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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 Days

The famous Classic Inca trail 3 days to Machu Picchu is designed for travelers who have less time and they want to hike the Classic Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu Citadel.

This three day trek also allows you to visit the most beautiful Incan sites along the way to Machu Picchu arriving at the Sun Gate for your first view of the Lost City of the Incas Machupicchu.

It is very important for potential trekkers for the three Day Inca Trail to understand that you will do the same trail as the Four-Day Inca Trail, just quicker.  Travelers need to be in moderate to excellent physical condition to be able to do this hike and arrive at Machu Picchu Inka Citadel in time.  If you think this trek may be too strenuous, you may book the four day Inca Trail which arrives to Sun Gate in three days but at a slower pace later in the day.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is generally believed to be one of the beautiful hikes the world has to offer.

inca trail 3 days

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 82 – Lluchapampa

We will depart for your Inca Trail Trek from Cusco at 4:30 am. in a private transport to arrive in the Inca’s Sacred Valley. We’ll have a break in Ollantaymabo for breakfast, then drive to Km 82, the starting point of the Inca Trail. We start the hike walking along the left shore of the sacred valley River, following the trail along a flat terrain, to the community of Miskay (2800 m /9184 ft). The first 2-hours of the hike are relatively easy as we make our way to our 1st Inca site, Patallaqta. This is an Inca checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. After we arrive to Patallaqta it’s another two hour hike to our lunch stop. After lunch we will hike uphill for another 3 hours until we reach the first night’s campsite at Lluchapampa (3800 meters). We’ll arrive to our campsite by 5:30PM 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.

Total Distance: 15 km (9,320 miles)

Estimated Walking Time: 7 hours

Maximum Altitude Point: 2,600 m (8,692 ft)

Campsite Altitude: 3,800 m (12,468 ft)

Day 2: Lluchapampa – Dead Woman’s Pass – Runkurakay Pass -Phuyupatamarca

Leave your alarm clocks at home. Instead, your wake up call will be a hot cup of coca tea in bed. We will start early. We’ll hike for roughly 2 hours to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215 meters/13829 feet). On reaching the pass we will stop for a small break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayo Hidden River). It’s another 2 hours down the side of the valley to our lunch stop and a chance to refill our water bottles. After lunch we’ll start ascending again to the second pass of the hike. It’s two hours to the pass and along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runku Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another 3 hours downhill and Inca flat (gradual inclines), as we make our way towards our final campsite, Phuyupatamarca (3,680 meters). This site of the Inca Trail had stunning views of the salkantay mountain range, as well as abundant flora and fauna. We’ll reach to our camping site, where we’ll get our first view of Machu Picchu mountain and the sacred valley river. We’ll settle in to our campsite, as the sun goes down, we can enjoy the beautiful sunset over the andes snow-capped peaks.

Total Distance: 16 km (10 miles)

Estimated Walking Time: 9 hours

Maximum Altitude Point: 4,215 m (13,821 ft)

Campsite Altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)

Day 3: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu

Today, we’ll have a chance to enjoy one of the most spectacular sunrises on the Inca Trail trek, weather permitting. After breakfast you´ll have a guided tour of Phuyupatamarca, and then we will start our way down the long descending stone steps. This will lead us to Wiñay Wayna (2,650 m/8, 692 ft), which is where we will have the lunch. As we near the bottom of the staircase, we’ll take a side path of the main route to visit the site of Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). This site has beautiful views of the Sacred Valley. It was an important agricultural site for Machu Picchu. We’ll spend some time at Intipata, and then continue on to Wiñay Wayna, the biggest archaeological site on the Inca Trail, besides Machu Picchu. After our visit, we will have our last lunch with the porters. Following, it is a tradition on the Inca Trail to have a thanking ceremony for all the hard work the porters and cooks have provided. If you wish, you may leave a tip for them, at this time. After we’ve said goodbye to our team, we will carry on to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), where we’ll get our first views of Machu Picchu. It will take about an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones in the highland jungle to arrive the Sun Gate. Following, it is about another hour down to the site itself. After taking photos, you will have a two hour guided tour by your private English speaking guide. After that, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself.  When you are done exploring, you can either take a bus, or walk, down to Aguas Calientes for Dinner (not included). Following, you will take the 6:30 pm train back to Ollantaytambo, and then a bus to Cusco, where you will be brought back to your hotel. You will arrive around 10 pm.

Total Distance: 11 km (614 miles)

Estimated Walking Time: 5 hours

Maximum Altitude Point: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)


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