This trip allows a taste of the Short Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping. One of our shortest treks to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
The best time to take a tour to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail is during our dry season between May through September. However, you can definitely hike from March and April and then from October through January. This does not mean that there is no possibility of getting rains or showers because they simply are unforeseeable even by this season.
Day 1: Cusco - Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu
You will be picked up from your Cusco hotel at around 5:40am (depending on train time) and taken to the train station. You will travel by train through a picturesque route for 1 hour aproximately until you reach kilometer 104, start of the trail. From here, you will hike for about 4 hours up to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') . You will join the path on the way to Machu Picchu, continuing to 'Inti Punku' ('Sun gate'). From here, you will get your first breathtaking panoramic view of Machu Picchu . Then, walk down the last portion of the trail to reach the ancient city itself. Before reaching Machu Picchu, you will take a side path off the trail to go down to Aguas Calientes, leaving the visit to Machu Picchu for the next day. In Aguas Calientes, you'll have dinner and a well deserved rest to feel recharged and ready for Machu Picchu the next day.
Day 2: Machu Picchu Tour – Return train to Cusco
You will have breakfast and then take the first bus (5:30am) up to Machu Picchu. There, enjoy a 2-hour guided walking tour and then explore the site on your own. If you feel like it, you can also climb Huayna Picchu. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top. After exploring the site, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and take the train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo you will take the bus to Cusco.