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Luxury Inca Trail 5 Days

Luxury Inca Trail 5 Days and 4 Nights

The Inca Trail is widely renowned as one of South America’s most popular and iconic hikes if not the entire world. It’s an experience that everyone needs to do, especially when you’re in Peru. 

With our Luxury Inca Trail Tour, you’ll embark on a captivating 45-km trek along ancient Inca pathways, revealing enigmatic archaeological sites, breathtaking mountain vistas, and vibrant cloud forests teeming with various plants and creatures. The journey culminates in the awe-inspiring Sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu. It covers a range of elevations, from 2700 m/ 8500 ft in the valley to mountain passes reaching 4215 m/ 13,825 ft.

This luxury 5-day program offers a refreshing change from the usual crowds on the 4-day classical route. It allows you to explore quieter, more remote campsites that will anyone who visits with awe. It’s a picturesque place that you will never forget. Plus, you don’t have to worry about bringing your kids as this 5-day tour is perfect for families since it helps them adjust to the altitude easier and involves less walking than the 4-day version.

Our luxury service, Inca Trail Trek, offers an array of indulgences that will surely enhance your trekking experience. Each night, you can enjoy relaxing massages to unwind after a day of adventure. All meals served, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are gourmet food and come with champagne to satisfy your taste buds and offer you a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience. Even your camping equipment, such as tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, and dining utensils, is of luxury and the highest quality, ensuring your utmost comfort throughout the journey. 

Moreover, as experts in their field, our private guides are always ready to share their extensive knowledge with you. This tour offers unique experiences, top-notch services, and exceptional accommodations that set it apart from competitors. Experience the ultimate Inca Trail trek with Active Peru Treks, where luxury meets adventure.

Overview of Our Luxury Inca Trail to Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco to Llactapata

Day 2: Llactapata to Llulluchapampa

Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Dead Woman’s Pass – Phuyupatamarca

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Day 5: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco

  • Duration: 5 days and 4 nights
  • Distance: 45km / 28 miles
  • Highest Elevation: 4,215 m/13,825 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging

ITINERARY

Pre-Trek Briefing

Preparation is a must in every hike, so your guide will arrange a meeting with you at your hotel to provide a detailed briefing before the Luxury Inca Trail hike. Before departing Cusco, take advantage of this chance to ask any questions and complete any final shopping.

Day 1: The Adventure Begins with Cusco to Llactapata

Our 5-day adventure starts bright and early at 7:00 am from the vibrant City of Cusco, cruising in our comfy private transport, which will drive us to the starting point of the Inca Trail at km.82.

We’ll stroll alongside the mighty Urubamba River as we hit the trail, soaking in the scenic beauty. The path ahead offers a stroll on flat terrain until we reach Miskay. As we ascend further, we’ll soon see the jaw-dropping overlook that the majestic Inca city of Llactapata (2,750 m/9,020 ft).has to offer. 

After taking in the awe-inspiring views, we’ll descend towards the ancient ruins, pitching our camp for the night, following an exhilarating 3-hour trek.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Luxury Camping
  • Highest Elevation: 2,750 m/ 9.020 ft.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,720 m/8,922 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 5 km/ 3.11 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 2 ½ to 3 hours.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 2: From the Elevate Village of Llactapata to Llulluchapampa

We kick off bright and early, ready to conquer the valley carved by the mighty Kusichaca River. As we trek, get prepared for a feast for the eyes – the jaw-dropping Vilcanota mountain range stands tall across the Urubamba River, with the magnificent Veronica peak reigning supreme at a staggering (5,832 m/19,128 ft), making it the highest peak in the Urubamba mountain range. 

As we leave the charming Wayllabamba, brace yourselves for a steep and rugged climb, spanning 9km, as we make our way towards the legendary Abra Warmihuañusca – also known as the Dead Woman’s pass. However, fret not, as we only need to reach the halfway point to set up camp at Llulluchapampa (3,800m/12,460 ft.) for the night, which is one of the highest points in the Inca Trail. 

During the ascent, the scenery transitions from Sierra to Puna, a barren and elevated region with sparse vegetation. At that altitude, we’ll witness the delightful sight of domesticated llamas and alpacas happily munching on ichu, one of the rare plants that thrive in that environment. Additionally, we pass through a captivating cloud forest region, teeming with a diverse array of avian species, such as hummingbirds and sparrows. This lush habitat is also home to the Andean bear, also known as the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Luxury Camping
  • Highest Elevation: 3,800 m/ 12,460 ft.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,720 m/8,922 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 12 km/ 7.46 miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3: Climbing to the City Above the Clouds

Following breakfast, we proceed with our hike towards the summit of Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass – 4,200 m/13,776 ft), reaching in approximately 2 hours. As we catch our breath and soak in the awe-inspiring views from the pass, it’s time to take the plunge into the mystical Pacaymayo Valley (3,600 m/ 11,811 ft), and from there, we begin our ascent to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3,970 m/13,022 ft).  

At the midway point, we stop at the archaeological complex that shares its name. This site is at an impressive altitude of 3,800 m/ 12,464 ft. It features a charming oval structure thought to have functioned as a watchtower.  

Once we cross the pass, we make our way down towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and venture into the enchanting cloud forest before reaching Sayacmarca (3,624 m/11,887 ft), famously known as the Dominant Town, a fortress built by the Colla. This complex is a stunning masterpiece, featuring a semicircular construction, enclosures at various levels, charming narrow streets, elegant fountains, inviting patios, and intricate irrigation canals. Ascending a straightforward route, we reach the third pass known as Abra Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m/12,073 ft).

During this climb, get ready to marvel at the incredible craftsmanship of the Incas, with their cleverly built paths that seem to be floating above the mountainside. The rocks are meticulously placed, forming a seamless barrier that protects the trail from the rugged Andean terrain.  

Be ready to set up camp at Phuyupatamarca, famously known as the City Above the Clouds. Rightfully so, as from above, you will be welcomed with captivating views of water fountains with sturdy foundations, along with breathtaking views of the Urubamba River valley. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Luxury Camping
  • Highest Elevation: 4,215 m/ 13,825 ft.
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,600 m/ 11,811 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 15 km/ 9.32 miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 8-9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 4: Journey to the Lost City

On the fourth day of our hike, we can witness a genuinely breathtaking sunrise along the Inca Trail. If the sky is clear, the location of Phuyupatamarca provides stunning views at this time of day.

To start our journey, we embark on a trip down the ancient stone steps, guiding us to the enchanting destination of Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8,692ft). Wiñay Wayna is built into a remarkable hillside overlooking the Urubamba River near Machu Picchu. It features a sprawling complex with an agricultural center with multiple terraces, a religious sector, and an urban sector.

From Wiñay Wayna, we’ll head towards Intipunku (2,745m/9,005 ft), known as The Sun Gate. The path, adorned with flat stones, offers a thrilling yet manageable hike that will captivate your senses. We can admire breathtaking views of the iconic Machu Picchu from this fantastic location.

After a challenging but rewarding trek to Machu Picchu, buffet lunch will be served at the famous Belmond Sanctuary Lodge which is located right outside the city of Machu Picchu. Then, we go down from Intipunku and hop on a bus to Aguas Calientes.

Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, a luxurious hotel awaits. We will enjoy a delightful dinner at your Aguas Calientes hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Sumaq Machu Picchu or Inakaterra El Pueblo hotel.
  • Highest Elevation: 3,680 m/12,073 ft.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,691 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 11 km/ 6.84 miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 5 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Machu Picchu to Cusco

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel before embarking on an early morning adventure to Machu Picchu, where you’ll witness a breathtaking sunrise. Once you arrive, you’ll be treated to a delightful 2-to-3-hour walking tour of the site.  

You can climb Huayna Picchu mountain, but if you’d rather explore the site, you can do so before hopping on a bus back to Aguas Calientes.

The excursion train to Poroy will be waiting for you when you return to Aguas Calientes. The return train to Poroy Train station is the famous and luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham where you will enjoy, dinner, drinks, music, and more. From Poroy, we will arrange for a minivan to transport you to Cusco, where you will be dropped off to your accommodation.

We are rated highly on TripAdvisor, our reputation echoes through hundreds of elated trekkers. The praise from our travelers propels us to continually refine our offerings, ensuring an exceptional journey for every adventurer. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Highest Elevation: 2,693  m/8,835 ft.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,691 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy 

Services Included in Our Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Professional tour guides who can speak English (2 guides for groups of 8+ people)
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley
  • Private transport to km. 82 (starting point of the trail)
  • Inca Trail entrance fee
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee Circuit 1 (day 5)
  • Big, durable personal tents (we allow 2 people to allow for better comfort and safekeeping of backpacks)
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person (luxury)
  • Bed feather duvets, cotton sheets, blankets and  pillows.
  • Lamps for tents
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
  • Gourmet chef and cooking equipment
  • Porters to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
  • Porters to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 10 kg per person
  • Massage service in the afternoon upon arrival to the campsite—one massage therapist for every 3 guests in the group
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Maximum hygiene stainless steel cutlery
  • Gourmet meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day (vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Beverages, including soft drinks, wine, Pisco sour, champagne
  • Buffet lunch at the famous Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (located right outside the city of Machu Picchu) on Day 5.
  • Amenities kit including biodegradable soaps, hand towels, and snack textile bags
  • Camping hot shower facilities + towels
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Ticket to climb Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Transport  and transfers:
    • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes – Day 4
    • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Day 5
    • Return train ticket to Poroy train station via the famous and luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham, including dinner, drinks, and music
    • Private transport from Poroy to your Cusco hotel.

Services Not Included:

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Tips for porters, chefs, and guide
  • Trekking Poles (which you can rent from us)

Price

  • USD$3850 per person

 Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US$25.00 (pair)

Upgrades

  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu Hotel – USD $1300 Per person per night (double occupancy)
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD:
Price : $3850
DURATION:
5 Days and 4 Nights

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