Hiking the Inca Trail is a unique experience that you have to try once in your life: intense and fabulous trekking through a range of spectacular Inca ruins while contemplating some of the most marvelous sceneries on the way.
Extraordinary landscapes, walking the Inca Trail through different ecological systems, amazing variety of flora and fauna, the adventures awaiting for you along the 3 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu present original cobble stones and allow you to visit the most important Inca complex on the way, Wiñayhuayna also known as "Forever Young". And you finish your trek at the impressive Inca citadel of Macchu Picchu so needless to say that this is an experience you are not to forget anytime soon.
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We will start our first day of the Inca Trail trek by picking everyone up from their hotels in Cusco early in the morning. You may want to have your breakfast in your hotel before your pick up time, but you can also bring snacks to bring along the way. From Cusco you will go to Ollantaytambo to take a train to KM104 (Expedition class train). We’ll start the Inca trail trek at KM 104 which is also an official Inca Trail checkpoint. Here they will check your passport, Inca Trail permit and your ISIC if you booked your Inca Trail trek with a student discount.
At this official Inca Trail checkpoint the authorities will ask for your original passport, your Inca Trail permit and if you booked your Inca Trail trek with a student discount, you will need to show your original ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) as well. In the area there are some archeological remains we’ll visit called Chachabamba.
From this area it will take about 3 to 4 hours to hike steadily uphill to Wiñayhuayna. We'll have a box lunch in Wiñayhuayna. You'll also have the chance to visit an archeological site in the area. From here we'll walk an additional 2 hours to get to Inti Punku also known as the Sun Gate in English.
From here we'll have our first view of Machu Picchu so it will be a reat opportunity t take pictures before heading towards Machu Picchu. We'll be in Machu Picchu at about 4:00pm and stay for a little while to take in the view of Machu Picchu and rest. From Machu Picchu we’ll take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. We’ll have a dinner together and stay overnight at our hotel.
We'll start our second day with breakfast at 5:00am at our hotel and then head out to the bus station in Aguas Calientes to take a bus up to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is at an altitude of about 2400 meters. We'll have a guided tour of Machu Picchu that will last about 2 hours and afterwards you’ll have time to roam around the ancient city on your own to soak up the magical atmosphere.
When you feel like you’ve seen most of the city for the day, you can take one of the busses back to Aguas Calientes to have the rest of the day to yourself to wander, buy souvenirs, or visit the local hot springs which has an entrance fee of 10 Peruvian Nuevos Soles. You'll stay overnight in the same hotel.
Today we'll start with a breakfast at the hotel before we head back to Machu Picchu. We'll take a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Depending on your entrance time for Huayna Picchu you can walk around for a while before entering, but they are very strict about the entrance times, so make sure to be on time! You will need to show your entrance ticket for Huayna Picchu and your passport. If you had a student discount when you booked, you will also need to show your ISIC (International Student Identity Card).
It should take about 45 minutes to get to the top and once there you can rest from the strenuous and daunting climb up the mountain as well as enjoying the wonderful view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains and valley. After climbing back down to Machu Picchu you can roam around Machu Picchu again or you can go back to Aguas Calientes right away. You can take a bus down to Aguas Calientes and from there, depending on your train schedule take your Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo you will be picked up and driven back to Cusco.Note: The time table for the trains may change according to the train company's availability. There will also be changes to your itinerary and price if you decide to change your departure time, or upgrade to the Vistadome Train. If you booked later than most of your group for your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, you may not be in the same train as the rest of your group.
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