Day 1 - Cuzco - Ollantaytambo - k.104 - Aguas Calientes
Morning you will be met by your guide and depart by Vistadome train into the Sacred Valley passing through the Andean mountains. Here there are small Indian villages and the abundance
of semi tropical plants that leads you to the starting point of your trek at k.104. After your arrival at K.104 you will begin your full day hiking journey on the Inca Trail.
After a short hike the first point of interest is the archaeological site of Chachabamba, which ascends through the ruins of Choquesuysuy that will later lead to Winay Wayna.
After a couple hours of hiking a picnic style lunch will be prepared as you can enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the Andean mountains. Later continue a short distance on a
rapid descent that takes you through the cloud forest where a variety of flowers and tropical vegetation, mosses & tree ferns as well as a small waterfall escort you to the
magical ruins of Winay Wayna. Here there are several baths and newly uncovered terraces. After a time to appreciate the Incas skill we will continue further on the trail towards
to the base town of Aguas Calientes and the hotel of choice.
Meals - Lunch ( NOTE: hotel night not included.)
Driving distance (private vehicle) Cuzco - Ollantaytambo : 77 kilometers / 47.4 miles (1 hour 30 minutes)
Train to K104 distance - Ollantaytambo : 36 kilometers / 22.4 miles (1 hour 15 minutes)
Trekking distance - 9.3 kilometers / 5.8 miles (5-6 hours)
Altitudes - Wiñay Wayna: 2665 meters / 8743 ft.; Intipunku: 2693 meters / 8833 ft.; Machu Picchu: 2460 meters / 8071 ft.; Aguas Calientes: 2070 meters / 6791 ft.
Meals - Breakfast
( NOTE: Hotel for overnight not included )
Day 2 - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Early morning departure by foot to the top of the Machu Picchu site for the rising sun. On your arrival into Machu Picchu several large rock structures or temples are along the
path to which the guide will point out as you make your way into the "coliseum" like site. As you arrive your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this
archaeological wonder. Several ideas or possibilities have been noted of this massive archaeological complex of acropolis proportion. Wether this site was a pre Incan, a previous
leaders sanctuary for his retirement, maybe a location for the virgins to be separated from the kingdom and used as wives for the Inca rulers or even sacrificial for the gods.
It seems that the world will never know. Time will permit as well to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, visit the Inti Punku Pass (Gate of the Sun ) or explore and take more photographs
of the area. In the late afternoon you will bid farewell to the lost city of Machu Picchu and proceed to the Aguas Calientes train station where you will board the by Expedition or Vistadome
train (Hiram Bingham train available on request)for your return to Cuzco. After your arrival into the Cuzco train station (6:45 -7:00 p.m.) our staff will meet and transfer you to the hotel of choice.
Altitudes: Aguas Calientes: 2070 meters / 6791 ft.; Machu Picchu: 2460 meters / 8071 ft.
INCLUDES: Private bi-lingual guide, Vistadome First Class train, bus transfers and meals where noted.
NOT INCLUDED: Local air, hotel overnight, Inca Trail Permit, additional park entry fees,
meals not shown, departure taxes & additional incidentals.
*DIFFICULTY LEVEL "2"
Availability on the Inca Trail is regulated by the Peru government to 500 permits per day. These permits sell out months in advance. To check availability feel free to call from USA - 1-888-246-7378 // international 001-281-528-7378 or contact us by email.)