Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - International Hiking Adventure #1.

  • May 25, 2013 · 10:00 AM

I AM RESTARTING THE ONCE A YEAR (AT LEAST) INTERNATIONAL HIKING TRIP IDEA BY RE-DOING THE INCA TRAIL. AND IT LOOKS LIKE MORE THAN ONE DECIDED TO JOIN ME THIS TIME 

THIS IS BEING CO-POSTED WITH THE TX GROUP: CLICK HERE

PERMITS ARE SOLD OUT FOR THE INCA TRAIL MAY 27TH DEPARTURE.  Others wishing to join should be thinking about one of two options:

#1.  the Moonstone Trek GROUP departure on May 26th because that doesn’t require Inca Trail Permits, or

#2.  perhaps a CUSTOM Moonstone Trek departure on May 27th so you can at least all tour Machu Picchu together on the same day, May 31st.  A custom departure on May 27th would also allow your friends to join the Sacred Valley Tour with the Great Garcia Group, scheduled for May 26th.  I ma leaving the instuctions below since you may need to do something similar if joining one of the options.


1. Review the core plan below and then decide if you will just do that or add-on or extend your trip before or after it.  As for myself I am just doing the core trip with one day in Lima at the start to try ceviche . CLICK HERE for my flight itinerary and to get a base fare to compare to.  If you will go beyond the core trip then you may need to contact our travel outfit for advice and to confirm availability of desired trip.  Contact info for travel outfit is:

Daisy Hebb
Andean Treks, Inc.
[masked]
www.AndeanTreks.com
118 Waltham Street, 2nd floor
Watertown, MA 02472
Tel [masked] x 203
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Fax [masked]

2. Make a flight reservations.  I used  the airlines sites themselves to get trip reservations.  I recommend trying both travel sites like orbitz and expedia and compare to the airline's own websites to make sure your are getting the best deal.  Note that you may need to do the multi-city options if you want to adjust stay times at different stops.  Since we are reserving very early some of the  travel sites like orbitz may behave funny and so you may be better off reserving with airline websites themselves.  Also to avoid the hassle of taxis , I ma just using Andean Treks for pickup and dropoffs from the airports and hotels.

3. Make booking arrangements with Andean Treks.  They request the following:

· Trip Application Form – Passport name, number, and birth date must be copied exactly. These are used to purchase certain tickets and permits and must match your passport precisely or entry can be denied.

· Credit Card Form - We will take a non-refundable $350/person deposit on your trip cost.  *You may call-in the CC# if you prefer not to send it over the web, but please fill-out the rest of the form and submit it so we have your signature on-file.

· Passport copies, emailed or faxed.  Note:  If anyone needs to renew their passport, scan a copy of your old passport first, before sending it out for renewal. This is important.

For hotel options see Daisy's note below (I'll be staying at the Andes de Americas):

Hotels

Attached you’ll find our Cuzco Hotels document which will enable you to see a variety of hotels with different pricing which are available to you.  Let me know your top picks when you book, as they’re being reserved fast for May dates which are right around the corner.  For the sake of giving you a good solid quote, I’ve selected the Andes de America which is a larger hotel and often handles groups.  It’s mid-range, so it might be the case some members would be wanting to upgrade to something more fancy.  We can work with this model too.  Andes de America is a good baseline though, at $59/person/night in double-occupancy rooms.  Those arriving May 25th will need 3 nights, thus, the rate is $177/person for these 3 nights.  Light breakfasts are included.

Optional upgrades: The Picoaga hotel in the nice Colonial rooms would be a lovely upgrade, and the double-occupancy rate is $100/person/night, so $300/person for the three night-stay your group is going to start with.  Feel free to look at the other hotels on the attached Cuzco Hotels document and I’ll see if they’re available when you book.

 

4. Let me know when you have successfully completed the above and then I can mark you as "paid" as a way to indicate you are fully onboard.

 

Park Info WebsiteCLICK HERE

The Core Plan: The core of the plan is to do the 5 day and 4 night hiking/camping journey along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

1. Saturday & Sunday, May 25-26, 2013. We start arriving in Cusco, Peru according to our own travel arrangements.   These two days are mainly for acclimatization and you'll really need them.  I can come up with things to do around Cusco, if not doing any of the paid tours, when we finalize things.

2. Monday - Friday, May 27-31, 2013. We do the Inca Trail. CLICK HERE for itinerary details.

3. Saturday, June 1, 2013. We depart from Cusco according to our own travel arrangements.

Optional Add-on Examples:

Lake Titicaca info:  CLICK HERE and HERE.

Cusco Side Trips: CLICK HERE

Amazon Jungle: CLICK HERE

For other choices or to discuss with the travel outfit:  CLICK HERE.  I myself did the "Empire fo the Incas" tour with the Amazon tour add-on and found it to be a good way to see a lot of Peru if you have ~2.5 weeks to spare.

COSTS: Not counting your roundtrip flight and any add-ons or extended stays you may have, Daisy qoutes the following:

Summary

Inca Trail & Machu Picchu (4night/5Day option!)

$794/person is the 12 passenger or greater rate for the PRIVATE CUSTOM INCA TRAIL TREK

$110/person is the Inca Trail Permit and Machu Picchu Ruins entry permit

$44/person will be charged to those requesting a rental winter-weight sleeping bag (ThermaRest pads included free for everyone)

Mid-range hotel in Cuzco: $177/person for 3 nights

Inca Trail & Machu Picchu: $948 /person with sleeping bag rental

Total: $1125/person

 

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  • Li H

    Great to see Machu Picchu through other peoples eyes. I haven't quite figured out dropbox sharing yet, so uploaded more then 50 pic - sorry! hope that's ok. Will try to figure out how to share the rest.

    June 24, 2013

    • Li H

      Thanks Hugo! I'll try my best to keep it under 1000! :)

      June 25, 2013

    • Howard

      It costs Hugo one dollar (2.7 Soles) for each uploaded photo :)

      June 25, 2013

  • Howard

    It would be great if someone could put Scott's photos on dropbox.com. My little netbook is DVD challenged. Thanks.

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Alison

      I agree! My Macbook air has no DVD slot!

      June 25, 2013

  • Kosta

    What a trip! It was a pleasure meeting the BART crew.

    Links to my pictures:
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/312em...­
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7xaop...­

    June 24, 2013

  • David

    I got your Scott's DVD today--what a delicious treat! It brought back so many fond memories, and the images were terrific. I hope everyone gets to see it--it will surely bring many smiles. If you haven't asked him for a copy yet, you're denying yourself a lot of pleasure.

    June 15, 2013

  • Edmond

    June 11, 2013

  • David

    Thought y'all would enjoy this story as much as I did. Although not Peru, it is a life in the Andes. I recommend checking out the associated slide show, too . . . nice house.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/...­

    June 6, 2013

  • M&J

    Surreal experience to hike to one of the 7 wonders in the world with fellow fun hikers from bay area and new friends from Texas. Thanks Hugo for posting here. The Andean Treks team rocks!!!

    June 5, 2013

  • Alison

    Hi everyone! We (Tony, Ying and me!) got back to the states safely last night. We'll share our photos as soon as we can via one of the cloud photo sharing sites. It was great to see you all in Peru and hope to hike with you soon!

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Jordan C.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fgkal...­ howdy fun people, i have linked above the public cusco folder of my dropbox so you can all get your hands on photos. enjoy!

    it was a pleasure spending time with you all! if you have facebook and want to keep in touch, feel free to add me :) hope you all have a great week!

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Alison

    Tony, Yong & I are checked into the hotel Andes de America !!! Drinking coca tea now :-D

    May 24, 2013

  • Hugo

    In Lima. Waiting to connect with Edmond, Howard, and Kosta for a day of ceviche, salsa, and walking in miraflores.

    May 24, 2013

  • Heidi

    I arrived safely this afternoon and was greeted by Jazz & Mike in the hotel lobby. What a nice surprise! They gave me some hints and directions as to what to do. It will be full moon here tomorrow and the moon is already beautifully present behind the old buildings. A short walk to get water and take a few pictures was enough for me. Resting now.

    2 · May 23, 2013

  • julie

    Have a great trip y'all!

    2 · May 22, 2013

  • M&J

    We made it here with no problem. Weather is sunny and beautiful. Was Little cold in the morning when we arrived at 7:30am. Free wi fi in the hotel. Can't wait for Heidi and rest of the gang. You can check in free 2 bags in American airline and LAN.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Howard

    Passengers on LAN Airlines can check in online, select seats, 48 hours before their flight at www.LAN.com

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Howard

    Wow, last weekend before the trip: water plants, notify credit card, passport and photocopy, money belt, advil, thermals, pole tip covers, hat, sunscreen, bandages (for blisters:), duct tape ...

    3 · May 16, 2013

  • Alison

    Hi, Will there be a "training" hike event for the Peru grup to get to know eachother as well as actually hike something strenuous? Saw the 4/20 hike and signed up but just wondering...

    March 28, 2013

    • Howard

      OK, leave 8:30 am Saturday 5/11 for Lake Alpine to Bear Valley. Strenuous 7 mile hike to 8400 ft.

      May 4, 2013

    • Alison

      Hi, Ying and I'll be there! Please post more details - meeting location and anticipated time of return etc. - when you have time Howard. Looking forward to this "training" hike! yea!

      May 6, 2013

  • Bob S.

    I was there two years ago. All the lodges provide coca leaves for tea. It works for acclimatization. My wife put the coca leaves in her water bottle. It helped her a lot.

    April 21, 2013

  • Edmond

    Flight and trek purchased. E-mail if you want my itinerary from SFO.

    December 16, 2012

    • jackie

      Hugo do you think you wii organize another trekking trip Napale may 6 months from mow

      April 18, 2013

    • Hugo

      A trip to Nepal? Not in the next 6 months. Maybe in a couple of years?

      1 · April 19, 2013

  • Howard

    Edmond and I have booked our trip from SFO. The details below may help some travelers. We are staying at the same hotel as Hugo in Lima and Cusco. If you plan to go you need to book very soon. I just selected my plane seats and starting to fill up... Trek permits are limited too:

    1) May 23rd Nonstop SFO to Lima
    2) May 24 Check in Jose Antonio Lima (Miraflores) - group Ceviche dinner and salsa club :) - Book with Daisy
    3) Flight Lima to Cusco May 25 Andes America Hotel 25&26
    4) Sunday May 26, Full day tour Sacred Valley - book with Daisy
    5) Inca Trail 27 - 31
    6) Andes de America Hotel 31 and June 1
    7) Tour Cusco June 1 - Book with Daisy
    8) Depart Sunday morning June 2nd Lima -> LA-> SFO

    December 27, 2012

    • jackie

      Which tour in Cusco your did you book with Daisy?? I found out about Hugo's trekking group few days ago, all the permits are gone, which is fine since I have done it years ago but I am signing up with Moonstone trekking group for different route and will be there almost the same time as you and Edmond, I might be able to stay one day behind and join you guys for MP.

      1 · April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    im a maybe.. Looking into the total fight expense etc before I commit.. I hope this works out

    March 18, 2013

  • David

    For anyone wanting to get in the mood, today's Zagat Blog listed the five best Peruvian restaurants in the Bay Area, all in SF, but one:
    Pasion, 737 Irving St
    La Costanera, 8150 California 1, Montara
    Piqueo's, 830 Cortland Ave
    La Mar Cebicheria, Pier 1.5, The Embacadero
    Mochica, 937 Harrison St

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Scott R.

    Hey all, not going but I am avid traveler and just got back from Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima a couple months ago. Let me know if you would like any advice. Some of the best ceviche in Lima is at Punto Azul in Miraflores.

    January 25, 2013

  • Joe

    Well, I'm going. I was told by Daisy that I got the last permit for the trip!

    January 16, 2013

  • julie

    Found a site with good info on Inca trail ie routes and # of permits available (disponible) per day (fecha).

    http://www.incatrailperu.com/in...­

    January 15, 2013

  • Valerie

    I am definitely interested but a maybe right now. Will confirm after group hike the weekend of the 26th.

    January 14, 2013

  • Alison

    Just sent trip application forms to Daisy to get Trail permit. Once we have confirmation on the trail permits, my group will meet this Sun to finalize trip - flight, hotel, optional tour etc. I'll post itinerary when done.

    January 11, 2013

  • Howard

    15 Travelers as of Jan 10.

    January 10, 2013

  • Hugo

    Message from Daisy for the undecided " wanted you all to know is that there are only 109 permits left for this departure! We consider this low, so this means, if you have any friends who are on-the-fence and thinking about joining, they should activate IMMEDIATELY by sending in their Trip App., CCAuth. form, and passport copy so I can at least purchase their Inca Trail Permit before they sell-out. For the 15 of you who have already signed-up, your Inca Trial Permits are all purchased. (Hurray!) It’s impossible to tell how long the May 27 permits will last but most likely they’ll be sold-out by the end of next week but it could easily be sooner or later than this."

    January 10, 2013

  • Vanjel

    If not now then when! I am super excited about this adventure. Will look into it and will post my itinerary. Cuy chactado anyone?

    January 9, 2013

  • K

    :(

    January 8, 2013

  • Rupa

    January 7, 2013

  • David

    Howard, delighted to have at least one reading buddy. Our new friends at Andean Treks supply a reading list in their Planning Your South American Adventure doc, pp 10-11, titled "Peliminary Reading." I had/have a bunch of long flights, so I cued up my Kindle. I started with Hugh Thomson's White Rock, and am now in John Hemming's The Conquest of the Incas (2012 ed).

    January 6, 2013

  • David

    Thanks, Edmond. Very cool. Anyone interested in reading/discussing the books about the Incas? and/or in doing hikes at elevation, as weather permits, before our trip to Peru. BTW, there are six of us from CA signed up, and H. thinks five more might join.

    January 4, 2013

    • Edmond

      I will try to do some hikes with a fair amount of elevation changes. In terms of hikes at high altitude, I'm open to ideas. One I was thinking about is the Panoramic Trail in Yosemite.

      January 4, 2013

    • Howard

      David, I like your idea of reading/exchanging books and online articles on the Incas and Peru. Setting up a discussion date will encourage us to set aside the time to read the material. Syllabus?

      January 5, 2013

  • Edmond

    I'm compiling information for the Machu Picchu trip.
    Here is a link to my collection: http://zootool.com/user/edneo/­
    Let me know of any good websites.

    January 4, 2013

  • Howard

    In Daisy's notes she says: Those arriving May 25th will need 3 nights. We start the trail May 27th so we just need 2 nights, May 25 and 26, correct?

    December 23, 2012

    • Hugo

      She might of been including the last night after the the inca trail tour? Anyways all of that can get clarified or refined when you book.

      December 23, 2012

  • David

    Have a room w/two beds in Cusco/Cuzco for three nights at the Best Western Los Andes de Americas, May 25-27, looking for a roommate to share costs. Email me if interested.

    December 21, 2012

  • Howard

    Purchased flight and Trek

    December 18, 2012

  • Srikanth

    Very interested ! what does this trip have to do with MIA?

    December 14, 2012

    • Hugo

      Found an old meet-up location that allowed me to do Cusco. So its fixed.

      December 14, 2012

    • Srikanth

      Ok.... Lots of RSVPs ... Should be a blast doing the hike !

      December 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    As much as I would love to go with you all, I may have issues with getting my passport and naturalization returned to me from ICE

    December 15, 2012

  • Alison

    3 confirmed - made majority of travel arrangement but still have couple things to book like optional activities. will post itinerary once all finalized.

    December 15, 2012

  • Alice D

    not sure yet but interested- did this trip once before a long time ago!

    December 15, 2012

  • Hugo

    Holy Mole! I was expecting only ~4-5 to be interested in this trip not 15! (+17 from the TX group) That's OK. I'll get working on firming details within a week. With luck by this Monday.

    December 15, 2012

  • Meg

    I love to hike fast and the description of a very slow pace scared me off this trip. Have a wonderful time. Looking forward to hearing all about it:)

    December 15, 2012

  • David

    Plan it Book your guide four months in advance: Pachamama Explorers emphasizes cultural and ecological sustainability by supporting local projects, paying porters fairly, and packing out, instead of burying, all trekking trash (pmexplorers.com). All full? Check for last-minute openings with SAS Travel in Cusco (sastravelperu.com), one of the biggest local guide services, offering several departures per week.

    Cost Guided: $-$$

    December 15, 2012

  • David

    Beta In 2001, Peru imposed trekking regulations requiring all hikers to travel with a licensed tour operator–which is saving the trail from the trashing it took in years past. Guides provide tents and food; you bring boots, backpack, and raingear. Avoid monsoon season (November through April), when low-lying clouds shroud the scenery and the trail's epic views. Go in May, when skies are clearer and crowds haven't yet peaked (high season is June through early September). Fly into Cusco from Lima and join your guide for a 37-mile bus ride to Ollantaytambo and the Inca Trailhead.

    Local's tip Peruvian kids often line the trail, offering to carry your pack at the precise moment that you're feeling most defeated. They'll want some money for their trouble, of course. Pack plenty of small bills and change. And save some for the hostel at Winay Wayna: It sells bottled beer but refuses notes larger than 20 nuevo soles (about $7).

    December 15, 2012

  • David

    from Backpacker mag, in multiple postings to fit in these boxes: Classic cred Nestled into a remote mountainside, Machu Picchu floats like a castle in the sky. It's perched high above the Urubamba River chasm and surrounded by spiked peaks carpeted in orchids–more than 220 species have been identified in the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. A network of smaller ruins lines this 20-mile, four-day route: The trail hugs the frothing Urubamba before climbing through cloud forest to Warmiwanusqa (Dead Woman Pass) at a lung-straining 13,780 feet. Plunge past the ruins of Runkuracay and continue over Inca-era paving stones that wind through the ancient fortresses of Sayamarca and Winay Wayna, where the neighboring youth hostel spins Euro-pop into the night. Next morning, rise before dawn and join the glittering chain of headlamps bobbing toward Intipunktu–the Sun Gate, where hikers watch the day's first rays illuminate Machu Picchu's expertly crafted stone walls.

    December 15, 2012

  • Stacy G.

    I can not commit 100% yet, but this is my drteam trip and I will do everything possible to make it .
    Please post exact dates and cost as they are firmed up. I want to start looking for flights from SF

    December 14, 2012

  • ajai

    i am interested in learning more..i always wanted to do this.

    December 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to learn more before I commit myself,

    December 14, 2012

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