Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Duration: 2 days

Highlights: Machu Picchu

Hike the Inca Trail, seeing much of it intact and easy to imagine as it was in Inca times.

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Day 1 - Visit Aguas Calientes

We leave early to take our train to km 104 on the railroad to Machu Picchu. We will notice a dramatic change in ecological levels, from Quechua to cloud forest. The latter will provide the backdrop for our walk. Upon disembarking from the train at Km104, we will register with the SHMP authorities to begin our walk. We will follow an uphill path through magnificent geography to Wiñay Wayna, where we will have a short break and check in with the SHMP to continue our walk. When we arrive at the Inti Punku, the entrance to Machu Picchu, we will enjoy our first view of the sacred city. This magical place will surprise us with its impressive geography, as well as with the evidence of the high intellectual and spiritual development achieved by the Andean people, under the rule of the Inkas. We will cross the archaeological site to take our transport to the town of Aguas Calientes, where after checking into our hotels, we will have a well-deserved rest.


Meal Plan: BXL

Day 2 - Machu Picchu

Early in the morning, we will take our bus to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, to enjoy a guided tour of this marvelous city. We will explore sacred places as well as the places where Andean men demonstrated the extent of his knowledge. Machu Picchu was a place dedicated to the study and worship of the cosmos and the earth; a place where the knowledge and spirituality of the Andean man were combined to achieve a universal balance according to the Andean concept of duality. You will have the chance to hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain (usually seen in the background of the classic vista of Machu Picchu) from where quite spectacular views of Machu Pichu are seen from a different angle –as well as the breathtaking and dramatic panorama of the surrounding mountain peaks and the great gorge of the Urubamba canyon- can be fully appreciated. Afterwards, we go back to Aguas Calientes by bus and take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station. Arrival and transfer to Cusco city.


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