825 USD Per person

Ayahuasca Preparation on the Inca Trail 5D/4N

The Inca trail is recognized worldwide as one of the best 5 treks in the world. Ikaro Ayahuasca Retreat has developed a 5-day trek to Machu Picchu through the classic Inca Trail. This trek gives you the opportunity to go through the same and the best of conventional treks on the Inca Trail, with the exclusivity and difference that this unique and special itinerary gives you the opportunity to prepare yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually for your Ayahuasca retreat. in the Amazon jungle of Cusco. Experience the best of the classic Inca Trail with meditation and yoga sessions. We will also make sure to provide you with the proper food and diet for a successful Ayahuasca ceremony. This Classic Inca Trail of preparation for the intake of the mother Ayahuasca, can be combined with our Ayahuasca retreats of 3, 5 and 7 days.

Our group tours to the Inca Trail with sessions of meditation, yoga and proper nutrition for Ayahuasca, depart every Tuesday and Wednesday; and automatically connect with our group Ayahuasca retreats that start every Monday. In the case of people who wish to take a private tour of the Inca trail and Ayahuasca retreat, they can leave any day of the year. The 5-day preparation hike on the Inca trail and the Ayahuasca retreat of your choice, can be opened any day with at least 2 people.

Highlights of our Ayahuasca Preparation on the Inca Trail

  • Our exclusive itinerary gives you the possibility to enjoy the best of the classic Inca trail with sessions of meditation, yoga and proper diet for a satisfactory Ayahuasca ceremony.
  • Our 5-day itinerary allows us to use camps off the beaten track on the Inca trail.
  • We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
  • We have new, high quality and spacious, camping equipment.
  • We treat our porters as if they were our tourists; come see for yourself.
  • Prepare properly for your Ayahuasca retreat, under the guidance of specialists who will teach you to meditate, do yoga and provide you with an adequate diet.
  • We provide a meditation cushion and a mat to perform yoga.
  • Be part of our social and environmental projects.
  • With our unique itinerary; have the wonderful opportunity to see the citadel of Machu Picchu twice; at sunset and also at sunrise.
  • One day before visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu, take a shower and rest in a suitable bed to fully enjoy the lost city of the Incas.
  • In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.

Ayahuasca Preparation on the Inca Trail Trip Overview

  • Trek Type: Hiking, scenic, cultural, informative, meditation, yoga and Ayahuasca diet
  • Good for: Those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Season: From March 1st to January 31th
  • Consideration: Inca Trail permits required.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The hikers who travel to the Inca trail on Wednesday; will connect immediately the next day with any of our Ayahuasca retreats of 3, 5 or 7 days in the Amazon jungle of Cusco. And those who travel on Tuesday, will have 1 free day in Cusco before connecting with any of our Ayahuasca retreats.

DAY 1: CUSCO – PISCACUCHO OR KM 82 – TARAYOC – HATUNCHACA.

  • Elevation: From 2900 to 3000 meters
  • Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.2 miles (5 hours)
  • Considered: moderate
  • Meals:Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Warm and dusty.

Our guide specialized in treks to Machu Picchu will pick you up at 5 in the morning from the reception of your accommodation in Cusco. Then we will be driven in a private van for approximately 2 hours to kilometer 82. In this place, our expert trekking cook will prepare a nutritious and delicious breakfast suitable for an Ayahuasca ritual; Afterwards we will show our passports at the Piscacucho checkpoint and get ready for our first day on the Inca Trail. We will hike for 3 hours uphill to the Inca ruin of Llactapata, this ascent is gradual and moderate. Throughout this section our guide will make several stops to share interesting information about the medicinal bushes and the local population that we will observe along the way.

Upon arrival in Llactapata, our guide will provide us with interesting facts about the functionality and construction process of the archaeological complex. Later we will carry out our first meditation and yoga session on the Inca Trail (breath-based meditation). These two activities will last 30 minutes and prepare the body and mind to better receive the teachings of Ayahuasca. Then we will hike downhill for 45 minutes to the Tarayoc farmhouse, where we will enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch. After a stretching and digesting time of 30 minutes, we will hike for 1 hour and 30 minutes to our first camp, located in the town of Hatunchaca.

When we arrive at our first camp on the Inca trail, the tents will be already set up, our porters will give us a container with warm water, a small towel and liquid soap. After having some free time to clean up a bit and rest, we will have a meeting with hot chocolate and popcorn, where we will interact and begin to get to know each other better, later we will enjoy a delicious vegetarian dinner.

The highlights of the first day on the Inca trail: The beautiful mountainous landscapes of the sacred valley, the Inca ruin of Llactapata and the first sessions of yoga and meditation.

DAY 2: HATUNCHACA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA – DEAD WOMAN´S PASS – PACAYMAYU.

  • Elevation: From 3000 to 3600 meters
  • Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6 miles (6 to 7 hours)
  • Considered: Challenging
  • Meals:Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy.

Your guide will wake you up very early with a cup of hot coffee, after a few minutes our porters will bring us a bowl of warm water to wash our faces. After getting ready and eating a nutritious breakfast we will start with the most challenging day on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We will hike uphill for 5 hours through a cobblestone path, this section is surrounded by a beautiful Andean microclimate, known as the Andean dwarf forest; where we will observe old Yunca and Qeuña trees, which are important collectors of rainwater and humidity.

Upon arrival at Llulluchapampa, our cook will wait for us with fresh fruit juice and a nutritious lunch to replenish energy. After digesting for 30 minutes, we will ascend for 2 more hours to the highest point of our 5-day trek to Machu Picchu. This section is surrounded by the microclimate known as subalpine montane grassland and huge rugged mountains. Once we arrive at Dead Woman’s Pass, our guide will indicate the best angles to you take memorable photos of your loved ones. Then, we will also do a small ceremony to thank mother earth.

After having conquered the highest point of the Machu Picchu excursion, we will descend for 3 hours through a section surrounded by small bushes, orchids and endemic birds. Finally, we will arrive at the base camp of Pacaymayu, where we will spend the second night.

** The highlight of the day: the beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and huge mountains, after having conquered the highest point of the 5-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

DAY 3: PACAYMAYU – SAYACMARCA – CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA.

  • Elevation: From 3600 to 3650 meters
  • Hiking Distance: 13 km / 8.1 miles (6 to 7 hours)
  • Considered: Moderate
  • Meals:Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather:Warm and chilly.

After being surprised by a delicious and varied breakfast, we will hike uphill for 2 hours to the second highest mountain pass of the Inca Trail. During the ascent we will see amazing landscapes of the Pacaymayu valley and we will also visit the archaeological site of Runcurakay, which is halfway up the climb. Upon reaching the highest point, we will have a magical view of the beginning of the Amazon jungle, or better known as the cloud forest. From this point we will observe how the paved trail of the Incas enters from the Andean foothills towards the cloud forest of Machu Picchu. Then, we will hike downhill for 1 hour and 20 minutes to the Inca ruin of Sayacmarca; Place that we will explore from corner to corner with our tour guide. Sayacmarca has a balcony built by the Incas, with a panoramic view of the vast Aobamba valley. We will take advantage of this to conduct a guided relaxation meditation session with the sounds of birds and the forest (recordings of natural sounds).

Then, we will hike for 30 minutes through a section with small descents and small climbs to Chaquicocha, where we will have lunch. Once we have digested our food for 30 minutes, we will continue hiking through a fascinating section of the Inca trail. A path surrounded by endemic orchids and panoramic landscapes of the subalpine cloud forest. During this 1 hour and 30-minute stretch, our tour guide will share interesting info about the orchids, mosses, ferns, and dwarf palm trees that we will see in this unique microclimate of the Inca Trail. Finally, we will arrive at our camp located near the Inca ruin of Phuyupatamarca.

After resting a bit in our tents, we will take a 30-minute hike to an Inca observatory; place where we will do a MUNAY meditation with the sunset (Munay is one of the most powerful types of meditation for an Ayahuasca ceremony). From this place we will have a 360-degree view of the entire region, the Salkantay peak and the sacred Machu Picchu mountain. Upon returning from that impressive viewpoint of mountain of Machu Picchu, we will clean ourselves a little with the warm water, towel and soap provided by our super porters. After a delicious vegetarian dinner, we will observe the most important Inca constellations. This Inca trail camp has the best location for stargazing.

** Highlights of the third in the Inca trek to Machu Picchu: amazing views of the cloud forest, imposing Inca ruins, meditation session in front of Machu Picchu mountain and stargazing.

DAY 4: PHUYUPATAMARCA – INTIPATA – WIÑAYWAYNA – INTIPUNKU – AGUAS CALIENTES.

  • Elevation: From 3,650 to 2000 meters
  • Hiking Distance: 15 km / 8.3 miles
  • Considered: Moderate
  • Meals:Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Warm and humid.

In the morning we will wake you up with a cup of hot chocolate and on an empty stomach we will do a mindfulness meditation watching the sunrise. After breakfast, we will walk 10 minutes downhill to the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca. Place from where we will observe the Machu Picchu mountain in all its splendor and our guide will share interesting facts about the functionality of the Inca site 600 years ago. We will descend for 2 hours and 40 minutes to the agricultural terraces of Intipata; This section will introduce us completely to the beginning of the Amazon jungle. The possibilities of observing many medicinal species of plants and birds are second to none. Once we arrive at Intipata we will be amazed by one of the best views of the entire Inca Trail. In this magical place we will also have a guided Kundalini yoga session.

From Intipata we will descend for 40 minutes to the Inca ruin of Wiñaywayna, a place that we will explore from corner to corner and also where we will taste our last lunch prepared by our trek cook. After digesting our food, we will hike for 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Puerta del Sol; place from where we will observe for the first time the lost city of the Incas. Here we will have free time for each of us to do a contemplation session in front of Machu Picchu. This session will allow us to receive the energy of the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. We will hike downhill for 40 minutes to the Machu Picchu checkpoint, from where we will board a bus that will take us for 30 minutes to our hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu Pueblo or better known as Aguas Calientes, our guide will drop us off at our hotels and tell us the time to meet up for the night and enjoy a delicious organic and vegetarian dinner at a local restaurant. Our tour guide will also inform us about the plan to visit Machu Picchu the next day.

** The Highlights of Ayahuasca Preparation on the Inca Trail: the wonderful views from Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñaywayna, the first view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate and the Kundalini yoga session in one of the most beautiful places on the Inca trail.

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.

Meals included: Breakfast Only

To enjoy 100% and have plenty of time to explore, take pictures and guided tour at Machu Picchu; we suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes to the sacred Machu Picchu citadel. This bus trip will be of 30 minutes until reaching the Inca citadel at 6:15 am. more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this stunning spot. Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the prettiest places of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most amazing details of Machu Picchu.

Then, we take the bus back at more or less 12:30 pm. down to Aguas Calientes to have without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch time, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition service train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2-hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4-hour to Poroy (this is based on which train carriage you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy, an Ikaro Ayahuasca Retreat driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible.

** Without a doubt, these 5 days on the Inca trail will be a lifetime experience, in addition to optimally preparing you for your Ayahuasca retreat.

Included in the Ayahuasca Preparation on the Inca Trail

Professional local English speaker Guides: All our guides grew up in Cusco department and studied tourism for five years at Cusco’s university, they are charming, funny friendly, knowledgeable and professional. In addition to these qualities, our tour guides who carry out the treks to Machu Picchu; also have participated in Ayahuasca ceremonies. And they have been properly trained for meditation and yoga sessions.

Permits:  As soon as we have your personal information and your deposit, we will buy your tickets for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

Hotel: This 5-day Inca trail, includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.

Briefing: The night before your journey, you will come to our office for an informative briefing. You will be given your duffle bag that will carried by our porters while you are hiking. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.

Transportation: All transportation is included, the pick you up from your hotel. The transfer to km 82. The bus descent ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. The return train to Cusco and your drop off at the hotel.

Food: Our 5-day Ayahuasca preparation on the Inca Trail, includes expert hiking chefs who will cook delicious pre-diet meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let know it to your guide in the briefing meeting. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: Bring water for the first morning, then our cook provides you with boiled and filtered water every day after breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other Ayahuasca Retreats. Each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack covers to protect their daypack and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a physician and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Inca Trail, which every tour guide must attend. Your guide is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included in the Ayahuasca Preparation on the Inca Trail

Rentals: Because we are hiking for 5 days in a remote area, each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $20
  • Trekking Poles (Pair): $20

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Huayna Picchu

It is the most famous backdrop of Machu Picchu. It takes 1-hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will drop you off at the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional ticket that we must book in advance. The ticket is 75 USD per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain

It is the other mountain that stands behind Machu Picchu and in front of Huayna Picchu. As Huayna Picchu mountain, it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3-hour round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must book in advance. This ticket is also 75 USD per person.

Vistadome Train

This hike to Machu Picchu includes, the Expedition Train Service to come back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. There is also the Vistadome Train Service, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome Service is booked at 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is 40 USD extra per person.

Extra day at Machu Picchu

You will have 3 hours to explore the citadel of Machu Picchu on your own (it is not possible to stay longer due to the new Machu Picchu regulations). You have the schedules of 6, 7 and 8 am. to enter the citadel. Your return train will be at 2:55 pm or 3:20 pm. If you want to have a guided tour the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.

The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is USD 50 per person.

The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is USD 25 per person.

PRICES

Group Price (2022):

The prices are a little higher than the traditional classic Inca trail, due to this special itinerary, includes a hotel night in Aguas Calientes and extra porters to carry the necessary logistics for the yoga and meditation sessions.

$825 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

Two trekkers: $860 per person

Three trekkers: $855 per person

Four trekkers: $850 per person

Five trekkers: $845 per person

Six trekkers: $840 per person

Seven trekkers: $835 per person

Eight, or more, trekkers: $825 per person

Hotel:

We include a three (3) star hotel in Aguas Calientes and we rent, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person, if you wish a private room. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers, breakfast and Wi-Fi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, if you want any other hotel, just let us know

El Mapi: +80 USD shared (+$160 for a single)

Sumaq: +220 USD shared (+$380 for a single)

Solo travelers:

+ 50 USD per person

For those who want a single room in Aguas Calientes or travel alone, there is a 50 USD room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.

In the case of the rooms in the Ayahuasca retreat, these are shared by 2 participants.

Student Discount:

25 USD discount per person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the start of the trek or who is 17 years old or younger. For those using an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of your card or passport at the time of booking to receive the Machu Picchu discount.

Please send everything to [email protected]

Ayahuasca preparation on the Inca Trail Packing list

The Ayahuasca preparation on the Inca trail, includes porters who will carry your duffle bag while you hike. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during hikes.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport.
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbacks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the Classic Inca Trail hike is entirely stone surface.

For Your Duffel:

Our porters will carry 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

  • 5 wicking t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants
  • 5 sets of undergarments.
  • 5 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
  • 1 rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones; you might bring a towel a little larger.
  • Battery Charger: ¡There is no place to plug
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
  • Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least

Toiletries:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items you need to pack, are listed below:

  • passport.
  • Sunhat.
  • Sun cream.
  • Sunglass.
  • Headlamp.
  • Rain gear.
  • Fleece.
  • Snacks, which contain a quick source of sugar or caffeine.
  • Electrolytes, which are very useful to replace mineral salts lost when hiking.
  • Camera.
  • Music (IPhone).
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.

Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.

FAQ

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Ayahuasca preparation on the Inca trail?

We will pick you up will from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear and precise information of your hotel when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Ayahuasca preparation on the Inca trail?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days prior the trek for proper acclimatization. Upon arrival to Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to check the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining balance of your trek.

Reserve for the Ayahuasca preparation on the Inca trail?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Ikaro Ayahuasca Retreat. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of USD 200 per person. Once we have the deposit and all your details, we will book your permits. Once the Machu Picchu and Inca Trail permits are in our hands, we will send you, an invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Ayahuasca preparation on the Inca trail?

Only tour operators licensed by the government, such as IncaGo Expeditions, can acquire the corresponding tickets from the government. Once we have obtained your permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the Peruvian government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The Peruvian government will only allow the tour operator to change passport numbers, if you have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider appropriate, nevertheless you must take into account the location of the accommodation, as traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 10 years. Many roads are up to 500 years old; Especially near the main square, the roads are for pedestrians only. We will let you know if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel, we will arrange another nearby pickup spot. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Ikaro Ayahuasca Retreat sales representative.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

Yes, as the driven route to the Inca Trail checking point passes through the sacred valley of the Incas.

During the trip, how challenging is the Inca trail?

Depending on the hiking skills, this trek will be from moderate to challenging; remember, we will hike long distances every day and hike up to very high places. if rains, the stone trail could be slippery (don´t worry if you have good hiking boots). On the 4th and 5th day this area in warm, humid and with mosquitoes. It will be exhausting but it will be worth it, when you arrive at Machu Picchu, and so you will take your so awaited postcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about this incredible Inca citadel.

Will I need extra money on the Inca trail?

By all means, if you want to purchase some type of drinks, reminders or for tipping, take about 500 soles with you;

! also remember that along the Inca trail only cash is accepted¡.

How many people will be in my group in the Ayahuasca preparation on the Inca trail?

We require a minimum of 2 people for any trek, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our group tours that start every Tuesday and Wednesday; we can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 to 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience leading groups. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the Ayahuasca preparation on the Inca trail?

Of course, we always recommend hiking boots, since if rains the Inca trail can become a bit muddy and slippery; please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Inca trail?

At least for this trek we recommend the use of hiking sticks for everyone, especially for those hikers with knee problems or older people; there are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the trekking poles, either climbing or descending the stone bleachers.

Are there any toilets along the Inca trail?

Along the trail, there are cement toilets built by the Peruvian government; they are located every 3 to 4 kilometers along the Inca trail. Ikaro Ayahuasca Retreat also provides chemical toilets that are available to you at the lunch spot and at the camp. Please always carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

Can I use plastic bottles during the Ayahuasca Preparation on the Inca Trail?

Due to New government regulations for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any disappointment at the check points along the hiking path.

Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.

If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your trek, we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags. Let´s help to heal our planet Ayahuasca lovers.

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests. Also if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage

What should l expect from the weather on the Inca trail?

Historically in the Peruvian highlands, we have the dry season that goes from April to October and the rainy season that goes from November to March. Unfortunately, this pattern is changing a bit due to climate change. Be ready with your cap/hat and your bottle of sunscreen, because the solar radiation in Cusco during the day fluctuates between 16 and 18 points. And do not forget to bring warm clothes for the cold at night, since the temperature can drop as low as 0 ° C degrees Celsius.

Can Ikaro Ayahuasca retreat please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For Ikaro it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten free or any type of allergies. We have a team of cooks with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets. Also remember that we want to pamper you during this Machu Picchu hike and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our meals.

What Type of outlet is used in Cusco?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru, nowadays have the standard US output; however, in some local areas, there are still that of South America (that is why, power banks for the hike are encouraged to be brought).

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any hike to Machu Picchu. Although, we pay good salaries to our entire team, they always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not obligatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, hikers in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.