Extreme Adventure: Unforgettable Trekking 3 Days & 2 Nights on the Inca Trail


About this activity:

46.5 kilometers
3 days & 2 nights
From Cusco hotel or Sacred Valley hotel
Machu Picchu
Adventure, hiking, cultural

Tour details:

The classic Inca Trail is one of the most popular and famous routes in Peru, it is the only trail that connects directly to Machupicchu through the Sun Gate. Unlike the trek that lasts 4 days, this one last only 3 days, this means that it is the same route to follow but you will have to walk faster in less days. For this reason, if you are an intrepid person, sporty, fit, up for a challenge and looking for a challenging experience this tour is designed for you. Discover one of Peru’s most pristine landscapes and experience an Andean journey to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Hike through high mountain passes, mountain meadows and tropical cloud forests – be one of the many adventurers from around the world who have successfully completed this 3-day trek to Machu Picchu!

Like the famous archaeological site of Machu Picchu there are other places as big and beautiful it can only be accessed by walking several days, these places are little known Patallaqta, Wilcaracay, Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñaywayna and Intipata

Full Itinerary: Extreme Adventure: Unforgettable Trekking 3 Days & 2 Nights on the Inca Trail

Today is a very important day because you will receive the necessary information for your trekking trip, such as what to bring, how far our tour is, what places you will see, etc. Schedule is usually at 17:00hrs.

Our day begins with a pick up from your hotel at 4:30am and we will transfer by car to Piskacuchu, an area located at km 82 (51 miles) from Cusco (2,680 meters above sea level) we will make a short stop in Ollantaytambo to have breakfast. To start the trek, we walk along the banks of the Urubamba River. During the first few hours of walking, we will pass through villages where you will be able to appreciate the life of the local people. Then we will have a small mountain to climb to have a wonderful view of the archaeological site of Patallaqta, the site offers a wonderful view of the Urubamba Valley. We will then descend to the village of Wayllabamba to have lunch and get ready for the afternoon. After this we will begin a 4-hour ascent to reach the village of Llullucha Pampa, the location of your first camp (3,850 m). Throughout the hike we will appreciate varied flora and the temperature will begin to drop. Upon arrival at the camp our strong porters will be waiting for us with a delicious dinner and the tents ready to have a deserved rest.

  • Distance: 16 km
  • Estimated time: 7-8 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 12,630 feet /3,850m
  • Campsite: Llullucha Pampa
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

This day will be the hardest and longest but at the same time the most fascinating. We will reach 4,200 m, and we will pass through the highest point of the route the ”Warmiwañusqa pass” or ”the pass of the dead woman”, we will visit the tower called Runquracay. If you feel the effects of the altitude when crossing the first high pass, it is best not to stop or descend quickly to the Pakaymayu river valley. Then continue walking down the valley to the second pass: Abra Runkuraqay. After that, we will descend the mountain to reach Sayacmarca, we will have a moment to enjoy the view of this place if the weather is favorable. From here it is possible to appreciate the original Inca trail, we will have a stop for lunch in the place called Chaquicocha.

We will pass through beautiful subtropical vegetation and important archaeological sites. We will see the Inca site of Phuyupatamarca, then we will have a decent with steps that will make the walk a little strenuous. On the way down and through a cloud forest we will cross the beautiful site of Intipata and a little further down the ever-young Wiñay Wayna where we will have our dinner and say goodbye to our great team of porters.

  • Distance: 21 km
  • Estimated time: 9-10 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 13779.53 feet /4,200m
  • Campsite: Wiñaywayna
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is a very important day because we will visit the spectacular and famous Machupicchu. We will wake up very early approximately 3:30am, we will have 5 kilometers more to the Sungate to see the sunrise and if the weather favors us to have the first views of Machupicchu. We will enjoy enough time to take pictures and descend to the place of the postcard photo. We will arrive at the exit and after leaving our backpacks in the storage and use the restrooms we will start our tour of the lower part of Machu Picchu (circuit N°3), we will have enough time to rest and have lunch in Aguas Calientes and have our return train in the afternoon and our transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, we will leave you at your hotel to enjoy a well-deserved rest.

  • Distance: 6 km
  • Estimated time: 2 hours
  • Meals: Hot drinks & snacks
  • Additional notes: We suggest take early flights to Lima after 19:00hrs.

End of the services

Additional Information

  • Sport, moisture-wicking underwear
  • Base layers
  • Trekking T-Shirts (LS and SS)
  • Trekking shorts or pants
  • Fleece jacket and windbreaker
  • Warm jacket (for nights)
  • Rain gear or poncho
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp
  • Gloves
  • Walking sticks (available for rent)
  • Boots or hiking sandals
  • Trekking socks
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Hydration pack
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent)
  • Sleeping bag liner (available for rent)
  • Air mattress (available for rent)
  • Inflatable pillow (optional)
  • Ear plugs (optional)
  • Passport
  • Insurance
  • Trekking Towel (optional)
  • Swimsuit (optional – for hot springs on some treks)
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Baby wipes
  • Plastic bags
  • Blister care
  • General meds
  • Snacks
  • Toiletries
  • Cash
  • Camera
  • Power bank/battery charger for any electronics like smartphones/cameras

Additional Prices

FAQs Extreme Adventure: Unforgettable Trekking 3 Days & 2 Nights on the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is used to be a path which connected important places and regions, according to the chronicles there were around 3,000 different trails along the Tahuantinsuyo (Quechua language which means 4 suyos or Regions), actually we know one of this ancient footpaths that ends at Machu Picchu (It is possible there are more than one path connecting Machu Picchu). All these paths were connected to Cuzco, the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo or Inca Empire, and make easy the communication with people annexed as part of the Inca expansion process, and at the same time was an effective means of political-administrative, socioeconomic and cultural integration.

Yes, it does. The ancient footpath of the Incas was built to be a ritual path or a sacred path, people allowed to walk along this trail were royalties, who wanted to make a spiritual retreat in the Inca trail, was considered very especial for Incas because it connects the secret and spectacular Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is an Incan site built in 15th-century. It belonged to ancient Incan society situated almost 2500 m above sea level or 8000 feet, protected by UNESCO considered a ‘’World Heritage site’’. Machu Picchu attracts more than 5,000 people a day during the high season between May and October, with about 1 million people visiting the site yearly.

Pack animals carrying hikers’ gear are not allowed on the Inca Trail. But there are llamas living on the mountains; actually, they are domesticated by local communities. Remember that instead of horses, we have our strong porters caring all the equipment to make easier our trekking.

Mostly in the postcard photos you can get magnificent views which have been taken from 3 important places, with different angles that we have on the Machu Picchu site this are: The Sun Gate, Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain. The Sun Gate is just for people who do the Inca Trail and pass through this gate, for the other 2 options it is necessary of an extra permit but both of them wort it, you will be impressive of the views from the peaks of these mountains.

Both Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are permit restricted hikes that must be done within a certain time. You need to be arranged a few months in advance of your trip. Both offer amazing views of Machu Picchu from viewpoints directly above. Machu Picchu takes about 3 hours to top and is spectacular on a lovely day, but views are often restricted by clouds. Huaynapicchu takes 45 minutes to the top and is definitely the most popular of the three options. All views are amazing. Click here to watch a short video showing the difference between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huaynapicchu.

You can contact us. Just the tour operator travel companies has the license and the permit to buy and organize groups to do the Inca Trail. The tour operator will reserve your trek dates and will secure the Inca Trail Permits necessary to hike on the Inca Trail. You first book now, and we will contact you immediately we are going to give you all the details for you, and for any travelers going with you if you have a group. You will pay a balance deposit per person to secure your permit. The deposits can be paid separately, as long as we have one booking form that we can use to track payments. Once we have all deposits and details, we will then book your permits. When permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% set. All start dates, once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Basically, the tours are exactly the same, but the private tour will only be you and your family or friends you are not going to share service with anyone. Group tours include people from everywhere and all varieties of hiking abilities who go faster or slower than you.


  • Briefing and welcome meeting.
  • Hiking gear: four-man tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, table, foam mat
  • Chef and porters.
  • Drinking water each day (you can fill up your water bottle three times a day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Guided tours with professional guides - English speaking (ask for other languages speakers with the travel agent) - Passionate about sharing historical information, culture and customs of our locality.
  • Accommodation: This tour is 2 nights in campsite. We can easily add extra nights before or after the tour in a Hotel, if needed. Let your travel agent know if you are interested in extending the tour and we will quote you a price. Rates are based on double occupancy. Single tents are charged extra.
  • Transportation: All transportation is included in this trip. We will pick you up and make sure you are escorted until you are taken back to your hotel or to the airport.
  • Tickets: All tickets are included for Choquequirao site, entrance to Machu Picchu Circuit N°2, round trip bus tickets to/from Aguas Calientes.
  • Train Tickets: Train tickets are in tourist class Peru Rail or Inca Rail, from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes it is approximately at 19:00hrs and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is approximately at 14:55hrs, if you hoping to upgrade to Vistadome or 360° train then is $ 75 one way and $125 round trip.
  • Transfers: All transfers are included in our services till the end of the trip.
  • Meals: Only the meals specified in the itinerary are included.

Not included

  • Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu mountain ticket extra cost 75USD.
  • Flights: Flying to Cusco Peru can be tricky. Delays occur often and it is not uncommon for flights to be cancelled. Please be sure to arrive in the city at least two days before your trek start date. LATAM is the most reliable of the airlines, you must be sure that your domestic flights do not cause you to miss any of your tours.
  • Gratuities: Tipping is always appreciated and should be based completely on your satisfaction. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
  • Travel Insurance: This is not required, but always recommended. For those of you who live at sea-level, landing in Cusco Peru will take an adjustment period. Most people need one or two days to adjust. In case you have a hard time adjusting to the altitude.
  • Day packs: We recommend having snacks, water, hat, layers of clothing, insect repellent, documents and camera at all times, so you will probably have a small bag.
  • Sleeping bag (rentals available)
  • Inflatable air mattresses for extra comfort – 3 in /8 cm thick (rentals available)
  • Trekking poles (rentals available)
  • Last lunch in Machupicchu

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