Classic Inca Trail 4 or 5 days—The Inca trail is one of the most amazing treks in the world! We offer a 4 or 5 day trek. The 5 day trail is ideal for families or those who are concerned about their physical fitness for completing the trail in 4 days as it proceeds at a much more relaxed pace than the classic 4 day Inca trail. It is desirable for those people that don’t want to start their mornings at 4 am and that want to experience the trails at the time of day when there are far fewer people. It also allows you much better enjoyment of Machu Picchu because you arrive at the Sun gate in the afternoon in time for beautiful evening views of the sunset. Machu Picchu is much less crowded at this time as well. Then you spend the night in a hotel, get a good nights sleep, recover from the hike with a trip to the hot springs or a massage, and then return to Machu Picchu again the next morning feeing refreshed for sunrise and a personalized walking tour.
ITINERARY 4 day Inca trail
Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho Km 82 – Llactapata- Ayapata
You will be picked up by private van from your hotel at 5am and drive to the trailhead of the tour Km 82, located about 3 hours from Cusco. While are porters are organizing our things and passing through the checkpoint, we enjoy a hot breakfast prepared by your chef. We will then pass through the checkpoint where the rangers will check your passport. Then we will be ready to start our journey! We will cross the Urubamba river and hike on a flat trail along the river for 2 hours and then start a gentle ascent to reach Llactapata. On the way, we may pass local farmers who are working their fields or bringing their crops to the markets. We will stop for at some Inca ruins to take great photos and for your first lesson in Inca history. Then we continue to hike 1.5 hours until we reach our stopping point for lunch. Finally, after lunch, we will keep ascending for two hours to reach our campsite at Ayapata. We will arrive around 4:30 pm, and you can relax in your tent that the porters will have ready for you. Then you can have a snack or a drink and socialize with the chef and porters as brothers and sisters before having dinner and group photos.
Walking distance: 8.7 miles/14 km (6-7 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3,300 meters
Day 2: Ayapata – Dead Woman´S Pass – Runcuraccay Pass – Chaquiccocha
You will be woken up at 5 am with a cup of hot coca tea, delivered to your tent by your porters. We will have a good breakfast to give us energy to conquer Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point on our journey to Machu Picchu (4215 meters/13829 feet). We will ascend for 3 and a half hours before reaching the pass. We will celebrate with photos and snack before descending down the other side of the pass to the location where we will stop for a delicious and well deserved lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking for 3 more hours and on the way we will pass 2 beautiful Inca sites, Runcu Raccay and Sayacmarca where we will continue learning about the amazing civilization of the Incas. Finally, we will reach our camp site around 5 pm at Chaquicocha. This is considered one of the most beautiful camp sites along the way because you can see the snow-capped mountains of the Vilcabamba range and enjoy an amazing sunset before having a delicious dinner.
Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (9 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3,600
Day 3: Chaquiccocha – Phuyupatamarka - Wiñaywayna
We will wake you up at 5:30 am, enjoy breakfast with the majestic views and sunrise over the mountains and finally start to hike. Today is one of the most beautiful days on the trail and the vegetation changes as we start to enter the jungle because we will be on the Atlantic side of the Andes. Today the trail is gentle and it is 100% original Inca stonework, including an original Inca tunnel—good luck surviving your pass through the tunnel! After 2 hours of hiking, we will reach Phuyupatamarka, from where you will have 360 degree views of the mountains and a vista down into the Sacred Valley. We will visit archaeological sites and an Inca astronomical observatory. From there we will descend down 3000 feet, over steep Inca stairs, stopping along the way at the way at the archaeological site of Intipata, before reaching your campsite at Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) where our chef and porters will be waiting with a hot lunch. After lunch and a siesta, you will receive an in depth tour of the ruins. This site is notfrequented by many other groups and you will be able to take amazing photos of this incredible place and can relax and enjoy free time wandering this Inca site before dinner and an early night.
Walking distance: 6.2 miles/10km (6 hours)
Campsite altitude: 2,700 meters
Day 4: Sun Gate/Inti punku - Machu Picchu
You will be woken up at 4 am with a cup of hot Coca tea, followed by breakfast, in order to get to the checkpoint early so that we can be one of the first groups to arrive at the Sun gate. We will wait in line at the checkpoint until 5:30, when we can pass through and hike one hour until we reach the Sun gate or Inti Punku, the final Inca checkpoint for Mahch picchu where you can see your first complete views of the citadel. This is an amazing spot because on the summer solstice, the sun beams pass exactly through this site and hit the temple of the sun down below. After stopping for photos, we will descend one hour and finally reach Machu picchu. We will stop at the best spots to take photos that are worthy of a postcard. Then you will have a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the site where we will visit the most important temples and palaces and understand why the Incas built this magic place. Have free time to explore on your own or climb Hauyna picchu if you have purchased tickets to do so. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus for lunch before taking the Expedition or Vistadome train 2 hours to Ollantaytambo where our driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco by private transfer and drop you off at your hotel.
What is included: Entrance to Inca Trail and Machu picchu, Bus between Machu picchu and Aguas Calientes, Tourist class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, Private transport between your hotel in Cusco to start of trek, return to Poroy, Duffel bag for your belongings to be carried by porters up to 6 kg per person, All meals except lunch on day 4 in Aguas calientes, Personal porter who carries your belongings and sets up and takes down your tent nightly, certified professional English speaking guide, Certified chef experienced in cooking vegetarian meals and accommodating special diets and allergies, good quality tent for sleeping, private bathroom tent and chemical toilet for your group only so that you don’t have to use the toilets along the Inca trail, snacks, purified water except for on day 1 (bring your own water), oxygen tank
What is not included: Water day 1, Lunch day 4 in Aguas Calientes, Alcohol, Gratuities, Hauyna picchu ($65 per person), Inflatable mattress $20 extra, Sleeping bag $20 extra, Trekking poles $20 extra
What to bring: Original passport that was used to make the reservation for the Inca trail, head lamp, day pack, sun screen, Insect repellent, prescription medication
PRICING for our Private groups: Group of 2: $875 per person, groups of 3: $835 per person, groups of 4: $785 per person, groups of 5: $730 per person, groups of 6: $695 per person, groups of 7 or more: $650 per person
5 DAY INCA TRAIL:
Day 1, option 1: Cusco to Llactapacta : Today will be an easy to day to let your body acclimatize to the altitude and get an idea of what the rest of the hike will be like. Pick up at your hotel at 8 am, private transfer to km 82 which is the start of the Inca trail (3 hours). We will stop along the way in the beautiful Inca village of Ollantaytambo where we can use the bathroom and buy any last minute snacks and supplies for the trip. Before we start our hike, we will have a picnic lunch at the start of the trail. After lunch, we will hike along the Urubamba River to Llactapacta, where we will camp for the night in front of a beautiful Inca archaeological site next to the river.
Day 1, option 2: Ollantaytambo to Llactapacta: If your hotel is in the Sacred Valley, we will explore the amazing Inca town and site of Ollantaytambo. Pick up at 8 am from your hotel, private transfer to Ollantaytambo where you will have a private guided tour of the site. We will climb to the top and see the temple of the sun and enjoy amazing views of the Sacred Valley. Then transfer to km 82 for lunch with itinerary as above.
Day 2: Llactapacta to Llulluchapampa:
Wake up at 6:30 with coca tea and hot washcloths delivered to your tent. After a delicious hot breakfast, we will meet the porters, take a group photo, and you can get to know the names and stories of the people who are working hard to take care of you on your trip. We will start the day by exploring the archealogical site of Llactapacta which is one of the most magical places along the Inca trail. Because of time constraints, most of the other companies have to pass right by this place. After this we will start hiking through the Cusichaca Valley, passing by local communities who are still living the Inca style of life. We can stop and visit a local house and try chica, the traditional corn beer, and we can also feed the guinea pigs. We will then hike for four hours: the first 3 hours are a gradual uphill climb, then the hiking will be steep steps and switch backs for one hour. We will then break for lunch, and after lunch and time for a siesta, continue 2 more hours on the Inca steps and switchbacks before arriving at our campsite of Llulluchapampa, a beautiful small campsite that is not used by many groups, located at the base of Dead Woman’s Pass. From the campsite, you can see stunning views of Huayanay mountain.
Day 3: Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca: Today is our hardest day when will reach our highest point on the trail at Dead Woman’s Pass, elevation 13,778 feet. We will wake up at 5:30 am, have breakfast and hike up to the pass. We will take a break and enjoy the views and have time for photos. Then we will descend to the Pacamayo valley, walking over steps that are still in place since Inca times. We will stop for some snacks and a little break before starting our second ascent to Runcuracay Pass. On the way, we will stop for a history lessons at an Inca watch-tower and an ancient Inca ceremonial site. We will then have lunch in Chaquicocha before our final hike to our amazing camp site at Phuyupatamarca. This is by far the most beautiful camp-site along the Inca trail. From here there are 360 degree views of the Andes and night sky. We will gather after dinner for view of the Milky Way, the Southern Cross, constellations, planets and a lesson on Incan astronomy.
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes: Wake up at 5:30 am in order to enjoy sunrise and see the rays of sun hitting the surrounding snow capped mountains of Salkantay, Pumasillo and Veronica. We will have a hot breakfast and then explore the Incan astronomical observatory at Phuyupatamarca before starting on our final push to Machu Picchu. We will descend on Inca steps through the cloud forest and will reach the Inca farming terraces called Inti pata and we can stop here and enjoy the stunning views of the Sacred Valley and Urubamba river. Finally, we will descend to Wiñay Wayna (forver young) and visit the temple of the Rainbow and stop for a detailed explanation of one the most picturesque Inca archaeological sites. We will have lunch and then will hike through a gentle trail and arrive at Inti Punku, the sun gate, to have our first views of Machu Picchu. We will then hike down, arriving in time to take the classic postcard pictures of the citadel at sunset. We will have plenty of time to take in the views and take photos before going to our hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes by bus. We will accompany you to your hotel before meeting for dinner at Indio Feliz, one of the best restaurants in the town.
Hotel: Tierra Viva Machu Picchu or similar caliber, upgrades available on request, contact us for cost
Day 5: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, to Ollantaytambo. Wake up at 5:30 and have breakfast at 6 am, then go to the bus station to take the 20 minute bus ride to Machu Picchu. Arrive in time for sunrise. Then you will have a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the site where we will visit the most important temples and palaces and understand why the Incas built this magic place. Have free time to explore on your own or climb Huayna Picchu if you have purchased tickets to do so. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus for lunch before taking the 2:55 pm train to Ollantaytambo. Transfer to hotel.
Included: All meals except lunch on Day 5, Porter service, Tents, Private guide, Entrance to Inca trail and Machu Picchu, Bus tickets Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, Train tickets Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, Private transfer to and from hotel (door to door service), form mattress
Not included: Lunch on day 5, Alcohol, Gratuities, Huayna picchu ($65 per person), Inflatable mattress $20 extra, Sleeping bag $20 extra, Trekking poles $20 extra
PRICING for PRIVATE GROUPS: Groups of 2: $975 per person, Groups of 3 $940 per person, Groups of 4 $910 per person, Groups of 5: $875 per person, Groups of 6: $830 per person, Groups of 7: $800 per person, Groups of 8 or more $775