We are just back from another amazing trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. For years we have been running the 4 day traditional Inca Trail trek. From this year we have starting running the 5 day classic itinerary. After making this journey over 10 times now. I can honestly say our 5 day trip is the only way to experience the Inca Trail.
By choosing our 5 day itinerary you give yourself the best chance of seeing and experiencing every Incan site along this famous trail to Machu Picchu. We even get you off the main trail to see a Incan sites no-one on the 4 day itinerary gets to see. Read some REVIEWS from our trips.
I love this itinerary for a number of different reasons. The main one is you will see very few people. From starting to walk at the 82 Km marker in Piskacucho we saw 2 people this first day. We had an amazing sunset in Llactapata and there were no other people around. We were the only people in the camping areas. Such a special place and to have it all to ourselves was perfect.
On the Second day we explored the Alter site above Llactapata Camp ground. We moved slowly up towards Wayllabamba. We took a side trip to two Incan site, that the 4 day itinerary does not visit before having a beautiful lunch 30 minutes up the trail towards Llulluchapampa.
We had some fun walking up through the valley toward Llulluchapampa camp site at 12,400 feet. We only saw two other people this day and we camped alone with peace and quiet. As we had already slept 2 nights at 11,300 feet everyone was feeling tired but strong and no altitude issues. LEARN MORE.
We arrived on the top of the pass at 7:55am and there was nobody there. As we were about to leave 2 people came up and we didn’t see anyone else for the rest of the day until we got into our lunch spot at Chaquiqocha 12,000 feet. We learned about Runkurakay site and we were the only people there. We passed the beautiful second pass and had a private ceremony to give thanks. We were along which was really special. We moved downhill towards Sayaqmarka and there was nobody there.
We had the trail to ourselves as we walked through the lush rain forest towards the third pass at Phuyupatamarka 12,066 feet high above Machu Picchu. We sat and learned above the 14 Inka’s the local Quechua people who made these trails, hit from the Spanish and fought off local invasions and build these cities and trails over a 300 year period and they never got to finish their work.
The vista’s at Phuyupatamarka camping area are truly spectacular. You can gaze out across the Andes mountains, and follow the Amazon rain forest and spans thousands of miles east towards Brazil. The colors, mountain views as you wake up are out of this world. This is one of the main reason to stay here at this camp on your Inca Trail Trek.
It’s day 4 and you do not want to leave Phuyupatamarka area but we have to drop down pasted the beautiful Phuyupatamarka Incan site, which we explore on the 5 day Classic there is no time on the 4 day traditional trip. This site is unique and really worth the visit from there we drop down further towards Winay Wayna. We drop off our bags as Lunch is being prepared and head to Winay Wayna Archaeological site to learn and explore this unique place. If you arrive early on the 4 day trek you might get 30 minutes in Winay Wayna before dark for most people on the 4 day trek they never reach this amazing place. As the 5 day Classic trek has almost a full day extra to make the journey through the Inca Trail, we had time to explore the amazing Inca site of Winay Wayna.
After another amazing lunch if I do say so myself we heading off through the control check point alone and walked the 1 hour hike to Inti Punku or the famous Sun gate at 8,858 feet. We had already dropped 3,208 feet to this point and dropped a further 984 feet down into the Citadel of Machu Picchu. You need be come fully trained and prepared for this trek. READ MORE. After spending a little time at the sun gate we slowly made our way down toward the city of Machu Picchu.
On arrival in Machu Picchu Jason asked Nicole to marry him and she said no. I meant Yes and the party started from there. We saw a few people at the sun gate and Machu Picchu was almost empty at 4pm as we arrived. We had the place to ourselves. By day 5 5 as we visited Machu Picchu for the second time our private trail was over. We were greeted by too many people.
At least we had the magical Inca Trail for ourselves for so many days. Here are 5 reasons you need to pick the 5 day classic itinerary into Machu Picchu. If you would like to learn more about out unique and quality trips CONTACT US today for further information or visit our 5 day Inca Trail classic page with further information.