Inca Trail 5 Days
The spaces for the Inca Trail are quickly reserved. If you’re considering on doing the Inca Trail to Machu picchu, make sure that you can get previously the permission, on the contrary, you would have to postpone your travel one more year, it is advisable in order to ensure your Inca Trail trek, you will pay in advance for the permission and then you can organize your trip to Cusco.
The exact information provided by you will be submitted to the governmental institution in charge of regulating the access to the Inca Trail and will be included in the official permit to enter the Inca Trail on the requested date. Should there be any change in the above-mentioned data (ie. New passport number), we kindly request you to inform the Reservation Department at Saywas Expeditions Tour Operator via email as soon as possible. The government reserves the right not to allow the entry to any visitor whose data are not the exact ones as those in the official permit. Saywas Expeditions Tour Operator excludes any responsibility for a no entry in case the passenger information has changed without prior notice to us.
This trek features 4 days of hiking on the famous Inca Trail and 1 night accommodation in a hostel in Aguas Calientes. This option will allow you to view Machu Picchu twice! Once in the evening in time to witness the sunset and again early the next morning for the sunrise. This trek is also a great option for families with children or anyone who dreams of exploring the legendary Inca Trail, the most famous hike in the world.
Day 01 – Cusco – KM82 – Patallacta
We will begin the trek by picking you up from your hotel at 7:00 a.m. and travelling by bus to Piskacucho (also called kilometre 82) the starting place of the Inca Trail. Upon arrival at kilometre 82, you will need to present your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) student card. Once we embark on the Inca Trail, we will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. This first day will be relatively easy (Inca flat!) with little change in terrain. We will go to the Inca Fortress of Huillca Raccay from where we will have great views of the landscape as well as our camping spot for the night. We will walk down to the vast Inca site – ‘Llactapata’ (sometimes called ‘Patallacta’) where we will spend the night (2620m/8595ft).
Total distance: 12 km (7.8 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4 hours
Highest point: 3000 m (9,842 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,600 m (8,692 ft)
Day 02 – Patallacta- Wayllamabma- Llullupampa
Today we will wake up at 7:00 a.m. and after a hearty breakfast we will start walking towards the village of Wayllabamba, located at (3000m/9842ft). Here we will take a trail off the ‘beaten path’ in order to see a beautiful and less-visited sight on the trail, the Inca fort of Paucarcancha. After visiting this sight, we will walk back down to Wayllabamba village for lunch. In the afternoon, we will take a 3-4 hour walk uphill to reach our second campsite, Llullupampa, at an elevation of (3800m/12,467ft). In the morning, we will have a 2 hour climb to Abra de Huarmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass).
Total distance: 10 km (7.376 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,215 m (13,821 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)
Day 03 – The Most Challenging And Rewarding Day Of The Inca Trail
This day will be our longest day as we will walk 16 kilometres and go over the 2 highest passes on the trail. After breakfast, we will continue our walk uphill from the previous day to reach Abra de Huarmihuañusca, ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, at an elevation of (4200m/13,779ft), the highest point on the trail. After conqueroring the pass, we will walk down to the valley where we will have an energizing lunch. We will continue or trek with an ascent to the circular Inca fortress of Runkurakay and then to the second pass of the same name, at (4000m/13,123ft). We will then begin our walk down to the campsite, first stopping at the lovely Inca site of Sayacmarca, meaning: “High Rising Town”. Our campsite, at (3680m/12,073ft), is located an hour and a half walk from this site, near the third pass named Phuyupatamarka.
Total distance: 13 km (8.136 miles)
Estimated walking time: 9 hours
Highest point: 4,000 (13,123 ft )
Campsite altitude: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)
Day 04 -Phuyupatamarka- Wiñay Huayna – Aguas Calientes Town
Today will be the most extraordinary day of the trek. We will visit many of Inca sites along the way: ‘Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, the “Sun Gate” and the most beautiful on the trail, Wiñay Wayna, meaning: “Forever Young”. We will leave Wiñay Wayna at 2:00 p.m. in order to get to Inti Punku, at (2730m/8,792ft). At the Sun Gate, you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu below you and we arrive in time to witness the setting sun. We will continue walking down the last section of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (postcard shot) of the ancient city. After this small break, we will descend to the main entrance, where we can catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes to spend the night. Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will have some time to relax at the hotel before your massage and trip to the hot springs which give Aguas Calientes its name.
Total distance: 11 km (6,14 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5 hours
Highest point: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,000 m (6,561 ft)
Day 05 : Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes Town– Cusco.
You will have two options today for your arrival at Machu Picchu. 1) You can hike for one and a half hours from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by way of the famous stairs, or 2) You can take a bus to Machu Picchu. By waking up early, you will witness the magnificent sunrise at this ancient Inca city. Once arriving in Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour walking tour of this historic site, followed by several hours of free time for your own exploration of the ancient city.
At about 1:30 p.m. we will meet at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes to have our last lunch together. After lunch you’ll be given your train tickets for your return journey to Cusco. We´ll arrange to meet 40 minutes before your train departs and then all go together to the train station. If you like there is an optional 45 min hike up Huayna Picchu Mountain. From here you can enjoy fantastic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding scenery. If you’re interested in the climb, please let us know when you book the trek. The price for the Huayna Picchu ticket is US $65 per person.