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Inca Trail Tour to Machu picchu with Hotel 5D/4N
Inca Trail Tour to Machupichu with Hotel 5D/4N
This 5 day hike to Machu picchu has the same distance and path; that the 4 day Classic Inca Trail hike. The difference is that it gives you shorter daily sections of hiking; If you are worried about your hiking skills and speed, so then this 5 day Machu Picchu hike is perfect for you and your loved ones.
Highlights of our 5 days Inca Trail with hotel
- We wish to give you the best experience on this Classic Inca Trail by. That is why we planned a unique itinerary; that gives you the precise hours of hiking to make you really enjoy, observe, acclimatized to the altitude, take your time and appreciate the landscape beauty of this trip.
- Our campsites, are off the beaten path; Thus tranquility and direct contact with nature are assured.
- Take all the time in the world, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Inca Trail trek.
- We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
- We have new, high quality and spacious, camping equipment.
- We treat our porters as if they were our tourists; come see for yourself.
- Be part of our social and environmental projects.
- With our unique itinerary; have the wonderful opportunity to see the citadel of Machu Picchu twice. For sunrise and sunset.
- One day before visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu, take a shower and rest in a suitable bed to fully enjoy the lost city of the Incas.
- In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.
Trip Overview of our Classic Inca Trail 5 day and 4 night
- Trek Type: Hiking on an inca trail; paved 500 years ago, scenic, cultural, historical and informative
- Good for: Those in moderate shape or better
- Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
- Season: From March 1st to January 31th
- Consideration: Inca Trail permits required
Day 1. Cusco –Km 82 – Llactapata – Wayllabamba
- Elevation: From 2900 to 3000 meters
- Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.2 miles (5 hours)
- Considered: moderate
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: Warm and dusty
We collect you from your hotel at 5:30 pm. to drive you for two hours to Piscacucho; which is the starting point of this Inca Trail Tour. Upon our arrival our chef will prepare a delicious buffet breakfast; let’s put backpacks on, to hike for three hours to Llactapata, which is a huge and nice looking Inca settlement. Along the way we´ll observe really interesting medicinal plants. Then we hike 40 minutes to our lunch spot; here our support porters will wait us with a cold fruit juice and yummy buffet lunch.
We hike one hour and a half to our first campsite; along the path will see imposing rugged mountains, a snowy peak and potato crops.
Upon arrival to our campsite our tents will be already pitched; our support team will provide you warm water in buckets to you wash up, change into some clean clothes and rest after a moderate and beautiful first day on this 5 day Inca Trail hike. In the afternoon let’s enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn and a varied and yummy dinner.
** Perfect hiking time to be pleased by the Inca Trail hike scenic jewels.
Day 2. Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa – Pacaymayu
- Elevation: From 3000 to 3600 meters
- Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6 miles (6 to 7 hours)
- Considered: Challenging
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: Cold and windy
We come to your tent with a hot coffee mug, so you wake up in a better mood. After a nutritious breakfast we hike uphill for four hours to Llulluchapampa; which is the place where we have lunch. Along the way will observe curious dwarf highland trees, hosting orchids and bromeliads; also we´ll see a cascade, some llamas, alpacas and imposing rocky peaks. After lunch we’ll hike two hours to the highest point of our Inca Trail Tour. This last uphill section, will be surrounded by rugged mountains and andean grasslands. Upon arrival to the top, let’s celebrate our conquest and take memorable pictures. Then we hike downhill for two hours to our second campsite; along the way we can see beautiful orchids, hummingbirds and a waterfall.
At night we´ll have, tea time with awesome Inca Trail stories and a refreshing pisco sour.
** This will be our most challenging day; however remember that the Inca trail is hiked only by 82 500 people a year, of the three million annual visitors to Machu Picchu.
Day 3. Pacaymayu – Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca
- Elevation: From 3600 to 3650 meters
- Hiking Distance: 13 km / 8.1 miles (6 to 7 hours)
- Considered: Moderate
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: Warm and chilly
After a yummy and varied buffet breakfast, be ready to delight a fantastic day. We´ll hike uphill for two hours to Runcuracay; in half way will visit a interesting building: that was a trail lodge for messengers; according archaeological evidences. Once on the top, we´ll glimpse the beginning of the amazon jungle adorned by huge snow-capped mountains. Then we hike one hour to Sayacmarca; a big Inca settlement that hosts awesome buildings and fantastic upper amazon jungle views. From here we hike only 30 minutes to our lunch area; where our chef has a delicious buffet meal for us. After a rewarding rest; will get ready to get in one of the prettiest stretches of the Inca Trail hike. We hike for two hours surrounded by incredible andean foothills and amazonian landscapes; all this adorned by to snowy peaks higher than 20000 thousand feet. We´ll arrive to our third campsite by 16:00 pm. You´ll rest for a bit to then delight a charming tea time. At night we´ll stargaze; this campsite is the preferred one by astronomers; because here, there is great spots to observe constellations and the milky way.
** Most outstanding stargaze night of the whole 5 day Inca Trail Hike.
Day 4. Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
- Elevation: From 3,650 to 2000 meters
- Hiking Distance: 15 km / 8.3 miles
- Considered: Moderate
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: Warm and humid
This is the most easy day and one of the most beautiful ones in the Inca Trail Tour. we’ll have a delicious outdoor breakfast; observing the Machu Picchu mountain and the Salkantay snow-capped mountain. Then will visit a awesome Inca settlement perched in the middle of two mountains. From this point we descend on a cobblestone path for three hours to Intipata. This terraced growing area has according previous hikers, the best scenic view of the whole 5 day Machu Picchu hike.
Then we hike 40 minutes to Wiñaywayna to enjoy our last lunch prepared by our chef. We will do the digestion for half an hour, while our guide show us the outstanding Mini Machu Picchu. This place is just five minutes from our lunch area and is as beautiful as Machu Picchu citadel but smaller. Following with our Inca Trail Hike; we’ll hike for one hour to the sungate, from where we have a first Machu Picchu citadel glimpse. Then we hike downhill for 30 minutes to arrive to the Machu Picchu overlooks; from where we take our postcard photos. After having enjoyed the first views of the lost city of the Incas, we’ll board a bus for half and hour to Aguas Calientes. Once here, your guide will drop you of at your hotel, coordinate dinner time and plan the visit to the Inca citadel the next day.
**! Yes¡ This awesome 5 day hike, will give us the chance to visit Machu Picchu citadel twice.
Day 5. Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Meals Included: Breakfast Only
In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and lessons at Machu Picchu. We suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will a ride of 30 minutes until reaching the inca citadel at 6:15 am more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnificent location.
Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu. Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2 hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy an INCAS PATH driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if the is not car access until your accommodation.
** Our 5 day Inca Trail Hike service, is door to door.
Included on the Classic Inca Trail with hotel 5 day 4 night
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our short inca trail
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Inca trail that also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu
Hotel: This classic inca Trail 5 day 4 night includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.
Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the Inca Trail. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this inca trail 4 days. You will be picked up from your hotel bewteen 4-4:30 am, (unless you are staying in the sacred valley) and brought to KM 82 to begin your classic Inca Trail. The train back from Aguas Calientes will be on the train called Expedition Class and will be included in your trip. You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome class train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. In addition included is your bus ticket to go down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and the round trip bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu
Food: Our 5 day Inca Trail includes expert hiking chefs who will will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know . Food is typically all served as buffet.
Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters , as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.
Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; Very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the dead woman´s pass on your 4 day Inca trail or from the Salkantay Trek mountain pass or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Inca Trail, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the classic Inca Trail with hotel 5 day 4 night
Rentals: Due there We are hiking the 5 day Inca Trail with hotel, each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $20
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $15
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.
Our 5 day Inca Trail includes the ExpeditionTrain class. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $75 per person.
Extra day at Machu Picchu
You will have from 6 am to 12 pm to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.
- The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.
- The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.
We would love to tour the 5 day Inca trail with hotel with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January while Inca Trail permits are still available in the Inca Trail government booking system.
Group Price (2020):
- $850 per person
- Private Price (2020):
- Two trekkers: $1350 per person
- Three trekkers: $1300
- Four trekkers: $1250
- Five trekkers: $1150
- Six trekkers: $1050
- Seven trekkers: $950
- Eight, or more, trekkers: $850
We include a three (3) star hotel and We utilize, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers,breakfast and wifi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, If you want any other hotel, just let us know
- El Mapi: +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
- Sumaq : +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)
- + $ 50 US per person
For those who want a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.
- – $ 35 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of the Inca Trail of the government.
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- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on the classic Inca Trail!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
- Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25 litters will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside in the Machupicchu check point. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Where do we pick up the hikers for the 5 day Inca trail with hotel ?
Pick up will be from your hotel bewteen 5:00 to 5:30 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for the 5 day Inca trail with hotel?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the Inca trail hike for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your 5 day Inca Trail .
Reserve for the classic Inca Trail 5 days with hotel?
We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the Inca Trail hike permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.
Permissions for the 5 day Inca trail with hotel?
Only tour operators licensed by the Inca Trail, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Inca Trail permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.
Passport Number Update?
The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.
Where to stay in Cusco?
You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.
Can I stay in the sacred valley?
The second most convenient place to stay after Cusco will be Ollantaytambo. When you stay in Ollantaytambo, you will have the chance to sleep for longer because we will pick you up at 6:45 am from your hotel.
Can I stay an additional night in Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes?
Of course, if you agree to take the same train from Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is usually at 3.20 or 4:22 pm, then there is no additional charge for the train to be booked one day. after. If you need us to insure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this will have an additional cost. If you decide to spend another night in Aguas Calientes, be sure to inform the Incas Path office at least one month in advance, so that your train ticket is purchased for the correct day.
Can I book my hotel on my own in Aguas Calientes?
You can choose any hotel to stay in Aguas Calientes. It is a small and very safe town. If you decide to book your hotel, be sure to tell us where you plan to stay so we can take you there safely.
During the trip, how challenging is the classic Inca Trail 5 day with hotel?
Remember that this classic Inca Trail hike, it is challenging because you will climb two very high mountain passes, if rains the stone steps could be a little slipery ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also on the last two day the inca trail is a bit humid and hot all the time, so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at to the sungate from where you will observe Machu Picchu for the first time and then once you arrive to Machu Picchu itself you will enjoy of the place in all its splendor where you will take your so awaited posdcard pictures and will learn all the mos interesting details about Machu Picchu
Will I need extra money on the 5 day Inca Trail trek?
Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, reminders in the citadel of Machu Picchu or go to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes, take about 200 soles or if you do not want to take cash with you there are ATMs in Aguas Calientes and You can also make almost any payment using your credit or debit card.
How many people will be in my group on the 5 day Inca Trail hike with hotel ?
We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the classic Inca trail. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.
Do you need hiking boots for the classic Inca Trail 5 day with hotel?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the 5 day Inca trail can become a bit slippery. Please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the 5 day Inca trail with hotel?
For the classic Inca Trail 5 day we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the stone steps made by the Incas 500 years ago. the park rangers of the Inca trail and Machu Picchu only allow the use of hiking sticks with rubber tips so as not to damage the paved stone section many years ago.
Are there any toilets along the 5 days classic Inca Trail with hotel?
Along the classic inca trail there are 3 places that has toilet. Firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
Can I use plastic botles during the 5 day Inca trail with hotel?
Due to New goverment regulations for the Inca Trail it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the Inca Trail and in the Machu Picchu citadel.
Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.
If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your Inca trail we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.
Where do I store my luggage?
All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage
What should I expect from the weather on the 5 day Inca trail with hotel?
Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the classic Inca trail and Machu Picchu, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.
Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the 5 day Inca Trail trek. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Machu Picchu and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machupicchu?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to Machu Picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, We always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.
Is there a possibility to cancel my 5 day Inca Trail with hotel?
There is no possibility to cancel the classic Inca Trail trek. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the Inca Trail; We will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to Machu Picchu in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the entrance tickets to the Inca trail 5 day, Machu Picchu, train and bus tickets have already been purchased.