As mentioned in our previous message, the Inca Trail is trend of ways that connected the Inca Empire and there are routes that are an alternative when the Classic Route is sold out as the regulations are different from the Classic ones.
There is no restriction of spots to book these treks but always you must have some flexibility with dates as some hotel might be fully booked or the train spots are sold out
We suggest NOT to book yet your international flights nor the internal flights to/from Cusco until you get your permit issued
Permits can be sold any minute but you need a minimum of a week to make paperwork.
We also need the scanned passport (valid at the time of the trip). This means that before making any plan you need to be sure that passport is valid as the passport information is included in the permit which is also non refundable nor can be transfered to any other person
Once permits for the trek are issued, we move forward as we need to book the trains to Machu Picchu (from Ollantaytambo or Hidroelectric Station) and back to Ollantaytambo (March and April) and to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. The route will depend on availablity and/or trekking program you have.
This Trek begins with an spectacular view of Sacred Valley of the Incas, crossing mountain passes, Andean communities and offering a large array of local flora and fauna. An excellent and less-beaten hike complemented with a visit to Machu Picchu.
After 2 days exploring the complex and trhe surrounding andean villages you will enjoy a night in Machu Picchu and a full day excursion to the fabled "Lost CIty of the Incas"
This program allows you to visit interesting places like Lares and the andean communities of Patacancha and Willoq before arrive to Ollantaytambo where you will spend a night and then takes the train to visit Machu Picchu.
From the Sacred Valley to the Inca quarries of Cachicata and Machu Picchu During this cultural trek you will observe astonishing variety of scenery and ecological zones, snow-capped peaks, archaeological remains, the Inca quarries of Cachicata ending in the fabled Machu Picchu.
During this trek you will admire diverse highlights that include: beautiful landscapes and snow-capped peaks (Mt Salkantay), Andean farms and some Inca remains finishing in Qente. Then you will catch the train to visit the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
A breathtaking trek from Choquequirao "The Craddle of Gold" to Machu PIcchu. two of the most spectacular and enigmatic Inca archaeological sites. During the trek you will cross some of the most inaccessible valleys and incredible mountain scenery.
If the group is larger than 8 persons we include an assistant for the guide and the cook (2 more spots) so that the quality service is granted to travelers.
To get spots we suggest that the best you can do is the following :
* Gather all the passports of persons traveling. Be sure they are valid.
* Secure the USD 350.00 deposit per person for permits and trains before the opening of sales
* Set flexible dates so that we can move 1 or 2 days earlier or later if needed
* Do not wait until last minute as you may not be able to get train seats or hotel accommodation
You can not forget that most of these hikes have 1 night hotel accommodation and you must choose your hotel when you decide which trek you would like to hike.
But, guess what… there are other routes that are also part of the Inca roads that do not go to Machu Picchu. You will know more in the next blog article