2 Day Inca Trail
The Inca trail is without doubt one of the most beautiful trails in the Americas and, therefore an unforgettable experience which shouldn’t be missed. But what if it is already sold out on your planned vacation date? Or if you simply don´t feel like four days hiking?
Maybe then the Short Inca trail of two days and one night is something for you.
On this trail you will still visit Machu Picchu and the most beautiful Inca site on the trail itself which is Wiñay Wayna. And you will enter via the Sun Gate to enjoy a beautiful view over Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Hiking to Machu Picchu
Very early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel. With a van you will go to Ollantaytambo where you will go by train direction Aguas Calientes. It is a beautiful ride through a landscape of farmland, snow peaked mountains and you will see the river Urubamba.
At km 104 you will leave the train and you can start your trek after having received your box lunch and drinks. First we start with visiting the first Inca site of this trek. Then you go hiking upwards direction the famous Classic Inca Trail. After 3 hours you will reach the beautiful Inca site Wiñay Wayna (2600m), which means Forever Young. Of course the guide will show you this amazing site and tell about the wonderful Inca history.
After this visit you continue walking to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From here we you have a spectacular view on the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. Then we descend to reach the Lost City of the Incas, the views on Machu Picchu just get better and better!
After taking photos, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. You will check in to your hotel and at night you will have dinner in one of the best restaurants of Aguas Calientes.
Day 2: Visit Machu Picchu
Today you get up early to beat the crowds and reach the site before most other tourists. You will go by bus up to Machu Picchu and have a guided tour of 2 hours on this magical place, considered as one of the seven modern world wonders! You will see temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. It is still partially a mystery how the Inca´s built this city without any modern tools: True engineering ingenuity.
After this guided tour you could visit Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu. These options need to be booked in advance and are not included in the basic price. It takes around three hours to hike up and down.
Another option is to walk to the Incan Bridge.
Then you will descend by bus to Aguas Calientes where later in the afternoon you will take the train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where you will continue by bus going back to Cusco to your hotel.