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Llactapata Trek to Machu Picchu

Llactapata Trek to Machu Picchu

This walkthrough is similar to Llactapata Short Inca Trail 2 days. Llactapata by name in Quechua means "High City" this shows us her incredible condition located 2.840 meters above the sea, this archaeological site is in the classic Inca Trail.

Llactapata fulfilled religious and agricultural importance is reflected by its proximity to other resorts where Pulpituyoc ceremony as important as wealth and fertile lands which were very well used were made. The strategic location indicates its importance which expressed the Inca domination. Llactapata is a great lookout point to Machu Picchu!, so we invite you to enjoy the breathtaking views of the landscape of the cloud forest.

This trail is an alternative short Inca Trail to get Machu Picchu instead of doing short Short Inca Trail, this trail is available all year for all hikers who want to hike Machu Picchu and do not have much time.


Quick itinerary of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu via Llactapata:


Day 01: Hike to Llactapata

Day 02: Hike to Machu Picchu 


Highlights of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu via Llactapata:

  • Visit of a Peruvian cloud forest
  • 2-day hike with a professional Tour Guide
  • Guided tour of the Incan complex of Llactapata
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Climb to Huayna Picchu (not included)

Crew: Salkantay Trek Machu representatives in Cusco and a professional Tour Guide of the trek.

Accommodation: Hostel (1 night).

Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner (Please allow USD 20 - 30 for meals not included).

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train.


Alternatives Treks:

Day 01: Cusco - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

At 6:30 am, we pick you up from your hotel to take by private vehicle to Hidrolectrica (hydroelectric plant). During this 5 hour ride, we can observe cloud forest and mountain landscapes, for example Abra Malaga (4,550 m). When in Hidrolectrica, we get off the vehicle and start climbing to Llactapata Incan complex where we receive a guided tour. Later on, we return to Hidrolectrica and from there, we walk for 3 hours along trails until Aguas Calientes (a small town just below Machu Picchu). We overnight there in a nice hostel with a private bathroom.

Day 02: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Today, we wake up very early to hike for 2 hours up to Machu Picchu!! In this amazing Incan citadel, our Tour Guide explains us about its each part function and its history. Then, we are given time off to hike Huayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time down) where we can take panoramic photos of Machu Picchu! Later, we can return to Machu Picchu and explore it on our own. In the evening, we return to Cusco by train and then by bus.

Please note! If Huayna Picchu is fully booked in the time of your booking, we might replace it with Machu Picchu Mountain (a place where all typical postcard photos of Machu Picchu are taken) hiking!


  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide;
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the trek.
  • Accommodation: hostel (1 night); 
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide;
  • Tourist train (Expedition) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the second day,
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu ($9.50 one way or $18.50 a round trip),
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tourist train from Hidrolectrica to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu mountain (U$80) or Machu Picchu Mountain (U$80)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.
Meal budget: Please allow USD 20-30 for meals not included.
Single room: If you like a single room for this trek, please choose the "Single room" option during your booking.
Local flights: No local flight is included in the trek´s price!

Inca Trail Vs Short Alternative Treks

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is included in the “Things to do” of a lot of people, 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 alternative treks and how challenging you like your treks.


You have to take into account that usually you will need to book in very advanced the Inca Trail, and in case it is fully booked, we recommend other good alternatives:

Extra Information to the trek



We recommend to bring Hiking pants and T-shirts 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. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night.



  • Original passport (+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Pocket money (Nuevos Soles)
  • A backpack
  • A small rucksack
  • Sun cream or sun block
  • Small towel and toiletries
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite)
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold)
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria cases have been reported during this trip!)
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions)
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes)
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refill.
  • Optional: walking sticks; you can also rent it from us
  • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during the entire trek, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.

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