The short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers visitors 2 days of full activities, visiting along the trail the spectacular Inca ruins of Cachabamba and Wiñay Wayna, second only to Machu Picchu in beauty. On the way visitors will also enjoy great views of the Urubamba River and amazing mountains with lavish vegetation where exist see different kinds of orchids . Our second day will be exclusively to explore the Sanctuary of Machu Pichu, an extraordinary city located in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. At the site there will be plenty of time for you to walk around and also to climb the popular Wayna Picchu Mountain. We end our program with a fantastic train journey back to Cusco that offers fine views of the Vilcanota River.
Program 2 days / 1 night
Day 1º: Train ride to km 104 - Full Day Inca Trek to Machu Picchu
Our clients are collected from their hostel/hotels at 04:00hrs and then transferred to the train station of Poroy to board the train that will take us to the Km. 104 on the Cusco – Machu Picchu Railway (at this point we will start our trek). We will reach Km. 104 around 09:00hrs. On this point we get off the train and start our journey crossing the Willkamayu River (Urubamba River) using a spectacular bridge (cable and wood made). We start the trek visiting the famous Inca Sanctuary of Chachabamba, a beautiful palace with interesting Inca architecture with large rooms and walls. After having a proper introduction of Inca History, we will climb up a trail of roughly 8 km. (4 hours), and afterwards we will reach the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna (2700 m), second only to Machu Picchu in beauty. This fantastic site is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming, and it was probably an experimental laboratory for agricultural purposes in Inca times. The name Wiñaywayna comes from a name given to a beautiful orchid typical in the zone, and it means FOREVER YOUNG. We will have lunch near this site. Later on we will continue our trek, crossing the cloud forest through a narrow path till we reach the Inti Punko (Sun Gate). At this spot you will have a great view of the most beautiful Inca Citadel of Peru, "Machu Picchu". This is indeed a special point where most of the hikers gather to get the best photo of this gorgeous sacred city. Afterwards we will descend towards Machu Picchu. Upon our arrival you we will have some free time to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Machu Picchu, and after some group photos we will get off the sanctuary.(please note we will not do the guided tour on this day, but on the second). Finally will go down to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night. On this evening hikers might go to relax at the hot springs located at the upper section of Aguas Calietes or just chill out in the streets of this charming village. Overnight at the designated hostel.
Día 2º: Guided visit in Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco
In order to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere in Machu Picchu, it is advisable to go there early in the morning; therefore we will leave at 05:30hrs. Our guide will take you to the local station to catch the bus that goes up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The bus ride to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu lasts around 20 minutes and it follows a steep winding path, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Upon your arrival, our guide will show you the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, and if you wish, you might climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will have time for lunch and also to explore the many craft shops in Aguas Calientes. At Aguas Calientes, if you wish, you can go to relax in the thermal baths. The hot springs are located on the upper section of the village; visitors may ask their local guide how to get there. Finally, at around 16:00hrs, we take the train back to the city of Cusco, arriving there after nightfall. End of the tour.