INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

Inca Trail is a perfect trekking trip for people without experience in trekking on high altitudes and for families with children; in this tour, you will trek through the picturesque mountains and explore the Inca ruins along the trail. The Inca trail to Machu Picchu is 45kms with wonderful views; the last day, you will explore the stunning Machu Picchu. Book this trek in advance to avoid the disappointments.  The famous “Inca Trail” which connects the city of Cusco with the Sacred Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, is only a small part and tangential huge network of Inca roads.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offer many peaks and mountaineering expeditions in Peru. Among them, few peaks and mountains are open for foreign trekkers in Peru. The Inca Trail is the world’s best hiking route and it’s considered to be from moderate to challenging trek so a few days of acclimatization is required.

Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an adventure tour package suitable for non-experience trekkers – you’ll trek across the Andes in Peru…

Style: Guided
Grade: Moderate to challenge
Maximum elevation: 4,200 meters
Accommodation: Camping tents
Transport: Bus, train and trekking
Meals included: As mentioned in the itinerary
Timing: 5 days and 4 nights
Starting and Ending point: Cusco hotel

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICHCU DESCRIPTION

The Inca Trail to Machu picchu is one of world’s best known tours visited by thousands of tourists every year. This trek of 45 km combines the visit of the archaeological sites, wonderful mountain scenery and lush cloud forest rich in Andean flora and fauna. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds and the majestic Andean Condor. This 5 day-programme is excellent for families with children and people with short experience in trekking as it allows a better acclimatization to altitude and the daily walking distance is less than in the 4 days trek.

Every year, some 25,000 trekkers from all over the world hike the 45 km stone-paved trail, built by the Incas to get to the impregnable Citadel of Machu Picchu. The Inca trail is usually covered in 4 days arriving at the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu for sunrise on the fourth day. The trek is rated moderate and any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. It is fairly challenging nevertheless, and altitudes of 4,200 masl are reached, so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. If arriving from sea level, plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco prior to starting the trek.

PRICE : $850 USD
Minimum 2 pax

SHORT ITINERARY INCA TRAIL

DAY 1: Cusco –  Huayllabamba

  • 3 hour-travel by tourist bus to Pisqhakucho or km 82.
  • Inca Trail Hike for 6-7 hours (11km)
  • Visit the Patallacta Inca ruins.
  • Lunch will be served on the way.

DAY 2: Pacaymayo

  • Early breakfast in the Campsite.
  • Start the Incas Trail trek at 07:00 a.m
  • Trek for 7-8 hours from Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo.
  • Conquer the highest pass named “Warmiwañusqha” or Dead women pass at 4,200 masl.
  • Lunch will be served on the way.

DAY 3: Phuyupatamarca.

  • Start the trek at 07:00 a.m.
  • Trek for 7-8 hours from Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarka.
  • Explore the Runkuraqhay and Sayacmarka Inca Ruins.
  • Trek though the Cloud forest.
  • Lunch will be served on the way.

DAY 4:  “Aguas Calientes”

  • Enjoy the sunrise over the highest mountain of the region: Salkantay at 6,271 masl.
  • Trek for 7-8 hours from Phuyupatamarka to Machu Pichu; then bus to the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Trek through the original Inca trail and pass through the Inca tunnels.
  • The Inca trail runs through the cloud forest.
  • Explore the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarka, Intipata and Wiñayhuayna.
  • Arrival in the afternoon for the sunset to Intipunku or Sungate.

DAY 5:  Machu Picchu Tour.

  • Early breakfast in the hotel.
  • Take the bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu.
  • 2-3 hour guided tour to Machu Picchu.
  • Free time for further exploration.
  • Optional climb to Huayna Picchu Moutain.
  • In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train.
  • Transfer to your hotel.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Pisqhakucho (km 82) – Huayllabamba

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Pisqhakucho, The begining point of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca trail 5 day-tour begins at 05:30 a.m when we’re gonna pick you up from your hotel, and travel in our tourist bus for 3 hours to trailhead at Pisqhakucho or KM 82; Here, we will meet our porters and trekking staff.

As our porters load the heavy gear, we will head off down river alongside the rushing Vilcanota River, through pretty cactus gardens with magnificent views of “La Veronica snow-peak mountain”; the trek of today will be trough the valley we will visit the Inca ruins of Llactapata (Up city) discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingam in 1915; following the Inca trail that goes through Cusichaca Valley with beautiful mountain scenery until we arrive to the small community of Huayllabamba (3,000 masl), here will be our camp site.

Meals Included: L – D.
Accommodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
Maximum Altitude: 3,000 masl
Minimum Altitude:  2,750 masl
Distance Travelled: 11 kilometers.
Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours.

Day 2: Huayllabamba – Dead woman pass (4,200 masl) – Pacaymayo

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The Dead woman pass in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

After breakfast, we will depart from the Huayllabamba camp at around 07:00 a.m. Today will be our longest and the hardest day of the Inca trail tour,  but rewarded with spectacular views down several valleys and up the surrounding snow-covered peaks; at the beginning of the trek, we’ll ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchapampa sector, where you might see several species of birds, from this point; you can see the highest pass ahead.

From Llulluchapamapa zone the trail climbs for two more hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like; the climb from the camp to dead woman pass will take us five hours approximately. After we rest and take pictures, we’ll descend following a numerous of Inca steps for three hours until Pacaymayo camp.

Meals Included:  B – L – D.
Accommodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl.
Minimum Altitude:  3,000 masl.
Distance Travelled: 11 kilometers.
Approximate walking time: 7-8 hours.

 Day 3: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Phuyapatamarka Inca ruins – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

We will start at 07:00 a.m and continue ascending to the small Inca site of Runkuracay (round shape balcony) and later to the second pass (4,000 masl). As we reach the opened second pass of the landscape onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. From the pass, we’ll descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, squares and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley.

The Inca trail continue with spectacular structure of white granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass, we will camp by pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms, overlooking the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town) and the Vilcabamba Mountain range.

Meals Included: B – L – D.
Accommodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
Maximum Altitude: 4,000 masl.
Minimum Altitude:  3,600 masl.
Distance Travelled: 13 kilometers.
Approximate walking time: 7-8 hours.

 Day 4: Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – “Aguas Calientes”

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Wiñauhuayna in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Our stroll along the Trail, leads us to the cloud forest; here is where the jungle begins, we will visit the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca (meaning the town over the clouds) and then, we will continue descending through numerous Inca steps with warm weather observing exuberant vegetation with beautiful orchids, begonias, bromeliads and great quantity of birds until we arrive to Wiñaywayna (young forever) a spectacular place to explore and visit the Inca farm terraces with exceptional views of the Urubamba Canyon; here lunch will be served.

Aafter resting and having a break, we’ll continue to the last part of our trek toward Intipunku, or Sungate known as the entrance gate to Machu Picchu, where you will have an amazing panoramic view of the entire Citadel of Machu Picchu and enjoy the sunset; after we take the pictures of Machu Picchu, we will take the bus to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel.

Meals Included: B – L – D.
Accommodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
Maximum Altitude: 3,600 masl.
Minimum Altitude:  2,400 masl.
Distance Travelled: 10 kilometers.
Approximate walking time: 7-8 hours.

 Day 5: “Aguas Calientes” – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Early breakfast and we will take the first bus to see the sunrise at the Machu Picchu Archaeological Site. Our expert guide will take you on a relaxing tour before other groups arrive at noon; during this tour, we will visit the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Mother Earth, the Temple of Wiracocha, the Sacred Square, the Intiwatana or the Sundial, the Temple of the Condor etc. Later in the afternoon, we’ll take the train back to Cusco; arrive there in the evening after which you will be transferred to your hotel.

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU INCLUDES

  • Transportation: Transfer from your hotel in our Tourist bus to Piscakucho (km 82), starting point of the trek – Bus down and up from Machu Picchu to the town of “Aguas Calientes” – Tourist train from Machu Picchu to Cusco – Transfer from the train station to your hotel.
  • Entrance Fees: For the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: (3) breakfasts (4) hot lunches – 3 hot dinners and delicious meals; food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, We provide available boil water each mourning for your water bottles
  • Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people)
  • General Porters: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears.
  • Extra Porters: To carry your personal belongings 6 kilos per person in duffel bags that we provide.
  • Camping Equipment: We provide 4 season tents, four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tents, seats, tables, tent for the and porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • Other Items: first-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast: Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early breakfast. If not, we stop at the town of Ollantaytambo where you can have breakfast and purchase some items for the trek.
  • Meals: Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes” on the final day, you must consider a budget from US$15.00 to US$25.00 for this meal. Entrance to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” (optional) US$ 6.00
  • Sleeping bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 20.00 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Tips for the staff.

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