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INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU LLACTAPATA 3D/2N
Inka Trail Expeditions Peru offers you an exclusive program: the Inka Trail Llactapata to Machu Picchu, designed with the widest travel knowledge in mind so you can fully appreciate your adventure. Be ready to trek the Inca Trail crossing the jungle and the Peruvian Andes, a path of approximately 45 kilometers, through extraordinary landscapes and different ecosystems with an abundant variety of flora and fauna, where you could even appreciate the sacred "Coca Leaves" of the Incas which are cultivated with permission of Peruvian government. This program allows you to visit Llactapata, an Inca site built on the top of a mountain on the opposite side of Machu Picchu. This trail requires 3 days / 2 nights and ends with a magnificent sunrise over the Inka Citadel of Machupicchu.
ITINERARY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU VIA LLACTAPATA 3D/2N:
Bus till Santa Maria
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
6:00 am to 5:30 pm
Santa Teresa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata
– Hidroelectrica – Machupicchu Pueblo
Optional: visit of the Hot Springs in Machupicchu Pueblo
6:00 am to 5:30 pm
Tour to Machu Picchu:
Return by train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU VIA LLACTAPATA 3 DAYS
Day 1: Cusco – Santa Maria – Santa Teresa
At 4:30 am we come pick you up from your hotel. We are travelling through the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, crossing the highest point at Abra Málaga (4350 meters), where we could appreciate some beautiful snowy peaks. We then descend through the jungle to Santa Maria, to get our breakfast.
We start the trek at 9 am following an original Inca trail which had long been lost in the dense rainforest: the Inca Trail on this route shows very well preserved Inca art. You also have the opportunity to observe the "Willcamayuc" Vilcanota River, Sacred River of the Incas, before we move deeper into the jungle and discover the sacred leaves of the Incas (legally grown with authorization of the Peruvian government), or the abundant coffee and exotic fruits surrounding us such as mangos, pineapples, oranges, avocados, or even the various medicinal plants and fauna of the area. We have our lunch in Qellomayo.
Once reenergized with great regional food, we move to the baths of Cocalmayo to enjoy the always appreciated warm water, and continue our journey to Santa Teresa to spend the night in a local accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
Day 2: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Machupicchu Village
After an early morning transfer from Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba, we start the official Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Once we have reached the Archaeological site of Llactapata, we can see the Machupicchu just right in front of us. We then descend for 1 hour until getting to a beautiful waterfall.
We have lunch in Hidroelectrica and continue heading to Machu Picchu Pueblo passing through Mandor Waterfall, also known for its botanical gardens offering beautiful and colorful flowers. We arrive at Machu Picchu town to overnight in a comfortable hotel.
Optional: you can give an early night visit to the Aguas Calientes' Hot Springs where the entrance fee is US $4.
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
Day 3: Sunrise over Machupicchu – Cusco
We have breakfast and then take the bus at 6 am up to get to Machu Picchu and enjoy the beautiful sunrise. It is followed with a walking tour of approximately 2 hours given by our knowledgeable tour guide, after which you can explore the enigmatic city all by yourselves.
If you had previously bought your Wayna Picchu ticket (additional cost of 15 dollars but only 200 persons allowed twice a day, first climbing session at 7 am followed by another one at 10 am, so it is highly recommended to book ahead) you can also climb the neighboring mountain (2720m/8890ft): it takes about 45 minutes to reach the top. But you might have to skip the tour and seriously reduce your own time on the site of Machu Picchu.
Once you are full of mystical vibes, we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to get on the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco. We are in Cusco at around 10:30 pm.
Note for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu via Llactapata 3D/2N
The itinerary and campsites provided by the INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail) are subject to change depending on the time of booking. It can also vary depending on the climate or the health status of the trekkers. The train (to and from Ollantaytambo) included in every tour is the Expedition Service. Train times will only be confirmed near the time of the trek; thus if you join a group later we cannot guarantee you will be travelling on the same trains as the rest of the group. Train times are also subject to change depending on the train company timetables or availability.
Included | Inca Trail to Machu Picchu via Llactapata 3D/2N
- Transfers In / Out
- Transportation from Cusco till Santa Maria where we start walking
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Bus tickets to Machupicchu Inca City and to Machupicchu town
- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 afternoon snacks, 2 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day; every meals after the breakfast on day 3 are not included
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- 1st aid kit
- 1 oxygen tank
- 1 sleeping mattress per person
- 1 night in a touristic hostel in Santa Teresa
- Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
What You Need | Inca Trail to Machu Picchu via Llactapata 3D/2N
- Original passport (and International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
- Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
- Water (only for the first 4 hours of the trek, as we will then provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water)
- Insect repellent
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
Optional Items to Take | Inca Trail to Machu Picchu via Llactapata 3D/2N
- Walking stick (with rubber tip)
- Plasters and bandages
- Extra money
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Colcamayo and Aguas Calientes) where the entrance fee at the door is US$4 in each place
Discounts | Inca Trail to Machu Picchu via Llactapata 3D/2N
- To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Scan the card and email us the copy at the time of your booking. We will then offer a $20 discount per student
- For children younger than 16, we offer a $20 discount (you also need to scan and email us a copy of the passports)
- For children younger than 7, we offer a $50 discount (same here: you need to scan and email the passports)
Extras | Inca Trail to Machu Picchu via Llactapata 3D/2N
- To rent some metal walk sticks: US$10 for the entire trip
- Supplement single room: US$45
- Tourist train Vistadome (1st Class train with panoramic windows) : US$50 per person
- Hotels in Cusco: no matter what the standard you would like (Standard, Economy, First Class, or Luxury) you should ask us to book your room as we know all the different rates for every hotel in Cusco and might secure you a pretty sweet deal