DURATION

DIFFICULTY

5 DAYS

MODERATE

Prices 

2 Pax - $2,296

3 Pax - $1,845

4 Pax - $1,620

5 Pax - $1,456

6 Pax - $1,317

INCA TRAIL 5D/4N

The internationally renowned classic trail of the Incas leading you to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Quechua Citadel of Machu Picchu, re-discovered for the western world by Hiram Bingham III in 1911 with the guidance of local indigenous farmers. Take the trail over a slower paced 5 days, camp at the quieter less visited Phuyapatamarca, arrive at the sungate after all the queues, then with excited anticipation, look forward to your full afternoon tour on the 5th day after a restful night in a hotel.

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 - CUSCO TO PATALLACTA


Early in the morning, we enjoy the tranquil Plaza of Ollayantaytambo, located deep in the heart of the Sacred Valley. We can explore the Inca site or simply enjoy the morning in this picturesque town. We have lunch here before we head off on the track road leading from Ollantaytambo to Km82, this is our check point at the start of the trek. The trail follows the river valley for a while; this day is a good training day before the second more challenging day. Our campsite is Patallacta which used to be an important Inca construction along the Inca Trail. this is just the beginning of a holy trail full of sanctuaries. Start Height: 2670 masl / 8761 ft. Max Height: 2788masl / 9146ft. Approximate Walking time: 4 hrs Meals: L, D. Snacks




DAY 2 - PATALLACTA TO LLULLUCHAPAMPA


After a good nights sleep and a beautiful breakfast we will climb through the Cusichaca Valley. Its a hot and humid ascent with a beautiful landscape, with interesting flora and fauna. We will walk accompanied by locally indigenous hummingbirds. Today is a challenging day but not very long, and is a great preparation for the following days ascent to the highest pass of the Inca Trail. We spend tonight at the Llulluchapampa campsite a half way point towards tomorrows Mountain Pass. Start Height: 2788masl / 9146ft. Max Height: 3680masl / 12073ft. Approximate Walking time: 6 - 7 hrs Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 3 - LLULLUCHAPAMPA TO PHUYUPATAMARCA


With the sun shining we will follow the Inca Trail to Warmiwañusta (Dead Woman's Pass). This is our high mountain pass 4212masl. It is all uphill until we reach the summit and then we follow a beautiful stone trail. We continue along this ancient trail passing small ponds, over mountain passes, caves and forest, and surrounded by sweet songbirds.This trail will guide us to our second high pass. Today is gruelling but after our second high pass of the ​day at 3970m/13022ft, our lunch stop awaits After a fulfilling and well-earned lunch the next two hours before our campsite of Phuyupatamarca is quite possibly the most memorable section of an original cobblestoned Inca Trail. The scenery is unbelievable and if the weather permits, we may see Apu Salkantay and the Vilcabamba mountain range! Along this section we have the best chance to spot indigenous birds such as Tanagers, as well amazing orchids, a variety of ferns, essentially a plethora of flora and fauna to delight and amaze. We camp tonight at Phuyupatamarca (Quechua for ‘town over the clouds’) a befitting name as this spectacular campsite is situated up above the clouds, a great welcome for a nice quiet night. Start Height: 3627 masl / 11900 ft. Max Height: 4212masl / 13819 ft. Approximate Walking time: 9-10 hrs Day Distance: 12 Km / 7,5 Ml Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 4 - PHUYUPATAMARCA TO MACHU PICCHU


While everybody else arrives rushing into Machu Picchu we take the leisurely approach, behind all the crowds. This exciting morning eager to see Machu Picchu after such a long way, we will gradually approach Inti Punku, the famous Sungate. This is the main original entrance to Machu Picchu, where we catch our first glimpse of the citadel from afar. The Sungate is probably the most stunning part of the trail. Today is for tantalizing our Inca taste buds! We will see just a little part of Machu Picchu, in anticipation of our full afternoon tour tomorrow. We take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where our hotel and a nice shower will be waiting for us. Later we dine together as a group with our guide, exchange trek tales and congratulate each other, we have completed the Inca Trail! We have a big day tomorrow. Start Height: 3688 masl / 12100 ft. Max Height: 3688 masl / 12100 ft. Approximate Walking time: 6 hrs Day Distance: 10.9 km / 6,8 ml Meals: B, L, D. Snacks Accommodation: Hatun Inti Classic or similar




DAY 5 - MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR


Good Morning! Rested and enthusiastic for our ultimate day we have the option to relax this the morning or have a wander round the town.

Today we will lunch early in one of Aguas Calientes’ excellent restaurants in order to arrive to the Citadel in good time for our full afternoon tour. Accompanied by our guide, we take a 25 minute bus ride to the sanctuary of Machupicchu (2400m / 7874ft). Our guide will lead us in a tour of exploration and discovery of the many curious corners within this enigmatic Citadel. Our guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours.

Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu

If you feel like you could take on another uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the famous mountain of Huayna Picchu this morning, pre afternoon tour. It is important to mention that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket in advance. Please confirm that you want to make this climb at the time of making your booking with us. The trail consists of many steep narrow steps (not recommended for people who suffer vertigo), the height of the mountain is 2700m / 8858ft (the climb is 300 m.) We will climb Huayna Picchu at 10am. The route is around 3 hours round trip. We will then exit Machu Picchu citadel and have our lunch at Sanctuary Lodge just outside the entrance to the Citadel. After lunch we re-enter the citadel at 2pm for our guided tour of the citadel itself.

As the site closes for the day at 5:30pm we bus back down to Aguas Calientes. We then have a charming train journey back to Ollantaytambo and time to reflect on, quite possibly, one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Our private transport will be waiting to take us back to your hotel.

Meals: B, L.





 

                           

"                           I wanted to thank you both so much for such an amazing time. The entire trip so exceeded my expectations.  The service was top notch. All of the small touches were perfect. I think I'd                                                      mentioned in some initial feedback that we did miss our champagne. Other than that, I don't anything could have made it more perfect.  Marcial really is a perfect guide. We were so lucky to have had him on our trek. His knowledge of the history, people and culture really added to our experience.  He was great at preparing us as well as continually encouraging us along the way. Mayra too was awesome - running a tight ship. So personable and knowledgeable.  They both really added a tremendous amount to our entire trip. Another standout.. Claudio... what a gem.. He's so smart with such initiative. With his smile and vest on, he was always attentive and happy to work with us. I'm not sure when and how it was planned, but I was surprised with a birthday celebration.  It was so touching and definitely a highlight of the experience. Who knew that a birthday cake cooked in a pan over a flame could taste so good (throughout the trip the food was really amazing). The birthday party really took it over the top, so I thank whoever planned that part. Again, everything exceeded my expectations.  While it was the hardest thing physically that I've ever done in my life, it will forever be one of the most memorable moments. Truly an amazing birthday.

Thank you!"

 

Phillip

DAY 1 - CUSCO TO PATALLACTA


Early in the morning, we enjoy the tranquil Plaza of Ollayantaytambo, located deep in the heart of the Sacred Valley. We can explore the Inca site or simply enjoy the morning in this picturesque town. We have lunch here before we head off on the track road leading from Ollantaytambo to Km82, this is our check point at the start of the trek. The trail follows the river valley for a while; this day is a good training day before the second more challenging day. Our campsite is Patallacta which used to be an important Inca construction along the Inca Trail. this is just the beginning of a holy trail full of sanctuaries. Start Height: 2670 masl / 8761 ft. Max Height: 2788masl / 9146ft. Approximate Walking time: 4 hrs Meals: L, D. Snacks




DAY 2 - PATALLACTA TO LLULLUCHAPAMPA


After a good nights sleep and a beautiful breakfast we will climb through the Cusichaca Valley. Its a hot and humid ascent with a beautiful landscape, with interesting flora and fauna. We will walk accompanied by locally indigenous hummingbirds. Today is a challenging day but not very long, and is a great preparation for the following days ascent to the highest pass of the Inca Trail. We spend tonight at the Llulluchapampa campsite a half way point towards tomorrows Mountain Pass. Start Height: 2788masl / 9146ft. Max Height: 3680masl / 12073ft. Approximate Walking time: 6 - 7 hrs Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 3 - LLULLUCHAPAMPA TO PHUYUPATAMARCA


With the sun shining we will follow the Inca Trail to Warmiwañusta (Dead Woman's Pass). This is our high mountain pass 4212masl. It is all uphill until we reach the summit and then we follow a beautiful stone trail. We continue along this ancient trail passing small ponds, over mountain passes, caves and forest, and surrounded by sweet songbirds.This trail will guide us to our second high pass. Today is gruelling but after our second high pass of the ​day at 3970m/13022ft, our lunch stop awaits After a fulfilling and well-earned lunch the next two hours before our campsite of Phuyupatamarca is quite possibly the most memorable section of an original cobblestoned Inca Trail. The scenery is unbelievable and if the weather permits, we may see Apu Salkantay and the Vilcabamba mountain range! Along this section we have the best chance to spot indigenous birds such as Tanagers, as well amazing orchids, a variety of ferns, essentially a plethora of flora and fauna to delight and amaze. We camp tonight at Phuyupatamarca (Quechua for ‘town over the clouds’) a befitting name as this spectacular campsite is situated up above the clouds, a great welcome for a nice quiet night. Start Height: 3627 masl / 11900 ft. Max Height: 4212masl / 13819 ft. Approximate Walking time: 9-10 hrs Day Distance: 12 Km / 7,5 Ml Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 4 - PHUYUPATAMARCA TO MACHU PICCHU


While everybody else arrives rushing into Machu Picchu we take the leisurely approach, behind all the crowds. This exciting morning eager to see Machu Picchu after such a long way, we will gradually approach Inti Punku, the famous Sungate. This is the main original entrance to Machu Picchu, where we catch our first glimpse of the citadel from afar. The Sungate is probably the most stunning part of the trail. Today is for tantalizing our Inca taste buds! We will see just a little part of Machu Picchu, in anticipation of our full afternoon tour tomorrow. We take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where our hotel and a nice shower will be waiting for us. Later we dine together as a group with our guide, exchange trek tales and congratulate each other, we have completed the Inca Trail! We have a big day tomorrow. Start Height: 3688 masl / 12100 ft. Max Height: 3688 masl / 12100 ft. Approximate Walking time: 6 hrs Day Distance: 10.9 km / 6,8 ml Meals: B, L, D. Snacks Accommodation: Hatun Inti Classic or similar




DAY 5 - MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR


Good Morning! Rested and enthusiastic for our ultimate day we have the option to relax this the morning or have a wander round the town.

Today we will lunch early in one of Aguas Calientes’ excellent restaurants in order to arrive to the Citadel in good time for our full afternoon tour. Accompanied by our guide, we take a 25 minute bus ride to the sanctuary of Machupicchu (2400m / 7874ft). Our guide will lead us in a tour of exploration and discovery of the many curious corners within this enigmatic Citadel. Our guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours.

Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu

If you feel like you could take on another uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the famous mountain of Huayna Picchu this morning, pre afternoon tour. It is important to mention that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket in advance. Please confirm that you want to make this climb at the time of making your booking with us. The trail consists of many steep narrow steps (not recommended for people who suffer vertigo), the height of the mountain is 2700m / 8858ft (the climb is 300 m.) We will climb Huayna Picchu at 10am. The route is around 3 hours round trip. We will then exit Machu Picchu citadel and have our lunch at Sanctuary Lodge just outside the entrance to the Citadel. After lunch we re-enter the citadel at 2pm for our guided tour of the citadel itself.

As the site closes for the day at 5:30pm we bus back down to Aguas Calientes. We then have a charming train journey back to Ollantaytambo and time to reflect on, quite possibly, one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Our private transport will be waiting to take us back to your hotel.

Meals: B, L.





 

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