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5-Day Luxury Inca Trail

Every little detail of our Machu Picchu luxury hiking tours have a touch of uniqueness tailored exclusively for you.

  • Come explore with us the 5-day Luxury Inca Trail and discover the most impressive less-visited Incan sites led by our professional English speaking tour guides.
  • Camp in the most exclusive and breathtaking campsites of the Inca Trail.​
  • Enjoy the most delicious gourmet meals made with the best hand-picked ingredients, prepared by our master chefs specialized in camping meals.

Trek Details:

  • Total Hiking Distance: 31 miles
  • Difficulty Level:​  ​Moderate to hard
  • Total Duration:  5 days and 4 nights
  • Best time of the year to take this trip.   (April to Mid-November).​ 
  • Nearest Town To Hike:   Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
  • Scenary:   Dry andean valley, Last stretch of Sacred Valley, Urubamba mountain range views, scenic trail, Cactus area, local villages, wildlife: prairie horses and dogs, Vizcachas and  andean foxes, Birds; torrent tyranulettt, black-chested buzzard-eagle, Chiguanco thrush. 
  • Activities:   Hiking trail, archaeological site tours, nature and Andean community visits.​


  • Expert Professional, multilingual Tour Guide.
  • ​Assistant Professional Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
  • Transportation from your hotel to the starting point of the Inca Trail on day one and  back to your hotel in Cusco on day five. This second part includes the combination of the tourist train to Ollantaytambo and private van or taxi from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • ​Water. Boiled Filtered Water 
  • Entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Two Visits to  Machu Picchu  (Sunset and Sunrise views)
  • Visit to off the beaten path attractions that only the Luxury Inca Trail allows you (No other tourists go there).
  • ​Buffet gourmet food. 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4  afternoon snacks, 4  dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day. (Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 5 in Aguas Calientes are not included).                  
  • Estate of the art camping and dining tents, tables and chairs. 
  • ​Professional Chef.
  • 3 way bus tickets. Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Porters to carry ALL cooking and camping equipment).  YOU NEED to carry only your daypack.
  • Oxygen bottle for emergencies
  • First Aid kit.


Day One
Start time
4:30 AM

Highlights of the day
Our Machu Picchu Luxury hiking tours trek starts at the 82Km or Piscacucho. As opposed to every other travel company, we won’t enter into the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu at this location. Instead, we will walk along the right bank of the Urubamba river toward Qoriwayrachina or 88Km.    As we follow an original off the beaten track Inca Trail we will pass the Incan sites of Rumipunku and Salapunku; these are some of the Incan sites that no other trekker on the Inca trail gets to visit. At Qoriwairachina, We will not check in with the park rangers yet; instead, we will hike for an extra mile to visit the impressive Incan site of Machu Q’ente. After our guide gives us a brief presentation of this wonderful place, we will walk back toward Qoriwairachina to make our official entry into the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. At Qoriwairachina we will see the foundations of an ancient Incan hanging bridge and a watchtower. After a well-deserved lunch break; we will walk uphill for one hour to visit the impressive Incan site of Wayna Qente; another of the off the beaten track archaeological sites that only our exclusive tour allow us to visit. In this place, We will explore the ruins of Wayna Qente and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Urubamba mountain range and the snowcapped peak of Wakay Willca (Veronica), which stands at 5860m/19225ft. We will stop here to watch the sunset over a nice cup of hot cocoa before we return to our campsite at Chamana next to the Incan site of PataLllaqta.​

Difficulty level
Moderate. The trail starts at 2720m/8923ft climbing to 3000m/8984ft at Wayna Qente.

Lunch during the hike and dinner at our campsite in the evening. Vegetarian options are available. Please advise us if you require this option.

Camping in tents at a campsite  in the small village of Chamana  next to the Patakllaqta incan site.   The temperature at night is usually around 10°C/50°F.

Other information
Entrance tickets and  passports will need to be shown at the check point in Qoriwayrachina or 88 KM.

Day Two
Start time
6:00 AM

Highlights of the day

On the second day of our exclusive Machu Picchu luxury hiking tours, we will walk towards the Llaqtapata Incan site, which is a massive city built at the juncture of the Urubamba and Wayllabamba rivers. We will visit the religious area of Pulpituyoq and part of the urban area before we continue hiking towards Wayllabamba.  From Wayllabamba we will take a brief detour to explore the Incan site of Inca Rakay, before we return to have lunch at Wayllabamba. In the afternoon, the trek will turn a bit strenuous as we start the climb toward our campsite. Due to the vast changes in the ecosystems in the area, flora and fauna on this part of the trek are incredibly varied. You will see many birds such as hummingbirds and other exotic birds, plants, and trees such as the ‘Polilepys ‘ or Q’ueuña tree which grows in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m/11972ft!  You will feel a real sense of achievement reaching the campsite at Lluluchapampa from where we will be able to see the highest point of the trail, the Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ 4200m/13779ft.​

Difficulty level
Hard. We climb from Llaqtapata 2850m/9020ft to Llulluchapampa 3650m/12030 ft. We camp, only 2 hours away from the highest point of the Inca Trail, the Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ 4200m/13779ft.

Breakfast at our campsite, lunch on the trek and dinner at our evening campsite.

Camping in tents at Llulluchapampa 3550m/11646ft. Temperature around 6°C or 42°F.

Other Information
Our evening campsite at Lluluchapampa is a unique location and sometimes we will be the only group in this area.

Day Three
Start time
6:00 AM

Highlights of the day
​This is a challenging day for us. We will keep climbing the mountain towards the Abra de Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ 4200m/13779ft. The views from here are simply amazing. Once we get to the the highest point and we take the mandatory pictures, we will proceed to go downhill for about 2.5 hours, toward Pacayamayo, our lunch spot. After we reach this place and we have the mandatory 
 In the afternoon we will climb the second mountain pass of the trail. Along the way, we will visit the unique incan sites of Runcuracay’ and  ‘Sayacmarca’ and gaze at the magnificient scenery as you pass through the lovely cloud forest. Our campsite will be located right outside the Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’).

Difficulty level
Hard. This is our longest and hardest day. On this day we will reach the three  highest points of the Inca Trail, the Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ 4200m/13779ft, the Runkurakay pass followed by the  Phuyupatamarca pass 3220 m / 11000ft.

Breakfast at our campsite, lunch on the trek and dinner at our evening campsite.

Camping in tents at a campsite at Phuyupatamarca 3220m/11000ft.

Other information
A short distance from this campsite is the Inca site of the same name ‘Phuyupatamarka’.

Day Four
Start time
7:00 AM

Highlights of the day
Early in the morning before breakfast we will go on a short climb toward the Incan religious center called “Ushnu” to observe the sunrise. It is here we will be served hot chocolate and sandwiches for breakfast. After we pack our things we will head downhill toward Machu Picchu and the Sun Gate. The trail in this part is quite steep and full of steps, the altitude loss will be quite dramatic as we will be dropping almost 1000m/3000ft in altitude. Along the way we will visit the Incan sites of Phuyupatmarca, Intipata and Winaywayna. This last place is perhaps one of the most beautiful sites of the whole Incan trail. After lunch we will head toward Intipunku and Machupicchu. Our goal is to reach Machu Picchu right before sunset and the closing time for Machu Picchu. Once Machu Picchu is closed we will take a 30 minute bus ride toward Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.

Difficulty level
Moderate: Steady down hill hike toward Winaywayna and the Sun Gate or Intipunku.

Breakfast at the campsite and lunch in Aguas Calientes. 

Hotel at Aguas Calientes.

Other Information
We will arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon however we will not be allowed to enter the archaeological site yet.  We will enjoy the best views of Machu Picchu from the areas adjacent to the Inca Trail. The guardians house provides an amazing photo opportunity, don’t miss going there! Our luxury Machu Picchu trek is the best way to visit Machu. Picchu

Day Five
​Start time
4:00 AM

Highlights of the day
We will wake up early in the morning to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu we will go on a 3 hour tour of this beautiful Incan site. Our guides will explain the history of this site part by part. After the tour has concluded, people will go on their alternative adventures toward the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains respectively.  In the afternoon, we will catch our train back to Cusco.

Difficulty level
Easy. On this day we will take a bus back to Machu Picchu for the final 2 hour walking tour of the Incan city. 

Other information
We will meet back in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon for lunch. From Aguas Calientes we will take our train back to Cusco.


Price List Upon Request

Choose Your Exclusive Service

Train Service
Vistadome Train
Hiram Bingham
Camping Cot
Air Bed
Alcoholic Beverages

Add Ons:


If you want to continue  your adventure at Machu Picchu, then add the Huayan Picchu mountain climb to it to complete your hike. 

Price 70USD


Spend the night before the Inca Trail in  one of the most exclusive hotels of the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado.
​Price $450USD per room


Belmond Hotel Monasterio
USD 500USD per room


Explore the amazing rainbow mountain of Peru in our exclusive 2-day tour.
USD 500USD per person


Explore the most beautiful City in south America in our exclusive city tour
USD 190USD per person

Other Important Information:

Visas. Peru does not require people to obtain a visa ahead of their arrival. However, People must have a validity of at least one-year validity left in their passports. 

Reservations. All luxury Inca Trail reservations must be made at least six months ahead of the planned starting date. If you are traveling between April and August, we recommend making your reservations before October 1st. All permits for the Inca Trail are released on October 1st of every year.

Acclimatization. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least three days before starting your trek if you are coming from sea level and two days if you have spent some time at altitudes over 7,000ft or 2000meters.

Transfers. Our private automobile and van units will come pick you up and drop you off from all the places where this service is required, be that airports, train stations and hotels, at no cost.
Other Tours. The exclusive city tour and the exclusive Sacred Valley tours will definitely help you improve the acclimatization process. Both tours provide a great chance to have an insider view of the Andean culture.

We also recommend the two-day exclusive Rainbow Mountain tour if you decide to spend more time in the Cusco area.
Accommodation. Cusco has some of the most beautiful and exclusive five-star hotels in Peru.

​ We will gladly make your reservations for you. Please call our travel specialist to guide you through everything that you will need to take care of before, during, and after your luxury Machu Picchu tour.

Trains. We use the tourist train services for the trip back to Cusco. Two train companies provide similar services to and from Machu Picchu. The most exclusive is the Hiram Bingham train; without any doubt, this is the best train service back to Cusco. The standard Service and Vistadome train provide a comfortable experience as well.

Meals. We cater to whatever dietary regime you follow; be that vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, etc. Also, we will prepare exclusive meals for those who have a celebration of any kind.

Tipping. Our tours are supported by a group of hard-working, well-trained women and men who carry all our camping gear along these mountains.  Evolution Treks Peru is the most renowned ethical tour operator in Peru.

Our porters receive the tourist industry’s best working conditions on the Inca Trail and get equal pay for both women and men. However, we do not oppose our clients wanting to contribute a bit more with their well being. In this sense, tips are voluntary.

The average tip per porter is 10USD per day while the chef gets double than that. Tour guides usually get between 5 and 10% of the total cost of the tour. Tips are usually given at the end of the tour.