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2 Days – 1 Night

Max Guests: 14

Max. Altitude: 3700 – 3812m

Act. Level: Easy

Overview

Lake Titicaca in Puno, takes us again to see how time stops in the highlands, which shows us the famous floating islands of the Uros, where we can also share life with the inhabitants of the islands since colonial times and that still maintains all its tradition; The island in one strongly maintains its tradition and that they were occupied by pre-Inca cultures, also by the famous Tiahuanacus and the great Inca civilization that were later part of the distributions and were given as gifts upon the arrival of the Spanish

Itinerary

Day 1Uros floating island, Amanatani and Taquile

Pick up from the hotel at 7: am heading to the port, where we will take our boat and continue to the Uros islands where we can appreciate the way of life that is still maintained on the famous Uros floating islands, after this visit We will go to the Amantani island where we will have the opportunity to share the house with one of the Amantani families, after a welcome and our delicious lunch, in the afternoon we will have a walk to the highest of the Amantani islands that will be It is located at approximately 4000 meters above sea level, the temples known as Pacha Tata and Pacha Mana / the temples of father earth and mother earth from where we will have an impressive view of the lake on the Peruvian side and the Bolivian side with its snow-capped mountains and after a break we will return with an impressive view towards the family house and have our dinner, to be able to rest. – Includes: Accommodation, lunch, dinner, income, transportation and guide.

Day 2Amantani, Taquile and Puno

After sharing with our family on Amantani Island, we will take our boat to continue to the Taquile Islands for 30 minutes where we will have a walk through the islands to appreciate the ancestral customs of the Inca and colonial times, which is reflected in the work of the fabrics with the wool of sheep and alpaca, being one of the pillars of the economy of the inhabitants of Taquile, Later we will have to return to the port and take our boat that will take us to the city of Puno arriving at the hotel at approximately 4:00 p.m. Includes: breakfast, lunch, entrances, transportation and guide – Does not include: Dinner

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Inclusions

Includes

  • Roundtrip hotel transfers
  • Tourist transport bus and boat
  • Income to the floating islands of Uros, Amantani and the island of Taquile
  • Complete traditional food on the islands 01 breakfast / 02 lunches / 01 dinner
  • 01 Night lodging in a family home on the Amantani Islands
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish - English or French speaking guides).
  • Visit to the temples of Pachatata and Pachacha Mama on the islands
  • Visit to the sites and temples of Pachatata and pachachamana in the isles

Excludes

  • Tips (*optional for guides, porters,cooks,hotel staff,etc)
  • Travel Insurance
Travel Info

Briefings

All briefings are done at our office at 7:00 PM one or two nights before your trek. If you are unable to make this time, you need to coordinate another time with a member of the Xtreme Tourbulencia office team. Briefings are approximately 40 minutes long.

Pickups

Xtreme Tourbulencia is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city, we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 30 – 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Smaller hotels and Airbnbs are often located on streets that cars can´t pass through. They also are frequently on hillsides with long steep climbs, making it difficult to carry luggage. We highly recommend that you book accommodations with better access. We have a list of hotels that are all comfortable with easy access to pick up and drop off. HOTEL LIST HERE.

Some treks will allow for pickups in the Sacred Valley, which is outlined below.

Huaynapicchu/Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu is most beautiful when seen from above, which is why hiking one of the mountains next to the ruins is very popular to do after your tour.

Huaynapicchu is the most popular and must be booked in advance since it sells out very quickly. This hike takes approximately 1 hour to the top, and another 45 minutes back down. Tickets are sold in time sessions stating when you can start this hike. The first session is from 7-8 AM, and the 2nd session is from 10-11 AM. Again, this refers to the timeframe when you can start your hike. We usually book the second session so you can enjoy your tour with your guide first. You will do this hike on your own, but your guide will show you where to begin.

Machu Picchu Mountain is a bit longer and a bit less popular. It takes 2 hours to the top and another 1 hours to the bottom. Again there are two time windows – from 7-8 AM and 9-10 AM and we usually purchase the second time window. 4 Day treks, the Trekkers CAN NOT do this hike and enjoy a tour of the ruins. Time will not allow for this.

Hiking either mountain will allow you to have some extra time at the ruins once you complete, as listed above.

Machu Picchu Entrance Times

Machu Picchu now has two different time windows of when you can visit: either morning or afternoon. Your entrance ticket will be for only one session, morning session, and when your time window is over, the Rangers will ask you to leave.

MORNING SESSION: 6AM – 12PM

AFTERNOON SESSION: 12PM – 15:00PM

** If you have tickets to hike either Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will need extra time 3:00 hours.

Health Concerns

You must be honest with your guide about any health conditions or concerns you might have. While our guides are not medical professionals, they do have first aid training. We also work with a clinic in Cusco that can help assist our team.

You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. Xtreme TourBulencia will not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical requirements.

If you develop extreme altitude sickness or any other illness that prevents you from hiking, and you still wish to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will work with you to coordinate this trip. Since this will be a new trip, it may require additional fees. We will use as much of the original itinerary to keep costs low.

If you experience issues while hiking and can not continue, a porter will accompany you to the closest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and bring you to the nearest health clinic.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of all different types of people, with various hiking skills and ages. By agreeing to a group tour, you agree that some people might be slower or faster than you are. Everyone can go at their own pace for the trek, and the guide will work with the group to spend time with everyone. Groups might request some modifications to the tour, and the guide will work with everyone to make the best decision for the group.

Strikes

Unfortunately, strikes are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our tours. Roads are often blocked, and trains stopped. We will make sure your trek continues as planned, even if that means leaving the night before your start date. Under these circumstances, tours might need to be canceled. But our operations department will coordinate with you in this situation. Your safety is always our top concern and will dictate how we decide.

Lost Items

You are responsible for your items throughout the Tour. Please be diligent about where you leave your things and remember to remove all items from our vans, your tents, restaurant, etc. Do not leave anything unintended during your hike. Other trekkers or teams might pick it up not knowing whos it is.

Tips

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trek to Machu Picchu. While we pay good wages to our entire team, anything extra is always appreciated. Please know that this is not obligatory and that you should never feel pressured into this.

Typically the participants in a group pool their tipping money together for the porters and chef. The amount recommended is different per trek and listed below. For the guide, this is more personal and needs to be decided based on your relationship with them and done separately from the group. Porters and Chefs prefer soles if possible. Guides are happy with U.S. dollars, Peruvian Soles, or even your credit card ????

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is inexpensive and strongly recommended. With trips being planned months ahead of time, you never can predict what could happen. Adventure travel includes more risk than the average trip. Insurance is a way to protect the investment you have made on this journey. We can help recommend an agent to walk you through this type of insurance if needed.

Weather

Of course, the weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December so just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

Also, prepare for four seasons. Several of the treks through the Andes involve various microclimates and you will need to be prepared. Layers are always key since they are easy to adjust to different temperature changes. Be prepared with a warm packable down jacket since the evening will be cold.

It’s also important to note that the weather can change a listed itinerary. There are times that routes become impassable, and our guides will be forced for your safety to rework your tour.

Altitude Sickness

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a marvelous city with lots to do, so if you have more time to acclimate you won´t be bored.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office, and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids that help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness if they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slow, and it will give your body time to adjust to the elevation.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medications, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly and drink lots of water, and enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away. Xtreme Tourbulencia guides are trained to help you get through it.

Getting To Cusco

The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land, and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available, and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.

Packing List

What Do I Need To Bring?

  • Passport or Passport Copy
  • Valid STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Backpack
  • Comfortable hiking boots (light with good soles)
  • 2-3 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants
  • 2 sets of underwear.
  • 2 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 thick and soft handkerchief
  • 1 warm jacket: it is very cold at night
  • 1 rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat // Headlamp or hand torch: essential.
  • Sun creams
  • Opcional shorts
FAQs

How long is the Inca Trail?

The classic Inca Trail trek is a four-day hike that covers approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles) and ends at the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. The trail starts at the town of Kilometer 82, which is located approximately 82 kilometers (51 miles) from the city of Cusco, and winds through beautiful Andean landscapes, passing several Incan archaeological sites along the way.

The trek is challenging, with steep ascents and descents and high altitude, but is also incredibly rewarding, offering stunning views of the mountains and the opportunity to explore the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu.

It is worth noting that there are several other trekking routes in the region that also lead to Machu Picchu, including the Salkantay Trek, the Lares Trek, and the Choquequirao Trek, among others. These treks vary in length and difficulty and can take anywhere from two to ten days to complete.

What is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is a historic hiking route that leads to the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, located in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The trail was built by the Incas more than 500 years ago and was used as a pilgrimage route to the sacred site of Machu Picchu.

Today, the Inca Trail is a popular trekking route that takes approximately four days to complete and covers approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles). The trek starts at the town of Kilometer 82, located approximately 82 kilometers (51 miles) from the city of Cusco, and passes through stunning Andean landscapes, including cloud forests, high-altitude mountain passes, and Incan archaeological sites.

Along the way, trekkers pass through several Incan ruins, including the beautiful Wiñay Wayna and the impressive Intipata, before arriving at the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu on the fourth day.

Due to its popularity, the Inca Trail requires a permit to hike, which needs to be obtained in advance. The number of permits issued each day is limited, so it is important to book early to avoid disappointment. The trek is also regulated by the Peruvian government to ensure the preservation of the trail and the surrounding environment.

How hard is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and endurance. The trail involves hiking through rugged Andean terrain, including steep ascents and descents, high-altitude mountain passes, and rocky paths. Trekkers will also be walking at high altitude, which can make the trek even more challenging.

The trek is typically completed over four days and involves hiking for several hours each day, covering a total distance of approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles). However, the third day of the trek is considered the most challenging, as it involves a steep climb up to the highest point of the trail, Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass), which sits at an altitude of 4,215 meters (13,828 feet).

Despite the challenges, the Inca Trail is a rewarding and unforgettable experience, offering stunning views of the Andes, the opportunity to explore ancient Incan ruins, and the chance to arrive at the world-famous Machu Picchu on foot. It is important to be well-prepared for the trek, with appropriate gear and clothing, as well as a good level of physical fitness.

How long does it take to hike the Inca Trail?

The classic Inca Trail trek is typically completed over four days and three nights, covering a distance of approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles) from the start of the trail to the Sun Gate entrance of Machu Picchu.

The trek starts at the town of Kilometer 82, located approximately 82 kilometers (51 miles) from the city of Cusco, and winds through stunning Andean landscapes, including cloud forests, high-altitude mountain passes, and Incan archaeological sites. Along the way, trekkers camp at designated campsites and enjoy delicious meals prepared by the trekking company.

The first two days of the trek are considered relatively easy, with gradual ascents and descents through the valley. The third day is the most challenging, with a steep climb to the highest point of the trail, Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass), which sits at an altitude of 4,215 meters (13,828 feet). The fourth day is typically an early start, with a short hike to the Sun Gate entrance of Machu Picchu to watch the sunrise over the ancient ruins.

Overall, the trek takes approximately four days to complete, but some trekking companies may offer variations on the itinerary that take longer or shorter. It is important to choose a reputable trekking company that adheres to local regulations and guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Where does the Inca Trail start?

The Inca Trail starts at a place called Km 82, located approximately 82 kilometers (51 miles) from the city of Cusco in Peru. This is the traditional starting point for the classic Inca Trail trek, which takes four days and three nights to complete, covering a total distance of approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles) to reach Machu Picchu.

The trailhead at Km 82 is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near the Urubamba River. From here, the trail winds through stunning Andean landscapes, including cloud forests, high-altitude mountain passes, and Incan archaeological sites.

It is important to note that the Inca Trail is a regulated trekking route, and permits are required to hike it. The number of permits issued each day is limited, so it is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment. Additionally, the Peruvian government has implemented strict health and safety protocols for visitors due to COVID-19, which may affect access to the trail.

How many miles is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is a famous trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. The trail is approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles) long and takes about four days and three nights to complete. The trek starts at the town of Kilometer 82, located approximately 82 kilometers (51 miles) from the city of Cusco and passes through stunning Andean landscapes, including cloud forests, high-altitude mountain passes, and Incan archaeological sites.

While the Inca Trail itself is 26 miles long, it is worth noting that there are several other trekking routes in the region that also lead to Machu Picchu, including the Salkantay Trek, the Lares Trek, and the Choquequirao Trek, among others. These treks vary in length and difficulty and can take anywhere from two to ten days to complete.

Can you hike the Inca trail without a guide?

No, it is not possible to hike the Inca Trail without a guide. The Peruvian government has made it mandatory for all hikers on the Inca Trail to be accompanied by a licensed guide. This policy was put in place to ensure the safety and preservation of the trail and its surroundings, as well as to provide visitors with information about the history and culture of the region.

In addition to the licensed guide, hikers are also required to trek with a registered trekking company that has obtained the necessary permits and adheres to regulations regarding camping, waste disposal, and other environmental concerns.

It is worth noting that there are several other trekking routes in the region that do not require a guide, including the Salkantay Trek, the Lares Trek, and the Choquequirao Trek, among others. However, these treks still require permits and the use of a registered trekking company.

How high is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is a high-altitude trek that involves hiking through rugged Andean terrain, including steep ascents and descents, high-altitude mountain passes, and rocky paths. Trekkers will be walking at high altitude, which can make the trek even more challenging.

The highest point on the Inca Trail is Warmiwañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass, which sits at an altitude of 4,215 meters (13,828 feet) above sea level. This is reached on the morning of the third day of the trek and is considered the most challenging part of the trail due to the steep incline and high altitude.

It is important for trekkers to be aware of the risks associated with high altitude and to take precautions to prevent altitude sickness. This may include acclimatization days, staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and strenuous activity at high altitude, and carrying medication for altitude sickness if necessary. It is recommended to consult with a doctor before embarking on the Inca Trail or any other high-altitude trek.

How long is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is a famous trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. The trail is approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles) long and takes about four days and three nights to complete.

The trek starts at the town of Kilometer 82, located approximately 82 kilometers (51 miles) from the city of Cusco, and passes through stunning Andean landscapes, including cloud forests, high-altitude mountain passes, and Incan archaeological sites. Along the way, trekkers camp at designated campsites and enjoy delicious meals prepared by the trekking company.

It is worth noting that the length of the Inca Trail can vary depending on the specific itinerary chosen and any side trips or rest days taken along the way. Additionally, there are several other trekking routes in the region that also lead to Machu Picchu, including the Salkantay Trek, the Lares Trek, and the Choquequirao Trek, among others. These treks vary in length and difficulty and can take anywhere from two to ten days to complete.

Do you need a permit to hike the Inca Trail?

Yes, a permit is required to hike the classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. The Peruvian government has implemented a permit system to limit the number of trekkers on the trail each day and to help protect the trail and its surrounding environment. The number of permits issued each day is limited to 500, which includes permits for trekkers, guides, and porters. It is recommended to book well in advance, as permits can sell out quickly, especially during the high season from May to September.

To obtain a permit, trekkers must book with a licensed tour operator, as individual permits are not available. The tour operator will secure the permit on behalf of the trekker and provide information on the necessary documentation required, such as a passport and vaccination certificates.

It is worth noting that there are several other trekking routes in the region that also require permits, including the Salkantay Trek, the Lares Trek, and the Choquequirao Trek, among others. Permits for these treks may have different availability and booking requirements.

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