Clasic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days - 4 Nights

Clasic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days - 4 Nights

from $850 USD / 950 USD standard service

The Inca Trail is the undisputed attraction for most people coming to Cusco and it is by far the most popular trek in the region. There has to be something intrinsically exciting and rewarding about the Inca trail to spend five grueling days walking to Machu Picchu. Passing through outstanding scenery, dramatic landscapes and encounter a series of incredibly spectacular Inca sites. It is in fact a spellbinding way to arrive to Machu Picchu and a walk that is quite rightly considered as one of the finest in the world.

The itinerary of the five days Inca trail is different than the classic Inca trail of four days. This hike is for adventure lovers who want to explore more in a longer time. The daily walks are shorter and you will have more time to enjoy each Inca site. Join us now at Machula’s family! Don not think too much, nothing is impossible and we are ready to help you.

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Tour Price

Clasic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

5 Days - 4 Nights


Price from

$850

Per Person

Private service from

$950

USD Per Person

Group Size Max 12 People
Activity Level Challenging

Tour Overview

  • 4 organic buffet lunch/ 4 organic buffet dinner/ 4 healthy energy breakfast.
  • 4 snacks / water every single day.
  • Starting Altitude - 2720m / 8920ft.
  • Highest Altitude - 4217m / 13,828ft.
  • Total, Walking Distance - 45km / 26 miles.
  • Coldest Night - Day 3 around 2º Celsius
  • Overall Difficulty - Modérate
DAY 1

Cusco - km 82 - Huayllabamba

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00am and drive for 2 hours until we reach the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will have a healthy and energetic breakfast (not included). Here you can also get some stuff for the way such as water or energy drinks, coca leaves and some snacks. After that we continue driving for 45 minute more until we reach Km 82 (2800m/9186ft). Once arrived you will have 20 minutes to organize your daypack, and then we start our trip. At around 9:00 am we will be at the main check point to enter the original Inca trail. Where you will have to shown your original passport and entrance ticket (provided by us). After passing the control we will start hiking for 4 hours. During the first part we can enjoy a spectacular valley as well as impressive Inca sites such as Khanabamba and llaqtapata (2900m/9514ft). At each site you will get a guided tour and lots of information about Inca history. We will have lunch at the village of Tarayoc and then continue hiking for 2 more hours until setting up our camping site in the village of Huallabamba (3100m/10170ft). After walking for 6 hours and 12km our tour guide will be proud to introduce our team of porters. Then you will enjoy your first, delicious dinner prepared by our professional chef.

We recommend a positive mind and attitude. Nothing is impossible you can do it and professionals accompany you.

DAY 2

Huayllabamba - Dead Woman’s - Pacaymayu

We will wake you up at 5:30am with a cup of coca tea in your tent and then enjoy our energetic, healthy breakfast prepared for you by our professional chef. After that we will start trekking, for today we will hike for 4 hours until we get to the dead woman’s pass (4215m/13828ft). Along the way we will go throught the native forest and our tour guide will be able to teach us about this area. On halfway you will find a flat area called Llulluchapampa (3800m/12467ft), where you can see llamas and with a bit of luck the white tail deer. Once arrived at the dead woman’s pass we will have a break in order to enjoy amazing views into the valleys of Pacaymayu and Huayllabamba. Then we descend for 2 more hours until we reach our lunch spot and campsite at Pacaymayu (3600m/11811ft). Here we will have lunch and relax for the rest of the day.

DAY 3

Pacaymayu - Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca

We wake you up at 6:00am with a cup of coca tea in your tent and then have an energetic healthy breakfast. Today we will only have a short hike but we will visit two amazing archaeological sites and walk through the cloud forest. From the campsite we climb up for 1 hour until we reach the Inca site of Runkurakay, where our guide will teach us about Inca history. Then we walk for 1 more hour until we get to the pass of Runkurakay (4000m/13123ft), the second highest point on the Inca trail. Once arrived we will stop in order to enjoy the views and realize a small ceremony to give offering to the Apus (mountain gods) surrounding us. After that we continue going downhill for 2 more hours until we reach our lunch spot. On the way we will visit the Inca site of Sayacmarca and get a guided tour through this site. After lunch we will continue walking for 2 more hours until we reach our campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3760m/12335ft). Along the way you will enjoy beautiful views and follow original Inca pathways. Our campsite is on the top of a mountain and we will already see Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas in distance.

DAY 4

Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna - Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes

Today we will try to wake up early at 5:00am in order to enjoy the sun rise and beautiful views. We will enjoy our healthy energetic breakfast and then continue our journey descending for 3 and a half hours until we get to Wiñaywayna (2600m/8530ft). On the way down we will be able to see different Inca sites such as Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñaywayna and some orchids. At each Inca site we will have a guided tour and after visiting Wiñaywayna we will have our last organic buffet lunch together with our master chef and the porters. Then we will say good bye to our team and you can give a little tip (optional) to shown your gratitude. We continue hiking towards Aguas Calientes and after 1 hour we will reach the sun gate from where we can see Machu Picchu in distance. From the sun gate it takes us one more hour until we reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. In Machu Picchu you will be in the afternoon at around 2:00pm, our tour guide will take you to a special spot where you can take a post card picture of the inca city. After exploring the place we will catch up the bus to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night in a 3 stars hotel.

DAY 5

Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

On our last day we have to wake up early in the morning because it is a tradition to go to Machu Picchu very early in order to see the sunrise. We will start the day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel and then head to the bus station to catch up our bus that will take us (25 minutes) to the main entrance of Machu Picchu. At 6:00 am Machu Picchu opens its doors and we will go straight to the view point (the postcard picture) where you will take the classic postcard pictures of Machu Picchu. After that the guide will start a guided, 2 hours tour and teach you all the information you will need about Machu Picchu, visiting the most important areas of the citadel. Then you will have free time to explore the site by yourself.

If you have a ticket to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain you will do that after the guided tour. In the afternoon you will go back down to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

Included

  • Tour Guides : All of our tour guides are professionals who studied tourism at University and come from around the Cusco region. They also all speak Quechua the language of Cuzco region. All of them are extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around.
  • Master Chef : Your master chef is an important person, preparing you delicious, buffet-style organic meals throughout the trek. If you have any dietary requests, such as vegetarian foods, please let us know.
  • Porters : The porters will carry our cooking and camping equipment and up to 7 Kg of your personal belongings. Note: We will give you your duffel bags (for the porters to carry) at your briefing the night before we start the trek. This should be filled with the things you need for the night and the next day. You will not have access to your duffel until you reach the campsite on the first night.
  • Transportation : We will go by bus to km 82, where we will start our hike. After we end our trip in Aguas Calientes, we’ll go back by train to Ollantaytambo and then continue by bus to Cusco.
  • Tents : Made especially for trekking, our tents are professional and very comfortable. We use 4-person, Eureka Timberline tents that only need to be shared by 2 people.
  • Inca Trail and Machupicchu permits : A permit is required for entry to Inca trail and Machupicchu. As soon as we receive your details and deposit, as long as permits are still available with the government office (please check our Inca Trail Availability link), we will purchase your permits for you. These permits are in your name for a specific date and can't be changed once confirmed. Only your passport number may be updated.
  • Oxygen and First Aid : On this trek, the highest point is at the first pass (4300m / 14,107ft). The guide will have oxygen and first aid them at all times. However, if you have any prescriptions from your doctor, please bring them with you. All our guides have received training from a medical doctor.
  • Pre - Briefing : Prior to your trek you will have a briefing in your hotel. Please let us know where you are staying and what time is good for you. We typically suggest around 6:00 pm, but you may choose another time if you prefer. At briefing time, we will give you the details of the trek and provide the Machulas Journey duffel bags that will be with the porters while you hike. And finally, you will have the opportunity to ask your guide any questions you might have.
  • Water : We will supply water every morning, at lunchtime, during our afternoon hike, and at night. The water will be boiled, filtered, and then cooled down before distributing. You just need to bring a container for water on the trek and let our master chef know how many liters you will drink so that he knows how much water to prepare. Our recommendation is to drink a lot of water while you hike, especially when we are at higher elevations.

Not Included

  • Sleeping Bags : Your sleeping bag is not included in your trek, so hikers will need to bring their own or rent one from Machulas Journey. Machulas Journey will provide you with a regular mattress. If you want to sleep well, you may want to bring an inflatable air mattress as well. They are also available for rent: (sleeping bag 20 USD, and inflatable air mattress 20 USD)
  • Walking Stick : Walking sticks are very helpful on this trek. If don’t have your own, you can rent them from our office for 15 USD.
  • The Last Lunch : After our amazing experience on the Inca trail, many of our clients want to go to one of the restaurants in Aguas Calientes to have a local meal. This last lunch is not included in your journey.
  • Huaynapicchu and Machpicchu : Huaynapicchu and Machupicchu the mountains that stand next to Machupicchu citadel—offer spectacular views. Huaynapicchu takes 45 minutes to get to the top and then 45 minutes back down. Machupicchu takes 1 hour to summit and another hour back down. This is done after your tour of Machupicchu Inca city. If you want to climb either of these mountains, please let us know so we can better organize your tour. The cost for Huaynapicchu is 60 USD per person and 55 USD per person for Machu Picchu Mountain. Note: Don’t confuse Machupicchu Inca citadel with the Machupicchu mountain.

Recomendations

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the Journey - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs ).
  • Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day).
  • Binoculars (if you have them).

Tour Price

Standard service price

$850 per person.
Groups of 3-4 $830 per person.
Groups of 5-6 or more $800 per person.

Private service price

$950 per person.
Groups of 3-4 $930 per person.
Groups of 5-6 or more $900 per person.

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