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Inca Trail Hike Challenge

Inca Trail Hike Challenge

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 road tour is an unforgettable experience. The road 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. All of this makes the visitor to meditate about 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 Tawantinsuyo 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 roads ran mostly along the coast and the mountains, and in some cases it reached the Amazon rainforest as it is the case of this amazing trek. 

This is the fastest version of the 4 day Classic Inca Trail. In this tour you will visit Machu Picchu and then return to Cusco on the night of the third day. This tour consist of 3 days of trekking until arriving to Machu Picchu and 2 nights of camping. During the days of trekking, we make stops to rest and lunch before arriving to each of our camps. Finally we will conclude the tour with the arrival to Machu Picchu through the door of the sun, then we will begin our guided tour in the citadel and we will return to Cusco. If you are interested on booking the tour of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we suggest that you make your reservations with at least 4 months of anticipation. The tickets to this impressive tour to Machu Picchu have a restricted limit of people. The incomes sold per day are only 500 (divided into 200 spaces for tourist and 300 for porters).

Quick 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

Crew: A Salkantay Trek Machu representative in Cusco and a professional Tour Guide on the 3 Day Inca Trail.

Accommodation: Camping (2 night).

Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner (Please add USD 20 – 30 for not included meals).
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train.


Inca Trail Tours

Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Ayapata

The short tour to The Inca Trail starts with the pick up at your hotel or hostel (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, 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 you identity document (with the same one you did your reservations).
The Inca trail starts at 2,720 MAMSL. Once you pass for 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. 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 - Warmiwañusca – chaquicocha

This is going to be the hardest day and the more rewarding at the same time of the Inca Trail. We will find spectacular Andean landscapes and vegetation of 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 this 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 continue the descent for 1 hour and a half until we reach our camp at Chaquicocha (3,600 MAMSL).

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

Today will be the more extraordinary day of the trek. We are going to visit many archaeological sites in the road like: Phuyupatamarka, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna (means “forever young”). After lunch, we will leave Wiñay Wayna at 12:00 p.m. in order to reach Inti Punku or “The door of the Sun” which has a height of 273 meters. You will see the first views of Machu Picchu at the door of the Sun, you can also watch the sun set 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 classis photo (picture postcard) with the ancient city. In Machu Picchu, you will have your 2 hour 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.



  • Inca Trail crew: Professional guides certificated in tourism, graduated of the university and fluent with 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 and oxygen cylinder that they carry everywhere they go).
  • Professional cooks and 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. 
  • 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 with all the security accessories according to the amount of tourist. Our driver has many years of experience.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu: This is the only ticket that will allow you to cross the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu (Does not include the ascent to Huaynapicchu).
  • Suitable equipment: Professional tents of the brand Doite, Kaylas and Pro-Aconcahua, with capacity for 3 people but to give you more comfort they are used by two people. Personal inflatable mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs and camping tables. 
  • 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. 
  • Breakfast: 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. 
  • Train ticket and return transportation to Ollantaytambo at the end of your Inca Trail (Expedition class) and return transportation to Cusco.


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.
  • Sleeping bag, walking sticks (These can be rented at our office. All our sleeping bags are washed after being used).
  • 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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