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5-Day Machu Picchu Trek From Cusco
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Trekking, Archeology

  • Duration

    5 Days

  • Activity Level


  • Language

    English, Spanish


Trek through the Incan Trail to Machu Picchu in five days. The trip starts from Cusco, a city in southeastern Peru near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Multiple treks to Wayllabamba, Pacaymayu, Phuyupatamarka, etc., are planned for this trip. See various ecological zones with exuberant and diverse vegetation and a huge variety of different species of orchids as you trail through the mountainous regions and be transported back to history!

  • Hike to the highest point of Inca Trail
  • Trek to Pacaymayu
  • Day 1 - Cusco To Wayllabamba expand_more
    • Meet the tour guide early in the morning. On leaving Cusco by a private bus, drive through the famous Sacred Valley (Chinchero, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo). On the way to km 82 from Cusco, the bus takes 40 minutes to stop in Ollantaytambo for breakfast

    • After 82 km, cross the Urubamba river, following the left bank of the river. The first little climb will be to Wilka Rakay; from there, experience a spectacular view of the Inca site Patallapta and the Kusichaca Valley. The subsequent descent to the Kusichaca river is straightforward. On the way to the first campsite, get views of the Urubamba mountain range with the snow-capped peak of Veronica

    • Follow Kusichaca Valley for approximately 7 km up to Wayllabamba and spend the first night there

  • Day 2- Wayllabamba To Pacaymayo expand_more
    • After breakfast, climp up for about 1 hour to Tres Piedras (The Three Stones). Enter into the beautiful cloud forest. Reach the tree lines and Llulluchapampa at 3,750m. Stop to have a short break.

    • After the break, go for 2 hours of hiking to get to the highest point of Inca Trail. Cross the predominant flora of this part of the trail getting closer to the pass.

    • On reaching the summit of the pass, you will have completed the most difficult part of Inca Trail. The following 2-hour descent will bring you to the base camp in Pacaymayo to spend the second night.

  • Day 3- Pacaymayo To Phuyupatamarka expand_more
    • Start the day with a 40 - minute hike from Pacaymayo to Runkurakay. These small ruins occupy a commanding position offering a nice view. 

    • Another 45 minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass, Abra Runkurakay. The descent to Sayacmarka takes around 1 hour. The trail descends into the magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging moss, ferns and native flowers.

    •  From the top of the Phuyupatamarka pass, have a spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks Salcantay (6,270 m), Veronica (5,750 m) and Machu Picchu mountain.  

  • Day 4- Phuyupatamarka to Machu picchu expand_more
    • Start the morning with a morning walk to pass another Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna/"Forever young" and the beautiful Inca site of Intipata.

    • Stop at Wiñaywayna for having lunch. Walk up along the Royal Inca Trail.

    • Arrive at the Sun Gate, when the afternoon light is at its best. See few other people at the Sun Gate. 

  • Day 5- Machu Picchu To Cusco expand_more
    • Leave for Machu Picchu after breakfast, by bus, early when it is less crowded, being a good time to enjoy the calmness and the ancient spirit of the best-known archaeological site on the continent.

    • After the arrival at the citadel, the tour guide will give detailed information about Machu Picchu - the history and culture of the Inca. Thereafter, have enough free time to enjoy and explore the site on your own. 

    • A bus ride down to Aguas Calientes followed by a train ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. The trip ends on reaching Cusco by minibus.

What's Included
  • Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to km 82

  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco

  • Transfer from the train station of Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco

  • Bus tickets 2 ways from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes and back Machupicchu.

  • Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu

  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)

  • Camping equipment (professional tents, two-persons per tent, mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, a sanitary tent)

  • Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners). Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and very suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaves tea which is excellent for the altitude

  • Tea and snack time every day (tea, coffee, wantan, popcorn, cracker)

  • Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock)

  • Porters to carry your belongings on the trail (5 kg maximum)

  • On day 4 hotel in the town Aguas calientes

  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

  • Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish). Always 2 guides for 8 people.

What's Excluded
  • First breakfast at Ollantaytambo (day 1).

  • Last dinner at Aguas Calientes the 4th day.

  • Last lunch at Aguas Calientes (after having visited Machu Picchu).

  • Sleeping bag (25 US$ to rent).

  • Tips and extra spending.

  • Ticket for Wayna Picchu. If you would like to climb Wayna Picchu, please tell me which group (first group at 7:00 or second group at 10:00) in the remarks field while booking. The additional cost would be USD 70 and be paid at the briefing.

Know before you go
  • The last camp depends on the booking date of the tour, could be Puyupatamarca or Winaywayna.
  • The price to pay before trekking start per person is 20 % of the total.
  • Prices for this trek:
  • Private (1 Person) per person: USD 1,700.00.
  • Private (2 Person) per person: USD 890.00.
  • Private (3 Person) per person: USD 855.00.
  • Private (4 Person) per person: USD 825.00.
  • Private (5 Person) per person: USD 795.00.
  • Private (6 Person) per person: USD 765.00.
  • Private (7 Person) per person: USD 725.00.
  • Private (8 Person) per person: USD 690.00.Note:
  • Everybody doing a trek must arrive at least two days before the trek starts to Cusco to get acclimatized to the altitude.
Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • Iian

    Bruce was contracted by a commercial operator to lead us on a tour of southern Peru. 

    The tour went without a hitch and nothing was too much trouble for Bruce. His knowledge and experience were as good as any I have ever experienced. 

    His wonderful personality is a bonus.

  • Linus

    I recently finished a tour with Bruce of Peru.

    He is excellent, and thorough knowledge of Peru, its history, culture, places of interest.

    Bruce is trustworthy and honest. He is very engaging to listen to, and spend time with.

    I highly recommend Bruce to anyone who is thinking of touring anywhere in Peru. 

    He is the Peruvian Adventurer!

  • Sue

    I have just returned froma trip entitled Majestic Peru, where we was fortunate to have Bruce as our guide. Bruce is an outstanding guide, not only knowledgeable on his country, people and culture, but also caring and attentive, ensuring all the travellers needs were met. Nothing was too much trouble for Bruce. Bruce made my visit to Peru enjoyable and memorable.

  • Su

    Bruce was an amazing tour guide and helped make our trip unforgettable. My friends and I had Bruce as a tour guide on a 5-day trek of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Bruce was attentative to all of our needs and prepared us well for each day of our journey. He is so knowledgeable on a variety of topics, and his reverence for the rich history of Peru and its people make him a joy to listen to. Bruce is also funny and charismatic, which immediately put us all at ease and made for fun moments along the trail. You can tell people respect him and enojoy having him around, because other tour guides would often say hi with smiles on their faces. I highly recommend choosing Bruce for your next Inca Trail journey!

  • Ivette
    Bruce was an outstanding guide. I will always remember this trip. Very knowledgeable, friendly and always concerned about one's well being and ensuring that we were getting on well and adjusting to the altitude. He made the trip very pleasant and it was a joy getting to know him.
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USD 795.00 / person

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