This tour allows you to experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu over a period of five days, providing more time on the trail, to visit the Inca sites and Machu Picchu. If you have the time, Apu Andino highly recommends this tour to Machu Picchu as the route is un-crowded and you will be able to fully appreciate the history and way of life of the Incas and, soak in the spectacular scenery of the Andes. Your last night is spent in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, giving you two days to visit the last city of Machu Picchu and give you time to add on the optional climb to Huayna Picchu.
The itinerary below is a sample. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.
This action-packed day of our tour begins with a transfer to the Km 82 via private transportation, where you begin the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After meeting our porters, you cross the Urubamba River by bridge and continue along the river with views of the Vilcanota mountain range and Mt. Veronica (5,713m / 18,745 ft). Traveling through the Sacred Valley, you’ll see vestiges of an ancient culture and its agriculture practices. Arriving in the early afternoon, you will have plenty of free time to explore the Inca site of Llactapata. Camp at Llactapata. (B,L,D)
Inca Trail Hike Details: 9km / 5.6 miles, 6 Hours, Altitude: from 2,715m / 8,910 ft to 2,926m / 9,600 ft
This day involves some of the most spectacular scenery Peru has to offer, including a cloud forest that contains the rare Queñua tree. Our tour continues through the community of Huayllabamba , as the trail ascends steeply before reaching a large area of pampas below the first pass. Camp at Llulluchapampa (3,750m / 12,300 ft), with a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay. (B,L,D)
Inca Trail Hike Details: 7km / 4.4 miles; 5 Hours; Altitude: from 2,926m / 9,600 ft. to 3,870m /12,700 ft.
Physically, this is the most strenuous day of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, as the trail ascends steeply toward Warmiwañusca pass (4,170m /13,680 ft). From there, the trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and then climbs slowly past the ruins of Runkuraqay. Another pass takes you from Runkuraqay to the ruins of Sayacmarca (3,850m / 12,628 ft). Along the way, you’ll see some advanced Inca engineering before coming upon the beautiful ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,657m /12,000 ft). Camp at Phuyupatamarca (B,L,D)
Inca Trail Hike Details: 14km / 8.8 miles; 8 Hours; Altitude: from 3,870m /12,700. ft to the pass 4,242m / 13,920 ft. and overnight at 3,610m / 11,850 ft.
From Phuyupatamarca, you follow the flagstone trail that winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2,700m / 8,855 ft). Wiñay Wayna is located along the same watercourse as Phuyupatamarca and contains well-restored Inca ruins. After a two-hour walk through a cloud forest along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you at last come to a highlight of our Peru tour: Machu Picchu (2,400m / 7,875 ft), entering through Intipunku, the Sun Gate. After a brief tour, stay overnight at a hotel in Aguas Calientes. (B,L,D)
Inca Trail Hike Details: 13km / 8.1 miles; 8 Hours; Altitude: from 3,610m / 11,850 ft to 7,875 ft.
Dedicate your morning to exploring extraordinary Machu Picchu by waking up early to catch sunrise over the ruins. The remainder of the day holds various opportunities for your own exploration, including a climb to the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, up to the Inka Bridge, or through the lush cloud forest to the Temple of the Moon. The afternoon train takes you back to Ollantaytambo, where you are transferred to the vibrant Chinchero Market. Here local artisans will give you an introduction to their textile creations, known to be among the best in Peru. Take advantage of this last-minute shopping opportunity before returning to your Cusco hotel for the evening. (B)
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Inca Trail regulations limit the number of people allowed on the Inca Trail to 500 people each day, including guides, porters and support staff. Permits are given on a “first-come, first-serve” basis only, so booking early is essential.
This trek consists of six to eight hours of hiking per day. Plenty of time is allowed for you to set your own pace. Porters carry all equipment, food and 8kg of your personal belongings. You are responsible to carry your daypack with your camera, water bottle, and extra layers of clothing and/or rain gear. Free from the weight of a large pack, you have more time for snapping photos and enjoying the spectacular scenery.
You will awake early in the morning to a fresh cup of tea brought to your tent, along with a bowl of hot water for washing. During the trek, our experienced cooks will prepare your meals using locally grown produce. The meals are well constructed, taking into account how your body digests food at different elevations.
If you have one extra day, we would definitely recommend Inca Trail 5 Days!
Inca Trail 5 Days is the best way to reach Machupicchu Citadel. No rush at all, you have more time to visit each archaeological site, due to the campsites and departure time Inca Trail is all for you!! No crowds at all like in the classic Inca Trail. With Inca Trail 5 Days you visit Machupicchu 2 times (on the 4th day and on day 5th), with Inca Trail 4 Days you reach Machupicchu on the 4th Day and have only one day to visit the citadel (and if you take Huaynapicchu there is even less time to explore the rest of he citadel). Plus of course you even have a shower tent (hot shower) included in the service, there is no limit for the weight porters will carry (personal belongings that porters will carry). With Inca Trail 5 Days Huaynapicchu climb is already included on 5th day (with your guide)(Huaynapicchu ticket according to availability), with Inca Trail 4 Days if you take Huaynapicchu option, you go on your own, not with your guide. All course you will have a guide, private cook & porters. The extra price is because on 4 night you will sleep in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, there is an extra ticket per person to visit Machupiccchu and Huaynapicchu on day 5, other roundtrip tickets Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu and of course you guide will be with you on the 5th day too up to your return to Cusco City.
US$760.00 per person
Bookings of 4 people or more will get a US$20.00 discount per person or a free Day Apu Training Hike*.
*More details will be available if you are interested in talking advantage of this offer.