3 Day Inca Trail Intrepid | Machu Picchu 3 Day Hike 2023
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3 Day Inca Trail Intrepid Private Tour

3 Day Inca Trail Intrepid Private Tour

The lost city of the Incas is without a doubt a city symbol of the Inca civilization. The royal path that carried pilgrims and authorized officers of the empire to the sacred city is nowadays the “Inca Trail”.
This Andean Inca Trail tour is an unforgettable experience. The Inca path is paved with blocks of stone and it has stone ladders, tunnels and wooden bridges that cross rivers, temperate valleys, the warm cloud forest and the cold Andean heights. This makes visitors meditate on the intellect and the spiritual greatness of the Andean man whose greatest achievement was the Inca civilization.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of a system of more than 30,000 kilometers of roads that integrated the vast network of the Tawantinsuyu from the south of Colombia to the center of Chile passing by Quito, Ecuador; Cajamarca, Huanuco, Jauja, Huamanga and Cusco in Peru; La Paz and Cochabamba in Bolivia to Salta and Tucuman in Argentina. These Inca trails ran mostly along the coast and the mountains, and in some cases, they reached the Amazon rainforest as is the case of this amazing trek.

This is the fastest version of the 4-day Inca Trail. On the 3-Day Inca Trail Intrepid, you will observe the Patallacta inca site and visit Pacaymayu, Runkuracay, Phuyupatamarca, and Wiñaywayna Inca sites. Once complete your Inca Trail challenge,  return to Cusco on the night of the third day. This Machu Picchu hike consists of three days on the most beautiful scenic trails until arriving at the lost city of the Incas. During the hike, we make stops to take a rest, explore the inca sites, view the mountains, and have lunch before arriving at each of our camps. On the last day wake up early and start to walk to the door of the sun, where you will view sunrise and it is the best moment to take pictures for your memories, continue the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and once arrive on guided tour of Inca city

If you are interested in booking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour, we recommend you make your reservations in advance. There are only 500 spots available for the Inca trail permits (divided into 200 spaces for tourists and 300 professional tour guides, trekking chefs and Chasquis porters).

3 Day Inca Trail Overview

Sustainable Tourism: At Salkantay Trek Machu, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism and support local communities.

Difficulty Hike: 4 Moderate & Difficult.

Age Requirements: 12+

Crew: A Salkantay Trek Machu representative in Cusco and a professional tour guide, trekking chefs, and Chasquis porters.

Accommodation: 2x Campsite (Llulluchapampa -  Phuyupatamarca or Wiñaywayna).

Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner, 2x afternoon hot beverage 

Transportation: Private transportation and train.

Camping Equipment: A double tent, Air sleeping roll mattress, feather sleeping bag (-5 grade), a pair of hiking poles, air pillow camping, and others (More details, You can view our camping equipment included!). 


Inca Trail Intrepid Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco – Km 82 – Ayapata.

Day 02: Ayapata – Warmiwanusca – Chaquicocha.

Day 03: Chaquicocha – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco. 


Highlights of the Inca Trail 3 Days/2 Nights. 

  • Trekking the Inca Trail for 3 days enjoying explanations of a professional Tour Guide.
  • Exploration of the mystical Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoyed the most beautiful landscapes of the Classic Inca Trail
  • 3 Day Inca Trail involves 2 nights camping, professional guide, cook and porters
  • Hiking to Machu Picchu only in 3 Days and explore the lost city of the Incas

Machu Picchu 3 day hike: Camping

Machu Picchu 3 day hike camping equipment


Inca Trail Tours

Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Ayapata

The 3-day Inca Trail starts with the pick-up at your hotel or Airbnb (5:30 am approx.) We will travel for an hour and a half to Ollantaytambo, where we stop for breakfast. After our stop, we will continue our journey by heading to km 82, the place where the respective admission control of the Inca Trail is placed. In this place, you will have to show your tickets with your passport and your identity document (with the same one you did your reservations).
The 3 day Inca Trail starts at 2,720 MAMSL. Once you pass all the respective controls on the control point, we will cross a suspension bridge across the Vilcanota River. The first day is relatively easy and is considered the day of warm-up since the terrain is relatively flat. On this day we will have wonderful views of the Incan fortress of Huillca Raccay, the incredible archaeological site of LLactapacta (officially called “Patallacta”), the Mountain range of Urubamba that divides the jungle with the Andes, and the beautiful snowy Mountain od W’akay Willca at 5,860 MAMSL (also known as Veronica). Our first camp will be in Ayapata, located 60 minutes walk from the small village of Wayllabamba, with a height of 3,300 MAMSL.

Day 02: Ayapata - Warmiwanusca - Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca or Winaywayna

This is going to be the hardest day and the more rewarding at the same time as the Inca Trail challenge. We will find spectacular Andean landscapes and vegetation in the place. The day will start at 5:00 a.m. and after a good breakfast, we will start the ascent for 4 hours up to the highest point of the road, The Abra of Huarmihuanusca or “Step of the dead woman” with a height of 4,200 MAMSL. During 3 day Inca trail tour, you can appreciate that the vegetation is varied with native plants and trees such as the Polilepys or Q’ueuña, which grow in the cloud forest at an altitude of 3,650 MAMSL. After the 4 hours of ascent, having reached the highest point, we celebrate together.
After a break, we will start the descent for an hour and a half to the second point where we will have lunch (Pacamayo 3,500 MAMSL). After lunch, we will start with the last part of the rise for 2 hours heading to the Abra of Runkurakay at an altitude of 4,000 MAMSL. Once in the passage and after a rest, we will descend to Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna Inca sites, We walk 4 hours approx and a half until we reach our camp at Wiñaywayna.

Day 03: Winay Wayna - Machu Picchu

Wake up early and we will leave Wiñay Wayna at 04:00 am. in order to reach Inti Punku or “The door of the Sun” which has a height of 2730 meters. You will see the first views of Machu Picchu at the door of the Sun, you can also watch the sunrise from there.
Finally, we will continue walking through the last section of the Inca Trail until we reach the place where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard) with the ancient city. In Machu Picchu, you will have your 2 hours guided tour. After your guided tour, we will go to the main entrance where we board the bus to Aguas Calientes and then we will make the delivery of your train ticket for your journey back to Cusco.

What is included Inca Trail 3 Days?

Inca Trail crew

  • Professional tour guide certificated in tourism, graduated from the university and fluent in several languages, with knowledge of the Andean Culture, prepared in first-aid and rescue courses (Trained to use the first-aid kit, we count with an oxygen cylinder that they carry everywhere they go).
  • Trekking Chef: Our chef is a specialist to prepare typical and natural food. Our products to prepare the food are organic
  • Porters who grew up in Andean communities: They will take care of carrying all the equipment that we use throughout the Inca Trail. You only have to carry your own backpack with your personal objects. 

Important Note: Our guide will be meeting in your hotel 2 or 1 day before the intrepid trek. It is very important to let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco.


Inca Trail Tickets

  • Inca Trail permits: This is the only ticket that will allow you to cross the Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu tickets: Visit Machu Picchu (Does not include the ascent to Huaynapicchu mountain).


Foods in the Inca Trail

  • 2x Breakfasts: The breakfast includes milk, coffee, tea, and leaf tea. You can accompany them with toast, bread, butter, jam, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and oats. Traditional Andean food can be served for lunch. Dinner includes chicken, beef or lamb, fish with potatoes or other main dishes. Snacks include fruits, sweets, chocolates and sandwiches. We will also offer you hot drinks in our tea time where a selection of aromatic teas and leaf teas, coffee, popcorn and cookies will be served. 
  • 2x Lunch
  • 2x Dinners
  • Varied food: We offer the vegetarian option and all kinds of special food according to your requirement at the time you make your reservation. During your Inca Trail, you can drink a variety of teas and leaf teas.
  • Snack: During the hike our cook will provide some snack.


Camping equipment included

  • Suitable equipment: Professional tents of the brand Eureka tents, with a capacity for 4 people but to give you more comfort they are used by two people.
  • For your sleeping: Sleeping bag (-5 grade), personal inflatable mattresses, air pillow, blanket, and hot water bottle for your feet
  • For your trek on the Inca Trail: A pair of hiking poles and a rain poncho.
  • A personal duffel bag: Our guide will provide a duffel bag for your personal belongings (7 kg including the sleeping bag)
  • Dining and cooking tents: Kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs and camping tables.
  • Toilet tent: In each campsite, our porters will set up the bathroom tent for you to use or you can use the local bathroom, there are bathrooms during the trek


Tourist Transport & Train

  • Transport: We will pick you up from your hotel and then we will go to km 82. We use buses and private mini-vans. They are really comfortable and they count all the security accessories according to the number of tourists. Our driver has many years of experience.
  • Train ticket and return transportation to Ollantaytambo at the end of your Inca Trail and return transportation to Cusco.


Inca Trail Camping equipment

Inca Trail camping equipment


Not included:

  • Breakfast on the first day of the tour. If you did not have breakfast at your hotel, we will make a stop in Ollantaytambo for you so you can have breakfast.
  • Lunch on the last day after visiting Machu Picchu.
  • Huayna Picchu Tickets (U$ 80)
  • Peru Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and porters (optional).

Inca Trail Vs Alternative Hikes

Many people include Peru in their “Things to do” list, the main reason being to Trek the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, although what most people don’t know is that there are various Inca Trails Trips to Machu Picchu to pick from in the Cusco region. The difference lies in what kind of an experience you want, hiking the Inca trail and how challenging you like your treks.


If you want to say that you’ve hiked the famous hike to Machu Picchu, then the Classic Inca Trail is for you. But usually, you will need to book in advance, in case it is fully booked, we recommend other alternative treks:

Inca Trail Packing list & Extra Information


Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. If you have extra porter, the porter carry your luggage from Km82 (1st day) to Wiñay wayna camping (3th day). If you don’t have extra porter. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb. You will need to carry clothes, sleeping bag.


If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Inca Trail is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to putting your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.



Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.



  • Passport original
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Cash in soles
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for Sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)

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