Everybody goes to the Inca trail, but only the people who choose our Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour get to see all of the secret places we know about! Therefore, we have put together the best itinerary for the Inca Trail hike. This experience keeps our clients away from the other 500 people hiking the trail at any given time while also ensuring we visit every beautiful secret spot. Your Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will be a life changing, eye opening, beautiful experience from start to finish.
5 Days/ 4 Nights
We will start our Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour early at 4:30 am. We will walk along the Inca trail alongside the Urubamba river toward Qoriwayrachina or KM 88 where we will have lunch. En route, we will pass the Incan site of Rumi Punku and Sala Punku, both of which Inca Trail trekkers rarely visit. We will also see the foundations of an ancient Incan hanging bridge and a watchtower.
After a well-deserved nap, we will trek uphill for an hour to Wayna Qente. This is an off the beaten path type of archeological site, but our itinerary allows us time to do so. Here, we will explore the ruins and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Urubamba mountain range and the 5,860 m snow capped peak of Wakay Willca (Veronica) while watching the sunset with a delicious cup of hot chocolate in hand. After that, we will head back to our campsite at Qoriwayrachina.
Difficulty level: Moderate. The trail starts at 2,720 m and climbs nearly 300 m to Wayna Qente.
Meals & Accommodation: Lunch during hike and dinner at the campsite in the small village of Wayllabamba. If you would like to request vegetarian meal options, please let us know.
Other useful information:
You will need to show entrance tickets, passports and student ID’s at check point in Qoriwayrachina.
At 6:00 am, we will head to the Incan city of Llaqtapata where two rivers cross paths. Before lunch in Wayllabamba, we will visit the religious and urban areas of Pulpituyoq. We will continue hiking after lunch.
On this part of the trip, the ecosystems as well as their flora and fauna are amazingly diverse. As a result, you will have the chance to see many kinds of birds as well as various plants and trees such as the ‘Polilepys ‘ or Q’ueuña tree. Getting to the top of the pass today will be truly satisfying as we will be able to see the highest point of the trail, the Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ – 4,200 m).
Meals & Accommodation: We’ll eat breakfast and dinner at the campsite at Llulluchapampa (3,550 m) and have lunch during the trek.
After starting bright and early at 6am, the day will provide us with several exciting challenges. We will continue ascending the mountain towards the Abra de Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ (4,200 m). The views from here are simply stunning. Once we take some pictures at the highest point, we will continue downhill for about 2.5 hours, toward Pacayamayo where we will enjoy lunch.
In the afternoon, we will climb the second mountain pass of the trail. Along the way, we will visit the unique Incan sites of Runcuracay’ and ‘Sayacmarca’ and take in the picturesque scenery as you pass through the magical cloud forest. Our campsite will be located right outside the Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’).
Meals & Acccommdation: We’ll eat breakfast and dinner at the campsite at Phuyupatamarca (2,680 m) and have lunch during the trek.
Other useful information: The Inca site of the same name ‘Phuyupatamarka’ is just a short distance from the campsite.
Early in the morning before breakfast, we will go on a short climb toward the Incan religious center called “Ushnu” to observe the sunrise. In this place, we will be served hot Chocolate and Sandwiches for breakfast. After we gather our things and descend toward Machu Picchu and the Sun Gate. This part of the trail is steep and full of steps. The altitude change will be quite dramatic as we lose nearly 1000 meters in the descent.
Along the way, we will visit several beautiful Incan sites including Phuyupatmarca, Intipata and Winaywayna. After a delicious lunch, we will head to Machu Picchu where we will arrive just before sunset. Later, we will take a 30-minute bus ride toward Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.
Meals & Accommodation: Breakfast at the campsite. Lunch in Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.
We will wake up really early in the morning to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu around 4:00 am. Here, we will take a 3-hour tour of this beautiful Incan site. Our guides will give us a detailed explanation of the site. When the tour ends, you will continue on to your chosen adventure toward the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains. In the afternoon, we will catch the train back to Cusco. Our Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour is over, but your experience and memories will stay with you for years to come.
Minimum 2 people
Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult
Be sure to have flexible dates (+/- 3 days) in mind to book the Inca Trail.
Permits for the Inca Trail must be requested to the National Sanctuary of Machupicchu Administration, and are only necessary for the day you start.
Only 500 people per day are allowed to enter all of the Inca Trail’s routes. While we cannot guarantee availability on the Inca trail, we can assist you in finding alternatives.
The train included in all tours is the Cerrojo backpacker. Train times will only be confirmed once the tour is paid in full. During the high season (June to September), the earliest train you could take is the 1:37 pm and the last train is at 9:20 pm. Train times are subject to change depending on Peru rail time table and availability. If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows) for an additional cost. Additionally, we will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.