Machu Picchu Inca Trail 5D/4N
Machu Picchu Inca Trail, it is the best option to know the Inca route, you will be able to camp in historical places attractive cultural and natural.
The 5 day Inca Trail is a ideal for families with kids or anyone who would like be on the Inca Trail with fewer crowds, take a little more time for the trek and camp at the best campsites.
Overview – Machu Picchu Inca Trail
DAY 1 – Cusco – Km 82 – Llactapata – Huayllabamba
- Inca trail briefing the night before of your trek
- Pick up from your hotel
- Drive to Km 82 – Breakfast with great views of the Inca Trail
- Inca sites of Kanabamba – Llactapata
- Lunch at 1.00pm
- Walking distance 11 km
- Trail head elevation 2720 m
- Camp site elevation 2950 meters
DAY 2 –Huayllabamba – Dead Women’s Pass – Pacas Mayo
- Total distance: 10 km (7.376 miles)
- Estimated walking time: 6 hours
- Maximum altitude point: 4,215 m (13,821 ft)
- Campsite altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)
Day 3 – Pacas Mayo – Chaquikocha – Phuyupatamaraka
- Visiting two existing Inca sites – Runkuracay – Sayacmarca (normally inaccessible Inca ruins)
- Total distance: 13 km (8.136 miles)
- Estimated walking time: 9 hours
- Maximum altitude point: 4,000 (13,123 ft )
- Campsite altitude: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)
Day 4 – Phuyu Patamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes town
- Explore the amazing Inca sites – Phuyu Patamaraca (village above the clouds) Intipata (terraces of the sun) Wiñay Wayna (forever young)
- Total distance: 11 km (6,14 miles)
- Estimated walking time: 5 hours
- Maximum altitude point: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)
- Hotel altitude: 2,000 m (6,561 ft)
- Hotel is 2 star, optional upgrade to any hotel you’d like, just tell us
Day 5 – The most important day – Machu Picchu
- Wake up early
- Breakfast at hotel
- Bus up to Machu Picchu
- Enjoy the sun rise (weather allowing)
- Guide tour of 2 hours
- Climb to Huayna Picchu ( book it in advance $ 65 )
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Take afternoon train to Ollantaytambo + bus to Cusco and your hotel in total will be 4 hours.
- Train times 2.55 pm, 4.45 pm or 6.45 pm depending of the availability on Peru Rail.
- End of our trek machu picchu inca trail.
ITINERARY – Machu Picchu Inca Trail
Day 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 82 – HATUNCHACA
We depart Cusco at 5.00am in a private transport, which will drive us to km.82, the starting point of the Inca Trail. We start our hike walking along the left shore of the Urubamba River following the trail along a flat terrain to the community of Miskay (2800m/9184ft). The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta which was an Inca checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. After our arrival close to Patallacta we make our way down in to the canyon to a great lunchspot and can enjoy the views of Patallacta. From Patallacta we carry on along the trail, taking things easy and enjoying the scenery and the stories your guide tells you. It´s about a 2 hour walk to get to our camping site at the village Hatunchaka (3300 meters). End of the first day of machu picchu inca trail.
Total distance: 12 km (7.800 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,600 m (8,692 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3000 m (9,842 ft)
Day 2: HATUNCHACA – DEAD WOMAN’S PASS – PACAYMAYO
We wake up early to begin our ascent to Dead Woman´s Pass, the views as we make our way up are fantastic with beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and the cloud forest all around us. This first stretch is the most difficult part of the trek, it consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km and brings us to the first mountain pass in the Inca Trail, Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s pass). Luckily we only climb half way up the pass as we have plenty of time to get to our destination. We have a stop at Llulluchapampa to relax and to buy any last essentials that you need and if we´re lucky we may see deer and falcons in this area. From Llulluchapampa the landscape changes from cloud forest to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation) and we have the chance to spot domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu (one of the few plants that grow at that altitude). It´s about a 2 hour walk up to the pass where we can enjoy the beautiful panorama and enjoy a refreshing cup of coca tea. After we´ve made it to the pass it´s now all downhill for the rest of the day, after about 2 hours we´ll stop for lunch and then have a free afternoon in the Pacaymayo valley.
Total distance: 10 km (7.376 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,215 m (13,821 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)
Day 3: PACAYMAYO – RUNCURACCAY PASS- SAYACMARACA RUINS- PHUYUPATAMARCA
After breakfast, we continue our hike up the opposite side of the valley as we make our way towards the second pass on the trek. Along the way we have fantastic views of waterfalls and flora and fauna all around. Half way up we stop to have a quick visit to the Inca site of Runcuraccay (an Inca watchtower) and to catch our breath before we continue our climb to the pass (4000 meters). From the pass we once again begin our descent heading back in to the cloud forest. After about an hour we arrive to Sayacmarca, one of the most beautiful ruins on the Inca Trail where we´ll have a guided tour for about an hour. From Sayacmarca we continue on down to our lunch spot at Chaquicocha (dry lake) where you can see some of the fantastic flora and fauna the Inca Trail has to offer. From Chaquicocha onwards we walk along Inca flat (gradual inclines) as we make our way towards our final campsite Phuyupatamarca (3680 meters). This area of the Inca Trail is stunning with beautiful views of the Vilcabamba mountain range in the distance and abundant flora and fauna all around. It´s about 2 hours walk to our campsite and on arrival we´ll get our first view of Machu Picchu mountain and the Urubamba river far below us. We´ll settle in to our campsite and have the chance to explore the Inca site and as the sun goes down we can enjoy the beautiful sunset over the snow-capped peaks.
Total distance: 13 km (8.136 miles)
Estimated walking time: 9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,000 (13,123 ft )
Campsite altitude: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)
Day 4: PHUYU PATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA – SUNGATE – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES
Today, we might have the chance to enjoy one of the most spectacular sunrises on the Inca Trail .After breakfast you´ll have to start our way down the long descending stone steps which will lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft) which is where we will camp for the night. As we near the bottom of the staircase we´ll take a sidepath of the main route to visit the site of Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). We´ll spend some time at Intipata to have a look around and then continue on to Wiñaywayna. After our visit we will have the last lunch with our porters and say good bye to them. It is a tradition on the Inca Trail to have a thanking ceremony for all the hard work the porters and cooks have put in and if you want you can leave a tip for them in this moment. After we´ve said goodbye to our team we carry on to the Sun Gate (Intipunku) from where we´ll get our first views of Machu Picchu. It takes about an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle to reach the Sun Gate and it is about another hour down to the site itself. On arrival we´ll have a chance to enjoy the sunset and to see Machu Picchu without any crowds before taking the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will check in to our hotel.
Total distance: 11 km (6,14 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,000 m (6,561 ft)
Hotel Included: Inti Punku Inn (can be upgraded)
Day 5: THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY (THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS) – CUSCO
We wake up early and board one of the first buses which will take us up to Machupicchu to enjoy the sunrise at the citadel (if the weather allows). These buses are first come, first serve and start at 5:30AM. You´ll have a 2 hour tour of the Inca citadel and then have some free time to walk around and explore. If you have purchased permits for Huaynapicchu, your guide will show you where this climb begins and it will take you 45 minutes to the top and another 45 back down. This does need to be booked in advance and costs $65 per person. When you are done with the citadel, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes on your own and meet for our last lunch in town. Lunch with your group is optional and not included in the trek cost. You will then take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo where we get our private bus back to Cusco and drop off is back to your hotel.
End of our trek machu picchu inca trail.
- What is included in your trek Machu Picchu Inca Trail?
- Briefing day before the departure.
- Pick up from your hotel by your tour guide
- Bus drive to Km 82 with spectacular views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail National Park
- Entrance fee for Machu Picchu Archaeological Sanctuary
- Superb porters to carry the equipment, tents, food, cooking gear, and dining tents
- Permits and entrance fees for our porters and cooks
- Pillows (small)
- 4 breakfasts, 4 snacks, 4 lunches, 3 happy hours, and 3 dinners. All of these meals are prepared by our cook and his assistant
- Coca tea each morning in your tent for a gentle start
- Boiled water after breakfast, lunch and dinner to refill your water bottles
- Happy hour including mate de coca and locally grown coffee which is prepared by our cook
- Snacks every morning
- Oxygen tank and first aid kit
- Vegetarian food and specialized diets on request
- 2 people per tent (Very comfortable tents, clean, waterproof)
- Inflatable sleeping pads.
- Private, portable toilet tents for only your group to use
- Dining + kitchen tent, camping tables, chairs and all the dishes
- 2 hrs guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes village
- Tourist train return to Ollantaytambo then by bus to Cusco
- Taxes included
- Rain Ponchos
- Sleeping Bag (you can rent from Nig Adventures)
- Trekking poles (you can rent from Nig Adventures)
- Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes “Machupicchu town” (10 soles)
- Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
CHECKLIST – Machu Picchu Inca Trail
- Original passport
- ISIC card if it is applicable (needs to be sent at the time of your booking)
- Day Pack
- Sleeping bag (you can rent from Nig Adventures)
- Hiking boots and sandals (very important)
- Trekking poles (you can rent from Nig Adventures)
- Warm clothes : layers for variable temperatures, especially at night.
- Thermals : Gloves / scarves : wool socks / wool hat for cold nights: About 4
- T-shirts for the entire trek
- Head lamp (very important)
- Camera and extra batteries
- Personal medical kit
- Insect repellent
- Rain Gear: a good rain jacket and rain pants and plastic rain poncho.
- Toilet Paper
- Small towel
- Camel bag – if not you can take plastic bottle
- Extra money for drinks, tips & souvenirs (soles or dollars).
- Bathing suits for the hot springs (options) – recommended for those who stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu Inca trail 5D/4N
$745 per person
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- Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) – $35
- Under 18 Discount – $35
- Sleeping Bag (4 season) – $25 (Maximum size 1.95m / 6´4″)
- Pair of Walking poles – $20
IMPORTANT NOTES – Machu Picchu Inca Trail
NEED A PERMIT: In order to book your Inca Trail treks, the Peruvian authorities cap the number of Machu Picchu Inca Trail trekking permits to 500 per day. Everyone entering the trail needs a permit including the trekker, guide, porters and other support staff. Permits often sell out several months in advance and you must book well ahead to secure your place. When you fill in our booking form you must fill in alternative start dates that are possible for you to begin the trek and these have to valid. If your preferred date is sold out we will use one of these alternative dates for your permit. Once we purchase your permit from the National Park office, you are 100% confirmed to start this day, this date cannot be changed. Permits are completely non-refundable or transferable, so please make sure the date you booked is a good date to start this adventure.
HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people can climb this mountain so it needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $65 per person (read our Huaynapicchu sidebar about why this cost). It is recommended to climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. It is recommended to have this booked about 2 months in advance to secure your permit.
FOOD ON THE TREK: Definitely one of the highlights of the tour is the food. It is always fresh and most of it is organic. There is always a lot to eat and lots of options including vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and other types of protein and carbohydrates. Everyone sits down to eat together and we go out of our way to accomodate all dietary requirements including vegetarian options and any food allergies. We do not provide any alcoholic drinks on the trek but if you would like you can bring your own.
OUR EQUIPMENT: We provide 4 man tents for only 2 people and foam mattresses for everyone. Our dining equipment includes a spacious dining tent, tables and chairs, plates and utensils. We do NOT supply sleeping bags, air mattresses or walking sticks, but all can be rented from Nig Adventures. We bring an extra blanket for all our hikers for those especially cold nights. Just ask and your guide will provide you with this.
OUR GUIDES, COOK AND PORTERS: All of them are amazing, helpful, caring, and great people to be around with. Our guides speak good English and are patient and very informative. Our cooks provide amazing family style food for you and our porters and everyone is impressed with what they can whip up in the middle of the mountains. Your porters will carry everything for you which makes your trek as easy and comfortable as possible, thanks to them you will finish your trek and have a great time ata machu picchu inca trail.