If you do not have enough time to do the 4-day Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour, this is a good option. It is a stretch of the Inca Trail that starts at Km 104 of the Cusco-Aguas Calientes railway line. The short Inca Trail difficulty is moderate. This hike will take you to enjoy beautiful landscapes, to know beautiful Inca constructions nestled in beautiful and spectacular natural scenes and to know the famous Sun Gate or the Inti Punku.
It is an uphill walk, make sure you have everything you need such as: repellent sunscreen, head protection, water, etc. For 3 hours you will have to climb steadily through pastures until you reach Wiñayhuayna and another two hours of walking until you reach the entrance to Machu Picchu. Previously, it will have gone through archaeological sites with a variety of fountains or baths, houses and warehouses, we are talking about Chachabamba that had religious functions or probably guarded access to Machu Picchu.
After passing through Chachabamba, the path merges with the forest and after an additional climb, you reach a beautiful waterfall just before reaching Wiñayhuayna agricultural center. You have the option of visiting the Inca City of Machu Picchu the next day or choose to enjoy the sunset over the Inti Punku and descend until you reach Aguas Calientes.
|Short Inca Trail difficulty||The first hours of walking is a constant climb, then the trail becomes easier, although with sections of a certain degree of difficulty.|
|Acclimatization||1 - 2 Days in Cusco|
|Total Distance||13 km / 8,08 miles|
|Approximate hike time||6 - 7 hours|
|Maximum altitude||2,650 m / 8,694 ft|
2,400 m / 7,874 ft
The entire route to the wonderful Inca road citadel requires moderate and difficult physical effort because the entire route is not easily accessible, due to the height of the route (2600 masl to 4000 masl) and the constant ascents and descents in the journey. In addition to this effort is worth for the unique and unforgettable experience that will live in this great route of pure indescribable adventure only with words, to know necessarily you have to live them.
The Inca Trail short trek is an ideal walk to do it as a family, the short Inca Trail difficulty is moderate so that the walk can be done by children from 8 to 10 years of age, obviously depending on the character and their physical condition. As this is a very safe and incredibly wonderful hike, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Inca culture in a spectacular way, experience unforgettable moments and above all, share a great family experience.