Inca Trail 5 Days
This Inca trail 5 days to Machu Picchu offers the most beautiful portals to the cultural richness. The cultural history of the inca culture, ancient stone temples, stunning colorful verdant vistas which is the home of hundreds birds and mammals, and many historical landscapes all come together in this area. So hiking the inca trail 5 days will transport you to a whole mystical world where you are truly entrenched with the inca legacy, teeming with bewitching legends and history, and beautiful terrain of the open mountain plains.
This enhanced option to reach the famed citadel by foot along the original Inca trail adds a special way to explore the trail which takes you deeper into the culture, nature, and the freedom to roam. With significance to feel the travel essence, this adventure makes and adds a special and unique perspective to this mystical experience.
Group Size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
Service Level: Upgraded
- Trek in a high Andean realm. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents (Black Diamond tents).
- Your own private guide, porters, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
- Explore trail-side archaeological sites that only Inca Trail hikers have access to.
- Hike to Machu Picchu on mystical, stone-paved paths built by the Incas.
- Enter Machu Picchu on foot through the Gate of the Sun, as the Incas once did.
- Trek 5-8 miles per day, fully supported; carry only day packs.
- Enjoy the comfort of our famous Inca Trail camping services, the best on the trail!
- Spend the last day at Incomparable Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
- Direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco, managed by locals.
Physical Grading: 1 2 3 4 5 6
STRENUOUS: Full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 14,500 feet are in this category.
Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Camping, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures.
Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.
- 3 star Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town / Machu Picchu Town.
Price: From US$ 900/ 5 Days per person.
The price is subject to a hotel *** in Machupicchu town; however, you want to have four-start or five-start hotel we would provide you that class hotel, so you would add the difference to the total balance. Besides the price is subject on two-person. Whether you would like to take a private service, our service would increase in US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.
Student with a valid ISIC student ID: US$ 880; Children under seven years of age receive a 10% discount. Children between 7 and 15 years pay the student price, but must show a copy of their passport.
We need a minimum of two people to run the tour. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 12 people. To ensure a private tour with us, our price increases US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.
Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here.
Limited Spaces: YES. To protect the historical trail, the number of people allowed to hike the Inca Trail each day is limited to 500. That is why, you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.
Acclimatization: Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Inca trail 5 days.
DAY 1, CUSCO – PISKACUCHO KM 82 – LLAQTAPATA -WAYLLABAMBA
We pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco and take two and a half-hour total drive through the Sacred Valley to the beggining of the trail which is Piskacucho KM 82 ( 2,720 m/ 8,923 feet). On the half drive in Ollantaytambo at plenum heart of the sacred valley we will stop to have breakfast(this first breakfast is not included in your package tour), then we keep driving for one-hour to get the beggining of the inca trail; in which, we will stop at main checkpoint to register, for this, you must bring your original passport and that way you will get your passport stamp of the inca trail. Once we pass the main checkpoint we will walk about three-hour to lunch spot of Miskay through the inca trail, this part of the trail is mostly flat, and on this part of the path we will see the first incan site known as Kanabamba, and shortly there after we arrive at Miskay in which we will have a delicious lunch enjoying picturesque sceneries around us, e.g. farther away the Veronica snow-capped mountain (Waqaywillka), once we finish to have our lunch we will have time to take a super nap or siesta, afterwards we walk valley up for three and a half-hour to the first campsite, called Wayllabamba located at an altitude of 9,745 feet / 2980 m. About this first day the most interisting place to see from above section, is Llaqtapata (incan site which is comprised of temples, palaces, terraces), that was used as nexus point between the cities from jungle side and the cities from highlands during the incan empire. When we arrive to our first campsite we will find it, everything ready such as: our tents already set up, our duffel bags, our thermal rest inside the tents, warm water in small vats to wash our hands and face, and the special one is, when we arrive at campsite we will be so welcomed and so clapped by our porters; after a while we will have our tea time where we enjoy delicious local tea, local empanada, popcorn, etc, accompanied by hot chocolate, organic coffee from the jungle of Cusco. Eventually, we are finishing the day having a great novo-andean dinner; after all, we pass to our tents to have a great rest. Weather: moderate and/or mild.
DAY 2, WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU
The second day is the most challenging, This morning after having a great breakfast we continue hiking on the inca trail, the path is uphill until getting the Deadwoman Pass ( 13,784 feet/ 4215 m) which is the highest point on the inca trail, as we hike to this pass, we will get in different ecotones ( a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities “ecosystems”), befote to crown the summit we have lunch at place known as Llulluchapampa, so using that lunch’s energy to fulfill the summit, when we will have made it, we will take a well-deserved break to enjoy the sceneries around, from this highest point we walk downhill to get the second campsite called Pacaymayu. At the arrival, we will be welcomed warmly with claps by our porters, after a while tea time, eventually dinner.
DAY 3, PACAYMAYU – PHUYUPATAMARKA
Early in the morning we take our breakfast, then to keep walking uphill on the inca trail until we reach the socond pass called Runkuraqay 13,015 feet/ 3980 m, this third day as distinct from the other previuos days, you will enjoy several incan sites (Runkuraqay, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarca) where you get a rich information on history and the importance of each incan site, and we get the high jungle a proper cloud forest jungle, as we hike to the third campsite we will see couple of gorgeous orchids. About midday we will have lunch at place called Chaquiqocha. Later, we will reach Phuyupatamarka, translated to “ a place upon the clouds,” ( 3,650 m / 11,935 feet), from this camp site we will have awesome views around, as the location of the camp site is on the mountain. At the arrival, we will be welcomed warmly with claps by our porters, after a while tea time, eventually dinner.
DAY 4, PHUYUPATAMARKA – WIÑAYHUYNA – MACHUPICCHU TOWN
The most important day, because that day, it is the day of llaqta(city) MACHU PICCHU; thus in the morning we will wake up with hot coca tea, and right away to enjoy the sunrise, we will have breakfast afterward we will start to walk to Machu Picchu, on the way we will stop at each incan temple such as: Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Wiñayhuana; this day we will have lunch at place called Wiñayhuayna thereafter to walk for one and half-hour to the Sungate, when we arrive to this place, there is no way to describe the feeling of the first sights of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, the astonishing llaqta (city) appears in front of you. this day, all the sores, and the other uneasiness of the trek are transformed in happiness, because we will be iluminated by the energy, that way we will be entering in the wonder; eventually, after walking about fourty five minutes from the Sun Gate, we will have arrived to the new seven wonder of the world, where the masterpiece is combined in one element with thounsands of elements to have a brilliant combination and perfection. in which, all our dreams will come reality. We will seal our feat with an epic picture with Machu picchu at the background, after a while we will go to the checkpoint from where to take the bus to Machupicchu town(Aguas Calientes town), where we will make our check-in at the hostal, about 7:00pm we will go to a restaurant to have dinner, eventually we will go back to the hostal and we will sleep.
DAY 5, GUIDED TOUR AT MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today is the day of Machu Picchu, after having the breakfast that is organizad at the hostal we will go to the bus station to take the bus to Machu picchu inca city. The morning is dedicated to explore the extraordinary Machu Picchu, where your guide will give you a thorough three-hour tour. Following your tour, you will have time for yourself before taking the bus to Aguas Calientes town. If you have booked a Waynapicchu mountain ticket so you will have time to climb up the mountain after the tour; however, it depends of the spaces availability for that date, more info see Waynapicchu option. In the afternoon you have to take the bus from Machu Picchu inca city back to Aguas Calientes town( Machu picchu town), then to take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, where our transfer will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel in Cusco.
NOTE ON ITINERARY
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather and terrain conditions.
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° – 75° F with evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30s and 40s. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of precipitation. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are above 13,829′ so guests should be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
PERU SUMMIT INCLUDES
- Transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
- Entrance fee to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
- One night hotel in Machupicchu town.
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Bus tickects up and down in Machupicchu town.
- Train ticket back to Cusco at the end of our journey.
- Camping Equipment 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
- Sleeping pads (Therma-Rest mattress)
- Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
- Private bus from the train station to hotel in Cusco.
- Inca Trail English guide, Our guides are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
- First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
- Meals: Breakfast (4), lunch (4), dinner (3), and snacks.
- A professional Quechua chef who grew up in the countryside, and several Quechua Porters who will carry the equipment.
PERU SUMMIT DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Sleeping bags, (US$5 per day sleeping bags you might get them rented from us).
- Hiking poles (US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand), you might get them rented from us.
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Gratuities for the guides, porters, and other staff.
- Travel Insurance.
- Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
- Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
- Travel insurance (and some copies).
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Sleeping bag liner.
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
- Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Torch or headlamps.
- Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers.
- Ear Plugs.
- Thermal underwear.
- Hiking socks.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Crédit or debit card.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).