THE ONE THAT GIVES YOU 5 DAYS OF CULTURE, NATURE, ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES, MOUNTAINS, AND A CLOUDY FOREST All IN ONE COUNTRY
Ideal for photographers and families with younger kids, this version of the Inca Trail hike moves at a slightly slower pace. While following the same trail as the classic 4-day trek, we will stop at alternative campsites to avoid crowds and have more time to enjoy the amazing scenery. This version also gives you a night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes so you can shower and clean up for an additional entry to Machu Picchu on day 5.
As with the classic Inca trail, access to this trek is strictly limited and requires a ticket to be purchased roughly 6 months in advance. It is impossible to hike this trail without a licensed guide and the daily number of hikers allowed on the trail is limited to 500. First Step Expeditions cannot guarantee any Inca Trail hike availability until the purchase is confirmed.
|START/END LOCATION||Your hotel in Cusco or Ollantaytambo|
|Transportation from end to end||Accommodation at a 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes|
|Private, English speaking guide||All entrance fees and permits|
|All meals as listed (can accommodate dietary restrictions with proper notice)||Tents – 2 people/tent (single occupancy available for additional charge.)|
|Duffel bags for items to be carried by porters (up to 15lbs/7kilos per person).||Sleeping Mat|
|Clean water at every meal stop||Basic First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle|
|Walking sticks (available for rent)||Breakfast – Day one|
|Lunch and Dinner – Day 5||Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb (can be reserved in advance available for additional fee of $65 per person)|
|Alcoholic Beverages of any kind||Sleeping Bag (can be rented for $30)|
Day 1: CUSCO – HUALLABAMBA
- Today we jump in the van and drive through the Sacred Valley to KM 82
- Once we put our feet on the original Inca trail we will be pretty much living our dream. We will spend the day walking and experiencing famous sites while your local story teller engages you in the rich history and culture.
- You’ll camp out under the starry sky in your warm, cozy tent.
Day 2: HUAYLLABAMBA- LLULLUCHA
- As we take our second steps on the trail, we are still in good hands.
- We’ll take an easy pace through the valley before we begin our climb to our second campsite- Llullucha (3,800m).
- A good meal and a couple cups of coca tea will help us feel good for the next day.
Day 3: LLULLUCHA- PHUYUPATAMARKA
- Today is often considered the hardest day on the trail with much of the day is spent climbing without other tourists around . As we climb to Dead Woman’s Pass, (4,200m (13,779 ft), and runkurak’ay pass (3,900m), the highest points on the trail, you can look across to the snow-covered peaks of the Salkantay (Savage).
- After continuing our walk, we will spend our last night on the trail near Phuyupatamark’a, a complex with numerous terraces.
Day 4: PHUYUPATAMARTK'A- AGUAS CALIENTES
- The 4th full day on the Inca Trail brings more thrilling views of Inca sites and elaborate staircases.
- There’s a fair amount of downhill today, but you forget all about the tough hike by the time we reach the Sun gate and Machu Picchu in the afternoon!
- After taking in our first glimpses of the citadel, we’ll hop on the bus to Aguas Calientes where you will check in to your hotel and enjoy a little R & R before meeting up for our last dinner together.
Day 5: MACHU PICCHU- CUSCO
- Machu Picchu is here!
- You’ll be treated to a guided tour for two hours before having some time to explore on your own.
- Once you’ve had a good look, we’ll meet up in Aguas Calientes for your ride back to Cusco.
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