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This trek is like no other in the Cusco region and a perfect option for people who would like to do a shorter trek at a lower altitude (the highest pass is 3,800m / ft needed). While this trek is the shortest of the alternatives, it has the most ruins to see along the way.

Private Service Price

  • 2 people    USD$ 525.00 per person
  • 3 people    USD$ 485.00 per person
  • 4 people    USD$ 465.00 per person
  • 5+ people USD$ 450.00 per person


  • Student Discount: USD $25.00 (requires ISIC Card)
  • Under 18’s Discount: USD $25.00

Optional extras NOT included (need to book in advance):

  • Sleeping Bag US $45.00
  • Pair of trekking poles US $25.00
  • Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain:  US $20.00 
  • Climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain: US $20.00 
  • Vistadome Train: Aguas Calientes – Cusco: US $50.00

Every Day Of The Year

Departure dates: We have potential group trips for the Inka Trail every day of the year, except in February when the trail is closed for maintenance. 

Note: You are able to visit Machu Picchu by train in February.

Availability: Only 500 people are allowed on the Inka Trail per day and this includes tourists, guides, porters and chefs. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, you should make your reservation months in advance. Also, please note, all agencies have the same number of spaces, so if one agency is not able to accommodate your dates, none of them will be able to.

Details & Itinerary

This trek is like no other in the Cusco region and a perfect option for people who would like to do a shorter trek at a lower altitude (the highest pass is 3,800m / ft needed). While this trek is the shortest of the alternatives, it has the most ruins to see along the way.

Level: medium.


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Day 1: Cusco – Patabamba – Huchuy Qosqo

We will begin the tour with an early morning pick up at 7:30 a.m. from your hotel, to drive right over to Patabamba (3800m). The day’s hike will start there and will continue through Andean landscapes and over the Pukamarca Pass (4,200m). We will carry on along a path that leads to the town of Tauca where we will find archaeological remains and wild crops such as tarwi, and a large number of cacti. 

Following the path, we will descend towards the beautiful, remote Andean town, Pukamarca at 4010m, where we may enjoy views of the surrounding area, immense mountains, and snowy peaks of Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan. After a short break, we will continue downhill on a mystical ancient path which will lead us to the Leon Punku Ravine. Passing through a narrow crevice between immense rock walls, we will visit some Inkan remains: various Inka bridges and sets of stairs (some of the best Inka stairs anywhere). This canyon is absolutely magical, with various geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river flow to Huchuy Qosqo (3600m). We will later continue on to Huchuy Qosqo, where we will set up camp for the evening.  

Day 2: HuchuyQosqo – Lamay - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Huchuy Qosqo is an Inkan archaeological complex which is perched precariously on the side of a mountain with imposing architecture that includes a large, open ceremonial center, from which there’s an amazing, panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the Vilconata snow-capped mountain range. While in the complex, we will receive a guided tour, and afterwards we will climb down the steep mountainside* to Lamay (3000m / 9840 ft.), a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Later in the afternoon, we’ll take private transport to Ollantaytambo and board an afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride to Aguas Calientes is an absolutely gorgeous route, renowned around the world for its beauty. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes all clients will be shown to their respective hotels.

*please note, this descent is very steep and the path is full of gravel. We recommend taking it slow and using trekking poles for support. 

Day 3: Machu Picchu - Cusco

After enjoying an early morning breakfast at your hotel, you will want to take the earliest bus up to Machu Picchu that you can. The first bus leaves at around 5:30 a.m., though the queue starts much earlier, and the journey is about 30 minutes. You will be able to explore the ruins a bit, or climb Huayna Picchu (if you booked in advance) before taking part in our 2.5-hour guided tour of the site. Afterwards, you will have some more time to explore on your own, before returning to Aguas Calientes to catch the afternoon train back to Cusco, at around 5:05 p.m. or earlier for the Vista Dome, but it is subject to availability. We’ll arrive in Poroy at approximately 8:00 p.m. and meet an agency representative who will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.


  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Patabamba (starting point of the trek)
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Transport from Lamay to Ollantaytambo 
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, vegetarian options are available) 
  • Horsemen and mules, for all camping equipment and client’s luggage (up to 10kg)
  • Coca tea is served every morning in your tent
  • Boiled water after breakfast, to refill your water bottles (1 liter per person)
  • Snacks each morning 
  • Hot drinks such as coca tea, black tea and coffee in the afternoon 
  • Emergency horse
  • Backpacker Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Return shuttle bus ticket: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fees to Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu 
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu 
  • Expedition train ticket: Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Transfer from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • First Aid Kit and oxygen bottle

Not included:

  • Breakfast on Day 1 and meals in Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes
  • Travel Insurance – we strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip
  • Tips

What you need to bring

  • Original Passport and migration card
  • ISIC card (www.isic.org) if applicable (must be submitted at the time of booking)
  • Backpack and daypack with rain cover
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothing for warm and cold climates e.g. lightweight pants, thermal layers 
  • Rain gear: jacket, poncho, pants 
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
  • Long and short-sleeved polos/T-Shirts
  • Woolen hat 
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs 
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, insect repellent 
  • Personal medical kit and medication 
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Water bottle (recommended 1 liter) 
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Headlamp with spare batteries (very important) 
  • Some snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruit
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Extra money for drinks, souvenirs, tips etc. (soles or dollars)

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