Duration: 2 Days
Destinations: Cusco – Inca Trail – Machu Picchu
The “Two Day” Inca Trail is a small spur of the trail which leads directly to Wiñay Wayna, while the main route continues to Intipata.
The name Wiñay Wayna (forever young) is used to refer to both a hostel–restaurant–camp site and a set of Inca ruins. Two groups of major architectural structures, a lower and upper, are set among multiple agricultural terraces at this concave mountainside site. A long flight of fountains or ritual baths utilizing as many as 19 springs runs between the two groups of buildings.
From Wiñay Wayna the trail undulates along below the crest of the east slope of the mountain named Machu Picchu. The steep stairs leading to Intipunku (sun gate) are reached after approximately 3 km. Reaching the crest of this ridge reveals the grandeur of the ruins of Machu Picchu, which lie below. A short downhill walk is the final section of the trail.
Cusco / Sacred Valey – Km 104 – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Take a train from Poroy or Ollantaytambo Stations to km 104 on the rail road to Machu Picchu. You will notice a dramatic change in ecological levels, from Quechua to cloud forest. The latter will provide the backdrop for your walk.
Upon disembarking from the train at Km104, you will register with the Machu Picchu authorities to begin your walk. You will follow an uphill path through magnificent geography to Wiñay Wayna, where you will have a short break and check in with the Machu Picchu authorities to continue your walk.
When you arrive at the Inti Punku, the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,350m/7,710ft), you will be able to enjoy your first view of the sacred city. This magical place will surprise you with impressive geography, as well as with the evidence of the high intellectual and spiritual development achieved by the Andean people, under the rule of the Incas.
Afterwards, you will cross the archaeological site to take your transport to the town of Aguas Calientes, where after checking into your hotel, you will have a well-deserved rest.
|Altitude Km 104:||2145masl / 7037 ft|
|Vertical variation:||+232masl / +761 ft|
|Altitude Inti Punku:||2732masl / 8964 ft|
|Vertical variation:||-644masl / -2112 ft (bus)|
|Altitude Aguas Calientes:||2088masl / 6850 ft|
|Distance:||10.79 km / 6.67 ml (to Inti Punku)|
|Approximate walking time:||07 hours|
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (not included).
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo / Poroy – Cusco
Early in the morning you will take the bus up to the Archeological Site of Machu Picchu, to enjoy a guided tour of this marvelous city. You will explore sacred places as well as the places where the Andean people demonstrated the extent of their knowledge.
Machu Picchu was a place dedicated to the study and worship of the cosmos and the earth; a place where the knowledge and spirituality of the Andean people were combined to achieve a universal balance according to the Andean concept of duality.
After your tour, we recommend you hike, on your own, the Huayna Picchu Mountain (400 people limit per day) to admire impressive panoramic views of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and/or visit the Temple of the Moon (not included in quote). After lunch, you can walk up to the Sun Gate or Into Punku, on your own, to admire another amazing panoramic view of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge.
Finally, take the bus down (last bus departs at 17:30), on your own, to Aguas Calientes and enjoy its natural hot springs (not included in quote). Transfer, on your own, to the station to take a train back to Poroy/Ollantaytambo Station (20min/90min respectively from the City of Cusco), where a driver will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
|Inca Trail to Machu Picchu||Price per person|
|Private Service: 2 travelers||US$ 595|
|Private Service: 3 travelers||US$ 490|
|Private Service: 4 travelers||US$ 440|
|Private Service: 5 travelers||US$ 420|
|Private Service: 6 travelers||US$ 395|
|Private Service: 7 – 8 travelers||US$ 375|
|Private Service: 9 and more travelers||US$ 350|
NOTE: prices can change depending on train stations (Poroy or Ollantaytambo) and train schedules available at the time of request.
|Included in Trek Price||Not included in Trek Price|
|Pre-departure briefing||International and domestic flights|
|Transfer to Poroy / Ollantaytambo Train Stations from Cusco or Sacred Valley (only for hotels located between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo) and viceversa||Visas required for entry|
|Train ticket from Poroy / Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo / Poroy||Airport taxes|
|Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees||Drinks|
|Spanish / English speaking adventure guide||Tips|
|Boxed lunch on day 1||Breakfast and dinner on day 1|
|Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes and round trip again the next day||Breakfast, lunch and dinner on day 2|
|Extra porter to carry your belongings from Km. 104 to Aguas Calientes (US$ 20 per person)|
|Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes|