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2-Day Inca Trail Express

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Day 1 : Train out of Cusco/Sacred Valley & Hike to Machu Picchu

Visiting: Cusco, Km. 104, Chachabamba, Winay Wayna, Machu Picchu

Early morning we pick you up from your hotel and drive to the train station to board the train that will take us to km.104 on the Cusco to Machupicchu railroad (starting point of the hike), where we arrive at around 10:00 am. We start visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2150m/7052ft), located very close to the control point, to then embark upon an 8 km (5 miles) ascending trail, which after four hours takes us to the archaeological complex of WiƱaywayna (2650m/8692ft). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. On the way up we may enjoy magnificent views of the Urubamba River valley and the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex located on the other side of the river, and also of a beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes away from WiƱaywayna. We then continue and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may contemplate the sacred citadel of Machupicchu. From Intipunku we descend to Machu Picchu, walk through ruins and then take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: L (box-lunch)

Total distance: 13 km (8.08 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)

Machu Picchu altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)

  • Meals: L
  • Budget Lodging: Hatun Samay or similar
  • Standard Lodging: Inkaterra's El MaPi or similar in Aguas Calientes

Day 2 : Visit Machu Picchu & Train Return to Cusco

Visiting: Machu Picchu, Cusco

We wake up early and with our guide, we board the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. We begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huayna Picchu Mountain (ticket not included in trek price), where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we take the shuttle back to Aguas Calientes. From here we take the Expedition train back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley, where we arrive after nightfall. Transfer to your hotel.

  • Meals: BL

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