Now we include one dinner at the finest restaurant in Aguas Calientes town at INDIO FELIZ
This premium version of the trek is a little different from the Classic Inca Trail. Trekking over 5 days instead of the usual 4, it provides the opportunity to divert to lesser traveled spots, with our third and final night of camping in arguably the most beautiful location on the trail. This campsite is unique, and only accessible by those taking part in the 5 day tour. We also spend our last night together in the vibrant town of Aguas Calientes, staying in a hotel, and dining together in the finest restaurant in town.
Also this option of trek takes through Machu Picchu 2 times. You will be able to see Machu Picchu one time before the Sunset and the other day for the Surise.
All of our campsites are chosen for their spectacular and remote locations. Far from the crowds and the lights of the city, the night skies in the Andes are a wonder all to themselves and the display of constellations and shooting stars is truly mesmerising. We pride ourselves on making your camping experience as comfortable as possible, using only the highest quality equipment, and with a team of porters whose skill and experience will ensure your safety at all times. Perhaps the jewel in our crown though are our chefs, who are truly culinary masters on the mountain. You will be amazed at the delicious meals they prepare for us!
We take care of booking all transfers, transport and tickets, ensuring that the tour goes as smoothly as possible. Our guides are especially selected for their trekking experience and their historical knowledge; keeping us on the right path, setting the pace for the hike and providing historical commentary and context for the many sites that we will see along the way.
Our time on the trail demands a number of steep ascents to passes above 4,000m. As such we consider this trek to be ‘Challenging’ and recommend it for people with a good level of fitness, and some trekking experience. If you are unsure of whether this trek is for you, please do get in touch as we would be happy to discuss it with you.
For those looking for a more unique and special trekking adventure, we look forward to welcoming you on this spectacular and unforgettable trip!
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU – OVERVIEW
- Type of tour: Trekking, camping, one night hotel, escenic, historical
- Distance covered: 45 km (28 miles)
- Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
- Lowest elevation: 2400m (7,880 feet)
- Highest elevation: 4200m (13,776 feet)
- Level of difficulty: Demanding
DAY 0: BRIEFING
At PBL we believe it’s important that all of our clients have the opportunity to ask questions about the Premium Inca trail to Machu Picchu (the itinerary, the challenges, what to bring etc) before we start. At a pre-arranged time, your guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing at your Cusco hotel the day before the start of the trek. A Peru by Locals representative will also be available at the briefing to collect any outstanding cash balance for the tour.
Day 1: Warm-up day – Cusco to Huayllbamba
Day 1 kicks off with an early morning pick up from your hotel in Cusco. From there we take a three hour drive through picturesque villages along the way to the starting point of the Premium Inca trail to Machu Picchu at Pisqacucho, also known as Km 82. Here we will meet our team (porters) including the chef, who will be in charge for carrying all the equipment and cooking for us – your guide will introduce them to you.
Our Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts along a trail surrounded by cacti and a dry forest, with a view of Waqayhillca mountain (5.800 m / 19.030 ft), the tallest mountain along the Sacred Valley mountain range. After about two hours of hiking we will stop for lunch.
The last 2 hours hike the vegetation becomes jungle and you have a chance to spot the biggest hummingbird (Patagonia’s gigas). We can expect to arrive at our campground by 4 pm.
Our porters will provide you a bowl of warm water to wash, and after you clean yourselves we will have Inca trail happy hour with hot drinks, popcorn, cookies, etc., and dinner will be served by 7pm.
|Distance covered:||12 km (7.5 miles)|
|Time:||7 to 8 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||2700m (8,858 feet)|
|Highest elevation:||3000m (10,168 feet)|
|Level of difficulty:||Moderate|
Day 2: Challenging day through Dead Woman’s Pass – Huayllabamba to Paqaymayu
You will have an early wake-up call in the morning by one of our porters with a nice cup of coca tea served in tent. You will also be given a bowl of warm water to wash yourselves before having a delicious breakfast; the hike begins around 7am. This day is especially demanding because of the high altitude and the ascent to the highest point on the Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Warmiwañusqa – 4,215 m / 13,776 feet)
The four hours of our hike winds through a high altitude jungle and all uphill, with beautiful mountain views. Once we reach the top of Warmiwañusqa or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215 m / 13,776 feet), we descend to the campground at Paqaymayo (3,650 m / 11,975 feet), where we will spend the night. Here the temperature may drop down to 0°C / 32° F in winter (from May to August).
|Distance covered:||11km (7 miles)|
|Time:||7 to 8 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||3000m (9,842 feet)|
|Highest elevation:||4215m (13,776 feet)|
|Level of difficulty:||Demanding (nothing is impossible in the land of the Incas)|
Day 3: Jugle and historical day – Paqaymayu to Phuyupatamarca
We undertake the longest stretch on the Premium Inca Trail, but in return, you will have amazing views, many Inca sites to explore, orchids along the way and similar. We start with one and a half hour ascent to the second pass on the Inca Trail, Runkuraqay (3,950 m / 12,959 feet). After taking some time to rest here and taking pictures, we descend to explore the Inca ruins of Sayaqmarca before we head to our lunch spot. After lunch, we hike for about hour and half on up and down path to the next camp, considered as the most beautiful camp along the Premium Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
|Distance covered:||10km (6.2 miles)|
|Time:||7 to 8 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||3650m (11,975 feet)|
|Highest elevation:||3950m (12,959 feet)|
|Level of difficulty:||Moderate to demanding|
||Today you will explore the ruins of Runcuraqay and Sayaqmarca.|
Day 4: Down to Machu Picchu though Sungate
We will leave camp early after enjoying another gorgeous sunrise over the mountains. We then hike downhill for about three hours to Wiñayhuayna, the site with the most magnificent Inca ruins along the Inca Trail. Here we will have a guided tour of the site and the last lunch of the trek. After saying goodbye to our porters and chef, we begin our two-hour hike to Machu Picchu and will arrive before sunset. Once we get to Machu Picchu we will have a chance to take great pictures because at this time most people have left the city already. We will then take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night at a hotel and enjoy dinner together at a restaurant.
|Distance covered:||12km (7,4 miles)|
|Time:||7 to 8 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||2400m (7,874 feet)|
|Highest elevation:||37000m (12,139 feet)|
|Level of difficulty:||Moderate|
Day 5: Machu Picchu Tour
This day you may want to have very early wake up in the hotel for taking one of the first buses to Machu Picchu and get the sun rise. You take an early bus up to Machu Picchu where you will have two and a half hours guided tour. Afterwards you will have time to enjoy Machu Picchu at your leisure or climb Wayna Picchu mountain.
When you are ready to leave Machu Picchu, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), where you will catch the train back to Cusco which will mark the end of your Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Inclusions & exclusions
Included on the Premium Inca Trail Machu Picchu:
- Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
- Organic meals on trek
- Entrance tickets to the Premium Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (does not include Huayna Picchu)
- Locals (porters), who will carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
- Boiled drinking (cooled down) water from day 2 onwards
- Professional trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, traditions, wildlife. Our guides are trained in Wilderness first reponder in USE estandars, we trained them that way because your safety is our priority.
- First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
- Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses, etc)
- Duffle bag if needed
- Toilet tent and toilet sit ( we include this because the public toilets are in ver bad conditions)
- Personal porter who will carry your belongins such as sleeping bag. sleeping pad or cloths for the ninght up to 8kilos / 17Lbs
- Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town
- Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (expedition). If you prefer vistadome service we can upgrade it to Vistadome for you at an additional cost of $ 25
- One night in 3 star hotel, but you have an option to choose your hotel with upgraded price eather 4 or 5* hotels. During the trek you camp 3 nights in tents and one night hotel
Excluded on the Premium Inca Trail Machu Picchu:
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us for $ 20)
- Lunch on 5th day at Aguas Calientes
- Gratitudes for the locals (porters) and guides
Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Additional options
|Machu Picchu mountain||Machu Picchu mountain is taller mountain than Huayna Picchu and offers you spectacular views of Machu Picchu and surroundings. Our clients said before that it is better than Huayna Picchu and to get to the top it will be about 1,5 h and another 1,5 hours back down. The tickets are asually available almost all the time and not like Huayna Picchu.
Please inform us of your choice when you book the trek with us.
|Huayna Picchu||Huayna Picchu tickets must be booked in advance since permits are limited to 400 per day.||US 70|
Prices with hotels
Price per person
The prices of the Premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are per person in a double occupancy room in a hotel in the last night at Aguas Calientes; please consult us for a single hotel room occupancy price.
|Flowers house 3*||Casa andina 3*||Sumaq hotel 4 *||Pueblo hotel 5 *|
|Double occupancy $790
Single occupancy $ 840
|Double occupancy $910
Sinlge occupancy $ 940
|Double occupáncy $1260
Single Occupancy $ 1490
|Double Occupancy $1550
Single occupnacy $ 1790
Students: discount of $30, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when booking the trek with us.
Children up to 15 years of age will be considered as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the booking time.
In order for us to reserve your spot on this trek, you are required to send us the following information: full names, passport number, age, gender, nationality and make the relevant deposit of US$200 per person using PAY PAL as indicated below:
When you have sent us the information of each person, made your deposit using PAYPAL and once we have both, we will confirm your tour. Thank you so much for choosing PERU by LOCALS.
If you have any questions, send us an e-mail to: email@example.com
What to bring
WHAT TO BRING TO THE PREMIUM INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU
- Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
- Down sleeping bag (if you don’t have one you can rent one from us)
- Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, few pairs of socks, sun hat, warm long underwear, light trekking pants, gloves, rain jacket)
- Day backpack (35 liter) basically to carry ypur day use belongings such as water, sun ceam, day cloths and others
- Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes)
- Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
- Head lamp
- Camera or simply a phone
- Book to read, you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book or those that are about Machu Picchu that may make you journey more interesting (the following books are recommended by us: Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by by Mark Adams)
- Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us for $ 10 per pair for the whole trek)
- Bug repellent
- Extra money to tips or appreciations (Please see FAQs section fro suggestions)