Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days
Hiking the Inca Trail in 5 days instead of the usual 4 is perfect for travellers who wish to take a bit more time looking at the beautiful landscapes, biodiversity and archaeological centers along the trail. You will also be able to walk at your own pace without compromising any part of the trail.
Day 1: CUSCO / KM82 / LLACTAPATA
We will pick you up very early from your hotel and transport you to the start of the trail, marker “82km.” There, we will begin the journey, walking along the Urubamba River and appreciating the flora and fauna in the area. After visiting the archaeological center of Llactapata, we will arrive at our campsite.
Day 2: LLACTAPATA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA
After breakfast, we will continue ascending to a semi-tropical valley for two hours until arriving at Huayllabamba village, the last village on the Inca Trail. There, we will rest and have lunch before beginning our ascent. For two hours, we will ascend, walking among abundant vegetation. Because of the wild trees and wildlife in this area, this area is known by many as the highest forest in the world. Then we will arrive at our campsite at 12,500 feet (3,800 meters).
Day 3: LLULLUCHAPAMPA – CHAQUICOCHA
After breakfast, we will continue our ascent towards the highest pass called Warmiwañusca at 13,800 feet (4,200 meters). While we are climbing, we will take in the snow-covered mountains that are also covered with Ichu (straw). From the highest point, we will observe the beauty of the deep valleys, roads and archaeological centers and with luck, we will catch a glimpse of the condors in flight. After a well-deserved rest, we will descend towards the valley of Paccaymayu at 11,500 feet (3,500 meters). Then, we will continue ascending to visit the archaeological center of Puncuraccay, a place that the Incas used for astronomical observations. After climbing for one more hour, we will reach the second pass at 12,500 feet (3,800 meters). From there, we will rest and take in the view of the lake before descending. After visiting the archaeological center of Sayacmarca, we will arrive at our campsite.
Day 4: CHAQUICOCHA – PUENTE RUINAS
The fourth day is arguably the most interesting day of the trip. On this day, we will be able to see the original Inca Trail that has been perfectly preserved by time. We will also pass through Incatunnels and observatories and take in a large variety of orchids and birds. We will then arrive to the third pass at 11,800 feet (3,600 meters). From there, we will visit the archaeological center of Phuyupatamarca and then descend to the fascinating Wiñaywaina at 8,700 feet (3,600 meters). We will stop at this site that means “eternally young,” and have lunch before continuing to the Sungate. After an hour of walking, we will arrive to the Sungate where we will have our first view of Machupicchu. After a rest, we will descend towards Machupicchu where we will take pictures and rest before taking the bus to the nearest town, Aguas Calientes.
Day 5: Machupicchu – CUSCO
we will wake up very early to take the first bus to the city of Machupicchu, where we will be the first visitors of the day to enjoy the magic and mystery of one of the wonders of the world. The tour with your guide will take around 2-3 hours. After, you will have free time to explore the entire city on your own. In the afternoon, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Cusco.
- Bus to trailhead.
- Bilingual professional guides (English – Spanish).
- Comfortable mattress, Quadruple tents used for 2 people.
- Kitchen tent, dining tent, and bathroom tent.
- Water filter.
- Porters who will carry equipment and food.
- Chef, healthy food (Vegetarian option available).
- Meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 snacks, 3 dinners) – includes crepes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado,
- pastas, chicken, fish, meat, rice (all meals will be rich in carbohydrates for hiking) – Hot drinks like coca tea
- (excellent for the altitude) coffee, cookies, and popcorn.
- Entrance fee to Machupicchu.
- Return train ticket to Cusco (backpacker class)
- First-aid kit, oxygen tank, and radio communication.
- Additional Optional Services that are included when you book the Inca Trail.
- The “Qorianka Tours” where you can visit the porters’ village the night before you start your trek.
- A city tour of Cusco.
- A safe storage room to leave your backpacks.
- Optional services must be confirmed at the same time of booking or one month in advance.
Porters: Depending on your physical fitness, the hike can be strenuous. If you would like to lessen your load, you can hire an extra porter to carry your belongings. You can either hire a porter to carry 8 kilos (18 pounds) for $60 or a porter to carry 15 klos (33 pounds) for $110. Included in this service is the porter’s salary, entrance fee to Machupicchu and food. If you decide to use this service, the porter will carry your packs until Aguas Calientes. You should reserve your extra porter upon reserving the trek because the extra porters are also considered a part of the 500-person maximum on the trail.
Because of the strict regulations of the Machupicchu Park, once you have made your reservation, you cannot cancel the space that you have reserved. You also may not alter the name or date of the reservation. If you are unable to come on the date you have reserved, we cannot reimburse you.
If you cancel 30 days or more in advance there is a refund of your deposit, but, we cannot reimburse the entrance fee to the Inca Trail because the permits are non-refundable and Qorianka Tours purchases the tickets from Machupicchu Park when you reserve your spot.
If you cancel between 30 and 10 days before your trek, you must pay 50% of the total cost.
If you cancel between 10 and 3 days before your trek, you must pay 80% of the total cost.
If you cancel one or two days before your trek, you must pay 100% of the total cost.
In the exceptional case that you decide to head back once you have started the trail, you must pay extra expenses such as food and transportation. You may join the group in Machupicchu for the walking tour and use all of the services onward.
Important information about your passport:
1. Once you have reserved, Qorianka Tours must give your information to Machupicchu Park. This information includes your name, passport number, nationality, gender and age. Everything listed above must be the same upon arrival to the start of the Inca Trail. It is very important that you bring your original passport for the park to verify your information. If any of the information does not match upon arrival, you may not be able to start the trek.
2. In the case that your passport number changes between reserving your spot and the start of your trek, you have two options. You may send us a copy of the new passport at least ten days before the start of your trek. The change costs $12 that you must pay to Machupicchu Park upon arrival. The other option is to bring your old as well as your new passport to the start of the trail. This option will not cost you anything.
3. If your information does not coincide upon arrival to the Inca Trail, Qorianka Tours may not be held responsible.
- Sleeping bag (you may rent a sleeping back from our office)
- Lunch on the last day after visiting Machupicchu.
- Tips for our porters and guides are much appreciated
- Extra Porters to carry personal things