The 6 Day Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu is perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time. This world renowned hike combines ancient history with stunning landscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. Our skilled porters and guides will exceed your expectations on this Inca adventure as you trek, back-in-time and discover the hidden treasures of Peru and Machu Picchu.
The trip begins and ends in vibrant Cusco, Peru where you can enjoy the intriguing bled of Spanish and Inca culture. Machu Picchu is sure to captivate you; the 15th-century citadel sits high, stacked on a hillside in terraces amongst rising Andean peaks with the highest point of the trail being “Dead Woman’s Pass,” at 13,769 feet above sea level. This tour is physically demanding, yet rewarding and accommodations along the way will be at campsites, unless otherwise noted.
Our hand-picked guides are certified multilingual and offer expertise of Machu Picchu’s highlights and will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable hike. In addition, Peru is home to some of the happiest people, the most dramatic landscape on the planet and a variety of cultural traditions that are rich in ancient history. Ready. Set. Escape! The infamous 6 Day Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu hike awaits you.
Arrive Cusco with a transfer to your hotel; a welcome meeting will be organized by your guide for a quick briefing of the tour. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, set in the Andes Mountains. Discover Spanish churches and mansions that sit alongside Inca remains and enjoy the vibrant nightlife or sampling Peruvian restaurants.
Cusco – Trailhead at Km 82 – Camp at Ayapata
Travel by bus from your hotel in Cusco to Ollantaytambo for breakfast and then onto Piskacucho or kilometer 82, where the Inca Trail starts. The hike begins by crossing the Vilcanota River and following its route to the right. The Urubamba mountain range divides the jungle and the Andes. On the way we’ll see the Inca sites of, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of the snow-capped Veronica Peak. The 7 mike hike to our first campsite is relatively easy and takes approximately 5 to 6 hours. In the evening, we will unwind at the Ayapata campsite. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Ayapata Camp – Dead Woman’s Pass – Runkuraqua Pass
Today will be the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend a long steep path to reach the highest point of the trail, known as Dead Woman's Pass or Warmiwanusqa, the site sits at 13,780 feet above sea level. We continue for another 2 hours to reach the Runkuraqay Pass, which is 12,467 feet above sea level. On the way we will encounter hummingbirds and other birdlife and discover a variety of native plants and trees in the cloud forest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Runkuraqua Pass – Camp at Wiñay Wayna
The trail begins with a gentle climb towards the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, which means “Town in the Clouds.” This site is located at the third highest point on the trail at 11,811 feet and the views of the mountainscape, canyons and surrounding area are spectacular. A further walk brings us to 3,000 steps, through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’ until we arrive at our campsite Wiñay Wayna. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
An early morning start of 4am will get us into Inti Punku or Sun Gate before daybreak and as the sun begins to rise, the dramatic views of Machu Picchu are revealed. We will spend some time here taking photos and upon completing the final steps of the Inca Trail we will visit Machu Picchu itself with a guided tour (approximately 2 hours). After the tour you are free to explore the mysterious city by yourselves.
You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and given your train tickets that will take you to Ollantaytambo and a final bus transfer will take you to Cusco. It is important to be at the train station 30 minutes before departure train times will be given to you by your guide. (Breakfast)
After breakfast you are transferred to Cusco Airport for departures. (Breakfast)
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- Airport transfers
- Ground transportation
- Entrance fee to the Inca trail
- Entrance fee to Machupicchu
- Water (boiled)
- Meals 3 each breakfasts, lunch, dinner and snack
- 4 person tent, double occupancy
- Foam sleeping pad
- Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
- Expert guides, assistant guides, cook and porters
- Sleeping bags
- Inflatable mattress
- Trekking/hiking poles
- Inca trail last Lunch & Dinner not included
- Meals not described in the itinerary
- Waynapicchu Mountain hike