Peru – Inca Trail Trek

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5 Days / 4 Nights
Cusco, Peru
Min Age : 10
Max People : 10

We will enjoy the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting local towns to meet the Andean women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. You will have an opportunity to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

Then we will take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac archaeological site, you will have time to enjoy the beautiful landscape in your free time. After this, we will visit the Urubamaba city where we will have a great lunch at one of the local restaurants.

After lunch we will continue to the town of Ollantaytambo. There will be a guided tour of the large archaeological site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu City. The day will end in this beautiful Incan living town.

  • Meals: Not Included
  • Accommodation: Hotel Ollantaytambo
  • Distance: Short Walk
  • Time: Full day tour
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Hot and dry

Authentic Treks will pick you up in Ollantaytambo at 8 am. We will then drive to 82 Km, arriving at about 9am. Once we arrive, you will meet with Authentic Trek’s porters and cooks who will be with us on this great journey. After this we will go down to the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek (please make sure to have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail).

Once on the Inca Trail the first 2 hours of the trek will be a gentle up and down walk and then we will stop at the first village Miscay. In Miscay, we will have time to eat some snacks and enjoy the views as we make our way to the first Inca site, Patallacta.  Which is one of the tremendous archeological sites near Machu Picchu. From Patallacta there is an additional 45 minutes hike to our lunch spot. After lunch we will hike to our campsite, during this time we will pass through a beautiful landscape and local family homes. It will take 2½ hours to reach the campsite in Huyllabamba (3000 meters). We’ll arrive to our campsite by 4:30PM, after settling in you can relax, enjoy a hot drink and snack with your team of porters, chef and guide. This provides a great opportunity to learn about your team of porters and guide.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Distance: Short 11km
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather: Hot and dry

We will wake up early in the morning to enjoy a lovely coca tea and a good breakfast prepared by our team of cooks. This is the most difficult, challenging day of the trail, but by no means impossible. We will ascend to the highest point of the Inca Trail: The Warmiwañuska Pass (also known as Dead Women´s Pass at 4215 m. / 13828 Ft). On the way there, we will find different microclimates. Such as the highlands, rainforest, glaciers and incredible views further up at the top of a mountain.  We will have to be prepared to face strong Andean weather (sun, wind and rain sometimes) so we will take the hike slow and drink plenty of water. After approximately 5 hours of hiking the trail, we will reach the top of Warmiwañuska Pass.

Once there we will have an amazing view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba Mountain range. There will be plenty of time to rest and take pictures.  If we are lucky, we might even see the condors soaring around above the mountains. After spending a good amount of time at the highest point we will descend through Inca steps into another valley for another 1½ to arrive to the second camp site, where we will have lunch and stay overnight (It’s better to have lunch after the highest point).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Distance: Short 12 km
  • Highest Altitude: 4215 m. / 13828 Ft. (First Pass – Warmiwañusca)
  • Lowest Altitude: 3000 m. / 9842 Ft.
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Difficult but manageable
  • Weather: Cold and warm

This will be one of the longest days, but one of the most beautiful along the Inca trail.  We will explore some Inca Archeological sites and will have chance to enjoy the amazing rainforest. There will be views of the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba valley from a distance.

As this day is longer, we will wake up earlier and enjoy another freshly cooked breakfast. We will ascend for 2 hours through a steep trail to reach the second Pass Runkuracay. On our way we will stop at Runkuracay archeological site (3700 m.a.s.l) for a small culture lesson. Once at the top we will start descending for 1 hour to get to Sayaqmarca archeological site (3600 m.a.s.l) known as Military place.  Here there will be a chance to explore, and you will learn more about the Inca history. We will then continue through the valley for another 2 hours, traveling up and down to reach Phuyupatamarca archeological site (3700m.a.s.l). If the sun is out, this is one of the nicest places to have a view of Machu Picchu Mountain.  To finish the afternoon, we will descend for another 3 hours, along the way we will walk through the Inca tunnels and find other archeological sites. We will have a chance to have some fun with Llamas, as well as stop and explore. We will then reach the third and final camp site called Wiñaywayna (2700m.a.s.l), which means forever young.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Distance: 16 km
  • Highest Altitude: 3900 m. / 12467 Ft. (Second Pass- Runkuracay)
  • Lowest Altitude: 2650m. / 8694 Ft.
  • Time: 8 to 10 hours
  • Difficulty: Difficult but manageable
  • Weather: Cold and warm
Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Return to Cusco

This will be an unforgettable day because we will be arriving into Machu Picchu. As well as a huge sense of accomplishment completing the Inca trail as the Incas used to walk some centuries ago to arrive in Machu Picchu.

During this final day, we will wake up around 3:30am, and be ready for breakfast by 4am. We will head to the checkpoint and wait for it to open so we can start our hike to the Sungate before sunrise. At the Sungate, we will have a chance to see the Machu Picchu archeological site from one of the best viewpoints. There will be an opportunity to take pictures as we continue our hike to one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. There will be a 2 hour tour with an English speaking Authentic Trek tour guide, once the tour is over you can visit the Inca bridge (15 minute walk each way), or you can explore this beautiful place. If you previously arranged to hike Huayna Picchu, this will be the time to do so. In the afternoon we will return back to Cusco city, where the tour will come to an end.

Services Included

  • • Professional English speaking tour guide (additional 2 guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • • Professional English speaking tour guide (additional 2 guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Cusco and return transportation with hotel drop off at your hotel
  • • Tent for one person and tent for every 2 people.
  • • Air Mattress and pillow
  • • Kitchen tent
  • • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • • Toilet tent and portable toilet
  • • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • • Mules and horses to carry all the equipments (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
  • • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • • Two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
  • • Hot water for washing up
  • • Boiled and cold water to fill up the water bottles.
  • • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.

Services Not Included

  • • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • • Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
  • • Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers)
  • • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

What to Bring

  • • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • • Clothes (warm/winter jacket, rain pants, hiking boots, poncho, winter hat, gloves)
  • • Water
  • • Snacks
  • • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • • Head lamp
  • • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • • Binoculars
  • • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us), must have rubber tips


  • • Easy
  • • Moderate
  • • Difficult
  • • Challenging
  • • Demanding
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James H

Couple Traveller

Amazing tour that will remember for a lifetime

September 8, 2018