3-Night Inca Trail Trek

Machu Picchu, Peru

At a Glance

  • A 25-mile trek through spectacular scenery and fascinating archaeological sites

  • Trek past beautiful views of the Urubamba River and the snow-capped Mount Veronica

  • Learn about the history of how Machu Picchu was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham

  • Reaching the city of Machu Picchu on foot offers the most rewarding views at the end of your trek

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May to November is the best time to go trekking in the central highlands of Peru. The rainy season is typically from December to March.

Weather in the region is extremely variable and you should pack for a variety of conditions. In addition, the trek passes through nine bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. During a sunny day you can expect temperatures of about 65–80°F (18–27°C), however on the pass the weather is very unpredictable and temperatures can drop to 30°F (0°C) during the day (but you won’t spend a lot of time up there).

The zone of Machu Picchu has a humid and warmer climate since it is located at a lower altitude on the east side of Andes. The average temperatures at Machu Picchu are between 73°F and 77°F (23°C to 25°C), with the minimum temperature around 64°F (18°C). The region of Cuzco has only two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The wet season starts in November and ends in March. During this time, it rains almost every day for three or four hours, but also there are several sunny days. The dry season begins around March and lasts until October. June and July are the coldest months. Paradoxically at noon the temperatures can reach 77°F (23 °C), the annual highest temperature.

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The team will hike ahead and set up camp and prepare a hot meal ready for your arrival.

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The 3-night Inca Trail takes hikers through spectacular mountain scenery past countless archaeological sites to Machu Picchu. One of the world’s great hiking routes, the 25-mile trek is considered by many to be the quintessential Peruvian experience.

The Inca Trail stands out as one of the most fascinating treks in Peru due to the vast amount of history covered and the number of ruins you will explore.

The 3-night, 4-day Inca Trail camping experience takes you through windswept mountain passes, lush tropical jungle and past isolated Inca ruins. Built over 500 years ago, the famous Inca Trail to the ancient city of Machu Picchu was a pilgrimage reserved only for Inca nobility. You'll have the opportunity to trek through some of the most beautiful and varied scenery of any trek in the world, rewarding yourself with views of the hidden city of Machu Picchu which is guaranteed to take your breath away.

The first 3 nights of your trek will be spent in a tented campsite, complete with a dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent and sleeping tents. At the end of each trekking day, you will be welcomed into camp by your team who will prepare hot meals for your enjoyment. The last night of your trek will be spent in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes, conveniently positioning you to explore Machu Picchu on the final day of the trek before returning to Cuzco.

It is worth noting that permits for the trail are limited so we recommend booking in advance for your preferred dates.

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This is a camping experience so facilities are relatively basic. The first 3 nights of your trek will be spent in a tented campsite, complete with a dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent and sleeping tents. Staff will provide cooked meals at campsites and prepare snacks and packed lunches for throughout the trek.


  • Inca Rail Machu Picchu - 360°

    Boasting expansive panoramic windows and an outdoor observation carriage, the 360° carriage on Inca Rail is all about the views, and the perfect way to enjoy the spectacular scenery as you journey by train to Machu Picchu through Peru's Urubamba Valley.

  • Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The First Class Train

    Travel to Machu Picchu in total comfort on the Inca Rail First-Class service, enjoying views from the large picture windows and outdoor balcony as you pass through stunning landscapes in the Urubamba Valley.

  • Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The Private Train

    The Private Inca Rail journey to Machu Picchu allows guests to travel in comfort, relaxing in the plush lounge chairs and soaking in the valley views along the way to this iconic ancient citadel. A private carriage is reserved exclusively for your party.

Holiday Ideas

  • Peru Uncovered

    Amazon, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Puno, Colca Canyon & Arequipa

    from £4100 pp inc flights & transfers for 16 nights

    • Famed for its outstanding diversity, this itinerary is packed with dramatic and spectacular landscapes and takes you on a journey to discover the very best of Peru.
    • Experience one of the world’s most iconic treks as you hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and delve into the pristine wilderness of the Amazon Rainforest in search of wildlife.
    • Immerse yourself in Peru’s diverse culture and discover its ancient history as you step onto the floating reed islands of the Uros on the shores of Lake Titicaca and explore the remarkable colonial city of Cusco.

Location & directions

Machu Picchu, Peru

The Inca Trail covers 25 miles through the Peruvian Andes to reach the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

How to get there

To begin the trek you will be transferred to the start point from your hotel in Cuzco.

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