This is the a 2-day Machu Picchu tour which includes 1-day hike on the Inca trail. The perfect option for travelers who want to combine visits to cultural attractions and hiking on the same trip. We provide the gear and arrange the logistics, so all you need is a daypack and your luggage. No camping on this one!
The hike starts from Km 104, where we jump off the train (it actually does stop first!) into the jungle, next to the tracks. From here we hike uphill towards Winaywayna (last campsite for the regular hikers of the traditional inca trail). We continue to Machupicchu, crossing over the mountain through the Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From there, it's all downhill with plenty of time to enjoy the late afternoon. The bus takes us to our hotel in Aguas Calientes and an enjoyable night on the town. The following morning we return to Machu Picchu to experience the sunrise and a private, guided tour of the archaeological ruins.
Day 1 Cusco - Chachabamba - Winaywayna - Machu Picchu
Early in the morning we come to your hotel to take you to the train station, where we board the train. The train winds us through the mountains and cloud forests with breath-taking scenery until it stops in the jungle at Km 104, the starting point of our trek. Crossing the Urubamba river on footbridge, we check-in with park rangers at the control point, then continue our hike to the archaeological site of Chachabamba, with an elevation of 2150m. From here we ascend a hill for about 2 hours until we reach a beautiful secluded waterfall and in a few more minutes, will arrive at the fascinating archaeological site of Wiñaywayna 2650 m (8,694.23 ft). After we explore the ancient ruins. we continue to hike through the semitropical cloud forest area, until we cross over the mountain through Intipunku (The Sun Gate) to get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. After a short hike down, we will stay to enjoy the late afternoon before we descend by bus to Aguas Calientes for a comfortable night in our hotel and the option of bathing in the local hot springs.
Day 2 Machu Picchu - Cusco
After an early breakfast, we will take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the magic of the sunrise and a private, guided tour. After your guided tour, you are free to explore the ruins on your own. In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Calientes by bus, then on to Cusco by train & private vehicle. With advance notice, we can make arrangements for you to spend one more day in Aguas Calientes.
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Cusco is in the Eastern Standard Time zone, so there is little or no jet leg for those travelers coming from North America. Reservations for the Inca Trail are best made 4-6 months in advance.