The 2 day / 1 night Inca Trail (also known as the short Inca Trail) is a relatively undemanding hike including a visit to Wiñay Wayna (“Forever Young” in Quechua), one of the most beautiful archaeological sites on the entire Inca Trail. For those who prefer to experience a shorter trek before visiting the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, this is the perfect option!
We will pick you up from your hotel in the early morning and take you to the train station. Our hike will begin at Km 104 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad. On this beautiful short trek we will experience spectacular scenery dominated by snow-capped peaks, and there will be plenty of time to visit the fascinating Wiñay Wayna archaeological site. We will have our first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, or Intipunku, high above the Inca city. Forty minutes later, we will arrive at Machu Picchu, from where we will descend to the small town of Aguas Calientes.
Cusco - Ollantaytambo (private vehicle): 77 kilometers / 47.4 miles (1 hour 30 minutes)
Ollantaytambo - Km 104 of the railroad (train): 36 kilometers / 22.4 miles (1 hour 15 minutes)
Trekking distance: 9.3 kilometers / 5.8 miles (5-6 hours)
Altitudes: Km 104: 2201 meters / 7219 feet; Wiñay Wayna: 2665 meters / 8743 feet; Intipunku: 2693 meters / 8833 feet; Machu Picchu: 2460 meters / 8071 feet; Aguas Calientes: 2070 meters / 6791 feet
Meals: Box lunch
Today will be devoted to an extended tour of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Our guide will escort us as we visit the site’s temples and palaces and wander through its residential and agricultural areas. After this guided tour you will have plenty of free time to walk around these famous ruins independently or visit the mountain known as Huayna Picchu, before rejoining the group for the return trip to Cusco by train.
Altitudes: Aguas Calientes: 2070 meters / 6791 feet; Machu Picchu: 2460 meters / 8071 feet
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