Our 2 day Inca Trail starts idyllic by a wake-up early. Then we are taken by our private transport to the railway station at Ollantaytambo to board a train taking us to the starting point of the 2 day trek - so called Km 104. Then we pass through an Inca Trail checking point and start hiking through lush vegetation of a cloud forest while greeeted by local exotic birds such as Andean guan, grey-breasted mountain tucan, etc. and since we can see various wild orchids and bromelias along the path too. Our Tour Guide explains us about the Chachabamba ruins that were rediscovered in 1940. Lunch. Our next stop is in Wiñay Wayna, an Inca complex neighboring to Machu Picchu. The complex, which name means "Eternal Youth, can boosts with a stunning view down at the Urubamba River. In late afternoon, we have descended to the entrance of Machu Picchu - Inti Punku (Sun´s Gate), we continue down to our hotel in Aguas Calientes Town where we have a rest. The following early morning adventure starts with Machu Picchu hiking tour for two hours. Then we enter to the "Lost City of the Incas" and enjoy its guided tour. Hiking the Inca Trail is an unforgettable experience so do not hesitate joining our group.
Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes
Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative in Cusco and a profesional Tour Guide on the Short Inca Trail.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night).
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner.
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train.
We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to transfer you during a 2 hour ride to the Ollantaytambo´s railway station. There, you get on a train and continue until Km 104, where a checking point of the Inca Trail is located. You pass through the point and start the Inca Trail Trekking! After about 2-3 hours, you reach the archaeological site of Chachabamba where you have lunch and a rest. Then a guided tour of the site follows. Afterwards, you continue through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site - Wiñay Wayna. But before we reach it, we enjoy a refresh in a local waterfall! Later on, you can admire the sunset above Machu Picchu when we get to the Sun´s Gate (Inti Punku) before entering the Inka citadel. However, today is too late to have a guided tour of this overwhelming Incan city so we descend slowly to Aguas Calientes Town enjoying beautiful surrounding scenery on the way! We spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes.
After an early morning breakfast, we continue hiking the Inca Trail for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own.
The 2 day Inca Trail ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.
Machu Picchu is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists can not do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechuan farmers had known about Machu Picchu for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in a search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence. However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.
Our guide will visit your a day before the trek and He/ She will give you a briefing and more information about your hiking to Machu Picchu
All Tierras Vivas trekkers are accompanied by a Tierras Vivas Tour Guide. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.
We spend a night in small locally owned hotel with en bathrooms and breakfast facilities. All of the hotels we use in Aguas Calientes are located within walking distance of the train stations.
We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single accommodation can be arranged for a supplement, subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
This is a good short trip if the Inca trail is all booked, it is a short alternative route by Machu Picchu that climbs the (relatively small) Putucusi Mountain, the summit of which offers beautiful views of the city of Machu Picchu. This trail passes a beautiful waterfall, plantations of fruit and coffee, and fields of flowers and butterflies. Not the best trek for those with a fear of heights, as part of the climb involves climbing ladders up to 30 meters long. There is no overnight camping, only one night in a hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes, where the hike begins and ends. Travelers on this trip leave their things at the hostel, so climbing is easier and only with the necessities of a day trip.
For a more relaxed travel style, this trip includes transportation to and from Ollantaytambo station, the train to and from Aguas Calientes, a bus to and from Machu Picchu, and a guided tour of the ancient city. There is also free time for a variety of optional activities, including hiking Huayna Picchu, visiting the hot springs, and exploring Machu Picchu individually. This is the most no-nonsense Machu Picchu trip, and is a good option those who are unable to or uninterested in taking the Inca trail.
Machu Picchu 2 Days
This world famous trek to the even more widely known Wonder of the World, the lost Incan city, passes through the variety of climates and ecosystems that are in such close proximity in Peru. It includes visits to a multitude of other Incan sites along the path, and from 4,200 meters above sea level to 2, 680. This trek begins at Km 82. The final day of hiking is a very early morning, in order to see Machu Picchu at sunrise. Unlike other, longer trips along the Inca trail, there is no night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, and travelers instead return home via train on the third day.