5-DAY INCA TRAIL HIKE
If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure in Peru, consider taking the 5 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. This challenging trek offers stunning views of the Andes Mountains, ancient Incan ruins, and lush rainforests. Book your inca trail 5 days today and experience the trip of a lifetime!
PERU TOP EXPERIENCE plans this complete experience for you, you should not worry about managing any detail, we take care of everything so that you just enjoy the adventure.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
- Get a new personal achievement, complete the challenge of the Inca.
- Defeat the famous Gringo Killer.
- Explore the beautiful Inca citadel.
- Enjoy an evening in the magical town of Aguas Calientes.
- Enjoy the beautiful panorama that we will have on our train tour.
- Find out more about the living history of this citadel above the clouds.
DAY 01: CUSCO – PISCACUCHO (Km 82) – WAYLLABAMBA
Our 5-Day Inca Trail Hikebegins very early from the city of Cusco, our transport takes us to the Ollantaytambo sector where we have free time to have a calm breakfast and then proceed to the Piscacucho sector (Km 82) where we meet with our entire support team. (Porters and cook). After a brief explanation our experience begins, first we will visit a historical Inca control place called Llactapata (2650 masl / 8692 feet), this is strategically located for access to Machu Picchu. At the end of the visit we begin a new walk towards our lunch point, at the end we continue our trip towards our first camp, Wayllabamba (3000 masl / 9840 feet), where our camping team is waiting for us ready so we can relax as much as possible. Here we will also find small shops where we can buy drinks, snacks or essential items for the trip. At night we will share a dinner space with our team while our guide gives us information about the second day.
- Walking duration: 05 hrs / 12 km
- Accommodation: Camp
- Difficulty: Average
- Maximum altitude: 3000 masl / 9840 feet
- Camp altitude: 3000 masl / 9840 feet
DAY 02: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO
Our day begins with the first rays of sun, we enjoy a magnificent view of the valley in its early hours and our team offers us a cup of coca tea that helps us wake up with great spirits, then we complement this by delighting ourselves with a breakfast that full of energy since our day will be very demanding.
The first section is the hardest, at a firm and constant pace we begin with the ascent to the highest point of the entire experience, the Warmiwañusca pass (4,200 masl / 13,776 feet), upon arrival we will have an impressive view of the entire valley, we see what the road we have traveled is like and also the one that awaits us, so after a well-deserved rest and the photos for Instagram we continue our journey, now it is a descent to the valley floor so that we can reach our next camp, which is Pacaymayo (3,500 masl / 11,482 feet), upon arrival the team has already installed our equipment and is preparing our lunch, we spend the afternoon with our guide who shows us the incredible flora and fauna of the place.
- Walking duration: 08 hrs / 12 km
- Accommodation: Camp
- Difficulty: Hard
- Maximum altitude: 4200 masl / 13,776 feet
- Camp altitude: 3500 masl / 11 482 feet
DAY 03: PACAYMAYO – RUNKURAKAY – PHUYUPATAMARCA
After enjoying the breakfast, we keep on our 5-Day Inca Trail Hike by walking an average of 2 hours until the first ascend to the archaeological center of Runkurakay (3800 masl / 12 470 feet), after an explanation and tour with our guide we begin the ascent to the highest part, which is the pass, and continue to see other places as Sayacmarca (3580 masl / 11 472 feet). We will see how on the way the landscapes go deeper and deeper into the jungle, so the panorama changes.
In the afternoon we will reach the Phuyupatamarca sector (3600 masl / 11 930 feets) where we will have a panoramic view of the Urubamba valley which is the gateway to Machu Picchu. Here we will finally spend the night in our comfortable camp to be able to enjoy the beautiful constellations.
- Hiking duration: 06 hrs / 9 km
- Accommodation: Camping
- Difficulty: Hard
- Max Altitude: 3800 masl / 12 470 feet
- Campground elevation: 3600 masl / 11,930 feet
DAY 04: PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYWAYNA – AGUAS CALIENTES
This day begins with a delicious breakfast, then our descent begins to visit the last control point which is Wiñaywayna (2650 masl / 8692 feet), where our team awaits us to have a delicious lunch and then continue our journey. However, before leaving the camp we will have an emotional moment since our support team that accompanied us throughout the entire journey says goodbye to us, we continue alone with the guide for a period of 2 hours on average until we reach the Intipunku or Puerta del Sol (2745 masl / 9005 feet), from here we already have a panoramic view of the beautiful citadel of Machu Picchu (2430 masl / 7972 feet).
After a brief period of time for the photographs, our descent begins along a path to reach the control point, from this place we can board a tourist bus to reach Aguas Calientes (2040 masl / 6692 feet). Where we go to our selected and comfortable hotel where we can rest properly.
- Walking duration: 04 hrs / 5 km
- Accommodation: Hotel Room (Request the type of room)
- Difficulty: Average
- Maximum altitude: 2745 masl / 9005 feet
- Accommodation altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 feet
DAY 05: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
This is the best day of our 5-Day Inca Trail Hike! The next day in the morning we go to the bus station to return to the citadel, we pass a small control and finally entered Machu Picchu (2430 masl / 7972 feet) , first an ascent to the upper part to reach the key point of the trip from the beginning and this is the watchman’s house from where we can take the most important classic photo of the trip. After free time to enjoy the panorama, we continue our tour to visit other main places such as the main square, the sundial, the royal quarters, the Intihuatana, the temple of the 3 windows and the condor, among other important places. This visit as such lasts 2 hours on a regular basis, however we extend it in a better way so that you can enjoy the time and have a total of approximately 3 hours.
At the end we return to Aguas Calientes by the same path to enjoy a well-deserved lunch (own expense), then around 2:00 p.m. we must return to the train station and board it to reach Ollantaytambo again where the tourist bus awaits us. In order to finally return to the city of Cusco, we will arrive at Av. el Sol that leaves us quite close to the main square so that we can go to dinner calmly or enjoy the city at night. End of our 5-Day Inca Trail Hike.
- Walking duration: 03 hrs / 2 km
- Difficulty: Average
- Maximum altitude: 2745 masl / 9005 feet
- Briefing / Informative talk prior to the trip
- Pick up from the hotel for the start of the experience
- Tourist transport: Cusco – Piscacucho (Km 82)
- Support team: Authorized porters
- Support Group Leader: Experienced Cook
- Camping equipment: Camping tent (suitable for the trip), thick foam mats, dining tent, kitchen equipment, eating utensils
- Clean towel every morning and hot water for hygiene
- Boiled water to fill the canteens
- Tea time during the tour
- Professional licensed tour guide
- Safety equipment: Radio transmitter
- First aid kit and oxygen cylinder
- Full food during our tour: 04 breakfasts, 04 lunches and 03 dinners
- Variety of diet according to your request (Vegetarian, food restriction)
- Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Consettur bus ticket: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (Day 04) / Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (Day 05)
- 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (Includes breakfast the next day)
- Tourist train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (*Expedition/Voyager)
- Tourist transport: Ollantaytambo – Cusco (Bimodal service)
*The train service is according to the availability we have for the date of your 5-Day Inca Trail Hike, we can also offer you an Upgrade to a better category, for this you only have to consider the additional information.
- Air flight (National or International)
- Special entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu (additional cost USD $80.00 dollars)
- Sleeping bag (You can include it for $25.00 dollars)
- Pair of walking poles (You can include them for $15.00 dollars)
- Additional personal porter (You can load 7kg – $150.00 dollars)
- Accommodation service in Cusco
- When confirming the service you must choose the travel date carefully since there is no option to change due to the modality of the entrance ticket, nor is it transferable to a third person or refundable under any circumstances.
- The spaces of the Inca Trail are very limited, so it is extremely important to have an advance reservation of at least 4 to 6 months in advance, the preparation is meticulous and detailed.
- HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN: Spaces are just as special and limited ($80.00 dollars)
- PAIR OF CANES: They will help during the walk for the support points ($15.00 dollars)
- SLEEPING BAG: Lighten the weight in our luggage from home ($25.00 dollars)
- ADDITIONAL PORTER: You can carry the personal luggage that we designate ($150.00 dollars – 7kg)
- VISTADOME SERVICE: If we are looking for a more complete experience, this is the ideal option. The Vistadome service has a panoramic view on the section of the train journey that is a fact that we will enjoy 200%.
- Additional price:
- Only return: $40.00 dollars per participant.
- LUNCH SERVICE: We can add this service as well and schedule it for after the guided tour in Machu Picchu. It has a price of $10.00 dollars per person (Tourist Menu).
Do I need to have previous experience or physical preparation?
Yes, to be able to carry out this 5-Day Inca Trail Hike it is important to have an adequate physical condition since the trip itself is very demanding, being prepared helps you enjoy the experience in a comfortable way, the geography of the Inca trail is somewhat unusual since it’s a complete mix of everything between staggered climbs, trails, inclines and steep descents. The best way to prepare for the trip is to establish some routines that can be daily or weekly in terms of walks that help strengthen our resistance in the legs.
How should I prepare my luggage for this 5-Day Inca Trail Hike?
The Inca Trail leads us directly to Machu Picchu by the traditional route used by the Incas, so the trail itself takes us into what we currently know as the jungle, for this reason the heat is imminent, light clothing is always the most recommended, to this we must add only 1 or 2 garments that are warm for the nights. Finally, personal items such as power banks, sunglasses, mosquito repellent, rain poncho and others are also important for the trip.
Can I do the 5-Day Inca Trail Hike on my own?
No, because the Inca trail has a particular condition and that is that it can only be done in the company of a formal company that has a special permit issued by Sernanp (Entity that regulates the natural part). With these conditions, choosing PERU TOP EXPERIENCE is the best option because we are direct operators for this service.
How are the bathrooms on the 5-Day Inca Trail Hike? Will we have access to showers along the way?
The services that we find along the way are basic, this is part of the management of the entities that regulate it, however they give us the comfort of being able to use them if necessary. As for the shower, the water is very cold, so it is not recommended on the road. Our team provides you with a warm towel and water so you can clean yourself every day. When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you can make use of the hot springs that are exceptional to rest your body after the adventure.
What is the difference between the 5-Day Inca Trail Hike and the classic tour?
The traditional 4-day service is established by more precise schedules, although it is a good way to live the experience, this other alternative gives us the option of having a quieter experience in terms of times and distances, so allocating an additional day also allows us to It gives a better experience in the citadel itself.
What to Bring
- Tickets issued by the agency (entrance ticket, buses, trains and others).
- Identity document (ID or Passport).
- Day pack and personal equipment:
- Hat and sunglasses.
- Mosquito repellent.
- Light clothing during the day
- Warm clothes for the night.
- Water in canteen
- Cash for personal purchases.
- Photographic camera
- Rain poncho (Recommended for rainy season).