The Inka Trail to Machu Picchu is among the most popular treks in the whole world because of the natural beauty of its surroundings and for being the main route which connected the Inka Empire with this important religious and political center.
This alternative trek allows you to travel the last 13 miles of a legendary route, surrounded by a cloud forest, with plenty of flora and fauna diversity and important archaeological remains, such as the impressive ruins of Wayna Wiñay. Your tour ends when crossing the entry of “Intipunku” (Gate of Sun), as we reach the citadel of Machu Picchu, masterpiece of architecture and Inca engineering, considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. We recommend this option for those who have little time or for those looking to visit the famous Inka Trail without camping.
Duration: 2 days (1 day possible)
Activity level: Moderate
Season: All year
DAY 1: WIÑAY WAYNA - MACHU PICCHU
Early in the morning (about 4 -5 am) we come to your hotel to transfer you to the Ollantaytambo train station, where we board the train. The train winds us through the mountains and cloud forests with breathtaking scenery until it stops in the jungle at Km 104, the starting point of our trek. After crossing the Urubamba river on a footbridge, we check in with park rangers at the control point, then continue our hike to the archaeological site of Chachabamba, with an elevation of 2150m. From here we ascend a hill for about 2 hours until we reach a beautiful secluded waterfall and in a few more minutes, will arrive at the fascinating archaeological site of Wiñaywayna 2650 m (8,694.23 ft). After we explore the ancient ruins. we continue to hike through the semitropical cloud forest area, until we cross over the mountain through Intipunku (The Sun Gate) to get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. After a short hike down, we enjoy the afternoon before we descend by bus to Aguas Calientes for a comfortable night in our hotel.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES – OLLYANTAYTAMBO - CUSCO
Today is the day you have been waiting for! We will get up very early in the morning, have a light breakfast and wait for the bus to take us up to the main gate of Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 25 minutes and we will try to be first in line when the gates open at 6am. For around two hours, one of our passionate guides will show you around the city of Machu Picchu and talk about its fascinating history and cultural significance. After the tour you have time to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure before returning to Aguas Calientes by bus. From here you will take the train to Ollantaytambo where a bus to Cusco will be waiting for you.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This package is an outline of how one trip may be like. Of course we can customize this trip to match your specific needs. We are flexible during the trek, so that we may make changes to the itinerary along the way if that suits you better. Contact us for more detailed information on options and we will work together on creating the perfect experience for you!