Is my departure guaranteed?
Reservations subject to availability. Permits are selling out fast, so contact Valencia Travel as soon as possible. Your date cannot be confirmed until you provide Valencia with your personal information. There if there is a minimum of passengers per departure. Please do not make travel arrangements or book airfare until you have received confirmation from Valencia Travel and confirmed you permits.
How do I redeem my voucher? For which dates is it valid?
Voucher is valid until 12/31/17. To redeem your voucher, please reach out to Valencia Travel as instructed in your confirmation email. Reservations subject to availability. Permits sell out fast, so contact Valencia Travel to check availability and make your reservation as soon as possible. Please do not book travel until your trip is confirmed by Valencia Travel. Your date cannot be confirmed until you provide Valencia with your personal information. Voucher expires December 31, 2017. Please see below for departure dates that can be requested.
Which departures can be requested?
The following departures may be requested for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
01st to 7th
05th to 11th
08th to 14th
12th to 18th
15th to 21st
19th to 25th
22nd to 28th
26th to December 2nd
29th to December 5th
03rd to 9th
06th to 12th
10th to 16th
13th to 19th
17th to 23rd
20th to 26th
24th to 30th
27th to January 2nd, 2018
What if I want to change my travel dates?
If your reservations are not yet confirmed, you can change your travel dates for a $150 change fee. After your reservations are confirmed, the change fee will be $400. To change your travel dates to 2017, there is a $200 change fee. Change of travel dates is not guaranteed and requires approval by Valencia Travel.
How do I get there?
Fly into Cuzco, Peru (CUZ), where you’ll be met by a representative from Valencia Travel and transferred to your Cuzco hotel.
What are the accommodations like?
You will be staying in a Cuzco hotel for 3 nights and camping for 3 nights. Pricing is based on double occupancy accommodation in a shared room and four-person tent. Hotel rooms include 2 separate twin size beds.
I'm a solo traveler. What if I want my own room? Is there a single supplement?
Solo travelers or the odd numbered person in your group may opt to share with another person of the same gender (if available). If this option is not available, or if you would like to have your own room, you will need to pay a single supplement of $400 directly to the operator.
What do I need to pack?
Be sure to bring clothing for rain and cold as well as sun protection. Temperatures will typically fall into the low 40s at night, but be prepared for colder depending on the month. A detailed packing list will be provided by the operator. You should bring your own sleeping bag, but may also choose to rent one directly from the operator if you prefer. A detailed packing list is listed below with Valencia Travel's recommendations:
- Valid and Original passport
- Travel insurance - You are required to purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
- 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
- Underwear and casual socks
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks, synthetic
- Swimming suit
- Fleece hat
- Fleece gloves
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Sturdy hiking boots (waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread)
- Camp shoes (such as tennis shoes, sandals or other comfortable footwear)
- Bottle of water or Camelback
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- 2 rolls of toilet paper
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sun block and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Small Washcloth
- Personal first-aid kit (Valencia Travel also carries first aid equipment)
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Insect repellent and appropriate clothing for mosquitos
- Several Ziploc plastic bags
Extra money for:
- Tip or gratuities for Guide, Cook, and porters
What meals are included? And what if I’m a vegetarian?
Daily breakfast will be included (with the exceptions of morning 3), along with all meals while on the Inca Trail (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks throughout). Meals will be served buffet-style with an array of offerings. Snacks and hot drinks will also be provided. Vegetarian diets will happily be accommodated.
How much extra money should I bring?
Most of your costs are covered by the trip fees, but plan on bringing at least $350 for those meals not included as well as other personal expenses.
What does the portage service on the Inca Trail include?
Porters will carry all the cooking equipment and camping equipment (tents and foam mattress pad), but be prepared to carry your own sleeping bag and personal belongings.
What is the difference between the Inca Trail trek and the Salkantay trek?
The Inca Trail is certainly the more famous option, though the Salkantay gains in popularity each year. In efforts to control the numbers on the Inca Trail, the government restricts access by awarding only 500 non-transferrable permits per day (with up to 300 going to guides and porters). The Salkantay, currently, has no such restriction, making last minute trips much more of a possibility. Permits for the Inca Trail during peak season (May – September) are often sold out months in advance.
Days trekking: 3+ (4th day is 3 miles and time in Machu Picchu)
Distance: 26 miles
Highest elevation: 13,800 ft/4,200m
Overall difficulty: challenging
Average number of trekkers per day: 180
Highlights: Incan archeological sites, trekking directly to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku)
Permit availability: Permits for the year go on sale in January, high season dates sell out months in advance
Days trekking: 4
Distance: 40 miles
Highest elevation: 15,215 ft/4,640m
Overall difficulty: very challenging
Average number of trekkers per day: 50
Highlights: Fewer trekkers, better chance at viewing wildlife, fantastic views of Salkantay and Humantay peaks, Llactapata archeological site
Permit availability: Permits are easily obtainable throughout the year
Note: The Salkantay trek does not let you hike directly to Machu Picchu; on the 4th day you will arrive in Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night before visiting Machu Picchu the next day.
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
Travel insurance is required for this adventure. It allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling.
Can I cancel the trip?
You may cancel reservations up to 72 hours after the booking is made or until you have provided your personal traveler information to Valencia Travel (whichever comes first). After that time period all modifications/cancellations will be granted solely at the discretion of Valencia Travel. After you have provided your personal information and the permit has been acquired, Valencia Travel cannot allow a cancellation as permits are non-transferrable and non-refundable. If you need to switch dates after your permit has been acquired, they will require a USD $250 fee to acquire a new permit (if the date is available).