Inca Trail 5 Days / 4 Days - Machu Picchu.
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Inca Trail
Inca Trail 5 Days / 4 Days - Machu Picchu.
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Inca Trail
Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu 5 days, is 42km (24.4 miles) hiking through the amazing Andes in the Cusco region(the capital of the Incas), considered one of the ten best treks in the world
This trek to Machu Picchu offers you amazing views of Machu Picchu from the entrance to the Inca Trail that you would not normally see otherwise.
The 5-day Inca Trail is extensive, passing through the «Puerta del Sol» (the Portal of the Sun) traveling through various deserts, incredible landscapes and numerous Inca ruins. The route is made through a magnificent stone path.
At the end of this hike, you will arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu. (The porters will carry your belongings throughout the trek). For the entire walk, you will need to carry a small backpack each day; It is also necessary to make your reservation at least 5 months in advance.
CAUTION: It is necessary that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 days in advance so that you acclimatize correctly.
This great walk will begin when we pick you up from your hotel at (5:00 am), in the direction of «Kilometer 82». We will arrive at Ollantaytambo where we will enjoy our breakfast and then an hour later we will arrive at the beginning of the trek, from here we will have a 3-hour walk until we reach the Inca complex of «Llaqtapata», we will have lunch and take a break.
After lunch, we will continue walking towards the traditional community of the Andes, «Huayllabamba». In the afternoon we will raise our tents to spend the first night of the expedition.
DETAILS OF INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
We will start the day with a nutritious breakfast. Then we are going to continue our expedition along the famous Inca Trail.
We will make an ascent to the highest point for 3 hours of our tour, «WARMIWAÑUSCA». Our first efforts will be rewarded by the impressive views. After a short rest, we will descend to the high jungle, where we will have lunch (around 2:00 p.m.).
We will continue our HIKE downhill to the Pacaymayo Valley (3 hours), where we will cross small streams and tunnels with stone steps to reach our camp near the river.
DETAILS OF INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
We will start this second day with a nutritious breakfast, and a coca tea to charge us with energy. We will walk for 45 minutes until we reach two archaeological complexes, «Runkurakay» and «Sayacmarka». Here we can take many pictures
We will continue the walk until we reach the Chaquicocha area where we will have lunch, the walk will be up and down until we reach the «Pjuyupatamarca» area, the path will be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and we will cross Inca tunnels, until we reach the base camp for an hour and a half, when we arrive we will enjoy impressive views of Machu Picchu Mountain
DETAILS OF INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
After enjoying breakfast and having a coca tea we will continue our great expedition along this famous Inca Trail, this walk will last two hours until we reach the Inca area of «Wiñaywayna», where we will visit this fantastic Inca site and have lunch; after lunch, we will have a good chat with our porters.
We will make a walk of approximately one hour through the high jungle to reach the “Inti Punku” (Puerta del Sol – Puerta del Sol); From here, we can appreciate the panoramic view of the Lost City of the Incas Machu Picchu.
We will make a descent until we reach your destination, the Inca site of Machu Picchu. After taking beautiful pictures we will take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will have dinner in the excellent restaurant and sleep in the super hotel.
DETAILS OF INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
After a delicious early breakfast, we will board the bus transporting us to the Majestic Lost City of the Incas, “Machu Picchu.” The trek leader will impart the history of this mystical place. We will have the opportunity to visit the “Temple of the Sun,” the “Royal Palace,” the “Main Temple,” the “Temple of the Three Windows,” and the “Sun Dial.” Here, we promise an unforgettable experience. After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to do your exploring.
If you have reserved your visit to “Huaynapicchu” (tickets limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.; please coordinate with the Tour Guide for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.
There are many more activities that you can do. These activities are optional (not included with the package), for example, The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different viewpoint.
In the afternoon, we catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco
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Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD
Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).
The extraordinary and grandiose great Inca Trail was basically a network of trails of more than 65. 000 km (39374 miles) that integrated the enigmatic civilization of the Qechuas or the great tawaintisuyo (4 regions of the sun) covered much of the South American countries that we know today: part of Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Argentina, and especially Peru, according to history with the great Inca Pachacuteq expansion reached all these countries that we know today and one of them is the famous classic road to Machu Picchu.
The famous Inca roads varied depending on the geography of South America as this continent is not flat or flat is why the quality and size could be between 5 and 8 meters wide on the coast, while in the mountains was narrow one meter wide and in some places much steeper, basically had different functions these networks of Inca roads some of the pilgrimage (Inca road to Machu Picchu) and other food supply system for the entire Tawaintisuyo by llamas.
The classic Inca Trail (Qhapaq Ñan) to Machu Picchu (Temple of Wisdom) is part of the food supply, however, the classic Inca Trail is very important because it was and will be the pilgrimage to Machu Picchu because from different parts of South America came to perform and reach the Intipunku or gate of the sun, to be able to regenerate and finish in the Mecca of the Andes (Machu Picchu) so it has strong religious and ceremonial purposes in recent years became very popular with foreign channels and also considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
The classic Inca trail is the only entrance to the ruins of Machu Picchu through the incredible Puerta del Sol while other tourists end up in Aguas Calientes and then must take a bus to Machu Picchu.
Since June 2002 it is totally forbidden to do the Inca Trail without a guide in order to preserve this Inca Trail as it is one of the few that are in good condition, at present there are only 500 permits per day, including tourists, guides, cooks, porters exactly 200 permits for tourists and the rest for support staff, if you do not get these permits is impossible to make this classic Inca Trail of 4 days and the Short Inca Trail of 2 days
In order to preserve the Inca Trail for the following generations, the Peruvian state requires that all excursions must be done with an authorized agency and meet certain requirements, and have professional guides and good camping equipment, radio communications, and first aid, including first aid kit and oxygen, and these licenses are renewed every year, you can check on the official website of Peru www.machupicchu.gob.pe
The weather on the classic Inca Trail is very variable throughout the year, from sunny and dry to wet and cold. The conditions experienced depend on the season of the Inca Trail, from April to October is the dry season – the Peruvian winter, the temperatures at night are very cold and during the day can be sunny and cloudless with incredible views but in the mountains nothing is safe we must always have equipment for rain and heat.
The rainy season is from December to March, during these days it may rain on 2 of the 4 days of the classic trail. Even if the rains are very intense it will only rain for a couple of hours and then the sun will come out but after the last months of 2021 and part of 2022 it is no longer safe,
The most recommended season for trekking the Inca Trail is from April to October blue days with breathtaking views and lush landscapes with almost no rain and acceptable temperatures during the day and with a sharp variation at night.
From November to March is the rainy season but for the last few years especially in these months it is not really safe anymore it can be sunny for a few minutes and then rain, the rain can be annoying but it is a unique experience with green forests in the mountains, the most intense rains are in February when the classic Inca Trail is closed.
hen we talked about the difficulty of the Inca Trail and the inclines of this trail and the number of stairs, cardio will be very crucial for you to do this Inca Trail pilgrimage to Machu Picchu, the best recommendation is to climb hills or do stair exercises.
One of the most tiring days of the Inca Trail is the second day, it means that you will have to make a lot of effort and you need to be comfortable with your heart rate, you should exercise 4 to 5 times a week for a few months in order not to have difficulties with the Inca Trail.
According to the Peruvian government there is no restriction on the age limit but if you are over 55 years old or maybe you had an operation, we strongly recommend you to take the necessary precautions to do the Inca Trail, this excursion is totally forbidden for children under 8 years old because they may have altitude problems, children under 18 years old must also be accompanied by an adult.
It is not necessary to be an expert to do the Inca Trail, but it is advisable to be fit to do Inca Trail, the most advisable is to do exercises before you book Inca Trail, the trails must be climbed some steps is always necessary because the Inca Trail there are many steps, for this you must do about 10 miles round trip if you are not used to hiking we recommend you to take the train.
This pilgrimage to Machu Picchu is very well known worldwide everyone thinks it is a very simple and easy hike, but in reality, some sections are very difficult and are 26 km (26 miles) so it is recommended before have adequate preparation for the second day are 1200 m (4000 feet) if we combine this excursion with the hike the heat during the day and the cold nights I say that totally worth this walk-in reality there are no words to reach this temple of wisdom.
On the Inca Trail, the camps are designated by the Peruvian government, which means that they are designated for the 4 days and sleep in one place and the sanitary services are very insufficient for the number of people who enter this sacred trail, it is very important that the travel company has its own chemical toilet to avoid complications.
it is best to book as soon as possible to have good campsites and close to the toilets, and those who book last minute do not have good campsites and it is somewhat uncomfortable to get to the toilets.
Even though you paid for your tour in full, you will still need some cash when hiking the Inca Trail. You need money to tip to your porters, cook, and guides. Porters prefer soles over dollars. Also, there are a couple of vendors along the trail until the morning of the second day where you can buy a bottle of water, Coca Cola, snacks, beer, also, after Machu Picchu, most companies don’t include the last lunch in Aguas Calientes
The exact amount you’ll need to bring will rely upon the size of your group and thus the corresponding size of the staff (per government regulations). Your tour guide should let you know how many people are with you during the pre-trek briefing one day before your trip, and you can calculate from there.
There are only 3 places to withdraw the money from hiking Inca Trail. One of them is Cusco, the second one in Ollantaytambo, and the other is Aguas Calientes, where the adventure ends in case you don’t have enough cash or when you desire to buy some souvenirs.
On the Inca trail you will have (guides, cooks, and the super porters, working very hard so that they have the best unforgettable experience and you will think that when you have a small backpack and they carrying up and down with a 45-pound backpack, you will say They are the heroes of the Inca Trail and it will come from your heart to give them a tip that will help them a lot to bring more groceries to their family. The recommendation to tip is 100 soles and a little more to the cook and guide but always feel free to give the amount
To make the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a safe activity, especially in the dry season which is the months of April to September and we can say the riskiest months are September to March the road is wet and slippery and it is not recommended to make the Inca Trail, for it is very important to take out insurance to cover the 4000 m asl.
The hiking poles are something important to have a better balance, especially in the ups and downs because they are bleachers, basically, if you get a good technique of using the hiking poles, you will have basically 4 legs and hike with more confidence than the Inca bleachers, in case you have knee problems is totally necessary to walk with hiking poles
SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES family guides will always carry a first aid kit that includes oxygen with them at all times, but they are not allowed to prescribe it. That said, it doesn’t hurt to carry a basic first aid kit with medications you know on your person during your Inca Trail trek
Now for the fun, medications. Diamox (acetazolamide), Cipro, Ibuprofen, and Immodium are crucial. Diamox will help with altitude sickness, Ibuprofen will help with any headaches. Cipro and Immodium will save you in case you get food poisoning.
One of the options is to store the things that you do not need on the Inca Trail in the agency’s warehouse and the other option is to store them in your hotel’s warehouse since all of them include this service.
The toilets on the Inca Trail are not the cleanest and most comfortable, On the first day of the Inca Trail the toilets are acceptable, and as the days go by they are very basic and have no light basically you will have to carry your flashlight to not have a bad situation.
The recommendation is to hire an agency that includes a portable toilet, but at the lunch stops you will have to use the basic toilets or also known as Inca toilets.
The showers during the trek are at your disposal on the 1st day and 3rd day of the Inca Trail, something very important will depend on the tour company you choose because there are different itineraries. For example on the 1st day other companies camp in huallyabamba, there you will have hot showers but the cost is 10 soles, and the other option is the 3rd day in the wiñayhuyna camp where there are cold showers but they are free and the climate is very suitable because it is jungle eyebrow and last case take many wet wipes and use them before sleeping.
Hydration is something very important on the Inca Trail because there are very tired and sunny days for it the travel companies will provide cold boiled water during this pilgrimage road, but there is the option to share the 1 day and 2 day water or rehydrating drinks and then to Machu Picchu there are no more places to buy, for it will have to bring a bottle or a camel bag for our porters to give it every day until the end.
When you do the Inca Trail 4 days is a common problem to have altitude sickness because the changes are very sudden especially the day you go from 3000 masl to 4200 masl for it is recommended to take it easy and gradually get used to these heights and be at least 3 days in Cusco to avoid problems on the Inca Trail.
Once on the road is to rest well in the tents and during the day is to drink plenty of water and oxygenate the blood and eat little especially 2 days because you may have stomach problems, only eat light soups, carbohydrates, and no alcohol.
One of the most frequent doubts to make the Inca Trail is to choose the right travel company and others looking at the trip advisor or organic search, for this SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES is more than a travel agency, is a family, the big difference between us is to make you live a mystical experience, unique and original, with a group of people quite capable and most importantly are people of the field (guides, cooks, porters also giving a good treatment and a salary much more than other travel agencies for this we are fully committed to them
Trekking clothes are very important on the Inca Trail because it is very hot days and cold nights so you need to bring some thermals and some coats for camping and if you have a long trip and you don’t want to bring a lot of clothes you can buy in Cusco as it is a touristic place and you can buy clothes for the cold made of alpaca wool and llama.
Here we recommend you bring the right clothes to have an incredible experience.
When we talk about toiletries. We recommend you pack as little as possible. We believe that you are going to survive only with basics for 4 days.
The Inca Trail 4 day Trek to Machu Picchu is a truly amazing, educational, challenging, and must-have experience in your lifetime. Our 4-day trek on the traditional Inca trail covers 33.7 miles over 4 days. We cross over 3 passes with the highest at 4,215m/ 13,828 feet. Cusco sits at 3,400m/ 11,152 feet and the city of Machu Picchu sits at 2,430m/ 7,972 feet on the edge of the Amazon. The positioning of Machu Picchu and the incredible way the Incas re-enforced the mountain below the city from possible earthquakes, hand-carved each structure, managed to cultivate crops, redirect water, and positioned the city out of reach of invaders in truly remarkable. The journey to Machu Picchu will leave you inspired with true admiration for the incredible Incan people who ran these trials over 500 years ago. Read all the information you need for an Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu.
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We are specialists in creating a personalized experience, so we have more than 28 tours that can be modified according to your needs (from the classic Inca Trail to innovative and alternative tours such as Moonstone) because there are many ways to know Machu Picchu, however, we are convinced that there is only one right for each client. . We also offer tours for clients with special needs.
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All our staff is 100% Quechua and is in constant training to always offer the best possible service. Our guides are Quechua mystics who will provide you with a unique experience. They also have basic training in photography and are equipped with a semi-professional camera to document your entire trip so you don’t have to worry about anything except enjoying every moment. Our cooks have chef training and will be informed of any dietary restrictions (such as allergies).
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SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES – Travel Agency and Tour Operator, complies with all the requirements and licenses necessary to operate and offer various services in the field of tourism throughout the Peruvian territory. The institutions mentioned below are in charge of regulating the tourism industry in Peru and we are subscribed to them:
We are authorized by DIRCETUR (Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco), a government agency that promotes competition, sustainability, and diversification of Peruvian exportable products, tourism, and handicrafts.
We are subscribed to PROMPERU (Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism), an institution belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of our country.
We are also subscribed to SERNANP, in order to operate in the Inca Trail Network. The National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State, which is a specialized technical public agency of the Peruvian government, under the Ministry of Environment of Peru, is in charge of directing and establishing the technical and administrative criteria for the conservation of the Natural Protected Areas of Peru.
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