The Short Inca Trail
is a fantastic option for those who don't have the time or desire to hike the full length of the Inca Trail
. With beautiful scenery, a wide variety of flora and fauna on display and a visit to the Inca Trail's most beautiful site Wiñay Wayna
, you get to enjoy the all the best bits of the Inca Trail
condensed in to a one day walk.
The Wiñay Wayna
(forever young) complex was discovered in 1941 by the Norwegian expedition, headed by Paul Fejos. This is an Inca ruin along the xInca Trail to Machu Picchu
. It is built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. The site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures. Above and below the houses the people built areas of agricultural terraces, which are still visible.
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 citadel of Machu Picchu
, which lie below. A short downhill walk is the final section of the trail.
Covering a distance of just 10km / 6.3 miles the 2 day Inca Trail
is not too challenging which makes it perfect for families with children and those on a tight schedule.
DAY 01 / CUSCO - WIÑAYWAYNA - MACHU PICCHU (BL/D)
We take the early morning train from Poroy or Ollantaytambo Station to km 104 on the rail road to Machu Picchu. We will notice a dramatic change in ecological levels, from Quechua to cloud forest.
Upon disembarking from the train at Km104, we will register with the Machu Picchu authorities to begin our walk. We will follow an uphill path through magnificent geography to Wiñaywayna, where we will have a short break and check in with the Machu Picchu to continue our walk.
When we arrive at the Inti Punku, the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,350 m/7,710 ft), we will enjoy our first view of the sacred city. This magical place will surprise us 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 Inkas.
We will cross the archaeological site to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we have a well-deserved rest. Optionally you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
DAY 02 / MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)
Early in the morning we will take our bus up to the Archeological Site of Machu Picchu, to enjoy a guided tour of the amazing architecture and mysterious temples left by the Incas. We will explore sacred places as well as the places where Andean man demonstrated the extent of his knowledge.
Once the official tour is completed, you will have plenty of time to explore the Sanctuary on your own. Also, we recommend you to hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain (400 people limit per day) to admire an impressive panoramic view of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and/or visit the Temple of the Moon (not included in quote).
After your lunch, we recommend you to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku to admire an amazing panoramic view of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge.
In the afternoon, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Transfer, on your own, to the station to take a train back to Poroy or Ollantaytambo Station, where a bus will be waiting for you to transfer to Cusco.
END OF OUR SERVICES
B= Breakfast / L= Lunch / D= Dinner / BL= Boxed Lunch
- Transfer to Poroy or Ollantaytambo Train Station and vice versa.
- Train ticket from Poroy / Ollantaytambo Station to Km 104 and Aguas Calientes to Poroy / Ollantaytambo Station.
- Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrances.
- 01 night hostel accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
- Meals according to itinerary.
- Spanish / English speaking professional guide.
- First - Aid Kit.
- Bus to/from Machu Picchu on second day.
- Domestic and International flights.
- Airport taxes.
- Visas required to enter Peru.
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on first day.
- Hot Springs entrance ticket.