Trek the challenging ancient route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
This more 3 day Inca Trail trek covers more than 40 km and combines mysterious archaeological sites, gorgeous mountain scenery, the beautiful cloud forest, and an array of unique Andean flora and fauna. It concludes in the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. This trip is an excellent option for the fit travelers who have less time to visit the area because it takes same route as the classical 4-day version but completes it in just in 3 days.
3 Days/2 Nights
Day 1: Cusco to Llulluchapampa
You’ll be picked up from the hotel at 6:00 am and driven to the beginning of your 3 day Inca Trail trek at km 82. The hike will begin with crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest. You’ll follow the flat trail along the river until you arrive in Miskay.
From there, you’ll climb to the overlook to take in views of the impressive Inca city of Llactapata. As the trek continues along the Kusichaca River, you’ll gradually climb for about five hours until you reach the community of Wayllabamba. After you depart here, the most difficult part of the trek will begin. Today, you’ll only climb half way up the pass and spend the night at Llulluchapampa.
Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 17 km (10, 56 miles)
Estimated walking time: 8-9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3850 m (12628 ft)
After breakfast, you’ll continue the 3 day Inca Trail trek for another 2 hours to its highest point, the mountain pass of Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass). Immediately after the pass, you’ll descend into the Pacaymayo Valley before beginning the climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay. This site consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have been a watchtower.
After an easy climb, you’ll arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (town over the clouds). From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations as well as take in the impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. You’ll spend the night here.
Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 15 km (9, 32 miles)
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4200m (13776 ft)
You’ll wake up bright and early at 4:00 am for breakfast. Then you’ll make your way down the long stone steps to Wiñaywayna. Besides Machu Picchu, this is another impressive complex that you’ll see on the biggest archaeological site on the 3 day Inca Trail trek. It contains an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector, an urban sector, and beautiful views of the Urubamba River valley.
Later, you’ll leave Wiñaywayna to climb to Intipunku (Sun Gate). From here you’ll descend into the citadel of Machu Picchu from the highest point, the “House of the Guardians.” Next, you’ll stop at the control point to register and leave your backpack. Immediately afterwards, you’ll begin a 2 hour guided tour of the Inca citadel.
After the guided tour, you will have free time to walk around, climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, you’ll take the bus to Aguas Calientes town where you’ll board the train back to Poroy. From there, you will be transported to your Cusco hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Total distance: 11 km (6, 84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3600m (11808 ft)
Optional Services and Extras
Upgrade the train to Vistadome Class: add US$ 25
Sleeping bag during the tour ( -10°C): add US$ 18
Extra porter to carry your personal equipment: add US$ 130
Extra night at Aguas Calientes after the trek: add US$ 30
Single supplement (single tent): US$ 18
Chocolates and candy. Sugar boosts are great for keeping you going
Coca leaves and tea for relieving altitude sickness – can be purchased in Cusco
Wooden walking sticks to help you climb the trail. Trekking poles with metal tips are not permitted as they can ruin the trail
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.