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Inca Trail shorter`s version leaves from KM 104, located at 2,100 meters asl (104 kilometers along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes) and involves a 16 Km. 5 Km walk uphill to Winaywayna Inca Complex located at 2700 meters asl in approximatelly 4 hours of spectaculars views and Inca sites enroute connecting the classic trek at at the impressive Winaywayna. After lunch a couple of hours of easy walk to Machu Picchu, for many hikkers the best part of the classic trek. (Winaywayna means - Forever Young in Quechua, and the place is named after a pink and purple orchids growing around here.)
Farming terraces Andenes surrounding the whole side of a mountain decorating this ancient Inca castle with temples, buildings and water channels. The stonework is high in quality and fine masonry with a magnificent sequence of fifteen ritual fountain baths. It was a religious centre, probably associated with the ritual worship of water. Chachabamba, Choquesuysuy and Inti-pata are other very interesting Inca Complexes hiding in the middle of the beauty of the mountains and the lower part of the Sub-tropical valley.
We walk to Machu Picchu at early afternoon in the middle of beautiful nature, sounds of hummingbirds, peacefuly and uncrowded trail until "Inti Punku" the sun-gate, have unique views from this mountain top, after 40 minutes you will be on front of this wonder and majestic place for sunset, then we board a private bus to Aguas Calientes town. Spend the night in a comfortable Hotel Viajeros. Next morning early we return to Machu Picchu by bus for a guided tour, visit and explore.


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 Vilcanota 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. Then 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 bromelias, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features like stone steps and tambos resting places and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the IntiPunku 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, then we prepare our mind for the next early morning, time to take a bus for 30 minutes to AguasCalientes town. Hot springs pools are optional (bring your bathing suit and 10 soles) or just use this time to chill out in this small village.
Provided is accommodation in private rooms.
This is all considered a low altitude hike, but you would want to be fit. Dinner included. At dinner time your guide will inform about plans and arrangements for the next big day!!

Early wake up at 04.30 am ... and after a good breakfast, re-live the history and the mysterious world of Machupicchu 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 ruin`s gate 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 Machupicchu. 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.)
Climbing to Huayna Picchu. - see additional info if you want to purchase an entrance ticket for this.
Around 3-4:00 pm there will be a bus down to AguasCalientes for your Train return.
The train departs AguasCalientes late in the afternoon. ( 6:00 pm or 5:00 pm to Ollantaytambo then a 2 hours transport to Cusco arriving at 9:00 pm approx. )

Tour Includes:
- Transfer from your hotel to the Train Station
- Expedition train to Km 104 (starting point of the hike)
- Entrance fees for Machupicchu
- Permits and fees for the 2 Day Inca Trail park
- Professional English Speaking Guide
- Guided visit of Wiñaywayna and Choquesuysuy
- Guided Tour in Machupicchu on the second Day
- 1 Lunch, 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner
- 1 snack and soda drink for the 1st Day
- Private room for 2 or 3 people in our hostel Shower and bathroom
- 2 bus tickets (Machupicchu-AguasCalientes -Machupicchu)
- Expedition train return from and to Ollanta and private transport to and from Cusco
-Free safe Storage in Cusco in our office while you are hiking.

What is not included:
- Hot spring pools 10 soles or ( US$3 )
- Dinner on the 2nd Day
- Drinks snacks or water
- Personal porter (only a day pack necessary)
- Tips for your guide.
- permit for HuaynaPicchu..if you want this Remember if you want to include the permit to climb Huaynapicchu mountain there are a limited number of spaces available for each day

We recommend that you bring
- Your Original passport
- Student card ISIC (if applicable.)
- You only need to carry a small day pack
- Water to drink ( 2 liters)
- Camera
- Rain jacket in rainy season -Dec to Jan
- Change of weather gear in rainy season -Dec to Jan
- Hat or cap for the sun
- Sunscrean with sun proteccion
- Insect repellent for mosquitoes (Malaria or Yellow fever not been reported)
- Comfortable hiking boots, runners or sturdy shoes

Discounts available:
Students: ISIC CARD (students require a International Student Identity Card and must be under 26 years of age)

Posted by tours in machu picchu on 2012/11/19 9:00:00 (7592 reads)

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