Inca Trail 5 Days To Machu Picchu
The Comfort Inca Trail 5 days / 4 nights to Machu Picchu is the most popular trek in all of Peru, this sacred trail is full of a lot of history and still contains sections of what it used to be in the time of the Inca empire. This 26mile trail is the only way to access Machu Picchu directly. Starting with 3 amazing treks in the Andes of Peru, it is the most controlled hike in Peru. The permits to walk the trail are controlled by the government and can only be purchased by licensed operators.
All our tours of the Inca Trail To Machu Picchu are completed with tour guides who are specialized in the mountains and their terrain, with extensive knowledge of history & the local culture. Our tour experiences are made up of a great team, fully trained for the trip, providing meals, camps, assistance and personalized service. Our job is to guarantee your safety with integrity and respect.
This hike has a duration of 5 days /4 nights, ideal for people who want to go at a more leisurely pace. If you’re looking for more time to explore the ruins and spend more time on the Inca trail, this is for you.
Tour Location: Inca trail 5 Days – This tour is located in the district of Machu Picchu, province of Urubamba and department of Cusco.
Type of tour: Adventure, History & Culture.
Recommended: For everyone (previous physical condition).
Considerations: Permit is required (AltitudeXperience will book it for you). It is necessary to book in advance due to its popularity, recommended 3 months in advance.
The short Inca Trail is undoubtedly the best option for travelers who due to the weather in Cusco or could not get the 5 day Inca Trail permit, but still wish to have an experience on the Inca trails. In this experience you will be amazed and surprised because it allows you to enjoy the sunset and sunrise in Machu Picchu. The short Inca trail tour undoubtedly gives you 2 unique opportunities to enjoy this wonder of Peru. “We look forward to taking responsibility for your next adventures in Cusco”.
Día 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Wayllabamba
An Altitude Experience driver will pick you up in the morning from your hotel by bus. This will take us to kilometer 82, arriving at about 11:00 a.m. to meet the entire team of professionals who will make your trip a success. Then we will begin our trek. This first day is beautiful and the first few miles are easy to walk. During this part of the trek, we will have the beautiful sights of the snow-capped Veronica peak and will also be walking near the Vilcanota River. We will travel until we arrive at the Llactapata archaeological complex, where we will have lunch. Later, we will continue up to our first camp at Wayllabamba where will stay have dinner and stay overnight.
Maximum Altitude Point: 2,800 m (7,692 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3,200 m (9,842 ft)
Total Distance: 10 km (6,500 miles)
Día 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca –Pacaymayo
This day will be the most difficult part, however the effort will be rewarded with beautiful views. You can observe how incredible the area is as we travel through different microclimates, especially as we pass through the “warmiwañiusca” (dead woman) at altitude 4300 m. We will reach the highest point during this part of the trek and have a delicious lunch, after which we will continue with the descent to Pacaymayo. Here we will spend the night and we can enjoy a delicious dinner after a long day.
Maximum Altitude Point: 4,300 m (14,000ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3,800 m (11,911 ft)
Total Distance: 12 km (7,876 miles)
Día 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñayhuayna
Our day will start with the best Andean breakfast, after which we will start our trek to the second step (located at 3,850 m). We will arrive at an archaeological site called runkurakay where we will observe the citadel of Saya Marca. During this part of the trek, we will go through a guided visit of the site, with a tour full of valuable information and incredible stories. After, we will have a rich lunch to recover and continue to our camp of wiñay Huayna (this will be our last camp). You will have a tour with our guide and take advantage of many scenic views to take pictures and videos, and then we will settle in our camp and and enjoy our last delicious dinner together, since it will be our last camp.
Maximum Altitude Point: 4,100 (13,436 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3,280 m (11,833 ft)
Total Distance: 12 km (7,736 miles)
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Once again, we will get up very early to have a hearty breakfast, since the day is full of a lot of walking and beautiful views await us. We will arrive towards Inti Punku (Sun’s Gate) better known as the control center in the Inca age, From here you will have incredible views of all machupicchu and an unique & magical experience. Once in descent, we will arrive at Machupicchu where you will have a guided tour around and around 3 hours where you’ll be free to walk around and visit the site.
Maximum Altitude Point: 2,780 m (11,033 ft)
Hotel: Inti Punku (Aguas Calientes)
Total Distance: 10 km (590miles)
Day 5: The Most Important Day (The Lost City of The Incas) – Cusco
We will get up very early to be one of the first to take the bus to Machu Picchu. We will get enjoy a magical sunrise since we will leave at 5:40 AM. Once we are in the Inca citadel, we will have 2 hours of tour with your guide and then you will have free time to
explore. If you have the permission for Wayna Picchu, your guide will show you where you enter. The ascent lasts 50 minutes to Wayna Picchu and another 50 minutes to go down. Remember that to obtain this permit, there is an additional cost of 75 dollars and it must done a month in advance, due to its popularity. Once the tour in Machu Picchu is finished, we will be ready to take the bus down to aguas calientes, where you will meet for our last lunch in that city (not included, optional), and then we will take our train back to ollantaytambo. In ollantaytambo, our private bus will be ready to take you to Cusco (hotel).
Important Information of the Inca Trail 5 Days
Getting to Cusco:
All international passengers by plane must disembark in Lima and pass through Customs because the airport in Cusco is currently only for local flights. You must pick up your luggage in Lima and then check them back in, even if your trip from there to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.
The best way to go to Cusco is by plane, and there are many airlines to choose from. Although LAN generally offers the most options and flights, it is also the most expensive. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.
Arrival to Cusco:
At the Cusco airport, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Please notify us of your complete flight details at least days prior to 24 arrival. At the arrival terminal, look for our representative holding an Blue AltitudExperience Peru board. Please keep in mind that you must first exit the airport; drivers are not permitted to enter the airport. This can be done on whatever date works best for you!
All briefings take place at our office starting at 6:30 p.m. You must arrange a different time with a member of the AltitudExperience office staff if you are unable to make this appointment. Briefings last between 30 and 45 minutes. Your duffel bags will be delivered here.
Your luggage allowance is still restricted owing to railway regulations even if this is an overnight train vacation. To be transported to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), all bags must fit in a carry-on.
While you trek, you can leave any additional luggage in Cusco at your hotel or with us at the AltitudExperience deposit. On the morning of your tour, we will collect from you and return after you have reached Cusco. Make sure your baggage are identified in some way so they can be found easily.
One of the few businesses that will pick you up from your hotel is AltitudExperience. We’ll schedule this pickup depending on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing as long as your accommodation is in the heart of Cusco City. Depending on the amount of traffic and the period between pickups, pick-up times may vary by 30 to 45 minutes.
The alleys and alleyways in Cusco’s historic center are cobblestoned. Small accommodations like Air BNBs and hotels are frequently found on impassable streets.
People begin to worry about altitude sickness as soon as they reserve their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco. Because there is less oxygen in the air at high altitudes than at sea level, your body must work harder to obtain oxygen. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.
This is why we always advise staying in Cusco for at least two days before to starting any hike. It would be ideal if you had more time. You won’t get bored in Cusco because it is a fantastic city with lots to do.
These symptoms will typically be modest. Always ease into action gradually to give your body time to acclimate. Drink a lot of liquids, such as coca tea or water. Since ancient times, coca tea has been used to help avoid altitude sickness.
Coca plant leaves contain alkaloids that help your body get more oxygen into your blood and stave off altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided. They’ll make you urinate more frequently and dehydrate you. Don’t smoke.
Your body has a harder time getting oxygen when you smoke. Don’t use sleeping medicines. Your body may have a harder time absorbing oxygen when you sleep as a result of their potential for shallow breathing at night.
Keep in mind that the journey to Machu Picchu is not a race. When people rush to the mountain’s summit too rapidly, even those in the best form will experience altitude sickness. Your body will have more time to become used to the mountain if you move gently.
To assist prevent altitude sickness, your doctor may recommend medications like acetazolamide and dexamethasone. Two days before you travel to a high altitude, begin taking the medication. While you are at a high altitude, keep taking it.
You must keep in mind that this is your vacation and that worrying about becoming sick is unnecessary. Drink plenty of water, move slowly, and take pleasure in the coca tea. In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong and you become ill, inform your guide right away. All ALTITUDEXPERIENCE guides have received training on how to assist you in navigating it.
Weather in Cusco:
Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April to October. This does not, however, prevent it from raining in June or from shining in December.
Being ready is the best course of action. Please make sure you have rain gear, which should include a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you’re undertaking the walk. Gloves are frequently forgotten, yet trekking is miserable when it’s cold and damp.
Consider the four seasons as well. You should be prepared for all four seasons as many of the climbs over the Andes entail numerous microclimates. Always wear layers since they make it simple to adapt to changing temperatures.
Additionally, it will always be chilly in the evenings, so please be ready with a warm winter-weight jacket.
It’s also critical to remember that the weather can alter an itinerary. Routes can occasionally become impassable, forcing the guides of ALTITUDEXPERIENCE to alter the plan for your safety.
Inca Trail Permit:
Due to Covid-19, the government has shortened the number of permits for the entire Inca Trail, including the campsites.
Inca Trail has different tour versions among them are: Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu; the most popular tour among travelers, Inca Trail 5 days to Machu Picchu; a more leisurely and comfortable tour designed for travelers who wish to explore in depth and stay longer on the Inca Trail. 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; a tour for travelers who due to time and permissions could not do the classic Inca Trail, and wish to have the amazing Inca Trail experience in two days.
The Ministry of Culture in Peru is in charge of all regulations of the Inca Trail, including permits and campsites. To enter the Inca Trail, you must have a permit that matches your NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY, and AGE (issued by the Ministry o Culture). Only licensed Inca Trail tour operators can secure these, and they are not transferable in date or name at any time.
If permits are sold out for your desired start date, there are lots of other roads that lead to Machu Picchu. We can help you find the perfect trek for you.
Inca Trail Covid-19:
The covid-19 epidemic in the Inca trail has had an impact on the travel sector. The government has provided the requirements to return to work in adventure travel, and altitude Experience has adopted all of the safety standards and protocols specified by the Peruvian government.
All of our trips are run in accordance with the following safety guidelines:
- Temperature readings were taken on all hikes.
- In our Cusco office, we practice proper handwashing and sanitization.
- Masks must be used in busy settings and during group activities.
- All of our hiking gear must be kept clean (i.e., tents, hiking poles etc.)
- All of our services have a maximum group size limit (i.e., maximum group size of 10 to 12 people)
- Altitude Experience clients only have access to private Alpaca Expeditions buses and vans.
- During any service, we use our equipment in a strict and coordinated manner to ensure that all travelers are using clean, sterilized, and disinfected equipment at all times.
Highlights of AltitudExperience Trekking:
Locally Company: Altitude Experience is a 100% Peruvian-owned enterprise based in Cusco. AltitudExperience is the only tour operator and agency formed by by a Quechua community, called Ponchos rojos (red ponchos).
Equipment for Camping: Due to its use of high-quality equipment such as tents, sleeping mats, and sleeping bags, AltitudExperience is regarded as the best agent of change.
Satellite Phones: AltitudExperience is the only firm in the Cusco that has satellite phones on all of its treks. Hikers can use satellite phones to communicate with their loved ones.
Food With AltitudExperience: You will undoubtedly gain weight while hiking with Altitude Experience. Our chefs receive specialized training each year in order to prepare unique meals while on the road. Our meal is made with high-quality ingredients organic and served buffet-style. Breakfast, snacks, lunches with soup, main course, and hot drinks, happy hours with hot drinks upon arrival at each campsite, and dinners with soup, main course, and desserts are all included in our services. While on the trails, we also give all hikers with potable drinking water.
Free Baggage Storage: At AltitudExperience, all excess luggage and personal items are stored for free.
Portable Toilets: At each of its campsites, AltitudExperience provides portable ecological toilets for our clients’ exclusive use.
Transfers Hotel To Hotel: Hotel-to-hotel service is provided to all Altitude travelers. All of our services include a direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel and a direct drop-off in Cusco.
Personal Porter: is a term that refers to a person who is in charge of All of our hiking packages include porter service, which allows hikers to bring 7KG of personal items on the trail. Our porters transport all of your items.
Quality service: We are the only organization that adheres to the highest standards of hospitality. with over a favorable TRIPADVISOR reviews, all of which testify to our services and explain the type of vacation you will have with us.
Inca Trail Highlights by day:
DAY 1: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO KM 82 – LLACTAPATA – AYAPATA
Inca trail Hiking Distance: 13 Km
First Day Elevation: 2700/8923 ft
Inca Trail Difficulty: Moderate
first Campsite Elevation: 329o mts/1979 ft
Inca Site Visit: Llacatapata and Wayllabamba comunity
DAY 2: DEAD WOMAN PASS – RUNCURACCAY PASS – CHAQUICOOCHA
Inca trail Hiking Distance: 17 km
Elevation: 3295 mts/ 10979 ft
Inca Trail Difficulty: Challenging
Campsite Elevation: 3700 mts/ 12139 ft
Inca Site Visit: Runcuraccay, Chaquicoocha
DAY 3: CHAQUICCOCHA – WIÑAY WAYNA
Inca trail Hiking Distance: 11 km
Elevation: 3700 mts/ 12139 ft
Inca Trail Difficulty: Challenging
Campsite Elevation: 2750 mts/9022 ft
Inca Site Visit: Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna
Day 4: WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES
Inca trail Hiking Distance: 6 km
Elevation: 2685 mts/8905 ft
Inca Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Day 5: THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY ( MACHU PICCHU) – CUSCO
AltitudExperience carries all of our trash back to Cusco and uses biodegradable soap. Our staff are taught to maintain the trail and collect any trash left by other groups. Additionally, we employ chemical portable restrooms that allow us to pack trash out. Leaving no trace is something we highly support.
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