Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days And 1 Night

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This Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is a very popular hike! It incorporates a significant portion of the Classic Inca Trail but in a shorter time frame! But don’t start thinking this is not a great trek on its own merits! On this hike you will tour an Inca Ruin, Chachabamba, which is not seen on any other trek. You will also see a waterfall that is so gorgeous it can’t be described! This Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, includes lodging at a nice hotel in Aguas Calientes and dinner at a local restaurant in Aguas calientes.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Action Peru Treks

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Cusco – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Stop At: Winay Wayna

We collect you from your Cusco hotel early in the morning and then transfer you in our van to the train station at Ollantaytambo. Our train journey lasts about an hour before making an unscheduled stop at KM 104, the trailhead of the Inca Trail and the start of our hike. Passing through the Inca Trail checkpoint we immediately see our first archaeological center, Chachabamba. These ruins were one of the last shelters used by the Inca pilgrims before they reached Machu Picchu. After some hours we arrive at Wiñay Wayna. Named after an orchid and meaning “Forever Young” in Quechua the site provides incredible views far across the Sacred Valley. Once the tour is complete we continue our hike for another 1-2 hours on a relatively flat section of trail. At around 4:00 pm we will reach the Sun Gate. Intipunku provides our first views of the magnificent Machu Picchu. Arriving in Aguas Calientes we will take you to check in at your hotel. Dinner will be in a local restaurants in town.

Duration: 25 minutes

Day 2 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Stop At: Machu Picchu

The hotel will prepare an early breakfast for you before we meet to take a very early bus (5:30 am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu. As we climb gradually to the sacred city we should be lucky enough to see the magnificent sunrise over the Andes. All of our guides are experts and enthusiasts in the history and legends of Machu Picchu, and so the 2-hour tour of the site will really bring the city to life for you. Of course, there will be plenty of time to take photos, of the city….and of the wild Llamas roaming the terraces! If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu mountain, you will begin the hike at 10 AM (Huayna Picchu is not included in the trek price). If you are not climbing the mountain you will have some time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in AC we board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo we will transfer you in our van to your Cusco hotel.

Duration: 3 hour
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