INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHU PICCHU – 5-DAYS
HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU WITHOUT THE CROWDS • EXPLORE ALL INCA SITES
✓ Hike to Machu Picchu without the crowds ✓ Acclimatize more gradually ✓ Explore all Inca sites fully and visit Machu Picchu twice
Pricing: $950.00/person – (25% deposit required at time of booking) –
NOTE: This 6-Day Trek requires an Inca Trail permit. Currently, March 18 through October 20 2018 is sold out of all 500 daily entry permits for the Inca Trail. For sold out dates check out our Alternative Treks into Machu Picchu which depart from Cusco, every day of the week, throughout the year. FYI. No company in Peru is able to acquire Inca permits when dates are sold out.
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This 5-day trekking program is an excellent alternative to avoid the crowds found on the 4-day classical route, reaching quieter, more distant and beautiful campsites en-rote to Machu Picchu. It is recommended for those guests looking for a more relaxed pace, wishing to take more time to explore the Inca trail, allowing a better acclimatization to altitude with daily walking distances shorter than in the 4-day Classic Trek. By doing this Inca Trail Trek in 5 days, you have time to enjoy the scenery, time to take photos, time to fully explore all the ruins and time to relax at campsites, taking this amazing experience all in. Imagine having one of the most famous treks in the world, all to yourself. Your 5-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu does just that. By allowing an extra day to complete the trek, you spend the whole tour out of reach of others that are trekking on the more traditional Classic Inca Trail. By visiting Machu Picchu twice on this 5-Day Inca Trail Tour, our guides will insure you get to explore the Citadel properly and fully. Day 1: Cusco – Kilometer 82 – Hatunchaca Day 2: Hatunchaca – Llulluchapampa Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Phuyupatamarca Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
On this tour you can expect hiking at elevation for up to 6 hours per day. Training for at least 2 months before the trek is advised. In order to hike on this historic trail, you must have a government issued permit. The Peru government issues 500 permits for the Inca Trail each day and everyone needs a permit – even our team. We recommend booking this trek at least 6 months in advance.
Tour Details for our 5-Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
You will have an in-depth briefing with your guide 1 day before your trek. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations, before your next day’s departure.
DAY 1: CUSCO – KM82 – HATUNCHACA
- Meals: Lunch/Dinner
- Distance : 6 miles
- Walking Time: 5-6 hours
- Lowest elevation: 8,525 ft
- Highest elevation: 9,676 ft
- Difficulty: Easy Today has a relaxed start for the Inca Trail and the walking is easy to help you settle in to the 5-Day trek
We depart Cusco at 6:00am in a private transport, which will drive us to km 82, the starting point of the Inca Trail. Beginning here, (8,922 ft), we slowly make our way along the banks of the Urubamba River enjoying great views of the snow-capped peak of Mount Veronica. As we continue to follow the trail along the flat terrain, we arrive in the small community of Miskay. From here we will gradually ascend for 2 hours and see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the extensive Inca city of Llactapata. We will then make our way down into the canyon to have lunch next to Llactapata (9,020 ft). Following our lunch we will explore this archaeological site. From Llactapata it is an easy 2 hour walk to our campsite at Hatunchaca (8,525 ft). This site is a little further along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu than most groups travel on the first night. As we are camping further up the trail, the next day’s trek up to the pass is a little easier for us. With fewer tourists at the campsite we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful place. This evening you will enjoy a freshly-cooked meal by your trekking chef, and relax and enjoy the accomplishments of your first day.
DAY 2: HATUNCHACA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Distance : 5 ½ miles • Walking Time: 5 hours
- Lowest elevation: 9,676 ft
- Highest elevation: 12,460 ft
- Difficulty: Moderate Today is another relatively easy day
Most groups would be pushing ahead along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu today and will be heading over Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point on the trek and one of the hardest and longest climbs on the Inca Trail. We’re going to take a more leisurely pace and our goal for today is a campsite just before the pass, Llulluchapampa. We only climb half way up the pass, stopping at Llulluchapampa, where we camp and spend the night. This breaks the hardest stretch over two days making the climb significantly easier. On the way to Llulluchapampa (12,460ft) we’ll go off the beaten track to visit the least visited of all the sites on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Inca fort of Tarahuasi. As we climb up to Llulluchapampa we’ll pass through various biozones including the low sierra, Uncas forest, cloud forest and the high puna. There are many opportunities to see a variety of plants and is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, known as the Spectacled Bear. As with our night one campsite, this evening is tranquil and quiet with most trekkers either camping in the valley below or on the other side of the pass.
DAY 3: LLULLUCHAPAMPA – PHUYUPATAMARCA
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Distance : 9 ½ miles • Walking Time: 8 hours
- Lowest elevation: 12,073 ft
- Highest elevation: 13,825 ft
- Difficulty: Challenging Today is our longest day and our trail crosses two high mountain passes; After breakfast, we hike up the highest point in the Inca Trail, reaching the mountain pass of Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass (13776ft) after about 2 hours
mmediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (11808ft), from which we then start to climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (13022ft). Half way up, we will visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to Sayacmarca (11887ft). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca. Our campsite for tonight is at Phuyupatamarca (12,073ft), from where we’ll get our first views of Machu Picchu mountain far in the distance. This is one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Phuyupatamarca means ¨town over the clouds¨. From above, one can observe a sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, with impressive views of the Urubamba Valley. We set our camp in Phuyupatamarca and spend the night there. The views of the sunset from here are fantastic and once again the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to Machu Picchu.
DAY 4: PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Accommodations: Agaus Calientes Hotel
- Distance : 7 miles • Walking Time: 5 hours
- Time: 5 hours • Lowest elevation: 6,691 ft
- Highest elevation: 12,073 ft
- Difficulty: Moderate Today we visit 3 major Inca sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu Picchu later in the day
With only a short distance left to cover you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy these sites in detail and learn more about the Inca culture and Machu Picchu in preparation for your visit tomorrow. We will continue our hike for about 1 and a half hours on a part of the Inca Trail which is relatively flat, with small ascents and descents along the way. At about 3:00pm we will then reach the Sun Gate (Intipunku). This is where we will have our first view of the Citadel of Machu Picchu and from there we will head down to the ruins of Machu Picchu to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes you will check in to your comfortable hotel. The natural hot springs in town are an enjoyable way to spend a late afternoon, if time is available before dinner. Dinner is included at one of the villages local restaurants.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
- Meals: Breakfast and snacks
- Minimum altitude: 6,691 ft
- Maximum altitude: 8,052 ft
- Difficulty: Easy We take an early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise
For years it was lost to the jungle. Rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale professor Hiram Bingham, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations. You will arrive early, before the crowds, allowing you to explore the ruins with your guide, before they get too busy. The guided tour takes around two hours leaving you a few hours free to wander amongst the ancient Inca walls or just sit and take in the beauty of the place on your own. For those who want to walk and explore more, you could take the trail to visit the Inca Bridge which once spanned a sheer cliff face. Following our time in Machu Picchu you will board the bus for transport back to Agaus Calientes, where you will have some free time to shop and explore prior to boarding the afternoon expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and our driver will drop you off at your hotel.
What’s Included in our 5-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
• English and Spanish speaking local guide – professionally trained and licensed • Pre-trek briefing by our guide a day before the hike to Machu Picchu. • Private transportation via our van to & from Cusco hotel • Three nights deluxe Inca trail camping • Large 4-person tent shared by two guests • Dining tents with chairs and tables • Private toilet tents • Personal porter for the Inca trail trek (8kg/person) • Sleeping bag & deluxe foam air-pad mattress with pillow and blanket • Trekking poles • Professional Chef prepared multi-course nutritious meals – insuring guest preferences • Purified daily drinking water • Private hot water shower • First-aid kit • Inca trail hike permit • Machu Picchu entrance ticket • Machu Picchu private guided tour • 1-night hotel lodging in Aguas Calientes • Expedition train ticket • Bus ticket from Machu-Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Suggested Packing List
• Original passport (should passport change post booking bring both) • Original ISIC international student card if applicable. • Backpack to carry your personal items • Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures • Thermal underwear for cold conditions • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort • Personal medications, insect repellant • Flashlight, headlamp and extra batteries • Camera • Binoculars • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes • Two 1 litre water bottled or 2 litre water reservoir • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
INCA TRAIL INFORMATION GUIDE
This tour includes hiking on the Inca Trail! For sustainability purposes the Ministry of Peru limits the number of people that can hike on the Inca Trail each year. Here's everything you need to know about the Inca Trail including permits and availability!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again."
SEAN S., DENVER CO
"Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and....the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together....two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We'll be back!"
LOUIS C., SCOTTSDALE AZ
"One final note - over the four days, one couldn't help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don't think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now - go ahead and book with Guiding Peru."
RICHARD C., ALBERTA CALGARY CANADA
YOU SHOULD KNOW
When to Travel
- High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rain storms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains. The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.
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