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Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days – 4 Nights

Embark on the remarkable journey of the Inca Trail, also known as CCAPACÑAN, leading you to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Renowned as the world’s finest trekking route, this trail captivates with its breathtaking beauty and diverse landscapes. From lofty mountain peaks to the enchanting subtropical cloud forest of the Andes, each step unveils a new ecological wonder.

As you traverse this ancient path, you’ll encounter captivating archaeological sites shrouded in mystery and embraced by lush jungle vegetation. Finally, your adventure culminates at the fabled lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the world’s seven wonders. Whether you’re an active outdoor enthusiast or a family seeking a memorable experience, this trek is highly recommended.

Rest assured, every aspect of your journey is meticulously crafted and guided by seasoned professionals. Our team of knowledgeable tour guides ensures an unforgettable experience that will resonate with you for a lifetime. In addition, our native Quechua-speaking guides and dedicated porters go the extra mile to make your adventure surpass expectations.

Indulge in delightful culinary experiences as our expert cooks prepare mouthwatering meals that cater to your dietary preferences. With balanced menus and local flavors, you’ll savor the tastes of Peru while immersing yourself in the region’s natural splendor.

We take pride in being a 100% local company deeply rooted in Peruvian culture and heritage. Our commitment to authenticity and sustainability ensures that you enjoy a remarkable journey and contribute to the local communities and environment.

The meticulously planned five-day itinerary of the Inca Trail trek guarantees an immersive experience. With shorter daily treks, you’ll have ample time to soak in the pure beauty surrounding you. Every moment becomes a cherished memory, etching Peru’s natural wonders deep into your soul.

Highlights of this 5-day Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Begin the trek from Piscacuchu, passing checkpoints and trekking alongside the Urubamba River. Visit the Llactapata Inca remains and enjoy scenic views. Reach the first campsite in Huayllabamba.
  • Day 2: Ascend to Warmihuañusca Pass, also known as Dead Woman Pass, at 4200 m. Enjoy panoramic views before descending to the Pacaymayo Valley campsite.
  • Day 3: Trek to Runkurakay circular Inca remains and ascend to the second pass at 3900 m. Visit the Sayacmarka archaeological site and enjoy views of the Salkantay and Pumasillo mountains. Reach the campsite in Phuyupatamarka.
  • Day 4: Witness sunrise and capture panoramic views from the Phuyupatamarka campsite. Descend to explore the Phuyupatamarka Inca site and continue to Wiñayhuayna. Visit the Intipata farming terraces and hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to view Machu Picchu. Descend to Aguas Calientes town for the night.
  • Day 5: Explore Machu Picchu with a guide for approximately three hours. Optional hike to Wayna Picchu. Return to Aguas Calientes town and take a train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Private transportation to Cusco.

DAY 1: CUSCO, OLLANTAYTAMBO, PISCACUCHU TO HUAYLLABAMBA CAMP

Kick-start your trekking adventure with our dedicated team, led by experienced guides. They’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and drive you to Ollantaytambo, where you can enjoy a leisurely optional breakfast. From there, it’s a 45-minute drive to the starting point, Piscacuchu (km 82). Upon arrival, you’ll meet our skilled field staff, including cooks and porters, who will ensure your comfort throughout the journey. Get ready to make new friends as you mingle with fellow guests.

After passing a checkpoint with park rangers, we begin our trek along a gentle path that meanders alongside the majestic Urubamba River. The scenic route treats you to breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, such as the impressive Apu Huacayhuillca (Veronika Mountain) and the Urubamba mountain range. Along the way, we’ll stop at the Llactapata Inca remains, where you can soak in the captivating vistas and learn about the site’s historical significance from our knowledgeable guide. Continuing through the picturesque Kusichaca River valley, we eventually reach our first campsite in Huayllabamba, a charming local community. Don’t forget to savor a delicious lunch during your hike.

Distance: 12 km (7.4 miles) | Time: 6 to 7 hrs | Altitude: 2600 m to 3000 m ( 8530 ft to 9842 ft)

DAY 2: HUAYLLABAMBA, WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS TO PACAYMAYO ALTO

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast to energize yourself for the day ahead. We pass the second checkpoint and begin our ascent, encountering various ecosystems along the way, including a primary Andean forest and Andean grassland. After approximately five hours of hiking, we reach the magnificent Warmihuañusca, also known as the Dead Woman Pass, standing tall at 4200 m (14,000 ft). Take a moment to relish the 360-degree panorama of the Huayllabamba valleys and the snow-capped Huayanay mountains. Capture memories with your camera before descending for two hours to our campsite nestled in the Pacaymayo Valley.

Distance: 12 km | Altitude: 3000 m to 4200 m to 3600 m | Time: 6 to 7 hrs

DAY 3: PACAYMAYO ALTO TO PHUYUPATAMARCA

After a satisfying breakfast, we depart from Pacaymayo, giving other trekkers a head start. Following the original ancient pathway, we ascend to the Runkurakay circular Inca remains, where Andean and Amazonian vegetation intertwine. Our guide will enlighten you about this fascinating place. Continuing our ascent, we reach the second pass, Runkurakay, at an altitude of 3900 m. Take your time to absorb the pristine nature and capture stunning photos. The trail leads us downhill to the Sayacmarka archaeological site, where our guide provides insights into its historical significance. From here, the trail showcases the impeccable engineering skills of the Incas as it traverses the Chaquiccocha, a dry lagoon, and passes through an Inca-adapted tunnel. Enjoy outstanding views of the snow-capped Salkantay and Pumasillo mountains in the Vilcabamba range before reaching our campsite above the clouds in Phuyupatamarka. This ceremonial center is considered of utmost importance during the Incan era.

Distance: 9 km | Altitude: 3600 m to 3700 m | Time: 6 to 7 hrs

DAY 4: PHUYUPATAMARCA TO AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

Rise and shine in the Phuyupatamarca campsite, nestled along the Inca Trail. This extraordinary location offers unparalleled sunrise and sunset views, allowing you to enjoy the surrounding beauty. Capture the 360-degree panorama of the Urubamba mountain range and Villacabamba, along with the magnificent Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains towering above. This is a paradise for photography enthusiasts. After witnessing the magical sunrise and eating breakfast, we begin our descent to explore the Phuyupatamarca Inca site. The trail then leads us down for three hours to Wiñayhuayna at an altitude of 2600 m. Along this section of the Inca Trail, you’ll witness the exceptional engineering skills of the Incas. As we descend, we encounter Intipata, a series of captivating farming terraces with a panoramic view of the Urubamba River. Our journey concludes at the Wiñayhuayna Archaeological site, where you’ll have free time to explore. After a final lunch with our trekking crew, we continue our hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) at 2700 m, where a breathtaking Machu Picchu awaits. Finally, we descend to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

Distance: 10 km | Altitude: 3700 m to 2400 m (Aguas Calientes town 2000 m) | Time: 6 to 7 hrs

DAY 5: EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU, AFTERNOON RETURN TO CUSCO

Enjoy a satisfying breakfast before your guide accompanies you on a short bus ride to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Spend approximately three hours exploring this magical Inca city, delving into its fascinating history and architectural marvels. Take your time to wander around and soak up the mystical ambiance. If you’ve secured a ticket for Wayna Picchu, a limited-entry hiking route, you can challenge yourself with the climb (remember to book in advance). In the afternoon, depending on availability, we regroup in Aguas Calientes, where we board a train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. From there, private transportation takes you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Note: The itinerary may be subject to slight modifications based on the group’s pace and weather conditions.

Tour: Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N
Type: Inca Trail Treks, Private
Duration: 5D/4N
Difficulty: Moderate
Destinations: Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Huayllabamba, Chachabamba, Wiñayhuana, Kusichaca River valley, Warmihuañusca, Pacaymayo, Sayacmarka, Chaquiccocha, Intipata, Wiñayhuayna, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes

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Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

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