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5 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is voted one of the top 10 Treks in the World and this 5 day version covers 43 kilometers and visits mysterious Inca cities surrounded breath taking mountainous landscape and thriving cloud forest rich in Andean flora and fauna. The 5-day trek is an excellent alternative to avoid the crowds found on the 4-day classic trek and to reach quieter, more distant campsites. It is also recommended for families with children and mature adults, as the daily walking distance is shorter than the 4-day version. The legendary Inca Trail takes you through the diverse wilderness of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, passing numerous Inca ruins on the stone path before descending to the World Famous Machu Picchu. It starts from Cusco or Ollantaytambo, hiking from km 82 to Machu Picchu, and returns to Cusco with an overnight at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Please check the Inca Trail availability online to see if your desired starting date is available.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – KM 82 (PISKACUCHO) – PATALLACTA

We pick you up from your hotel at 6:00am for a private transfer to Ollantaytambo, where we will stop for breakfast (not included) to fuel up for our hike ahead.  Then, we continue towards Km82 (starting point of the Inca Trail) where we start walking for 3 hours towards Patallacta (2,650m/8,747ft) for lunch and set up our first camp. In the afternoon, we explore the amazing archaeological site of Patallacta enjoying all the ancient buildings and surrounding snow-capped mountains.

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with 4-person tents for 2 people
  • Distance: 6kms / 3.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 2: PATALLACTA – WAYLLABAMBA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA

We wake up around 6:30am and have a delicious breakfast, coffee or tea before we start trekking through the Kusichaca Valley enjoying various types of flora and fauna, arriving at Wayllabamba for lunch. After lunch, we walk up a moderate hill for the next 4 hours through the Llullucha Valley to reach our second camp at Llulluchapampa (3,800m/12,537ft), where we have our tea and snack while enjoying the scenery around us.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with 4-person tents for every 2 people
  • Distance: 11kms / 6.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 3: LLULLUCHAPAMPA – PAQAYMAYU – CH’AQICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA

Today is the most challenging and most beautiful day of our trek. After a hot breakfast and some coffee or tea, we walk uphill for two hours to reach the highest point: the Warmiwañusca pass (Dead Woman’s pass) at (4,215m / 13,907ft) where we enjoy the views as we take a well deserved rest. After, we have a time to enjoy the sights, we descend for two hours to Pacaymayu for lunch.  Next, we go uphill again to the archaeological ruins of Runcurakay (3,800m/12,540ft) to explore before continuing uphill to the second pass (Runcurakay at 3,977m/13,127ft). Here, we can enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and spectacular lakes. Continuing on our journey, we head downhill again for one hour to the archaeological ruins of Sayacmarca (3,600m/11,877ft). Finally, we walk for our last 2 hours to our campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/12,047ft). Walking through Peruvian rain forest, we will enjoy the views of Machu Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain, the Urubamba Valley and the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with 4-person tents for every 2 people
  • Distance: 15kms / 9.3 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

DAY 4: PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES

Today, we wake up early for breakfast before walking down stairs towards Intipata archaeological site, and then further down to Wiñay wayna (2,650m/8,747ft) for lunch and exploring these incredible ruins. We will then continue for one hour towards the SUN GATE (2,720m/8,977ft), where we can enjoy the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu, from where all of the most famous photos are taken. Our final 1-hour descent is to one of the Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. We take a shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) where we spend the night in a hotel with a nice comfortable bed and hot showers .

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Distance: 10kms / 6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

On this very exciting day, we will take the 5:30am shuttle bus to Machu Picchuarriving in time for the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Our guide will give us a 2.5-hour private tour, teaching us the history and little secrets hidden away by the Incas who once resided there. Then, you have plenty of time to explore on your own until 12 noon.

Here are some other activities you can do on your own:

  • Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and enjoy the amazing views of Machu Picchu from above. (Additional fee)
  • Walk to the Sun Gate, 2 hours round trip or the Inca Bridge, 1 hour round trip. (No additional fee)
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (Entrance fee to enter)

Around midday, we will depart Machu Picchu and descend to Aguas Calientes. You can have a relaxing lunch and explore Aguas Calientes beforing boarding the Expedition train by 4:22pm returning to Ollantaytambo Train Station and then we will drive you 1.5 – 2 Hours back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving at approximately 8:30pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: None

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE 5 DAY INCA TRAIL?

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel in CUSCO
  • Pick up from your hotel for the Trek
  • Private transport from Cusco to Piscacucho (starting of the trek)
  • 7 kgs of your personal items extra clothes, sleeping bag to be carried by the porters,  just carry your daypack
  • 4 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) for 2 people and thick foam mattresses
  • English-speaking guide experienced in Trekking
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional – vegetarian food with prior request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Porter to carry tents, food, cooking equipment
  • Hot water for washing
  • Boiled water to fill your bottles
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • 3 bus tickets from Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef & cooking equipment

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED  FOR THE 5 DAY INCA TRAIL?

  • Huayna Picchu:$75 USD and Machu Pichhu Mountain$70 USD – will need to be booked way in advance, if you would like to add an extra hike. Please let us know at the time of booking.
  • First breakfast and Last lunch – We will stop at Ollantaytambo for the first breakfast and  have the last lunch at Aguas Calientes after the tour of Machu Picchu. (Not Included)
  • VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train – This train runs from Aguas Calientes to Poroy and it will cost you $57 USD per person extra.
  • Tips for the ORANGE NATION crew, guide, cook and porters.

Price

The 5-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on any date as long as we have a minimum of 2 people.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
2 to 8 people$ 777 USD per person

***This price includes an extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7kgs, we provide you a duffel bag, where you can put your things.

***We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for every 2 trekkers.  

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent-$30 USD – (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  –$57 USD per person (For the return to Cusco)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  –$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain – $70 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Single supplement -$30 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)

Availability

CHECK YOUR SHORT INCA TRAIL TREK AVAILABILITY BY CLICKING ON MONTH OF YOUR CHOICE!

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Important Info

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please read the following information to help answer any questions you may have about our Services.

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

We will be waiting for you at Cusco airport for a private transfer to your hotel, please let us know your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look for somebody holding an orange sign reading ‘ORANGE NATION’ outside the arrivals hall. You must exit the terminal in order to find our representative as they cannot enter. We can pick you up anyday!

THE BRIEFING

The Briefing will be the night before the trek at 6pm in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383; office 107 (first floor), next to SUBWAY restaurant, across the street from Sunat and the only 3 story building with 2 balconies.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

ABSOLUTELY! During the Classic 5-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.

HOW TO BOOK THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

FIRST, to book your Machu Picchu Tour, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here – BOOK NOW.

We will need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). This information is necessary to purchase the Inca Trail permits, entrance and train tickets to Machu Picchu:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person , in order, to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DINERS CLUB, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DINERS CLUB, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA, MASTERCARD, DINERS CLUB, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPALonline but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged VISA, MASTERCARD, DINERS CLUB, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of orangenationperu@gmail.com. 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  • According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
  • All students from 11 to 17 years have a $30 discount.
  • Children between the ages 2 to 11 have a $40 discount.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free.
  • All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  • Send us a copy at orangenationperu@gmail.com

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately No. Once the tickets have been bought, the government does not allow any changes, so we cannot change any departure date after the tickets has been purchased. Tickets are also non transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is lost!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE INCA TRAIL?

DEFINITELY! You MUST bring your original passport with the SAME passport number you sent us to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances and reservations. They will check when you enter Machu Picchu and to board the train.

In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, please send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we can change it when we receive a COPY of your new passport for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to enter Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

The weather is very unpredictable and always changing in the Andes Mountains, so it is difficult to say with any certainty. We recommend that you be prepared for warm weather, possible rain showers (Orange Nation provides rain ponchos) and a warm jacket in case of cold. We also recommend that you dress in layers so you may take off or put on clothes as needed.

The climate in Cusco has temperatures between 10º – 20º C, with warm days and cold nights. The best time to hike the Inca trail is between the months of April through October, when the weather is warm. During the months of June, July and August nights are very cold which is why Orange Nation rents good quality 4 season sleeping bags.

The rainy season is during the months of November through March, if you want to hike the Inca Trail during this season, bring warm clothes and be prepared for rain but there will be a beautiful landscape and colorful flowers.

The month of February, the Inca Trail is closed for safety, repairs and restoration.

The Average weather conditions on the Inca Trail:

  • Dry Season: April – October
  • Day temperature: 20ºC – 25ºC – Night temperature -1ºC – 7ºC
  • Wet Season: November – March
  • Day temperature: 17ºC – 22ºC – Night temperature 4ºC – 7ºC

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, quechua for high-altitude sickness.

Don’t do anything other than rest

If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it really easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.

Stay hydrated

How do people feel after a night of drinking? Thirsty. That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.

Discovering coca

No one knew better the effects of high altitude than indigenous peoples. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2 and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. If you do not feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter, apart from numbing your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Orange Nation specializes in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provides personalized service.

HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?

You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.

DUFFEL BAG AND SMALL BACK PACK

The evening before your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs including sleeping bag, so 5kg/11lbs. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. A 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 42km (24.4 mile) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude on the trek is 4,217m/13,907ft. On the second day of the trek we climb two mountains. The Trail is a fairly difficult and you should be prepared and healthy prior to starting. You have to be relatively fit and exercise regularly.
In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatised to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip is appreciated. It means a lot to the staff, and their families, who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires better service and is a major part of the tourism industry across many ORANGE Nation destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less what you want, depending how you feel about the quality of service and the length of your tour.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

We are a local sustainable & responsible tour operator which functions according to the ethical principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the indigenous communities respecting their culture and religion. We have trained all of our staff to know, understand and respect the local communities and the people living there.

Packing list

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid University card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack
  • Drinking Water: 2-3L (Camelbaks work well)
  • Comfortable hiking boots or shoes
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from ORANGE NATION Travel)
  • Headlamp or flashlight: essential for moving around the camp at night
  • Toilet paper

WHAT TO PUT IN THE DUFFEL BAG

As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • Necessary clothes for the 5-day Trek
  • Thermals
  • Warm clothes — it gets cold at night
  • Gloves (preferably waterproof)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Sleeping bag: It should be rated at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us for $20 USD.

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications

WHAT TO PUT IN THE DAY BACKPACK

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40 L for hiking throughout the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water  at every meal time. Please bring your canteens
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Warm Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, ice cream, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Coca leaves
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by ORANGE NATION)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Inca Trail Availability

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NEW 2019 MACHU PICCHU REGULATIONS


Machu Picchu was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. UNESCO has been concerned with the increase of visitors to Machu Picchu within the last few years and worries that these crowds are causing damage. They have established new regulations for 2019 to reduce visitor traffic within this archaeological complex.

These new regulations will take effect on January 1, 2019. All visitors will now be limited to 4 hour visiting sessions. Tickets to Machu Picchu will be divided into three daily sessions: early morning (6AM – 9AM), late morning (9AM – 12PM) and early afternoon (12PM – 3PM). Within these sessions, visitors must choose a specific hour to visit. This is to regulate and reduce visitor traffic within the citadel– each hour will be limited to 600 visitors.

The new regulations will have a direct impact on: Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (not to be confused with the citadel itself). In order to enjoy your tour of the citadel and hike the additional mountains, you will need to purchase an extra entrance ticket to the ruins extending your time allowed inside. This means that Huayna Picchu tickets will go up from $35 per person to $75 per person.

All tours include the entrance to Machu Picchu but, in order, to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will need to purchase an additional Machu Picchu entrance ticket with the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu permit, which will cost a total of $75 per person. These new regulations will come into effect starting January 1, 2019 and will apply towards all tours. If you have booked Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain with us and do not want to pay the higher fee, please contact us at: orangenationperu@gmail.com

These are new regulations that will take effect starting January of 2019, keep visiting our page and social sites for more information or updates on these regulations.

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