trek
Lack of physical preparation

What is altitude sickness?

Perhaps you have never experienced oxygen deprivation. This is commonly felt in Cusco due to the height and makes everything cost triple the effort so you do not have your usual physical resistance which will be diminished. Your digestion will be a little slower and your sleep dense and deep. The ideal is to stay calm the first day to acclimatise. It is very normal that all pharmacies sell pills for altitude sickness. Coca tea also helps as well as candies.

How many days of acclimatization do I need before starting the Inca Trail?

If you come from a country that is less than 500 meters above sea level. We recommend that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the Inca Trail, since the highest point of the trek is 4,200 meters above sea level.

How old do I have to be to do the Inca Trail? People of all ages (from children, teenagers to retirees) are suitable to complete this trek as age is not a barrier if you have a positive mindset and an active lifestyle.

However, for all people over 60 to 70 years of age, we recommend that you visit your doctor before doing the Inca Trail. They must also bring us the signed authorization from your doctor indicating that you are in suitable conditions to travel the Inca Trail

How long in advance should I make my reservation for the Inca Trail?

You must reserve your Inca Trail permits at least 3 months in advance. Since there are only 500 spaces available per day: 200 are assigned to tourists and 300 to porters, cooks, tour guides. If the number of spaces is exhausted, you will have to choose another alternative date. For this reason,

Can I do the Inca Trail on my own?

No. Access to the Inca Trail is only allowed to hikers accompanied by guides authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Cusco. Only 150 agencies of the 35,000 travel agencies in Peru, including ours, have authorization for access to the Inca Trail.

What is the reservation procedure and payment method:

Reservations are made directly through our own website. Please click on the icon that says Reserve Now and then follow the reservation instructions. Once you have finished filling out the reservation form on our website, you must send us a picture  of your passport or identity document on which I use to make the reservation. This information is important for the purchase of your entrance ticket for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. The corresponding authorities will verify that your passport number or Identity document matches the number of your entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. That is why it is very important that the document you used at the time of booking is valid and not expired. If you change your passport number, you must notify us immediately.

Do I have to make a deposit to guarantee my Inca Trail reservation?

Yes, no reservation with Inka Trail backpacker will be guaranteed unless you have made a payment of a deposit of 200 per person through our 2 forms of payment mentioned in our form. Book Now.Important: None of the requested deposits include transaction fees.

Why is the deposit important?

The deposit that you will send us is used to buy your entrance to the Inca Trail, tickets to Machu Picchu, your return train tickets and to reserve a space within the group.

Is my deposit refundable?

It is not refundable or transferable. After the purchase of your tickets, we cannot change: neither the date of departure of the tour or excursion, nor the name or passport number on your Inca Trail permit or the entrance to Machu Picchu or train ticket. However, if we do not manage or fail to make your reservation for the Inca Trail, the payment of your deposit will be 100% refunded.

Who administers the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is part of the National Heritage of Peru and its access and the conditions of the excursions are managed and regulated by the Ministry of Culture of Cusco. Only they can give the authorizations for their access, they also manage the camps. They are in charge of maintaining the road, the camps and the toilet facilities that are in the middle of nowhere.

Is there a waiting list or can I wait for someone to cancel their quota so that I can do the Inca Trail? If the permits run out on a particular date, no travel agency will be able to offer a space. Permits can only be purchased with the name and passport number of the visitor. One thing to consider is the following: once the reservation is confirmed, there is no option to change the date or name.

Where does the Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu start?

The Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu begins in the department of Cusco-Peru through the province of Urubamba and the district of Pisacucho, also called KM 82.

What departure dates do you offer? We offer departures every day depending on the availability of the entrance spaces. In the red calendar of availability that we have on our page we indicate the spaces available for each day. That calendar also allows you to choose the date of departure to the Inca Trail.

What is the duration of the Inca Trail?

The classic Inca Trail lasts 4 days or, for the more in a hurry or the less athletic, there is another 2-day trek. It is worth mentioning that the Inca Trail can only be done in one direction: from Cusco to Machu Picchu; the return is always done by motorized way (by train and by bus).

What is the size of the group?

The maximum size of the group allowed per group is 16 tourists. The rest is the support staff (porters, cooks) If our groups reach the maximum size we will employ two guides for better group management

For confidentiality reasons we will not be able to inform you who will be part of your online group, it is impossible for us to answer precisely. Generally, it is a group of hikers of different nationalities and ages. You will meet the members of your group the day we carry out the orientation or briefing one night before the departure of the tour

What is the best time to do the excursion?

Peru is a very large country with many different climates, for that reason it would be very difficult to define a good time to visit different places. However, we consider that the best season is from June to September. For the Inca Trail, the hottest season is from November to March but it is also the rainy season. That is why we think that it is more pleasant to do a sunny but cold excursion than a warm but rainy excursion. For this reason, we recommend doing it preferably between May and October. It should be noted that the Inca Trail is open every day of the year except in February, the maintenance month. For more details, we advise you to visit the weather page.

The Inca Trail is open all year round?

It is open 7 days a week, every day of the month, including Sundays and holidays; but it is closed in February because the Ministry takes advantage of this month to do the maintenance of the Inca Trail.

The food on the Inca Trail:

It is always fresh and with organic ingredients, they contain the adequate amount of protein and carbohydrates, including vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and other options. At the time of serving food, all our tourists sit down to eat together at the table, thus guaranteeing a family atmosphere. Our chefs are trained to prepare food according to the tourist’s requirements: gluten-free, sugar-free, anti-allergic diets, vegetarian and vegan options.

Is tipping on the Inca Trail?

Yes, they are for porters, cooks and guides, they are always welcome and are organized by the group on different days. They will also be very grateful for small gifts that can be for themselves or for their children. The suggested amount for tips is 40 to 50 soles for each porter and 80 to 90 soles for the cook and guide. We clarify that this amount is a suggestion and is not an obligation. Tips are collected from all members of the group and is not an individual contribution.

Health and Safety

All our participants must inform us if they have or have had any illness that may affect their personal or group progress during the walk. They will also need to bring their own medications. We recommend that you visit your doctor before making your reservation if you have any health problems.

I have heard of a “local” train, can I take it?

Indeed, there is a train called “local” for the Cuzco-Aguas Calientes route, but by government decree it is reserved for Peruvians and residents, upon presentation of an identification document. No tourist can take it.

Where to store your things:

You can leave or store the things that you will not take to the Inca Trail in the hotel or hostel where you are staying. Most of these establishments have warehouses where they will store your things. If you do not trust the place where you are staying, we will gladly store your belongings in our office.

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