This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail without days of hiking
and camping. We begin the hike from the train stop at Kilometer 104 and
follow the trail for six hours to the spectacular view of Machu Picchu
from Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun. From here we descend into the
world famous 'Lost City'. After a restful night in a hotel, we return
to Machu Picchu at dawn to see the ruins in perfect morning light on a
guided tour. In the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train.
Day 1: KM.
104/CHACHABAMBA/WINAY WAYNA/MACHU PICCHU
Depart from Cuzco or Ollanta stations on the early train, following
the Urubamba river to km 104 of the railroad, where you alight and
cross a footbridge to begin your hike at the Inca site of Cachabamba.
After a brief visit to this lovely ruin with its water channels and
fountains, you will start the four hour ascend that will take you past
spectacular overlooks above the great valley, then below a lovely
waterfall near the delightful site of Winay Wayna (Forever Young).
You'll ascend through this largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail
sites, passing its chain of ritual baths and elegantly curved
terracing, and then joining the main Inca Trail. Follow it across a
steep mountainside and up narrow stairways through lush, humid cloud
forest. Suddenly you will cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (sun
gate) and encounte the magical city of Machu Picchu. You will walk the
last half-hour or so down the royal flagstone walkway, passing by
shrines and buildings overlooking Machu Picchu from the trail. Next you
will take a bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes where you will
overnight in a local hotel. Lunch and Dinner.
Day 2: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO
After breakfast, you will take the bus towards MachuPicchu to enjoy
an early visit to the fabled ruins, spending the day in both guided and
individual exploration. After a full-on experience of this glorious
monument to the Inca achievement, you will return to Aguas Calientes by
bus and board the return train to Cuzco. Breakfast at your hotel and
Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel,
amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes),
from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and
get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people
friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu:
Located at the end side of the town of Aguas Calientes, facing the
Urubamba river. Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel, a hotel fitted out with
exclusive touches, has successfully managed to blend security and
comfort with the solid quality and mystery inspired by one of the
word's most awe-inspiring archaeological complexes.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu:
Luxury boutique hotel, a pueblo of luxurious whitewashed bungalow
nestles into terraced hills. Spa services use sublime natural essences,
and a first-class restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing
Your package includes:
- Briefing lecture before the tour.
- A licensed, well-trained, English-speaking guide.
- Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (second day)
- Porters and staff (cooks and guides).
- Expedition train **Train confirmations subject to availibility**
- Bus transportation to/from Machu Picchu.
- Permit fees to the Inca trail.
- Entrance tickets to archaeological sites along the Inca Trail.
- One entrance ticket to MachuPicchu on the second day.
- Hotel accommodation at Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes area.
- High quality maps.
- 24-hour telephone assistance in Lima and Cusco.
Alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, airport taxes, additional tours,
laundry, entrance to Huaynapicchu and insurance and air tickets. Dinner
at Machu Picchu.
- Although the trek is rated as moderate, we strongly suggest
spending at least two nights in Cuzco or Sacred Valley before the start
of the trek to totally adjust to the altitude.
- Do some exercise before you go.
- Passengers interested in climbing HuaynaPicchu,we strongly
suggest to book your entrance ticket in advance.
- Altitude at the Inca Trail: Minimum 2430m/Maximum 4200m.
- Keep hydrated. Drink Plenty of water that also helps to
acclimatize to the altitude.
- The paving on the trail is irregular. Please watch your step.
- Inca Trail luggage/bag allowance: maximum 15.43 pounds/7
kilograms per person, which you have to store in the provided duffle
The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide
between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or
November (the best time for this amazing trek); the rainy season goes
from December through April. Nevertheless, in the forested fringes of
the Amazon basin where Machu Picchu lies, showers are not uncommon at
any time of the year. Therefore rain pants and jacket are essential
gear that should always be in your daypack.
On boarding, an ID (identification) and the train ticket will be
required. If the passengers will overnight in the Machu Picchu area,
they must take the original passport or ID, along with the Andean
Immigration Card, so that the hotel may exonerate the sales tax of the
overnight. The Andean Immigration Card is handed by the plane crew upon
arrival in Peru. Only carry on or backpacks will be allowed with the
following characteristics: Not more than 11 pounds, not more than 62
inches (157 centimeters) (height+length+width). Backpacks or Carry On
will go with the passenger, and by no means should block the access
gates or the corridors.
This package is recommended from April to October, not
recommended from November to March due to rainy seasons.