Essentially the Inca Trail is a mountainous jungle hike leading to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The 45km trek is usually covered in 4 days, arriving at Machu Picchu at daybreak on the final day. Our five-day pilgrimage is a spiritual journey for your mind, body and soul. With your expert mountain guide and Andean Shaman you will have a variety of rituals and ceremonies throughout the tour including offerings to Pachamama, Coca Readings and cermonies at the sacred sites along the Inca Trail. The 5 day version of the Inca Trail allows the traveler time to explore and enjoy the amazing archaeological sites, landscapes and nature along the way. There’s no need to speed through the stunning high-altitude Inca trail, we take the time to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. With different campsites along the route you can enjoy the Inca Trail away from the crowds.
The hikes average six to seven hours each day including time to explore the sites we pass through and to take in the unparalleled scenery. On the fifth morning we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and enter Machu Picchu for our guided tour of the site.
During this tour, you will have more time to ‘take it easy’ and explore the trail at your own pace (Inca Sites, flora, fauna, bird-watching etc.). You camp in places behind the normal campsites, where fewer people camp and as you are camping at higher altitudes, the views of mountains and sunrises are amazing. (Please note that due to the higher altitudes, these campsites are a little colder than those on the 4 day Inca Trail.) This tour is suitable for older people or for anyone who wants to walk at a more leisurely pace.
Day 1: Cusco – Patallacta
Early in the morning you will be met by their guide at the lobby of your hotel at the arranged time to take the private vehicle that will transfer you to Km 82 of the Rail Road to Machu Picchu, from where you will be met by your field stuff (Porters and Cooks) with all our equipment. From here we will start our hike to km 88, using a little visited portion of the Inca Trail following the right margin of the Urubamba River to then reach the bridge that will take us to Q’ente, located at Km 88 of the railroad to Machu Picchu. We will cross the bridge and hike for about 30 minutes to the first camp in Q’ente. Lunch will be served at campsite. After lunch, we will visit Machu Q’ente (one ½ hour hike) and Patallacta ruins,Patallacta Inca site. After time to enjoy landscape, we will pass Cusichaka river then we will arrive at Patallacta to camp. Camp. (L / D)
Day 2: Llactapata – Llulluchapampa.
Today is another relatively easy day. Most groups would be powering ahead along the Inca Trail today and would be heading over Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point on the trek and one of the hardest and longest climbs on the Inca Trail. We’re going to take things at a more leisurely pace and our goal for today is a campsite just before the pass, Llulluchapampa, this breaks the hardest stretch over two days making the climb significantly easier.
On the way to Llulluchapampa we’ll once again go off the beaten track to visit the least visited of all the sites on the Inca Trail, the Inca fort of Paucarcancha. As we climb up to Llulluchapampa we’ll pass through various biozones including the low sierra, cloud forest and the high puna. There are many opportunities to see a variety of plant and birdlife and if we are lucky we may also spot White Tailed Deer. Our campsite for the night is at 3800m / 12460ft. and just like before it is tranquil and quiet with most trekkers either camping in the valley below or on the other side of the pass.
Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Phuyupatamarca.
Today is our longest day and crosses two high passes; luckily for us we’re nearly at the first pass and once we’ve passed the second the walking is easy with very little ups and downs to contend with. Today sees some of the best views and scenery of the whole Inca Trail and includes visits to two Inca sites (Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca); with fantastic views of the high snow-capped peaks for most of the day and the cloud forest all around us today is by far the most visually stunning.
Our campsite for tonight is at Phuyupatamarca (3680m / 12073ft) from where we’ll get our first views of Machu Picchu mountain far in the distance (the site itself is hidden from view). The views of the sunset from here are fantastic and once again the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 major sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu Picchu itself late in the day. With only a short distance left to cover you’ll really have the opportunity to see these sites in detail and learn more about the Inca culture and Machu Picchu in preparation for your visit tomorrow. The area around these Inca sites is also rich in wildlife and with only a handful of people around on this stretch of trail at this time of day it is the perfect opportunity to try and spot some of the more elusive species.
The final stretch of the Inca Trail is completely deserted this time of day so our arrival to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) is perfect. With good light and very few tourists about we can get some great photos to the citadel from a distance before carrying on down. After we arrive to Machu Picchu, we’ll head down to Puente Ruinas (the campsite near Aguas Calientes) to be greeted by our porters for our last night camping together. We’ve made it!
. Camp. (B / L / D)
the night hotel at link bellow
Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
Round trip transfer from the airport hotel airport
Professional English/Spanish speaking guide.
Private transportation round trip to PISCACUCHO (km 82)
Entrance fees for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Transportation by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Vistadome Train 1 way
Last Dinner at Indio Feliz Restaurant
Last lunch at Sanctuary Lodge
Double Occupancy Tents
Camping Equipment: Bathroom tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables and comfortable mattresses
Porters to carry food, tents and cooking gear
Coffee breaks in the afternoons
First aid kit/Oxygen
Train ticket back to Cusco (Expedition Return Train)
What is not included?
Sleeping bag (can be hired from us)
Hot springs entrance
We recommended that you bring:
Personal Sleeping Bag (If you don’t have one, you can hire from us)
Backpack and Daypack
Hiking shoes or boots
Raincoat or poncho
Water bottle, flashlight, hat, sun block, sunglasses
Warm clothes, Light clothes, 4 pairs of socks
Chocolates, candies or other snacks
Camera + Film/Video camera (optional)
Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.
Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $75
Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $24.
With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.
** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in Expedition Train Service
**Pricing Per Person 2021
1 people US$1870 per person
2 people US$1150 per person
3 people US$1050 per person
4 people US$ 950 per person
5 people US$ 850 per person
6 people US$ 800 per person
7+ people US$ 775 per person
STUDENT DISCOUNT: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to [email protected]
Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00
ADDITIONAL ITEMS:As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $75 per person
Sacred Valley Tour:
City Tour: $
Maras Moray Tour:
Full Day Rainbow Mountain
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