Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
This program is designed for travelers who want adventure and physical effort of walking, at the same time know the prehispanic and cultural legacy in Machu Picchu area. Visit Machu Picchu in an unforgettable two- day experience.
Level of difficulty: Medium-high. Requires a good physical level
Day 1 Train to km 104- Hike Inka Trail
Day 2 Machu Picchu Citadel tour- Return train
- Accommodation in hotel for 1 night with breakfast (double basis) in Machu Picchu
- Private mobility to and from Ollantaytambo train station
- Train and Bus to Machu Picchu
- Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Box lunch first day
- Private guide
- Bottled mineral water
- Air tickets and air taxes
- Tours not mentioned
- Meals not specified
- Unforeseen expenses
Supplements may apply over holidays, festivals and special events. Subject to availability.
Sacred trail to Machu Picchu
Early in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel for the transfer to Ollantaytambo train station. A unique train ride surrounded by mountains and accompanied by one of the tributaries of the Amazon River: river ”Urubamba”. The landscape changes constantly in a one- hour ride where your guide will show you and teach you about the flora and fauna of the place between the mountain range and the high jungle. He will also show you the Inca roads that lead to the city of Machu Picchu and another ten cities that are located along these pedestrian roads called ”Qapaq Ñan” or Royal Road. Through one of the windows of the train he will show you archeological places that are located throughout the trip such as: LlaqtaPata, Salapunku, Qoriwayrachina, Qénte, Torontoy, Choquesuysuy, Wiñaywayna among others that are camouflaged in the mountains.
At kilometer 104, location of the archaeological zone of Chachabamba, you will get off the train with your guide to start the Inca trail that leads to the citadel of Machu Picchu, an ancient road that was discovered in the decade of 70’s. You will cross the Vilcanota river by a suspension bridge, and will begin the mountain ascent of about 30 ° of inclination. You will visit the fortress of Wiñaywayna and see the terraces of Intipata, all by a stone route surrounded by precipices, beautiful vegetation and waterfalls. Have lunch outdoors. After about 5 hours of walking, you will arrive to see the sunset at the Inti Punku or Sun Gate. From here you will also have a magnificent view of the citadel of Machu Picchu.
From the Sun Gate you will descend to take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes.
Levels over the sea: Chachabamba 2,100 masl; Wiñaywayna 2,670 masl; Inti Punku 2,700 masl, Machu Picchu 2,400 masl; Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) 2,050 masl.
Night in Machu Picchu.
In the morning you will board the bus that will take you to the citadel of Machu Picchu. In only 25 minutes you will ascend more than 400 meters of height through a zig-zag route surrounded by trees and vegetation typical of the high jungle.
Tour of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will take you to visit the most important temples and palaces in a three-hour tour. You will go up to the House of the Guardian, the perfect place for a panoramic view of the citadel, recognizing the two great areas of Machu Picchu: the agricultural zone and the urban zone. You will visit the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza with its three temples, the Intiwatana or solar clock, the Royal Palace, the Sacred Rock, the Mortars and the Temple of the Condor among many other places of interest in this sacred city.
Lunch (on your own).
In the afternoon you will take the return train to the city of Cusco. During the trip, you can enjoy the scenery and relax, or maybe ask yourself and try to explain how people without tools of iron and other precision for engineering works, could build such a gigantic metropolis on the heights of the Andes defying gravity to the present …
Our mobility will be waiting for us at Ollantaytambo train station to take you to the city of Cusco.
End of our services.
You should take sunscreen, insect repellent, sunhat, good boots or trekking shoes, raincoat. Optional: Trekking pole, sunglasses, shorts.
You can choose from several options, from a buffet in the only hotel near the citadel of Machu Picchu, to the dozens of restaurants located in the town of Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo). If you wish we could include a lunch reservation according to your interests, contact our reservations department (firstname.lastname@example.org).