5-Day Package with Inca Trail
For those who are short on time but still want to hike to Machu Picchu, our 5-Day Package is perfect! You will get to enjoy the best of this region by touring Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and then do the 2-Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu. You will see and enjoy the most important sites in the area that should not be missed on your trip.
|Day 1:||Arrival in Cusco, City Tour|
|Day 2:||Sacred Valley|
|Days 3-4:||2-Day Inca Trail|
Day 1 – Cusco City Tour. We will pick you up at the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel. You will have some time to settle in, and then we will return at 1:00 pm to start the Cusco City Tour. We will begin the tour at the most important temple of the Inca Empire, the Sun Temple, known as the Qoricancha. Here, you can observe detailed and intact architecture, and within the temple you will see smaller temples dedicated to the moon, rainbow, stars, lightning and thunder, among others. Today, the Santo Domingo church stands on top of the temple. From there, we will go to an important religious site called Sacsayhuamán which features immense stones. Although the site was religious, the Spanish considered it a military fortress because of its location and the way it was built. Next, we will visit Qenqo, a site built in a natural rock formation which was created to represent the Andean constellations and the concept of the three worlds, each one representing sacred animals: the condor, puma, and snake. After that we will travel to Puka Pukara, which was a shelter for travelers coming to Cusco from the Amazon. It was also a military center and used to protect the nearby temple located at Tambomachay. Our last stop is Tambomachay, known as the Temple of Water, where the Incas practiced religious traditions tied to water in order to rejuvenate the land. This tradition is known as the fountain of eternal youth. From there, we will return to the city and drop you off at your hotel at around 6:00 pm.
Day 2 – Sacred Valley Tour. We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 8:00 am. In our private vehicle, we will drive to the Animal Refuge which has Andean animals such as llamas, alpacas, condors, and pumas. Afterwards, we will head to one of the most important archaeological sites in the region, called Pisac, to see Inca burial grounds, ancient irrigation systems and astronomical centers. We will hike around the ruins and terraces for about an hour, and after our tour here will then go down to the town of Pisac located at the bottom of the valley. In this town we will first stop by a local silver factory and will see a demonstration of how they process and form beautiful jewelry. Next, we will walk through the cobble-stoned street to the plaza to see locals selling produce and souvenirs in their stands. You will have some free time to browse and do some shopping here as well. After finishing our visit in Pisac, we will drive to the town of Urubamba to have a buffet lunch which includes both delicious Peruvian and Western cuisine. From there, we will head to Ollantaytambo where we will visit the ruins built up on terraces that features massive stones at the top. This site was an important religious and astronomical center, and was also used as a military fortress in one of the biggest battles the Incas had against the Spanish. After this, we will start to head back to Cusco, and on the way we will stop at another local village called Chinchero where we will see the remaining Inca buildings and terraces here that were important for the administration of farming. We will then return to Cusco and will drop you off at your hotel around 6:30 pm.
Day 3 – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel early in the morning (about 6:00 am) and then will drive to the train station and take the train to Km 104 which takes about three hours. At Km 104 we will get off the train and pass the Inca Trail checkpoint where we will see our first archaeological center called Chachabamba, at 2,170 m or 7,170 ft. These ruins were one of the last shelters that the Incas used before they reached Machu Picchu. This site was also used as a religious and administrative center, and features several buildings. Then, we will gradually ascend for about 2-3 hours climbing Inca stone steps while our guide points out different flora and fauna along the trail. We will then pass a tall waterfall before arriving at the archaeological site called Wiñaywayna at 2,650 m or 8,700 ft, which is named after an orchid and means “Forever Young” in Quechua. We will climb to the top of the ruins and enjoy lunch with an incredible view of Wiñaywayna and the Sacred Valley. This large site sits on a mountainside and features experimental terraces that the Incas used to grow different crops. We will visit an important temple with 7 windows that was dedicated to the rainbow as well as observe the amazing engineering of water channels that still function today. Once we finish our tour here, we will continue our hike for about 1 and a half hours on a part of the Inca Trail which is relatively flat, with small ascents and descents along the way. At about 4:00 pm we will then reach the Sun Gate at 2,720 m or 8,920 ft which is called Intipunku in Quechua. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu and from there we will head down to the ruins to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. We will check into our hotel where you will have some time to rest or you can visit the hot springs which is about 10 minutes away. Afterwards, we will meet for supper and plan for the following day.
Day 4 – Machu Picchu to Cusco. After having an early breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide and take the 25-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. You will have a 3-hour tour with your guide where you will see and learn about the most important sites including the Temple of the Sun, the main plaza, Intiwatana, and the Temple of the Condor. After your tour, you will have some free time to explore the ruins on your own and take more pictures of this amazing place. When you are ready you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, and in the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco where we will pick you up from the train station and drop you off at your hotel.
Day 5 – Departure. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the airport for your departure flight.
Food: We include lunch in the Sacred Valley (does not include drinks), a box lunch and snacks during the hike, and supper in Aguas Calientes (lunch on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes is not included). Breakfast will be provided by your hotels.
Accommodations: We include the first, second, and last nights in a hotel in Cusco (Cusco B&B or Andenes al Cielo). We include the third night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes (Killa Inn or Panorama B&B). Please note that all hotels are subject to availability. For hotel upgrade options, please see the “Additional Options” tab.
Guide: Your guide will be with you for the Cusco City Tour, Sacred Valley, and the two-day hike. All our guides are licensed and speak fluent English, Spanish, and Quechua.
Transportation: We will provide you with private transportation to and from the airport, as well as to and from our tour destinations. We also include round trip train tickets in Expedition service to the start of the hike at Km 104 and back to Cusco, as well as your bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the third day, and round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu for the fourth day.
Entrance Fees: The Inca Trail permit and entrance to Machu Picchu are included, as well as the full tourist pass that will admit you into all major archaeological and historic sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
What to Bring
- Original passport and student ISIC card (if applicable)
- Backpack to carry your things
- Trekking poles (or you can rent a pair from us)
- Good sneakers or light hiking boots, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals
- Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March)
- Comfortable hiking clothes
- Bug repellent
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Cap for the sun
- Toilet paper
- 1 liter of water per person
- Tip for your guide (optional)
Huayna Picchu: If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, there is an additional fee of $65 USD per person for us to buy your entrance ticket. Spaces are limited, so please let us know when booking whether you would like to hike Huayna Picchu, and we will reserve it for you. For information about this hike, please visit our Huayna Picchu page.
Quechuas (Porters): Depending on your level of physical fitness, the hike can be strenuous. If you would like to like to reduce the load you have to carry, you can hire an extra Quechua to carry your belongings. You can hire a Quechua to carry 15 kg (33 lb) for $120 USD. Included in this service is the Quechua’s salary, transportation, entrance fee to Machu Picchu and his food. If you decide to use this service, the Quechua will carry your pack until we reach Aguas Calientes. You must reserve your extra Quechua at the same time you reserve the trip, because the extra porter is counted as part of the 500-person limit on the trail.
Hotel Upgrade: Included in this package are accommodations in comfortable B&B Hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes. However, if you would like to upgrade to 3, 4, or 5 star hotels, we offer the following prices and options for a double/matrimonial room:
- 3 Stars: $90 USD per person (Tambo del Arriero or Rumi Punku in Cusco and Hotel Ferre or La Cabaña in Aguas Calientes)
- 4 Stars: $290 USD per person (Costa del Sol or Casa Andina Private Collection in Cusco and Casa del Sol in Aguas Calientes)
- 5 Stars: $600 USD per person (Palacio del Inka or Casa Cartagena in Cusco and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo or Sumaq Hotel in Aguas Calientes)
*Please note that all hotels and room types are subject to availability, and that during holidays prices will increase. Also, we work with many hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes, so if there is a specific hotel not listed that you prefer, please let us know and we can provide you with a price. Please contact us at email@example.com for upgrade prices for single rooms.
Trekking Poles: If you would like to rent trekking poles, the cost is $10 USD for a pair.
Vistadome Train: Our price includes 2 train tickets in the Expedition train from Cusco to Kilometer 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Cusco. However, if you would like to upgrade to the Vistadome train the price is an additional $50 USD per person.
Huchuy Qosqo Hike: There is also the option to substitute the Inca Trail for the Huchuy Qosqo Hike in this package. Huchuy Qosqo is a site with Inca ruins located in the Sacred Valley that the Inca king used as a refuge when he was under attack. It features terraces, temples and administrative Inca buildings, and is a good alternative for when Inca Trail permits are sold out. In this case, the package itinerary is exactly the same except for the third day where we hike to Huchuy Qosoqo and in the evening we take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night.
Customized Itinerary: Although this is our suggested itinerary for this 5-Day Package, we can personalize your itinerary to better fit your preferences. For example, please let us know if you will be spending more or less than 5 days in Cusco, if there are additional tours you are interested in, and if there are any other services we can help organize for you.
Additional Information: For more information on rules and regulations of Machu Picchu, please see our Rules and Regulations page here. To see information on cancellations and other policies, please see our Cancellations page here.
How to Book
If you are interested in this package, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to check the availability. Please let us know the package you want to do, the date you would like to start, how many people are in your group, and we will send you back the availability.
When you are ready to book your package, please send us the following information for each traveler:
- Full name
- Passport number
- Date of birth
- Food restrictions (if any)
- Would you like to climb Huayna Picchu for an additional $65 USD per person?
If you would like tickets to climb Huayna Picchu after your tour of Machu Picchu, we will reserve a ticket for you as long as there is availability.
After sending your personal information, the next step is for each person in your group to make a deposit of $500 USD to reserve your package. To make your deposit, please pay by selecting the correct amount below or by visiting our Book Now page. To receive the student discount, you must send an email at the time you reserve your spot with a scan of both sides of your student ISIC card. This is the only student card accepted by the National Park and you can find more information about this student ID on the ISIC website here. The remaining balance is due in Cusco. You may pay in cash (either in US dollars or Peruvian soles) or if you prefer you may pay with a Visa credit card at our office located at Calle Union #140 in the reception of the Cusco B&B Hotel.
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