River Explorers
Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour 5 days
Duration: Machu Picchu Inca Trail (5 days)
Location: Hiking 43 km.
Price: From U$1400
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  • Overview

    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 – Phuyupatamarka
    Day 4: Phuyopatamarka – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
    Day 5: Machu Picchu- Cuzco

    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. 

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Huayllabamba

    Day 1: Cusco – Huayllabamba

    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

    • Piscacucho (Km 82) – Patallacta: 6.3 km – 3.9 miles
    • Patallacta – Huayllabamba: 5.8 km – 3.1 miles
    • Highest altitude: Huayllabmba 3000m – 9843ft
    • Camping Facilities: Tents, sleeping pads, portable camping toilet, no showers and no shops.
    • Meals included: 1 lunch – 1 dinner.
    Day 2: Pacaymayu

    Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu

    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

    • Huayllabamba – Wamiwañusca Pass: 6.4 km/3.7 mi
    • Wamiwañusca Pass – Pacaymayo: 2.4 km/1.49 mi.
    • Highest altitude Wamiwañusca Pass: 4205m – 13796f

    Camping Facilities: Tents, sleeping pads, portable camping toilets, no showers and no shops.

    Meals included: 1 breakfast – 1 lunch – 1 dinner.

    Day 3: Phuyopatamarka

    Day 3: Pacaymayu – Phuyupatamarka

    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 sightst 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, where after about an hour or so we reach Sayacmarca, one of the most remarkable ruins on the trail. Here there is a a guided tour for about an hour to explain the history behind this place. Then we head down to Chaquicocha (a dry lake), for some lunch,where  there can be seen magnificent flora and fauna.  After Chaquicocha we travel along a trail towards our final campsite at Phuyupatamarca (at a height of 3680 meters). This point on the trail provides you with great views of the Vilcabamba mountain range where an abundant of flora and fauna can also be found.  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

    • Pacaymayo – Runkurakay: 0.8 km – 0.5 mi
    • Runkurakay – Runkurakay Pass: 0.6 km – 0.37 mi
    • Runkurakay Pass – Sayaqmarka: 1.6 km – 0.99 mi
    • Sayaqmarka – Phuyupatamarca: 5km – 3.1 mi

    Camping facilities: Tents, sleeping pads, toilets, hot showers available for U$2 and small shop.

    Meals included: 1 breakfast – 1 lunch – 1 dinner.

    Day 4: Phuyopatamarka - Aguas Calientes

    Day 4: Phuyopatamarka – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

    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.

    • Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna: 5.4km – 3.35 mil
    • Highest altitude: Runkurakay Pass 3950m – 12960f
    • Wiñaywayna – IntiPunku:  4.3km – 2.67  miles
    • Intipunku – Machu Picchu: 0.37 km – 0.23 miles

    Highest altitude: Intipunku 2680m – 8793f

    Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

    Day: Cuzco

    Day 5: Machu Picchu- Cuzco  

    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.

  • Included

    What’s included?

    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.

    • Private transportation from your hotel to the Inca Trail and back.
    • The cost of portage for a maximum of 8 kg of personal gear, communal camp equipment, including camp chairs, tents, a comfortable inflatable mattress
    • We have 2 guides when there are 8 or more guests. They are graduates who have studied tourism and the Inca history at the university. They are also English speaking.
    • Entrance fee for admission to the Inca Trail National Park
    • Entrance fee to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Sanctuary
    • Porters to carry equipment (tents etc.).
    • Permits and fees for the tours porters and cook
    • Pillows.
    • Meals: There are 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners and 4 lunches, morning and afternoon snacks during the trek. All of these meals are prepared by our cook and assistants.  Delicious coca tea is brought to you each morning, so you can start the day on the best footing.
    • We provide you with boiled water after every breakfast, lunch and dinner for your water bottles
    • Happy hours, you receive a mate de coca and some local coffee which is prepared by the cook. These are great fun and you can get to know your fellow trekkers.
    • Nutritious snacks every morning, to prepare for the day ahead.
    • First aid kit and a full oxygen tank
    • Special foods are available on  request
    • Two and for man tents that are clean and waterproof
    • A foam mat
    • There are portable toilet tents for only your group to use, these are very private.
    • Dining and a  kitchen tent: camping tables, chairs and eating and kitchen ware
    • A two hours guided tour of the wonders of Machu Picchu
    • A bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes village
    • A train to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco City.
    • (Local Taxes included).
    • Personal duffel bag
    Not included

    What’s not included?

    • A personal sleeping bag (rent for U$48)
    • Huayna Picchu, or Montaña Machu Pichu entrance fees (U$35)
    • Trekking poles
    • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes, also known as “Machu Picchu town” (10 soles)
    • Final lunch/meal at Aguas Calientes
    • It is recommended that you bring the following
    • Passport and ISIC student card (if eligible)
    • A duffel bag is provided when you employ a personal porter.
    • Trekking boots, that are light with good ankle support
    • Trekking poles metal tips are prohibited by law.
    • Warm clothes especially at night when temperatures can fall.
    • Thermal underwear for the cold nights or mornings.
    • Gloves, mittens, a scarf, woolen socks, hat for the cold at altitude.
    • Some t-shirts and trekking pants that can be turned into short pants.
    • A flash light, head torch, and of course some extra batteries
    • Camera and Binoculars- for the wonderful views and to capture your memorable experiences.
    • A hat with a broad visor to protect your eyes and face.
    • Sunscreen/ sunglasses
    • Personal medical kit fir cuts and bruises, it is advised that you bring some insect repellent.
    • Rain Gear: waterproof jacket and a rain poncho to keep you dry.
    • Toiletries, toilet paper and a small towel for personal hygiene
    • 2 liter water bottle, plastic bottles are prohibited in Machu Picchu and the adjacent area.
    • Water purifying tablets, but we also provide boiled water that is safe.
    • Bathing suits if you wish to visit hot springs at Aguas Calientes
    • Money for tips for guides etc. (USD$30-40)
    • Money for emergencies/unexpected events (200-350 soles) (USD$ 120)
  • Extras


    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.

    Rental sleeping bag

    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.

    Single supplement

    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

    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

    Additional Costs

    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.

  • Guides, cook and porters

    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.

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