Hike the Classic Inca Trail
Due to huge tourist demand for the ‘classic’ Inca Trail and the negative environmental impact upon it, trekking permits have been limited to 500 per day. For this reason we will be trekking to Mach Picchu via the much less touristed Trails known as the Lares Trail. If you wish to trek to Machu Picchu via the ‘classic’ Inca Trail, we can still organise this but you will need to book your trip at least 3 months in advance so we can obtain the permit for you. For further info on the different Inca Trails please log onto our website or, down load a trip dossier or, give us a call on 01963 363400.
The various Inca Trails are the hiking routes to visit the Ruins of Machu Picchu. The 4 day treks are rated moderate to strenuous and most people with reasonable fitness levels can master them without problems, although altitude, when crossing some of the higher passes can affect some people more than others. The average daily hiking time is between 5-7 hours depending on your level of fitness and every participant can go at his or her own pace. Accommodation is all camping on the Classic Inca Trail and on the Lares Trail the last night is in a simple Hotel in Aguas Calientes. There is a very knowledgeable guide accompanying the group as well as porters on the Classic Trail who will carry the tents, food and all camping equipment and horsemen on the Lares Trail whose horses carry all the equipment. During this period the rest of your luggage will be stored at the hotel in Cuzco and you will only have to carry your day bag with sun cream, camera, water, rain jacket, hat, sleeping bag and change of clothes or any other gear you need during the day. Raincoats can be hired with the outfitter in Cusco or purchased very cheaply. If you choose to do the Classic Trail and you would like a porter to carry up to 7 kgs of your equipment, this will cost an extra $40 per person which is paid in Cusco the day before the Trek begins. This is advisable for most people as it means you will tire less quickly at high altitude. At the end of each day, tents will be set up by porters/horsemen as well as meals cooked in order to allow you time to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. For both treks the hike ends on the 4th day in the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, in time for sunrise & provides you with the unique opportunity to enjoy this mysterious place almost as unspoiled as it was in ancient times &, before the train with the main tourist stream arrives.
Even though the Inca Trail operator we use take good care of their porters and pay them a fair wage, the porters, guides and cooks on your trip will very much rely on, and work hard for your tips as a supplementary income. It is for this reason that we recommend that each of our clients tip a minimum of US $30. They are 100% worth it!