Short on time or energy? Hike this short Inca Trail version. In this relatively easy but amazing trek you experience the highlights of the ancient Machu Picchu and surroundings. On this two-day adventure you visit the most beautiful ruins on the Inca trail, Wiñay Wayna, and finally the famous Machu Picchu!
We`ll pick you up from your Hotel at 4:00 am to transfer you for a 2 hour journey by private van to the Train Station in Ollantaytambo then we`ll board a Tourist Expedition Train with reserved seats for 1 hour and 45 minutes to the kilometer 104 start of the hike. (This is the best train service time and itinerary to start the hike by 08:00 am and have plenty of time to enjoy this fantastic trek) so please sleep early the night before) As soon as we arrive to this point we will cross a bridge to the check out point and show your passports then we will start a soft walk into the other side of the Vilca nota river the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit in Chachabamba, we’ll continue the trail heads south and begin climbing the mountain, before entering the cloud forest. The n the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland.
After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall. After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñaywayna. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 liters of water. After lunch in Wiñaywayna we continue through a cloud forest full of bromeli as, orchids and fern trees.
You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features stone steps and tambos resting places and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the Inti Punku or “Sun`s Gate”. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe this marvelous place, last 45 minutes to be on front of this wonder, where you can feel an inner peace. Spend a short time for pictures and views, with luck you can observe a magnificent sunset on this wonder place. After this magnificent arrive to Machu Picchu we walk down for 30 -40 minutes to our camp located at 2,000 masl. We spend the night in a touristic hotel.
Early wake up at 04.30 am … and after a good breakfast, re-live the history and the mysterious world of Machu Picchu and the Incas, fuse with the mystic of this fascinating and unique place, discover yourself the perfect symbiosis and harmony created by nature and the Incas people. We take the first bus up at approx. 05.20 am and arrive at the Sanctuary control before 06.00 am when the Park is open.
This time is still not so crowded yet so we take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site ; Guided Tour of Machu Picchu. This enigmatic city is explored for Approx. 2 hrs and their mysteries and archaeological information will be explained by your expert guide, (you generally have approx. 6 hrs. extra free time but depends on train timetables in high season.)
Around 2-3:00 pm bus down to Aguas Calientes for your Train return. The train departs Aguas Calientes late in the afternoon. (16 :22 pm to Ollantaytambo then a 2 hours’ transport to Cusco arriving at 20:00 pm approx.)
Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.