Inca Trail 5 days to Machu Picchu
INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS – MACHU PICCHU HIKING
The Inca Trail 5 Days to Machu Picchu is the best known and most popular route among international tourists who come to Peru. The total journey is approximately 45 km and takes 5 days, including a day of visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu. This 5-day trek is an excellent alternative to avoid the 4-day Inca trail. This option is also recommended for families with children because the distances are shorter and it allows to achieve a good acclimatization process at altitude.
The natural landscape is breathtaking with views of snow-capped mountains, tropical cloud forests, and the rich Inca architecture, beautifully preserved. Making your walk a unique and unforgettable experience.
Our 5-day private tour to Machupicchu is for those who wish to spend more time in each Inca site, enjoy more of the valleys and mountains and walk with fewer people.
This option is for people who think that he or they will not be able to do the Inca Trail in 4 days. This is for you. The private 5-day service is very personalized so you can take your own pace and enjoy more about the flora and fauna. On the road to Machupicchu.
Our 5-day hike is recommended for a group of families or friends who want to spend more time together avoiding the crowds and the pace of the classic 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
This walk can be done by seniors who want to take their time and enjoy the adventure at a steady pace.
AVAILABILITY OF THE INCA ROAD
We offer daily departures on the Inca trail (except in February because the road is closed for maintenance).
We recommend that you reserve your Inca trail at least 4 or 5 months in advance as permits can run out quickly, especially in the high season, which is from April to September.
TOUR BY DAYS
- Day 01 Cusco – KM. 82 – Wayllabamaba
- day 02 Wayllabamaba – Pacaymayu
- Day 03 Pacaymayu – Phuyupatamarca
- Day 04 Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu Pueblo
- day 05 Machu Picchu pueblo – Machu Picchu Citadel – Cusco
- STARTING ALTITUDE – 2720m / 8920ft.
- HIGHEST ALTITUDE– 4215m / 13,782ft.
- WALKING DISTANCE– 45km / 26 miles
- LONGEST DAY – Day 2.
- COLDEST NIGHT – Day 2 around 0º Celsius.
- DURATION – 4 Days
- GROUP SIZE _ 12 maximum
- HIGHT SEASON _ April to September
- General difficulty: Moderately difficult to difficult (depends on your level of physical condition and acclimatization, this is very important, you must spend at least 48 hours more than 3000 meters above sea level)
Enjoy this incredible view on 5 days Inca trail to Machu Picchu
MACHU PICHU INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS ITINERARY
DAY 01 CUZCO KILOMETER 82 TO WAYLLABAMBA.
will pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 AM them we are going to take our bus together with our team (our chef and porters) will drive approx. for three hours to kilometer 82 we will pass through the sacred valley of the Incas like Chinchero and Ollantaytambo where we will stop for breakfast from here we have 45 more minutes to kilometer 82 here we will have some time in order to get ready for our hike! Then we will approach our first Inca trail checkpoint where you have to show your original passport if you booked as a student your ISC CARD (please make sure you have your original Passport if you booked as a student you must have your ISIC CARD as well) the first two hours will be following the Urubamba river and it is relatively easy as we make our way to first Inca site call Patallacta this is one of the largest sites along the Inca trail this was a checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. From this amazing Inca site, we have thirty more minutes to go to our first lunch stop. After lunch is another one hour of hike until our first campsite in this last section we will pass through the village of Wayllabamaba where you will have options to buy any energy drinks, water, or any items that you need will spend the night here.
DAY 02 WAYLLABAMBA – PAUCARCANCHA – PACAYMAYU
you will have a wakeup call with nice hot coca tea then you will have thirty minutes in order to get ready (pack your duffle bag and your day pack) once you are ready you will have breakfast and after breakfast, you will start hiking you take a fork for about 45 minutes in order to visit one of the less visited Inca site (Paucarcancha) you will explore and them come back to the village where you camp in order to continue the Inca trail from here will uphill you will pass through beautiful native forest and amazing view you will stop at LLulluchapampa for lunch this is another campsite the highest one alone the Inca trail (3800m 12500ft) after lunch is time to conquer the highest mountain along the Inca trail (dead women’s pass 4215m 13828ft) is two hours approx. from lunch in order to get to the pas,s the view is outstanding you will have time to get some pictures after you enjoy you have to go down for another two more hours in order to get to our second campsite Pacaymayu. Where our super porters will be waiting for us! Get ready for us.
DAY 03 PACAYMAYU – CHAQUICCOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA
You will have a wakeup call with hot coca tea then you will start packing your belongings once you are ready you will have breakfast after nutritious breakfast you will start with the hike this day you have to conquer another day which is not as high as dead women’s pass you will hike uphill for approx. two hours on the halfway you will find a small Inca site call us (Runku Raccay) you will visit this Inca site still you have to climb for forty-five more minutes to pass with the same name as the Inca site (Runku Raccay).
This is the second highest point 4000m 13123ft you will have time to enjoy the view after that you will start with your hike downstairs for one hour until the Inca site called Sayacmarka (inaccessible place) don’t miss out this it is a lovely site with an amazing view to the jungle after this Inca site you will get to Chaquiccocha this is our lunch stop after lunch through you will continue hiking towards the most beautiful scenery of the Inca trail, we will hike for two hours locally call (Inca flat) and begin to enter the jungle or cloud forest. As we hike will be able to see the majesty of Salkantay Mountain the second highest snow-capped mountain and a fantastic panoramic view of Vilcabamba mountain range on our right site we will see veronica glacial ones again twenty more minutes get to the third pass and last one along our trek Phuyupatamarca (3600 meters) this will be our campsite one of the best ones along the trek because of the outstanding view! Once more our amazing super porters will be waiting for you to give you warm welcome to the camp.
DAY 04 PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU!
We will enjoy breakfast with the spectacular view of the Andes Mountains, this campsite is considered one of the best ones along the Inca trail as well from here you’ll have the first view of Machupicchu mountain in the way down you will visit three Inca sites the first Puyupatamarcathis Inca site is an astronomical observatory due of the location once you explore you will start descending for about two hours to Intipata the sun terraces from here you will have an outstanding view of the Urubamba valley then you will continue to your last lunch stop Wiñaywayna in where you will say goodbye to your super porters and your tour guide will organize a small ceremony after lunch you will visit the last Inca site one of the most beautiful ones according to most of the Inca trail hikers.
Your tour guide will show you this amazing place after this you will continue to Machu Picchu from Wiñaywayna campsite you have to hike one more hour to the sun gate from where you will have the first view of Machu Picchu you’ll be there in the afternoon which is good because will be fewer people here and at Machupicchu from the sun gate you have to go downstairs for forty-five minutes once you arrive to Machu Pichu you will get your postcard picture this day you won’t visit the place you will take a bus to Machu Picchu pueblo and your tour guide will take you to the hotel and you have time in order to enjoy your shower after you will go to the restaurant in order to enjoy your dinner in a restaurant them back to the hotel to rest for the following day to explore Machupicchu!
DAY 05 IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY MACHUPICCHU!
Your tour guide will pick you up early from the hotel then you will go to the bus stations in order to board one of the first buses to Machu Picchu, and enjoy the sunrise at this magnificent citadel (of course this depends on the weather) these buses start running at five thirty am and take 25 minutes to get once you in Machu Picchu your guide will give a two hours tour of the citadel them you have free time to explore the place if you have purchased the extra hike either Machu Picchu or Waynapicchu mountain your tour guide will take you to the entrance. Wayna Picchu mountain takes 45 minutes to get to the top and another 45 minutes to back down and Machu Picchu mountain takes an hour and a half to get to the top and another hour and a half to back down.
Those need to be booked in advance and cost 65 USD per person. When you are done exploring the citadel you have to take the bus back to Machu Picchu pueblo in order to have your last lunch with your group this lunch is not included in the tour package but you can organize it with your tour guide then you will head back by train to Ollantaytambo where our private transportation will be waiting for you in order to take you back to Cuzco to your hotel.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Meeting prior to departure the night before your tour.
- Pick up from your hotel.
- Private bus to km 82 (starting point of the trek).
- 04 breakfast 04 lunch 04 dinner appetizers (vegetarian, vegan option, special gluten-free diets upon request).
- Water (you only have to take it during the first 4 hours)
- Entrance to the Inca trail and Machupicchu sanctuary.
- Porter to carry camping and kitchen equipment and his personal travel bag of up to 7 kilos.
- Expert leading tour guides (2-8 with a tour guide 9 to 16 two guides)
- Dining room ten with table and chairs.
- Four men ten for every two hikers.
- Sleeping pad
- Bus from the citadel of Machu Picchu to the town of Machu Picchu, round trip ticket of day five
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- sleeping bag (season five) can be hired from us
- Breakfast on the first day of lunch and dinner on the fifth day.
- Entrance to waynapicchu or machupicchu mountain.
- Tips for trekking crew, guides, cooks, and porters.
- Hot springs in Machu Picchu village (10 soles)
- travel insurance (check that your insurance covers you for trips over 4,200 meters above sea level)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Personal medication
- Torch with spare batteries
- First aid kit
Inca trail 5 days
- 2 people USD$ 1,200 per person
- 3 people USD $ 1,050 per person
- 4 people USD $ 975 per person
- 5 people USD $ 940 per person
- 6 people USD $ 920per person
- 7+ people USD $ 885 per person
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to do the Inca Trail?
The cost varies depending on the type of service and inclusions along the trail:
The classic Inca trail 4 days group service cost 700 USD all included and the Inca trail 5 days 850 USD this is usually a private service if you a looking for luxury trips will be over 1500 USD.
What is the best month to hike the Inca Trail?
There is no a best month to hike the Inca trail is always full all year round except February is close for maintainece but in Cusco, we have two well defined seasons dry and wet of course is better to hike in a dry season from April to October even in the rainy season the Inca trail amazing.
How hard is the 4 day Inca Trail tour?
The Inca trail hike is moderate but it depends on your physique level and of course, will help a lot the acclimatization in Cusco City due to the high elevation of the trail the highest point is 4215 meters (dead women pass)
How many days does it take to travel the Inca Trail?
To hike the Inca trail we have options from two days like the short Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the Classic Inca trail 4 days and 5 days, and the famous Salkantay connection with the Inca trail takes 7 days you can choose acording you physical conditions and time you have.
Is the Inca Trail hike worth it?
It is considered the best hike in South America according to national geographic and other travel portals you must hike once in your life, is the best way to arrive at Machu Picchu directly from the sun gate.
How long is the Inca Trail?
The total distance of the Inca trail is 42.5 kilometers that you will cover in 4 days or 5 days along you will find lots of stairs ap hills and down hills all paved with stones from the Inca time!
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