Short Inka Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days / 1 night
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world and just one example of the approximate 40000 kilometres of roads built by the Incas some 500 years ago! Inca road roads were built across the deserts, highlands and jungles stretching from Colombia in the north to Chile in the south!
Do a part of the world famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! The Short Inca trail is shorter than the Traditional Inca Trail, but is still an interesting 2-day program that joins the classical 4-day route at the impressive archaeological site of Wiñaywayna, continuing through the famous Inti Punku or Sun Gate. Day two includes a full day visit of the world-famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Highly recommended for those short of time and who don’t want to camp but still have a “taste” of the Inca Trail!
Day 01:- Cusco - Km. 104 -Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu
You will be picked up at your hotel around 5.30am (depending on train time) and transferred to the you to the train station. We travel by train, on a very picturesque route for 2 and a half hours until we reach kilometer 104 - the start of the trail for us. From here, we will hike upwards for about 8km approximately 4 hours up to the Inca site Wiñayhuayna ('Forever Young') (2680m/8792ft). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. Many consider this the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail.
We will then continue for about one hour further onto 'Inti Punku' (The 'Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) from where you will have your first dramatic and impressive view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). We will walk down the last part of the trail towards the ancient city itself. Before reaching Machu Picchu, we will take a side path off the trail to go down to Aguas Calientes, as we will visit Machu Picchu on day 2. We will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will check into your accommodation, and a celebratory dinner before getting to bed early in preparation for the next day’s early start.
Total distance: 13 km (8, 08 miles)
Estimated walking time 5-6 hours
Day 02:- Machu Picchu - Cusco
We have breakfast and then take the first bus (6am) up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! (It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top.) From the top of Huayna Picchu is one of the most spectacular views of Machu Picchu and there is also an opportunity to visit the Temple of the Moon or the Inca Bridge.
We include in your tour a box lunch in Machu Picchu and your bus ticket back down to Aguas Calientes.
The train usually leaves between 2.30pm and 6pm depending on Peru Rail availability.
If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. (But please note if you visit Machu Picchu a second day you need to purchase the ticket again)
• Pre trek briefing
• Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
• Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek
• Entry fee to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
• English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food).
• First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle - but not blister treatments as known in western countries.
• Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
• Train ticket (Backpacker service) from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo.
• Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
• Celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes village
• Box lunch final day in Machu Picchu
• 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in standard hotel. This will be a nice, clean and safe hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom.
YOU SHOULD BRING:
• A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
• Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
• Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
• Warm clothes,
• Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
• Camera, films and batteries
• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
• Sun block
• After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
• Insect repellent
• Toilet paper
• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
• We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
• Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
• Small towel or sarong
• Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
• Cash - sufficient for your final lunch in Aguas Calientes, tips and souvenirs.
• Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
• Walking sticks or poles
• Binoculars (if you have them)
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