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Inca Trail 5 Day Private Tour

5 Days

23 reviews
Inca Trail 5 Day Private Tour

Inca Trail 5 Day Private Tour

5 Days

23 reviews

Overview

Trek the famous Inca Trail, with a full day at Machu Picchu, The Inca Trail is a spectacular trek through the high Andes on an original Inca pathway with a chance to visit extraordinary ruins, enjoy beautiful mountain views, walk through strikingly different climatic zones, and finally experience the unique feeling of arriving at Machu Picchu by foot. The return to trip to Cusco is by train to Poroy, which is a relaxing way to see the mighty Urubamba River and the Inca trail once again from the comfort of the train.

Highlights

There are different networks of Inca trails with connection to Machu Picchu, but currently the best known is the one used as a tourist circuit, properly called traditional Inca Trail, this corresponds to a route of approximately 45 kilometers, passing through high mountains and extraordinary landscapes; passing through various ecological floors with abundant variety of flora and fauna; the road in some sections has cobblestones and original bleachers, to travel it requires 05 days / 04 nights and ends in the imposing Citadel of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Trip Details

Day 1 – Transportation to Km 82 – Llactapata (2650 mt. / 8692 ft.)
Day 2 – Llactapata – Lluluchupampa (3600m/11808ft)
Day 3 – Lluluchupampa – Phuyopatamarca
Day 4 – Phuyopatamarca – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Day 5 – Full Day Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1 – Transportation to Km 82 – Llactapata (2650 mt. / 8692 ft.)

Our Inca Trail guides will pick you up at 7:00 a.m. from your hotel in Cusco to take you to the starting point. You will also past the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and have the chance to buy any last minute supplies. After driving to the meet up point at Chilca, you will find your support team of traditional porters before embarking on the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The trek follows along the banks of the Urubamba River, and you will camp the night at Llactapata, beside some spectacular ruins which you will have time to explore. You will be camping and trekking in style and comfort. Whilst walking all you need to carry is a day pack, as all the camping equipment is carried by porters. All camp chores are done for us, and delicious meals are served by a professional chef.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2 - Llactapata – Lluluchupampa ( 3600mt./ 11808ft.)

You will trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last currently inhabited site on the trail. The path continues on up, with glimpses of humming birds and through high altitude cloud forests. Our camp is at a beautiful grassy area at Llulluchupampa, which has breathtaking views of the valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Lluluchupampa – Phuyopatamarca

Possibly the hardest day of the trek, you will get up early and head to the highest point of the trail – the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead woman’s) pass at 4200 m.a.s.l. (13776 f.a.s.l.) You will then descend into the Pacasmayo valley and climb again, passing the Inca ruins of Rucuracay. Our second pass of the day (3970m/13022ft) gives us spectacular views of the Vilcabamba range. Walking on this incredibly well-preserved Inca pathway, you will pass the Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in depth tour and explanation. You will continue along the ridge of the canyon, passing through tunnels and fantastic views. A final slight ascent brings us to the Phuyupatamarca ruins (the place above the clouds), where we camp for the night. (3700m/12136ft).
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Phuyopatamarca – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

After an early morning chance to catch the sunrise on the surrounding snow capped mountains of Salcantay (6200m/20336ft) and Veronica (5800m/19024ft), You will get a final farewell from our porters with a traditional song and dance. Our final day hiking brings us down into the cloud forest on a series of Inca stairways to Wiñay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. As you meander down through the cloud-forest to the Inti Punku (Sun gate) you will catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. You will pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to our hostel in the colorful town of Aguas Calientes (2000m/6560ft) and celebrate your return to civilization with dinner and well deserved rest.
Overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Full Day Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

After breakfast at the hotel your full day Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes will begin.  You start early at 5:30 a.m. to the bus stop for the short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at sunrise, you will have a guided tour of the  citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved sacred Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, and see examples of houses, warehouses, and a large central square. The entire site is connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour, you will have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.

Included

  •   2 Airport Transport
  • Private transport from your Cusco hotel to KM 82 (head of the trail)
  • 3 bus tickets from Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  •  Return Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  •  Private transfer from Poroy train station back to your Cusco hotel
  •  All-season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  •  Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  •  A table and seat for each tent
  •  Dinner tent and kitchen tent for the group; food and drink utensils
  •  First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
  •  Professional, knowledgeable bilingual guide (Spanish-English)
  •  A chef to prepare your meals
  •  Porters to carry provided equipment and food
  •  Extra porter to carry your personal equipment (7 kilos maximum per trekker, around 15 pounds).
  •  High quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek (vegetarian food is available)
  •  In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
  •  Hot drinks such as tea and coffee as well as enough water for your canteens (taken from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
  •  Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  •  One night Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes

No Included

  • International airfares
  • Domestic flights
  •  Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  •  Snacks
  •  Insurance of any kind
  •  Laundry
  •  Wayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Mountain
  •  Sleeping bag
  •  Tips for the guide, cook and porters

Recommendations:

  • The trail sometimes gets a little rougher, especially if we are not properly prepared, so on your list of things to bring you should include quick-drying t-shirts (polo shirts), long-sleeved polo shirts are a good option to enjoy the trail as these avoid the bite of some sporadic mosquitoes.
  • For versatility, you should also pack zippered trekking pants (these pants are very useful as sometimes the humid heat of the jungle can make your adventure uncomfortable). You can wear them in both hot and cold climates and, above all, they are very light.
  • Trekking shoes. Try to pack good trekking shoes to avoid any inconveniences during the trek; preferably take a pair of trekking shoes that you are already used to (not new) for comfort; remember that new shoes usually cause blisters on your feet, so better avoid them.
  • Shoes to wear for the Short Inca Trail trekking
  • A light hat for the sun. Some hours of the day have a bright sun that can be annoying for some and a hat can be the solution. But make sure it is light and does not take up too much space.
  • In rainy season it is highly recommended to carry a poncho to avoid getting wet and not having to carry an umbrella.

What To Bring

  • Original passport and some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Sleeping bag liner.
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Camera.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Hands sanitizer.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent (recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles (or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Thermal layers (pants, t-shirt).
  • Hiking socks.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Credit or debit card.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

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