Inca Trail to Machu Picchu + Inca Jungle 5 days

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  • Tour TypeTrek & Adventure
  • DifficultyChallenging
  • Duration5 Days
  • LanguagesEs, En,
  • Best TimeMarch - January
  • Group Size08 people

The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most popular trek in the world and the number one trek in Peru. It is one of the most booked routes by hundreds of tourists, as it offers 5 days of adventure on original paved Inca trails, a variety of fascinating Inca archaeological sites and the breathtaking scenery of Machu Picchu National Park, which can only be accessed by those who get a ticket many months in advance.

The union of the inca jungle trek adventure tour + the classic Inca Trail is an idea of Lorenzo Expeditions company, as pioneers we are always ready to give you the best experience, One of the requirements to enter we need a special permit that can only be purchased through a local travel agency in Cusco, and Lorenzo Expeditions has such authorization, so learn more about this adventure below.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 01

    Cusco – Abra Málaga – Santa Maria

    Start your biking adventure from Abra Malaga 4316m to Huamanmarca for 3 hours of excitement and adrenaline and in the afternoon we will raft the Vilcanota River.

  • Day 02

    Santa Maria –  Lucmabamba –  Llactapata

    The second day will be a challenging hike, from Lucmabamba to Llactapata visiting the archaeological site and having the most impressive views of the wonder, Machu Picchu.

  • Day 03

    Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

    We will have the descent from Llactapata to Aguas Calientes passing by Hidroelectrica.

  • Day 04

    Aguas Calientes – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

    We will arrive at the Sun Gate (Intipunku) passing through Wiñayhuayna on our way to the Inca citadel Machu Picchu

  • Day 05     MACHU PICCHU

Whats Included / Not Included

  • Tour with Professional guide (08 people maximum).
  • Mobility from Cusco to Abra Málaga and Santa Maria.
  • 4 nights Hostals.
  • Bikes and equipment
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail.
  • Entrance tickes to Machupicchu
  • First aid kit.
  • 04 Breakfasts, 04 Lunches, 04 Dinners
  • Huayna Picchu tickets (extra cost $60).
  • Train to back from Aguas Calientes(Machupicchu) to Cusco.
  • Last meals at 05 day.
  • Rafting and zip line ($40 each one)
  • Drinks.
  • Tips.
  • Travel health insurance (obligatory)


This route offers all travelers to Machu Picchu an area of great biodiversity in different altitudinal floors and exclusive access. At any time you may encounter, cock of the rock (national bird of Peru), spectacled bears, deer, and many more species of flora and fauna. While hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will also pass through other impressive landscapes such as the snow-capped Veronica that will be appreciated as we descend by bike from the Malaga pass, 4316m. We will also see Inca ruins, such as Llactapata, Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayña, Intipunku that only you and those who hike the classic 5-day Inca Trail will be able to see. It is an incredibly rich trekking experience, and that is even before you reach your destination: the sublime Inca citadel Machu Picchu.

Photos and videos are not able to explain and show the great beauty of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, from its incredible architecture to the surrounding mountains and the mist-filled gorges. But we won’t describe it all here. Much better if you come with us on the classic guided Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu adventure, with our professional guides, and the rich Peruvian gastronomy.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco  – Abra Málaga – Santa Maria:   Biking and Rafting.

Pick up at 6.00 a.m. We will leave the Imperial City of Cusco to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before we will have our first breakfast. We will continue our trip to Malaga pass (4,350 masl) (14,160 ft), the starting point of our biking tour. After a briefing by our guide, we will provide you with the complete equipment for this type of activity. We will start biking downhill for three hours (55 km), until we reach the town of Huamanmarca. During the trip we will experience the beauty of the snow-capped mountains and the tropical forest where our Peruvian Amazon begins-, crossing small streams, and we will enjoy the change from cold to tropical climate. Along the way, there will be several stops to check bikes and equipment. We will arrive in the town of Santa Maria (1,200 masl), where we will have lunch.

In the afternoon, we have the option of rafting on the Vilcanota River (US$ 40 per person). This river offers us category III and III+ rapids. For this activity, we have helmets, windbreakers, and category V life jackets. This activity is only available from April to December, and according to the Peruvian government, it is mandatory to know how to swim.

Here is the first night accommodation in a beautiful Typical Lodge, they, in turn, will prepare food such as lunch, dinner, and breakfast. In this way, in this reactivation 2023 our company has decided to support the communities and families that inhabit these valleys and contribute to their economy. (Bernal and Tumpay Families)

  • Cycling distance: 45 km / 30 miles.
  • Cycling time: Approximately 2½ hours.
  • Weather: Cold at the beginning of the cycling and hot at night.
  • Lodging: Bella Victoria Lodge.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Maximum altitude: 4350 masl / 14271 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 1250 masl / 4691 ft.
DAY 2: Santa Maria – Lucmabamba – Llactapata:  Zip Line & Hiking

After a delicious breakfast, take a car for an hour and 30 minutes to Lucmabamba. Here we will have the experience of coffee and Zip Line ($40 dollars) after lunch, The first 3 hours of our tour will be an ascent through the original “Inca Trail”, we will have several stops to learn a little more about the rich flora and fauna of the area. Later we will cross the top of the mountain. Here, our guide will explain a little more about the history of the Incas and also the communication system they had in those times (the Inca Trail).

Arriving at the archaeological site of Llactapata we will have some of the most impressive views of Machupicchu and we will see the majestic Salkantay snow-capped mountain in the distance. Then we will descend to the lodge, where we will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by local families, where we will spend a good time enjoying this special and pleasant place. Here we will spend the night in a lodge.

  • Hiking distance: 8 Km/ 4.97 ft.
  • Hiking time: 3:30 hours, approximately.
  • Weather: hot during the day and cold at night.
  • Lodging: Llactapata
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Maximum altitude: 1828 masl / 5997 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 1430 masl / 4691 ft.
DAY 3: Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes : Trekking

We will start our day with breakfast, we will begin our trekking activity of pure descent for 3 hours. Then we will pass by the hydroelectric, where the government control is located, to enter the Machu Picchu National Park (Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary). At this point we will begin our walk to the town of Aguas Calientes, passing through the sector called Intihuatana, a small archaeological site where the guide will give us an explanation. Then we will continue to San Gabriel where we will enjoy our lunch prepared by another family (Gonzas). From this area, we will have the opportunity to contemplate the majestic mountains Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu from the bottom. We will finish the trek in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the third night and the last dinner.

  • Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.32miles ft.
  • Hiking time: 6 hours approximately.
  • Weather: Hot during the day and warm at night.
  • Lodging: Hotel Andino*** in Aguas Calientes or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Maximum altitude: 2050 masl / 6725 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 1430 masl / 4691 ft.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – km 104 – Wiñayhuayna – Intipunku – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes. 

First to have breakfast and later get km. 104. It is here that will begin our hike today we will pass through Chachabamba, an Incan archaeological site with an altitude of 2250 masl. Or 7,381.89 ft. continuing ascent until we reach Wiñay Wayna the second archaeological site, where we will have a guided tour. Throughout the journey, you will appreciate the beautiful views of the Urubamba River as well as the great variety of vegetation of this nature reserve (historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu).

We will have lunch, Box Lunch style, after which continue with our hike to the Sun Gate, “INTI PUNKU” where we will have the first panoramic view of Machu Picchu. After a short stop for a few photographs and a short explanation, we begin to descend to the Inca citadel. It is here that we will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sunset over Machu Picchu. Then we take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where our hotel is located. After dinner, our guide will coordinate the last details for our visit to Machu Picchu the next day.

  • Hiking distance: 11 km / 12.3 miles.
  • Hiking time: 5 hours approximately.
  • Weather: Hot during the day and warm at night.
  • Lodging: Hotel Andino*** in Aguas Calientes or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Maximum altitude: 2050 masl / 6725 ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 1430 masl / 4691 ft.


Our day will start with the option of hiking or taking the bus (US $12). Once inside the archaeological site, in your guided tour inside the Inca city of Machu Picchu, you will see its most important temples, such as the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows, etc. You will then be free to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you booked in advance, to hike Huayna Picchu ($60) or Machu Picchu mountain($60), you will have that opportunity after your guided tour. You must make the reservations to hike either mountain three months in advance because the space is limited to only 200 people a day to climb Huayna Picchu. We also recommend allowing time to relax, meditate, and rest while taking advantage of the magical and spiritual energies of this great wonder.

After you have finished enjoying Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.

What to Bring? - Packing List

We recommend carrying only the necessary luggage for the five days of the tour. Large backpacks with equipment that are not needed for the expedition should be left in the city of Cusco (at your hotel or in our main office).

These are the main things you have to bring to your inca trail 5 days adventure:

  • A small backpack of 30 to 60 liters capacity.
  • 05 T-Shirts.
  • 02 or 03 trekking pants (fast drying).
  • Pants and thermal pole (first layer).
  • A light sweater.
  • Waterproof clothing.
  • Warm jacket (of feather or fiber).
  • Hiking boots.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Water bottle
  • Repellent for mosquitoes (30% Deet or more).
  • Original Passport.
  • Personal medications.
  • Flashlight.
  • Personal hygiene items: Wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • The most friendly and positive attitude possible.

Additional Items to upgrade your experience

These are the different options how you can improve your experience in Machu Picchu after doing our inca trail trek.

1. Huayna Picchu

The cost of the ticket is $60 dollars per person.

Huayna Picchu is a mountain within the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu, it is a 45 minute hike to the top.

To purchase this additional you have to let us know at least 2 months in advance due to high demand, schedules and details of your visit to this site will be confirmed in the previous meeting that we will have.

2. Machu Picchu Mountain

The cost of the ticket is $60 dollars per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain is another place that many travelers want to climb to have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu, and of course we help you with all this.

Useful information

A maximum of 250 people per day can access the classic 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu at km 104; this number includes all support staff such as tour guides, this means that there are only a few spaces left for travelers, and is closely monitored; when the Inca Trail reaches its limit of 250 visitors, the Trail is closed for the day and no more reservations can be made; this is why all permits must be purchased a year in advance if possible.

What you should know about the 2-day Classic Inca Trail

This 2-day trek to Machu Picchu is not recommended for travelers with back problems.
You will have a guide during your Inca Trail trek and your visit to Machu Picchu.
Daily departures with a group of 2 or more people.
No departures in February due to trail maintenance.
No wheelchair access.
DO NOT FORGET ESSENTIALS: original passport, insurance card, personal medications.
This trek will be composed of a maximum of 6 travelers due to Lorenzo Expeditions policies.

About strikes

Strikes and road blockades are common in Peru and can disrupt our Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu and train service to and from Machu Picchu. We will make every effort to ensure that your trip to Machu Picchu continues as planned, with some changes.

If the strike occurs on the first day of your 5-day Machu Picchu tour, we will take you to the trailhead the night before your departure date.
If the strike occurs on the last day of your 5-day Inca Trail tour. We will send our vans to Hidroelectrica. This means that you will have to walk 2 hours more from Aguas Calientes to Hidroelectrica from there you can return by bus to Cusco.

Return from Machu Picchu to Cusco

The return from Machu Picchu to Cusco requires a lot of logistics. But we have already organized it.

Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a bus to Aguas Calientes for about 30 minutes. Buses run every 15 minutes. Then train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station. Our guide will give you train tickets. Be sure to arrive at the station 30 minutes before.

Estimated time by train is 1.5 hours from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Estimated time by train is 3.5 hours from Aguas Calientes to Poroy.
Once at the station, our transporter will be waiting for you. He will transfer you to Cusco and then to your hotel.

The estimated time from Ollantaytambo to Cusco is 1.5 hours.
The estimated time from Poroy to Cusco is 40 minutes.

Weather on the classic Inca Trail 5 days

Weather is unpredictable in the Andes. The dry season on the Inca Trail runs from April to October and the rainy season from November to March, but this does not mean no rain in the dry season or no sun in the rainy season, so be prepared. Whichever season you do the 4-day trek to Machu Picchu, make sure you have rain gear, such as raincoat, rain pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu involves several microclimates. You can also experience all four seasons in a single day. So be prepared. Layers are essential, as they easily adapt to different temperature changes. Bring a down jacket, as it will be cold in the morning and evening.

The best time to hike the Inca Trail

The best time to hike the Inca Trail is from May to October, as these months are sunny, with clear skies that allow us to see the stars at night and not suffer the road wet by rain.

The rainy season starts at the end of October and ends at the end of April. The rains are so intense that in February the Inca Trail, which lasts four days, is closed for maintenance and precautionary reasons.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you take out travel insurance because, in the event of a last-minute cancellation of your 4-day Inca Trail trip, your prepaid, non-refundable Inca Trail travel permit can be reimbursed. Similarly, if you become ill or injured while away from home, you can be reimbursed for treatment provided as a result of a covered medical emergency during your trip.

Physical demands

This is an undemanding hike, so a good physical condition is recommended.

Bathrooms and showers on the Inca Trail

There are no luxury bathrooms or showers, but there are basic services, especially in the places where we will spend the night.

Lodging options

During the Incaventura Trek to Machu Picchu, single travelers will be paired to share a room with another traveler of the same sex and couples will have a private room.

Pre-trip meeting

The day before departure for the 5-day Incaventura Trail, we will have a mandatory pre-trip briefing, scheduled for 6 pm at our office in Cusco or at your hotel. You will meet with your guide, who will provide you with detailed information about your trek, a list of what you need to bring, equipment rental or general questions.

All about tipping on the Incaventura Trail

Please note that tips are not mandatory and you should never feel obligated to leave them.

In general, our guests collect tips for the tour guide, the tip is given after the guided tour of Machu Picchu. You decide the amount depending on your experience with them. The guides can receive dollars or soles without any problem.

Food on the Incaventura Trail

Our caterers at the different restaurants are lovers and connoisseurs of Peruvian gastronomy, they are trained month after month to give you the best experience along the Inca Trail.

*Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other options are available upon request (please advise at the time of booking).

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of backpack is necessary for the trip?

For this trip, we recommend a 30-40 liter backpack with clothes necessary only for the 5 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be stored at your hotel in Cusco or at Lorenzo Expeditions office.

How can I access Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu mountain?

To climb one of the two mountains, you must buy the entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu has an extra cost of $60 USD per person and it is recommended to book tickets at least 3 months in advance. If you wish to reserve your entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu, please contact our reservations team.

Will there be lodging or camping?

The 4 nights will be in lodging (Santa Maria, Llactapata and 2 nights in Aguas Calientes).

Is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu difficult?

The altitude is the most difficult aspect of the Inca Trail for many people. If you have spent two days acclimatizing in Cusco beforehand, the altitude on most treks will not cause you any problems.

Does the Inca Trail lead to Machu Picchu?

Yes, the Incas used Inca roads to connect all their territories with Cusco, we can find Inca roads all over Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Today it is called Qapaq Ñan, which translates as Imperial Road.

How to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

To book you must contract an authorized tour operator (required by the Peruvian Government). Lorenzo Expeditions is one of the best options with high quality and personalized service.

How difficult is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Speaking in days it would be

Day 1: Easy, Biking and Rafting.
Day 2: Moderate to a bit difficult as there are several steep sections.
Day 3: Easy, pure downhill and flat to Aguas Calientes.
Day 4: Moderate, climb up to Wiñayhuayna and Intipunku.
Day 5: Easy, guided visit to Machupicchu.

How to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

First, look for an authorized agency, Lorenzo Expeditions is an authorized tour operator. Then, book in advance, especially in high season.

Price from $460 / person
We highly recommend to contact us via email before making the deposit (to comfirm availability).