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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

The 3 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour is the most legendary and by far the most well-known hike in Peru. If you’re moderately healthy, this Inca trail involves 3 day hike to Machu Picchu with your professional guide, chef and porters. After a night in Cusco, you’ll begin on the Aobamba path along the old Inca trade route that winds its way up through the Andes to the out-of-the-way, and practically out of reach, Machu Picchu. Hiking for three days continuous and traversing across the highest pass at 4200m, the Inca Trail is not for the weak, but it’s definitely an experience that you won't forget and a real climax of your Peru trek. The landscapes across the peaks of the Andes are amazingly dazzling and it's hard to explain the blissfulness you'll get when you finish your three day hike.

It's the most notable Peru Treks – even the world – and a life-altering adventure. Trekking the 3 day Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu is both difficult and magnificent. three days of being chilly, aching and exhausted dissappear as the film ascends to show the rich green summits and terraced relics of the occult very old city.



Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

Day 02: Puente Ruinas - Km 104 - Wiñayhuayna

Day 03: Machu Picchu


Important info about your Trek:



Highlights by Archaeological Sites 

    • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel 
    • Visit Wiñaywayna ruins 
    • Walk among the cloud forest 


  • Beautiful views from vegetation, animals and mountains 

Interesting Information:


Day 1: Cusco - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

Day 1: Cusco - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

At 4:00 am, we pick you up from your hotel to take by private vehicle to Hidrolectrica (hydroelectric plant). During this 5 hour ride, we can observe cloud forest and mountain landscapes, for example Abra Malaga (4,550 m). When in Hidrolectrica, we get off the vehicle and start climbing to Llactapata Incan complex where we receive a guided tour. Later on, we return to the Hydroelectric station for lunch. Another approximate 3 hours of hiking – through the valley and along the train tracks – brings the group to Puente Ruinas to camp for the night by the Vilcanota River.


Estimated trekking time:  6 hours
Trekking distance: 18  Km
Max. elevation: 2,700 m
Min. elevation: 1,200 m

Day 2: Puente Ruinas - Km 104 - Winaywayna

Day 2: Puente Ruinas - Km 104 - Winaywayna

Another early morning start along the trail soon brings the group to Km 104, and Inca Trail checkpoint. After about two or three hours along the Inca trail, hikers reach the Incan site Chachabamba for lunch and a rest, and then a guided tour of the site. After a few more hours of hiking through cloud forest and cacti, and a quick stop at a beautiful waterfall, a second Incan site, Wiñay Wayna, is reached and toured. Finally, the trail reaches the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) to watch the sun set over Machu Picchu. Since it is too late to enter the city, the hike descends to Aguas Calientes to sleep in the comfortable hotel beds.


Estimated trekking time:  11  hours
Trekking distance: 19  Km
Max. elevation: 2, 700  m
Min. elevation: 2, 100  m
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3: Machu Picchu

Day 3: Machu Picchu

A 2 hour hike up to the city of Machu Picchu in the early morning, after breakfast, brings the group to the city early enough to get sunrise pictures of the city and to miss most of the crowds. There is a guided tour of the Incan city, explaining the rich history of the site, after which hikers have the option of hiking to the peak of either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, two mountains with incredible views of the city from above, another good photo opportunity. Finally, there is time for individual exploration of the city of Machu Picchu.

At the end of the day, there is a train ride from Aguas Calientes to either Ollantaytambo or Poroy, from where a bus will continue the rest of the way to Cusco. 

Machu Picchu is currently one of the most well-known Incan sites in Peru, but was not mentioned in any documents from the Spanish. At this point in time, archeologists can only speculate on the purposes of the city. Centuries before Hiram Bingham was brought to the site – by a local child, while the American explorer was searching for Vilcambamba – the local Quechuans had known about the city. Mr. Bingham exposed the site to the rest of the world, and since then, much effort has gone into restoring and studying the mysterious city. Despite this, there are still many questions about which historians and archeologists are uncertain. What is known for certain, though, is that the city of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”, is a truly magical destination.



Not Included




Encampment Equipment

Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment. 


Doubts and Frequent Asked Questions about Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Here is everything you need to know about 3 days trail to Machu Picchu.


Where is located Machu Picchu?

"Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.


Altitudes in Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

During Cheap Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu, we will find the following altitudes:

  • "Piskacuchu" at 2,680 m.a.s.l.
  • "Llullucha Pampa" at 3,850 m.a.s.l.
  • "Warmiwañusqa Pass" at 4,200 m.a.s.l.
  • "Runkqurakay" at 3,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Wiñnahuayna" at 2,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,430 m.a.s.l.

How many kilometers is walked during the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour and how many hours do we walk per day?

  • Piskacuchu to Llullucha Pampa: 15 km (Trekking Time: 8 hours)
  • Llullucha Pampa to Wiñay Wayna: 15 km (Trekking Time: 8 hours)

What does "Machu Picchu" mean?

"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.


How difficult is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour?

The Inca Trail is considered an intermediate level trek. Since it does not include rock climbing, or hiking on snow, isn´t required previous experience. Keep in mind that you will carry your personal items, which may include clothing, camera, water, camp equipment, etc; which may add difficulty to the trek because of the weight. 


Is it possible to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour on my own?

If you are an experienced hiker, you may want to go hiking to the classic Inca Trail on your own, without a tour operator, without a guide, without a carrier, just you and the way. However, that is NOT possible.

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