Permits always sell out quickly for this 2 day/1 night trek, we recommend you book 4-6 months in advance due to the high demand of this short hike to Machu Picchu.
A shorter version of the Inca Trail leaves from KM 104, 2100 m (104 kilometers along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes) and involves a four hour walk uphill to Wiñay-Wayna Complex 2700m followed by a couple more hours of walking to arrive at Machu Picchu.
This 2-Day tour covers 16km of Inca Trail in the first day, connecting with the Classic 4-day trail at the impressive archaeological site of Wiñay-Wayna. (Only Inca Trail hikers get to enjoy these ruins !!!) The name means “Forever Young” in Quechua, the indigenous language, and is taken from that of the pink and purple orchid that grows here. Farming terraces, “Andenes”, surrounding the whole side of a mountain decorate this ancient Inca castle that includes temples, buildings and water channels. The stonework is high in quality with fine masonry and includes a magnificent sequence of fifteen ritual fountain baths. It was a religious centre, probably associated with the ritual worship of water. Chachabamba is another very interesting Inca complex that we will visit, hiding in the middle of the beautiful mountains and the lower part of the sub-tropical valley.
Trekkers continue the hike all the way to Machu Picchu, where you will observe the famous view from the Sun gate “Inti Punku” and spend the night in a comfortable hostel in Aguas Calientes. Groups then will return (Guided group average 8 -12 people max) to Machu Picchu for a guided tour on the second day. This private tour of Machu Picchu will take place very early so as to avoid the large crowds that arrive on the first train from Cusco, then you will have free time to explore on your own, or climb Huayna Picchu.
“Viajero… los mejores momentos los creas tu !!!” Raffo Leon.
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Inca Land Adventures is one of the top trekking agencies in Cusco. Offering treks that no other agency provides, along routes that few ever visit, we guarantee that we can give you the trip of a lifetime. Our treks have been tailored to provide you with the best experience possible, no matter what your fitness level; from short one day hikes to epic 12 day treks that take you to the remotest corners of the Andes, we have something for everyone.
We offer all the classic Inca Trail treks as well as a whole host of alternative treks that will leave you spoiled for choice. Some of our treks are more culturally-focused, such as the Huchuy Qosqo trek, while others are pure physical challenge, like the epic Climbing Salkantay trek. We also pride ourselves on our private service; we will alter our treks to suit your needs and desires! For those that are aiming to improve their photography skills whilst trekking, our sister company Photo Tours Peru offers a wide range of photography-focused treks and tours too. See: http://www.phototoursperu.com
Inca Trail permits:
We recommend you book at least 4 months in advance for low season (Oct - April) and at least 6 months in advance for high season (May - Sept) to ensure that you get your Inca Trail permit. They sell out fast as this is such a popular trail. This applies to any of the treks that include all / part of the Inca Trail e.g. Salkantay Inca Trail, Short Inca Trail.
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