EXTENDED INCA TRAIL

5 Days
TREK DURATION

6 miles / day
DAILY DISTANCE

DIFFICULTY

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Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Professionally guided tour of several Inca Archeological Sites (including Machu Picchu)
  • Our guides are local to the Cusco Region, fluent in English and have several years of experience leading tours
  • Hike on the exact same path built and used by the Incas in the 13th century
  • Wildlife present throughout the trek
  • Enjoy private campsites, only accessible to Kusa Treks customers
  • Multiple micro-climates, including cloud forests, rain forests and mountain scenery
  • Take more time to complete the most popular route to Machu Picchu

Prices are per person and in U.S. Dollars ($)

GROUP TOUR PRICE: $800

A "group tour" means you will be paired with other people that are doing the same hike on the same date as you.

PRIVATE TOUR PRICES: A "private tour" is just your group and our guides.

  • 2 - 3 People: $1,065
  • 4 - 6 People: $870
  • 7 - 9 People: $830
  • 9+ People: $800

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NOTES:
  • A $200 deposit is required for each person. We use your deposit to secure hiking permits for the Inca Trail and entrance tickets for Machu Picchu in advance. The $200 will be deducted from your total price.
  • A 5% Transaction Fee will be added to the total cost if you pay via credit/debit card. We are charged to convert and transfer money. We do our best to keep this rate as low as possible.
  • We HIGHLY recommended that reservations are made 6+ months in advance. We cannot guarantee permit availability for trips requested less than 6 months in advance.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Water
  • Professional Guides
  • Hiking Permit
  • Entrance Tickets
  • Medical Supplies
  • Accommodations

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Hiking Equipment - (Available for Rent):
  • Sleeping Bag: $25, (our rental bags weigh 2.2kg, or 5.5lb.)
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $15, (our rental air mattresses weigh 1kg, or 2.0lb)
  • Trekking Poles (2): $20 Guides
  • Personal Porter
  • Huayna Picchu
  • Vista Dome Train


ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION: All transportation is included.

FOOD: All food is provided. In fact, we'll be hiking with a professional chef! Our chef and his staff will cook you some of the best meals you've ever eaten, and they'll do it in the middle of the Andes. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.

WATER: Your guides will supply all of the water you'll need on the trek. The water will first be boiled, then filtered and then cooled. You will need to bring a container for the water (Camelback, Nalgene, etc.), we recommend carrying at least 2L of water. Your water containers will be refilled at each meal.

PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this starts and ends with our people. All of our trek leaders are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology at an University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on the Inca Trail with than a Kusa Treks guide, you will be in incredible hands.

PERMITS & TICKETS: Once you pay the trip deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Inca Trial and Machu Picchu. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number, and for a specific time-frame; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your train tickets and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Trek Leader. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year. Your Trek Leader will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you off of the trail and to a medical facility as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Note: We have never had to evacuate a hiker.

TENT: Your tents are provided, they are comfortable, roomy and cozy. Sleep well chicos!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

HIKING EQUIPMENT: To complete the Inca Trail, you will need a sleeping bag, some type of air mattress (ThermaRest), and walking poles (with rubber tips). If you do not wish to purchase or travel with these items, we have high quality equipment you can rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $25, (our rental bags weigh 2.2kg, or 5.5lb.)
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $15, (our rental air mattresses weigh 1kg, or 2.0lb)
  • Trekking Poles (2): $20

PERSONAL PORTER: Porters are local men from the Andes who help carry the majority of our supplies during the trek (tents, food, cooking equipment, etc.). You can choose to hire a Porter who will carry up to 17.6lbs. (8kg) of your belongings, we will provide a bag for you to put your belongings in, which the Porter will take and run ahead of our group. If you choose to hire a Porter you will be responsible for carrying the things you need throughout the day (sunscreen, snacks, rain jacket, etc.), as you will not have access to the things the Porter carries until we reach camp at night.
PRICE: $80/Porter.

Learn more about Porters on our FAQ page under "Porter's...Men or Superhero's?".

HUAYNA PICCHU (Wayna Picchu): Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain. Hiking to the top of it provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent. FYI, the ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it! Price: $75/person

NOTE: tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited, and are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.

VISTA DOME TRAIN: On the way back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train. However, there is a company that offers a train ride in a "Vista Dome Train" through the Sacred Valley. This train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment. Price: $70/ticket.

EXTENDED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5-DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1: The Journey Begins!

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco. 3 hour drive to Trail Head. 4-5 hours of hiking through beautiful scenary to Hatunchaka, our first campsite.

Day 2: Difficult, but beautiful

Early start. Most challenging day on the trek. Hike to the top of Dead Woman's Pass, the highest point of our trip. Our campsite will be in the stunning Pacaymayo Valley.

Day 3: Stunning views

The prettiest day of hiking! Incredible views all day. Our campsite will have a view of the back side of Machu Picchu Mountain!

Day 4: Sun Set Behind Machu Picchu

Tour of Puyupatamarca ruins and Wiñay Wayna. Hike to the Sun Gate and enjoy incredible views of Machu Picchu. Bus to Aguas Calientes and hotel for the night. Enjoy a warm shower!

Day 5: Machu Picchu!

20-minute bus ride from Aguas Calientes to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu in the morning. Lunch in Aguas Calientes and train back to Cusco. Arrive to Cusco in the evening.


DETAILS FOR EACH DAY

DAY 1: The Journey Begins!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 9,842ft. (3,000m)
  • Min Altitude: 8,790ft. (2,680m)
  • Distance Hiked: ~6.8 miles (11 km)
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Note: Our trekking times are approximate, and will vary depending on: weather conditions, group ability and other factors.

Morning

Our journey together starts early, private transportation will pick you up from your hotel at 5AM. Our 3-hour drive to the trek starting point includes stunning scenery and a hot breakfast, prepared by our professional chef. We'll start our trek by hiking next to the Urubamba River, the trail will start with flat terrain, which will help warm up your legs and muscles for the day ahead.

The first two hours of the trek aren't too difficult, we'll make our way to the Miskay community (9,184ft / 2,800m). After visiting this community we'll hike to the first Inca Archeological site of our trek, the Patallacta Ruins. These ruins acted as a checkpoint for the ancient Incan people as they approached Machu Picchu, after taking a break to enjoy the view we'll walk a short ways down into the canyon and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch at a spot with spectacular views of the Patallacta Ruins.

Afternoon

After lunch we'll hike at an easy pace for 2-3 more hours, you'll enjoy the stunning scenery of the Andes that surround you and your Trek Leader will tell you historical accounts of the Incas and facts about the surrounding country-side. We'll reach our private campsite near the village of Hatunchaka (10,800ft. / 3,300m), where hot showers are available for 10 soles.

EVENING

At the end of each day, we will share a "family tea time" while we wait for dinner to be prepared; during tea time we will enjoy hot chocolate, a variety of teas (including the traditional Matcha Tea), delicious finger foods and pleasant conversation. An exquisite dinner will be prepared by our professional chef and served buffet style.

After dinner your Tour Guides will go over our plans for the next great day. Buenas Noches!


DAY 2: DIFFICULT, BUT BEAUTIFUL

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 13,821ft. (4,215m)
  • Min Altitude: 11,811ft. (3,600m)
  • Distance Traveled: ~7.1 miles (11.5 km)
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Morning

You'll be roused from your tents early, around 5:00AM, by a smiling Porter with a hot cup of tea. Our first task today will be to conquer the hardest stretch of our hike...Dead Woman's Pass. The ascent is steep, but the views of snow capped peaks make it all worth it! However, the main benefit of turning a 4-day hike into a 5-day hike is that we can take our time. We will hike to the pass at a leisurely pace and stop frequently to enjoy the view and eat a snack or two.

Once we reach the peak of Dead Woman's Pass we'll pause to take a family picture and rest our legs and lungs. After a quick break we'll begin our decent into the valley where the landscape will shift from a cloud forest to the Puna region of the Andes, which is a dry grassland with little vegetation. Alpacas and Llamas love to roam this region in large herds, and with any luck you'll be able to see some up close and personal.

AFTERNOON

Our decent will last about 2 hours, all of it downhill. We'll stop for lunch around 1PM and will have the rest of the day to rest and explore the Pacaymayo Valley.

Evening

As night approaches we'll enjoy a family tea-time, followed by another fabulous, gourmet dinner prepared and served by our professional chef. You can choose to stay up and gaze on the Milky Way with unobscured and transcendent views, or head to your tent to catch up on sleep. Sleep well chicos!


DAY 3: INCREDIBLE VIEWS

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 13,123ft. (4,000m)
  • Minimum Altitude: 12,033ft. (3,680m)
  • Distance Traveled: ~8.1 miles (13 km)
  • Walking Time: 8-9 hours

Morning

Our crew will wake you up around 6:00AM with a hot cup of tea and a warm breakfast. Once our bellies and water containers are filled we'll commence our trek by heading up the opposite side of the valley we hiked down to the previous night. We'll ascend to the second pass of our trek, which thankfully is not nearly as challenging as Dead Woman's Pass was.

Today's hike is full of incredible, breathtaking views starting with early waterfalls and a variety of stunning Andes flowers. After hiking for about an hour we'll pause to explore the Runkuraqay Ruins, which served as an Inca Watchtower over 600 years ago. After learning about its history and catching our breath we'll hike another hour to reach the top of the pass, after which we'll start out descent into another cloud forest.

An hour into the cloud forest will lead us to Sayacmarca, which is one of the coolest ruins we'll see on our trek (besides Machu Picchu of course). We'll stop here and enjoy a guided tour of these beautiful ruins, which will last about an hour. After touring the site and resting we'll hike to our lunch for the day, which is at Chaquicocha, or "dry lake", which has fantastic views and several rare, indigenous flowers.

Afternoon

After lunch we'll hike for 2 more hours at a slight incline until we reach our campsite for the night, our final campsite on the trek. This campsite is located just below Puyupatamarca, which is another set of Inca ruins with an absolutely sensational view of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range below.

Evening

Once we arrive at our campsite, we'll actually have our first view of the Machu Picchu mountain, we'll just be looking at the "back side" of the mountain that Machu Picchu was built on. We'll settle into our site around 3 or 4PM and then we'll have time to explore the incredible Archeological site above us, while enjoying a majestic sunset over the snow-capped peaks of the Andes.


DAY 4: SUN SET BEHIND MACHU PICCHU

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 12,033ft. (3,680m)
  • Minimum Altitude: 7,872ft (Machupicchu ) (2,400m)
  • Distance Traveled: ~6.1 miles (11 km)
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Morning

The day will start and end with the prettiest sunrise and sunset you'll ever see in your life, weather permitting...After a warm breakfast and shower (you wish!), we'll actually take some time to do a guided tour of Puyupatamarca, the ruins right about our campsite.

After the tour we'll start a long descent on stone steps that will lead us to Wiñay Wayna (8,700ft. 2,650m.), which is the second largest set of ruins on our trek aside from Machu Picchu. These ruins included the Intimate, or "Terraces of the Sun", which are incredibly impressive and will give you a taste for what's ahead at our final destination.

We'll spend an hour or two at this site, and enjoy a guided tour of the ruins in addition to a dramatic view of the Sacred Valley stretching out below us. After our tour we'll share a final gourmet lunch with the Porters, we'll share a tearful goodbye with these incredible men and press on to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate). After pausing to take pictures of Machu Picchu, which lays below us, we'll hike for another hour downwards, using flat stones that were laid by the Incas hundreds of years ago as the final stage of their journey to the City in the Clouds.

Afternoon

We will reach the upper walls of Machu Picchu, which is where the best photo opportunity is, we'll take a family picture and learn some history about this amazing site. We'll see Machu Picchu just as the last of the crowds are leaving and the sun begins to set behind its majestic silhouette. After taking a few (thousand) pictures, we'll catch a bus to our hotel in Aguas Calientes (those traveling as a private group have the option to camp rather than stay in a hotel).

EVENING

We'll enjoy a group dinner at a great local restaurant in Aguas Calientes (included). We will then drop you off at your hotel! Enjoy the warm shower!


DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Max/Min Altitude: 7,872ft (2,400m) (Machu Picchu)
  • Distance Traveled: ~1-2 miles (2km), walking around the ruins
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Morning

Our group will rise before the sun, eat an early breakfast and board one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. The 10-15 minute bus ride will be spent in eager anticipation by all, because it will lead to our entry of Machu Picchu. Once we arrive you will be treated to a 2-hour tour from your Trek Leader of Machu Picchu and its incredible features. Those who purchase tickets to climb HUAYNA PICCHU will do so at the end of the tour. It usually takes 2 hours round-trip and provides sensational views of the Machu Picchu. Those who decide not to climb Huayna Picchu will have an extra 2 hours to explore the ruins up close or simply rest in the city center.

Once we have explored our fill of the Jewel of the Andes we will share hugs, have tearful goodbyes, and part as friends for life! You will take a bus back to Aguas Calientes where we can enjoy a final lunch together. (Please note, that lunch is optional and is not included in the trek costs, but we will take you to a great, and reasonably restaurant in the middle of the city).

After lunch, you will board a train back to Poray, where a private van will take you back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel. You can plan on being back in Cusco around 7 - 8PM. Adios amigos, it was an amazing journey!


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Reviewed October 21, 2017

LARES & INCA TRAIL

Just got back a couple weeks ago from the 4 day LARES/INCA trail trek and had an absolutely amazing time! It ended up being a private tour with two other friends and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Michael, our contact back in the states, made planning effortless. He was always available for questions and made sure everything was ready to go once we arrived in Peru. Our guide, Eric, was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable about everywhere we visited and could tell he was passionate and truly cared about everything he taught us. He was also great about maintaining a sustainable trekking pace since none of us were used to the altitude. Truly blown away by the food from our chef during the hike and all the hard work our porter did for us! Camp was always set up and ready to go once we arrived. Food was delicious! Overall would definitely recommend to anyone coming to Peru to use Kusa Treks! Only wish we had done our other tours through them as well!


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Reviewed October 21, 2017

FIRST CLASS SERVICE 👌👍

My friend and I booked a 2 day tour of the Sacred Valley, Macchupicchu and Waynapicchu with Kusa Treks. We are so happy with our experience . The service and proffesionalism was great. We definitely recommend anyone to this company. Eric was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about every place we visited. The entire trip was so well coordinated with all our tickets and itineraries provided. Eric and his company did an outstanding job.