Inca Trail Cusco And Machu Picchu

Starting point: Cuzco / Ending point: Cuzco


The Inca Trail, with Machu Picchu as its final destination, is the best known and most popular route among international tourists coming to Peru. The total journey is approximately 45 km and takes 5 days, including a day of visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu. This 5-day trek is an excellent alternative to avoid the 4-day Inca road crowd and to camp in quieter places. This option is also recommended for families with children because the distances are shorter and allows to achieve a good acclimatization process at altitude.

The natural scenery is impressive with views of snow-capped mountains, tropical cloud forests and rich Inca architecture, beautifully preserved. Making your walk a unique and unforgettable experience.

This variant of the traditional Inca Trail is for people who wish to make a more calm trekking, with Machu Picchu as its final destination, it is the most popular and well-known route among tourists.

The total walk is approximately 50 kilometers and takes 5 days, including a day of visiting the Archaeological Center of Machu Picchu. With breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, unique flora and fauna on the planet.



Summary of the ultimate Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5d

Day 1: Inca Trail / Ollantaytambo – The Km 82 to Llactapata

  • Inca Trail trek briefing with your trekking guide the night before at you hotel at 6.00 PM
  • Early morning picking you up from your hotel
  • Transfer service to Ollantaytambo Incan site “the sacred Valley of the Incas”
  • Explore the Incan site of Ollantaytambo
  • From Ollantaytambo let´s carry on towards the Km 82, 2720 m / 8923 ft
  • Archaeological sites of Cana Marka and Llactapata “nice views from the natural lookout”
  • Lunch at Miskay at approximately 1:30 PM
  • Camping in Tarayoc
  • Weather: Changes from hot to warm

Day 2: Inca Trail / Llactapata to Llulluchapampa

  • Today is a smooth ascending trek to Llullucha camp
  • Explore Pachamama, green nature from the Andes
  • Weather: several different microclimates
  • Lunch at Ayapata
  • Camp at Llulluchapampa 3750 m / 12,303 ft
  • We trek routes and campsites to avoid crowds

Day 3: Inca Trail / Llulluchapampa – Dead Woman’s Pass – Runkuracay Pass – Phuyupatamarka Camp

  • Trekkers from the world survive the two highest Andes passes the Warmiwañusca and Runkuracay
  • Explore the two Incan sites of Runkuracay and Sayacmarka
  • Weather: several different microclimates
  • Lunch at Pacaymayo, located between the 2 passes
  • Walking distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
  • We trek routes and campsites to avoid crowds

Day 4: Inca Trail / Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna to Machu Picchu

  • Last day trek into the Inca roads
  • Explore 3 Incan sites Phuyupatamarka, Wiñaywayna, and Inti Punku
  • Lunch at Wiñaywayna
  • PM trek towards Inti Punku “Sun Gate”
  • PM first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the San Gate and the Inca guard house
  • Machu Picchu elevation: 2400 m / 7875 ft
  • Accommodation at Sanctuary Lodge (Belmont Hotel) near Machu Picchu or go to Aguas Calientes village overnight
  • At Aguas Calientes village you will recover and gather strength for the second day in Machu Picchu

Day 5: Machupicchu Tour

  • Early breakfast at your hotel
  • 2 hours tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide, and then a free time for you
  • Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional – book in advance with us) 7 AM or 10 AM
  • PM back by bus to Aguas Calientes village
  • PM train back service from Machu Picchu train station to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Train times: at 2:55 PM, 4:45 PM, or 6:45 PM depending on availability at Peru Rail / Inca rail
  • PM or night transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco city by car


  • Distance: 45 Km / 28 Miles
  • Duration: 5 Day / 4 Nights
  • When to go: The best time to visit is April through October, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season.
  • Altitude: 2720 m / 8817 ft to 4215 m/ 13,818 ft
  • Difficulty: The trek is rated moderate; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
  • Longest Day: Day 3, approximately 16km / 9.9 miles
  • Coldest Night: Day 2 – 3 around 0º Celsius / 32° Fahrenheit
  • Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC / 39° Fahrenheit to 82° Fahrenheit

Note that the Inca Trail is closed on February.

Itinerary of the ultimate Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5d


Cuzco to Llactapata

We left Cusco early in the morning towards Ollantaytambo, a place where it is located, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; We visit and discover the mysterious Inca culture, and we admire the impressive Inka fortress of the Ollantaytambo temple “the last stop of the Inkas in their defense between the Andes and the high jungle”

After having a look in Ollantaytambo, we continue until km 82, where we served our first lunch, and where we started our walk of 2700 m / 8,858 ft), our first day of adventure is easy to help! Settling in the walk (3 hours of walking).

Walking gently through the Inca site of Llactapata 2900 m / 9,514 feet (natural aspect of Patallacta, with impressive landscapes of the Andes), this formidable place has been used mainly for agricultural production, and has a system of terraces, also some temples, and Inca houses

We got them the Cusichaca Valley to ascend to a semitropical Andean valley, our base camp is near Tarayoc; Our chef and porters will reward you for having your tents prepared and your afternoon tea ready to wait for you.

Keep in mind: that the Tarayoc camp is an hour and a half longer than most groups; in that way, we can enjoy the green nature of the green place and the view of Verónica mountain over the Andes mountains.




Today we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea in your stores; On our second day of hiking, we climbed gently through the valley of Cusichaca to the settlement of Wayllabamba (the last inhabited place on the trail).

After Wayllabamba; our path is correctly signposted to ascend a steep, white and zigzag path; we appreciate the depth of the valley and the beauty of the Andean countryside. This road takes us to the heights called Tres Piedras and beyond is Ayapata (the place of lunch).

Around Ayapata, we have the forest of Unca trees (Myrciantes orophyla) with curious contortions that give the path an atmosphere of gloom and seal to the mystery. In certain moments, the fruits of these trees attract the Andean bear (“bear with glasses” by a characteristic in its face); a protected species in danger of extinction. We will be accompanied by a stream of crystalline and singing waters, and a rich atmosphere of vegetation and varied biodiversity of these forest areas with permanent fog.

After the ascension of two or three hours, we are in the camp of Llullucha pampa. Llullucha is also an edible plant that grows in humid areas or near streams. It has gelatin and very nutritious fruits.

Because of the abundance of this plant, the area took the name of Llullucha pampa (3,750 meters of altitude / 12303 feet). Tonight, hikers, we have a full star sky, and it will give us, a fascinating mark to our nocturnal stay.




Today Hikers is the most challenging day, but also the most exciting (we have two passes to test his spirit of adventure: the pass of the dead woman 4200 m / 13,779 feet, and the pass Runkuracay 3, 945 m / 12, 942 feet). But thanks to the different ecological zones of the area, and to the guides, porters; Sure we can do it, we’ll wake you up at 5:30 am, with a cup of coca tea in your stores.

The Inca Trail to the Abra de Warmiwañusca; It will accompany us, only a silence that is only broken by the wind or the rain that is outlined in the Andean mountains; we will also be accompanied by a brave straw and a solid Inka path of thick stone slabs well placed. It is advisable, for mountains of height, that we go hiking; It is a highly recommended Inca trail in short stretches; taking breaks. It is also recommended to chew coca leaves (chacchar). This must be done without swallowing the leaves. Coca is a plant considered sacred for the Andean and the Incas. It has nutritious principles with the ability to revive a tired walker. The leaves of Coca combined with lemon candies form a mixture of effective and healthy energy for the traveler who passes over the Warmiwañusca pass and who is waiting for us.

At the Warmiwañusca pass, we descend towards the Pacaymayo valley; from Pacaymayo we ascend abruptly upwards towards the opposite side of the valley wall towards the Runkuracay pass. Halfway there is a small stone roofless building called Runkuracay, a building that is believed to be an astrological site, and a kind of checkpoint for the post office (Chaskis) following the road to Machupicchu. At the other end of the Paso, the trail descends into a valley and a shallow lagoon; At this point, the path changes from a wide path to a narrow stone path, which contains the exact stones, which were in place, when the Incas walked the Inca trail.

The trail after the Runkuracay pass leads to a second larger Inca temple called Sayacmarka. The temple was built on a rock that faces the path, and can only be accessed through a narrow stone staircase. The site has no roof and is a little covered, but the walls are still strong and the shape of the fortress can be easily seen. We will also see a stone aqueduct, which once brought water to the farmlands. After Sayacmarka we will descend to the bottom of the Chaquicocha Valley 3600 m / 11,800 feet (lunch place).

From Chaquicocha (means dry lagoon) the road is impressive and flat (king of) or relatively smooth ascents and descents to Phuyupatamarka, with a tunnel, which is eight meters long and wide enough to allow the passage of humans and animals .

The beautiful last part of the path is carved for extensions directly on the rock; it has platforms whose foundations are lost at the bottom of the ravines; On the way, we can already see, the deep valley that forms the Vilcanota river; Our next station is Phuyupatamarka camp (excellent views of the Andes mountain range and the back side of Machu Picchu).


Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Hikers in the early morning admire the glorious sunrise of the Inca Trail, if we have clear skies.

Today, we visit optional Phuyupatamarka Intipata; after visiting Phuyupatamarka, we have to descend by about 2,500 stone steps to Wiñaywayna, “it is recommended to use trekking poles”.

There is an additional short hike to Intipata (the place of the Sun) that has a system of terraces and an excellent view of the sacred valley, and the Incas river. We received lunch from Wiñaywayna around 11:30 a.m.

After lunch, we said goodbye to our Porters, then we went directly to the control post Wiñaywayna, the rest of the road goes through an extended path, almost half-plane alternating, from time to time, with steps carved into the rock or stairs , that seems to go to heaven The presence of nature is overwhelming because of the abundance of dense vegetation, and the wooden bridges with which these unfathomable abysses are conquered. The Vilcanota River, which is seen in the background as a thin stream increases our excitement of being in Machu Picchu. Already in the Puerta del Sol “Inti Punku”, we have views of Machu Picchu, in all its splendor.

The last part of the Inca trail (40 minutes descent) goes directly to the Guardians’ houses, where we can appreciate the magical place of Machu Picchu.

Then, just a few minutes of walking to the entrance of the Sanctuary (2400 m / 7,874 ft) where you will stay at the lodge Sanctuary (Belmont Hotel).


Your Trek 2 Machu Picchu guide will meet you in the morning to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. The guided tour takes three hours visiting, the Sun Temple, the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Condor Temple, and various burial grounds, after all the explanation head over the entrance of Waynapicchu to climb a narrow path for about 1 hour to catch the terrific vista of the Machu Picchu temple, and the valley below.

Later on; around noon return to Machu Picchu Pueblo with your guide to have lunch in the Sumaq Restaurant, afterwards board the train service to Ollantaytambo village, then by private transport will be waiting you to transfer you, to your Hotel in Cuzco City (1 hour and half by train & 1 hour and forty minutes by transport).

The Ultimate Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5d Included

  • The ultimate Inca trail to Machu Picchu 5d
  • Trek briefing with your Guide.
  • Professional Native Guide (On Hike).
  • Second tour guide for groups of 9+.
  • Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike – the km 82).
  • The first day, a tour around Ollantaytambo temple
  • All entrance tickets and permits for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Park.
  • Entrance fees to the Inca Trail 4d
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu on day 4 and 5
  • Entrance fees to Waynapicchu Mountain on day 5
  • Indigenous Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dinning and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
  • Extra porter to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. personal items (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Village.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour (2 hrs) and extra time for you.
  • 1 train ticket from Machupicchu pueblo to Ollantaytambo village (Expedition Tourist Train).
  • 1 bus ticket from Machu Picchu Park to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
  • 3 nights camping
  • 1 night in Hotel “the Sanctuary Lodge near Machu Picchu”
  • Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
  • We provide a duffle bag for personal items.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking during hike)
  • One Chef and assistant Cook.
  • 1 Lunch in a Touristic Restaurant “Sumaq” on day five
  • During the Hike excellent Meals (4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners).
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn).
  • Wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit.
  • All local taxes.

The Ultimate Inca Trail to Machu Picchu does not Included

  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Porters
  • Water on Day 1
  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • In an effort to reduce plastic waste on the trail we encourage our guests to use refillable water bottles

For The Ultimate Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5d Bring

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs (to carry your personal belongings).
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” it is applicable).
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support).
  • 3 pairs of Trekking pants “not jeans”, 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough, please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray the clothes before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The second night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius / 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the rain jacket can be helpful, because there are raining days (even if we are in dry season!).
  • 1 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 4 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) it is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well, the weather is all over the place, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or overheating.
  • 3 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts.
  • 1 Good sleeping bag liner, it is super lightweight and easy to pack, definitely does its job!.
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back.
  • Water (only on first day hike, then we will provide you throughout the hike).
  • Camera and film.
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries.
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Flip flops to change into at night – your toes will thank you!.
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, Toothpaste/Floss, Shampoo/conditioner, Brush/comb, Vaseline (for feet great for potential blisters), Feminine hygiene products, Deodorant, Nail clippers/file/tweezers, Spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, or contact lenses and supplies, Hand sanitizer etc.–which you need, but pack light.
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach, some people get an upset stomach at one on the trek, with 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.), etc.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes.
  • Something to read in the evenings.
  • Extra money for drinks, tips in soles (porters, cooks, guides. (USD$30-40).
  • Emergency money at least 400-550 extra soles (USD$ 350).

The Ultimate Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5d – Service Prices:

Price per person: US$ 1,400.00 2 to + Hikers “included Belmont Hotel one night the 4th day trek, at Sanctuary Hotel near Machu Picchu”

Important Notes

NEED A PERMIT: In order to book your Inca Trail treks to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian authorities cap the number of Inca Trail trekking permits to 500 people per day; everyone enters the trail needs a permit including the trekker, guide, porters and other support staff. Permits often sell out several months in advance (5 to 8 month in advance), and you must book well ahead to secure your place. When you fill in our booking form you must fill in alternative start dates that are possible for you to begin the trek and these have to valid. If your preferred date is sold out we will use one of these alternative dates for your permit. Once we purchase your permit from the National Park office (INC & UGM), you are 100% confirmed to start this day, this date cannot be changed. Permits are completely non-refundable or transferable, so please make sure the date you booked is a good date to start this adventure. Your permit is linked to your name and passport number. If you change your passport after booking your Inca Trail trek permit or you plan to travel with a different passport, you MUST also bring the passport you used to book your permit, or you will not be able to trek the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people can climb this mountain, so it needs to be booked in advance, and the price is $65 per person. It is recommended to climb Huayna Picchu at 10-11AM time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. It is recommended to have this booked about 2 to 3 months in advance to secure your permit.

All tours WILL NOT BE CONFIRMED without a completed booking form and deposit sent to Trek 2 Machu Picchu. All deposits are $300 per person and are non-refundable. We accept payments through PayPal and should be sent to We will email you, your booking invoice and confirmation once your details and deposit are received.