Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N
The Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (also known as Camino Inca) is located in the Andes mountain range in Southern Peru. This epic trek, widely recognized as one of the top 10 in the world, passes through clouds forests and alpine tundras with spectacular scenery. Hikers will have an opportunity to see Incan ruins and settlements. The trail terminates at the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, a sacred citadel for the Inca civilization. This World Heritage site is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
It is a complete experience, with everything you could hope to see on the trail. The five days will allow you to move at a little more relaxed pace than the Classic Trek so you can take it all in. As you hike, moving through tropical forest to cloud forest, you will see an incredible variety of flowers like orchids, the Polilepis Incana (National Peruvian tree), and various animals. You will also learn about the history of the Incan people from our expert guides. Five days later, you will have walked 26 miles (45 km) and crossed passes as high as 4,200m. The highlight, of course, is when you reach the magnificent Machu Picchu.
- Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture
- Total Distance: 43KM/26 Miles
- Good For: Those who enjoy hiking and have a moderate level of fitness
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Considerations: Permit required
PRIVATE TOUR PRICES
- 1 person: $1520
- 2 persons: $1200
- 3 persons: $1100
- 4 persons: $990
- 5+ persons: $890
Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 82 - Llactapata
- Early morning pickup at your hotel in private van to Ollantaytambo.
- Continue by van to the Inca Trail check point at Km 82, where we will meet our porters and begin our trek.
- Starting at Km 82 we make our way along the banks of the Urubamba River, taking in views of the snow-capped peak Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft)
- We will stop at the Q’oriwayrachina Inca Trail checkpoint, crossing the Urubamba River at Q’ente (Optional visit to Wayna Q’ente and Llactapata archaeological sites)
- Upon our arrival at Patallacta we will have lunch and have the opportunity to explore the Patallacta archaeological site.
- We will return back to the campsite for dinner.
- Tonight’s camping will be in the middle of Patallacta, known for its Inca terracing.
Day 2: Inca Trail, Llactapata - Llulluchapampa
- After breakfast, we will begin our hike at a more leisurely pace toward Llulluchapampa, our destination this evening.
- We will be stopping for lunch at Wayllabamba which has beautiful views
- On the way to Llulluchapampa we stop at the least visited of all the sites on the Inca Trail, the Inca fort of Paucarcancha, which has well-preserved ruins and a sacred temple.
- Dinner at Llulluchapampa.
- Tonight we camp at a very scenic and less populated site (3,800m/12,460ft).
Day 3: Inca Trail, Llulluchapampa - Phuyupatamarca
- Today is our longest day which involves crossing two high passes. We will have a steady ascent up to Warmiwañusqa (Dead Women’s pass) at 4,200m/13,692ft, the highest point on the trek. This is one of the hardest and longest climbs on the Inca Trail.
- We descend on a restored portion of the Inca Trail down to the Pacaymayo River to then ascend again to the ruins of Runkuraqay, the second pass at 4,050m/13,200ft.
- From here we walk down to the site at Sayacmarca at 3,850m/12,551ft on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and the first signs of the cloud forest overlooking the Aobamba Valley.
- Lunch will be at Chaquicocha, a mountain in the cloud forest.
- We continue along the ridge with a view of Mt. Salkantay and Mt. Pumasillo.
- Walking along a flagstone trail we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (on the edge of the clouds) where we camp for the night.
Day 4: Inca Trail, Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
- Today we visit three major Inca sites, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna, before we finally arrive at Machu Picchu late in the day.
- Hiking through the Phuyupatamarca ruins on a flagstone trail we will descend into the cloud forest.
- Here we will see the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, built on a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River, where we have lunch.
- Our afternoon arrival at Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) is at the perfect time of day to capture the best photos of the citadel.
- We will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to our hotel. (Dinner not included, enjoy one the many restaurants in Aguas Calientes).
Day 5: Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu - Cusco
- After breakfast, we will take a half-hour bus ride to Machu Picchu for a information-packed, 2 ½ hour tour, where you will learn all about Andean life.
- You will have free time to wander around the citadel or climb Huayna Picchu (optional: we can help you book it in advance), the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with Inca structures at the top.
- We will return to the Aguas Calientes where you can have your choice of restaurants for lunch.
- After lunch we will take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and then the van back to Cusco.
INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP
For Your Transport:
- Pick-up and return to your hotel in Cusco by private van
- Private transport to Km 82 – Piscacucho (trek starting point)
- Round-trip train to and from Ollantaytambo
- Round-trip bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
For Your Safety:
- Pre-departure briefing (the evening before)
- Experienced, knowledgeable tour guides
- First-aid kit
- Oxygen cannisters (for emergency use)
- Boiled water (starting the 2nd day)
For Your Sustenance:
- Daily wake-up coca tea in your tent
- Delicious meals for the entire tour (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) + snacks (Please note: special diets accommodated if requested in advance)
- Professionally trained cooks and assistants
- Happy hour with maca tea and hot drinks every afternoon
For Your Comfort and Well-Being:
- Permits for Inca Trail Park and Machu Picchu Sanctuary
- Personal porter to carry 6 Kg of personal items including sleeping bag
- Porters to carry camping equipment, tents, table, stools and cooking gear
- Guided tours of seven Inca archaeological sites en route
- Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
- Two people per tent in spacious 4-person size tents
- Thick, inflatable sleeping mattress, sleeping bag (-10 degrees) pillows
- Biodegradable toilet tent system
- Two-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu with extra time for yourself
- Extra time to go to the Aguas Calientes hot springs or shop around the village
- Trekking poles – rental option US$25 for entire trek
- Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu
- Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, porters
- Single Tent Supplement (US$80)
- Day 1 breakfast, Day 4 dinner, Day 5 lunch and dinner
- Water on the first day
WHAT TO BRING
- Original passport (with more than 6 months from expiration).
- A daypack to carry your personal belongings (we provide a duffle bag for your personal porter).
- Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support.
- Sneakers or sandals for comfort while in camp.
- Warm clothes, fleece and layers for variable temperatures (especially at night).
- Thermal underwear to be worn in the sleeping bag in cold conditions.
- Gloves or mittens, scarf, three pairs wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights.
- T-shirts and trekking pants.
- Flashlight and head-lamp with extra batteries.
- Camera and extra batteries.
- Small size binoculars.
- Wide-brimmed hats, with a broad visor Sunscreen SPF30+
- Sunscreen SPF30+
- Lip balm and Insect repellent (50% DEET)
- Rain Gear: rain jacket or poncho
- Toiletries, toilet paper, moist towelettes
- Small towel
- Refillable water bottle
- Water purifying tablets (optional since we provide boiled water.)
- Bathing suit if you want to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Any medications you need from home
- Plastic bags (Ziploc)
- Trekking poles with plastic tips (metal tips are not allowed on the trail)
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