Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Max Size: Min 2

Physical rating: Challenging

Overview

The Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days offers a fascinating hiking trek through South America’s most spectacular mountain ranges, Inca ruins, and archaeological sites. This 5-day itinerary is perfect for honeymoons, couples, or large families. The route allows for a relaxed pace and allows for more time to fully immerse in the stunning mountain scenery and ruins. The last night’s hotel makes the hike unique, and the next day, you can visit Machu Picchu with full energy to complete the guiding tour.

NOTA, This private Inca Trail can be done in 4 days if you have hiking experience with your family or friends.

Private Inca Trail- itinerary

  • Day 1: Cusco, Km 82, Qhuayllabamba
  • Day 2: Huayllabamba: Dead humans pass Pacaymayo
  • Day 3: Pacaymayo, Runkuracay, and Puyupatamarca
  • Day 4: Puyupatamarca, Winayhuayna, Sun Gate, Machu Picchu Hotel
  • Day 5: Private Guided Tour, Train, Cusco Hotel

Comfort Inca Trail – highlight

  • The most popular trek to Machu Picchu
  • This adventure leads you directly to Machu Picchu.
  • This is the only trail that goes through the Sun Gate.
  • Follow the original Inca footstep 95% with stone-paved
  • The most beautiful scenery and breathtaking views of the Inca Trail
  • Native Peruvian Flora and Fauna
  • Stunning archaeological sites or Inca structures
  • Indigenous Andean porters carrying the camping stuff
  • Delicious Peruvian cuisine and 100% organic meals
  • A 6 kg (15 pound) extra porter is included in the price.
  • Extraordinary Indigenous tour leaders
  • We go back to our communities in the Andes.

Itinerary

We will pick you up very early from your hotel and transport you to the start of the trail (kilometre 82). From here, you will begin the journey to Machu Picchu, warming up on the relatively flat part of the trail. After 2 hours, you will reach the first archaeological centre of Yactapata, where you will appreciate the spectacular views, flora, and fauna. This site and others will show the importance of this valley in the context of Incan history. After lunch, we will continue ascending to a semi-tropical valley for 2 hours until arriving at our camp, Huayllabamba, where we will spend the night.

Distance: 10 km
Walking hours: 5–6 hours
Low altitude: 2,600 m/8228 ft
High altitude: 3,000m (9,999 ft).
Campsite altitude: 3,000m (9,512 ft).

After breakfast, we will start hiking early in the morning of the second day, passing through different climatic and ecological zones. We will ascend to Warmiwanusca, where we will walk among abundant vegetation with various types of trees. This pass is known by many as the world’s highest cloud forest. After the toughest part of the journey, an ascent of nearly 5 hours, we will arrive at the highest point, known to some as Dead Woman’s Pass. From there, we will take a well-deserved break and observe the beauty of the deep valleys. If we’re lucky, we will see the flight of the condors, which will pass among the thick clouds in the sky. After this rest, we will descend towards our second camp at Pacaymayu.

Distance: 16. 5 km
Walking hours: 7–8 hours
Low altitude: 3,000m (9,512 ft).
High altitude: 4,215 m/13,828 ft (first pass)
Campsite altitude: 3,636m (1,929 ft).

The Inca trail ascends steeply towards the second pass, where we will visit Runkuracay, an astrological site and checkpoint for couriers. The trail then descends towards Sayacmarca, a larger Inca site with a narrow stone staircase and expansive vistas of Peruvian countryside. After touring Sayacmarca, we descend to the valley floor, where we will pass through interesting Incan structures, including a tunnel. After the tunnel, we reach the third pass and visit Phuyupatamarca, a cloud-level town where we will learn about the Incas’ ritual functions and see the baths used by the lower class before reaching Machu Picchu. The third campsite is at Phuyupatamarka.

Distance: 11 km
Walking hours: 6–8 hours
Low altitude: 3,500m (1,480 ft).
High altitude: 3,900 m/12,792 ft
Campsite altitude: 3,640m (1,939 ft).

After breakfast, we will descend for around 2 12 hours and arrive at the Incan site known as Intipata, a huge farming terrace with a gorgeous view of the valley, then descend to the fascinating Wiaywaina at 8,700 feet (2,650 meters). We will stop at this site, which means “eternally young,” and have lunch before continuing to the Sungate. After an hour of walking, we will arrive at the Sungate, where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu. After a rest, we will descend towards Machu Picchu, where we will take pictures and rest before taking the bus to the nearest campsite, Puente Ruinas, close to Aguas Calientes town.

Distance: 11km
Walking hours: 6–8 hours
Low altitude: 2030m (6,658 ft).
High altitude: 3,640m (1,939 ft).
Campsite altitude: 2030 m (6,658 ft).

We will wake up very early to take the first bus to the city of Machu Picchu, 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 that, you will have free time to climb Huayna Picchu on your own. In the afternoon, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Cusco.

Included/Excluded

Included

  • A professional licenced guide fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua
  • Pre-trek briefing 1 to 2 days before the trek
  • Support staff including professional cooks and porters to carry all group gear and 8 kg (15 pounds) per hiker for your own belongings
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off We will pick you up at the airport and transport you to your Cusco hotel when you arrive in Cusco. At the end of your Cusco visit, we will
    transport you back to the airport.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Drinking water and snacks
  • Dining tent with table, stools, and all dining implements
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Sleeping tents and mattresses: 4 person tents for every 2 people
  • Emergency supplies, including a first aid kit, oxygen, and emergency radios
  • All group fees, including Inca Trail permits and entrance to Machu Picchu,
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Entrances to the Inka Trail
  • Bus tickets.
  • All transfers, including a private van to the trailhead at km 82, a bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, and a private van from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco,

Excluded

  • Sleeping bag (which can be rented from us)
  • Hiking poles (which can be rented from us)
  • Ticket to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain (ticket can be purchased for $75 USD per person)
  • Breakfast on day 1, lunch, and dinner on day 4
  • Gratuity for porters, chefs, and guides
$ 860.00

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WHY BOOK WITH US?

EXPERT GUIDES

Our local bilingual tour guides are fully trained and experienced in many different hikes to Machu Picchu. They are among the best in the industry!

SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES

Travelling with us will always feel like being with friends - we ensure our passengers leave with lifelong unforgettable memories of exciting experiences!

OUR EXPERIENCE

With over fifteen years experience in a range of tours to Machu Picchu, our team knows how to deliver a successful expedition that’s right for you.

FANTASTIC MEALS

We cater for all diets (eg. Vegetarian, gluten free etc.) and provide nutritious and balanced food on the trail that leaves you satisfied and ready to hike.

CAMPING EQUIPMENT

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