The Track to Inca City Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

  • Trip code :GSIM
  • Trip length : 6
  • Trip starts in : Cusco
  • Trip ends in : Cusco
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Meals : 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Accommodation : 3 Nights Full Service Camping, 2 Nights Budget/Tourist Class Hotels
  • Transport : Bus

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  • Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
  • Drink like a local in Peru
  • The 'Lost City of the Incas' - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu
  • Warminwanusca - 'Dead Woman’s Pass' on the Inca Trail

If you just want to do the Inca Trail/Machu Picchu, then this is your trip. With a local tour guide and enough porters to poke a (walking) stick at, you'll love every minute of it. Well, almost.(Inca Trek & Machu Picchu)

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Day
1

Cusco

Welcome to Cusco, the Inca Capital of Peru.

If you arrive early you may want to spend the day expolring this wonderful city.

In the evening we will have a group meeting followed by an orienation walk of the city.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
Before your trip:
Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor
We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
During your trip:
While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

Day
2-5

Inca Trek

Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

There will be a few tough days. Dead Woman's pass on Day 2 will test you, but it's worth all the sweat and tears when you watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu's Gateway of the Sun. Pretty apt name.

Day 2

  • Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo 
  • Begin the Inca trek
  • Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata
  • Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak
  • Camp near the village of Wayllabamba

Day 3

  • The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass
  • Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below
  • Camp with a view over the cloud forest

Day 4

  • Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay
  • Continue up the Inca staircase 
  • Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range
  • Enter the beautiful cloud forest

Day 5

  • The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu 
  • Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun
  • Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunrise
  • Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
  • Return to Cusco by train
Day
6

Cusco

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Thank the great God Huiracocha that you don't have to get up at daybreak and hike the hills all day.

  • This Incan adventure comes to an end this morning.

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  • Gecko's English-speaking specialist trekking guide and assistant trekking guide.
  • Trek on the ‘Classic’ or 'Quarry’ route to Machu Picchu with full service camping including porters, cook and equipment (tent and inflatable sleeping mat).
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu including entrance and park fees.For some travellers on this trip it may be common to experience altitude sickness. Find out more here.

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International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

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RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Active

Explore the world on two feet - or two wheels! Our active trips range from classic treks & trips where walking forms an integral part of the itinerary to cycling tours offering a totally new perspective on a destination.

Some of our active adventure tours include the classic treks such as the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp as well as shorter one day or overnight hikes. Our cycling tours allow you to access hidden corners of a destination, discover remote villages and meet the locals – either en route or even by cycling alongside them. All our active trips are fully supported – with either porters and mules or by a support vehicle.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

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A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information.

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We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.

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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.

You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.For further information about responsible travel please click here.

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Itinerary Variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Single room supplement

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

Other Information

A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

There is an alternative itinerary for this trip - Quarry trek, Machu Picchu - Please contact us for further details.

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