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Inca Trail 5 Days to Machu Picchu

Cusco - Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarka - Machu Picchu
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  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Archaeology
  • Scenic Vistas
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Private Tour & Semi-Private Tour
Trip Length
5 days
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Inca Trail 5 days Trek to Machu Picchu

This Inca trail to Machu Picchu is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and history. Trek Peru’s most famous trek, also the best-known and most popular hiking trail in South America–perhaps the world, on this incredible 5-day hike through some of the best sights.

Hike in the footsteps of the Incas on one of the world’s oldest pilgrimages on our classic Inca Trail. This 5-day hiking trip covers a 26-mile-long Inca Trail, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our perfectly paced hike follows in the path of the ancient Incas and brings you to fascinating ruins accessible only on foot. You will hike up to 13,800 feet in altitude passing awe-inspiring Andean vistas along the way, and arrive at Machu Picchu citadel through the gate of the sun, Peru’s glorious ancient citadel of stone perched high above the Sacred Valley. This fabled lost city of the Incas, with its evocative stone stairways, altars, dwellings, temples, and fountains, is the most magical of all the Incan citadels, and its exquisite setting makes it absolutely sublime. 

We have taken this trip to perfection with awe-inspiring campsites, superb camp amenities, and an exceptional team of local Tour Guides who have a passion for creating a memorable journey on this celebrated trail. Also, on this Inca Trail 5 Days you will have an opportunity to see the Machu Picchu citadel twice, the 4th day with the sunset, and the following day with a sunrise over the Inca ruins. Our 5-day Inca Trail trek includes the fourth night of lodging at a cozy hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) for pleasant rest and to be ready for your next day exploration at Machu Picchu.

Why you will love this tour

  • Trek the Inca Trail, passing through the Sun Gate as you enter Machu Picchu
  • Wake early and enjoy watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy the comfort of our famous Inca Trail camping service—the best on the trail!
  • Enjoy exclusive access to Inca ruins along the trail and have much more time to roam with your own private tour guide.
  • Hike 5-8 miles per day, fully supported; carry only your day packs.
  • Spend the last day at the fabled Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
  • Trek honed to perfection by local Tour Guides, accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism. And you’ll trek with one of us.

Trip Details

  • Tour duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Hiking, history & archaeology, culture, and nature.
  • Trek starts from: Cusco
  • Trek ends in: Cusco
  • Group Size: Small groups for big adventures (min 2ppl – max 8ppl – average 4ppl)
  • Good For: Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape
  • Physical rating: Moderate – demanding due to the altitude of the trail
  • Consideration: Please remember coming prepared for this trek. And allow you at least 2 days to get acclimated in Cusco before the trek begins.
  • Hiking time: 7-9 hours every day.
  • Best campsite:  At Phuyupatamarca on day 3.
  • Trail distance: 42km/ 26.09 miles.
  • Highest point: 4,215 m/ 13,829 ft.
  • Departure: Daily

ITINERARY

Welcome Briefing

You will have a thorough pre-departure briefing with our guide the night before your trek. This meeting will be at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask final questions and make any final preparations for your hike.

We pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco (the exact time will be confirmed at the briefing) we will then drive for two and a half-hour to the Sacred Valley, where Piskacucho Km 82 (2,700 m/ 8,856 ft) is located, the trailhead, en route we will make a stop in Ollantaytambo town for breakfast (it isn’t included), once at the checkpoint of Km 82, we’ll show our passports to the local rangers (need to bring your original passport). 

The beginning of the trek is relatively flat, allowing for an easy start to the day. About two hours into the hike, you will see the Inca site of Patallacta, an extraordinary Inca ruins perched among the mountains, where our guide will pause to explain the history of this site. Other 45 minutes hike will get us to the lunch place. After lunch, we will still hike for 2 more hours to arrive at the first campsite called Wayllabamba. In the evening we’ll have our tea time to enjoy hot tea, hot chocolate, popcorn, biscuits, etc, followed by dinner and rest up for the second day.

  • Hiking distance: 11 km / 6.83 miles.
  • Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.
  • Physical rating: Moderate
  • Highlight: Inca ruins.

The second day is the most challenging one, today a nutritious breakfast will make us ready for the hike. This section of the trail involves the most strenuous climbs through the ancient staircases but will offer you great views of the surrounding mountains. On this portion of the trek, expect several breaks, allowances for photos, and simply enjoy the surroundings.

The path is uphill until getting the Dead-woman pass ( 4,215 m/ 13,825 ft) which is the highest point on the Inca Trail, as we hike to this pass, we’ll get in different ecotones (a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities “ecosystems”), before reaching the top we’ll have lunch at Llulluchapampa 3,800 m/ 12,464 ft, After lunch, we’ll hike up to reach the Dead-woman pass for two more hours, upon our arrival we’ll take a very well-deserved break to enjoy the sceneries around, from this highest point we’ll walk downhill for 3 hours to get the second campsite called Pacaymayu 3,650 m/ 11,972 ft. This evening we’ll have tea time and dinner.

  • Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles.
  • Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 4,215 m / 13,825 ft.
  • Physical rating: Demanding.

Today, we’ll wake up a bit later than other days and have a great breakfast, we’ll then start hiking up for two hours to reach the second pass called Runkurakay 3,950 m/ 12,956 ft, on the halfway to the pass, we’ll get and explore the ruins of Runkurakay, a place to get into the Incan history, archaeology and for a break before reaching the next high pass. Upon our arrival at Runkurakay pass, we’ll savor the stunning views in every direction of the Vilcabamba mountain range and Urubamba Mountain range. After a deserved rest at the top, we’ll descend down to the next Incan ruins called Sayacmarca for 1 hour and 30 minutes, where we’ll explore this place with our Tour Guide, before heading out to our lunch spot at Chakicocha. After lunch, the trail goes through the cloud forest with great scenic vistas to Phuyupatamarca 3,650 m/ 11,972 ft, the third campsite considered the most scenic campsite on the Inca Trail 5 days. The afternoon is for relaxation time, enjoy the tea time and dinner.

  • Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles.
  • Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 3,650 m / 11,972 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 4,950 m / 12,956 ft.
  • Physical rating: Moderate to demanding.

An important day, because we’ll conquer Machu Picchu today. After taking our nutritious breakfast and enjoying the sunrise, we’ll descend to Wiñaywayna ruins, which look quite similar to the ones at Machu Picchu where our Tour Guide will deliver great information about this site, on the way from the last campsite to Wiñaywayna, we’ll stop at other well-restored Incan ruins of Phuyupatamarca and Intipata for an exploration. Upon our arrival to Wiñaywayna and after the exploration of the Incan site, we’ll have our last lunch and a farewell time to our porters. We’ll then continue hiking to Machu Picchu for two more hours via Sun Gate. From the Sun Gate, we will have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains. However, it will take other 45 minutes to hike down to Machu Picchu itself. After spending some time in Machu Picchu, we will take the bus to our hotel in Aguas Calientes town/Machu Picchu Pueblo.

  • Hiking distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles.
  • Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 3,650 m / 11,972 ft.
  • Physical rating: Moderate to demanding.

Today a great breakfast at the hotel makes us ready for a full morning exploration of Machu Picchu on a private tour with your Trek Tour Guide. We’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu early in the morning for an amazing tour until 12:00 pm (Machu Picchu permits will be issued for the first time slot which is from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm.

If you have booked a permit for Wayna Picchu Mountain, you’ll climb the mountain after the tour and this hike might be unguided; however, spaces are subject to availability. In the unlikely event that Wayna Picchu permits are not available for your departure date, you will climb Machu Picchu Mountain instead.

After a great time at the Incan citadel, we’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, here, our driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco. End of the adventure.

Included

  • Private transportation from your hotel to the trailhead.
  • Entrance fee to the Inca trail 5 days and Machu Picchu.
  • One night hotel in Machupicchu town.
  • Bus ticket in Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket back to Cusco/Ollantaytambo.
  • Roomy tents.
  • Inflatable sleeping pads (Therma-Rest mattress)
  • Other camping equipment (dining tent with table and chairs, a kitchen tent).
  • Private transportation from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
  • “Cusco Local Friend” Experienced Guide.
  • First-Aid Kit.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • Meals: Breakfast (4), lunch (4), dinner (3), and snacks with options for vegetarians.
  • A professional cook.
  • Porters who will carry the equipment.
  • A duffle bag, where you put your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items per person (personal cares, personal items, sleeping bag are within this 7 kg / 14 pounds).
  • Personal porter who will carry your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items.

Not Included

  • Sleeping bags.
  • Hiking poles.
  • Extra expenditures during the trek.
  • Gratuities for the guides, porters, and other staff (Not compulsory, you own appreciation).
  • Travel insurance.

Prices per person

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Start Date
23 Oct 2022
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Inca Trail 5 Days to Machu Picchu

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What to Expect

Impressive views, hot temperatures during the hiking days although kind of windy at high points; mostly sunny days during the months of May, June, July, and August; mosquito area; big altitude gain and loss every day so you need to have enough time in Cusco to get acclimated before your trek begins.

Food is amazing from vegetables, just made soups, pasta, to Peruvian delicious cuisine, desserts, and buffet options. All this, prepared by our experienced cook.

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Great sights don’t make an amazing tour. Great guides do! Our guides don’t read from a script, we give them the freedom to make each tour their own, and your experience unique. We love what we do and it shows. From the moment you arrive, you'll feel the buzz and excitement that Cusco Local Friend to offer.

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Trip Reviews

Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

Kathy C
Kathy C
August 29, 2022.
Most Amazing Guided Tour EVER! I very highly recommend this amazing tour company. We worked closely with Percy and customized a 4 day trip with the incredible Juan Carlos. We had the best time and felt like family since the very beginning of our time. Hats off to our fabulous driver as well. I have already told several friends that THIS is the tour company you want. I have hired many in different countries and this was the best experience. Fell in love with Peru, I'll be back. Thank you Percy, Juan Carlos and Team for making this the best trip ever! Kathy C
Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M
August 4, 2022.
Best tour guides ever! We had Edgar and Abraham as our drivers/guides on a full day tour of the Sacred Valley and they were phenomenal! They were already outside at 7am when we walked out. Both were friendly and held meaningful conversations along the way, in addition to Abraham explaining the historical significance of each site. We loved the unexpected, fun stops we made along the way. They even took us to the train station at the end of the tour and showed us how to get there from the plaza so that we could spend time exploring the area instead of waiting 2 hours at the train station. We highly recommend them!
jason p
jason p
July 24, 2022.
A great service provider Excellent trip arrangements by Hugo to for airport transfer, and visit to Humantay lake and rainbow mountain. He took extra effort to arrange us to get visa in Bolivia consulate in Cusco and bought us SIM card in advanced which is so useful. The tour guide, Smith is also a very nice person and we enjoyed the trip very much even though it was tiring. Thumbs up to Cusco Local Friends !
Dee P
Dee P
July 22, 2022.
Cusco to Ollantaytambo made pain-free Used this service to go from Cusco Airport to Ollantaytambo and then Ollantaytambo to Cusco city. Can't say enough good things about how easy it was to book service with them and I highly recommend using a private taxi vs a bus. I was forced to use a taxi due to the bimodal service via PeruRail having issues with a bus driver strike. This meant that the bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo was canceled. Cusco Local Friend emailed me within minutes of requesting taxi service and charged $35 USD which was such a good deal that I used them to return to Cusco even though the bus driver strike was over. Drivers Daniel and Rafael were safe and efficient on the roads. Recommend that you speak a little bit of Spanish but not necessary.
baron s
baron s
July 12, 2022.
7 day Journey through Cusco, sacred valley, macchu Picchu, rainbow mountain We planed a honeymoon 7 day adventure with local Cusco friends and my wife and I had a 5 star experience. First off the communication between Hugo and Percy were amazing in helping plan this once in a lifetime experience. A lot goes into planning a Trip to Peru including admission tickets, transportation, train tickets etc and everything was orchestrated flawlessly. Ferdinand was out tour guide and he went above and beyond in teaching us about the Incan/ preincan/ modern culture. As well as show us many local spots. Alex was our driver and he was extremely professional and was prompt at making our itinerary move smoothly. I can honestly say that by the end of the trip we were sad to leave Alex and Ferdinand as we have all become good friends. I have already referred this company to two couples that are visiting in the next few months. Go ahead and book with this company you won’t regret it.
demi
demi
July 6, 2022.
Yes - They are locals and they are friends! I had a terrific experience with Cusco Local Friend and wouldn’t hesitate to tell any of my friends to use them. I started working with them back in 2019 to plan my dream trip to Machu Picchu. My private tour all arranged with Cusco Local Friend included hiking the short Inca Trail, a day visit at MP with an additional hike up Huayna Picchu, another day around Aguas Calientes, and then the Belmond Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco. My trip was originally scheduled for April 2020, and the world shut down. I worked with Cusco Local Friend to postpone my trip until further notice, and they did not hesitate to make that accommodation on our arrangements. Then, a year later, I finally rescheduled the trip for September of 2021, but the Delta variant was high and Huayna Picchu was still not open, so I decided to postpone indefinitely again. Again, no issues with this from our Cusco Local Friends! I FINALLY was able to get the trip successfully completed at the beginning of June this year. When we arrived in Cusco, Hugo and a driver were there waiting for us. We went into town for coffee and talk about the details of our planned MP experience. Afterwards, the driver took us to our hotel in the Sacred Valley where we were staying to acclimate for 4 days prior to our trek. On the morning of our trek, we were greeted by our guide, Juan Carlos and a guide in training at the time, Smick. We had an incredible day! The trek was hard, but Juan Carlos kept us on pace and even brought some wine for us to have during lunch, which was a fabulous touch. Note: It was raining most of our trek, so a nice glass of red wine warmed up, and prepared us for the final push, along with our coco leaves, of course. The next day when we toured MP and climbed Huayna Picchu, we had both Smick and Juan Carlos along for the ride. They took amazing pictures for us and answered all our questions. The following day, we had not planned anything, but to relax, but Hugo at Cusco Local Friend said that Smick could hang out with us that day and take us to the butterfly place and do a hike to a waterfall that was close to town. Since Smick was in training and needed the experience, they just threw that time in for us! So generous! We had a great day with Smick! When we finished up our day, Smick got us to the train station, and we said our farewells. Back in Cusco, we planned to see Hugo again and give him our feedback on our trip. He came and met us at our hotel and even brought us a little gift. He also arranged for a transport to the airport for us in a couple days, no extra charge. I had an excellent experience with Cusco Local Friend! They are all LOCALS to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and that is always what is important to me when deciding on what tour company to use. Plus, the communication and number of times we had to change plans, was all smooth and easy. We learned so much on our MP trek, and it will be an adventure that I will never forget. Thank you, Cusco Local Friend!
Aubry A
Aubry A
June 23, 2022.
We Loved Rumi For Helping Our Different Abilities Wonderful experience. My family and I loved Rumi our guide. Unfortunately for Rumi, we got confused about when and where we were supposed to meet Rumi, but he did really well tracking us down in no time even though we were like herding cats. The confusion was our fault not his. On the tour Rumi was wonderful. He had brought a binder full of pictures and references to show us Machu Picchu at different times in history and different references about the area. He was also very sensitive to my family members that had ability differences. He even held my mother-in-laws hands while she walked up and down the more precarious areas of Machu Picchu. Be aware that this isn't an easy hike. My father-in-law had a knee replacement a year prior to our trip and he struggled with the ups and downs and the length of the hike. If you are determined, like he is, you can do it but just be aware its not like an American National Park with rails and flattened walk ways. It was 100% worth it for all of us though. Thank you Rumi and Cusco Local Friend.
Timo W
Timo W
May 15, 2022.
Perfectly organised, great and knowledgeable guide. Unforgettable experience! From start to finish our tour was perfectly organised. During the planning of this trip Percy was our contact person. He replied quickly, proposed ideas and he felt really engaging en determined to create the best experience in and around Cusco for us. During our stay Abraham was our guide and we had a variety of drivers. Abraham was super knowledgeable and found the perfect balance between explaining but not overloading us with knowledge. All of the drivers were super punctual and drove us around very comfortable. We had some challenges as there was a strike in the region that we visited however we never noticed a thing about it. Percy contacted us in advance and was super flexible in changing our itinerary. When the train back from Aquas Calientes was fully booked due to the strike Percy upgraded us to make sure that we didn’t have to change our itinerary. If you are to plan your trip to Cusco make sure to use Cusco Local Friend as they will make sure that you will get an unforgettable journey.
E2WorldTraveler
E2WorldTraveler
May 14, 2022.
Remarkable World Wonder From the pre-booking, to booking, to post-booking, the information given and provided is spot on. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, gave an in-depth insight into the area and provided "theorized" answers to questions asked. Would rebook hands down without hesitation! September was a great month. Cool weather, slight rain encountered, which made the experience even better as the climate shifting throughout the day could be easily felt.
pandbburleigh
pandbburleigh
May 7, 2022.
Sacred valley tour Our guide Abraham was very knowledgeable, friendly and flexible allowing stops for photos. Edgar our driver had the van so clean and windows clear for taking pictures. He cleaned windows after each stop. We were a small group but had a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend these fine men. We did the Sacred VALLEY. Thank you so much. PAUL AND BARBARA BURLEIGH, CANADA

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