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Inca Trail 5 days 4 nights

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The Inca Trail 5 days 4 nights to Machu Picchu offers a slower-paced alternative to our Classic 4-Day Inca Trail Trek, allowing for extended exploration of the ancient ruins. This option is perfect for those concerned about hiking difficulty and families with younger adventurers.

“Inca Trail Specialist” ensures a stress-free journey, providing premium campsites, delectable and nourishing meals, and top-quality equipment. Our dedicated team, comprised of friendly guides, skilled chefs, and helpful porters, ensures a seamless experience, allowing you to savor the awe-inspiring landscapes and create cherished memories.

Inca Trail 5 days Highlights

Here are some of the key highlights of the Classic Inca Trail:

  • Inca Ruins: Encounter and explore various Inca ruins and archaeological sites, such as Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca. These ancient remnants provide insights into Inca history and culture.
  • Scenic Landscapes: Traverse diverse landscapes, from high mountain passes to lush cloud forests, each offering unique and awe-inspiring views of the Andes.
  • Dead Woman’s Pass (Warmiwañusca): Conquer this challenging high mountain pass at an altitude of approximately 4,215 meters (13,825 feet). It’s a rewarding accomplishment with breathtaking vistas.
  • Sun Gate (Intipunku): Reach the Intipunku, the entrance to Machu Picchu, and enjoy your first panoramic view of this iconic archaeological site.
  • Machu Picchu: The climax of the trek is your visit to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Explore the ancient city, learn about its history, and marvel at its well-preserved architecture and stunning surroundings.
  • Guided Tours: Benefit from informative guided tours at various archaeological sites and Machu Picchu itself. Gain in-depth knowledge of Inca history and culture.
  • Camping Under the Stars: Experience camping in the Andes with a night sky full of stars, creating a magical atmosphere.
  • Local Culture: Interact with local Quechua communities, gaining insights into their traditions and way of life.
  • Gastronomy: Savor delicious, freshly prepared meals on the trail, featuring both local and international dishes.
  • Challenge and Achievement: The 4-day trek is a physical and mental challenge, making reaching Machu Picchu even more rewarding.
  • Nature and Wildlife: Encounter various flora and fauna, including colorful birds, orchids, and hummingbirds in the cloud forests.
  • History and Mystique: Immerse yourself in the rich history
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    Inca Trail 2 Days Itinerary

    Day 1: Begin Your Inca Trail Hike

    Starting Point: Cusco – Destination: Hatunchaca Kick off your Machu Picchu Inca Trail adventure departing from Cusco at 5 a.m. Our private transportation takes you to KM 82, the trail’s starting point. Enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by our chef before embarking on a leisurely trek along the Urubamba River, heading to Miskay (2800 m / 9184 ft). The first leg is relatively easy, leading to our first Inca site and checkpoint, Patallacta. After a visit to Patallacta and a scenic canyon lunch, we continue at a comfortable pace to reach Hatunchaka (3,300 meters) for our overnight campsite.

    • Total Distance: 12 km
    • Estimated Walking Time: 4 hours
    • Maximum Altitude Point: 2,600 m
    • Campsite Altitude: 3,000 m

    Day 2: Conquer Dead Woman’s Pass and Enjoy Pacaymayo Valley

    Starting Point: Hatunchaca – Destination: Pacaymayo Rise early for a challenging ascent to Dead Woman’s Pass, the first mountain pass on the Inca Trail. Enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and cloud forest during this steep nine-kilometer stretch. Rest at Llulluchapampa, glimpse local wildlife, and spot domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu. After reaching the pass (Abra Warmihuañusca), savor the views with a cup of coca tea before a downhill journey. A two-hour walk leads to lunch and free time in the Pacaymayo Valley.

    • Total Distance: 10 km
    • Estimated Walking Time: 6 hours
    • Maximum Altitude Point: 4,215 m
    • Campsite Altitude: 3,600 m

    Day 3: Explore Runcu Raccay Pass and Remarkable Ruins

    Starting Point: Pacaymayo – Destination: Phuyupatamarca Start your day with stunning waterfalls, flora, and fauna on the opposite valley side as you head to the second pass. Pause at the Inca site of Runcu Raccay, an Inca watchtower, and catch your breath before climbing to the pass (4,000 meters). Descend back into the cloud forest, visit Sayacmarca, and have a guided tour. Continue to Chaquicocha for lunch, experiencing the Inca Trail’s diverse flora and fauna. Stroll along Inca flat terrain to reach the final campsite, Phuyupatamarca (3,680 meters), with panoramic views of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

    • Total Distance: 13 km
    • Estimated Walking Time: 9 hours
    • Maximum Altitude Point: 4,000 m
    • Campsite Altitude: 3,680 m

    Day 4: Visit Archeological Sites and Reach the Sun Gate

    Starting Point: Phuyupatamarca – Destination: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes Experience a spectacular sunrise (weather permitting) and enjoy a guided tour of Phuyupatamarca. Descend stone steps to Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8,692ft) for lunch, visit Intipata (Terraces of the Sun), and explore Wiñay Wayna. This impressive site is the second largest on the Inca Trail. Enjoy lunch with the porters and participate in a thanking ceremony. Hike to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) to catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu, followed by a descent to the site itself. Enjoy a serene sunset before taking a bus to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

    • Total Distance: 11 km
    • Estimated Walking Time: 5 hours
    • Maximum Altitude Point: 3,680 m

    Day 5: Machu Picchu – The Lost City of The Incas

    Starting Point: Aguas Calientes – Destination: Cusco Begin early, taking one of the first buses to Machu Picchu to witness a sunrise at the citadel (weather permitting). Enjoy a two-hour guided tour and free time to explore. If you’ve booked permits for Huayna Picchu, your guide will show you the start of the climb. After your visit, return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a final lunch (optional and not included). In the afternoon, board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private bus will transport you to Cusco, arriving at your hotel.

    Inclusions

    What’s Included Inca Trail 5 day trek

    • Transportation: We cover the transfer from Cusco to the starting point of the trail and back at the end of the hike.
    • Permits: The necessary permits to hike the Inca Trail are included in the package, managed by Machu Picchu Reservations.
    • Entrance fees: The cost of the Inca Trail includes entrance fees to Machu Picchu and other archaeological sites along the way.
    • Briefing: To provide you with all the details of the trek, such as waterproof bags, printed tickets, etc. The tour guide organizes a briefing at our office in downtown Cusco at 6:00 pm, one day before the trek. During this session, the guide will provide you with all the necessary information about the trek, the route and safety precautions.
    • Porters: A team of porters will carry most of your equipment, allowing you to carry only a light backpack. The porters will carry the waterproof bags with a maximum weight of 7 kilos per hiker, set up the tents, prepare the meals and carry all the camping equipment.
    • Professional Guide: You will be accompanied by a licensed and experienced tour guide throughout the hike. These guides speak English, Spanish and Quechua, and will provide detailed information about the history and culture of the Inca civilization.
    • Meals: All meals are included in the package, from breakfast on the first day to lunch on the last day. Meals are nutritious and sufficient, with a focus on carbohydrates to keep you energized during the long treks. This includes 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners.
    • Camping Equipment: During the 3 nights, you will be provided with a tent and sleeping pad. We provide shared Eureka Timberline tents (1 tent for every 2 people) and Thermarest inflatable sleeping mats to ensure warm and comfortable nights of sleep at the Inca Trail campsites.
    • Machu Picchu Guided Tour: Experience a guided visit to the iconic Machu Picchu.
    • Bus Ticket: The bus ticket for the transfer from Machu Picchu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town is included.
    • Train Tickets: We include Expedition or Voyager train tickets for the trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, scheduled at 14:30 or 14:55, so that you will be back in Cusco around 7:00.
    • Transfer Service: Transfer service is provided from Ollantaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco.
    • Safety Equipment: For your safety, we provide oxygen and a first aid kit in case of emergencies.
    • Private Portable Toilets: For your comfort during the trek.
    • Vegetarian Food: If you prefer, we have vegetarian food options available upon request at no additional cost.

    Not Included

    • Sleeping bags, if you do not have one, you can rent it in our agency.
    • Trekking poles, if you do not have them, you can rent them at the agency.
    • Travel insurance

    Here’s a packing list for the Inca Trail 5 days 4 nights 

    CLOTHING:

    • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots.
    • Moisture wicking hiking socks.
    • Quick-drying pants.
    • Lightweight T-shirts.
    • Long sleeve shirt.
    • Fleece jacket or sweater.
    • Waterproof jacket and pants.
    • Hat or cap.

    EQUIPMENT TO REST:

    • Sleeping bag (rated for cold weather). If you do not have one, you can rent one from the company.
    • Pillow (optional).

    TREKKING EQUIPMENT:

    • Small backpack of 20 to 30 liters.
    • Hiking poles. If you don’t have them, you can rent them from the company.
    • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
    • Insect repellent.
    • Water bottle or hydration system.
    • Snacks (energy bars, trail mix, etc.).
    • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, etc.).

    MISCELLANEOUS:

    • Passport and necessary documents.
    • Original student card if applying for student rate.
    • Cash to tip your guides and porters.
    • Camera or phone with a good camera to capture memories.
    • Portable charger for electronic devices.
    • Lightweight towel.

    This checklist will help you be prepared for your Inca Trail adventure as you explore the treasures of Machu Picchu.

    Inca Trail 5 days 4 nights prices

    Government regulations: The Peruvian government regulates the number of visitors and permit fees for the Inca Trail, as well as regulating the wages of porters and guides. Tour operators must comply with these regulations to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of permits and fees. That is why the prices we charge for the 5-day Inca Trail are fair and reasonable to cover all the needs of operating the 5-day Inca Trail.

    How much does it cost to do the Inca Trail for 5 days?

    PRICES: 05 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU – GROUP SERVICE

    • Adult: $669 per person
    • Student: $599 per person

    How To Apply For Student Pricing

    The student price is available to students from all over the world, as long as they meet the requirements established by the Peruvian government. This discount is applicable when purchasing Machu Picchu tickets from the Peruvian government.

    To qualify for the student price, you must meet the following requirements:

    • Your student ID must be an original ID issued by your university, made of PVC material.
    • The student ID must have the following information printed on it:
      • University information.
      • Student’s name.
      • Student’s photo.
      • The student ID must have a valid expiration date printed on it, which is valid for one year only. For example, if you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the expiration date on your ID should be 2023 or 2024. If you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the maximum expiration date allowed is 2024.
    • The student discount is only available for students under 25 years of age.
    • The International Student Identification Card (ISIC) is not valid for the discount, even if it meets the above requirements.
    • The only valid document for the student price is the original student ID that meets the requirements established by the Peruvian government. Other documents such as certifications or virtual cards are not accepted as proof of student status.
    • To apply for the student price, please send a photo of both sides of your student ID to info@incatrailspecialist.com when booking the tour. If you send it later, you will not be eligible for the student discount.

    Additional Option You Can Add To Your Inca Trail Tour

    • HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN: 65 USD dollars. CHECK AVAILABILITY HERE Link to Availability
    • MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN: 65 USD dollars. CHECK AVAILABILITY HERE Link to availability
    • PAIR OF TREKKING POLES: 10 USD dollars
    • UPGRADE TO VISTADOME TRAIN: 65 USD dollars

    How To Book The Short Inca Trail 5 days 4 nights With Inca Trail Specialist?

    To secure your spot on the Inca Trail 5 Days with INCATRAILSPECIALIST, follow these simple steps:

    1. Click the “BOOK NOW” Button: Visit our booking platform and click on the “BOOK NOW” button to initiate the reservation process.

    2. Select Your Departure Date: Choose the day that best suits your schedule for the Inca Trail 2 Days adventure.

    3. Provide Personal Information: Fill in the necessary details for each participant, ensuring accurate and complete information.

    4. Payment: The final step is making your payment. You can conveniently pay using your credit card or debit card.

    On our booking platform, you’ll also find optional extras, including Huayna Picchu Mountain, the Vistadome train, and Machu Picchu Mountain. We recommend booking these options along with your 2-day Inca Trail, as Inca Trail permits are in high demand and can sell out quickly. However, if needed, you can rent walking sticks in Cusco one day before your trip.

    Once we have secured your Inca Trail permits, we will send you a confirmation to ensure that everything is well-organized. Rest assured that all confirmed start dates are guaranteed.

    Frequent Asked Questions

    What is the difference between 4 and 5 day Inca Trail?

    The main difference between the Inca Trail of 4 and 5 days is the duration and pace of the trip, the Inca Trail of 5 days is a little calmer and you can visit the Inca ruins for a longer time.