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Trek the challenging ancient route of the Inca Trail to Machu
This 43-km trek combines the visit of mysterious archaeological
sites along the Inca Trail, amazing mountain scenery and lush cloud forest rich in
Andean flora and fauna, ending at the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. This 3-day
program is an excellent alternative for fit hardcore trekkers having less time in their
visit as it covers the same route as the classical 4-day version but just in 3 days.

Day by Day Itinerary

Type Service: Privately Guided
Itinerary: Fixed
Destinations: Inca Trail, Machu picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking,Cultural and History

Day 1 – Cusco to Llulluchapampa

Pick up from the Hotel at 6:00am and drive to Km 82
the head of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the
Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest. Following the
trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184 ft) to then ascend and
finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata
(2650m/8692 ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca
River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of
Wayllabamba. Continuing through the trail, we leave Wayllabamba behind to begin
the most difficult part of the trek, we only climb half way up the pass, stopping at
Llulluchapampa, where we camp and spend the night.
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)

Day 2 – Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca

After breakfast, we continue our hike up the highest
point in the Inca Trail, reaching the mountain pass of Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead
Woman’s Pass – 4200m/13776ft) after about 2 hours. Immediately after the pass, we
descend into the Pacaymayo Valley (3600m/11808ft), from which we then start to
climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Half way up, we
visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at
3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the
purpose of a watchtower. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass,
the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means
“town over the clouds”. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred
complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive
views of the Urubamba River valley. We set our camp in Phuyupatamarca and
spend the night there.
Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 15 km (9, 32 miles)
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4200m (13776 ft)

Day 3 – Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu / Back to Cusco

Breakfast; we wake up at 4:00am and start our way
through the long descending stone steps which will lead us to Wiñaywayna
(2650m/8692ft) Wiñaywayna is the biggest archaeological site in the Inca Trail
besides Machu Picchu and consists of an impressive complex made up of an
agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector,
offering spectacular views over the already narrower Urubamba River valley. After
our visit, we leave Wiñaywayna to climb to Intipunku (Sun Gate). From here we
descend into Machu Picchu, 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest
point through the “House of the Guardians”. We then descend to the control point
where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We immediately begin a
complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You
will then have free time to walk around, climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain, where
one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and
mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca
Bridge. In the afternoon take bus to Aguas Calientes town where we take the train
back to Poroy Train Station and transfer 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)



    • Private transport from your Cusco hotel to km 82 (head of the trail)
    • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Return Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Vistadome upon
    • Transfer from Poroy train station to your Cusco hotel
Camping equipment:
    • 4 season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
    • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
    • A table and seat for each tent
    • Food and drink utensils
    • Dinner tent and Kitchen Tent for the group
    • First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
    • Professional, knowledgeable bilingual guide
    • A cook to prepare your meals
    • Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are
      available for rent to carry your personal belongings)
    • High quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging
    • In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
    • Hot drinks such as Tea and Coffee as well as enough water for your
      canteens (taken from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
    • Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Optional extras you may want:
    • Chocolates and candy. Sugar boosts are great for keeping you going
    • Coca leaves and tea for relieving altitude sickness – can be purchased in
    • Wooden walking sticks to help you climb the trail. Trekking poles with metal
      tips are not permitted as they can ruin the trail
Not included
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office for US$ 18 for the 3 day trek)
  • Extra porter to carry your personal things like sleeping bag, clothes, etc
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Domestic airfare to and from Cusco (+/- US$ 290 per person round trip)
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes

Optional Services

  • 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