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Llactapata Trek to Machu Picchu

Llactapata Trek to Machu Picchu

Llactapata trek to Machu Picchu is similar to the Short Inca Trail 2 days. This archaeological site is a small Inca ruin. The Quequan word “Llactapata” means "High City". Llactapata shows us her incredible condition located 2.840 meters above the sea. This archaeological site is in the Classic Inca Trail.

Llactapata is fulfilled with a religious and agricultural importance that is reflected by its proximity to other resorts where the Pulpituyoc ceremony was made. It’s also near to wealth and fertile lands which were frequently used. The strategic location indicates its importance which is expressed by the Inca domination. Llactapata invites us to enjoy the view of its cloud forest landscape. The last day we go hiking to Machu Picchu and then we have a guided Tour in the "lost city of the Incas". The rest of the time free. Finally we return to Ollantaytambo by train and then return to Cusco by bus.

Quick itinerary:


Day 01: Trekking Llactapata to Machu Picchu

Day 02: Hike to Machu Picchu


Highlights of the Inca Trail - Llactapata Trek:

  • 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 (Optional)

Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative 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.


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Day 01: Cusco - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

At 4:00 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. (Optional) 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!, This trek is similar time to the short Inca Trail 2 days



  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide;
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the trek at Hidroelectrica;
  • Accommodation: Hotel (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 ($12 one way or $24 a round trip),
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tourist train from Hidrolectrica to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu mountain (U$ 25)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.
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!

Llactapata Trek Packing list

Appropriate Clothing along this trek

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 Machupicchu, 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.


What to take this trek

  • Original passport (+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Pocket money in Nuevos Soles,
  • A backpack
  • A small rucksack,
  • 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),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • 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,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • 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.

Putucusi to Machu Picchu Trek

The mountain of Putucusi is one of the jewels of Machu Picchu, let's say the unknown jewel then, other gems like the mountain Huayna Picchu are already well known. And if you did not know, the Putucusi mountain is as impressive as everything that can be found in Machu Picchu.

In addition, it offers one side of Machu Picchu that only those who dare to climb the Putucusi know. The Putucusi mountain offers views of Machu Picchu that not many people have been able to capture and completely different from what you get from the tops of the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains. It is the only mountain that offers a horizontal view of the Inca city.

Putucusi means "happy mountain", it has a round shape and is on the opposite (northeast) side of the Urubamba River (Vilcanota), in front of Machu Picchu; in the department of Cusco in Peru. Its highest point reaches 2,560 meters above sea level. This mountain offers epic views of Machu Picchu and the valley of the Urubamba River that surrounds the mountains where Machu Picchu is located. Putucusi to Machu Picchu Trek

Inka Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu / 3D

The Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu is by far the most adventurous trekking option in the Cusco region. It is also the most varied in terms of activities. The ‘trek’ includes a massive downhill mountain biking experience, followed by possible river rafting on Grade III and IV rapids, jungle trekking, and optional zip-lining. It culminates with a visit to Machu Picchu. 

The trek naturally appears to adventurous types who like thrilling adrenaline-filled experiences. If you are looking for a pure Andean trekking experience, hate mountain biking and enjoying camping, then this trek is not for you. Rather check out these alternative treks to Machu Picchu or indeed, the Classic Inca Trail. Inka Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

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