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Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Luxury Inca Trail is a world’s best hike designed for inexperienced customers in trekking through the altitude; and for families. It’s an excellent alternative to avoid the crowds along the trail and in all campsites used by the standard 4-day trip. We’ll arrive to Machu Picchu on day 4; and although we don’t actually visit it that day we do walk through it before catching the bus down to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel.

The Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is five-day version; which gives you the opportunity to visit all the Inca sights and experience the Inca Trail at your leisure. Trekking the Luxury Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life and the 5-day version allows you to enjoy it to the full. This trek follows a similar itinerary to our classic Inca Trail trek but with upgraded Service; This adventurous journey offers the chance to approach Machu Picchu on foot, arriving before the crowds. Our Luxury Inca Trail is designed to maximize the time spent at Machu Picchu with an early morning tour of the ruins; quieter at that hour before the crowds of day trippers and other trekkers arrive.

The wild and tranquil landscape of Luxury Inca Trail has made it a superb tourist destination. The Luxury Inca Trail takes you to the beautiful National park of Machu Picchu to experience the grandeur of massive snowcapped mountains and beautiful Machu Picchu itself. A walk through the Andes and the dense forests witnessing the diverse flora and fauna all along the way is indeed a mind blowing experience.

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Panoramic view of Machu Picchu located at 100km from the city of Cusco – Luxury Inca Trail


Five-day Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts at Pisqhakucho known as the km 82 located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; you’ll trek four days (7–8 hours per day) and the last day you’ll explore Machu Picchu early in the morning before the crowds arrive from Cusco at midday. The Inca Trail is a distance of 45 km or 26 miles that mysterious archaeological sites, wonderful mountain scenery and lush of cloud forest rich in Andean flora and fauna.

This wonderful Luxury Inca Trail is located to the wests of the city of Cusco. Despite of being so close to the Amazon Jungle; the Luxury Inca Trail is remote and unique landscape makes it ideal for trek. Whole trail is dominated by the mountain range of Vilcabamba. Inca trail follows the ancient stone paved trail which runs through the Andean valleys, over the mountains and through the forest. The final destination of the trek is the stunning Machu Picchu.

Price of the Tour

Price : US$ 850 pp

Group Trek Services

Please note that for Luxury Inca Trail we have daily trek departure dates. You simply join up with other trekkers from all over the world to make a larger group. Our maximum group size for the Inca Trail is 10 persons. This service is known as a group service. The advantage of this type of service; is that the trek works out cheaper; and that you get to meet other likeminded people from all over the world. The disadvantage is that the groups can be fairly large; and that people within the group can be of mixed ability.

Private Trek Services

Our private services are arranged just for you and your group. If there are just two of you this type of service can work out very expensive since the cost; of the guide, cook, porters etc. are obviously spread amongst just the two of you. If you have a group of 6 or more persons the cost is considerably reduced and may well be worth considering.

The advantage of a private service is that you have more control of your trek itinerary. With a small group you can usually make better progress each day and camp at some of the less well used campsites. If you are fit then you may try to complete the trek in less days rather than the usual four or five. On the other hand you may opt for taking things easy and taking five days to get to Machu Picchu. With a private service you can also choose your day of departure.

Availability for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Since the number of trek permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) it is important to book well in advance. The trek permits are issued on a first-come-first-served basis up until all the permits have been sold out. In the low season (December & January) there are some days when there are still permits available 4 or 5 days in advance, but in the high season (May to September) it is recommended that you book at least 5 months in advance to guarantee a place. We would actually recommend making a reservation 6 or 7 months ahead. You can check out how many permits are left on our webpage Inca Trail trek permit availability. If the Inca Trail is already fully booked on the departure date that you require you can always consider one of the Alternative Inca Trail Treks

Tour at a Glance

Highlight: Lifetime Experience; Beautiful and mysterious Inca ruins along the way, your first sight of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku (the Sun Gate); Machu Picchu Tour.
Location: The trek begins about 3 hours and half from Cusco at Pisqhakucho or Kilometer 82, near Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
When to go: The best time to visit is April through October, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season.

Altitude: 2,680m/8,817 ft to 4,200m/13,818 ft
Difficulty: The trek is rated moderate; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC
Inca Trail Permits: Yes, required. 500 permits are issued daily. In the peak season, the trail is booked months in advance.
Acclimatization: Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.
Please note.– The Inca Trail is closed February.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1:  Huayllabamba camp

  • Pick-up from the hotel at 05:30 a.m.
  • Travel by our tourist bus for 3 hours and half to Pisqhakucho or km 82.
  • Trek 11 km approximately 6–7 hours.
  • Along the trail, we’ll see Patallacta Inca archaeological site.

Day 2: Dead woman pass 4,200 m

  • Breakfast at 07:00am approx.
  • Five hours climb up to the highest point (dead woman pass- 4, 200 masl).
  • Descent for 2 hours and half to Pacaymayo camp

Day 3:  Phuyupatamarca

  • Breakfast at 07:00 a.m approx.
  • 3 hours climbing toward the second Pass (4,000 masl);
  • Descent into the cloud forest.
  • Explore Runkuraqhay and Sayacmarka Inca archaeological site.

Day 4: Wiñaywayna

  • After breakfast, we’ll continue trekking through the cloud forest.
  • Explore Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Wiñaywayna and Intipunku archaeological sites.
  • See the sunset over Machu Picchu.
  • Bus for 25 minutes from Machu Picchu to the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Hotel Accommodation.

Day 5: Machu Picchu

  • Breakfast in the Hotel.
  • Bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu.
  • 2 -3 hour tour within Machu Picchu.
  • Free time for further exploration.
  • Return to Ollantaytambo by train.
  • Transfer to Cusco Hotel

Day to Day

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Pisqhakucho (km 82) – Huayllabamba

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Pisqhakucho: the begining poit of the Inca Trail – Luxury Inca Trail

Luxury Inca Trail  begins at 05:30 a.m once we pick you up from your hotel; and take our tourist bus for 3 hours to trailhead at Pisqhakucho. Here, we will meet our porters and camp staff. As our porters load the heavy gear; we head off down river alongside the rushing Vilcanota River; through pretty cactus gardens with magnificent views of “La Veronica snow-peak” (5,750 masl); the trek of today will be trough the high Andean valley; we will visit the Inca ruins of Llactapata (Up city).

Lactapata Inca ruins was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingam at 1915; following the Inca trail that goes through Cusichaca Valley with beautiful mountain scenery until we arrive to the small community of Huayllabamba (3,000m); here will be our camp site. Today, we will hike 11 km. 6 hours approximately.

Meals: L – D
Maximum elevation: 3,000 m Campsite
Minimum elevation: 2,750 m starting point
Distance: 11 km
Approximate trek time: 6 – 7 hours
Accommodation: tents.

Day 2: Huayllabamba – Dead woman pass – Pacaymayo

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The highest pass: Dead woman pass 4,200masl – Luxury Inca Trail

➡ After breakfast, we’ll leave Huayllabamba camp at around 07:00 a.m. This is our longest and the hardest day of the comfort Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but one is rewarded with spectacular views down several valleys and up many snow-covered peaks. Along the way, we’ll ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchapampa sector, where you can see several species of birds, from this point; you can see the highest pass ahead.

The path climbs for two more hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This hard climb will be for 5 hours aprox. And then, we’ll descend following a numerous of Inca steps until Pacaymayo camp.

Meals: B – L – D
Maximum elevation: 4,200 m Dead Woman’s pass
Minimum elevation: 3,600 m campsite
Distance: 11 km
Approximate trek time: 7 – 8 hours
Accommodation: tents.

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca

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Beautiful Inca trail through the cloud forest – Luxury Inca Trail

➡ We’ll start at 07:00 a.m and continue ascending to the small Inca site of Runkuracay (round shape balcony) and later to the second pass (4,000 m). As we reach the second pass the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range.

From the pass, we’ll descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, squares and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba Valley.

The Inca trail continues with spectacular structure of white granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass, we’ll camp by pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms, overlooking the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town) and the Vilcabamba Mountain range.

Meals: B – L – D
Maximum elevation: 3,600 m Campsite
Minimum elevation: 4,000 m second pass
Distance: 13 km
Approximate trek time: 7–8 hours
Accommodation: tents

Day 4: Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – “Aguas Calientes”

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The Urubamba canyon near wiñayhuana camp -Luxury Inca Trail

➡ Our stroll along the Trail leads us to the cloud forest; here is where the jungle begins, we will visit the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca (means the town over the clouds) and then, we’ll continue descend through numerous Inca steps with warm weather observing exuberant vegetation with beautiful orchids, begonias, bromeliads and great quantity of birds until we arrive to Wiñaywayna (young forever).

Wiñayhuana is a spectacular place to explore and visit the Inca farm terraces with exceptional views of the Urubamba Canyon; here lunch will be served; after resting, we’ll continue the last part of our journey toward Intipunku, or Sun gate known as the entrance gate to Machu Picchu, where you will have an amazing panoramic view of the entire Citadel of Machu Picchu and enjoy the sunset; after we take the pictures of Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel.

Meals: B – L – D
Maximum elevation: 3,600 m Phuyupatamarka
Minimum elevation: 2,400 m Machu Picchu
Distance: 10 km
Approximate trek time: 6 – 7 hours
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5: “Aguas Calientes” – Machu Picchu – Cusco

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Machu Picchu – Luxury Inca Trail

➡ Early breakfast and we’ll go to take the first bus to see the sunrise at the Machu Picchu Archaeological Site. Our expert guide will take you on a relaxing tour before other groups arrive at noon; during this tour, we will visit The Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Mother earth, the Temple of Wiracocha, the Sacred Square, the Intiwatana or the Sundial, the Temple of the Condor etc .

After the tour, you’ll have free time to explore alone; in the afternoon, we’ll take the train back to Cusco; arrive there in the evening after what you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals: B
Maximum elevation: 2,400 m Machu Picchu
Minimum elevation: 2,000 m town of “Aguas Calientes”
Distance: 25-minute travel by bus


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Luxury Inca trail includes

  • Transportation: Transfer from your hotel in our Tourist bus to Piscakucho (km 82), starting point of the Comfort Inca Trail – Bus down and up from Machu Picchu to the town of “Aguas Calientes” – Tourist train expedition class from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo – Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Entrance Fees: For Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 hot lunches, 4 hot dinners and delicious meals; food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, We provide available boil water each morning for your water bottles.


  • Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people).
  • General Porters: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears.
  • Extra Porters: To carry your personal belongings 6 kilos per person in duffel bags that we provide.
  • Camping Equipment: We provide 4 season tents, four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the and porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • Others Items: First aid kit, oxygen bottle.


  • Breakfast: Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early breakfast. If not, we stop at the town of Ollantaytambo where you can have breakfast and purchase some items for the trek.
  • Meals: Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes” on the final day, you must consider a budget from US$25.00 to US$35.00 for this meal. Entrance to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” (optional) US$ 3.00.
  • Sleeping Bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 25.00 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Tips for the staff.

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