Machupicchu (Machu Picchu) Inca Trail to 5 days takes more time to do the traditional Inca Trail to Machupicchu(Machu Picchu), leaving more time to appreciate the nature and archaeology along the way. We spend one long fourth day visiting Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu, and on the fifth day we return to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise from the Sun Gate. We encounter valleys that contain wildlife endemic to high deserts or the tropics, between stretches of puna and cloud forest. We encounter mysterious archaeological sites half covered by jungle overgrowth, which look like you are discovering them for the first time. Machu Picchu (Machupicchu) is one of the worlds greatest cultural treasures, and of these is the most enigmatic.
At 6 in the morning our private van picks passengers up from their hotels. We drive down through the Sacred Valley to Chilca. Here we meet the porters, the Quechua-speaking natives of this rugged country. Tonight we camp at Llactapata, an important fort along the Urubamba River.
After a healthy breakfast We climb up away from the river, heading straight for Salkantay, a snow-capped mountain that reaches 20,600 feet high and the most imposing peak in this region. At Huayllabamba the streambed forks, and we turn away from Salkantay to the SW and head NW along the trail. We camp at Llulluchapampa, part way up to the high pass of Warmiwañuscca.
Today the first part of the trek takes us over the Warmiwauska pass at the height of 13,500 feet. At its heights, the amazing stone trail is better preserved than when it passes through lower lands. As we descend, we leave the tundra vegetation and enter the elfin forest of bonsai trees covered by a profusion of creepers and orchids. We pass the important ruins of Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca and camp at Phuyupatamarca, the city above the clouds, from which there are spectacular views of snow covered mountain ranges.
Passing through the Intipuncu (gates of the sun), We arrive in Machupicchu (Machu Picchu), the lost city of theIncas. We will visit the town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy a relaxing bath at the local hot springs and later we will camp by the river.
We will rise early in the morning. After breakfast we will take a bus up to visit the lost city of Machupicchu (Machu Picchu). An optional hike for the more dynamic people in the group would be to hike up to Huaynapicchu (Huayna Picchu), the pyramid-shaped peak that overlooks Machupicchu. We will take the late afternoon train back toCusco(Cuzco).
Note: There is the option of relaxing in the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.