Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu – 5 Days

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5 Days

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Drop-Off, Pickup

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Small Group

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English, Spanish

Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle, Train

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Professional bilingual guide
High Mountain Cook
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)
Machu Picchu Entrance Ticket
Round-trip bus tickets
Return Train to Cusco & transfer to hotel

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Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu: The origins of this trail were that it was a pilgrimage route meant only for the Inca nobles; now thousands of trekkers & travelers follow this ancient footpath to Machu Picchu every year. Making it one of South America’s most well-known routes it’s no wonder why this path was chosen by the Incas. The mountain pass views are stunning, and you’ll pass through numerous historic ruins along the way. Throughout the trek, you’ll pass through cloud forests and below snowy peaks and discover the world of the Incas. Following a centuries-old sacred trail, you will visit a variety of historic sites, finally arriving at Machu Picchu, the most famous and complex of all.

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu – 5 Days

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Llactapata (L, D)

Start your trek from the charming town of Ollantaytambo, famous for its Incan fortress and temple ruins. Explore the cobblestone streets and observe life in the Andes. After lunch, drive to the trailhead at Piscacucho and meet the crew that will be accompanying you on the trail.
The hike starts out by following a trail along the winding Urubamba river. With porters carrying your belongings, you will be able to enjoy the natural beauty with less stress. After a long day of trekking, you will reach Llactapata (2788m), the ruins of a grand administrative and astronomical complex.
Set up camp with help from your crew, enjoy a freshly-cooked meal, and relax and enjoy the accomplishment of your first day.

🏚️ Accommodation: Campsite.


Day 2: Llactapata – Huayllabamba – Llulluchapampa (B, L, D)

After breakfast, prepare to climb up the edge of Cusichaca Valley to Huayllabamba, a small village that will be the last human settlement on the Inca Trail. Afterward, you will descend into true wilderness. Hike a steeper Inca trail that brings you into the beautiful cloud forests, where flora and fauna flourish. You may even spot hummingbirds fluttering among the tropical trees.
The trail leads to Llulluchapampa(3680m), a patch of grassland frequented by Andean deer with an amazing view. Here, you will end the day and prepare your camp.

🏚️ Accommodation: Campsite.


Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Warmiwañusca – Phuyupatamarca (B, L, D)

Today is the most rigorous day of the trek, but the challenge is worth it. Climb the trail’s highest and most demanding pass, the Warmiwañusca, or “Dead Woman’s Pass” (4212m). After that, everything gets smoother as you walk downhill to the Pacasmayo valley. You will hike through a second pass past Runkuracay towards Sayacmarca, where you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Pumahuanca Mountain.
After the mysterious junction point, your trek continues just a bit longer. Phuyupatamarca (3650m), “‘the place above the clouds” will be your final destination for today. The site features one of the most intact Inca ruins and overlooks snow-capped, sacred Mt. Salkantay (6,200m). Surrounded by clouds, miles above the rest of the world, you will spend your night.

🏚️ Accommodation: Campsite.


Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu Pueblo (B, L, D)

If the clouds clear up, you will wake up to the rising sun illuminating the Salkantay and Veronica mountains. Then, bid farewell to your porters and carry on towards Machu Picchu. Continue down a set of Inca stone steps past more swaths of misty cloud forests. Soon, you will pass the Wiñay Wayna, a range of terraces with patches of orchids and swallows flying overhead.
Finally, trek beyond the Gateway of the Sun, Inti Punku, and the sight of Machu Picchu will await you. Soak in the view and the evening glow before riding the bus 20 minutes down to Machu Picchu Pueblo, where you can shower and retreat to a comfortable hotel room.

🏚️ Accommodation: Campsite.


Day 5: Explore Machu Picchu – Cusco (B, L)

If you’re up bright and early, you’ll get to see the sun lighten up Machu Picchu. Follow a hiking trail up to the sanctuary for an early view and to avoid the crowds. You’ll have a fully guided tour, and for those who have requested it, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is on the list. Enjoy your time here.
Explore the ruins, have a snack, take some photos, or take a nap on the terraces. At the end of your time exploring, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and wait for your return train to Cusco or Ollantaytambo where transport will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.

🚆 Train Ticket to Cusco is included.

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