This is the short version of the famous and stunning Inca Trail, for those who have less time available but do not want to loose this unique trek. We start at km. 104 and we walk till the ruins of Wiñahuayna. After a visit to the ruins, we go to Inti punku from where we will have a fabulous view over the Lost City of the Incas. From here we take the bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes where we will stay for the night. Next day we depart very early, with the first bus, to visit Machu Picchu, at 2450 meters above sea level. Around 3:30 we take the train back to Cusco.
DAY 1: CUSCO (3350M) – CHACHABAMBA (2250M) – WIÑAYWAYNA (2700M) – MACHU PICCHU (2400M) – AGUAS CALIENTES (2000M).
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco between 4:00am to 4:15 (ATV)), and take you by car to the Ollantaytambo train station just outside Cusco. By train we follow the Urubamba River to Km.104 of the railroad witch take approximately 1 ½ hours. We cross the Inca Trail check point, and from here our trek starts where we alight and cross a footbridge to begin our hike at the Inca site of Chachabamba. After a brief visit to this lovely ruin with its water channels and fountains, we start the four-hour ascent that will take us past spectacular overlooks above the great valley, then below a lovely waterfall near the delightful site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). We ascend through this largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites, passing its chain of ritual baths and elegantly curved terracing, and then joining the main Inca trail. We follow it across a steep mountainside and up narrow stairways through a humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry –a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.
We walk the last half-hour or so down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and through the heart of Machu Picchu, taking a bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes where you will be overnight in a local hotel.
– Total Distance 13 Km.
– Trekking time 6-7 hours
– Maximum altitude 2,700 meters
– Served food this day: Box lunch
DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES (2000M) – MACHU PICCHU (2400) – AGUAS CALIENTES (2000M) – CUSCO (3350M)
After an early breakfast we will take bus from Aguas Calientes to the city of Machu Picchu. The bus takes around 20 to 30 minutes. We will enjoy a guided 2 ½ hour visit of the great Machu Picchu sanctuary-city. After our visit, we will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu . you have to booking in advance
– Your passport number
– If you have any special diet ( ex. Vegetarian)
– The hotel and address you stay at
– If you have any special dieses that we should be aware of (you are responsible to bring your own medicine). We will provide basic first ad kid and oxygen.