Inca trail to Machu Picchu 3 days / 2 nights
3 days 2 nights
During this tour, you will have more time to 'take it easy' and explore the Inca trail, Inca sites, flora, fauna, bird-watching etc... You camp in places behind the normal campsites, where fewer people camp and as you are camping at higher altitudes. The views of mountains and sunrises are amazing! This tour is perfect for families with children or anyone who just wants to take it easy.
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This is one of the most famous and incredible trekking routes in the world! The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive examples of the approximate 40000 kilometers of roads built by the Incas some 500 years ago! Inca road roads were built across the deserts, highlands and jungles stretching from south Colombia throughout Peru, Bolivia, Northern and Central Chile and the Northwest part of Argentina! The Inca Trail starts in a typical Andean region and finishes in a jungle region going through cloud forests, Inca tunnels, bridges and snow on the way!! Undertaking this trek is an opportunity to go back in time and live with the Incas for 3 indescribable days...remembers, the Inca Trail is not only for your feet but also for your mind...
IMPORTANT: The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office at 7:30pm (exact time will be confirmed).
Expected weather in Cusco.
In Cusco dry season starts in April to October, the days are usually sunny and hot but temperatures drop abruptly after 5-6 pm until 7-8 am. Weather is very changeable from November to March and heavy rains are expected being the wettest month December to March although is not as cold as it is in the dry season.
Day 1 – The Start of the Adventure – "Inca flat"!
Total distance to be covered on day 1: 15km (8 to 9 hours more or less)
We will meet and pick you up from the Regocijo square (less than 5 minutes from any hotel in Cusco!) at 4-4:30am and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (06:30am) to load up on energy (breakfast – not included)
On arrival at kilometer 82 (08:30am more or less), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use the restrooms, put on sun cream, mosquitoes repellant, etc) and then it is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trails 1st control point.
To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up on the 'Inca flat' terrain) and we will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Inca site 'Llactapata' (officially called 'Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica.
Our first campsite (Llulluchapampa) will be 2 hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name.
Temperature at night is usually around 5ºC (depending on the month).
Day 2 – The Trail Trial! We go over 2 passes....
Total distance to be covered on day 2: 22km (9 to 10 hours more or less)
After waking up at 5am (maybe at 04:00-depending on your Guide) and having breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass' – 4200m/13779ft). On this day a real sense of achievement is felt on reaching the top! After a rest here, we descent one hour and a half until Pacaymayu then we begin the second 2 hours steep climbing to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters) finally we descent to the lunch stop which is located at Chaquicocha (3550m/11646ft).
The Inca site, 'Phuyupatamarca', is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps!) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of 'Intipata' until we arrive at our second campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft).
A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). Even if you are tired after your day's trek, don't miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.
On the way up to the pass we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. Also we will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q'ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!!
Temperature at this campsite around 12ºC during the nights.
Day 3 – Machu Picchu in its Glory!
Total distance to be covered on day 4: 5km (2 hours more or less)
We leave the last campsite at about 5.00am on the final day (breakfast 4.30-5:00am). It is an early start in order to get to 'Inti Punku' ('Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally we visit Machu Picchu itself!
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top, this walk is extra/optional and you might need to skip the Machu Picchu tour to be able to get a permit to climb this mountain.
You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo backpacker (to Ollantaytambo) and bus to Cusco.
If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the trail!!!
Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending on time of booking and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail).
- Professional, bilingual Tour Guide.
- Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
- Collection from hotel (for groups of less than 9 people).
- Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Transportation - bus to kilometer 82 and train back ( Expedition service to
- Ollantaytambo) and bus to Cusco.
- Collection from Ollantaytambo train station (on day 4).
- Bus trip from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes.
- Water (you need to bring water for the first morning then we will provide you with drinking.
- Previously boiled - water).
- 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 afternoon snacks, 2 dinners and various snacks to be eaten.
- Throughout the day (breakfast on day 1 + lunch in Aguas Calientes are not included).
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- 4-man tent for 2 people.
- Sleeping mattress.
- Porters (they carry cooking and camping equipment).
- Oxygen bottle.
- First Aid kit.
- Vegetarian food on request at no extra cost!
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable).
- Travel Insurance is essential.
- Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us).
- Walking boots.
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
- Warm jacket.
- Hat and gloves.
- Comfortable trousers.
- Sun hat.
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended).
- Insect repellent.
- Water (only until lunch time on day 1).
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
- Personal medication.
- Camera and films.
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful).
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Prices may vary according to the season, availability, and client preferences. Certain transport costs may not be included. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for more information.
- Walking stick (with rubber tip)
- Plasters and bandages
- Extra money
- Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Hire of sleeping bag - 5 seasons ($25)
- Walking stick $ 8 (additional day: $2) highly recommended!
- Inflatable Matress Upgrade ($ 20)
- Single Tent supplement ($ 20)
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