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5-Day Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

5-Day Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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5-Day Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
from $4255 USD

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The legendary Inca Trail takes you through the diverse wilderness of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, passing numerous Inca ruins on the magnificent stone highway before descending to the famed citadel of Machu Picchu. Starts in Cusco or Ollantaytambo and returns to Cusco. Overnight at a hotel in Aguas Calientes. The unique feature of this trek is that you camp in luxury!

For those who enjoy trekking and definitely want to hike the Inca Trail, BUT prefer some of the finer amenities, we have added this "deluxe" option. This is the same 5-day/4-night itinerary but the trek services and the hotel accommodations are upgraded for your added comfort. Take note: the famous classic Inca Trail does not have lodges. On this trek you won't mind sleeping on comfy cots... after a warm shower and massage!

You will need Inca Trail permits for this trek. There are only 500 available each day. Now is the time to book to secure your permits.

NOTE: the Inca Trail is closed every February for cleaning, however, Machu Picchu remains open.

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Day 1: 5-DAY LUXURY INCA TRAIL TREK / Cusco to km 82 by vehicle; hike to Llaqtapata Campsite (BLD)

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With your guide, you will take a private car to Km 82 on the railway to Machu Picchu. From here, you hike along the Urubamba River stopping at Q'oriwayrakina for lunch. At Km 88, cross the small bridge at Q'ente and hike to the Llaqtapata campsite. If there is time you may take a side trip to visit the archaeological remains of Qente and Machu Qente and the Llaqtapata ruins, the camp is located amidst Inca terracing. Shower and massage upon arrival at campsite! (Hiking time: 5-6 hours; Distance: 11 kms).

Meals: LD

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Llaqtapata Campsite

Day 2: Hike Llaqtapata to Llulluchapampa Camp (BLD)

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The Inca Trail winds slowly up the Cusicacha Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the Trail ascends steeply to a large pampa (meadow) below the first pass. At this campsite there is a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay. Along the Trail up this narrow hanging valley is a rare Andean cloud forest that harbors the Que'ua tree. Shower and massage upon arrival at campsite! (Hiking time: 6 hours; Distance: 9 kms)

Meals: BLD

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Llulluchapampa Campsite

Day 3: Hike Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca Camp (BLD)

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The Trail ascends at 30 degrees as it leaves Llulluchapampa campsite and beyond the treeline arrives at Warmiwanusca Pass (4,200m/13,280ft). The Inca Trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and then climbs slowly past Runkuraqay ruins. Over a low pass to Sayacmarca ("the waiting village") the Inca Trail crosses a causeway on a now-dry lake past a cave and continues along a ridge to Phuyupatamarca ("village on the edge of the clouds"). Shower and massage upon arrival at campsite! (Hiking time: 7-8 hrs; Distance: 14 kms)

Meals: BLD

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Phyyupatamarca Campsite

Day 4: Hike Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu via Winay Wayna and Inti Punku (BLD)

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After continuing along a buttress and passing the Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flagstone trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Winay Wayna. The recently restored Inca ruins are located below the ridge on the same water course as the previous site. After a two hour walk through a cloud forest the Inca Trail arrives at Machu Picchu and the magnificent citadel, Intipunku ("door of the sun"). Shuttle to hotel. Massage not included today.

Meals: BLD

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Luxury Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 5: Full day tour and visit to Machu Picchu; option to climb Huayna Picchu (not included); afternoon return to Cusco; transfer to hotel (BL)

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The whole day is dedicated to exploring these extraordinary Inca remains with your guide, including an optional climb up Huayna Picchu (not included in trek price), the hill overlooking the site. Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge. Mid-afternoon return to Cusco by Vistadome train; transfer to your local hotel.

Meals: BL

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

5-Day Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
from $4255 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Private trek only
  • Pre-trek briefing with guide for trek
  • Transportation by vehicle to start of the trek
  • Inca Trail permits
  • Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Transportation by train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco
  • Meals on the trek
  • For the trek: Bilingual guide; porters; cook and kitchen crew; commissary gear and dining tent; meals; large two-person tent; sleeping pad; portable toilet.
  • The luxury Inca Trail includes these added features:
  • Large tents - capacity 2 persons plus personal gear
  • Cots and large Thermarest sleeping pad, 8 cm thick
  • Hot shower each day
  • Massage every day until arrival to Aguas Calientes
  • Branton tent lanterns
  • Stainless steel silver ware
  • High quality dishes
  • Chef & gourmet food
  • Chairs with backs for dining tent
  • 5-star hotel and dinner in Aguas Calientes (Day 4), instead of 3-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • Vistadome train return from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for your guides, porters, chef and crew, masseuse, hotel staff 
  • Ticket to climb Huayna Picchu (added US$90 per person)
  • Meals in the cities (lunches and dinners);
  • Personal expenses: alcoholic beverages; extras, airport taxes; laundry service; insurance; internet
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Sleeping bags; hiking boots; other personal gear
  • Additional pre- and post-trek tours

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