Inca Trail and Manu Amazon 8 days
Part of the 23,000 kilometers (approx.14,000 miles) of roads built by the Incas in South America, are on the most famous trekking route in Peru, and possibly one of the most spectacular in America: the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is justly famous for its spectacular Andean landscapes, filled with snow-capped mountains between June and October, as well as for the captivating Inca ruins that can be found along the way. Combine this adventure with other point of Cusco: Get to know the Manu National Park, a paradise blessed with the greatest biodiversity in the world, inhabited by native communities that still keep alive their ancestral traditions and live in harmony with nature.
- Package / Tour: Inca Trail & Manu Amazon 8D/7N
- Price 2022: USD$ 1100.00
- Locations Visited: Inca Trail & Manu Amazon 8D/7N
- Frequency: 3 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
Day 1 – Start the classic Inca Trail Cusco – Km 82 – Huayllabamba (Camping):
Depart from Km 82 and cross the Urubamba River Bridge and begin our walk in the footsteps of the Incas. We travel along the winding path that skirts the river, offering views of the Vilcanota mountain range. Our route journeys through the narrow Cusichaca valley and later we’ll reach the indigenous community of Huayllabamba. Our local crew of porters cook and guide look after us well for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear for the hike, so those passengers doing the hike only need carry a small daypack for the daily essentials. We camp at Wayllabamba. Approx. walking time 5 hours (CAMPING)
Day 2 – Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo (Camping):
On the second day we climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass. Don’t be put off by the name – with your guide’s encouragement you’ll make it to the top and enjoy the fantastic view that awaits you! At 4215 m (13769 ft.) above sea level, this pass is the highest point of the trek. The second pass of the hike is Runcuracay (3998 m) (13113 ft.) where on clear days, we enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Tonight we camp at Pacaymayo. Approx. walking time 7 hours (CAMPING)
Day 3 – Pacaymayo – Wiñayhuayna (Camping):
Today the trail goes through some beautiful cloud forest on a climb which is steeper than Dead Woman’s Pass but shorter (1 ½ hours), you will walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both original Inca constructions. The highest point of the third pass is at 3700m (12136 ft.). On clear days you are rewarded for all this work with beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley below. Soon you reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca, or the ‘Town above the Clouds’, at about 3650 m (11972 ft.) above sea level. We camp for the final night close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) ruins, a grandiose terraced hillside site, with panoramic views of the valley below and just a short hike from Machu Picchu. Approx. walking time 8 – 9 hours. (CAMPING)
Day 4 – Arrive at Machu Picchu (Overnight in Hotel Cusco):
Today we visit the remarkable Machu Picchu. There is no way to describe the feeling of the first views of Machu Picchu, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the famous ruin appears in front of you. It may be called the Sun Gate but bear in mind we are in the cloud forest and sometimes “Cloud Gate” would be a more suitable name. The morning is dedicated to exploring the extraordinary site of Machu Picchu, where your guide will be on hand to explain and give you an insight into the life of the Incas at Machu Picchu. For the keen, there’s also the opportunity to climb the sacred peak of Huyna Picchu. In the afternoon, we take the train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco. Approx. walking time 2 hours. (HOTEL)
Day 5 – Cusco – Pilcopata – Paraiso Lodge:
We leave from Cusco in our comfortable bus, ascending to the folkloric town of Paucartambo. On the way we visit the Pre Incas funeral towers of Ninamarca. Then we drive through the impressive cloud forest full of plants and beautiful orchids, here we take our first hike and we have the chance to observe the Peru´s national bird-Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola Peruviana), monkeys and many different species of birds. With luck the only South American bear-the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos Ornatus). In the evening we arrive to Pilcopata, village, we sleep in a typical. (Paradise lodge) Outside the village, Showers and toilets shared.
Day 6 – Pilcopata paraiso lodge – Palotoa Amazon – Lodge:
After breakfast we will continue by private bus to Atalaya. On the way we will stop to observe a coca plantation, we will also stop at a view point where you can get a good overview of the jungle and river. From Atalaya we leave by motorized boat to Aguas Calientes, where you can bath in the nature hot springs. In the afternoon we will walk in the jungle for several hours in order to appreciate the many different kind of animals, birds, plants and flowers. If we are lucky we will see monkeys. In the evening we will come back to the lodge for dinner and sleep in the midst of nature.
Day 7 – Palotoa Amazon Lodge (jungle Exploring):
(Exploring) this day, we’ll explore the jungle on our vast trail system, we will walk in the jungle for several hour carrying a small day pack including our lunch. On the way, we will see many different kinds of animals such as monkeys, collared peccaries and birds such as eagles, parrots and toucans, medicinal plants, and giant trees. We might also have time to swim and fish; after the darkness, we will search for caiman eyes. We will spend the night in our comfortable lodge. In the evening we will build a bonfire, relax and have some drinks and a BBQ.
Day 8 – Palotoa Amazon Lodge – Cusco:
After Breakfast we will return to Atalaya by boat where our private bus will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. We return to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive back in Cusco in the late afternoon.
IMAGES INCA TRAIL AND AMAZON TOUR
Inca Trail Includes
- Inca Trail English Guide
- Personal Porter (Half) to carry 6kg of personal Stuff Entire Trip We will Provide you a Duffel Bag at the time of your briefing (Orientation)
- Cook in charge of all meal, Porters: To carry camping equipment, portable table and chairs, food, and kitchen/cooking equipment
- Inca Trail Permit along with Entrance to Inca Trail and Machupicchu as well as porters permit.
- Camping Equipment 4 season tent(04ppl tent for 02ppl) & Self-inflating Therm-a-rest mattresses
- Private Bus to km 82, Return Tourist Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Bus back to Cusco.
- Meals: Breakfast (03), Lunch (03), Dinner (03), Morning Snack (03), Afternoon Snack (03)
- Transfers to Hotel.
Manu Amazon Tour Includes
- pre departure Manu jungle trip breafing at the hotel/office
- Qualified naturalist native jungle English/Spanish-speaking guide
- Cook who is charge of making the food /cooking equipment
- Camping equipment/tents and mats (in case we camp in the jungle)
- Transportation by private bus from Cusco to the Cloud Forest and Atalaya , and Back from Atalaya to Cusco (4 day tour)
- Transportation by private boat: Atalaya / palotoa lodge / Atalaya (4-day tour)
- Overnights in lodges and camping huts
- Mineral water all the time
- Meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Manu National Park guide book – Talking About Manu
- Manu National Park entrance fee
- Entrance fee to the hot springs
- Vegetarian option…send us you requirements please.
- Entrance to the hot spring
- First Aid Kit (bring your personal Medication)
- MANU JUNGLE TOUR: 03 nights in Lodge
YOU SHOULD BRING
Please Note: Walking and journey times are approximate and the package includes Classic Inca Trail see availability first. Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.
- Original Passport (and some copies)
- Travel insurance (and some copies)
- US$ cash and travellers cheques
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
- Camera and films
- Rechargeable batteries and adapters
- Reading/writing material
- Cover for backpacks
- Windproof/waterproof jacket
- Small towel and swim wear
- Sun hat
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 2 pairs of long trousers *zipp off
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
- sturdy walking shoes
- Sport hiking sandals
- Sun block
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
- Watch or alarm clock
- Water bottle
- Purifying tablets or filter (Micropur recommeded)
- Flashlight (head light recommended)
- Money belt
- Sleeping silk liner (for sleeping bags)
- Wool hat, mitts or gloves (preferably waterproof)
- Rain poncho, plastic bags for your personal stuff to keep dry
- Sleeping bag (it can be hired form us )
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
- Thermal underwear
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
Frequently asked questions
When is the best time to travel the Inca Trail?
The high season on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is from May to September, because this time coincides with vacations in the Western Hemisphere. These months probably offer the best trekking conditions with a dry and sunny climate.
The Inca Trail closes the month of February of each year, because it is the rainiest month.
Can children do the Inca Trail?
Children accustomed to walking can do the Inca Trail, although we recommend that they be over 12 years old.
Do I need a great physicist to travel the Inca Trail?
It is recommended that you have a good level of physical condition, however, you do not have to be a fan of exercise.
Will I be affected by altitude sickness?
Altitude is one of the biggest challenges about trekking in Peru. To help you acclimatize and avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness, we recommend the following:
– Avoid alcohol and smoking.
– Drink a lot of liquid. Coca tea is an ancient ancestral remedy.
– Avoid agitation and strenuous exercise upon arrival in Cusco.
– Avoid sleeping pills.
– Spend between 2 and 3 days to acclimatize before starting your walk.
What happens if I get sick and need to go back?
This does not happen very often; However, if it happens, our guides are very experienced and know how to act in case of any emergency or unexpected occurrence; They will do everything possible to help you complete your walk. In addition, first aid kits and oxygen tanks are carried for emergencies. However, if you become seriously ill and need to return to Cusco, you will be treated quickly and arrangements will be made for you.
Once I booked, can I change my departure date?
No, unfortunately, once your reservation is confirmed, we can not change your trekking date or reimburse your permit.
Are there many bathrooms on the Inca Trail?
There are several toilets along the way, some have toilets, but most of them do not. When you are in your camp, you will have a bathroom store that will be only for your group.
This is a great way to experience Machu Picchu. The day hike was lovely and well within our teens’ ability. Our guides made the whole experience seamless for us. We especially appreciated the relaxed nature of the hike and guided tour of the ruins on the Inka Trail when contrasted with the much more heavily trafficked site of Machu Picchu itself.
We saw animals, birds but more important it was experience in the jungle! Sleep trying to see night life animals and listen to pure nature!
We hiked with my friens and had an incredible time! Palotoa Amazon travel had clear communication to plan our trip via email, and was flexible with us to pick us up from an alternate city. Our guides was truly amazing! He knew details of every plant, animal, and archaeological ruin. Our guides helped us get the most out of our trip by avoiding crowds, exploring interesting overlooks sites, and recommending the perfect photo opportunities. I felt very fortunate to be traveling with guides who were so knowledgeable, passionate, positive, and fun. I would highly recommend anyone considering this trip to do the hike!