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Llactapata Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers a rewarding experience on the three days trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Llactapata is an archeological complex at 2840 metres above sea level. The name signifies “High City” in native language, Quechua.
It was built by Incas as a site for farming and spiritual purposes. The site is home to some farming terraces and an ancient sun temple. The temple is sacred because the site where it is built, it aligns with the June solstice sunrise as Machu Picchu.
The ruins are at a closer vicinity from Machu Picchu. Trekkers get an enchanting view of the lost city of Incas from here. When the Incas built Machu Picchu, they thought the farming terrace in the citadel could feed all of them in the city. However, it did not suffice. They used the agricultural terraces of Llactapata to cater their needs.
This lesser known site can only be accessed by Inca Trail. As a result, most parts of the complex still remains untouched.
This is one of or signature treks. Although it is not as long as the Classic Four Days Inca Trail, you will be visiting most of the renowned Inca ruins on the trek. Hence, this is the best alternative to the Classic Four Days Inca Trail.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
3 Hours Before Flight Time
At 0600 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then we will be transferring you to KM.82. It is the trail head of Llactapata Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. At the trail head, the security will verify your entrance ticket and your original passport. Once inside, we will begin the trek with a gradual uphill hike along the Urubamba river to Huayllabamba. Here we will be stopping for lunch. Then we will be hiking to Llulluchapampa. It will be our campsite for the night.
We will be waking you up to a freshly brewed hot cup of coffee or tea. Then we will be serving you breakfast. The second day of the three days Inca Trail or Llactapata Trail to Machu Picchu is somewhat challenging.
After breakfast, we will begin the day with a gradual uphill hike to the highest point of Inca Trail, Dead Woman’s Pass or Warmiwañusca. The pass is at 4200 metres above sea level. From here, you will be able to see the enormity of the valley below.
We will be then continuing to Runkuraqa. It is a lesser known Inca ruins. Our local expert will give you a detailed tour of the archeological complex. After the tour, we will be hiking up to the second highest pass, Abra Runkuraqay at 3970 metres above sea level.
Then we will be descending to Sayaqmarka. It is also a lesser known Inca ruins. Our local expert will be giving you a guided tour here. We will then continue descending to another ruins of Incas, Phuyupatamarca. Our crew will prepare your lunch while you will be touring the ruins. After the tour, we will be having lunch here.
From here, we will hike up to the most preferred site on Inca Trail. Wiñay Wana. The name signifies “Forever Young” in Quechua. Before having dinner, we will be touring the archaeological complex. We will be camping near the ruins at night.
We will be hiking up to the sun gate early in the morning to see the sun rising in the lost city of Incas. This is one of the best sites in the 3 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The view at dawn is exclusive to those on Inca Trail.
We will be then descending to Machu Picchu citadel. Our guide will give you a detailed two hours tour of the citadel. During the tour, you will be visiting prominent sites like the main square, remains of ancient temples, farming terraces and other sites. After the tour, you will have some free time to walk around the citadel and explore on your own.
If you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the entrance. Please note that you will have to book the entrance ticket way in advance.
After the tour of Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus to Aguas Calientes town. Here you will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo train station. Our representative will meet you and will transfer yo back to your hotel in Cusco.