Premium Inca Trail (Quillatambo) to Machu Picchu 5D/4N
This brand new trail to Machu Picchu is unique for its absence of other tourists and the stunning beauty of the Andean landscape. The trail joins wildlife, culture, and amazing views of the huge glaciers in region. It also includes sections of the original Capa’c Ñan and the ancient Incan trail (no permits needed) which connected Cusco to Machu Picchu. We are starting new projects in the Cordillera Vilcabamba – the mountain range where Salkantay Mountain and the most famous sections of the ancient Inca Trail are. Because we believe in responsible tourism and sustainable development we have decided to expand our social projects into this new region and open our brand new off the beaten trek route to Machu Picchu.
DAY 1 : Cusco – Zurite
Distance: 7.4 Km / 4.3 Miles
Leaving Cusco early in the morning we will go to Chinchero, a small village in the Sacred Pampa where the locals speak mostly Quechua, the language of the Incas. There you will see a weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years and you will tour the archaeological site there for another hour and a half. From Chinchero we will drive through an area with great views. We will have a lunch in Zurite and then continue to Quillarumiyoc, also known as the Temple of the Moon. We will have a tour of this important archeological site. Then we start hiking through the Qapac Ñañ trail portion on the way to Zurite (small Inca/Colonial village; well-known for its long Inca terraces and temples) – picturesque home stay in a house that is full of history from the Colonial and Republican period. In the house we will enjoy a nice dinner of traditional or contemporary food and cultural experience.
Meals Provided: Morning snack, Lunch, Dinner
App. Walking Time: 4hours
DAY 2 : Zurite – Rumi Q’hawarina (AmaruWatana)
Distance: 12km/7.5 miles
After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird temple), where we can visit and admire this archaeological Inca site. Following the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4.450 meters, where we will have a dramatic view of both mountain ranges, Vilcabamba and Vilcanota. From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor valley where we will spends the night.
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
App. Walking Time: 8 hours
DAY 3 : Rumi Q’hawarina (AmaruWatana) – Ancascocha
Distance: 13km/8 miles Early in the morning after breakfast we trek for 2 hours to get to our second pass (4700m); from there we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us. Sometimes it´s possible to see: Andean ibis, herons, torrent ducks, caracaras, eagles and foxes. After 2 hours we arrive to a nice highland valley, a place named Kenqo Mayu, or Zigzag River, where glacier water flows through the valley. Our lunch will be at the end of the river, and after lunch we will continue downhill and follow the ancient trail, which goes on a little uphill section which leads us to our campsite in a community called Ancascocha. We will arrive to our campsite around 4pm near to a large glacier mount and glacier stream where we will camp. If we arrive on time there is an optional hike to the – it is just a one hour round trip.
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
App. Walking Time: 6 – 6.5 hours
DAY 4 : Ancascocha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Distance: 14km/8.7 miles
After eating breakfast and breaking camp we start hiking down the Silque Canyon, we will descend by way of the narrow canyon, following a stream that will gradually get bigger. We can observe tall granite walls on the sides of the canyon, populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. We continue on the trail making zigzags. After crossing many little bridges we will reach the community of Camicancha, where we stop in a nice volcanic rock area, with magnificent views of mount Veronica, the snow-capped mountain. From here we are very close to the Chilca community where we finish our trek. A vehicle will transfer us to Ollantaytambo. We will explore the ‘pueblo’. We will continue by train to Aguas Calientes and spend night there.
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch
App Walking Time: 5 hours
DAY 5 : Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Early in the morning after breakfast a short bus ride (5.30am) takes us to the 15th-century Inca site of Machu Picchu where we have a full day to walk around the ruins with our guide. We arrive back to Cusco late evening.
Meals provided: B
Includes / Not Included
- Hotel collection and transport to trailhead.
- Professional, bilingual tour guide and trek staff.
- Plentiful, nutritious meals (Vegetarian option available) and snacks.
- Drinking water provided throughout trek.
- Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.
- Round-trip train ticket to and from Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
- Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes.
- Professionally-guided tour of Machu Picchu.
- Transfer from Train Station in Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco.
- Hot water for washing in the morning.
- High quality, double-occupancy tents and equipment (includes dining tent, kitchen tent, and latrine tent).
- Pack animals (horses and llamas) to carry baggage and equipment.
- Emergency horse(s) for riding in case of illness or injury.
- Transport back to Cusco.
- Duffle Bag.
- Camping mattress.
- First aid kit and oxygen tank.
- Sleeping bag.
- Breakfast Day 1/ Dinner on Day 4 and Day 5.
- Chinchero entrance.
Group Service starts with Min. 6 Trekkers
Four days of trekking: USD 300 per person (Min. 6 Trekkers)
Extension to Machu Picchu (Day 5): USD 340 per person
Extension to Machu Picchu includes:
- Train tickets
- Bus tickets
- Machu Picchu entrance
- Guided tour