The Inca Trail trek that leads to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco, is one of the most popular and well-known excursions in Peru. The walk from Kilometer 43 groups a series of Incas archaeological remains incredibly preserved. Along the route the natural landscape is impressive, with incredible views of snow-capped mountains and the cloud forest. The Inca Trail trek is one of the classic treks of the world, and it is a fantastic experience for anyone willing to take the effort to do the trek. Entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate is an unforgettable experience. Hiking the Inca Trail usually takes 4 days, but we are great admirers of the 5 day Inca Trail.
Here we explain the main differences and why we believe you will enjoy your experience more if you choose the 5 day Inca trail.
Below we show you the distances traveled in each of the treks (Inca Trail trek 4 days and 5 day Inca trail), as well as the maximum height and walking time per day:
Now that you know the main differences between both tours, take the risk and animate to travel the same path as the Incas: