Classic Trail to Machu Picchu – Private Service
(3 Days / 2 Nights)

Trek Machu Picchu Tours – Inca Trail

Our 3 Day Inca Trail is the best alternative to the classic 4 Days, this hike covers the same routes as the classic one.

Tour Description

This famous hike takes around 45 km / 26 miles and its combines with mysterious archaeological sites, beautiful and amazing scenery, cloud forest (flora and fauna) and has been designed for the travelers who do not have much time to complete the 4 Day Inca Trail. South Adventure Peru Tours provide the most personalized service, making your dream come true!!

Appropriate clothing along the 3 Day Inca Trail:

For this 3 Day Hike, we suggest you to bring hiking pants, T-shirt which are very recommendable during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleece and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light rain gear available in the daypack (Rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in the first two campsites, down jackets can be useful, otherwise fleece and jacket. During the 3rd Day, it will make sun and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are very useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The climate in Cusco and Inca Trail is divided into 2 differentiated seasons such as, the rainy season is from November to March (The heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January to March) and the dry season from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night

Along the Inca Trail, temperatures range from 15-20 ºC during the day if it´s sunny, to 05-10 ºC during the day if not sunny or 0-05 ºC at night in the first 2 campsites. At Wiñayhuayna and Machu Picchu, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.

Student permit:

If you are student, send us and scan of your student card (ISIC Card only) through e-mail at the same booking time (valid student cards are the International ISIC cards. Are not valid teacher’s card, or youth travel card. Notice that only the complete details will allow us to get your permit and save a spot for you, also make sure that if you renewing your passport after reserving the Inca trail what counts in the passport number on which you made the booking. So, bring the old and the new passport in order to avoid problems at the Inca trail check point, which is very strict.

Student Permit Requirements
Pricing and Reservations

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (3D/2N)

For 2-4 People
• $795 USD per Person

For 5-6 People
• $750 USD per Person

For 7+ People
• $695 USD per Person

Optional Add-ons
• $30.00 – Trekking Poles – 1 Pair
• $70.00 – Personal Porter for 9 kilos
• $140.00 – Personal Porter for 18 kilos
• $30.00 – Single Tent for 3 nights
• $70.00 – Entrance to Huaynapicchu – book in advance
• $65.00 – Extra Night in Aguas Calientes
• $55.00 – Upgrade train to Vistadome

Schedule and Duration
What's Included
What's NOT Included
What to Bring

Important note:

Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the Trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly. Note: that the Trail is closed every February for cleaning.

If you are a group of 2 – 3 or more people and there is still enough Permits Available in the Park (Ministry of culture MC), then we can open a new departure date according to your required date as long as it is not alongside another group departure date.

* If for any reason you miss out on a trek permit you can still visit Machu Picchu by train. See the many options into our web site such as : 2 Day or 2 Day trip to Machu Picchu / 2 Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu / 2 and 3 Day hike to Huchuy Qosqo with Machu Picchu so I suggest you get further information from each and let us know which one is great option for you !!

Important New Trail regulation MC
Confirmed Departure Dates

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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Private Service (3 Days / 2 Nights)

Detailed Travel Program

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (3D/2N)

We take small groups, why?

The principal reason to take small groups, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the Inca trail, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference “often over one hour in a section of the trail” between the fastest and slowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guide’s explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Small groups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.

What are the benefits of doing a private tour?

One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.

Tour Itinerary

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (3D/2N)

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu 3D/2N

Our 3 Day Inca Trail is the best alternative to the classic 4 Days, this hike covers the same routes as the classic one.

Important new trail regulation MC (Ministry of culture)

1. – Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 People per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.
2. – Your passport details and ISIC student card if applicable must be presented to the UGM park control to obtain a permit. You must scan / fax your valid ISIC card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk losing your permit. YOUTH TRAVEL CARD or ISTC is not accepted by the control.
3. – We have daily departures for the 4 day Inca trail (except in all February) and from May to October (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 3 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date.
4. – For lower season dates November to April there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.

Day OneDay TwoDay Three

Day 1

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km82 – Llulluchapampa (B, L&D)

After your delicious breakfast, you will be picked up from your Hotel at 4:00 am and then you will be carry in our comfortable transport straight to Km 82 which is the beginning of the classic Inca Trail. We will start our hike after pass the official control where will keep the left shore of the Urubamba River, following the trail along a flat terrain, we will get in Miskay located above 2,800 m.a.s.l / 9,185ft from where , we will descend and finally see the Inca complex of Llactapata located above 2,750 m.a.s.l / 9,020ft . We continue with our own paced walking along the Valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing until we reach the farming community of Wayllabamba located above 3,000m.a.s.l / 9840ft, along the way, you will be able to observe spectacular views of Vilcanota mountains range on the opposite side of the Urubamba River from where we will see the impressive Veronica peak located above 5,832 m.a.s.l / 19133.86, we leave Wyallabamba behind to begin the most difficult part of the trek which consist of an abrupt ans steep ascent that stretches for 9 Kilometers and reaches the first mountain pass in the Inca Trail, the Abra Warmihuañusca or Dead Woman´s Pass located above 4,200 m.a.s.l /13,780ft . We only climb half up the pass and we will stop at Llulluchapampa where we will camp and spend the night over here.

While you will take rest inside of your tent, our cook will be preparing the delicious and tasty dinner. Along the climb, the landscape changes from Sierra to Pune a dry and high area with little vegetation. We will also cross an area called cloud forest which is the habitat for many different kinds if birds such as hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear which is also called the spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus) We advise that on this day and the next one specially your daypack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar high and help with altitude sickness.

Tonight, you will have tasty dinner and sleep here above 3,850 m.a.s.l / 12631.23 ft.
• Meals : B,L&D
• Total distance Approx : 17 Kilometers
• Time of walking : Around 8 to 9 hours
• Maximum altitude : 3,850 m.a.s.l / 12631.23 ft

Day 2

Llulluchapampa – Phuyupatamarca ( B-L&D )

After enjoying our buffet breakfast, we continue with our hike up the highest point in the Inca Trail where you will reach the Dead´s Woman Pass 4,200 m.a.s.l /13,780ft after around 2 and half hours and exploring the mountain, we will descend into Pacaymayo valley located above 3,600m.a.s.l / 11,808ft from which we then start o climb to the second pass which is Abra Runcurakay located above 3,970m.a.s.l/13,022ft half way up, we will visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site is located above 3,800 m.a.s.l /12,464 ft consist pf a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower, after going over the pass, we will descend towards Yanacocha or black lagoon and enter the cloud – forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca located above 3,624 m.a.s.l / 11,887ft. This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we will arrive at the third pass which is Abra Phuyupatamarca located above 3,700m.a.s.l / 12136ft and along this climb, we can appreciate the magnitude of the Inca’s ancient craft by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in prefect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We will go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain, 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 will spend the night here and enjoy our delicious buffet dinner.
• Meals : B,L&D
• Total distance Approx : 15 Kilometers
• Time of walking : Around 9 hours
• Maximum altitude : 4,200 m.a.s.l / 13,780ft
• Camp site altitude : 3,700 m.a.s.l /12,136ft

Day 3

Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco by Inka Rail or Expedition ( B )

Today after your buffet breakfast, we will have the chance to appreciate one of the most spectacular sunrises in the Inca Trail, provided the sky is clear as Phuyupatamarca´s location offers awesome views at this moment of the day. We then start our way through the long descending stone steps which will lead us to Wiñayhuayna located above 2,650ma.a.s.l/ 8,692ft this is the biggest archaeological sites along the Inca Trail besides Machu Picchu and consist 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 Wiñayhuayna to climb to Intipunku or Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along the train of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle, from this fabulous spot, we will enjoy spectacular views over the Sacred Valley citadel of Machu Picchu , weather permitting . From Intipunku, a short walk brings us down to the entrance from where we continue with a guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take aprrox. 2 hours. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel. Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 65 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco.

After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel.
• Meals : B
• Total distance Approx : 11 Kilometers
• Time of walking : Around 5 hours + Machu Picchu
• Maximum altitude : 3,600 m.a.s.l / 11,811.02ft
• Camp site altitude : 2,400 m.a.s.l / 7874,016ft

Tour Details

Our 3 Day Inca Trail is the best alternative to the classic 4 Days, this hike covers the same routes as the classic one

Start Time:
• 4:00 am

Duration:
• 3 Days

Additional Important Information

New Information from the Peruvian Authorities
Important New Trail regulation MC
Confirmed Departure Dates
Pricing and Reservations

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (3D/2N)

For 2-4 People
• $795 USD per Person

For 5-6 People
• $750 USD per Person

For 7+ People
• $695 USD per Person

Optional Add-ons
• $30.00 – Trekking Poles – 1 Pair
• $70.00 – Personal Porter for 9 kilos
• $140.00 – Personal Porter for 18 kilos
• $30.00 – Single Tent for 3 nights
• $70.00 – Entrance to Huaynapicchu – book in advance
• $65.00 – Extra Night in Aguas Calientes
• $55.00 – Upgrade train to Vistadome

Schedule and Duration
What's Included
What's NOT Included
What to Bring

Inca Trails FAQ and Additional Information

Classic Trail to Machu Picchu – Private Service (3D/2N)

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Frequently Asked Questions by our Customers

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What kind of drinking water is available?
What are the toilets like along the trail?
How fit do I need to be to do the Inca Trail?
How much should I tip?

Inca Trail Preparations

The maximum altitude reached is 4200m above sea level. On the second day of the trek you will climb nearly 1200m. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. Try walking 15km in a day or go to the gym in the months leading up to the trek. The good news is that virtually everyone who starts the trek finishes it!.

Altitude Effects

At higher altitudes the air pressure becomes less and the air becomes thinner. This creates a shortage of oxygen for your body. This effect is noticeable at altitudes of over 3000m above sea level. Cuzco is at an altitude of 3400m and the highest point on the Inca trail is at 4200m. At this height a lungful gives you about 50% less oxygen than at sea level. To help compensate for this reduced amount of oxygen you have to breathe twice as fast and your heart has to work much harder to pump the oxygen around your body. Your body also tries to concentrate the number of red blood cells (which carry the oxygen). This is done by getting rid of excess fluid (urinating more frequently) and by producing more red blood cells although the latter process may take a week. On reaching heights above 3000m, heart pounding and shortness of breath are a normal response to the lack of oxygen in the air. However, for some visitors these symptoms can deteriorate into a conditions known as Soroche (or acute mountain sickness) when you can start to experience headaches, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness, sleeplessness and often nausea. Symptoms usually develop within the first day or two at altitude, but may be delayed by up to 2 weeks. To prevent Soroche, try to take things easy as soon as you arrive. Once settled in your hotel room has a lie down for a while and drinks plenty of fluids. Don’t plan any strenuous treks until you’ve acclimatized for a few days. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. Drinking mate de coca (an infusion of coca leaves) may help. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. On recovery one can re-ascend slowly or in stages. The drug Diamox is often used by many visitors to speed the acclimatization process and counter the symptoms of Soroche. It can now be purchased in most pharmacies in Cuzco.

What to Bring (Packing List)

• Original passport to be showed in the park control of the trail (Day 1).
• Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
• Hiking boots (waterproof), sneakers is welcome to but for the rainy is not enough comfortable.
• Long pants or slacks & Warm sleeping bag Minus 20ºC
• A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
• Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
• T-shirts and Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions.
• Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature especially at night
• Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
• Gloves or Mittens, scarf, Wool socks, Woolen hat for cold nights.
• Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December – April, but during the dry season can be raining too
• Camera with extra batteries and flash light , head torch and extra batteries
• Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna, or in Aguas Calientes town
• Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc.).
• Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Inca Trail
• Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
• Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
• 2 Liter water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machu Picchu site.
• Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water.
• Bathing clothes for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
• Extra money for drinks and tips , souvenirs in Soles
• First Aid kit (alcohol, aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
• Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
• Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
• Optional: Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No Damage the Inca Trail) without rubber covers you CAN’T use them.
• Optional: Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the Inca route.
• Optional: GPS to map the campsites, the ruins and the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU

What does the company provide?

The company provides all camping equipment, communication equipment, chemical toilets, individual tents, dining tents, dining chairs, mattresses, all fresh food, cooking equipment, cooking gas, drinking water and portable showers. Sleeping bags and pillows are provided on all superior, premium and luxury treks along with a personal masseuse and yoga instructor. We also provide a cook, cook’s assistant, and all porters to carry all equipment. A qualified English speaking guide who is trained in first aid with a portable oxygen tank will be the leader of the trek. On all Luxury treks, a company assistant will also be present to assure that a very high level of service is given. Please note that the personal tents are not in the same style as African safari tents due to the size and weight limitations that porters are allowed to carry. Everything available to you on this adventure will have been carried by the team of porters.

Porter’s Conditions

The working conditions of our porters are very important to us. We select porters who are not only reliable, hard working and honest but also who can play musical instruments, recite Quechua stories and sing Quechua songs. It is important that our porters are happy working for us and are committed to staying with the company for long term. To ensure this, we provide amongst the highest porter’s salaries in the industry, we also provide comfortable working conditions, their own sleeping tent, individual mattresses and very good food, not the left- over’s of the group. Our porters have recognized this and are the most company loyal porters in the entire region. We are proud of this and will continue to provide superior conditions for our porters, amongst the most hard working and diligent people we have ever come across.