You will be picked up from your hotel at 4 a.m. Following, we will go to the train station and leave on the 6:10 am. train, from Ollantaytambo. The train follows the Urubamba River, until we reach Km104, where we’ll begin our trek. Along the way, you will see spectacular views of the farmlands, snow-capped mountains and the mighty Urubamba River, one of the sources of the Amazon River. At 104 km, we will begin our trek. Once you have everything you need take a group photo, before visiting our first Inca site. After an orientation and tour of the Inca site, we will begin hiking upwards, as we head for the Classic Inca Trail. If the weather is clear, we’ll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Sites.
After hiking for thee hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2,600 m/8,500 ft. Most people do not get the opportunity to see an elaborate water fountain, temples and some agricultural terraces, which provide a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of the Incas. The backdrop of this site drops off a cliff, with beautiful mountains surrounding the area. From Wiñay Wayna, we will walk to the Sun Gate, where we will see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views, we will begin our descent to Machu Picchu.
A big advantage of this hike, is that by the time we reach Machu Picchu, most of the day travelers will have returned home, so you will have the area to yourself. After taking photos, you will have a two hour guided tour by your private English speaking guide. After that, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. When you are done exploring, you can either take a bus, or walk, down to Aguas Calientes for Dinner (not included). Following, you will take the 6:30 pm train back to Ollantaytambo, and then a bus to Cusco, where you will be brought back to your hotel. You will arrive around 10 pm.
Total Distance: 12 km (7,800 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 5 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 2,700 m (8,858 ft)