Inca Trail Machu Picchu 3 Days
- Tour TypeHiking
- Duration3 Days
- LanguagesEs, En,
- Best Time3 Days
- Group Size12 people
The famous 4-day and 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are the most famous treks in the world and the number one trek in Peru. They are the most booked trips by thousands of tourists, offering 4 and 2 days of hiking along original paved Inca trails, with a variety of fascinating Inca archaeological sites and the breathtaking scenery of Machu Picchu National Park, which can only be accessed by those who get a ticket many months in advance that can only be purchased through a local travel agency in Cusco, and Lorenzo Expeditions has such authorization, so learn more about this adventure below.
- Day 01:Cusco-Chincheros-Maras-Moray-Ollantaytambo.
- Dia 02: Ollantaytambo–Km 104- Wiñay Huayna – Intipunku – Aguas Calientes
- Day 03 Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Whats Included / Not Included
Tour with Professional guide (08 people maximum).
Transportation from Cusco-Ollantaytambo-Cusco. (round trip)
Entrance tkts to Maras salineras.
Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to 104km
Hotel in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes.
Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (first day).
Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail (Wiñayhuayna + Intipunku).
Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu (circuit #3)
Aguas Calientes tourist train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon.
Specified Meals: 02 Breakfast,01 Lunch, 01 Box Lunch and 02 Dinner
*Vegetarian or vegan food upon request.
First aid kit.
Huayna Picchu tickets or Machu Picchu Mountain admittions (extra cost $60).
Entrance tkts. to: Chincheros, Moray and Ollantaytambo.
Hiking sticks (extra cost $15 USD).
Travel health insurance (obligatory)
The classic 2-day Inca Trail hike is only about 11 km long, but it climbs and climbs up and over Andean mountains, reaching the archaeological complex of Winayhuayna and passing the Intipunku. This makes the 11 km tiring but also with the great reward of seeing spectacular scenery, passing through Andean valleys to cloud forests. Welcome to this wonderful experience in Peru.
This route offers all travelers to Machu Picchu an area of great biodiversity and exclusive access. At any given time you may encounter orchids, foxes, cock-of-the-rock (Peru’s national bird), spectacled bears, deer and many more species of flora and fauna. While hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will also pass by other impressive Inca ruins, such as Wiñay Wayña and Intipinku that only you and those who hike the classic 2-day Inca Trail can see.
Photos and videos are not able to explain and show the great beauty of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, from its incredible architecture to the surrounding mountains and mist-filled gorges. But we won’t describe it all here. Much better if you come with us on the classic guided hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, with our professional guides.
DAY 1: CUSCO – CHINCHEROS-MARAS-MORAY-OLLANTAYTAMBO
At the coordinated time we will pass by your hotel, to start the excursion visiting Chinchero located at an altitude of 3800msnm, where we will observe the colonial temple that was built on Inca foundations, we will also visit its typical streets and craft markets where people especially women still wear their typical dresses. They do a lot of manual textile work, representing their daily activity. Then we go in the direction of the Salineras observing a spring where salt water comes out and then reach a thousand pools, after a whole process and optiene amounts of salt for human consumption. Then we will visit the archaeological group of Moray where they show circular terraces that until today no one knows for sure of its possible function, many archaeologists and historians claim that in Inca times the site was a research center for edible products. Our lunch will be in the sacred valley and later we will visite Ollantaytambo archeological site.
Meals included: Lunch | Dinner
DAY 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104-WIÑAY HUAYNA – INTIPUNKU – AGUAS CALIENTES: Trekking.
After breakfast we will get the train station. it will take us to km. 104. It is here that will begin our hike today we will pass through Chachabamba, an Incan archaeological site with an altitude of 2250 masl. or 7,381.89 ft. continuing ascent until we reach Wiñay Wayna the second archaeological site, where we will have a guided tour. Throughout the journey you will appreciate the beautiful views of the Urubamba River as well as the great variety of vegetation of this nature reserve (historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu).
We will have lunch, Box Lunch style, after which continue with our hike to the Sun Gate, “INTI PUNKU” where we will have the first panoramic view of Machu Picchu. After a short stop for a few photographs and a short explanation we begin to descend to the Inca citadel. It is here where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sunset over Machu Picchu. Then we take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where our hotel is located. After dinner our guide we will coordinate the last details for our visit to Machu Picchu the next day.
Meals included:Breakfast | Box Lunch | Dinner
DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.
With two-hour guided tour of this great ancient city where you will visit the temples, enclosures, sacred fountains, terraces, etc. You will then have a free time to explore Machu Picchu. If you made your reservations ahead of time, you will be able to climb the Mt. Huayna Picchu Mountain or the Machu Picchu Mountain after your guided tour. After you have finished exploring Machu Picchu we will return by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will take the train to Ollantaytambo and our private transportation will be wait us to take to Cusco city hotel.
What to Bring? - Packing List
We recommend carrying only the necessary luggage for the three days of the tour. Large backpacks with equipment that are not needed for the expedition should be left in the city of Cusco (at your hotel or in our main office).
This are the main things you have to bring to your inca trail 2 days adventure:
A small backpack of 30 to 40 liters capacity.
02 trekking pants (fast drying).
A light sweater.
Warm jacket (of feather or fiber).
Hat or cap.
Repellent for mosquitoes (30% Deet or more).
Personal hygiene items: Wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.
The most friendly and positive attitude possible.
Additional Items to upgrade your experience
These are the different options how you can improve your experience in Machu Picchu after doing our 03 inca trail trek.
1. Huayna Picchu
The cost of the ticket is $60 dollars per person.
Huayna Picchu is a mountain within the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu, it is a 45 minute hike to the top.
To purchase this additional you have to let us know at least 2 months in advance due to high demand, schedules and details of your visit to this site will be confirmed in the previous meeting that we will have.
1. Machu Picchu Mountain
The cost of the ticket is $60 dollars per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain is another place that many travelers want to climb to have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu, and of course we help you with all this.
3. Vistadome Train
This train costs $60 dollars per person.
All our tours include the Expeditions train if you want an additional one we can offer you the Vistadome train which gives you more comfortable seats, large panoramic windows and we will include transportation back to your hotel.
Do you want to know more about the Inca Trail? Read our useful information section and learn more about availability, entrance fees and more.
Availability of the Inca Trail 3 days
A maximum of 500 people per day can access the the classic Inca Trail 3 days to Machu Picchu at km 104; this number includes all support staff , this mean that only left like 200 spaces for travelers, and is closely monitored; when the Inca Trail reaches its limit of 500 visitors, the Trail is closed for the day and no further reservations can be made; no reservations are taken on the Trail and all permits must be purchased a year in advance if possible.
What you need to know about the Classic Inca Trail 3 days
This 3-day trek to Machu Picchu is not recommended for travelers with back problems.
You will have a guide during your Inca Trail trek and your visit to Machu Picchu.
Daily departures with a group of 2 or more people.
No departures in February due to trail maintenance.
No wheelchair access.
DO NOT FORGET ESSENTIALS: original passport, insurance card, personal medications.
This hike will be composed of a maximum of 8 travelers.
Strikes and road blockades are common in Peru and can disrupt our Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu and train service to and from Machu Picchu. We will make every effort to ensure that your trip to Machu Picchu continues as planned, with some changes.
If the strike occurs on the first day of your 3-day Machu Picchu tour, we will take you to Aguas Caliente village the night before your departure date.
If the strike occurs on the last day of your 3-day Inca Trail tour. We will send our vans to Hidroelectrica. This means you will have to walk 2 hours more from Aguas Calientes to Hidroelectrica. Then we will drive 7 hours to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel around 11:00 pm (extra price).
Return from Machu Picchu to Cusco
The return from Machu Picchu to Cusco requires a lot of logistics. But we have already organized it.
Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a bus to Aguas Calientes for about 30 minutes. Buses run every 15 minutes. Then train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station. Our guide will give you train tickets. Be sure to arrive at the station 30 minutes before.
Estimated time by train is 1.5 hours from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Estimated time by train is 3.5 hours from Aguas Calientes to Poroy.
Once at the station, our transporter will be waiting for you. He will transfer you to Cusco and then to your hotel.
The estimated time from Ollantaytambo to Cusco is 1.5 hours.
The estimated time from Poroy to Cusco is 40 minutes.
Weather on the classic Inca Trail 3 days
Weather is unpredictable in the Andes. The dry season on the Inca Trail runs from April to October and the rainy season from November to March, but this does not mean no rain in the dry season or no sun in the rainy season, so be prepared. Whichever season you do the 2-day trek to Machu Picchu, make sure you have rain gear, such as raincoat.
The best time to hike the Inca Trail
The best time to hike the Inca Trail is from May to November, as these months are sunny, with clear skies that allow us to see the stars at night and not suffer the road wet by rain.
The rainy season starts at the end of October and ends at the end of April. The rains are so intense that in February the Inca Trail.
We recommend that you take out travel insurance because, in the event of a last minute cancellation of your 3-day Inca Trail trip, your prepaid, non-refundable Inca Trail travel permit can be reimbursed. Similarly, if you become ill or injured while away from home, you can be reimbursed for treatment provided as a result of a covered medical emergency during your trip.
This is a demanding hike, so good physical condition is strongly recommended. The classic altitude differences on the Inca Trail make the trek difficult.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of backpack is necessary for the trip?
For this trip, we recommend a 30-40 liter backpack with clothes that are only necessary for the 3 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in storage at your hotel in Cusco or at the Lorenzo Expeditions office.
How can I access Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain?
To climb one of the two mountains, you must purchase the entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu has an extra cost of $60 USD per person and it is recommended to book tickets at least 3 months in advance. If you wish to book the entrance ticket for Huaynapicchu, please contact our reservations team.
Will there be accommodations or will we be camping?
The two nights will be in accommodations. (hotel in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes)
Is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hard?
Altitude is the most difficult aspect of the Inca Trail for many people. If you have spent two or three days acclimatizing in Cusco beforehand, the altitude on most hikes will not cause you any problems.
How long is Inca Trail 3 days to Machu Picchu?
The classic 3 days Inca Trail is 15 km.
Does the Inca Trail lead to Machu Picchu?
Yes, the Incas used the Inca roads to connect all their territories with Cusco, we can find Inca roads throughout Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Today it is called Qapaq Ñan, which is translated as Imperial Road.
How to book Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
To reserve you have to hire an authorized tour operator (required by the Peruvian Government). Lorenzo Expeditions is one of the best options with high quality and personalized service.
Where is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu located?
Your trip to Machu Picchu will begin in the city of Cusco and this impressive three-days trek begins at a place called Chincheros.
How difficult is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
Talking in days would be:
Day 01: Easy, bus and small treks.
Day 2: Moderate to a bit difficult as there are several steep sections.
Day 3: Easy, on this day you visit Machu Picchu.
How to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
First of all, look for a licensed agency, Lorenzo Expeditions is a licensed tour operator. Then book in advance, especially in high season.