The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - 5 days

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated among the best trekking trips in the world because of the exquisite beauty of it s natural surroundings, these include different ecological areas from high deserts to Andean Tropical rain forest. Following this ancient Inca Trail we will be walking past mysterious archaeological sites, half covered by jungle overgrowth, that look like you are discovering them for the first time, and finally arriving to the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu.

The journey is conducted by experienced guides that will make your trip pleasant and safe. Luggage is carried by native Quechua porters enhancing your Andean experience as you walk light and burden-free on the trail. The meals are delicious and prepared by experts in international cuisine.

You carry nothing but your day pack !

If you need additional services in Peru, such as flights, transfers, tours and lodging before or after your Inca Trail adventure, contact us, we can help organising your journey in Peru. For all our tours in South America click here.

Type: Hiking
Group:  2 to 12
Duration: 5 days

Detailed Itinerary
winay wayna

Explore Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Inca site

Explore Machu Picchu

Day 1. CUZCO
Upon your arrival in Cozco we will meet you at the airport or bus station (depending on your instructions) and transfer your to a charming a centraly located inn in Cuzco. Your Traveller's File (sent to you by FedEx before your arrival in Peru) Provide lots of information on the city, the thingsa to do and see. Free exploration of Cuzco, evening meal is served at your inn.

After an early breakfast we pick you up at your inn . We start our trek escorted by native "quechua¨ porters going through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba river with magnificent views of snow capped mount Veronica. Arriving to camp at Llactapata, an ancient Inca citadel that protected the entry to two valleys.

After a healthy breakfast we walk past the Inca Hamlet of Huayabamba, later going through and Andean cloud forest to our camp at Llulluchapampa. Before the first high pass..

Today the first part of the trek takes us to the Warmiwañuska Pass 13,500 feet. Walking on a remarkably preserved Inca Trail passing ancient archaeological sites covered by dense jungle overgrowth. Camp at Phuyupatamarca (city above the clouds) with a spectacular view of snow covered Andean ranges..

Passing through the Intipuncu, (gates of the sun), we arrive to Machu Picchu the lost City of the Incas. Afternoon train back to Cusco. This tour does not include lodging on day 5.


  • Sleeping bag rental : 5$US per day.
  • Insulite mattress provided
    up-grade to a therma-rest mattress : 5$US per day.
  • Advise if vegetarian diet is required.

Throughout this adventure you trek at a leisure pace, camping at more secluded camps, away from the crowds. We run an ecological minded trip by taking out all the garbage including all the human waste. You only carry a small day pack, with your water bottle and camera. Also, on this trek operated in collaboration with Mayuc Expeditions, staff and porters receive a good salary and benefit form decent employment conditions.

The difference between this service and the one offered by other tour companies is that on the first day of the trek we camp near Llactapata, a more secluded camp, while other agencies camp at Huayabamba, a small populated town on the trail. On the second day those agencies trek up hill all day and in the late afternoon, with the last bit of energy, they go over Warmiwanusta pass at 4100 meters (13,500 ft) also known as the Dead Women Pass, then they go down to camp at Pacasmayo, again a crowded place. On that day we trek towards Huayabamba and hike up hill, camping close to the high pass in a more secluded site providing you more time to acclimatize and a more natural and peaceful environment. On the third day, after a good night sleep, we hike up for one hour to the high pass and continue the trek all the way to Phuyupatamarca (City Above the Clouds), the best camp on all the Inca Trail. Early in the morning you will enjoy a magnificent sun rise since you are on the top of the mountain with the clouds below. On the other hand most other tour companies camp at Winay Wayna, much lower where, very often, the mornings are foggy since the site is in the cloud forest.

  • Professional bilingual guide, cook and porters ;
  • Lodging in charming inn in Cuzco 1 night ;
  • Double occupancy Tents ;
  • Private transportation to head of trail ;
  • Dining tent , with tables and tools, utensils ;
  • Kitchen tent and latrine tent ;
  • Transfer from train station back to hotel in Cusco ;
  • Bus down from the Sanctuary to Aguas Calientes ;
  • Return train to Cusco (Vistadome) ;
  • First Aid kid with a medium sizes Oxygen bottle.
  • International or local airfare; get a quote
  • Personal insurance; get a quote
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
    (US$ 60 adults US$ 30 students)

Dates and Prices
Dates: Departures are programmed every day, throughout the year.
Price per traveller in double occ.: 585 $US  /  655 $CAN  /  475 EUROS 
 (+ 45 $US single occ.)

Special conditions for booking the 5 days Inca Trail Tour
Unlike most of our tours that often remain available until about 30 days prior departure; the Inca trail must be booked VERY LONG in advance. This is especially true for the high season (May to September).

You must send your complete payment to book this tour, availability is very limited. If we do not have places available, your request will be refused and you will NOT be charged. If you send your payment using our Paypal option and we cannot confirm availability for you, you will automatically be refunded without delay. This tour must be paid by credit card.

In the payment form, please mention the following information:
The tour: INCA 5 days
The travel dates: (ex.: June 1st to June 5th 2007)
NB: If your dates are flexible please mention it using this form: "dates flexible +/-2 days"
The travellers: Full names of the travellers + passeport numbers and citizenship of travellers + complete coordinates of the main contact (if booking for a group or family)
To order your detailed map of the Inca trail (10$US + shipping), contact us.

Comparing our tours and prices with others, consider...

  • The number of participants in the tour. The SIZE of the group has a major incidence on the quality of the services provided by the tour leader and the driver. Small groups remain personal unlike large groups.
  • What IS and what is NOT included in the tours & services you compare.
  • Our tours respect the principals of ecotourism. Our guides, staff members and providers are meticulously selected to meet our exacting requirements and standards and they are remunerated equitably and considered with great esteem as we much value their participation to our mission.
  • The quality standards of the services and accommodations we provide in our tours are high and our customer service is exceptional. We are committed to offering the very best to our travellers before, during and after their trip.
  • We provide our travellers with the contact information of their tour manager who is available 7 days a week before and during the tour to promptly assist them with any situation or simply answer questions or doubts before the tour starts.

Procedures and deadlines summary:

  1. Upon reception of your booking request we will send you a booking confirmation & invoice (or another offer if the requested services cannot be confirmed).
  2. Upon reception of your invoice, you must send us your initial deposit (30% of the tour price + 100% of flights and/or travel insurance, if these services are booked through us). We accept all major credit cards, checks, wire transfers and cash.
  3. Your final payment must be received 45 days prior to your tour departure.
  4. We send you your travel documents by FedEx courier 30 days prior to your tour departure (or before). We also send you (at the same time) an electronic version (PDF document sent by email) of your documents to keep as a backup copy in your files.
    All payments received are confirmed by our accounting dpt. the next day with an updated account statement sent by email.

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