SHORT INCA TRAIL

2 Days / 1 Night
Trekking Tours Peru

This shorter version of the famous hike, called the Royal Inca Trail starts at Km. 104 of the railway, coming from Cusco and heading towards Aguas Calientes, and involves a four hour walk uphill to Huiñay Huayna, after the guided visit, there are still a couple of hours of hiking, to get to Machu Picchu, which makes this short itinerary ideal for hikers who want to experience at least a part of the Incan Trail, but who don´t dispose of enough time or energy to complete the full 4 day trek.

Day 01: Cusco – Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Start of the adventure

Day 02:Visit Machu Picchu Return to Cusco

YOUR JOURNEY

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 01: Cusco – Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Start of the adventure

The  train  usually departs  from Ollantaytambo  at  08:23,  for a one and a half hour scenic journey to the start of the hike, at km. 104 of the railway that connects Cusco to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Town.

Once there, the trail heads down to the river to the checkpoint by the bridge, which crosses the Vilcanota River. On the other side of the bridge, the trail makes a curve to the right, towards Chachabamba´s Incan Architectural Complex, which was discovered in 1940, and is located on the old Inca road that used to run along the Vilcanota River´s Southern bank. The style of buildings and stonework suggests that this was an important site devoted to spiritual activities and is believed to have served as watchtower as well, guarding the access way to Machu Picchu.

From Chachabamba, the Inca Trail goes south and climbs the hillside, entering some woods and crossing a   small stream. The path then turns west, and continues uphill  leaving the woods and passing by open grassland.

About 2 hours and 30 minutes after Chachabamba, the path descends into a forest and  leads us into much needed shade, passing by a beautiful waterfall. At the end of the forest, we´ll arrive at the foot of the superb Incan Architectural Complex of Huiñay Huayna.

Afterwards, the trail from Huyñay Huayna to Machu Picchu takes about 2 hours, as it goes round the mountainside and drops into the cloud forest, before ending in an almost vertical flight of 50 steps that lead up to the final pass at the Inti Punku or Sun´s Gate, from which, suddenly, the whole panoramic view of Machu Picchu spreads out before your eyes, in its full glory,   an unexpected and unforgettable sight. Afterwards, the  trail  descends  to Machu  Picchu,  as we´ll slowly be descending and enjoying the beautiful scenery, to finally arrive in Machu Picchu, around 4:00 p.m. Today, you’ll have just a short time to take pictures, but, unfortunately, you will have to wait until the following day, to go on a more extensive guided tour of the Sacred Incan City.

So, we’ll take a tourist bus down to the town Aguas Calientes (20 minute ride), where we’ll spend the night at a hotel, and will have a chance to visit the local thermal springs which are open until 9:00 p.m. (Entrance fee: S/.10 soles).

Day 02:Visit Machu Picchu Return to Cusco

This morning, we’ll take an early bus up to Machu Picchu  again,  arriving  around 7:00  a.m., in time  to enjoy the sun rising over the mountains. Then, your guide will start a tour of the most important sectors of the Incan Architectural Complex, which takes about 2 hours. Afterwards, you will have free time to climb up Mount  Huayna Picchu   (If  you have  reserved this activity well ahead of time, as there is a limit of 400 spaces per day, the extra fee is $15 dollars) which overlooks  the Sacred  City of  Machu Picchu  (Allow about 2 hours, to climb up and down). Once outside the archaeological complex, you may decide to have lunch  at the Sanctuary  Lodge Hotel´s  restaurant,  or take a bus down to the pedestrian village  of Aguas Calientes, where there are plenty of restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes.

Late in the afternoon, the train bound to Cusco will depart from Aguas Calientes´s railway station and will arrive in Cusco, after about a four hour trip, still in time for you to have a late dinner and end the day with a well-deserved night´s rest.

INCLUDED WITH THIS JOURNEY

Pre-departure briefing
Pick up at your hotel, in the morning and private transportation to Ollantaytambo Train Station
Train transportation to – Km. 104 (Trailhead).
Access permit to the Inca Trail Trek National Park.
01-night accommodation in Hotel Flower House.
Accommodation for our whole accompanying staff.
Meals during the trip: 1 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, and 1 Dinners. Vegetarian or special menus available at no extra cost.
First-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
Tourist bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
Train tickets from Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo, in Expedition Service.
Private transportation to Cusco.
Transfer to your hotel.

SUGGESTED HOTELS

For an extraordinary and unforgettable experience

Hotel JW Marriot Lima

Marriot Lima Hotel.

Guest room, 1 King or 2 Double, Ocean facing view
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Belmond Monasterio Hotel Cusco

Belmond Monasterio Hotel.

Enjoy modern comforts in a setting of timeless beauty.
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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Enjoy modern comforts in a setting of timeless beauty.
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Tambo del inca Hotel

Tambo del Inca Hotel.

Deluxe terraces and generous Views of a Stunning landscape.
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  • Local guides with a high level of knowledge and preparation for this route and passionate about Andean culture.
  • Local guides with a high level of knowledge and preparation for this route and passionate about Andean culture.
  • Our experience of more than 20 years organizing groups on this route

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CDC information

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  • One EXTRA night in Machu Picchu Pueblo and enjoy the magic of this place
  • Upgrade the category of your Hotel and your return train
  • A Massage therapist to accompany you during the adventure or a special massage session on your return to Cusco.
  • A Sauna day and reconstitution and relaxation therapies.
  • Special feeding

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