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inca trail 2 days

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days

Inca Trail 2 days a full day hike along the historic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

This shorter version of the Inca Trail still allows you to visit the most beautiful Incan sites along the way to Machu Picchu arriving at the Sun Gate in the afternoon for your first view of the Lost City of the Incas Machu Picchu. You will continue down to Aguas Calientes village and have dinner at the restaurant in town before heading to bed.

For those who want a small taste of hiking the Andes, this 1 day hike with the next day spent at Machu Picchu can not be beat.

inca trail 2 days

But please book early, because permits sell out months in advance.


Day 1: Hiking to Machu Picchu

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 a.m. 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 the orientation and tour of the Incan site, we will begin the hike upwards, as we head for the Classic Incan Trail. If the weather is clear, we’ll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu ruins, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Incan Sites.

After hiking for 3-hours, we will reach the gorgeous Inka ruins on the Inca Trail, Wiñay huayna (Forever Young) at 8,500 ft (2600 m). 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 scenery of this place drops off a drop-off, with stunning mountains surrounding the site. From Wiñay huayna, we’ll walk to the Sun Gate, where we’ll see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu inka city. 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, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and head to your hotel. After dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.

Day 2: Machu Picchu one of the 7 wonders of world

We will wake up early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu. 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. Those who have tickets to huayna picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half, round-trip. When you are done exploring, you can either take a bus, or walk, down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Following, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, and then a bus to Cusco, where you will be brought back to your hotel.

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