Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu - 3 Days


This 3 day Inca trail is for people who have good experience in hiking and fitness but do not have the time or enough experience to do the full path. It is perfect for people who want to go with their families and groups of friends to walk this famous path that has changed the lives of so many people. The Inca trail 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 40,000 kilometers of roads built by the Incas some 500 years ago. This is the best known hike, combining a stunning mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. We know that not everyone can make this long journey, so we have decided to offer a route for adventurers who want to enjoy the great experience of doing the Inca trail without having to do the complete crossing. By trekking the Inca Trail in 3 days to Machu Picchu you can enjoy this great trip with your loved ones, this shorter trip is great especially for families. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor. The star of the Sanctuary is the spectacled bear – a shy, herbivorous animal that is extremely rare and close to extinction. Essentially the Inca Trail is a mountainous jungle hike leading to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The 45km trek is usually covered in 4 days.


Day 1
Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Wayllabamba - Llulluchapampa

Head expeditions peru will pick you up from where ever you are staying in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pick up from Cusco will be at 4:30AM, from Urubamba 5:30 AM and if you stay in Ollantaytambo, you get to sleep ina bit with your pick up at 6:30 AM. At your briefing, these times will be confirmed as they might fluctuate based on where you staying. and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometer 82) wherethe trail Begins. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (06:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast– not included). It is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card atthe trails 1st control point. to start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The firstday is relatively easy (a warm-up along the Incan flat terrain) and will have great views of the site ofan Incan Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Incan site of Llactapata (officially called’Patallacta’), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow-cappedpeak of ‘Wakay Willca’ (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. with a beautiful view we will have lunch spaghettiat wayllabamba village. After lunch we will hike for another 3½ hours until we reach the first night’s campsite at llulluchapampa. Ourcampsite for the night is at 3800m / 12460ft. and just like before it is tranquil and quiet with most trekkerseither camping in the valley below or on the other side of the pass. We’ll arrive to our campsite by 5:00 PM and after settling in for a bit you can relax and have a hot drink and snack with your team of porters, chef, and guide. By 7:30PM your dinner will be ready, and afterwards you can get some well-deserved rest.

  • Meals: Lunch spaghetti – Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16km
  • Time: 8h approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Day 2
Day 2: Llulluchapampa - dead woman pass- Runkuracay - Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca

Today is our longest day and crosses two high passes; luckily for us we’re nearly at the first pass and once we’ve passed the second the walking is easy with very little ups and downs to contend with. Today sees some of the best views and scenery of the whole 3 days Inca Trail and includes visits to two Inca sites (Runcuraccayand Sayacmarca); with fantastic views of the high snow-capped peaks for most of the day and the cloud forestall around us today is by far the most visually stunning. Our campsite for tonight is at Phuyupatamarca (3680m / 12073ft) from where we’ll get our first views of Machu Picchu mountain far in the distance (the site itself is hidden from view). The views of the sunset from here are fantastic and once again the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to Machu Picchu.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch spaghetti – Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Time: 8h approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Day 3
Day 3: Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

This day get up very early in order to visit the most beautiful places on the Inca Trail as Phuyupatamarca (3,700m/ 12,136f) then Wiñaywayna (2,699m / 8,853f). After visiting these fascinating ruins we walk along a stretch of the route to Puerta del Sol, in the way we will see subtropical flora and fauna for about two hours, arriving at the Inti Punku (Puerta del Sol). From there we’ll get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Once inside the Inca city, we will be provided with a guided tour of about 2 hours, with plenty of free time to explore further, taking pictures and enjoying the scenery of Machu Picchu. Then we will take our bus to Aguas Calientes and afternoon return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station, and then to Cusco by bus.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 11km
  • Time: 5h
  • Difficulty: Moderate

What does and does not include for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?


  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Private transport from Cusco to Piscacucho (starting of the trek)
  • 7 kilos of your personal items extra clothes, sleeping bag to be carried by the porters, so you just need to carry your daypack with everything you will need during the day.
  • 4 person Igloo tents for 2 trekkers and a roll pad mattress
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Porter to carry tents, food, cooking equipment
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco
  • Admission Tickets to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Dining Tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Hot water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Rain pochos

Does not include

  • First breakfast - last lunch spaghetti and dinner
  • Entrance to Wayna Picchu (65$)
  • Sleeping bag (minus 10 ºC) (US$ 20)
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES: VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, Please add US7 per person
  • Tips for your crew guide, cook, porters ( Head Expeditions Peru staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but of great consideration to them)


Student Discount:

$35 off per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount. More Information about STUDENT CARD

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Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
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