Inca Trail Expedition 5D/4N

Inca Trail Expeditions Cusco

Peru’s best-known trek visited by thousands of tourists every year. Throughout this 45-km trek you will visit stunning archaeolaogical sites, soak in the power of the Andean mountains and be surrounded by the lush flora and fauna. Our 5 day trek is an excellent option for those seeking a more tranquil experience, avoiding crowds found more commonly on the traditional 4 day trek.

This 5 day Inca Trail Expedition also includes one night hotel accommodation in a beautiful hotel in Aguas Calientes, catered food, and the opportunity to climb not only Machu Picchu but Huayna Picchu as well.

Overview

Inca Trail Expedition

  • Day 1: Cusco – Kilometer 82 – Llactapata – Hatunchaca
  • Day 2: Hatunchaca – Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa
  • Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayu Phuyupatamarca
  • Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Total distance trekked: 45 km/ 28 miles

Maximum altitude: 4,215 m /13,825 ft.

Beginning altitude: 2,720 m /8,922 ft.

Overall trek difficulty: Moderate

Pre-trek briefing:

You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Inca Trail Expedition. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

Itinerary

Inca Trail Expedition

Day 1: Cusco  – Ollantaytambo – Llactapata – KM 82 – Hatunchaca

We welcome our first day bright and early, leaving from Cusco in a private van to Piscacucho (2,720 m /8,922 ft.) the starting point of our Inca Trail Expedition. We start by walking 3 hours along the shore of the Wilkamayu (Urubamba) river, a mainly flat terrain, which leads us to the Inca archaeological site of Llactapata (2750m/9020ft). After sharing a delicious lunch prepared by our experienced chefs we relax and take the day to explore and enjoy a guided tour of Llactapata. From here, we continue for another 2 hours until we set up camp for the night in the small beautiful village of Hatunchaca.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 10 km/6 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5 -6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,720 m /8,922 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 2,950 m/9,676 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Hatunchaca – Wayllabamba – Ayapata – Llulluchapampa

Early to rise! Off to trek the gorgeous valley along the Salkantay River and gradually climb 30 minutes until we reach the last village of the Inca Trail, Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft). Along our journey we see spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range. As we venture further from Wayllabamba we begin to ascend for 1 ½ hours until we reach to Ayapata where we will stop for our lunch. After lunch we will still go for 2 more hours uphill with lots of steps until we arrive to Llulluchapampa (3,800 m/12,460 ft.), where we camp and spend the night.

Along our breathtaking journey today, we move through a variety of different landscapes and climates. Ranging from the low sierra to the Uncas forest to cloud forest, and to high puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). High puna is our opportunity to spot llamas and alpacas grazing on the skirt of the mountains. Not only do we hike from the sierra to puna we also cross through the high jungle. High jungle is the home to many exotic birds and the Andean Spectacled Bear.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 9 km/5 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,950 m/9,676 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,800 m/12,460 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayu – Caquicocha – Phuyupatamarca

Today we will be visiting two ruins sites while surrounded by 360 views of snowcapped mountains and cloud forest. We begin our day with a nourishing and delicious breakfast to prepare for our hike 2 hours up to the highest point of our trek, Warmihuañusca pass, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215 m/13,825 ft.). Once we arrive, we will soak in the stunning views and then begin a two hour descent to Pacaymayu camp (3600m/11808ft.). At Pacaymayu we will relax and enjoy lunch.

Next, we journey to Runkuracay pass, climbing 2 hours (3970m/13022ft.). Halfway we rest and explore the Runkuracay archaeological site. Here we find ourselves at a beautiful oval structure which is thought to be historically used as a lookout point. Then we set forth descending for 2 hours to Incan ruins, at concha Marca, Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). This special site was only discovered in the early 1980´s and is tucked away in a small valley, perched atop an intricate series of tall, rounded terraces.

As we leave Sayacmarca, through a variant terrain we find our home for the night at Phuypatamarca (3700m/12139ft). Here, there is not only a magical sunset awaiting us but our first view of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 15 km/9 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 10 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3600m/11808ft.
  • Highest elevation: 4,215 m/13,825 ft.
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Today is the day, the day we step foot on the ancient city of Machu Picchu! Although, we first must adventure through 3 Incan ruin sites – Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna and along the way learn about Incan history and culture.

Our day begins with Phuypatamarca’s incredibly breathtaking views and sunrise our first trail consists of stone steps leading us to Wiñaywayna (2,680 m /8,792 ft.). Wiñaywayna is the second largest ruins site next to Machu Picchu, consisting of complex structures with terraces, as well as urban and religious structures.

Next, we hike to the sacred site, Intipunku (2,720 m/ 8,920 ft.), in Quechua meaning Sun Gate. Here, amidst the mountains we view the sacred Machu Picchu city and the Wilkamayu River. Then we descend for approximately 45 minutes to the city of Machu Picchu and hike through the city to our bus taking us to Aguas Calientes.

In Aguas Calientes, we rest and relax spending our night in a comfortable and beautiful hotel. Also, you have the option to enjoy your afternoon in the natural hot springs to rejuvenate. Our dinner will be shared at the finest restaurant in the town.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Distance Covered: 11 km/7 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 m/6,691 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 3700m/12139 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We bring in the day with delicious breakfast at the hotel. At 5:30am we board the bus to bring us up the mountain to Machu Picchu. At Machu Picchu you will enjoy a 2 hour informative tour of the city. If you have chosen, at 10 am you will climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This is included in the price of your Inca Trail Trek. However, if you decide not to you have more time to explore Machu Picchu, as there is much to explore before your bus ride back!

When we arrive back in Aguas Calientes we will board the expedition train to Poroy train station. Enjoying the beautiful views from the train window until we arrive in Poroy. From Poroy you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel.  Estimated arrival time in Cusco is 19:45.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Inclusions

Included in our Inca Trail Expedition:

  • English speaking professional guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-trek briefing 1 or 2 days before your Inca Trail Expedition
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private van to KM.82.
  • Inca Trail and Machu Picchu permits
  • Ticket to climb Huayna Picchu mountain on day 5
  • Four person tent for every two hikers
  • Therma-rest mattress
  • One pillow per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Porters to carry all group gear
  • Porters to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 8kg (16 pounds) per person
  • Four Breakfast, Four Lunches, four dinners.
  • Daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day.
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle and emergency radios
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 4.
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on day 5.
  • Transfer train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Dinner at the finest restaurant in the evening of day 4.
  • One night lodging  in a very nice hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)

What is not included in the Inca Trail Expedition?

  • Sleeping Bag – can be rented from us.
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch on Day 5
  • Tips for porters, chef, and guide

What we recommend that you bring for your Inca Trail Expedition

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Daypack for your personal belongings during the day
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp/Flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

Prices

Inca Trail Expedition – Prices

Price

  • US $1080 per person

Discounts

  • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$20
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US $20
  • Under 7 years Discount: US $35

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20
  • Sleeping bag – US$ 25

Upgrades

  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (4 star) – US $220 per person
  • Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (5 star) – US $325 per person
  • Hiram Bingham train for trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo – US $375
  • Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy – US $35 per person
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 5 – US $45

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