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The Machu Picchu Inca trail tour, is approximately 39 km/24 miles distance. The trail starts at 8,700 ft. – 2,650 m. and ends at 7,860 ft. – 2,395 m. above sea level. Trail conditions are good and the ancient Incan paving stones on the pathways help the hiker greatly. You will be literally walking in the footsteps of the Incas and you will feel as if you are going back in time. No other vacation can offer anything like our trek. Machu Picchu Inca trail 5 day tour will allow you to experience Machu Picchu twice, plus you will have the whole last day to see Machu Picchu with your guide.
Day 1: Cusco – Huayllabamba
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Wiñay Wayna
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Note About Trekking Permits: Plan Ahead
The government of Peru has restrictions on the numbers of hikers on the trail, the limit is 500 per day. To avoid disappointment please check with us some 6 – months before.
On the first day you are collected at your Cuzco hotel and driven by van to the head of the trail. This is about 82 km on the train route to Machu Picchu and about a three-hour drive from the city of Cuzco. Once you start the trek you will be travelling with a group. On day one you will walk along the mighty Vilcanota River, and witness the Nevado Veronica. The valley has a unique ecosystem, with the Opuntia and Cholla cactus being a common sight. Here you will also encounter wildlife, that is unique to the area. On the first day there is a trek to Inca ruins of Llactapata, then we head south and climb up the valley of the Cusichaca River. That night we make camp near the quaint village of Huayllabamba. While you rest and eat we prepare your tents for the night. If you like you can have an early night or you can make new friends among your fellow trekkers.
Hiking distance: 12.1 km – 7.52 miles / 5 to 6 hours
The second day begins early, and we climb up to Dead Woman´s Pass (Abra Warmihuañusca). The views from here are breathtaking and there are beautiful views of snow-capped mountains. We are surrounded by the magical cloud forest. This first stage of the trek is the most difficult section, it is an abrupt and steep ascent that is almost 10km in length and ends at the first mountain pass on the Inca Trail (Dead Woman’s pass). Then we trek to Llulluchapampa, here is a chance to relax and to make some purchases and if we are fortunate we may catch a glimpse of some deer and falcons. After leaving Llulluchapampa we leave behind the cloud forest. Then we enter the puna, which is a dry and high area with little vegetation. Here we are sure to encounter many llamas and alpacas. Once we reach the pass, it is all downhill (literally) and after two hours we stop for lunch and then you can explore the magnificent Pacaymayo valley. That night you can enjoy a nice mean and of course Happy Hour!
Hiking distance: 8.8 km – 5.47 miles / 6 to 8 hours
Camping Facilities: Tents, sleeping pads, portable camping toilets, no showers and no shops.
Meals included: 1 breakfast – 1 lunch – 1 dinner.
On the third day, we hike to the opposite side of the valley and head towards the second pass of our journey. There are some wonderful sights and many animals and flowers that are found no-where else. There are also waterfalls and we stop to marvel at the unique Inca site of Runcuraccay, which was an Inca watchtower. Then after a rest we continue our climb to the pass (4000 m.). From here we again descend into the cloud forest. The after about an hour or so we reach Sayacmarca, one of the most remarkable ruins on Inca Trail. Here there is a a guided tour for about an hour. Then we head down to Chaquicocha (a dry lake), for some lunch and where there can be seen magnificent flora and fauna. After Chaquicocha we travel along an Inca flat (this is a gradual incline) towards our final campsite at Phuyupatamarca (at a height of 3680 meters). Here the Inca Trail provides the trekkers with great views of the Vilcabamba mountain range and the area also has abundant flora and fauna. This area is about 2 hours from our campsite and on our arrival, we can see Machu Picchu mountain and the Urubamba river. After setting up our camp we are free to explore the Inca site and from here we can witness the sun set over the snow-crowned mountain peaks.
Hiking distance: 13.4 km – 8.33 miles / 7 to 8 hours
Camping facilities: Tents, sleeping pads, toilets, hot showers available for U$2 and small shop.
Meals included: 1 breakfast – 1 lunch – 1 dinner.
Today, we follow the Royal Highway through cloud forest, which are rich with rare orchids to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. The last section on Machu Picchu Mountain is amazing and then we head to famous Gate of the Sun before the ruins of Machu Picchu. We arrive at this historic place in the glorious sunshine of an Andean afternoon. Then we descend and as a group we board a shuttle bus and travel along a switch-backing road to our campsite Puente Ruinas, where we camp by the river and are directly beneath the ruins (at a height of 2,000 m/6,560 ft.). A trekker has the option of securing hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes. This is at 8.8 km/5.5 miles, with an elevation drop of 1,150 m/3,772 feet.
Hiking distance: 8.8 km – 5.5 miles / 6 to 8 hours.
Highest altitude: Intipunku 2680m – 8793f
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
We travel by shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. If you want to view the magical sunrise over Machu Picchu, there is available a pre-dawn bus. This delivers you to the main gate at about six in the morning this is when the gates are opened to the ruins. An early start gives you more freedom and you can to hike some of the lesser known trails, such as the beautiful but relatively unknown Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. As part of the package we provide you with a guided tour of the historic site. We then descend to Aguas Calientes, a mountain top and from here in the afternoon we travel by train, reaching Cuzco around 9.30 PM. Then you will be transferred to your hotel.
The Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour includes meals, train and bus tickets, porterage for up to 8 kg of personal gear, camp gear including tables, chairs, dining and sleeping tents, therma-rest sleeping pad and a water filter. You will not be short of any equipment or amenity with our tour.
Most of our Inca trail hikers request a hotel accommodation on the fourth day after hiking the Inca Trail for a U$80 per person.
We charge rental of $48, for a mummy-style, insulated sleeping bags, with inner sheet liners. After each trek we launder the liners. If you want to avail of a rental sleeping bag let us know in advance and before we depart. If you are tall (above 6 feet) you need to book an extra-long bag.
If traveling alone you have the option of sharing a tent, we will pair you with another trekker of the same sex and you will not be charged. If you want a tent to yourself, the surcharge is US$98.
Departures are fully flexible. Our minimum number of participants per group are 2 and maximum 16
Note: If you can’t make a group tour, we can book the Inca Trail trek for you on any date or day, if permits are available. Please contact us for prices and details. We will be happy to help you.
2018: $1110 per person
Optional single tent $98
Optional winter-weight sleeping bag rental $48
Internal Air Lima/Cuzco/Lima $300 – $375 (rate depends on the rate at the time of booking)
Hotels in Lima or Cuzco are priced at $70 per night for a double, and $60 for a single, this includes taxes and breakfast. There are many hotel options available. We can book you into a hotel. Please contact our Trip Consultant at Andean Treks to learn more about our options and how we can help you to have an experience of a lifetime.
Rates can vary.
*INSURANCE: It is highly recommended that you obtain comprehensive Travel Insurance, including Medical Problems, and cover for baggage loss or damage.
Our guides speak good English and are friendly and very informative. Our cooks are experts and can provide you with local dishes that are the same quality as those in hotels. Porters carry everything for you and this means that you can enjoy your trek and enjoy the spectacular views. Our porters are famous, and they are known as the ´Green Machine´ on the Inca Trail. All out staff work as a team so that your experience on the trail is one that you will never forget.
Graduated from the National University of San Antonio Abad, Cesar is one of our main guides. He is expert in MTB, River Rafting, Inca Trail and cultural tours.
Erika is the operations manager, she organizes, book, confirm and make all the arrangements making your vacation unforgettable.
Ylda Tupayachi is the Accounting Manager. With more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry, she is a key for our clients happiness.