Destination

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Duration
4 Days
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Tour Type
Adventure
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Trek
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Group Size
15
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Tour Guide
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Perú

Classic Inca Trail

The origins of this trail were that it was a pilgrimage route meant only for the Inca nobles; now thousands of trekkers & travelers follow this ancient footpath to Machu Picchu every year. Making it one of South Americas most well-known routes it’s no wonder why this path was chosen by the Incas.

Throughout the trek, you’ll pass through cloud forests and below snowy peaks and discover the world of the Incas. Following a centuries-old sacred trail and after entering through the Sungate (Inti Punku) you’ll discover the ancient Incan citadel; including possible climbs to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu mountains (for those with energy!).

Following your time in Machu Picchu you’ll then make your way back to Cusco to reflect on an epic journey.

Note: If you’re short on time, be sure to check out the Short Inca Trail trek which follows the last day of the Inca Trail.

Highlights
Embark from Ollantaytambo, one of South America’s oldest villages
Crossover Dead Woman’s Pass (4212m) for breathtaking views of Pumahuanca
Camp at Phuyupatamarca, “‘the place above the clouds”
Descend the Wiñay Wayna terraces and through the Intipunku gateway

Included
Breakfast x 3
Lunch x 4
Dinner x 3
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
High Mountain Cook
Porters to carry equipment (porterage for personal equipment (10kg for the group) can be organized as part of the trip)
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)
Machu Picchu Entrance Ticket
Round-trip bus tickets
Return Train to Cusco & transfer to hotel
Not Included
International Airfare
Hotels before & after (can be organized as part of the trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organized as part of the trip)

 

Joining Arrangements There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
Acclimatisation
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Preparation
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Machu Picchu An excursion to Machu Picchu is included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.



¡Oferta!

Machu Picchu Pack

El precio original era: $ 315.00.El precio actual es: $ 283.50.

Exploring Machu Picchu can be hot and cold depending on when you go, use this 3-piece pack to keep you prepared.

Fabric: 100% Alpaca Wool. Sourced, Sheared, & Sewn in Perú
*All packs can be mixed with women’s & men’s items

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Alpaca Wool Leggings: 300 Lightweight
Alpaca Wool T-Shirt: 160 Ultralight Crew Neck
Alpaca Wool Base Layer: 300 Lightweight Half-Zip
*Customers can exchange leggings 300 for joggers and the base layer for hoodies.
These items are at a slightly higher price.

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Vilma (USA) - Coast & Colca Canyon to Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Amazon Jungle

Valorado con 5,0 de 5
abril 16, 2024

Unu Raymi Tour Operator & Lodges is the best. They planned our amazing trip to Peru, Edwin our guide, Jesus our driver. James managed our trip through airport accidents and transportation strikes, making sure we didn’t miss any of the main highlights of our trip. Truly amazing! I highly recommend it and would certainly go back on our next incredible journey.

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Harsh (UK) - Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain, Perú

Valorado con 5,0 de 5
marzo 13, 2024

The Inca Trail was nothing short of amazing, thank you so much!

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Ben (Eng) - Backpacker Special, Perú

Valorado con 5,0 de 5
enero 21, 2024

We have had the time of our lives and the best is still to come. We are very happy with everything! We loved Puno and everything else has been amazing 🙂 Thanks

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Simon & Mimi (AUS) - South Perú Expedition

Valorado con 5,0 de 5
diciembre 17, 2023

Mimi and I have just completed a one-month trip of a lifetime with Unu Raymi Expeditions. We are experienced independent travelers who, as active retirees, enjoy private, escorted touring that is customized to our interests and abilities. Originally planned for early 2020, the trip was severely disrupted and reorganized many times due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Potentially, these changes could have spelled the end of our wish to visit Peru and all that went with it. However, James Mackender and his team worked overtime to maintain and amend our plans and ensure the trip went ahead when clear to do so.

The result was well worth the wait. At every turn, James and his team planned, booked, confirmed, and followed up on all details resulting in a stress-free visit which we cannot fault. The quality of accommodation, guides, transport, drivers, and advice was just as we anticipated and such a result does not occur without professional input.

Mimi and I would highly recommend Unu Raymi Expeditions and James and his team without reservation. If we return to South America on another visit, James will be the first person we call.

Accommodation.

Great.

-The staff at all locations were engaged and reacted rapidly to any concern. We appreciated and enjoyed each hotel’s facilities, food and locations/access to local sights and amenities (food, shopping, walking areas).

-Although the accommodations in the Iquitos Doubletree were very nice, we must comment on the internal noise impacting guest rooms/suites overlooking the pool. We would strongly recommend a plaza-side room in preference to a pool-side room. The noise (loud disco/club music) on the poolside was unremitting from morning through evening and far greater than the traffic on the plaza side. Additionally, this hotel was the only one of our accommodations that did not provide daily drinking water. Our personal complaints initially made to staff were subsequently reinforced to management by James. These complaints were heard and we were satisfied with the resolution. Our concerns are the loud music and lack of water represent the hotel management’s standard operating procedure, and this practice will remain. We would have preferred a bottle of drinking water each instead of a cookie!

The Lima Hilton hotel staff, particularly at the front desk, dining room and executive lounge, deserve special commendation for exemplary customer service and friendliness. We greatly appreciated this.

Of the hotels, El Albergue in Ollantaytambo was the stand-out. We loved the setting, the spacious room, the friendly staff and truly enjoyed being on the train platform. The restaurant staff was very accommodating with our requests for ‘light’ dinners and the staff stayed late as we chatted with fellow travelers after dinner over another (!) bottle of wine. Memorable.

The Amazon cruise with Delfin 1 was off the scale. We were accommodated, educated, fed, watered, and pampered beyond belief; strongly recommended. We were also very pleased we booked on the smallest of Delphin’s ships. This made the onboard and outstanding expedition experiences personal and so enjoyable. Delphin’s staff are exceptional.

Transport.

Excellent. The standard of the vehicle was most suitable and the drivers were very professional and safe. Jesus was particularly good.

As an aside I would recommend the Hiram Bingham train in preference to the Belmond Andean Explorer. This is due to sleep being extremely difficult on the Andean Explorer on night one due to sub-standard trackwork and altitude on night two. The train, food, staff and accommodation were magnificent but if you cannot get a good night’s sleep it makes for a less than wonderful activity. Again, the Belmond staff were exceptional.

Food.

Excellent. We loved being introduced to the local fare, although we are not accustomed to big meals at lunchtime! All the restaurants were wonderful; we especially enjoyed the cooking lesson at the restaurant in Lima and the picnic at Ollantaytambo.

Locations.

Excellent. In our early planning process, we only personally chose Machu Picchu, Lake Titikaka and the Amazon. They were magnificent as expected, as were all the other sites recommended by Unu Raymi, especially in the Sacred Valley. All sites and experiences exceeded our expectations. We learned so much and since our return to Australia, we have referred to our books on Peru to review and seek additional information on our experiences.

We recommend visiting Colca Canyon as a 2-day trip. For us, it was too long a round-trip drive for a one-day experience (especially allowing for the altitude). But we loved seeing the condors soaring, and we would have not wanted to miss that.

Professionalism.

Excellent. Nothing needs to be added. We greatly appreciated James’ and Martha’s concern and willingness to help us retrieve a lost phone. Truly above and beyond the call of duty.

Communication.

Excellent. Before, during and after the trip communication was outstanding. During the trip James contacted us every day to confirm details and address any issues. We could not have asked for more.

Safety.

Excellent. Especially when it came to road transport. The drivers demonstrated the patience of Job, and they all kindly and consistently made our comfort, health and safety issues, especially in relation food and water, a priority. Our safety was clearly a concern of the guides during all of our activities.

Guides.

Excellent. All guides were well-chosen to manage visitors of our age. At no time did they attempt any activity before first confirming we were OK with the prospect. Additionally, at altitude and when climbing steps, the guides checked regularly on our comfort level. Their individual knowledge was wide-ranging, and we learnt so much more than anticipated due to the guides’ education and backgrounds and ability to put tours into a much-larger cultural and historic context. Martha, Herbert and Freddie were standouts. We commend Martha’s willingness to amend the itinerary on our final day. She and the driver literally made a u-turn and gave us a very special final experience at Pachacamac.

Finally, in addition to the history, culture and amazing sites, landscape, nature we experienced with the guides and drivers, we will long treasure the daily informal interactions we shared with the guides and drivers: Lots of laughter, family stories, and commonalities despite our supposed differences.

We also greatly appreciated the ‘down time’ built into the itinerary, especially around travel days.

Payment Process.

Needs Improvement. The problem may well have been due to international rules and Covid delays, but the process of payment requires addressing. In these days of global credit, it should not be difficult to pay/transfer funds.

Simon VL Willis and Miriam C Flaherty Willis

17 October 2022

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Janice (AUS) - Explore Machu Picchu, Perú

Valorado con 5,0 de 5
diciembre 17, 2023

We were right by the train station so an employee met us to deliver our tickets. She was very kind and waited with us for the train. When we arrived in Aguas Caliente our guide rode the bus with us to Machu Picchu. He was very informative and allowed us to hike the ruins at our own pace. The lunch was ample and good as well. I would recommend this trip to anyone going to Machu Picchu.

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Itinerary

Leaving Cusco at around 6:00 am heading to the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo where you'll have a 30-minute stop to buy the last things for your trek and you can also stop to have a coffee. From Ollantaytambo there is about 45 more minutes to reach the head of the trail at km 82.

Here you'll have 30 minutes or so to organize your things and from there this epic trail begins. It takes around 2.5 to 3 hrs to reach Tarayoc from where you'll take lunch; then a further 3 hrs before arrival to Wayllabamba where you'll camp for the evening.

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs

Altitude Range: 2,700masl to 3,000masl

Ascension: 300masl

Distance Covered: 12 km

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Waking early at 5:00 in the morning, you'll begin preparations in readiness to leave before 7:00 in the morning. The trail today takes in around 7 km of ascent; in order to reach the pass of Warmiwañusca (4,215 masl)

Taking 5 to 6 hrs to walk steadily you'll reach the top of the pass; without any rush. From the top of the pass there is a further 2 hrs of descent. Trekking for 4 km to get to the Pacaymayo camp where you can have lunch and the remainder of the afternoon to rest.

Trekking Time: 8-9 hrs

Altitude Range: 3,000masl to 3,600masl

Ascension: 1,200-600masl

Distance Covered: 11 km

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Again waking up at 5.00 in the morning; you'll make your preparations in readiness to leave before 7.00 in the morning. It is a 2hr climb to reach the second pass; Runkurakay which is at 3,980 masl. Descending for an 1 hr to reach Sayacmarka archaeological site and from there it's 2 more hours to get to Puyupatamarca where you'll have lunch. <

It's about 5 to 6hrs continuing along the way and then it's 3 hrs downhill to get to Wiñaywayna where the last camp is an 8 a 9hr walk including visits to the archaeological sites on the trail. Traversing up and down the trial of around 400m to reach Puyupatamarca. From there it's 1,000m downhill to reach Wiñaywayna located at 2,700 masl.

Trekking Time: 8-9 hrs

Altitude Range: 3,980masl to 2,700masl

Ascension: -1,280masl

Distance covered: 16 km

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Beginning the final section of our trek to the ancient Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu.

Descending for around 3hrs, about 1,000m below from the start point of Phuyupatamarca. You'll encounter the Incan sites of; Intipata and Wiñayhuayna, one of the most impressive Inca sites along the route and 2 hrs before the entrance to the Sungate “Inti Punku”.

This was the original entrance to Machu Picchu for the Incas, you'll catch sight of the citadel from far off. Arriving to the Sungate is the most iconic section of the trail.

​ Upon entering the Sungate; you'll have a guided tour initially and then you can explore the ruins on your own. At the end of your time exploring, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and wait for your return train to Cusco or Ollantaytambo where transport will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.

Trekking Time: 5 hrs

Altitude Range: 2,700masl to 1,700masl

Ascension: -1,000masl

Distance Covered: 6km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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