A tour packed with adventure and excitement; Peru Short Inca Trail takes you through 16 km of flora, indigenous ancient paths, and unique fauna. Experience unique destinies, Winay Wayna ruins and the majesty of Machu Picchu at sunrise!. The most time efficient trip to experience the best of Peru in a tour that features culture, nature, and Machu Picchu! Ideal for travelers that are time restricted or looking to avoid long physical demanding tours. Get to experience beautiful waterfalls, archeological sites, an incredible amount of birds, abundant flora and fauna and cloud forests all the while approaching your final destination; Machu Picchu! A hike that will take between 6 to 7 hours, from where you get to experience your first glimpse of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) known as the hidden capital of the Incas. It goes without saying you will be delighted with the beauty of the Vilcanota mountain range.
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Dating back to the 12th century the Inca empire is a remarkable place to behold. Nowadays declared a World Heritage site, Cusco garners millions of visitors a year that showcase ancient ruins that to this day still stand. Beautiful highlands, landscapes, wildlife and walking among ancient paths are all part of Cusco’s bewildering charm.
Also known as “forever young” in Quechua, Wiñay Wayna is an imposing Inca ruin protruding from a sheer hillside surmounting the Urubamba river. The impressive complex which once housed locals that built numerous agricultural terraces all connected by a staircase and fountain structures.
The sun gate (Inti Punku) offers no less than an impressive view of Machu Picchu and its beautiful surroundings. The Inca trail connected to Macchu Picchu with approximately a mile away, an archeological site considered a must see for everyone that visits Cusco.
Built around the 1450, Machu Picchu is a World wonder cultural site that remains relatively true to its origins, restoration work continues to this day providing visitors with a clear idea of the original site structures. An impressive Inca site located 2,430 meters above sea level, following the classical building practices with polished dry-stone walls. Three of its primary structures Inti Watana – The Temple of the Sun, and the room of the Three Windows are all within the confinement of the Sacred District, named by archeologists.
Short Inca Trail Itineraries 2018
Cusco Arrival – Afternoon City Tour
Your tour starts with a morning flight to Cusco; you will be greeted upon arrival and transferred to your hotel to settle in. You will be picked up in the afternoon to start with your first scheduled activity, a city tour of Cusco. The city tour includes many significant sites of the area; The Cathedral, Tambomachay “Temple of the Water”, Koricancha “Temple of the Sun” Qenqo and Sacsayhuaman. The afternoon tour lasts around 4 hours; you will spend the night at a local hotel or hostel (price dependent).
Cusco – Wiñay Wayna
Your two-day Inca trail begins with a morning train from Cusco/Ollantaytambo heading towards km 104. This is where your trek sets departure; you will be able to appreciate striking views of the sacred valley along the way. Your journey continues by crossing over the Vilcanota River via a beautiful bridge to arrive at Chachabamba. This will be the first ruin on your trek. After leaving Chachabamba, the path scales towards a forest and much needed shade. You will reach a magnificent waterfall and closely followed by the majestic Inca site of Wiñay Wayna “forever young.”
You will enjoy a hearty lunch at local restaurant, and after taking a short break your journey will continue to Inti Punku “The Sun Gate”. This will be the first glimpse you can enjoy of Machu Picchu. Your day will conclude by heading back to the town of Aguas Calientes by bus; you will be returned to your hotel afterwards.
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
This is the day you’ve been waiting for! after a good breakfast you board the first bus heading up to Machu Picchu. A guided tour that takes you through the amazing architecture, beautiful surroundings and mysterious temples. Your local guide will explain the highly advanced culture of the Inca’s, their sophisticated ideas and much more.
After having completed the official tour, you will have some spare time to explore things like the sanctuary on your own. Your day ends by being transferred back to Ollantaytambo; this will be your last night in Cusco.
End of Tour – Return Flight
Your tour ends, after breakfast you can feel free to further explore your surroundings in Cusco prior to your return flight.
Short Inca Trail Rates 2018
Short Inca Trail - Twofold Adventure
Short Inca Trail - Thrice Exploration
Short Inca Trail - Group Expedition
* Prices are per person, and subject to change without prior notice
* All prices are in USD
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- Huaynapicchu permits: $68 per person
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice
- Itineraries may be altered by Peruvian authorities
- Last information revision: 08-April-2015
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