This is the short version of the famous Inca Trail, for those who have less time available but do not want to lose this unique trek. We start at km. 104 and we walk till the Wiñahuayna archeological place. After a visit to the site, we go to Inti punku from where we will have a fabulous view over the City of the Incas.
|TYPE:||Culture, Nature, Adventure|
|DURATION:||2 Days / 1 Night|
|DIFFICULTY LEVEL:||Moderate (5 hours walk a day)|
|TYPE OF TRIP:||Standard, Premium and Private|
|RECOMMENDED DEPARTURES:||April to December|
DAY 1: CUSCO - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES
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 – Machupicchu railroad (starting point of the hike), where we arrive at around 10:00 am. We start visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2150 m.a.s.l), located very close to the control point, to then embark upon an 8 km ascending path, after four hours takes us to the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (2650 m.a.s.l).
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 Wiñaywayna. We then continue and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a path of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may contemplate the sacred inka city of Machupicchu. From Intipunku we descend to Machupicchu and then by bus to Aguas Calientes. We are then accommodated at the selected hotel/hostel. You can visit and relax in its hot springs.
Total distance: 12 km (7,47 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Altitud Máxima: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
Altitud del Campamento: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO