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Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu: 2D1N

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Cusco Region, Peru

  • Activities

    Adventure, Heritage-History Tour, Hiking Trekking, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $400 USD per person
  • Duration

    2 days/ 1night

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Daily

  • Starting Location

    Cusco

  • Price Includes

    Itinerary transport roundtrip from Cusco-Licensed, Bilingual, history and naturalist Tour Guides-All Itinerary Meals, including vegetarian & snacks, Safety orientation and Equipment for optional activities-First Aid kit and Oxygen-Tour specific , Meals-Ecological, toilets-All Entrance Tickets-Bus up and down for Machu Picchu-Pre-purchased Return Train connections to Cusco.optional hikes in Machu picchu and Huayna picchu mountains and the Intipunku Inca trail.

  • Notes

    Note: For adjusting to tour altitude, we suggest one day tours like the Sacred Valley, River Rafting and the City Tour of Cusco. As Guides we offer 100% Gauranteed Information, for your sensibilities - about the best specific hotel rooms and services around Peru, like extra windows and other amenities.

Highlights

  • Start with a morning train ride to kilometer 104 of the rail line, passing by snowcapped mountains, diverse ecosystems, and ancient ruins along the way
  • Hike to the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery and unparalleled view of the Urubamba mountain range as we pass through the mystical cloud forest
  • Gain a whole new perspective on the Citadel and its rich biodiversity; definitely an experience you won’t forget

Trip Info

The best way to see Machu Picchu, because you ride the train through the Urubamba gorge with incredible views of the cloud forest. Also you hike part of this original Inca trail and tour Machu picchu. Great opportunities to see some flora and fauna of this pristine ecosystem.

 Day one:  Chachabamba, Machu picchu

We start day one with a morning train ride to kilometer 104 of the rail line, passing by snowcapped mountains, diverse ecosystems, and ancient ruins along the way. The train will depart from Cusco in the early morning and arrive at a trailhead in Chachabamba(2,100 meters) by mid -morning. Here, we’ll start our hike towards the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna (2,710 meters), which will take approximately 2 ½ hours total. Once in Wiñay Wayna(named after the local orchest), we will stop for a picnic lunch and a brief tour. After lunch, we’ll begin our descent into the city of Machu Picchu (2,450meters). Enjoy the beautiful scenery and unparalleled view of the Urubamba mountain range as we pass through the mystical cloud forest. It’s in this subtropical forest that you will see endless species of plants, including the forever young orchest (Epidendrum secundum), the Bamboo orchest(Sobralia dicotoma), and much more. The diversity doesn’t end here. Take in all the sights and sounds of the Inca wren (Thryothorus eisenmanni), sparkling violet ear (Colibri coruscans), and maybe even the famed Andean Condor. To better appreciate all this area has to offer, we’ll stop at the Sun gate (Intipunku) entrance before our final descent. Here, we’ll snap some photos of the beautiful granite mountains known as the Bartolite of Vilcabamba (volcanic formation), along with the city of Machu Picchu below. As we make our way down, we’ll break at several more lookout points for additional photo opportunities. By the time we arrive at Machu Picchu, we will have hiked for approximately 8 miles and 5 hours, so be prepared for a much needed rest! From here, we’ll take a bus into Aguas Calientes (about 25 minutes away), where we’ll settle in at a hotel for a good shower, hot meal, and maybe an evening dip in the hot springs. (L, D).

 Day two:  Machu picchu

Today, we’re up at the crack of dawn to see the sunrise from Machu Picchu (weather permitting). After a quick breakfast, we’ll catch the bus for a 25-minute ride to the actual city of Machu Picchu. We’ll start with a two-hour tour of the city, after which you’ll be free to relax or hike one of the mountains in the area, Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu (about 2 to 3 hours).If you decide to hike, you will gain a whole new perspective on the Citadel and its rich biodiversity; definitely an experience you won’t forget! Afterwards, we’ll have lunch in town and visit the local market. Then, in the afternoon we’ll complete our trip with a train ride back to Cusco.

Note: You can design your own package and choose your hotel, or we can reserve that for you.

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