Inca Trail 5 Days Slow Version

Inca Trail 5 days 4 nights to the Famous lost city of the Inca, Machu Picchu. This tour allows us to explore this iconic trail at a slower pace and enjoy the spectacular place’s hidden treasures with few people around. Available every day with a minimum of 2 people to depart.

The Inca Trail is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Peru. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to hike the Inca Trail, which leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail 5-days slow version tour to Machu Picchu follows the same route as the Classic Inca Trail 4 days but allows you more time at each archeological site and hiking shorter distances daily. This is a perfect option for families, couples, children, and anybody who wants to take their time to enjoy the Classic Inca Trail and spend more time exploring the Inca Sites in smaller groups.

Trip details:

  • Duration: 5 days 4 nights
  • Depart: Km 82
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Season: Every day except February
  • Destination: Lost city of Machu Picchu
  • Total Distance: 43 km / 26 miles

Highlights of the Inca Trail 5 days tour

  • Book with Confidence and Flexibility
  • Small-group tours for a personalized service
  • Spend more time at each archeological site
  • Arrive twice at Machu Picchu (For sunset and sunrise)
  • Come back to Cusco on the Panoramic trains.
  • Support social projects as you travel

Day by day summary of the Inca Trail 5 days Tour

Day 1: Cusco – KM 82 – Wayllabamba
Start in your hotel at 5.00 am, drive to Km 82, Breakfast, and begin the Inca Trail hiking along the Urubamba and Cusichaca river banks. You will visit local villages and important archeological sites such as Willkaraykay, Patallacta, and Wayllabamba.

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo
Wake up with a coffee in your tent and get ready to hike to the highest point on the Inca trail, Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4215 m.a.s.l; the hike is challenging and yet very enjoyable with spectacular views of the mountains. 

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runcu Raccay – Phuyupatamarca
Start the day conquering the second and last mountain for Runkurakay at 4000 m.a.s.l while visiting the archeological sites of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Conchamarka, and enter into the cloud forest. Camp with the best view of the Andes mountain ranges.

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Sungate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Wake up with the sunrise over the Andes; this is the most beautiful day of the trek; visiting several archaeological sites: Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Wiñaywayna, Sungate, and finally arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon and see the great citadel almost empty. Spend the night in a 3-star hotel.

Day 5: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of The Incas) – Cusco
Take the early buses to Machu Picchu and explore with your tour guide the most important places; before leaving the citadel, you will have time to explore yourself. After lunch, board the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo and a private van to Cusco.


Included

  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel.
  • Professional tour guide (2 guides for groups 9+)
  • All entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • All transportation during the tour from hotel to hotel
  • Personal porter to carry up to 7 kilos from you
  • Chef to prepare your meals
  • All meals are included except the last day’s lunch.
  • 4-men tents for every two trekkers
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Drinkable water after day one lunch
  • Vistadome train back to Cusco
  • Taxes Included

Not Included


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Full Itinerary of the Inca Trail 5 days tour to Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco – KM 82 – Wayllabamba

Pick up at your hotel at 5.00 am and drive to Km 82, where the chef will prepare the first Breakfast as you get ready for the Inca Trail Tour, and start hiking to the checkpoint where you need to show the original passport. After Breakfast, you will begin a 4-hour trek along the Urubamba River’s left bank, visiting local villages and beautiful archeological sites such as Llaqtapata, an important administrative, political, and economic Inca Site located at the foot of a mountain. Lunch will be in the village of Tarayok. The second part is a 2-hour trek along the left bank of the Cusichaka river until we arrive at Wayllabamba, where we camp near the villagers; once you reach, the tents will be ready. Your team will provide you with warm water to wash, prepare your bed, have tea dinner, and go to sleep in your comfortable tents.

  • Walking Distance: 13 km
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Campsite altitude: 3,000 meters
  • Included: B, L, D

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo

Wake up early in your tent with a coffee or Coca tea, have a nutritious breakfast, and get ready for the most challenging day of the Inca Trail, climbing the Warmiwañusca mountain at 4215 m.a.s.l. The day starts with a 4-hour hike to a lunch place at Llulluchapampa at 3800 m.a.s.l. Along the way, you will be able to experience the cloud forest, flowers, hummingbirds, and the beautiful ancient Inca Trail paved with stones over 500 years ago. After a well-earned lunch, you will start the final 2-hour ascend to the top of Warmiwañisca Mountain or Dead Women’s Pass, the highest point of the Inca trail; as we enjoy the views and regroup, your guide will explain the importance of these high places and perform a ritual to thank the local gods for letting us pass safely. The last part of the day is a 2-hour downhill until the Pacaymayo Alto campsite at 3650 m.a.s.l.

  • Walking Distance: 10 km
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Campsite altitude: 3,600 m
  • Included: B, L, D

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runcuraccay – Phuyupatamarca

After Breakfast, you will start ascending the second mountain called Runcuraccay at 4000 m.a.s.l; on the way; you will visit an archeological site with the same name, enjoy the beautiful view of mountains, waterfalls, lakes, and spectacular views of the Urubamba Mountain range. Once reaching the top, rest and explore the surroundings. Then you will start descending into the Cloud forest where the third campsite is located on top of the mountain, called Phuyupatamrca, with 3680 m. along the way, you will visit Sayamarca, Conchamarca and enjoy the lush vegetation covering the Inca Trail. Upon arrival at the campsite, you will get ready to watch the most spectacular sunset over the mountains. The best night to stargaze!

  • Walking Distance: 14 km
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Campsite altitude: 3,680 m
  • Included: B, L, D

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna – Sungate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Waking up early this day is the highlight of the trip. Due to the campsites’ location, you will witness the most spectacular sunrise on the Inca Trail tours; after breakfast with the mountains, you will have a guided tour of Phuyupatamarca, a beautiful archeological site near the campsite. Then start descending the stone steps to Intipata (Place of the Sun), where you enjoy magnificent views of the Urubamba River and the Mountains. After resting, you will continue to the Archeological site of Wiñaywayna at 2652 m, the largest and most beautiful site after Machu Picchu. The tour guide will explore the impressive terraces, temples, urban areas and enjoy the Urubamba river’s spectacular views as you learn the Incan history while the team is preparing a special last lunch. You can sing a farewell song (tipping optional), after saying goodbye to your team, you will start the final part of the Inca Trail, first is a 1-hours hike to Sungate, from where you will have the first and most impressive view of the great city of Machu Picchu. After enjoying the view, after spending some time enjoying the view, we start descending for one more hour into the citadel; we arrive late in the afternoon, which gives us a unique chance to see Machu Picchu with fewer people. We visit just the upper part, take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, have dinner in a local restaurant, and spend the night in a 3-star Hotel (Intipunku or similar).

  • Walking Distance: 12 km
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • AC altitude: 2000 m
  • Hotel: Intipunku or Similar

Day 5: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of The Incas) – Cusco

Enjoy an early breakfast in your hotel and take the first buses to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at the check’ point, you need to show the original passport; you will explore the best places of Machu Picchu. The guided tour that takes about 3 hours, you will have time to explore the citadel by yourself,  climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, or Machu Picchu Mountain (different from Machu Picchu citadel, and tickets need to be booked far in advance). After finishing exploring the fortress, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch( not included), and take the panoramic Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo and then a private van back to Cusco. The tour will finish back at your hotel around 7.30 pm.

  • Duration of Guided tour: 4 hours
  • Hotel: Not Include

Inca Trail 5 days tour packing List

When hiking the Inca Trail with TreXperience, you will have your stuff in 2 separate bags. To ensure you have all the essentials for your journey, we’ve put together this comprehensive Inca Trail 5 Days Packing List to help you prepare for the trek.

In your daypack

A daypack is essential for any hiker, but it's especially important on the Inca Trail. The Inca Trail is a challenging hike with steep sections and many steps. A good daypack will help you carry your essentials, including water, snacks, and layers. This backpack will carry all the essentials you need during the day. 

  • Original Passport (put in a dry and safe compartment)
  • Water (2 liters - you need to take have a reusable container)
  • Snacks (Have chocolates, power bars
  • Sunscreen (have it all the time with you)
  • Rain gear (TreXperience will provide you with a plastic poncho)
  • Basic first aid kit (pills, band-aids, insect repellent)
  • Toilet paper (inside a plastic bag)
  • Extra cash (better in soles, around 400 soles)

In the duffle bag

TreXperience will provide a duffle bag where you can put all the hiking gear you will take for the 4 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It's important to mention that you can put in a maximum of 7 kilos. 

  • Comfortable clothing: You'll want to layer your clothing to account for the varying temperatures on the trail. Choose clothes you can easily move in that won't chafe when you sweat.
  • Walking boots or shoes – make sure they are comfortable and broken in before you go!
  • Sandals or flip-flops for camp
  • Jacket or windbreaker – even if it’s warm during the day, it can get chilly at night.
  • Pants – preferably ones that can convert into shorts (zip-offs are ideal)
  • Shirts – t-shirts or light long sleeves to protect from the sun
  • Hat or bandana to keep the sun off your face and neck
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Toiletries – including toilet paper and wet wipes 

Price for the Inca Trail 5 days tour

Price Per person: 

  • 890.USD for adults
  • 850.USD for children and students
To book the Inca Trail 5 days tour to Machu Picchu, you need to make an initial payment of 200.USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments, or Cusco with any credit card at no booking fees at all.

Student Discount:

All travelers under 17 will have a $35 discount. If you are 25 years old or under when traveling, you can get the 35$ discount with your student IDPlease advise by email to give you a code for the discount.

Valid Student ID for IncaTrail and Machu Picchu

To get the student discount, travelers should have a Valid ID with the following:

  • 25 years or less at the time of entering Machu Picchu. Older than 25 can not enter as a student
  • The ID must have the Name of the university, name, and photo of the student
  • The ID must have a valid expiration date

Machu Picchu Valid Student ID TreXperience

Invalid Student IDs

Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when:

  • Traveler is older than 25
  • Expired ID
  • Student Id without expiration date
  • ISIC cards are not valid. 

Invalid student ID for Machu Picchu TreXperience


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Inca Trail 5 days FAQs

The Inca Trail is an iconic journey; understanding everything from how long it takes to what you need to bring can be daunting. To help shed some light on this incredible experience, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the 5-day trek to Machu Picchu.

What is the Inca Trail 5 days?

The Inca Trail 5 days follows the same route as the Classic Inca Trail. However, it allows you to go slower with more time to explore this ancient trail to  Machu Picchu in Peru. The trail passes through some of the most stunning scenery in the Andes Mountains and offers hikers an opportunity to experience a taste of Inca history and culture. Although the trek is challenging, it is doable for anyone with a good fitness level and is an unforgettable experience.

How long is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is approximately 26 miles (42 kilometers) long, and most people take between 4 and 5 days to complete it. Of course, this depends on your fitness level and how much time you want to rest and take in the scenery.

Keep in mind that the Inca Trail is not an easy hike. The altitude (the trail reaches a maximum height of 4,200 meters/13,780 feet), the distance, and the often challenging terrain can make for a tough journey. But completing the Inca Trail is an incredibly rewarding experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

What is the difficulty of the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is a difficult trek, especially on the second day you reach Dead Woman's Pass summit. The final ascent is a steep climb that will test your stamina and resolve. However, the Inca Trail is an amazing experience worth the effort. If you have time, take the 5-day Slow Version Inca Trail.

Which Inca Sites do you visit during the Slow Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail includes several different sites along the way, including:

  • The Inca site of Wilkarakay
  • The Inca site of Wayllabamba
  • The Inca site of Runkuraqay
  • The Inca site of Sayacmarca
  • The Inca site of Phuyupatamarca
  • The Inca site of Intipata
  • The Inca site of Wiñayhuayna
  • The Inca site of Intipunku
  • Finally, explore Machu Picchu

When is the best time to hike the slow Inca Trail?

The best time to hike the Inca Trail is during the dry season. However, each season has its benefits. 

  • The Dry season is from May to October (Sunny days, cold nights)
  • The Shoulder seasons are April and November (Cooler days and nights)
  • The Rainy season is from December to March (Rainy days and nights but cooler temperatures)

How do I get a permit for the Inca Trail?

To hike the Inca Trail, you must first obtain a permit from the Peruvian government. You can only book and enter the Inca trail with an authorized Inca Trail tour operator like TreXperience. 

You will need to provide your personal information, passport number, and intended dates of travel. Once you have made the payment and entered all details, we will book your Inca Trail permits manually and send you a manual confirmation. 

How should I prepare for the Inca Trail 5 days?

The key to preparing for the Inca Trail is gradually increasing your mileage in the weeks following your hike.

  • Aim to hike at least 10 miles weekly, with a few longer hikes on the weekends. If you can't fit in that much time, try to hike at least every other day.
  • In addition to mileage, be sure to focus on hill training.
  • The Inca Trail has many steep ascents and descents, so it's important to be comfortable hiking hills before you attempt the trail.
  • Try incorporating some hills into your weekly hikes, and if possible, do a few practice hikes on trails with significant elevation gain.
  • Finally, don't forget to pack all the essential gear for the Inca Trail; this includes hiking boots, a first-aid kit, warm clothes, and rain gear.

What are some alternative hikes in Peru?

There are many alternative hikes in Peru, but the most popular ones are the Salkantay Trek and the Lares Trek. These treks offer stunning views of the Andes Mountains and end at Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek is a bit more challenging than the Lares Trek, but both are doable for people of all fitness levels.

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