Inka Trail to Machu Picchu - 5 Days

Inka Trail To Machu Picchu

Inka Trail is a fascinating and unforgettable experience. It’s paved with blocks of with granite stone; has numerous stone stairways; tunnels and wooden bridges;paths across rivers, streams, beautiful valleys; warm cloud forests and cold highlands. All this vision makes the visitor meditate about the intellectual and grandeur of the Andean man; whose highest achievement was the Inca civilization. This trek is easy to moderate trek; it will take you through the Andes and the cloud forest of Machu Picchu National Park.

The Inka Trail treks were developed to promote the culture and the livelihood of the Incas.   This trip takes you to places of cultural interest and also to places which are naturally scenic. Besides the nature and culture the most interesting things is the home stay experience which is offered during the trek. This trek starts from a place called Pisqhakucho and ends at Machu Picchu.


Day 1: Wayllabamba at 3,000m

At 05:00 a.m, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and travel 3 hours to Pisqhakucho (begining point of the trek) and trek 11 km of distance. Today, we will visit Patallacta Inca ruins.

Day 2: Dead woaman pass at 4,200m

We’ll start the trek at 07:00 a.m; today will be the hardest day because the dead woman’s pass (4,200 masl). The trekking distance will be 11km.

Day 3: Phuyupatamarka camp

Today, we will explore the Inca ruins of Runkuraqhay and Sayacmarka; the trekking distance will be 13 km.

Day 4: Machu Picchu sun set

After we explore Phuyupatamarka Inca ruins, we’ll descend to Wiñayhuayna where lunch will be served; in the afternoon, we’ll head to Inti Punku or Sun gate and later to Machu Picchu from where we’ll take a bus to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel.

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Very early, we will take the bus up to Machu Picchu and we’ll explore with our expert guide. In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train.

Inka Trail To Machu Picchu five days comfort class is excellent for families with children and people with short experience in trekking; this program allows a better acclimatization to altitude and the daily walking distance is less than in the 4 day-trek; The Inka Trail To Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile, and the excursion is within the ability of most reasonably fit. It is 45km (26 mile) trek, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4,200 masl (13,776 ft).

The Inka Trail passes several smaller ruin sites, the first of which is Llactapata. Second day ascends the long steep path to Warmiwañusqha or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 masl or 13,776 ft) above sea level, this pass is the highest point of the trek. The second pass of the trek is at 4,000 masl where on clear days, we’ll enjoy superb views of the snow-capped mountain range of Vilcabamba. The Inka Trail was a perfect road system that began in Quito, Ecuador, passed through Cusco, and ended in what is now Tucuman – Argentina.

Day 1
Cusco – Pisqhakucho (km 82) – Wayllabamba

The five-day Inka Trail To Machu Picchu begins once we’ll pick you up from your hotel at 05:30 a.m and board our tourist bus to Pisqhakucho or (km 82); the bus journey will take 3:30 hours approximately with amazing views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas; two hours after, we will arrive to the village of Ollantaytambo where you can enjoy your breakfast and purchase some items for the trek; don’t forget some coca leaf for the altitude and leave your K’intu (offering) at the dead woman’s pass.

From Ollantaytambo, we’ll continue one hour along the Sacred Valley until Pisqhakucho or km 82. Once we arrive, we must check the permits and the entrance to the Inca Trail as well your passport. After we pass the control point, we’ll start trek steeply up for five minutes and then undulating trail for 3 hours until Patallacta (Up city) Inca ruins; this section of the Inca Trail runs through mountainous valley with the presence of different type of cactus and flowers; along the trail, we will pass small huts where local families live, we will see many farming lands of corn.

Patallacta was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingham at 1915, here still exist great terracing system that was used during Inca times for growing maize; a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands; here you will hear history from the Guide; then continue through the Cusichaca Valley for two hours until Hatunchaka (long bridge) where our lunch will be served. After lunch, we will continue 1:30 hour to wayllabamba (3,000 masl) camp

Meals: L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum altitude: 3,000m

Minimum altitude: 2,750m

Distance of trekking: 11km

Approximate trekking time: 6 -7 hours.

Day 2
Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo

We’ll leave the camp at 07:00 a.m before the sun warms up. The hike of today will be for 11km we will trek over Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 masl).

From Wayllabamba, the trail continues through a dense vegetation of polylepis family trees where you can see birds and hummingbirds. In this part of the trail, you will be rewarded by stunning views of the high mountains forest, rivers and waterfalls. After 3 hours of hike from Wayllabamba, we will arrive to Lluchapampa (3,800 masl) where we will stop to have lunch and use toilets, after that we’ll continue 2:30 hours uphill through several steps most of them placed recently to protect the mountain from erosion.

From Lluchapampa to the pass, there are not tall trees because the altitude you will see mountain covered with straw. Ones we arrive to Dead woman’s Pass (4,200 masl) you will be rewarded by super views down several valley and up surrounded mountains covered with snow; after a good rest and after you finish with your pictures, we will descend for 3 hours by the restored Inca Trail until Pacaymayo camp (3,600 masl)

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum altitude: 4,200 masl

Minimum altitude: 3,600 masl

Distance of trekking: 11km

Approximate trekking time: 7-8 hours

Day 3

After breakfast, we’ll leave the camp at 07:00 a.m and continuing the hike on the original Inca Trail still well preserved after 500 years. Today, we will hike 13km we will trek over the second pass (4,000 masl) and camp at Phuyupatamarka (3,600 masl).

From Pacaymayo camp, you could see the snow mountain of “La Veronica” (5,750 masl); the trail continues uphill through several Inca steps until the second pass; we will stop at the half way to visit Runkuraqhay Inca Ruins. From the pass, we’ll descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, Squares and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba Valley.

The Inca Trail continues with spectacular structure of white granite paving stones, continue along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colourful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass, we’ll camp by pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms, overlooking the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town) and the Vilcabamba Mountain range from which the Salkantay Mountain (6,271 masl) is the highest.

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum altitude: 4,000 masl

Minimum altitude: 3,600 masl

Distance of trekking: 13 km

Approximate trekking time: 6 – 7 hours

Day 4
Phuyupatamarka - Machu Picchu - "Aguas Calientes"

Today, we will hike 10km and most of the trail is down and will be warm day because the trail runs through the cloud forest. Be prepared to see subtropical insects and animals.

After breakfast, we’ll continue few minutes down to Phuyupatamarka (town over the clouds) Inca Temple; at this place, you will see water fountains still working after 500 years also you will see altars where the Incas placed offering of great beauty; your guide will explain you the history of this temple located on top of the rocky mountain and where the water springs is located. Then, we’ll continue approximately 3,200 steps down through the cloud forest where you can see a large quantity of birds and hummingbirds, as well flowers.

After 3 hours of hike, we will arrive to Wiñayhuayna (Young Forever) which was discovered by Archaeologist Julio C. Tello at 1942, we will explore it and learn about the construction techniques, then we will have lunch and in the afternoon, we’ll continue to trek to Intipunku or Sun gate from where we will enjoy the sunset over the stunning Machu Picchu. From here, we’ll continue descending 40 minutes down to Machu Picchu. Here is the best spot to contemplate in the total dimension the harmony that exist here, the footprints of a great civilization ruled by love, kindness and respect to the mother nature, the mixture of the nature and human work inspired and dedicated to our humankind creator. After that, we will take bus for 25 minutes down to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel.

Meals: B -L

Maximum altitude: 3,600 masl

Minimum altitude: 2,000 masl

Distance of trekking: 10km

Approximate trekking time: 6 -7 hours

Day 5
"Aguas Calientes" - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We’ll get up early (04:30 a.m) and have your breakfast at 05:00 a.m be ready and take the early bus up to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise and for the guided tour in the most and remarkable Temples and areas of Machu Picchu. The tour will be for two hours approximately and after this you will have free time to explore by yourself.

Machu Picchu the “Lost City of the Incas” was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingham at 1911 and now it’s the new wonder of the word, Machu Picchu was constructed at XV century during the time of Pachacutec Inka Emperor (IX-Inca’s Dynasty).

After you finish with your exploration of Machu Picchu, our joining point will be at the town of “Aguas Calientes” to enjoy the lunch and in the afternoon, we will take the train to Ollantaytambo train station from where you will transferred to your hotel in Cusco by bus.

The Trip Cost includes

  • Transportation: Transfer from your hotel in our Tourist bus to Piscakucho (km 82), starting point of the trek - bus down and up from Machu Picchu to "Aguas Calientes". Tourist train expedition class from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo. Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Entrance Fee: For Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 hot lunches, 3 hot dinners and delicious meals; food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, we'll provide available boil water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people).
  • General Porters: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears.
  • Extra porter. To carry your personal belongs 6 kilos in baffle bags that we provided.
  • Chef and chef's assistant
  • Camping Equipment: We provide 4 season tents, four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the and porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • Other Items: first-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

The price Not Includes

  • Breakfast: Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, we'll stop at the town of Ollantaytambo where you can have breakfast and purchase some items for the hike.
  • Meals: Dinner and Lunch in the town of "Aguas Calientes" on the final day, you must consider a budget from US$15.00 to US$25.00 for each meal. Entrance to the thermal baths in "Aguas Calientes" (optional) US$ 3.00
  • Sleeping Bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 20.00 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Tips for the staff.

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Price From USD 890 USD $ 850/person
Total $ 850 USD

Trip Facts

  • Bus, Trekkig and Train
  • min: 2 - Max: 12
  • Max: 4200masl
  • Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Any time with 2 pax min.
  • 45km
  • Cusco hotel
  • Moderate to challenge
  • Camping and Hotel

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