Inca Trail Hike 1D
Places to visit:
Machu Picchu – Chachabamba – Wiñaywayna – Intipunku – Aguas calientes
The Inca Trail is a world-famous trekking route that leads to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Although the “Classic Inca Trail” spans a total of 42 KM, our Inca Trail 1D option allows hikers to enjoy the last 12 KM of this iconic trail.
Inca Trail 1D Hike Itinerary
DAY 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – INCA TRAIL KM 104 – WIÑAYWAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO.
Our hike will begin in the early morning hours with a pick-up directly from your hotel in Cusco. In our private transportation, we will head to the train station in Ollantaytambo to board our train to KM 104, the trailhead of the hike. The train ride will take approximately 45 minutes.
Once at the trailhead, we will each receive our box lunches and get ready to start our hike. Here, there will be a trail checkpoint where all travellers will be required to show the travel document and Inca Trail permit. From KM 104, you will begin a moderate climb along the Inca Trail for approximately 3 hrs until reaching the most beautiful archaeological site – Wiñay Wayna. This hike will be along stone steps. Breaks will be taken along the way for resting and better enjoyment of the surrounding lush and fauna-and-flora rich cloud forest. At Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8747 ft), you will be amazed by the most spectacular Inca archaeological site along the Inca Trail. Seen as the ‘’small’’ Machu Picchu to many, this site will impress you with its ingenious location, a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. At this site, you will see agricultural terraces, water fountains thought to have had liturgical purposes, urban sectors and others all designed and constructed in similar floor plans as other big Inca ruins. Here, you will stop to contemplate the architectural splendour over lunch. After lunch, you will continue with your hike to Machu Picchu for another 1 hr to 2hrs. This hike will be along Inca stone steps and with varying uphill and downhill sections. You will reach Machu Picchu via the famous Sun Gate or Inti Punku, where you will spend some well deserved time enjoying the views.
Since this is a 1-day service, our visit to Machu Picchu will be upon arrival to the Sun Gate. Before continuing to the town of Aguas Calientes, we will enter the Inca citadel for our guided tour. In this tour, we will visit the sites main sectors and temples in the company of our guide.
After our guided tour of Machu Picchu, we will board a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes. Once in town, you will have some time to rest and grab a bite to eat. Our return to Cusco will be by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and by car from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. Once in Cusco, you will be dropped off directly at your hotel.
- Pick-up from hotel in Cusco / drop-off at hotel after tour
- Guided service (English or Spanish)
- Train ticket Ollantaytambo KM 104
- Inca Trail permit + entry to Machu Picchu
- 01 box lunch
- Consettur bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket Aguas Calientes Ollantaytambo
- Transfer back to Cusco
- Snacks & Water
- Trekking poles
WHAT TO BRING
To guarantee the best of experiences, it is important to be fully prepared. Here is a list of items we recommend you to bring for this tour.
- Comfortable shoes. No heels, flip flops, flats or unworn shoes. Preferably hiking shoes/boots.
- Small day pack for your personal items
- Travel document
- Parka or windbreaker. Weather changes are common in Cusco. This includes sunny, rainy and windy conditions.
- Reusable water bottle
- Extra cash for souvenirs & snacks
Prices & Options
COST: US$ 400 per person
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