Inca Trail 5 Days
The Inca trail 5 days trek takes the same route as it is in the 4-Day Inca trail version. The great option for this trek is that if you are a bit doubtful of your physical capability and say: “I may not do this”. Precisely for that reason, this trek was made for, so you can do it at a much slower pace that allows you to walk calmly, relaxed, and more importantly, it allows you to acclimate better.
“Our advice to anybody doing the Inca trail is to really come with an open mind to drop all bad vibes that you may have accumulated and instead fill your heart with peace and spirituality in the Inca’s path; do it, because it is going to blow your mind.
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INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS ITINERARY
Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 82 – Hatunchaca
At the daybreak about 5 am. We will depart from your hotel to Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour in private transportation. The starting point of the Inca trail is located beyond Ollantaytambo village, about 3 hours from Cusco city; hence it is going to be a long but beautiful drive. Once at the checkpoint at KM 82, after everyone has got the entrance permits validated (the group and the support crew porters), We all start the hike, first crossing the suspension bridge and continuing along the left shore of the Urubamba River.
The trek is relatively easy for the first couple of hours as we make our way to the first Inca site named Patallacta. This is the place that welcomes everyone for the rest of the adventure on the Inca trail with great views above the Urubamba river, and thereafter we enjoy our lunch. The campground for the first night is at the Hatunchaca sector, so once lunch is done, the hike will continue for about 2 more hours.
Day 2: Hatunchaca – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo
Some sort of bell ring or door knock will wake you up early for breakfast and then begin our ascent to the infamous Dead Woman´s Pass. The views of the alluring snow-capped mountains and the cloud forests are fantastical. The first portion of the trek is through a path surrounded by vegetation, and as it reaches higher and higher, the trek turns difficult.
There will be resting spots such as Llullucha Pata, where you can refill your water bottles, and use bathrooms and get some snacks. After the break, we will continue to the first and highest mountain saddle in the route: Abra Warmiwañusqa, Quechua for Dead woman´s pass. Hiking all way up and conquer the high point is no mean feat, but the prize is what is behind the mountain; a lush green valley. Probably this hike up will take us three hours to complete and another two hours hike down behind to the Pacaymayo campground for lunch. With a bit of luck, we may see some Andean deer and endemic birds in the area. After launch time, the rest of the afternoon on the second day is spare, no more hike, but time to relax in the Pacymayo valley.
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Sayacmaraca Ruins – Phuyupatamarca Ruins
Once after breakfast, we will start the march on the Inca trail, steps after steps towards the second pass on the trek. Along the way, we will see fantastic views of waterfalls and flora, and fauna. Not long after the start, there is an Inca site called Runcu Raqay, where we will stop and take a break for a few minutes before continuing our hike to the pass, walking far away from any modern city but over the bush grown valleys. Once up to the pass, we will have the chance to take some of the most spectacular pictures, overlooking the snowcapped mountains and pristine landscapes in the purest nature.
Later, the descent begins all the way down to Sayac Marca Inca Complex, and little by little, we will be entering the jungle eyelash, where vegetations start surrounding the path. At Sayaq Marca, we will have a guided tour, and thereafter we will continue our trek to Chaqui Cocha camp, which is so close, and there we will have lunch with a view at the Inca site we have just visited but from a different angle. After lunch, the hike will continue for about two more hours through a more or less flat and then the Inclined path, to Phuyu Pata Marca. That afternoon, we will visit the Inca site of Phuyu Pata Marca, which was so masterfully constructed, and observe the sunset and see the Machu Picchu mountain as well as the Urubamba River down in the Valley. With that done, at night after dinner, everyone gets to bed early for the next day morning spectacular sunrise observation.
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Today, as usual, after breakfast once again, we will start our way through the Inca site of Phuyu Pata Marca down the long descending stone steps to the Wiñay Wayna Inca site, where we will have lunch. Before getting Wiñay Huayna, we will have time to get to the Inti Pata viewpoint, and by the way, we will see once an important agricultural area for Machu Picchu. Visiting the Intipata sector, we descent straight down to Wiñay Huayna, one of the largest Inca sites outside of Machu Picchu. What particularly interesting here is the intricacy of the architecture development in the housing structures in the upper action and the section on the lower edge united by a long staircase. Also, the great pattern of terraces makes Wiñay Huayna a beautiful Inca site then it also offers once again views of the Urubamba river much much closer. What is next is Lunchtime at the campsite just by the Inca site.
It is customary on the Inca trail to make a farewell ceremony for our Inca trail porters and cook, so if you have prepared some tip or have something to say, then that is the right time. Afterward, we say farewell to our crew team and continue our hike to the Sun gate through a leveled Inca path for about 1 hour 30 and reach the magic sun gate overlooking Machu Picchu for the first time in life. As the sun sets down, we approach Machu Picchu little by little and take pictures before taking the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes town for overnight.
Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Today, the wake-up is early to get to Machu Picchu as early as possible before the crowds. At about 5:30, We will board one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. These buses are first-come because everyone makes a line with permits in hand. Up in Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about 2 hours: visiting the must-see places. After that, you will have free time for exploring Machu Picchu at your own pace.
If you have purchased permits for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, then our guide will show you the trailhead for you to register and give you all the advice for the rest of the hike and how to return to take the bus back to Agua Caliente therefore to take the afternoon train. With that done, you say bye to the guide and according to your itinerary, you will meet the guide in Cusco again or not. Lunch is not Included for the last day in Aguas Calientes as there is a bunch variety of food in different restaurants. Later you have to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our AB expeditions representative will meet you and take you in a car drive, to your Hotel In Cusco.
- Private tourist transport Cusco - Km 82 (the starting point of the walk).
- Hotel of 3 stars in Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast - Day 1.
- Spanish-English speaking guide for 5 days of the Inca Trail.
- Assistant guide (up to 9 passengers).
- Thermarest (sleeping pad).
- Professional cook
- Kitchen equipment.
- Dining tent with chairs and tables.
- Portable environmental biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
- Meal service at the campsites (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 4 snacks).
- Tents for two people (tent with capacity for 3 people used as doubles - Kayla Doite).
- Porter service, we never overload our porters.
- Tickets to the Inca Trail and Machupicchu, valid for 5 days.
- Expeditions train ticket back (14:55 Hrs.) To Ollantaytambo.
- Private transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco..
- Orientation prior to the trek (hotel or office).
- Lunch - Day 4.
- Entrance to the hot springs in the town of Aguas Calientes (US $ 5).
- Tips (optional).
WHAT TO BRING FOR THE INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS
- Original Passport and student cards if you are students.
- A trekking Backpack (21 liters capacity).
- Hiking Poles with rubber tips. You can bring your own or rent it from AB Expeditions.
- Trekking Clothing: Hiking shoes, waterproof pants, waterproof shorts, two shirts, a light sweater, jacket for rain, and clothes to rest in at the hotel. On the other hand, it is quite comfortable and relaxing for the body to wear light clothes for the walk; for this, waterproof materials are very good, because they enable quick drying from sweat and rain.
- Night in Aguas Calientes: Please bring with you a clean set of clothes to wear after the trekking. Also, you can bring along swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Personal Hygiene items: toothpaste. toothbrush, and wet wipes.
- Medicine: If you are taking any medications, please bring them with you. It is also recommended to bring some over the counter medicine for the altitude sickness (Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamide). It is also suggested to bring Anti Blister Gel to avoid getting blisters on your feet and being unable to continue on your trek.
- Digital Camera with an external memory (2-4 Gb) (Optional).
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
- Sun Block SPF 60 (UVA-UVB) waterproof and sport.
- Waterproof Insect Repellent lotion, not spray.
- Swiss Army Knife.
- Water bottle made of flexible plastic. This type of bottle is very easy to carry and does not take up a lot of space. At the same time, they help in our effort to protect the environment.
AVAILABILITY FOR INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS
JANUARY 2021: Closed for Covid-19
FEBRUARY 2021: Closed for Trail maintenance
MARCH 2021: Closed for Covid-19
APRIL 2021:Closed for Covid-19
MAY 2021: Closed for Covid-19
JUNE 2021: Closed for Covid-19
JULY 2021: AVAILABLE
AUGUST 2021: AVAILABLE
SEPTEMBER 2021: AVAILABLE
OCTOBER 2021: AVAILABLE
NOVEMBER 2021: AVAILABLE
DECEMBER 2021: AVAILABLE
** IMPORTANT NOTE **
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture and SERNANP are in charge of all regulations of the Inca Trail, including permits and campsites. To access the Inca Trail, you have to have a permit that matches your FULL NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY, and AGE issued by the Ministry of Culture.
Only licensed Inca Trail Travel Agencies like AB EXPEDITIONS can secure these, and they are not transferable in date or name at any time. If you are not able to start your Inca Trail hike on your start date, it is not possible to transfer the permit to someone else. If you need to change your start date, you have to make sure permits are still available for the new date and purchase a new permit. These are all rules of the government of Peru that all Travel Agencies need to follow. If permits are sold out for your desired start date, many other treks lead to Machu Picchu such as Salkantay Trek, Inca Quarry Trek, and Lares Trek. We can help you find the perfect trek for you.