Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Private Service 5D / 4N

The Tour 5 Day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is the most beautiful trail to Machu Picchu citadel. In the Incan times, just high-class people or important people made it. Besides, more than... [...]

Highlights

The Tour 5 Day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is the most beautiful trail to Machu Picchu citadel. In the Incan times, just high-class people or important people made it. Besides, more than 350 species of orchids so far cataloged in the sanctuary (which are the most beautiful) diversified and evolved flowers in the vegetable kingdom. Fauna with numerous species of insects, reptiles, birds and mammals, the most representative of this area – the spectacled bears( tremarctus ornatus).

Similarly, The trail goes over the high passes (4200m), grasslands with unforgettable views of the magnificent mountains, through the cloud forests, and finally into the subtropical vegetation arriving on the final day to Machu Picchu.

  • Level of difficulty: (low, medium, high): medium

OVERVIEW 5 DAY INCA TRAIL

DAY 1: CUSCO TO Km 82 (WITH A PRIVATE BUS) – Km 82 TO WAYLLABAMBA (12 Km)

  • Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2720 m. / 8923 ft.
  • Highest Elevation – 3000 m. / 9842 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3000 m. / 9842 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYU (11 Km)

  • Walking Distance – 11km / 6.83 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3000 m. / 9842 ft.
  • Highest Elevation – 4200 m. / 13779 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3580 m. / 11700 ft.
  • Difficulty: challenging

DAY 3: PACAYMAYU TO PHUYUPATAMARCA (10,5 Km)

  • Walking Distance – 10,5km / 6.52 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3580 m. / 11700 ft.
  • Highest Elevation – 4000 m. / 13123 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3680 m. / 12073 ft.
  • Difficulty: challenging

DAY 4: PHUYUPATAMARCA TO MACHU PICCHU (10 Km)

  • Walking Distance – 10km / 6.21 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3680 m. / 12073 ft.
  • Highest Elevation – 3680 m. / 12073 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2050 m. / 6561 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO TO Km 82 (WITH A PRIVATE BUS) – Km 82 TO WAYLLABAMBA (12 Km)

Firstly, Pick up from your hotel is very early in the morning (between 6.00 am, and 6:30 am). Once we’ve left Cusco by private bus we’ll drive through the famous Sacred Valley (Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo) and will arrive after about 2 ½ hours at “km 82”, which is the start point of the trail. Certainly, On our way from Cusco to km 82, our bus usually stops for around 40 minutes in Ollantaytambo to allow our customers to have breakfast or to buy something else (snacks, drinks, etc.). After that, Having arrived at km 82 at around 10:30 am you are going to cross the Urubamba river and follow the left bank of the river for about 1 ½ hour.

The first little climb will be to Wilka Rakay. Subsequently, from here there is a spectacular view of the Inca site Patallapta and the Kusichaca Valley. The subsequent descent down to the Kusichaca river is straightforward. On the way to our first campsite, there are great views of the Urubamba mountain range with the snow-capped peak Veronica (5’750 m, Wakay Wilka). Then, We’ll follow Kusichaca Valley for approximately 7km up to Wayllabamba (3,000 m/9,842 ft), where we will spend our first night.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Wayllabamba

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYU (12 Km)

After an energetic breakfast, we will start climbing up for about 1 hour to Tres Piedras (The Three Stones). A little farther, we will enter into the beautiful cloud forest. After having trekked for around 2 hours through spectacular vegetation, we will reach the tree lines and Llulluchapampa at 3’750m. Here we will stop to have a short break with some tea or coffee and some sandwiches to regain your strengths. You’ll need them for the next 1 ½ hours of hiking that will bring us to the highest point of the Inca Trail hike– Abra de Warmihuañusca or dead woman pass (4’200 m).

The predominant flora of this part of the inca trail is the vast grassy land that you’ll cross when getting closer to the pass. So, Once we have reached the summit of the pass, we’ll celebrate all together for having completed the most challenging part of the Inca Trail trek. The following 2-hour descent will bring us to the base camp in Pacaymayo (3’600m) where we will spend the second night.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Pacaymayu

DAY 3: PACAYMAYU TO PHUYUPATAMARCA (10.5 Km)

The third day starts with a 40 minutes hike up from Pacaymayo to Runkurakay. These small ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking Pacaymayo valley and offering a lovely view. Another 45 minutes hike will bring you to the top of the second pass, Abra Runkurakay (3’950m). The descent down to Sayacmarka (3’500m) takes around 1 hour.

From here, the trail descends into the magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging moss, ferns and native flowers. It takes 30 minutes passing by the small Inca site Conchamarka and then reaching Chaquicocha (3’550m), where we will have lunch. On the way to Phuyupatamarka pass (3’700 m) where we will spend our last night also from here is possible to look at the snow-capped peaks Salkantay, Veronica, Pumasillu and even Machu Picchu Mountain.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Phuyupatamarka

DAY 4: PHUYUPATAMARCA TO MACHU PICCHU (10 Km)

On the fourth day, we will wake up very early to have breakfast to be able start our hike to Machu Picchu the descent to Inty Pata another archeological site will take us around 2 hours that was the most significant agriculture sector that is located on the hillside and is facing to the east. After we visited we will go to visit another archaeological site which is Wiñay Wayna that was found recently in 1941. From Wiñayhuayna it will take us around 1 hour to get the sun gate (Inti Punku) from here you will see magnificent Machu Picchu for the first time.

It is around 40 minutes to walk down to Machu Picchu and to get to the classical viewpoint, from here you will be able to overlook and admire the entire Machupicchu citadel. That is to say, This is also the spot where you can take the famous classic postcard picture. We can stay here for hours overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Now we have to descent to Machupicchu town by bus that the closest city to Machu Picchu and we spend the last night in the hotel because the next day we go back to visit Machu Picchu.

  • Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU

The last day of 5 day inca trail trek,  we will go up to visit Machu Picchu Inkan city very early in the morning for the sunrise or the sun shining the Inkan complex of Machu Picchu after that we will do our guided tour of Machu Picchu with your guide. The journey takes approximately 2 hours.

Finally, after the guided tour in Machupicchu we can climb up to the famous mountain Huayna Picchu (If you have the extra permits) the ascent from the base to the mountain top takes 40 or 50 minutes round trip 2 hours and from the top we can overlook all the sacred geography of Machu Picchu and the sacred river, also from this viewpoint we can look the sacred snow-capped mountains that are surrounding to Machu Picchu. Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machupicchu we will take a bus down to the town Aguas Calientes the bus trip takes just 25 minutes that would the place where we can have our lunch, and then we board the train to go back to Cusco.

NOTE: Huayna Picchu mountain will be optional just for the hikers who are feeling physically well. The others can walk around the Inka complex.

Include

5 DAY INCA TRAIL TREK INCLUDED:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Chef.
  • Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment.
  • Pick-up from your hotel.
  • Transportation by bus to Km82.
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks (Happy Hour) and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food,
  • please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Inflatable Sleeping Mattress (you need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter).
  • Comfortable and very spacious four-person tent (two people use one tent).
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and two days Machu Picchu.
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. 2 Days Tickets
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes 1 night.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Personal Porter to carry 6kg of personal items.
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$85
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

Extra services.

SERVICE

PRICE

Sleeping bag adequate for the temperature of minus 10°C $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single Tent supplement $30.00
Additional porter for 5 kg. $80.00

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