• Av. el Sol 200, Cusco - Peru

Inca Trail Panaka Pilgrimage 5 Days 4 Nights


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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is the most famous hike in South America – perhaps the world. It is a must-do and one of the biggest highlights of your trip to Peru. The 5 day, 4 night Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers 5 days of trekking along original paved Inca pathways. This trek allows us shorter walking days, more time to rest avoiding the crowd, camping on day three in the most spectacular and most beautiful camp along the Inca trail and the spectacular Inca ruins, an extensive Tour of Machu Picchu and the opportunity to enjoy the sun rise at Machu Picchu. The stunning scenery is breath taking. It spans through altitudes in the valley from 2,700 m (8,856 ft) to mountain passes of 4,215 m (13,825 ft). Lastly, we will pass through the cloud forest to arrive at the majestic Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.

Trip Overview

Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture, gastronomy, folklore and tradition
Total Distance: 43 km/26 miles
Good For: Families with children, or those who wish to take their time
Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging
Considerations: Permit required


  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Porters and Chef - We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for the porter. You will receive your duffel bag at your briefing the night before your trek departs.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek
  • Hotel pick up at approximately 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 104, to begin your trek
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes is included on the Expedition class (if you wish to upgrade to the Vistadome train it is an additional $75 per person)
  • Your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included
  • Drop off at Hotel
  • Permits: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Meals - Our chefs cook delicious meals served family-style. Be sure to mention any food restrictions when booking your trek so we can make sure to accommodate. In addition, remind your guide at the briefing.
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day of the trek
  • A snack is provided each morning to enjoy on your hike
  • The last meal is breakfast on day 4 (lunch on the last day is not included)
  • Water - Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, we will supply your water. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 1.5-3L. We will refill our water at each meal.
  • First AidYour guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
  • Tents: We use Eureka Timberline 4 person tents; however on our hike it is only shared by 2 people. Also, there will be a dining tent and a toilet tent
  • Briefing: The night before your trek, you will attend a briefing. At this time, you will receive the duffel bag that your porters will carry while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
  • Hotel: The trek will include three nights of camping along the Inca Trail, and one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. We include a two star hotel, typically at Inti Punku Inn (or similar), if available. Your booked hotel will be listed on your confirmed invoice. Upgrades are always possible.
  • Rentals - Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available to rent:
  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $20
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $20

Tour Plan

Day 01 Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 82 – Huayllabamba

Panaka travel will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pickup from Cusco is at 4:00AM, from Urubamba 5:30AM and Ollantaytambo at 6:30AM. At your briefing, these times will be confirmed as they might fluctuate based on location. In the morning, we will drive to Km 82 (the trailhead), arriving at approximately 7:00AM. After a delicious breakfast prepared by your trekking chef, we will go through the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek (please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta which is an ancient Inca village and checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu
From Patallacta, we hike another 2 hours to our lunch stop at Huayllabamba. In this community, we will enjoy a meal that is only served on special occasions called Pachamanka meaning “Pacha” mother and “manka” pot. We will enjoy lunch with local people and our porters. After lunch, we will have time for a short siesta. Then for those that would like, a local farmer will take us to the field for about an hour to help with a farming activity depending on the season, or those who want to have a inka stone massage you can have a well relaxing massage from our local therapist. Once you are back to the camp, you can enjoy a hot shower before we will have some of the local ladies show us an example of a traditional Andean dancing. The three typical dances are the míztisa ccoyacha, condor tusuy and wallata tusuy. During the show, we can enjoy an alcoholic beverage, soda or water followed by a light dinner during which your guide will give you a briefing for the following day.

Total Distance: 11 km (6.835 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 4 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 2,600 m (8,692 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 2950 m (9,842 ft)
Weather: Cold or hot depending on if the sun is out

Day 02 Huayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo

Wake up time is 6 am to begin our ascent to Dead Woman´s Pass. The views of the snow-capped mountains and the cloud forest are fantastic. This first stretch is the most difficult part of the trek. It consists of a steep ascent that stretches for nine kilometers, which will bring us to the first mountain pass in the Inca Trail, Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s pass). We will stop at Llulluchapampa to relax and have lunch. From Llulluchapampa, we have approximately 4 more hours of hiking. The landscape begins changing from cloud forest to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). We will have the chance to spot domesticated llamas and alpacas, who graze on ichu (one of the few plants that grow at the altitude). At our first pass we have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views and a refreshing cup of coca tea. After we've made it to the pass, the rest of the day is downhill. After about 2 hours, we'll stop for our second camp in the Pacaymayo Valley.

Total Distance: 10 km (6.21 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 6 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 4,215 m (13,821 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)
Weather: Cold, windy & warm

Day 03 Pacaymayo – Runcu Raccay Pass- Sayacmaraca Ruins – Phuyupatamarca- Winay Wayna Camp

After breakfast, we will continue our hike up the opposite side of the valley, to the second pass on the trek. Along the way, we will see fantastic views of waterfalls and flora and fauna. Half way up the second pass, we will visit the Inca site of Runcu Raccay (an Inca Chaski station). There we can catch our breath before we continue our climb to the pass (4,000 meters). From the pass, we will once again begin our descent back into the cloud forest. After about an hour, we arrive at Sayacmarca, one of the most beautiful ruins on the Inca Trail, where we'll have a one hour, guided tour. From Sayacmarca, we will continue to our lunch spot at Chaquicocha (dry lake). From Chaquicocha onwards, we will walk along Inca flat (gradual inclines), as we make our way towards our final campsite, Phuyupatamarca (3,680 meters). This area of the Inca Trail had stunning views of the Vilcabamba mountain range. After another two hour walk, we'll arrive to our campsite, where we'll get our first view of Machu Picchu mountain and the Urubamba river. We'll settle in to our campsite, and have the chance to explore the beauty of the camp and the views after it your crew will make ready a nice camping tent jacuzzi after it you can enjoy your afternoon tea.

Total Distance: 13 km (8,136 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 9 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 4,000 (13,123 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)

Day 04 Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Today, we will have the chance to enjoy one of the most spectacular sunrises on the Inca Trail, weather permitting. After breakfast you´ll have a guided tour of Phuyupatamarca, and then we will start our way down the long descending stone steps. This will lead us to Wiñay Wayna (2,650 m/8, 692 ft), which is where we will camp for the night. As we near the bottom of the staircase, we'll take a side path of the main route to visit the site of Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). This site has beautiful views of the Sacred Valley. It was an important agricultural site for Machu Picchu. We'll spend some time at Intipata, and then continue on to Wiñay Wayna. Wiñay Wayna is the biggest archaeological site on the Inca Trail, besides Machu Picchu. It consists of an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center, with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, offering spectacular views over the already narrower Urubamba River valley. After our visit, we will have our last lunch with the porters. Following, it is a tradition on the Inca Trail to have a thanking ceremony for all the hard work the porters and cooks have provided. If you wish, you may leave a tip for them, at this time. After we've said goodbye to our team, we will carry on to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), where we'll get our first views of Machu Picchu. It takes about an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones in the highland jungle to reach the Sun Gate. Following, it is about another hour down to the site itself. Upon arrival, we'll have a chance to enjoy the sunset and to see Machu Picchu without crowds, before taking the bus to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Hotel: Inti punku (or similar)way
Total Distance: 11 km (614 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 5 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)

Day 05 The Most Important Day (The Lost City of The Incas) – Cusco

We will wake up early and board one of the first buses to Machu Picchu, to enjoy the sunrise at the citadel (if the weather allows). These buses are first come, first serve, starting at 5:30 a.m. You'll have a two hour tour of the Inca citadel, and then some free time to explore. If you have purchased permits for Huayna Picchu, your guide will show you where this climb begins. It will take you 45 minutes to the top and another 45 back down. This needs to be booked in advance, and costs $75 per person. When you are done with the citadel, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, and meet for our last lunch in town. Lunch with your group is optional and is not included in the trek cost. Following, you will take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private bus will be waiting to take you back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.

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