INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 3D/2N

Tour Type

Hiking

Difficulty

Moderate

Length

3 Days and 2 nights

Altitude

2,700m/8,924ft

Weather

4 Cº / 29 Cº

Price from: 489USDper person

Description

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.

Overview

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.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 01:Cusco-Chincheros-Maras-Moray-Ollantaytambo.
      
  • Dia 02:  Ollantaytambo–Km 104- Wiñay Huayna – Intipunku –  Aguas Calientes
  • Day 03 Machu Picchu –  Aguas Calientes –  Cusco
     

Full Itinerary

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.

Whats Included?

What to bring? - Ultimate 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 T-Shirts.
  • 02  trekking pants (fast drying).
  • A light sweater.
  • Waterproof clothing.
  • Warm jacket (of feather or fiber).
  • Hiking boots.
  • Flips flops.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Canteen.
  • Repellent for mosquitoes (30% Deet or more).
  • Personal medications.
  • Flashlight.
  • Personal hygiene items: Wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Original Passport.
  • 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.

Useful information

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.

About strikes

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. 

Travel Insurance

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.

Physical demands

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

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.

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.

The two nights will be in accommodations. (hotel in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes)

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.

The classic 3 days Inca Trail is 15 km.

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.

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.

Your trip to Machu Picchu will begin in the city of Cusco and this impressive three-days trek begins at a place called Chincheros.
 

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.

First of all, look for a licensed agency, Lorenzo Expeditions is a licensed tour operator. Then book in advance, especially in high season.

Inca trail 3 days photos

What travelers say about Lorenzo Expeditions?

Charlotte D
Charlotte D
2022-10-12
TOPervaring! We hebben enorm genoten van de 4 daagse inka jungle trail! Het was een zeer diverse trail met mountainbiken, ziplinen, wandelen in prachtige omgevingen, eten bij de locale bevolking, zwemmen in hot springs en het bezoeken van de Machu Picchu als kers op de taart. Het was voor ons het hoogtepunt van onze reis. Onze gids Wilbert nam ons volledig mee in het verhaal van de Inka's en leerde ons voeling krijgen met het leven van de locals door al zijn kennis, passie en (levens)ervaring. Wilbert was een zeer aangename, zorgzame en inspirerende reisgezel, we hadden hem graag meegenomen tijdens de rest van onze reis 🙂 Dank u Wilbert en Lorenzo Expeditions!
Luc
Luc
2022-10-01
Inca Trail - 4 days/3 nights Wij hebben zojuist een vierdaagse tocht naar de Machu Picchu afgerond, onder leiding van de twee geweldige gidsen Wilbert en Alex. We begonnen de eerste dag met een mountainbike tocht, dit was een tocht van zo'n 50km, voornamelijk bergafwaarts. Wat een geweldige uitzichten onderweg! Wij reden met Wilbert mee, die zeer goed Engels sprak. Dat was ook handig in een groep met verschillende nationaliteiten. We kregen veel veiligheidsuitrustingen en voldoende uitleg vooraf en tussendoor, we hoefden ons om onze veiligheid geen zorgen te maken. De twee dagen daarna zijn we richting de Machu Picchu gaan hiken, waarbij we telkens jn een ander dorp sliepen aan het einde van de dag. Dit was een vermoeiende, maar vooral ook een prachtige ervaring. Wilbert liet ons onderweg hele bijzondere plekken zijn, plekken waar andere groepen niet waren zoals een waterval. Met zijn jarenlange ervaring en de jeugdige Alex, waren het hele interessante en bijzondere dagen. De laatste dag naar de Machu Picchu was waar we het natuurlijk voor deden: wat was dit mooi!! De Machu Picchu is een absolute aanrader en als je er dan toch heengaat, dan raden wij Lorenzo Expeditions zeker aan. Groetjes L en M (27 jaar)
Pleun
Pleun
2022-09-22
Geweldige ervaring !!! Het was een prachtige tocht (Sankantey trek). Best pittig, maar ongelofelijk mooi en afwisselend. Onze gids Wilbert was echt TOP !! Alles was perfect geregeld, hij was altijd op tijd en had daarnaast veel kennis en liefde van de Machu Pichu historie
Iris N
Iris N
2022-09-21
Super leuke en diverse trip We hebben enorm genoten van de 4-daagse inca jungle trail naar Machu Picchu! Met name de diversiteit aan activiteiten (mountainbiken, raften, hiken, ziplinen) en natuur (bergen, jungle, rivier) heeft veel indruk op ons gemaakt. Onze gids Wilbert heeft hiernaast veel verteld over de Peruaanse cultuur, de (her)ontdekking van de Machu Picchu en hoe de inca's destijds leefden. Ook Christian, de tweede gids, was erg behulpzaam en enthousiast. We raden deze trip zeker aan!
Marijke V
Marijke V
2022-09-05
Een aanrader!!! Fantastische trip gehad met gids Bruno! Vanuit Ollantaytambo met de mountainbike naar beneden. Overnacht in Bella Victoria Ecolodge, een fantastische plek in de natuur! Daarna vanuit Santa Maria naar Santa Teresa gelopen een prachtige hike met klimmen en dalen en mooie uitzichten. Vanuit Santa Teresa naar Aguas Calientes gelopen en vanuit daar naar ons doel Machu Picchu. Bruno was een fantastische gids veel verhalen over de historie maar ook over lokale leven. Lorenzo’s heeft een mooi concept om de lokale mensen te sturen. Dit is een echte aanrader om mee op pad te gaan!
Jeroen
Jeroen
2022-09-03
4-daagse Inca Jungle trail naar Machu Picchu De Inca Jungle trail was echt een fantastische ervaring en het hoogtepunt van onze reis door Peru. We hebben deze geboekt bij Lorenzo expeditions en alles was goed geregeld. Zeker als je wat afwisseling zoekt is deze optie perfect want het is een leuke combinatie van hiken en andere activiteiten zoals raften, mountainbiken & ziplinen. Deze activiteiten zijn ook zeker de moeite waard. Complimenten voor de gidsen Wilbert & Cristian. Beide heel enthousiast en vriendelijk! Door deze gidsen leer je het land & de cultuur ook echt goed kennen. Iets waar wij wel naar op zoek zijn. Wilbert heeft ons op Machu Picchu van alle informatie voorzien. Dank voor de fantastische ervaring!
Anouk S
Anouk S
2022-09-03
Fantastische ervaring Wat hebben we genoten van deze fantastische 4 dagen Inca jungle trail. Het is een actieve trail, maar met genoeg momenten rust en diversiteit. Van mountainbike, tot ziplinen en tijdens het hiken genoeg plezier. We hadden een erg fijne gids, Wilbert, die ons veel heeft bijgeleerd over niet alleen de activiteiten, maar ook over het leven in Peru. Wilbert heeft een erg prettige manier van vertellen. Hij vertelt het op zo een manier, alsof hij het zelf heeft beleefd. Je zit in zijn verhaal. Ook de tweede gids van de groep was een erg vrolijke en enthousiaste gids, Christian. Hij was erg behulpzaam en positief!
Pablo H
Pablo H
2022-09-01
Espectacular! Me habían recomendado este tour pero supero ampliamente mis expectativas, sin dudas vale cada dólar e incluso más ya q la calidad de todo es perfecta. Tuvimos la suerte de tener a wilbert como guía, he recorrido varios países y sin dudas es el mejor guía q me ha tocado, combina conocimiento, humor y profesionalismo. No duden en hacer esta experiencia xq es algo q lo van a recordar por siempre!
Fernanda M
Fernanda M
2022-09-01
Excelente todo, Willbert el mejor ! Vinimos 4 amigos desde Uruguay y tuvimos una excelente experiencia. Una empresa muy seria, que cumple con todo lo establecido y está en todos los detalles para que no haya preocupaciones. Solo disfrutar. Además de contar con la compañía del mejor guía Willbert, una persona muy cálida y amable que sabe muchísimo y lo explica muy bien. Realmente un placer haber compartido esta aventura con él. 100% recomendable!
Erik B
Erik B
2022-08-19
A spectacular adventure towards Machu Pichu. Guided by Wilbert (a pleasant personality!), we had an excellent and spectacular adventure. And Wil was able to combine that with a lot of nice stories about the ancient culture of the Inca’s and Machu Pichu. And not to forget all he could tell about birds, plants and Peru in general. Being with a family with 4 teenage boys, the downhill cycling, zip-line and rafting kept the tour a super experience for the whole family. Beautiful scenery too. Super! Any many thanks to our guide Wil !!

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