Inca Trail 5 Days & 4 Nights (Private Tour)

Group of travelers on the Inca Trail

About this activity:

43 km/26 miles
Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture.
Moderate, but challenging.

Tour details:

An Epic Journey Through History and Nature

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous trekking trails in the world, and most people associate it with the classic 4-day route that culminates in the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu. Unlike this conventional route, the Inca Trail we offer in this 5 Days and 4 Nights package give a complete experience and a deeper immersion into the history and nature of the region.

This expanded tour allows adventurers, especially families with younger hikers, to enjoy the best variety of landscapes and longer exposure to Inca archaeological sites along the route.

Slow down a bit on this 5-day, 4-night Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and enjoy the wonders of the Andes!

Don’t worry, we will not pressure you to walk, you can go at your own pace without any rush. We will make sure that you enjoy yourself to the fullest, we will provide you with all the comforts such as having a fresh meal daily, people who will help you carry the extra luggage and of course a professional guide, you just take enough pictures, relax and enjoy.

Good for: families with children or older adults.

Full Itinerary: Inca Trail 5 Days & 4 Nights (Private Tour)

Today is a very important day because you will receive the necessary information for your trekking trip, such as what to bring, how far our tour is, what places you will see, etc. Schedule is usually at 17:00hrs.

Departure time Tour from Cusco at 5 a.m. in private transportation and heading to KM 82 or Piscacucho located at 2720 masl or 8927 feet, the starting point of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike with some small climbs walking along the left bank of the Urubamba or Vilcanota River, passing through small villages like the community of Miskay (2800 masl or 9184 ft). Continuing the hike, we will arrive at the archaeological site of Patallacta, then descend to the canyon to enjoy lunch in Tarayoq. From here we will continue the trail at a leisurely pace, while enjoying the scenery we will have all the information and history told by our professional guide. It is approximately a two-hour hike until we reach our campsite in the village of Wayllabamba at 3000 masl or 9842 feet.


Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Total Distance: 12 km (7,800 miles)

Estimated Walking Time: 5 hours

Campsite Altitude: 3,000 m (9,842 ft)

This day will be the most difficult of our entire trek but every step will be worth it as the views we will have will be spectacular. We will start early to begin our ascent to the Paso or highest point. This first stretch will be a challenge for our hikers. Most of the day will be an ascent, approximately 9 kilometers long, which will take us to the first mountain pass of the Inca Trail, the Abra Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass). Along the way it is possible to see deer and hawks in this area. We will have the opportunity to observe domesticated llamas and alpacas, which graze on ichu (estipa ichu or yellow grass). After the two-hour hike to get the pass, we can enjoy the beautiful views and a refreshing cup of mate de coca. Once we reach the pass, the rest of the day is downhill. We will have to reach our camp called Pacaymayo where we will enjoy our lunch and have rest to recover energy until the next day.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Total Distance: 15 km

Estimated Walking Time: 8 hours

Campsite Altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)

We will start the morning with a warm breakfast, to begin our hike on the opposite side of the valley, as we head towards the second pass or high point of today’s hike. We will see and enjoy the fantastic change of views, diversity of waterfalls, flora and fauna. It will be a cultural day, halfway up we will stop to visit the Inca site of RuncuRaccay and catch our breath before continuing our ascent to the pass at 3,900 masl. From the pass, we will begin our descent back down into the rainforest. On our way down we will pass across another spectacular archaeological site called Sayacmarca, one of the most beautiful ruins on the Inca Trail, where we will take a guided tour and take photos with views of the beautiful rainforest surrounding the mountain. From Sayacmarca we will continue to our lunch spot in Chaquicocha. From here onwards we will be able to walk along the original Inca trail that survives for over 100 years, as we make our way to our final camp, Phuyupatamarca (3,680 meters), this is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu Mountain and the mountain range surrounding our camp. At sunset, we will be able to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the snow-capped peaks, after which we will have dinner and the night to rest.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Total Distance: 13 km (8,136 miles)

Estimated Walking Time: 9 hours

Campsite Altitude: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)


As this is a strategic point where we have the most spectacular views of the entire Inca Trail, if the weather favors us, we will enjoy a wonderful sunrise and have breakfast appreciating the snowy capped mountains. Today we will have a guided visit to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca. Then we will begin our descent down long steps to Wiñaywayna 2,650 m/8,692 ft, where we will have lunch. We will visit the site of Intipata (Terraces of the Sun), an impressive place from where we can appreciate the Urubamba or Vilcanota River. We will continue to Wiñaywayna, this site offers unique views over the already valley of the Urubamba River. After our tour, we will have our last lunch and say goodbye to our tremendous porters. Our tour will continue to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), where we will have our first views of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the sunset and see uncrowded views of Machupicchu, before taking the bus to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Hotel: Casa de Luz (3 – star hotel)

Total Distance: 11 km (614 miles)

Estimated Walking Time: 5 hours

At 5:30 hrs. we will go by bus to Machu Picchu to the upper part of the site, through the Circuit N°2 your guide will give you all the information about Machu Picchu. We will show you the most requested place from where you can see the sunrise and take pictures. Then, your guide will lead you through the main sectors of the citadel for a total of 3.00 hours. At the end of the tour, you will have some time to yourself or, if you organized an extra hike, Huayna Picchu Mountain* or Machu Picchu Mountain, your guide will show you where to start this hike.

For your return to the town of Aguas Calientes we recommend you to be at least 2 hours before the departure of your train. Your guide will explain about your train schedule before your return. The return by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo will take approximately 2 hours. In Ollantaytambo, our representative will be waiting for you to the right of the exit door of the station with a sign with your name on it to locate you.

The car ride to Cusco will be approximately 2 hours and will have you dropped off at your hotel in Cusco or straight to Cusco airport.


OPTIONS: *Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain are both additional hikes available once inside Machu Picchu. Either extra hike may be hikes after your guided tour of Machu Picchu and must be arranged ahead of time. Both hikes are subject to availability and at an extra cost of USD $75 per person.


Meals: Breakfast (at the hotel)

Entrance Tickets: Included

Additional notes: We suggest take early flights to Lima after 19:00hrs.

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FAQs Inca Trail 5 Days & 4 Nights (Private Tour)


  1. Briefing and welcome meeting.
  2. Hiking gear: four-man tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, table, foam mat
  3. Chef and porters.
  4. Drinking water each day (you can fill up your water bottle three times a day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  5. Guided tours with professional guides - English speaking (ask for other languages speakers with the travel agent) - Passionate about sharing historical information, culture and customs of our locality.
  6. Hotel: This tour 01 night in Aguas Calientes. We can easily add extra nights before or after the tour, if needed. Let your travel agent know if you are interested in extending the tour and we will quote you a price. Rates are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are charged extra. It is always possible to change hotels if you wish. We can also book the trip without hotels, if you prefer to book them on your own.
  7. Transportation: All transportation is included in this trip. We will pick you up and make sure you are escorted until you are taken back to your hotel or to the airport.
  8. Tickets: All tickets are included for Choquequirao site, entrance to Machu Picchu Circuit N°2, round trip bus tickets to/from Aguas Calientes.
  9. Train Tickets: Train tickets are in tourist class Peru Rail or Inca Rail, from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes it is approximately at 19:00hrs and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is approximately at 14:55hrs, if you hoping to upgrade to Vistadome or 360° train then is $ 75 one way and $125 round trip.
  10. Transfers: All transfers are included in our services till the end of the trip.
  11. Meals: Only the meals specified in the itinerary are included.

Not included

  1. Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu mountain ticket extra cost 75USD.
  2. Flights: Flying to Cusco Peru can be tricky. Delays occur often and it is not uncommon for flights to be cancelled. Please be sure to arrive in the city at least two days before your trek start date. LATAM is the most reliable of the airlines, you must be sure that your domestic flights do not cause you to miss any of your tours.
  3. Gratuities: Tipping is always appreciated and should be based completely on your satisfaction. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
  4. Travel Insurance: This is not required, but always recommended. For those of you who live at sea-level, landing in Cusco Peru will take an adjustment period. Most people need one or two days to adjust. In case you have a hard time adjusting to the altitude.
  5. Day packs: We recommend having snacks, water, hat, layers of clothing, insect repellent, documents and camera at all times, so you will probably have a small bag.
  6. Sleeping bag (rentals available)
  7. Inflatable air mattresses for extra comfort – 3 in /8 cm thick (rentals available)
  8. Trekking poles (rentals available)
  9. Last lunch in Machupicchu

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