INCA TRAIL
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BRIEF OVERVIEW:

There  are  many  treks  in  south America and Peru,  but  the  INKA  TRAIL, is  the most  impressive, itis the best known hike trail in Peru; It is visited by thousands of tourists every year. The classical 43-km trek leading to the Sacred Inca City of MACCHU PICCHU combines the visit of mysterious archaeological sites, amazing mountain scenery and lush cloud forest rich in Andean flora and fauna. Machupicchu is reached at sunrise on the fourth day.  On the Inca Trail, there are over 250 known species of orchids , and in the different ecosystems, numerous rare birds, animals, and reptiles including several species considered to be in danger of extinction.

Walking this Andean highway is a truly fascinating and unforgettable experience. The Trail is paved with blocks of stone, It has stone stairways, tunnels and wooden bridges. It crosses rivers, streams, temperate valleys, warm cloud forests and cold highlands.

REGULATIONS  OF  THE  TRAIL

The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected area managed by the Peru National Institute of Natural Resources, INRENA. All visitors must obey park regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting open fires or camping in the archaeological sites (only authorised campsites can be used). The following procedures

The new permit system is limiting the number of hikers allowed on the trail : just 500 persons are permitted to enter to the Inca trail to Machu Picchu per day. This includes visitors, porters, cooks, and guides.

PAYMENT OF ENTRANCE FEES:

The only valid document granting the right to walk the Inca Trails Network – the Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary Network RED or SHM – is the ticket issued by the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary Management Unit (UGM). This ticket is personal and non transferable, and includes the entrance fee to Machu Picchu.  The reimbursement of payment for the right to use the RED is not possible under any circumstance.

RESERVATIONS

*Reservations will be made in the offices of the Departmental Headquarters of the National Institute of Culture in the city of Cusco, receiving confirmation with corresponding reservation code.

Note: Reservations will be subject to the daily capacity emitted by the UGM (500 people, including guides, porters, helpers and around 150 tourists), therefore we recommend you to reserve your place with as much notice as possible.

*To maintain the reservation the Tour Operator must cancel the 100% of amount for the tour and provide full names, passport numbers, ages, nationalities and passport photocopies of all those going on the trip to the relevant authorities. The traveller must send this information and documentation to us from his or her home country
*Failure to confirm reservations will result in their cancellation, and no reimbursement of fees will be made in this case
*Only people under 25 years old with valid International Student Identification will be considered as a student  and guys less  than 18  years  old,  can apply to  th e 10 % off

THINGS  TO   MAKE  A RESERVATION

*exactly  dates  of  the beginning and  end  of  the  trek
*complete full  names
*nationality
*passport  number
*date  of  bird
*profession
*contact  telephone
*payment of  50%  of  the  tour

MAKING AN INCA TRAIL TREK BOOKING

Since the number of trek permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) it is important to book well in advance. The trek permits are issued on a first-come-first-served basis up until all the permits have been sold out. In the low season (December & January) there are some days when there are still permits available 4 or 5 days in advance, but in the high season (May to September) it is recommended that you book at least 3 months in advance to guarantee a place. Please  check  the  availability here.

INCA TRAIL CLOSURE
The route of the classic 4-day Inca Trail will be closed each year during the month of February to allow conservation projects to be undertaken as well as giving the vegetation a chance to recover. This is a good month to close the trail since it is also the wettest moth of the year. Machu Picchu and the shorter 2-day trail will remain open as usual
Inca Trail Prices & Services

The government authorities have introduced minimum standards for the trekking companies. The maximum group size is now 16 persons The Porters Law introduced in 2003 is now being strictly implemented  and  now receive a minimum wage of about US$15 per day.  The tax authorities have clamped down pretty hard on the trekking companies in recent years. You can now expect to pay around US$40 per person in taxes. And  about  the  entrance fee in 2000  it was in usd 17.00 and  now  in 2007  is  usd   73.00  and porters  have  to pay  the entrance  fee  to reduce of  course  at  usd 13.00 as  can  you  see there  several things  that  make  it   no so cheap.
The main difference between the various Inca Trail services are the number of people in the group, the level of comfort that you can expect, the quality of the guide, food and camping equipment, how well they treat their porters and whether the company will actually guarantee their departure date, even if they can’t find anyone else to fill up the group. The prices quoted below are to be used as a guide only and may vary considerably from company to company .

USEFUL INFORMATION.

*Try to avoid businesses that use temporary email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail. They are usually not that professional.
* Ask for a booking confirmation email with the price of the trek, the trek departure date and what is included in the price.
*Never buy tours or treks from salespersons at airports or from taxi drivers.
* Never buy tours or treks from salespersons at airports or from taxi drivers. Especially  in Lima and  in Cusco. You may never  get  the  tour nor  your  money.
*****CUADRO  DONDE  SE  VEA  LA DISPONIBILIDAD  DEL 2007.

STYLES  OF  TRIPS

*CLASSIC: you  can  travel  through this  amazing  countries, visiting the most important sightseeing, enjoying  the  comfort  of  the  hotels, transport, lodges into the  jungle, available  for  any  person.  The  most  of the  tours  have  a very  short  hikings

*ADVENTURE: if  you  are a  traveller  who  likes  the  active sports  like  rafting,  horse  ridding, biking, trekking, enjoy  of the  nature some  times  spending the  nights  in tends  or  basic cabins,  inthis   tour  has  a 5 or  6  hours  of trekkings, available  for  any  person with an active  style  of  life.
*EXPEDITIONS: if you  like travel  through the not popular sightseeings
*COMMUNITIES: it is  for  travellers  who  like to know the  bottom  of  the  civilizations it  native  people, sharing  their  styles of  life, their food  and  with  your  visit helping  to improve  the  quality   of  life.

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