5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS: Giving you, more time to enjoy Machu Picchu. All along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spellbinding mountain scenery, unforgettable Inca sites, and a cornucopia of flowers and humming birds await you. Stroll down the Royal Road into Machu Picchu, the famous Lost City of the Incas! Many of our returning passengers tell us they found the trek more strenuous and challenging than they had anticipated. During four hiking days you cover about 28 miles, starting at 8,400’ and finishing at 7,860’ above sea level. You must cross two high passes, with a maximum elevation of 13,776’. While trail conditions are generally good, and indeed the condition of centuries-old Inca paving stones is astonishing, some steep trail sections require careful footing and good hiking boots with lug soles. Nevertheless, thanks to our careful pacing, dedicated guides and professional support staff, our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is suitable for novices as well as experienced hikers. Porters carry the heavy gear; you walk carrying only a day-pack. Cooks prepare wholesome meals from fresh ingredients and handle all the kitchen chores. You sleep warm and protected in high quality tents. Join the most reliable outfitter in the Andes.
Day 1 Huayllabamba
We pick you up at your Cuzco hotel and transfer by van to our trailhead at Piscacucho, on the Vilcanota River (km. 82 on the train route to Machu Picchu). Hike along the Vilcanota River beneath the impressive snowcapped Nevado Veronica through cactus gardens and fields of corn to the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, then continue up a side valley to camp in the hamlet of Huayllabamba. L,D
Day 2 Pacaymayo
We climb steeply up through fields and forest, then emerge above the treeline and reach Warmiwañusqa Pass (13,776’). Enjoy magnificent views to the Huaynay Range snowpeaks and distant Inca ruins. Descend to our camp in the valley bottom. B,L,D
Day 3 Phuyupatamarka
We cross a second pass (12,661’), and follow a fine Inca highway down to the exquisite ridge-top ruins of Sayaqmarka. Further on, we pass through a tunnel amid luxuriant cloud forest vegetation. Camp at the superb Phuyopatamarka ruins overlooking the Vilcanota River far below. Phuyupatamarka is Quechua for "City above the Clouds" B,L,D
Day 4 Machu Picchu
We descend steeply, following the Royal Highway through orchid-rich cloud forest to Wiñay Wayna ruins. The final part of the trail on the back on Machu Picchu mountain is a stunningly beautiful adding to the Gate of the Sun overlooking Machu Picchu. Lodging in Machupicchu village , and farewell dinner in restaurant Indio Feliz.B,L,D
Day 5 Machu Picchu/Cusco
We enter the site early in the morning for guided tour of the ridge-top city. Lunch in the hotel near by ruins, then return in late afternoon to Cusco by train, arriving around 9:20PM. Transfer to your hotel. B,L
For acclimation purposes, we strongly recommend that you arrive in Cusco two days or more prior to the trek. This is a 28-mile trek with a maximum elevation close to 14,000 feet.
Hotels in Lima or Cuzco are available from $58 per night for a double and $48 in single including taxes and continental breakfast. Airport transfers in Lima and Cuzco may be arranged upon request. We are pleased to assist you with additional tour arrangements prior to and following your tour.
Please Note: We reserve the right to make minor changes where necessary for the safety and comfort of tour participants. Tour charges may vary from those quoted above; please reconfirm the current rate when you make your reservation. Additional expenses caused by circumstances beyond the control of the operator will be the responsibility of the tour participant.
Planning Your Trip
Climate: Cuzco has well-defined seasons. From June to August, while winter days are typically sunny and warm, the temperature can drop to below freezing (27°F/-3°C) at night in our high camps. Rain seldom falls during winter. From January to March, the summer months offer daytime temperatures to 85°F/30°C, milder nights (typically to 45°F/8°C) and plenty of rain. Despite some rain, December is one of our favorite months for trekking, since the mountains are lush with summer flowers and you enjoy plenty of sunshine. Departures during Andean spring and fall offer weather patterns intermediate between these seasonal extremes.
Expect a wide range of temperature and precipitation on your program. In high mountain environments, you must be prepared for inclement weather at any time. Even at mid-day, if clouds obscure the sun the apparent temperature cools dramatically. By packing a system of thin, independent layers, you can easily add or remove layers to remain comfortable as conditions change. Most trekkers leave camp in the morning wearing a cold-weather layer over T-shirt and shorts. At the first rest stop, after you have warmed up a bit, remove a layer and continue in hot-weather clothing until the temperature cools off later in the day. At all times, carry rain-gear in your day-pack. Basic clothing list: underwear, socks, light hiking boots, sneakers for around camp, loose-fitting long pants or wind-pants, shorts, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirt, bunting jacket, full rain gear, sun hat, bathing suit, gloves and wool hat.
Essential: Day pack, sleeping bag, water bottle, iodine-type water purification pills, flashlight, sunglasses, sunscreen, toilet kit, insect repellent, pocket knife. Optional: sewing kit, camera and film, binoculars, paperback book, snacks and/or energy bars. Your outfitter provides: a heavy-duty, 4,100-cubic-inch trail duffel, Thermarest sleeping pad, tents and communal camping gear. Weight Restriction: Porterage for up to 10 kg (22 lb.) of personal gear is included. If your packed duffel exceeds 10 kg. In weight (including sleeping bag and pad) at trailhead, you will have to transfer excess items from your duffel to your daypack.
While none are mandatory for entering Peru, and no official is likely to demand to see proof of your vaccination against any disease, some protection is recommended. Consult your physician or local travelers' clinic for the latest recommendations. For general travel, vaccinations or boosters against tetanus, typhoid/diphtheria, Hepatitis A, and polio are commonly advised. If you're visiting the Amazon before or after your trek, ask about yellow fever and chloroquine-resistant malaria. The World Health Organization does not recommend vaccination against cholera.