Adventure Trip – Inka Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu – InkaJungleTreks
An Incan Cultural Adventure! – 2017 International Mountain Guides Sacred Land Adventures.
Trip Overview Inka Jungle to Machupicchu:
Inka Jungle Treks, Join us for a fun filled adventure starting in Cusco, Peru. We’ll acclimate, explore local ruins and tour the «Sacred Valley of the Incas.» Afterwards, we’ll inka jungle treks for several days to Machu Picchu, a nearly indescribable sight of early Incan architecture and ingenuity. We hope you can join us trekking to this awesome cultural and adventure experience with InkaJungleTreks – Adventure Trip!
Trip Highlights for Inka Jungle Trail:
- Early morning arrival at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore and sightsee during a tour of the area with your guides. On the classic Inca Trail trek, inca jungle trail, there is an option for revisiting Machu Picchu the next morning and hiking up HuaynaPicchu Peak for a spectacular viewpoint.
- A local guide and expert will supplement our own Adventure trip – INKAJUNGLETREKS lead guide to lend insight into the area’s culture and history – biking trek.
- Porters will transport a large part of your gear during the trekking portion of our trip to make the hike more enjoyable. A cook staff accompanies the trek. Horses are used to pack the gear in place of porters on the Salkantay trek adventure trips.
- 3 star hotels (or better) with great accommodations inka jungle bike.
- Private vehicle with driver for all transfers – bike trips.
- Most meals throughout the trip, both on the trek and in town – adventure trips.
- Trekking at high altitude must be taken seriously – inca jungle trail.
INKAJUNGLETREKS carries a pulse oximeter and supplemental oxygen on every trip, along with a First Aid trained and altitude experienced INKAJUNGLETREKS lead guide.
- Location: Southern Peru:
- Rendezvous Point: Lima, Peru, then an in country flight on to Cusco.
Team Size: Up to15 Trekkers with 1 Senior INKAJUNGLETREKS Leader and 1 local cultural expert plus a staff of Quechuan porters, cook and cook staff. On the Salkantay route horses are used to pack gear in place of the porters adventures trips.
- Prerequisites: Good all around fitness. Previous multi day hiking or trekking experience is strongly recommended. The pace is slow and steady but the days can be long (up to 10 hours) and the Inca Trail has lots of stone steps that go steeply up and down hill. Both treks put in long days on the trail with lots of climbing up to high elevation and descent back down again – inca jungle adventure trip.
About Machu Picchu and Inca Culture – INKAJUNGLETREKS:
Machu Picchu, once the citadel of the Inca culture in Peru, sits atop a mountain in a jungle of green landscape in the steep rugged mountains of southern Peru. A mystery for over 400 years, it was left undiscovered during the Spanish Conquest, although the Spaniards searched in vain for the gold that was believed to have been there. The idea of a “lost city” of the Incas faded in credibility over time, as it sat disguised in the jungle overgrowth. Then, after years of searching, Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham found it in 1911. The rediscovery of the ancient city made worldwide news, as the citadel was slowly unearthed from its hiding place – visit inca jungle trail.
Today, the Inca trail is an extraordinary journey leading into a mysterious city built by remarkable craftsmen. The hidden secrets of this lost city are yours to explore with us, as we venture to the ruins on a spectacular four-day trek. We’ll have ample opportunity to explore and photograph the breath-taking architecture; enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way; and learn about the Incan culture that fostered the growth of this extraordinary creation—the «Eighth Wonder of the World.» – inca jungle trail adventures.
2017 Adventure Trip Machu Picchu Dates:
1. Classic Machu Picchu Trek («Inca Trail”)
July 18-27, 2017
Group maximum: 15 trekkers
Single supplement if available, $300
2. Salkantay Trek
July 9-18, 2017
September 1-10, 2017
Group maximum: 15 trekkers
Cost includes adventure trips: INKA JUNGLE TREKS leader and local staff including local lead guide/cultural expert, cook, cook staff, porters (or horse packing); private tours as described in itinerary; transfers to/from Cusco airport and return; entrance fees for all cultural touring sites; hotel accommodations in three-star hotels (or better) with continental breakfast; most meals including three meals a day during the trek except as noted on the itinerary; group camping gear (tents, inflatable sleeping pads, cooking gear, porter gear, stoves and group dining tent with table and camp chairs) inca jungle trail trips.
Cost does not include adventure trips: airline tickets of any kind inka; airport taxes if required inka; trail snacks inka, bottled water inka, beverages or alcoholic drinks – inca jungle trail.
REQUIRED Insurance adventures trips: INKA JUNGLE TREKS requires that all* trip participants purchase Travel Insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation, repatriation and medical expenses for the duration of their INKA JUNGLE TREKS program. Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended. Trekking and mountaineering programs are true «adventure travel.» *The insurance requirement does not apply to INKA JUNGLE TREKS customers on programs within the continental USA, but is strongly encouraged SACRED LAND ADVENTURES – TOUR OPERATOR.
The Salkantay Trek Variation adventure trip:
At 6271 meters (20574’), Nevado de Salkantay is the tallest and most majestic mountain in the Cordillera Vilcabamba range and the backdrop for an alternate trek to Machu Picchu. This journey travels off the beaten track, far from the classic and better known Inca Trail. It offers a true view of the Peruvian mountains with spectacular vistas and provides a feeling of adventure and remoteness. Salkantay means “Savage Mountain” in the Quechua language – inca jungle adventures.
The trek takes us up over a high mountain pass gaining a maximum elevation of 4600 meters (15,180 feet), past the massive snow clad peaks of Tucarhuay, Salkantay and Huamantay. The trek then descends from the region of high peaks down river drainages and multiple ecological zones, ending in lush forested terrain, the “cloud forest” with wild orchids, banana plantations and exotic birds inka. The total trek distance is approximately 30+ miles yet experiences the breadth and depth of the Peruvian mountainous region. This trek is slightly more arduous than the Inca Trail, but requires no load carrying other than a day pack. On the Salkantay we pack personal (a limit of 7 Kilos/15 pounds per person) and group gear on horses led by wranglers in addition to the normal trek leaders, kitchen and camp staff. This route is less traveled than the Inca Trail and there is no limit on the number of permits for the trek. You do not need to apply by the first of the year in order to guarantee participation on the program – adventures inca jungle trail.
In general, the Salkantay trek hikes on wider, dirt trails as opposed to the stone steps of the Inca Trail trek. The altitude gain is greater on the Salkantay, up over 15,000 feet and the day hiking over Salkantay Pass is a long one. During the first two days if any members are struggling or ill, it is possible to take a rest for part of the journey and ride horseback – inca jungle trail trip.
The Classic Inca Trail, in contrast, has several days which climb stone steps steeply up and back down again over mountain passes rising up to a maximum of 13,000 feet in altitude. There are archaeological sites to observe and visit along the way and more reminders of the past Inca civilization. The final pre-dawn hike to the Sun Gate for a first view of Machu Picchu in early morning light is one of those experiences to last a lifetime. Whichever trek you choose, the experience will be truly memorable – inca jungle adventures.
The Inca Trail Trek with INKA JUNGLE TREKS:
Our program begins in the 12th century colonial town of Cusco, once the Incan capital and home of Manco Capac, one of the early rulers. Today, Cusco retains a history which is a mix of tradition and legend. We’ll spend a day here, acclimating to an altitude of 10,900 feet, with time to stroll the downtown area, sight see and shop for local artifacts. The following day we will depart for the «Sacred Valley. inka trail» We’ll visit the local ruins of Sacsayhuaman, travel to the famous Pisak market, a good place to purchase local crafts and goods, and on to Ollantaytambo, a spectacular site perched high above the town below. We’ll overnight in a hotel here, close to our departure point for the Machu Picchu trek. Many people find the local cultural tours to be nearly as impressive as Machu Picchu itself – inca jungle trek.
Throughout our small expedition the team staff will include at least one local resident and guide who is an expert of the local history and legends that surround the sights we will explore. This cultural expert will accompany the group throughout the trek and visit of Machu Picchu – adventure trip – inca jungle bike.
During the trek portion of our program, we will use local porters to transport our gear and supplies. This permits us to enjoy the walk each day, as we move along unencumbered, free to take photos and investigate our surroundings. Meals will be served by our cook staff in a dining tent set up for your comfort during breakfast, dinner and even some lunches – inca jungle trail bike.
Signup Early (Inca Trail only):
The Peruvian government has placed a daily limit on the number of trekkers allowed to walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu each day inka. It is imperative that we submit actual requests for trekking permits for each person as close to the first of the year as possible in order to guarantee permits for each member of the group. This means you will need to submit your application prior to the first of the year in order to confirm a place on the Inca Trail trek. For the Salkantay trek, signups can occur up to 90 days in advance of the trek departure, but permits for the optional hike up Huaynapicchu (Waynapicchu) may not be available after the first of the year – inca jungle trail bike.
The Machu Picchu Experience:
Machu Picchu itself is nearly beyond words—a place so immense and so precisely built by the Incans, it is hard to imagine reproducing it nowadays. There are quiet courts and walkways, fountains, and other constructions created by the Inca people for both practical and astrological applications inka. Archeologists have explained many of these things, and others have yet to be deciphered—or discovered – adventure inca jungle trail.
Our Machu Picchu adventure explores the area thoroughly, with plenty of time devoted to the area. You’ll be armed with an excellent archeological overview of the ruins, and afterwards, there is time to go about on your own to further investigate and contemplate the meaning of the area at a relaxed, enjoyable pace – inka jungle trail.
For those hearty trekkers, the easy but steep ascent of Huaynapicchu (Waynapicchu) is a satisfying optional challenge, which offers a great «reverse view» of the Machu Picchu ruins. Please note: we may not always make this option available to the group, depending on the trail and cable conditions that lead to the precarious summit. There have been fatalities and injuries recorded in the past on this short excursion. Sure footedness and a healthy respect for the exposure are required to make the ascent – inka jungle trail adventure.
We invite you to join us, and a take a journey back in time—to view the incredible sights and views that Machu Picchu and Cusco can offer. It’s an experience that will provide memories for a lifetime – adventure inka jungle trek!
Background Requirements adventure trip:
inka jungle treks Fitness: Most of the trek days typically require long hiking days, 6-10 hours of effort, with the bulk of our gear carried by porters. All mornings usually start early and the day’s journey often takes until dinner time. Because of the trekking portion of this trip and the general high altitude of the area (10-13,000 feet), we recommend that all participants engage in a physical training program for at least six months prior to trip departure. All participants must consult with their family physician regarding their personal health and the additional demands of high altitude well in advance of the trip – inka jungle trail.
Experience adventure trips: Participants should have solid day hiking experience over steep terrain. Overnight backpacking or trekking experience is equally important. High altitude experience is not required, but is beneficial, to confirm that your body can reasonably tolerate visits to 10,000 feet and higher- inka jungle trek.
Insurance and Travel Arrangements adventure:
We invest in insurance coverage for commercial liability and medical and disability insurance for our employees while participating on our programs. We cannot insure you for your personal needs, but we do expect you to be as fiscally responsible as we are. We require that you insure yourself against potentially expensive difficulties that may arise. First, Trip Cancellation Insurance may provide financial relief should you be forced to withdraw from the program before it even happens. Next, make sure you have adequate Travel Insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip. Medical care and evacuation in remote locations can be expensive. For more information, please see our page on cancellation, rescue/repatriation insurance or contact the INKAJUNGLETREKS Office.
INKA JUNGLE TREKS has worked closely with various travel agents throughout the years and are happy to make recommendations to our customers based on their needs once confirmed on a program.
Personal Equipment and Clothing List—Machu Picchu adventure trip:
Note: During the trek, each member will be allowed 7 Kilos (about 15 pounds) of personal gear to be carried by a porter (Inca Trail) or pack horse (Salkantay trek). This normally included your sleeping bag, change of clothes for Aguas Calientes at the end of the trail, insulated parka, extra snacks, limited toiletries, camp shoes and extra hiking socks – inka jungle trail.
In your pack each day you will carry rain gear jacket and pants, extra insulating layers, two water bottles, snacks for the day, sun hat, sun glasses, sun screen, warm hat, gloves and camera – inka jungle trail.
ON THE TREK ADVENTURE TRIPS:
Medium to medium heavy weight waterproof hiking boots – with suitable ankle support; make sure whatever you wear is broken in and very comfortable; if leather, treat the boot multiple times with waterproofing) – inka jungle trail.
Wool or wool/synthetic blend socks (2-3 complete changes) – inka jungle trail.
Long johns (1 pair, lightweight synthetic) – inka jungle trail.
Stretch nylon hiking/climbing pants, Schoeller type fabric. inka jungle trail.
Waterproof/breathable pants (preferable with leg zips) inka jungle trail.
Hiking shorts (nylon hiking style is best…avoid very short ones, as it might offend the locals. inka jungle trail.
Best of all are the nylon zip-off hiking pants. Make sure you have one extra pair of pants on the trek, reserved for your arrival in the town of Aquas Calientes. It is nice to have a clean pair of clothes after checking in to the hotel at the end of the trek! inka jungle trail
Underwear (2-3 pair for trail use) inka jungle trail.
Long john top (1 lightweight, 1 medium—zip neck is best) inka jungle trail.
Soft shell or fleece jacket. inka jungle trail.
Waterproof/breathable rain jacket with hood. inka jungle trails.
Down or synthetic parka (REQUIRED, but reasonably light in weight) inka jungle trail
T-shirt (synthetic is best). Bring at least two, one extra shirt to wear when you arrive at the hotel at the end of the trek. inka jungle trail.
HEAD AND HANDWEAR:
Fleece or wool hat . inka jungle trail
Sun hat or baseball cap. inka jungle trail.
Wool or fleece gloves. inka jungle trail.
Bandanna. inka jungle trail.
Chemical hand warmers (2 sets for cold mornings, only if your hands get cold easily) inka jungle trail.
Sleeping bag (down or synthetic, down to 25 degrees with a compression stuff bag). A down bag is usually much lighter and more compact than an equally rated synthetic bag. inka jungle trail machu.
Sleeping pad. An inflatable, 1 ½” insulated sleeping pad is provided for each member of the trek. This is sufficient for most, no need to bring another. If you really want extra padding underneath, bring a very lightweight inflatable pad like the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir. inka jungle trail machu.
Pack (medium size, internal frame, in the range of 25 to 45 liters; Note: test prior to use! Try to keep the weight of the pack down. Top loading works best. inka)
Pack rain cover, to protect from mist…and mud! (As an alternative, bring 1-2 large garbage bags for the same purpose inka)
Adjustable ski poles (baskets are NOT required on the poles, but the poles MUST have tip guards (for the Inca Trail only) to help protect the ancient stone steps from wear inka.
large stuff sacks (2; for packing clothes and bulk of personal lunch; to keep things organized and dry inka)
Small stuff bag (for daily lunch inka)
Sun cream (1 full bottle; 35-50 SPF protection inka)
Lip protection (with high SPF inka)
Water bottles (2 wide mouth 1 qt. Nalgene type bottles; a water hydration system can substitute for one bottle inka)
Toilet paper (1 roll in Ziploc bag; plus personal hygiene wipes inka)
Garbage bags (4 large, heavy duty; 30+ gal; use one to line your pack and the others to protect the contents of your duffel; it’s an excellent way to keep your gear dry. At camps, put your boots in one. Extra bags are ALWAYS GOOD! inka jungle)
Headlight (LED with fresh batteries, plus 1 spare set). You’ll need a headlight, if we decide to walk in the dark to catch the first sun-rays on Machu Picchu inka.)
First aid kit (Personal needs only, Band-Aids, athletic tape, blister pads, non-prescription pain meds and anti inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen. Pepto Bismol tablets are helpful for dealing with minor stomach distress. Imodium is good for diarrhea. Consult with you doctor about the trip and travel at altitude and bring any recommended prescription drugs in original prescription bottles. Talk with your doctor about bringing Acetazolamide (Diamox) in 125mg or 250mg tabs to aid in acclimatization. Also consider a general antibiotic for the treatment of traveler’s diarrhea inka.
Water purification tablets, Iodine or Chlorine Dioxide (1 bottle or approx. 20 tabs) for backup water treatment. Your trail cook will boil all drinking water issued to the group and your guide will carry a portable water filter just in case inka.
Insect repellant (a high concentration of DEET is most effective. The bugs, in general, are not too bad, but best to be safe! inka)
Travel toothbrush & paste inka
Lightweight day pack. Optional, but recommended for air travel & general walking in town and touring the grounds of Machu Picchu—lightweight with few frills, 20 liters or less inka.
Lunch (for on and off mountain, to supplement provided lunches). Please bring a variety of non-perishable foods weighing in total no more than 5 lbs. You can supplement this some with local foods, candies, and fresh fruits. 3 bars/items per each of the 4 trekking days is sufficient inka jungle.
Lunch ideas include:
string cheese inka, beef jerky inka, dried fruit inka, candy bars inka (chocolate may melt), energy bars inka, hard candies, nuts inka, electrolyte replacement drink mix (several quarts repackaged into a Ziploc bag), Salty snacks are often appreciated inka.