This tour offers an alternative option to treks on the Inca Trail. Over the course of 5 days and 4 nights, you’ll hike across beautiful mountainous environments as you make your way towards the crown jewel of Peruvian archeology—Machu Picchu.
- 120 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 6:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The night before this tour leaves you’ll meet up with your guides to discuss the trip. They’ll answer any questions that you may have and tell you what to expect on the hike.
The following morning, you’ll take a bus from Cusco to Mollepata, which takes a total of 3.5 hours and includes a stop at the site of Tarawasi in Limatambo. You’ll then continue on to the village of Mollepata, which sits an elevation of 9,240 feet (2,800 m), and eventually reach Soraypampa above the village. From here you’ll hike to Salkantaypampa, elevation 12,540 feet (3,800 m). You’ll camp here.
On the second morning, you’ll walk for one hour up switchbacks to the high pass of El Paso, elevation 13,800 feet (4,1,81 m). During this portion of the hike, you might be able to see an Andean chinchilla. You’ll then walk downhill through plains and cloud forests before reaching Colpapampa. Colpapampa, elevation 11,300 feet (3,424 m), is a small village that borders hot springs. Soaking in the springs is an awesome way to relax after a day on the trails. You’ll camp in Colpapampa this night.
The third morning you’ll head to La Playa, passing the waterfalls of Tinajayoc along the way. This is an agricultural area—coffee, citrus fruits, and avocados all grow here. From La Playa you’ll take a bus to Santa Teresa and spend the night here.
On the fourth morning, you’ll walk to a hydroelectric plant and then take the train to Aguas Calientes. You’ll stay in a hotel here.
On the fifth and final day, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. This is one of the most incredible places in Peru, and the culmination of this trip. Have your camera ready—you’re definitely going to want it.
After touring Machu Picchu you’ll take a train back to Cusco, which is where the tour ends.
Machu Picchu is the bucket-list tourist attraction and the highlight of many peoples’ trip to Peru; the vastness, location and detail of the ruins make it unmissable. Without a doubt this is the crown jewel of Peruvian ruins.
Read more:Machu Picchu
What to Bring
Sleeping bag, water bottle for the first day, water purification tablets (Micropur), money for the hotel in Aguas Calientes on the 4th night, original passport in hermetic plastic bag, mosquito repellent, sun screen, sunglasses, flashlight, tablets for altitude sickness (easily bought in the drugstores in Cusco), heavy clothing (hat, scarf, wind breaker, poncho, gloves), hiking boots, 6 pairs of socks (feet can get wet, it's really important to have dry and warm socks), in the rainy season it is important to have your personal belongings in plastic bags, toilet paper, snacks, camera.
All transfers, English speaking professional guide, all meals (does not include breakfast on day 1 and lunch on the last day), first aid kit, camping equipment (tent kitchen, bedroom, mat, tent), gear and food transportation by horse, 1 night in a basic hostel in Aguas Calientes, 3 camping nights, bus transfer Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes, train ticket Aguas Calientes/Cusco, entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.
Similar things to do
The Cusco region has many of its most interesting destinations folded into the pockets of the Sacred Valley. Take a tour Chinchero, Maras, and Moray for a full day of sightseeing some of the most striking innovations of the native Andeans.
On this tour you’ll spend a day exploring the great variety of attractions the Sacred Valley of the Inca has to offer. In the marketplace at Pisac you’ll have the opportunity to buy crafts made by Peruvian artisans. Then you’ll visit the valley itself, and hike through an Inca ruin in one of the nearby mountains.
This 2-day, 1-night tour offers travelers an excellent introduction to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. You’ll take the train to and from Cusco, hike along a section of the Inca Trail towards the Wiñay Wayna archeological site, and explore Machu Picchu. What more could you ask for?