SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS
SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
- The perfect trek for people with not time for the long Inca Trail or those who do not like camping. This is the best leg of the Classic Inca Trail experiencing trekking and visiting the highlights of Wiñay Wayna and entering through Sungate. Then the trophy of this hike a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Itinerary at a Glance
|Start of the Inca Trail 104 KM Walking Distance: 13km or 8 miles Box Lunch INCLUDED
|You will see the ruins of Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna (Forever young) and Inti Punku (Sun gate) the entrance to Machu Picchu and tour of the citadel
|Rest in Aguas Calientes town to go early in the morning to Machu Picchu
|Second visit to Machu Picchu them transfer to Cusco
Day 1: Train to km104 – Fabulous hike to Wiñay Wayna & Machu Picchu
We will pick you up from your hotel very early in the morning and drive to the Poroy train station or Ollantaytambo train station to board the expedition train to Chachabamba at Km 104. Here we will walk to the check point to present our permits and passports. Then we start our fabulous walk around the Vilcanota River (Urubamba River) to visit one of the Inca archeological sites of Chachabamba that was discovered in 1940 – almost thirty years after Hiram Bingham found Machu Picchu. The triangular walls showed that they were once houses with thatched roofs believed to be a sacred site. Afterwards, we will continue with a gradual climb walking on Inca steps for about 3 to 4 hours until we reach the cloud forest. We will walk through lush vegetation until reaching the meadows. Thereafter, we hike to Wiñay Wayna (“forever young”, 2,650mt-8,692ft). WiñayWayna was an important administrative and agricultural center for the Incas. Enjoy a box lunch here whilst taking in the lovely views of the many terraces. After lunch we will continue hiking towards the cloud forest until we reach the Sungate (Inti Punku) to catch stunning vistas of Machu Picchu below. You will have plenty of time for pictures before walking down to Machu Picchu (2,400mt- 7,874ft). We will take a side trail to take the bus down to Machu Picchu village to spend the night in a comfortable hotel.
Hotel in Machu Picchu village
Box Lunch included
Walking Distance – 13km/ 8.08 miles
Approximate hiking time – 6-7 hours
Day 2: Tour of Machu Picchu – Tourist Train back to Cusco
You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning to take the first bus for a 25 minute ride up to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Take pleasure in a guided tour of the magnificent archeological site. Listen to your guide as he or she talks about the mysterious ruins. Visit the extraordinary Temple of the Sun with exceptionally carved stones, Temple of the Three Windows features huge trapezoidal windows, Intihuatana the solar clock which translates to the, Hitching Post of the Sun, Funerary Rock Hut believed to be a place where the Inca nobility were mummified, and the many temples, terraces, and corridors. Optional: (optional at an extra cost) After a glorious, eye and mind opening visit with your guide walk to the entrance of Huayna Picchu to climb a narrow path for about a 1.5 hours to catch terrific vistas of the Machu Picchu ruins and the valley below. Then take the bus down to Machu Picchu village before boarding the train to Poroy. You will be met at the train station by our staff and private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Contact us for the following extra costs:
Optional extra cost: Huayna Picchu or Montaña hike
Upgrade from Vistadome train to Hiram Bingham
Upgrade to a luxury hotel at an extra cost.
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