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3 Day Inca Trail Intrepid

3 Day Inca Trail Intrepid

The Inca Trail Intrepid 3 Days 2 Nights tour is the most legendary Peru treks challenge and the most well-known hike in the world.


This is a variant of the 4-Day Inca Trail, with Machu Picchu as your final destination, for people who do not have much free time and who would like to do this challenge on the most popular trail in the world. you’ll begin on km 82 of the Classic Inca Trail with all equipment inclusive, the porters will carry all equipment and personal belongings, just you will walk with your daypack and have a positive mind. During the trail, enjoy the most scenic trail and Inca sites. Walk up to the high pass of the trail - Dead Women.


Trekking the 3 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu is both difficult and magnificent. If you’re moderately healthy, this Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu involves a 3-day hike to Machu Picchu with your professional guide, trekking chef and super porters.


You will visit the most important Inca complex along the trail: Patallacta, Sayacmarca, Pacaymayu, Phuyupatamarca, and Wiñayhuayna also known as "Forever Young." And finish your tour in the impressive Inca citadel of Machu Picchu so it remains to be said that this is an experience you should not forget soon. Book Online now!! and take up this challenge for your Machu Picchu hike

Machu Picchu Hike Overview

Group Size: Min 2 and Max. 8 trekkers.

Sustainable Tourism: Inca Trail Machu is very keen and happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities

Physical Activity: 4-Difficult - Some points are high

Service Level:All Inclusive & Quality service

Age Requirement: 4+. Please note: all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour OperatorInca Trail Machu since 2007

Permits: Included the Inca Trail permits and the Machu Picchu ticket.

Inca Trail Machu Staff: Professional Tour Guide, Trekking chef and Porters during the Machu Picchu hike, and an Inca Trail Machu representative who visits you at your hotel to brief you about the trail.

Personal Porters: Our porters will carry personal belongings up to 7 kg per person!

Accommodation: 2x campsite.

Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner, 2x afternoon tea.

Transportation: Transportation by private vehicle, 1x train (Standard class).

Camping equipment: All camping equipment included like a double tent, Air mattress, and a sleeping bag, please check below,


3 Day Inca Trail Hike Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Llulluchapampa

Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Wiñayhuayna

Day 03: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco


Highlights of the Inca Trail Hike

  • Hike for 3 Days to Machu Picchu with a professional tour guide, a trekking chef and porters.
  • Follow the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, where you will appreciate the Inca ruins and the vastness of flora and fauna.
  • Explore and visit the Inca sites like: Llactapata, Huayllabamba, Runcuracay, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu.
  • Try the delicious food along the way.
  • Additional porter included during the trek on the Inca Trail.
  • Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in a short period.
  • Quality equipment for camping 2 nights.
  • See the sunrise of the citadel of Machu Picchu from the Inti Punku
  • Visit Inca monuments inaccessible by road,
  • Guided tour of the Inca Trail
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.

3 Day Inca Trail Hike Map:

3 days Inca Trail hike

Machu Picchu Hike

Machu Picchu Hike


Interesting Information:

Inca Trail Hiking Tours

​There are a lot of Inca Trail tours to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is the most popular trail in South America. Inca Trail Machu offers this challenge for all trekkers who like to have the best experience and short time to hike to Machu Picchu. This Machu Picchu hike is easy and at once difficult , but it's worth it!. you will get to the lost city of the Incas by the sun gate ( Intipunku). Book Online Now the 3 day Inca Trail! and ready your shoes for this trail. If you want to hike the others challenge trails or the classic trail, below you can find the best Inca Trails​:

Day 1: Cusco - Km82 - Llulluchapampa (Ayapata)
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Day 1: Cusco - Km82 - Llulluchapampa (Ayapata)

In the morning very early we pick you up from your hotel to travel by bus to the kilometer 82, after passing the control, we begin the trek from the banks of the Urubamba River to the archaeological complex of Llactapata. Continuing the Inca Trail 3 Days 2 Nights, we will arrive to Huayllabamba where we will have lunch, the complete walk will take us approximately 9 hours (approximately 18 km) until we reach the first camp in Llulluchapampa.


Estimated trekking time: 7 - 8 hours
Trekking distance: 17  Km
Max. elevation: 3,850 m
Min. elevation: 1,200 m

Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Winaywayna
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Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Winaywayna

We will get up very early to contemplate the beauty of the mountains and breathe the pure air that nature gives us after breakfast. This day we will visit the complexes of Runcuracay, Sayaqmarka and Phuyupatamarca.


We start the Inca Trail trek to cross 2 very high steps, including Warmiwañusca, with 4,200 m.a.s.l. place where archaeological remains are found. This is the highest point of the hike, which we will cross breathing with difficulty and the place where we will see stunning views of the geography of the place of beautiful mountains and snowy mountains, and the beautiful semi tropical valley.


Then we continue hiking through the valley to the Inca ruins of Runkuraqay and then climb up over the second pass – Abra Runkuraqay.


After visiting Runkuraqay, we continue walking to Sayaqmarka for about 2 hours (5 km). It is a location brimming with enigma and enchantment. This site is located over 3,600 meters above sea level.


Then we will descend to Phuyupatamarca, where we will have lunch. The last hours of the hike is semi flat to Wiñayhuayna, the campsite.


Estimated trekking time:  8 - 9 hours
Trekking distance: 16  Km
Max. elevation: 3,600  m
Min. elevation: 2,700  m
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 03: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
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Day 03: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast, early morning, we leave to Inti Punku (The Gate of the Sun), the entrance to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu from this point is an unforgettable experience, after descending we register at the income of this magical place and we will have a guided tour for approximately 2 hours. In the afternoon we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where the transfer will be waiting for us to return to Cusco. Then transfer to your hotel.


End the trip to Machu picchu 3 day hike

What is included in this trek?
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  • The pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the Inca Trail at Km 82;
  • Accommodation: camping (2 nights);
  • Inca Trail Permits
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner, 2x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide (a group of up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Trekking Cook;
  • Super porters to carry food, camping, and cooking equipment, and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: Eureka Mountain Personal double tents (4-person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress); 
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining, and toilet tents, and bottled gas;
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • A T-shirt of the Inca Trail;
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.


Machu Picchu hike equipment inclusive

Machu Picchu hike equipment inclusive


Not Included:
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  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town,
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($80);
  • Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belonging (USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons);
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!



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


Questions and answers about the Inca Trail 3 Days
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Here is everything you need to know about 3 Day Machu Picchu Hiking Tours:


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 3 Days 2 Nights

During 3 Day 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.

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How many kilometers is walked during the 3 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 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 3 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu?

The 3 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 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 3 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu on my own?

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


Do I really need to book the Inca Trail in advance?

Permits for the Inca trail are very limited, there are only 500 entries per day of which 300 will be used by trekking teams, cooks, porters and guides, this makes you have to book many months in advance if you want to secure a place; we recommend doing it six months in advance. However, if you want to come during the high season (from May to September) you must make your reservation 8 or 10 months before.


When is the best time to travel the Inca trail?

The high season on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is from May to September, because this time coincides with the holidays in the western hemisphere. These months offer probably the best trekking conditions with a dry and sunny climate. However, as we told you before, you must reserve the permits many months in advance. April, October and November are also great months to do the Inca trail; there are fewer hikers, although there is a chance that at least one day will rain during the hike.


It is also easier to find available permits, although they must still be reserved months in advance. The rainy season runs from January to March, and if you decide to come during this time, expect some frequent showers. However, it is perfectly safe to do the trek, with the appropriate gear - waterproof -. Again, it is much easier to get permits to travel the Inca trail at this time of year.


The Inca trail closes the month of February of each year, because it is the rainiest month, and it is used to do maintenance for the conservation of the trails of the road. However, all alternative routes are open during this month.


Can children do the Inca trail?

Children accustomed to walking can do the Inca trail, although personally we believe that to enjoy a route like this they should be at least 12 years old. But we have witnessed smaller children completing the walk. If you want to do the Inca trail to Machu Picchu as a family, contact us to discuss the physical condition of your children in more detail.


Do I need a great physique to travel the Inca trail?

It is recommended that you have a good level of fitness, however, you do not have to be a freak of exercise. If you are not in shape, it would be a good idea to start a regular (uphill) walking workout a few months before your adventure.


One of the biggest challenges about trekking in Peru is the altitude; the highest pass of the Inca trail is at 4.125, at the pass of the dead woman. To help you acclimatize and avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness, we recommend the following: 

  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
  • Drink lots of fluids. Coca tea is an ancient ancestral remedy.
  • Avoid fidgeting and strenuous exercise upon arrival in Cusco.
  • Avoid sleeping pills.
  • Allow 2-3 days to acclimatize before starting your hike.

I am worried that I am too slow for my group.

The walk along the Inca trail is considered among the best in the world and if you want to enjoy it, don't see it as a race. “Go at your own pace”, enjoy the views, take photos and catch your breath. Even the most leisurely hikers reach the campgrounds before dark.


The guide will always go with the last person in the group, giving instructions to the fastest walkers, so that they know where the stopping and meeting points are located along the route.


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