Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; April 20, 2019- April 27, 2019

Trip Dates

April 20 - April 27, 2019

Trip Style Trip Style


Bohemian Comfort - Authentic and true immersive experience! Sleep in tents, eat simple, delicious and healthy food and get cozy and intimate with your fellow Betties! Might have to arrange somethings on your own such as ground transportation or do a more extensive preparation than you might in other trip styles*


Convenient Comfort – Minimum effort on your part! Sleep in a room which you might share with one other Betty, eat prepared meals that are hearty and healthy and prepare minimally as the rest is provided. In most cases, ground transportation is included*


Luxury Comfort - Just show up and the rest is covered. Sleep with comfort in a nice bed with luxury linen, eat gourmet food, drink wonderful wine and get plenty of rest before your full day of adventure. Ground transportation is included and all of your gear is provided*

*Air transportation is not included in Bold Betties adventures

Adventure Rating Adventure Rating


This is a great entry level trip for newcomers or Betties looking build confidence outdoors. Expect 2-5 hours of activity a day on mostly flat or slightly hilly terrain with the occassional steep and/or uneven trail. You'll travel approximately 4-6 miles per day and experience moderate elevation/altitude changes.


Moderately difficult featuring more hills and mountain terrain, but still accessible for Betties inexperienced in outdoor adventure. Expect 4-6 hours of activity covering up to 10 miles a day. Expect steep and uneven trails and altitudes up to 10,000 ft.


Challenging adventures for Betties who are fit adventurers and possess a basic skill set for the outdoors. Expect 5-8 hours of activity per day over a variety of exposed terrain and steep uneven trails. Distances up to 12 miles per day and altitudes up to 14,000 ft.


Designed for the most experienced Betties who are do adventures on a regular basis. You'll be taken to remote locations over exposed, uneven and challenging terrain, requiring 10+ hours of activity per day and distances of 12+ miles. Altitudes could exceed 14,000 ft.

Adventure Type Adventure Types

Social
Active
Educational
Skill Building
Combination
N/A

Active

Available Spots

16

Price

$ 1,699.00

Bold Betties has partnered with Valencia Travel Cusco to provide the trip of a lifetime to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.*Trip starts April 20th, so travel time will depend on flights.

Highlights

This trip offers a fascinating combination of the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures. Retrace the steps of the Inca on a four-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. One of the world’s best-known hikes, it will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins and cloud forests. We run our own treks, which ensures fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment. Our expert CEOs will make certain the first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate will burn itself into your memory.

Travel Style: Active

Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. 

Physical Rating: Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, butaccessible to most healthy travelers.

Any questions? Feel free to email sommer@boldbetties.com.

PROGRAM ITINERARY:

DAY 01: FLIGHT LIMA TO CUSCO. (Not Included, cost approx.$90)

(Meals not included)

After your arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport for you and pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night.Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings.

http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-cuzco-Plaza/ OR similar standard (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Check in time 12:00pm/Check out 10:00am (Early check in has an extra cost but it depends up to the hotel availability).

OPTION 1: PRIVATE HALF DAY CITY TOUR (cost approx. $30).

We will pick you up at 2:00pm from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places.

•         The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.

•         TheCathedral: Marvel of the religious art.

•         Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.

•         Q´enqo:(Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.

•         Puca Pucara:(reddish place) that was used as a military control center.

•         Tambomachay:(Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

Included:

•         Transportation

•         ProfessionalEnglish speaking guide.

Not included:

•         Meals

•         Gratuity

•         EntranceFees

 DAY 02: CUSCO OPEN DAY

(Meals not included)

OPTION 1: SACRED VALLEY TOUR (cost approx. $50).

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisacis located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi)from Cusco, and at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where you will have your lunch (NOT INCLUDED)

Then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return you to your hotel at Cusco by 6:30 pm approximately.

Included:

•         Transportation

•         ProfessionalEnglish speaking guide.

Not included:

•         Meals

•         Gratuity

•         EntranceFees

P.S: Tonight we will have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00pm at the hotel lobby.

http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-cuzco-Plaza/ OR similar standard (TO BE CONFIRMED)

DAY 03: THE INCA TRAIL ADVENTURE TO MACHU PICCHU BEGINS

(All meals included)

Total distance to be covered: 6 mi. Camp elevation 9,678’

We will meet and pick you up from the Regocijo Plaza between4-4:30 am (time to be confirmed for your guide at the briefing time) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (06:30-7am) to load up on energy. On arrival at kilometer 82 (08:30 am more or less), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use the restrooms, put on sunscreen, insect repellant, etc) and then it is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trails 1st control point. To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-upon the 'Inca flat' terrain) and we will have great views of the site of an IncaFortress (‘Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Inca site ‘Llactapata'(officially called ‘Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca'(5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be one hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperature at night is usually around 5ºC (depending on the month).

 DAY 04: THE TRAIL TRIAL!

(All meals included)

Total distance to be covered: 6.5 mi. Camp elevation 10,991’

We face a challenging, full day of uphill hiking today(4,100' of elevation gain). The trail becomes quite steep as we follow then arrow Llullucha gorge leading up toward the highest pass of our journey. The switch backs are well-marked, passing through a dense forest with abundant bird life and flowering plants before topping out in the wide, open meadows of Llulluchapampa. Expansive views abound of the surrounding Andean peaks behind us and the highest pass of our route before us, Warmiwañusqa, at 13,780'. The final approach to the pass, a long steep ramp ending with a few switchbacks, typically takes about 2-2.5 hours from the meadows of Llulluchapampa. Reaching the top, we enjoy views of the rugged, glacier-clad Wiyañey peaks across the valley and the forested Pacaymayo gorge on the other side. We watch as our porters, or Huayruros, some dressed in their traditional red ponchos and chullos (earflap hats) carry their loads up the same route and then continue past us to arrive to the campsite ahead of the group. From the top our descent is steep, following a newly completed stone-paved trail with sections of stair cases. Arriving to the upper meadows of Chaquicocha we settle into our campsite for an afternoon of photography, relaxing or exploring the area.

 DAY 05: BACK IN THE PAST! BEAUTIFUL SCENERY!

(All meals included)

Total distance to be covered: 5.5 mi. Camp elevation 11,975’

A short, steep uphill section brings us to the Runkurakay watchtower this morning. We continue climbing Inca stairs past a small lake to reach our route’s second high pass at 12,631'. A clear day offers excellent views to the horizon of the glacier- clad peaks of the Pumasillo Mountains as well as the deep gorges and ridges of the eastern Andes. Ahead of us is theRoyal Road leading down past the strategic Incan site of Sayacmarca (11,811')and the smaller, neighboring ruins of Conchamarca. The descent is steep but follows a well-defined trail. After exploring the ruins, we contour along the ridge, marveling at the dense vegetation of the cloud forest as we walk on a4-6-foot-wide stone- paved trail. After ducking through an ancient tunnel, we reach the final crest of the ridge and arrive to Phuyupatamarca, or “the town above the clouds” as the site's name translates from Quechua. This final campsite is one of the most spectacular along the Camino Inca with a 360-degree view of both the Urubamba and the Aobamba River valleys, and Mount Salcantay,(20,575') whose impressive glacier-covered summit is the highest in the Vilcabamba range. Sunrise here can be spectacular; we begin to understand why the mountain was worshiped as a god by the Incas. Condors are sometimes seen soaring above the valley on their way to the highlands, as the world's largest flying bird, their wingspan can reach 10 feet!

 DAY 06: MACHU PICCHU IN ITS GLORY!

(Breakfast included, lunch & dinner NOT included)

Total distance to be covered: 6.5 mi. (6 hours more orless). Final elevation 7,874’

An early morning start of 4am will get us into Inti Punku orSun Gate before daybreak and as the sun begins to rise, the dramatic views of Machu Picchu are revealed. We will spend some time here taking photos and upon completing the final steps of the Inca Trail we will visit Machu Picchu itself with a guided tour (approximately 2 hours). After the tour you are free to explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

OPTIONAL: Wayna Picchu: means "Young Mountain",the opposite of Machu Picchu which means "Old Mountain". It goes up to about (2720 meters) and some 300 meters above Machu Picchu. It's one of most famous short walks within Machu Picchu! The climb up the steep mountain ofWayna (also spelled Huayna) Picchu is located at the back of the ruins. Atfirst glance, it appears as a difficult climb but despite the steep ascent,it's technically not that hard.

The hike is only 45 minutes to an hour long and if you arein half decent shape, you’ll make it to the top! The view of Machu Picchu is anincredibly motivating reward. (COST ISNOT INCLUDED)

You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (NOT INCLUDED) and given your train tickets that will take you to Ollantaytambo and a final bus transfer will take you to Cusco. It is important to be at the train station 30 minutes before departure train times will be given to you by your guide.

http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-cuzco-Plaza/ OR similar standard

DAY 07: TRANSFER OUT, BYE CUSCO!

After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according to your flight itinerary.

 INCLUDED:

•         All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa

•         All hotel accommodations (Casa Andina Cusco classic *** OR similar standard)

 

4 DAY INCA TRAIL INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING

•         Entrance feeto the Inca trail

•         Entrance feeto Machu Picchu

•         Professional bilingual tour guide

•         Transportation– bus to km 82 and train back (Expedition train to Ollantaytambo)

•         Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.

•         Collection from Ollantaytambo train station (on day 4th)

•         Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold boiled water)

•         4breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.

•         Dining tent with tables and chairs

•         Professional chef

•         4 man tent size for 2 people only

•         Foam mattress pad

•         Porters:They carry cooking and camping equipment (foam mattress pad and camping tent only). They also carry personal belongings up to 7kg

•         Oxygen bottle

•         First aid kit

 

**EACH HIKER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO CARRY THEIR OWN PERSONAL BELONGINGS (SLEEPING BAG OR ANY EXTRA RENTALS) **

NOT INCLUDED:

•         Single supplement is available for an extra cost

•         Sleeping bags

•         Inflatable mattress

•         Walking sticks

•         For the Inca trail – first breakfast and last lunch are not included

•         ExtraPersonal porter

•         Gratuity,(tip)

•         Meals where not stated

•         Optional tours: (City tour and sacred valley).

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OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE AND CAN BE RENTED FROM VALENCIA:

•         Wayna Picchu Tour *Limited spots available, please request it at least 2 months in advance*

•         Sleeping bags (21 US$)

•         Inflatable mattress (20 US$)

•         Pair of walking sticks (20 US$)    

OFFICIAL PAPERS

•         Valid andOriginal Passport - must be valid for 6 months after the date of return

•         AndeanMigration Card

 

SLEEPING GEAR

•         Sleeping bag(You can rent it from Valencia if you don't have one)

•         Inflatablemattress (You can rent it from Valencia if you don't have one)

CLOTHING

•         Mid weight fleece or wool sweater

•         Fleece pants or tights

•         Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool

•         Hiking pants

•         Hiking shorts

•         Long-sleeve shirts

•         T-shirts

•         Underwear and casual socks

•         Hiking socks

•         Liner socks, synthetic

•         Swimsuit (Incase you add an extra night in Aguas Calientes to visit the hot springs)

•         Cap

•         Fleece hat

•         Bandana

•         Fleece gloves

•         Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

 

FOOTWEAR

•         Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread

•         Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in our campsites

 

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES:

•         Bottle of water or Camelback

•         Flash light or head lamp

•         Watch with alarm or travel clock

•         2 roll of toilet paper

•         Sunglasses with retainer strap

•         Sun block and lip balm

•         Toiletry kit

•         SmallWashcloth

•         Personal first-aid kit

•         Hand sanitizer gel

•         Insect repellent

•         Several Ziplock plastic bags

EXTRA MONEY FOR

•         Drinks

•         Tip orGratuity to Guide, Cook, and Porters

•         Souvenirs

 

***VERY IMPORTANT AND USEFUL INFORMATION***

•         If you are bringing cash, please make sure to bring good bills. Bills cannot be torn, worn, ripped because these won’t be accepted

•         If you would like to get some soles you can get good rates once in Peru

•         If you arrive on Sunday, please have Peruvian money before you leave the airport, because on Sundays banks are not open

•         Think to bring enough money for any extra expense such us meals, day tours (Sacred valley & amp; amp; City tour) that are not included

•         Please, provide us your flight information such as Air Company, flight number, arrivaltime in order to organize your transfer in/out

•         If you haveany special food restriction (vegetarian option), please let us know in advance

•         As gratuity is customary but 100% voluntary, we suggest to bring enough money to tip for guides, drivers, transfers, bellboys because they expect something from the visitors

•         American dollars, Peruvian soles are very welcoming to use anywhere as you can use your credit card as well in most of the places

•         Check in time at most hotels is at 12:00pm

•         As this trip is based on double occupancy (2 people per room), we will provide twin beds and tents

P.S: Paying with credit card, In Peru most of shops usually takes from 5% to 9% for transaction fees. (Valencia Travel Cusco only takes5%).

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel medical insurance including personal medical as well as emergency evacuation and repatriation up to US $200,000 of coverage is compulsory.

Rates

$450 Non-refundable deposit

$1699 USD per person Full trip cost (Based on Double occupancy)

$72 Waynu Picchu Mountain Hike (Optional)

$150 Single Occupancy Hotel Option (additional)

$60 Single Occupancy Tent Option (additional)

SAVE $169.9 on this adventure by becoming a BOLD BETTIES AFFINITY MEMBER.

BOOKING DETAILS

Remaining Balance Due: January 20, 2019 *Inca Trail Permits availability depending. Keep in mind, permits for these trails sell out incredibly fast! It's a good idea to secure your spot and your permit before the end of September 2018*.

CANCELATION POLICY

Cancelation between 120 and 89 days prior to departure = 50%loss (less deposit)

Cancelation within 90 days of departure = 100% loss

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention at Bold Betties to adhere to the event as described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to the nature of Bold Betties events, adventuring and travel can be unpredictable. Our itinerary overview is a general guide regarding the event and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. These changes can be made with regards to safety, attendee capabilities, time constraints, weather and various other reasons. You are solely responsible for arriving to the meeting place on time. In the event of a delay, it is up to you to make alternative arrangements. Any additional costs incurred is your responsibility. Refunds will not be given due to missed connections, canceled flights, weather, or any other delays or unforeseen circumstances. Allow yourself extra time to arrive safely to the meeting place so that everyone leaves on time. Please see the cancellation/refund policy.

 

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Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; April 20, 2019- April 27, 2019

April 20 - April 27, 2019

$ 1,699.00