Inca Trail 5 Days Experience to Machu Picchu

KM 82 - Wayllabamba - Dea Woman's Pass - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu

Overview

Go a bit slower on this Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5-Day trek and take in the wonders of the Andes!

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu treks generally follow the same itinerary as our Classic 4-Day Inca Trail Trek, but at a more leisurely pace. You can spend more time at each ruin along the way. This is a great option for those worried about their hiking capability and speed, as well as families with younger hikers.

Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture
Total Distance: 43 km/26 miles
Good For: Families with children, or those who wish to take their time
Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging
Considerations: Permit required

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Tour Price 5 Days Tour 4 Nights

Inca Trail 5 Days Inca Trail 5 Days Experience to Machu Picchu
Price From
$ 910 per Person
Group SizeUp to 12
Activity LevelChallenging
Trip StylesHiking
Lodging TypeCamps, Hotel

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: Day 1: Cusco – Piscacucho KM 82 – Hatunchaca

Very early in the morning of the first day, we will pick you up from your hotel (exact time will be confirmed in the briefing). We will then travel in our transportation to Ollantaytambo, where we will stop to have breakfast (this breakfast is not included). Following breakfast, we will continue on to the trailhead (named KM 82). Then, upon completing the final checks, we will pass through the checkpoint (passport is required at this point). The beginning of the trek is relatively flat, allowing for an easy start to the day. About two hours into the hike you will see the first Inca site (Patallacta), and the guide will pause to explain the history and culture of the ancient Incas. Another one hour walk will put us at the lunch place. After lunch and another few hours of hiking, we will arrive at the first campsite (Hatunchaca) in time to prepare a dinner and rest up for the second day.

  • Walking Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles.
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities.
  • Meals: Lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. Breakfast is not included.
  • Campsite elevation: 3,000m/ 9,842 ft.

DAY 2: Day 2: Hatunchaca – Dead Woman´Pass – Pacaymayu

After waking up early at approximately 6 am and having a quick breakfast, we will start hiking towards the highest point of the Inca trail called warmiwañusca (dead women´s pass, 4215 meters). This is the most challenging day of the trek, as it involves the most strenuous climbs, but will offer you stunning views of the surrounding mountains. On this portion of the trek, expect several breaks, and allowances for photos and simply enjoying the surroundings. We will hike approximately 3.5 hours uphill before reaching our lunch stop (Llulluchapampa). We will take lunch after we will continue ascending until we reach the peak approximately 2 hours later. After reaching the highest point, we will descend for approximately 1.5 hours until we get to the second campsite (Pacaymayu).

  • Hiking Distance: 11. km / 7.1miles.
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
  • Campsite elevation: 3,600m/ 11,520ft.

DAY 3: Day 3: Pacaymayu – Runkuracay´Pass – Phuyupatamarca

This day is the most impressive day with many views of the Vilcabamba mountain range and the sacred mountain (Salkantay). We will wake up at approximately 7 am, grab a quick breakfast, and continue hiking until we reach the first Inca site of the day (Runkurakay). After exploring the ruins, we will keep going up for 1 hour to the second pass of the Inca trail (called Runkurakay Pass). Then we will descend to a second Inca site (Sayacmarca), at which we will stop for exploring and get information from your tour guide. After we will keep walking for 30 minutes, where we will take a rest and eat lunch. We will walk for 2 hours more, we will stop at the next overnight campsite and will have the opportunity to watch the sunset over the beautiful Vilcabamba mountain range.

  • Hiking Distance: 12 km / 6.5 miles.
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
  • Campsite elevation: 3,680m/ 12,000ft.

DAY 4: Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Aguas Calientes

After an early departure, we will stop at a popular Inca site (Phuyupatamarca). We will then follow our adventure, that day in the morning is downhill with a lot of steps through the cloud forest to the ruins of Intipata and Wiñayhuyna, which are both well restored. After grabbing a quick lunch at Wiñayhuyna, followed by a small ceremony to say thank you and goodbye to the crew. It’s an Inca trail tradition to organize a ceremony in the evening to introduce the team to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done (if you wish to provide tips for them, then you can do so now). We will walk another 1.5 hours to the Sun Gate, from where we will have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains. However, it will take another 45 minutes to hike down to Machu Picchu itself. After spending some time in Machu Picchu, we will go by bus to our overnight hotel in Aguas Calientes.

  • Inca Trail 5 Days Hiking Distance: 10km / 7.4 miles.
  • Overnight Accommodations: Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Aguas Calientes elevation: 2,000m/6,561ft.

DAY 5: Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

We will have a breakfast very early at the hotel and then catch a 5:30 am a bus to Machu Picchu. A half hour bus ride will bring you to the citadel for a guided visit, which normally takes approximately 2 hours. Your official tour guide will walk through the different sectors of the hill-top citadel, taking you back in time to gain an understanding of ancient Andean life. You will then have free time to explore the city by yourself and take in some of the magnificent views. If you still have the energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains, which normally take approximately 45 minutes Huayna Picchu and 2 hours Machu Picchu Mountain. However, if you are interested in either of these additions, please book in advance as there are special ticket arrangements. At the end of your exploration of the site, you will be brought by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (it does not include), before receiving your train ticket to the Ollantaytambo station. Here, a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast, provided by the hotel. (Lunch, tea time and dinner are not included).

Elevation: 2,400m / 7,874ft

Tour Inclusions

What’s Included For  5 Day Inca trail to machu Picchu?

  • Trekking briefing the night before at your hotel with your trekking guide where your guide will overview the trek and provide the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer back
  • Transfer in private transport to km82 ( trailhead )
  • sleeping tents (we only put 2 in each tent) are very spacious, large, and comfortable with plenty of room to fit your  trekking  gear and your day packs
  • Foam mats to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs (very comfortable)
  • English-speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people)
  • Meals per day, tea social/happy hour every afternoon, snacks every morning
  • Portable private toilet tent
  • First-aid kit including an emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef, cooking equipment, and kitchen tent
  • Porters (to carry tents, food, and cooking equipment)
  • Drinking water every morning, lunch, happy hour, and dinner time and water for washing your feet and hands
  • Expedition Tourist class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, then a private Van to transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu
  • 2 hour Private Guided tour of Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Climb to the Sun Gate.
  • 7 kg /15 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our porters  (you will trek only with your day pack which is way more comfortable than carrying a big bag!)
  • We are a locally owned Peruvian company with the best adventure guides, professional chefs, and amazing porters.
  • We will create the trip of a lifetime experience for you.
  • Taxes included

What’s not  Included For 5 Day Inca trail to machu picchu?

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping bag (this can be rented from the company for $20  for the entire trek)
  • Walking sticks (this can be rented from the company for $15 for the entire trek)
  • Optional inflatable sleeping pad (7cm/3″) (you can rent from the company for $20)
  • Tips for the crew
Starting at
$ 910 USD
Per person (Group service)

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Ilan Schapira
2023-04-11
Salkantay trek - uma experiência mágica! Waiky Puma foi um excelente guia e amigo durante a trilha, nos ensinando tudo sobre a linda historia, cultura e geografia dos maravilhosos lugares que passamos durante a mística trilha de Salkantay. Além disso, a logística da trilha foi impecável, desde as hospedagens até o cozinheiro, tornando a experiência ainda melhor! Nota 10. Recomendo a Go Treks de olhos fechados para qualquer um que queira realizar essa e outras trilhas que este local sensacional tem a oferecer.
Marcelo S
2023-04-09
Perfeição Tudo perfeito! Desde a recepção no aeroporto de Cuzco até o retorno. Com especial atenção ao cuidado com os clientes. Refeições e acampamentos na trilha me surpreendeu. Recomento o Elisban/Puma
Victor G
2023-03-28
Salkantay trek Wayki Puma es un excelente guía, muy recomendable hace que tu estancia sea excelente recorrimos varios puntos de cusco Salkantay es lo mejor
Victor G
2022-09-21
Salkantay Trek y Laguna Humantay Fue un Excelente Viaje y mi Guía sin palabras, realmente lo recomiendo bastante ya que no te ve como un pasajero mas si no como un amigo, Wayki Puma, en salkantay trek y laguna Humantay fue excelente siempre estuvo al pendiente de mi. Recomiendo mucho el trabajo de Elisban el Puma! La comida y lugares para dormir muy buenos.
Thiago Souza
2022-09-10
Machu Picchu Ivan Puma fue incrible al presentar Machu Picchu. Mientras todos iban apurados, ello nos llevó con calma a sacar las mejores fotos y luego nos dio tiempo para disfrutar de la mejor vista del lugar. Despues sentamos y nos explicó varios detalles de la historia y de la ciudadela. Solo después de toda la información, las fotos y el maravilloso momento de contemplación, realizamos el recorrido por cada rincón de Machu Picchu.
Lauren B
2022-09-09
Best part of Peru! Go Treks Peru twas the highlight of my trip to Peru. The food and lodging was so incredible that I somehow gained 5 lbs while walking 50 miles. Our guide, Puma, managed to keep the positive energy up in our group with jokes and stories for 5 straight days. Our group was relatively young so we kept a pretty quick pace throughout the trek but Puma was very patient and hung out with whomever was the slowest that day while being supportive. The experience was life changing and I would recommend this to everyone
Carlos Alejandr... R
2022-09-05
Humantay y Sakantay Muy bueno, el guia muy profesinal y amable. Te ayuda con lo que necesitas. Super recomendado. Ivan Puma, Es un guía que tiene mucho conocimiento y experiencia, muy amable y atento. Lo recomiendo a ciegas.
Andrea Rosas
2022-08-23
Maravilloso viaje Cusco es muy hermoso !!! Pero nuestro guía ( Puma) hizo que ese viaje fuera muy mágico e inolvidable. Es un guía que tiene mucho conocimiento y experiencia, muy amable y atento. Lo recomiendo
ImHeffrey
2022-08-23
Humantay Lake and Salkantay Pass 2 days trek. One of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever done! I went alone, but ended up in a group of four along with our guide, Puma! He made the trek a once in a lifetime experience! He was very knowledgeable in history, flora, and fauna, and had a great sense of humor making learning about everything so much fun. I was only able to do one trek, but I’ll be back and booking with GoTreks Peru, again! Hopefully I get Puma again!!!!
Ro Á
2022-08-17
Machupicchu Viajar a Perú fue una experiencia maravillosa ❤️ El guía muy atento, recorrer días caminando para llegar a machupicchu
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