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“Special Inca Trail”, 5-day Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Follow the incredible Inca Trail and spend 2 whole days in Machu Picchu, Peru on this magical 5-day experience with Juventino, an IFMGA mountain guide from Peru.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration5 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Follow the impressive Inca Trail through the Peruvian mountains and ruins.

  • Spend 2 days in Machu Picchu and ascend the dazzling Huayna Picchu.

  • Enjoy the stunning views of the Peruvian Andes.

Description

The Special Inca Trail in Peru combines beautiful mountain, forest and jungle landscapes and the exciting possibility to explore Inca ruins along the way with the impressive Machu Picchu as final destination. Join me for this incredible 5-day hiking trip in the Peruvian mountains.

Machu Picchu is a spectacular Inca city built in the 15th Century. It has a rich history and breathtaking views. And the 45-kilometer trail that takes you there is definitely the best way to discover it. Along the way, we’ll get to enjoy incredible views and different archeological sites, such as Llactapata, Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Winayhuayna, Intipunku, and others. We’ll go through cloud-forests, jungles, tundra and tunnels. But the best part of this trip is that you get to spend 2 whole days in Machu Picchu!

For more information on the itinerary, you can read the section below with a more detailed description of what we’ll be doing each day.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit this Peruvian wonder, then this is your time! Book your trip now and discover this magical place on an incredible hike.

I also offer a classic 4-day trek and a short 2-day hike to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail. Check them out if you are looking fore more options.

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More info

Inca Trail programs must be booked 6 months prior to the beginning of the trip. Make sure to bring: -A backpack with a change of clothes -Sleeping bag -Rain gear -Strong, comfortable footwear -Sweater and jacket (something warm) -Water bottle -Torch / Flashlight and batteries -Hat or cap to protect you from the sun -Sun block -Insect repellent -Toiletries, towel and toilet paper -Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, energy bars, etc. -Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek) -Towel -Cash in soles or USD.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Wayllabamba - Yuncachimpa

We’ll begin very early in the morning driving from Cusco, through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to km. 82 (Piskacucho), where the trail begins. We’ll follow the Urubamba River and go by Miskay and Llactapata and finish at Yuncachimpa.

Distance Covered: 10 km/ 6 miles
Approximate Walking Time: 5 -6 hours.

Day 2: Yuncachimpa - Llulluchapampa - Warmihuañusca pass - Pacaymayu - Runkurakay pass - Chaquicocha

This is the most challenging day of the trip. We’ll be climbing the steps up to Warmi Wañuska (Dead Woman’s Pass) – the highest point of the trek at 4,200 meters. But the views of the snow-covered peaks of the Andes will make it worth it. We’ll spend the night at the campsite on Paqaymayu.

Distance Covered: 12 km/ 7.46 miles
Approximate Walking Time: 6 hours.

Day 3: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna

On day 3, we’ll explore some dazzling Inca ruins, such as Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and Winayhuayna. After Runkuracay, the path goes mostly downhill.

Distance Covered: 15 km/ 9.32 miles
Approximate Walking Time: 7/8 hours.

Day 4: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

We’ll get up early in the morning to catch the sunrise at Intipunku (Sun’s Gate) and continue towards the impressive Machu Picchu. I’ll give you a guided tour along the ruins and you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the place as you wish. You can then take the bus to Aguas Calientes.

Distance Covered: 11 km/7 miles
Approximate Walking Time: 5 hours

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Cusco

We’ll wake up early in the morning again to be the first ones at Machu Picchu and get the chance to ascend Huayna Picchu Mountain, where the views are breathtaking. We’ll then take the train back to Cusco.


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.


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