The Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is the most important two day hike that takes you into Machu Picchu. Despite the shorter trek time you will nonetheless experience all of the main highlights of the real 2 day Inca Trail Peru.These include walking through the lush forest of the Amazon, hiking the 2 day hike to Machu Picchu on the Peruvian Andes and enjoying the beautiful views of snow-capped peaks and natural streams. You will see Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, the same entrance used by the Incas on their spiritual pilgrimages to the sacred site of Machu Picchu – Peru. You will enjoy a guided tour and explore the ruins of this wonderous archaeological site as well as an optional hike up to the peak of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.
The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes approximately 6 to 7 hours to reach sun gate known as Inti Punku, where you can get the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu site. after finished with the photos at sun gate we have another chance to take more shots at classical spot where every people takes those poscard photos,
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Highlights
Day 1: Cusco – km104 – Wiñay huayna- Machu Picchu (Meals: /L/D)
Day 2: Aguas calientes town – Machu Picchu– Cusco (Meals: B/)
We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel early in the morning (about 5:00am) and then drive to the train station in Ollantaytambo and take the train to Kilometer (Km) 104, which takes about three hours. Km 104 is an unscheduled train stop so you will probably feel a twinge of satisfaction that the train is stopping especially for you – and by knowing you are about to see things that no one else will get to! At Km 104 we will get off the train and pass the Short Inca Trail checkpoint where we will see our first archaeological center called Chachabamba (2,170 m / 7,170 ft). These ruins were one of the last shelters that the Incas used before they reached Machu Picchu. This site was also used as a religious and administrative center, and features several buildings.
Then, we will gradually ascend for about 2-3 hours climbing Inca stone steps while our guide points out different flora and fauna along the trail. We will then pass a tall waterfall before arriving at the archaeological site called Wiñay Wayna at (2,650 m / 8,700 ft), which is named after an orchid and means Forever Young in Quechua. We will climb to the top of the ruins and enjoy lunch with an incredible view of the Urubamba River and the Sacred Valley. This large site sits on a mountainside and features experimental terraces that the Incas used to grow different crops. We will visit an important temple with 7 windows that was dedicated to the rainbow as well as observe the amazing engineering of water channels that still function today.
Once we finish our tour here, we will continue our hike for about 1 ½ hours on a part of the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days which is relatively flat, with small ascents and descents along the way. At about 5:00 pm we will reach the Sun Gate (2,720 m / 8,920 ft), which is called Intipunku in Quechua. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu and from there we will head down to the ruins. From Machu Picchu, we take the bus to Aguas Calientes Town – Hotel
Meals: Box Lunch / Dinner
Maximum altitude: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
Distance to walk: 13 km / 8 miles
Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
WALKING DISTANCE: 10 km / 7.45miles
STARTING ELEVATION: 3350 m / 12477 ft
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3850 m / 12,690 ft
DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Challenging
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)
ACCOMODATION: Hotel **
We wake early to catch a bus up to the Machu Picchu Inca site where we will have the chance to enjoy sunrise and experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in the morning light. You will enjoy a two hour tour from a local guide around this astonishing archeological site and then enjoy some free time to explore it further by yourself.
During this time you may also opt to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the iconic mountain peak that overlooks the site of Machu Picchu. After, we will return to Aguas Calientes Town by bus from where we catch our train to Ollantaytambo and then onwards by private bus back to Cusco.
WALKING DISTANCE: Bus
STARTING ELEVATIOn: 2115m / 6853 ft
HIGHEST ELEVATI0N: 2115 m/ 7231 ft
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast
Group Service for Two Day Inca Trail
Private Group Price
Private family trek US$ 500. 00 per person
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