Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


5 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a Bucket List Adventure for many, and if you dream of exploring this mythical trail without hundreds of others travellers, our 5-Day Inca Trail Tour is the perfect choice for you.

 

Specifically designed to be ‘out of sync’ with standard four day itineraries, this 5 Day Tour includes an extra night to allow for acclimatisation, and it starts later in the day than all other tours, so you miss the crowds, and have the world-famous Inca Trail all to yourselfwell almost!

 

Built over 500 years ago, the Inca Trail, also referred to as the Camino Inka, is a magical winding trail through the Andean Mountain Range. Once reserved only for Inca nobility, this famous trek is constantly voted as one of the Top 5 Treks in the World, and while it is certainly demanding in some parts, anyone with a good level of physical fitness can complete this pilgrimage to the lost city of Machu Picchu.

 

Available from March to December each year, we offer guaranteed Inca Trail departures every Tuesday for 2 passengers and more, and all our treks include both pre-and post trek accommodations:

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1: Cusco

Upon arrival at Cusco Airport, please clear immigration, collect your luggage, and proceed to the arrivals hall where your driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in the city. A team briefing and FAQ session will take place in the afternoon in the Plaza de Armas. 

Overnight: Sonesta Cusco (or similar)

 

Day 2: Inca Trail 

After breakfast and hotel check out (leaving any unnecessary luggage behind in storage), your guide will collect you at around 08:00am and transfer you to the old Inca Town of Ollantaytambo, where you will have time to look around before driving to the trailhead at Piscacucho at km 82.  After meeting your crew, you will enjoy a freshly cooked lunch, hand over your luggage (except for your daypack), and make your way to the Inca Trail check-in point for the start of your adventure.

 

With the crowds now long gone, you will have the trail to yourselves as you begin your hike along the Urubamba river to your base camp for the evening, which is set beside the spectacular ruins of Llactapata (2,788m / 9,146ft). 

Overnight: Llactapata Camp

Meals Included: Water, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Tea and Coffee provided at meal times)

Important: Whilst walking all you need to carry is a daypack. Your luggage is carried by the porters, your tents are put up for you and your food is prepared for you.

 

Day 3: Inca Trail

After an early wake-up call, you will pack away your gear and head to the mess tent for a hot breakfast.  Once you have finished, you will have a few minutes to brush your teeth, fill up your water bottles, and collect your ‘snack pack’, before beginning today’s trek through the Cusichaca Valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited hamlet on the Inca Trail.

Your team will meet you on-route with a delicious hot cooked lunch, before you continue along the slightly steeper Inca path to Llulluchapampa base camp at 3,680m for dinner and overnight under the stars.

Overnight: Llulluchapampa Camp

Meals Included: Water, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Tea and Coffee provided at meal times)

 

Day 4: Inca Trail

After another early wake-up call and breakfast, you will head off on your most challenging (but rewarding) day to Dead Woman’s Pass at 4,212m, the highest point of the Inca Trail.  While relatively steep, the trail is incredibly scenic here, and with plenty of water and photo breaks, you’ll soon reach the top of the pass.  From here, you head down into the Pacaymayu Valley for a quick snack break, before making your way past the Inca control post of Runcuracay, and up the second pass of the day to 3,998m, where on a clear day, you will enjoy spectacular views.

The rest of the afternoon is spent on gentle ups and downs as you continue to the most beautiful campsite on the Inca Trail, Phuyupatamarca or ‘place above the clouds’ at 3,650m for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Phuyupatamarca Camp

Meals Included: Water, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Tea and Coffee provided at meal times)

 

Day 5: Inca Trail

Today is the day you have been waiting for, the day you finally reach the lost city of Machu Picchu.

Your day will start as usual with a hot breakfast, before you pull on your hiking boots, bid farewell to your porters, and descend through the cloud forest along the beautiful Inca stairways to Wiñay Wayna where you will enjoy lunch.  After refuelling, you will continue along he relatively flat trail until you reach the imposing (but very short) wall of steps, fondly referred to as the “Gringo Killer”!  

After scrambling up the steps, you will finally arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun, where Machu Picchu, in all its splendour, will be laid out in front of you.

An emotional experience that should not be rushed, you’ll spend some time here taking photos and absorbing the true beauty of this world wonder, before heading down through the site to catch your bus to the lively hub of Machu Picchu Pueblo for a much-needed shower and overnight in a hotel.

Overnight: El Mapi Hotel (or Similar)

Meals Included: Water, Breakfast and Lunch (Tea and Coffee provided at meal times)

 

Day 6: Inca Trail: Machu Picchu

After breakfast in the hotel, you will catch the bus back to Machu Picchu for a tour of this magical Inca site that was lost in the jungle for many years, before being rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

In 1983, Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2007, it was listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

You will arrive early, so that you can enjoy the site before it gets busy with day visitors, and after a tour with your guide, you will have some time at leisure to explore on your own.

Afterwards, you will take the bus back down to Machu Picchu Pueblo where you will collect your luggage and board the scenic train back along the Urubamba River to Ollantaytambo. Here, your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Cusco.

Overnight: Sonesta Cusco (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast in the hotel, you will transfer to the airport using the hotel shuttle for your return flight home, or continue onwards with your plans in Peru.

 

Prices from: £1495.00 per person  

Weekly Departures from March to December.

 

Please note: We can extend this tour with a trip to Lima, Arequipa, Puno, and even other countries in South America such as Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Ecuador. Please complete the contact form to receive a no-obligation tailor-made quote.

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