The Inca trail is North West of Cusco city and ends in Machu Picchu. The path is 42 Kms (25 miles) long and the starting point can be reach by road or train. Surroundings: The sceneries change a lot along the trail. The first two days, you will see snow-capped mountains, valleys, forests and rivers.
The third day is more tropical with lagoons and lush vegetation. It’s amazing how fast it changes. Along the path you will see llamas, hawks, lizards, and more rarely deer’s. History: The Inca trail is the remains of one of the paths to Machu Picchu. This path wasn’t for the transportation of products, people or animals; it was used for religious purposes as a pilgrimage done by the Inca king, the royalty and the priests.
Along the path, they built many ceremonial sites to worship the snow-capped mountains as Veronica Peak. They considered the mountains as gods and protectors of the Inca people and their towns and cities as Machu Picchu.
WIÑAYWAYNA - AGUAS CALIENTES
We pick you up at your hotel in Cusco early in the morning and then take you by bus to the Poroy train station in Cusco, or the railway station in Ollantaytambo where we will take the train to km 104 .This will be the beginning of the trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
We start the walk to the second most important pass on the Inca Trail Wiñaywayna, at 2850 m. On our way there we will have a guided tour and. After having our lunchbox we will continue our trek to Wiñaywayna, where we will be able to visit this beautiful Inca citadel. From here we take our bus to go to the town of Aguas Calientes. Here we will spend the night at a hotel or Hostel ( Cta Agency in cusco). This day you will walk around 6 to 7 hours.
VISIT MACHU PICCHU
We take our breakfast, very early in the morning. Then we will start our last day early, by taking one of the first buses going up to the entrée of the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. the “Lost City of the Incas.” We will be one of the first visitors of the day day .Your bilingual guide will take you throughout the vast ruins for about 2h.
After this you will have some free time to wander around Machu Picchu yourself which is the best known of the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide yet it is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. It is believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was “rediscovered” by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. The guided tour of this fascinating place is an inspiring and beautiful experience.
Visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the excursion you can walk the mountain behind Machu Picchu, the “ Huayna Picchu “, in 45 min. From here you will have a stunning view over the whole complex! But be careful.
Since 2005 there is a new rule that only allows 400 persons a day and the gate close at 12 h .After your free time you can walk down or drive down by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo and arrive in cusco around 2100h.
Transfer from your hotel
Train ticket to Machu Picchu round trip till Km 104 -Cusco
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu archaeological complex
Bilingual guided tour
All Meals as indicated in the itinerary
1 bus tickets going up and 2 down to Machu Picchu total 3 bus tickets
First day your breakfast
Last day your lunch
Extra nights, at ending point Aguas Calientes
More luxury hotel in Agua calientes
Original passport (student + ISIC card valid)
Cash in small denominations
Hat or cap
Medium back pack for the way
Rain coat or ponchos
Bottle of water (water to drink the first day)
Sun blocker with high protection factor
Additional storage memory