Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu Summary:
Day 1: The Short Inca Trail 2 days /Cuzco – Km 104 to Machu Picchu
- Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Ollantaytambo train station
- Train service to Km 104: the starting point of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Explore by trek 3 Incan sites Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, and Inti Punku
- PM first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate and the Inca guardhouse
- PM bus service to Aguas Calientes village (last bus at 5:20 PM)
- Walking distance 10 km/6.2 miles
- Trail head elevation: 2,000 m/6,550 ft.
- Highest point elevation Inti Punku (the Sun gate) 2,720 m/8,920 ft.
- Machu Picchu elevation: 2,400 m/7,875 ft
- Estimated duration: 6 hours trek
- Difficulty acclivity (ascent): 546 m/1,791 ft. – Descent: 315 m/1,033 ft. – Easy and moderate
- Accommodation at Aguas Calientes village overnight
- In Aguas Calientes village you will recover and gather strength for the second day in Machu Picchu
- Meals: 1 Box Lunch (We can provide a vegetarian box-lunch.)
Day 2: Machu Picchu Tour
- Early breakfast at your hotel
- Bus or hiking up to Machu Picchu (by bus 25 minutes, by foot 1.5 hours)
- 2 hours tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide, and then free time for you
- Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional – book in advance with us) 7 AM or 10 AM
- PM back by bus to Aguas Calientes village
- PM train return service from Machu Picchu train station to Ollantaytambo train station
- Train times: at 2:55 PM, 4:45 PM, or 6:45 PM depending on availability at Peru Rail/Inca rail
- PM or night transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco city by car
- Difficulty: Mountain Spirit Machu Picchu
- Meals: 1 Breakfast
The Short Inca Trail 2 Days – Difficulty
- Duration: 2 Days/1 Night
- When to go: The best time to visit is April through October. It’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season.
- Difficulty: The trek is rated moderate; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
- Temperatures: From minus 4° C to 28° C/39° Fahrenheit to 82° Fahrenheit
- Note that the Inca Trail is closed in February.
Inca Trail 2 Days cost:
- US$ 550. Adults
- USD 520. “Students”
*Price is per person and applies for departures from 1st. April 2017 until 31st. March 2018.
- US$ 615. p.p.p.
INCA TRAIL 2D HIKING DEALS! Requirement: Book the Short Inca Trail together at the same time.
- US$ 525. p.p.p. Group of 5 people
- US$ 500. p.p.p. Group of 6 people
- US$ 490. p.p.p. Group of 7 people
- US$ 470. p.p.p. Group of 8/9 people
- US$ 455. p.p.p. Group of 10 people
- US$ 450. p.p.p. Group of 11 people
- US$ 435. p.p.p. Group of 12 + people
RESPONSIBLE Inca Trail trek OPERATOR, Machu Picchu Sustainable Company.
Inca Trail 2 Days Includes:
- The sacred Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu
- Trek briefing with your guide.
- Professional local guide (on trek)
- Second tour guide for groups of 9+
- Short Inca Trail permit and entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
- Private transport and professional driver (round trip transfer from hotel to train station)
- Train Service to Machu Picchu round trip (Expedition Tourist Train)
- 3 bus tickets: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
- All entrance tickets to the Short Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Park.
- 1 night hostel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom, hot water and breakfast. (Upgrade to hotel at extra cost.)
- Meals as indicated (1 Box Lunch, 1 Breakfast). We can provide a vegetarian box-lunch. Just let us know ahead of time.
- Kondor Path Tours uses walkies-talkies when you are a big group of more than 9 trekkers.
- Oxygen tank & first aid kit
- All local taxes
The Short Inca Trail 2 Days Does Not Include:
- Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu Mountain $ 65. ( An optional” walk to top without a guide. The trail is well marked.)
- Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 1, and Lunch on Day 2
- Energy snacks will be very useful such as chocolate bars and dried fruits
- Tips: For guide
For the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Bring:
- Original passport
- A small day backpack for you to carry
- Water to drink on hike (2 liters)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
- Trekking shoes (sneakers or sturdy shoes)
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat or cap is essential.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended) and insect repellent
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel-back
- Personal medication
- Basic toiletries
- Camera and film
- Cash in local currency to purchase items
- Optional items to bring: Bandages or moleskin and sandals
Detailed Description of The Inca Trail 2 Days to MACHUPICCHU
Chachabamba (Inca site near the control area) “Inca Trail 2 Days”
The group of Inca constructions called Chachabamba is formed by enclosures, open spaces, and platforms constructed in harmonious forms which incorporate open and closed spaces. There are three ceremonial sites in each side; the whole group has as a central element of a very old Waka (ceremonial Inca stone).
From here we take a route of slow ascent that shows an impressive landscape with a change of ecological levels. The mountains and the murmur of the Vilcanota River dominate the route. Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu On our trek we will find tianas (places of rest). You can also appreciate the beginning of the water supply for the hydroelectric system of Machu Picchu, besides other facilities. From this road we can see the Incan group of Choquesuysuy in the depth of the valley and at the high point the group of Wiñaywayna.
Choquesuysuy “Inca Trail 2 Days”
In Inca language Choquesuysuy means “where the gold is washed.” It is an enigmatic group located in a crest of the mountain, in a road lost in the thickness of the forest. Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu This lost road runs parallel to the creek connecting this group with that of Wiñaywayna. The Incas took much care to achieve this combination of architecture with nature. This is one of the places where both of them fuse harmoniously.
Also the group has ingenious watering systems using gravity, that permit us to assume that these areas were dedicated for cultivation of species of plants in the process of adaptation from different climates.
Wiñaywayna “Inca Trail 2 Days”
The road crosses in the middle of the mountain and is covered with straw and small bushes. Further on we come to the humid and tropical forest with its leafy trees, and the singing creeks which flow among the trees. Also we can see stone and wooden stairways and bridges suspended almost over the air. Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu Then suddenly the Incan site of Wiñaywayna appears suspended between the mountains.
Wiñaywayna means “always young.” This archaeological site was discovered by the Peruvian scientist, Dr. Julio C. Tello, who named the site because of the abundant existence of a beautiful orchid with this name. After some minutes of walking between platforms covered with moss and flowers we arrive at Wiñaywayna.
Stairways and an enormous rock which is inclined towards the sacred river and was used for Inca ceremonies, marks the entrance to the site, the most beautiful of any archaeological complex that I have seen. It is located in the crossroad of the Inka road and the sacred road.
Entering from the side, one can observe that the site has two defined areas, an urban one and another agricultural one. Both areas are perfectly appropriate to the topography in the middle of the green Andes Mountain. Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu The platforms take the concave form of the land and present interesting forms, while the urban popular area occupies the lower part, which is the first one that we will visit.
This area has the form of the hill where it was built. An interesting semicircular tower is the main feature which articulates the space of the other constructions of square and rectangular plans, which present one and two floors at different levels, many with patios. Streets also organize the small city. In the habitations one can observe a peaceful coexistence among man and nature (Pachamama), because the layout is strategically planned to coordinate with the location. This tells us much about the old Peruvian man’s wisdom and about the degree of their capacity to understand the harmonious nature of architecture. Their architectural expression, appropriate to this topography of nature, is really worthy of being imitated today.
The popular area and the aristocratic one are united by a long perron and a dozen ceremonial areas linking the two neighborhoods. The source of water, which the Incas considered an element giver of life (Mama Cocha) had a double function both for domestic and sacred use. Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu This spiritual mixture of reverence and everyday use of water is common in many parts of the Inca construction. area.
The Inka Andean architecture was elitist and took care in reserving the privileged places for the local noblemen or administrators of the roads in Wiñaywayna. The entrance to the aristocratic area can be clearly seen with its beautiful turret and the main door with its double jamb and elegant proportions. This type of doors characterizes the areas of social or ceremonial important places. To the side there is a main terrace forming a street that defined the areas.
The interior of the turret is semicircular with trapezoid windows which offer an impressive view of the whole valley. In the back part of the turret there are spaces for domestic use Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu.
Intipata “Inca Trail 2 Days”
Before Wiñaywayna Camp where the electrical tower is, you can choose which trail to take: directly to camp or the Intipata route. Both roads lead to the camp.
The platforms of Intipata, whose name means “heights of the sun,” are formed by sequential convex platforms. These platforms, in a pyramidal way, have the characteristic of being oriented toward the dawn, with the purpose of capturing the first sunbeams. Studies in archaeological botany have demonstrated that these platforms contain earth brought from distant places and the spores found correspond to strange species. This demonstrates that at this place the Inca were engaged in acclimatization processes or adaptation of new species in a different ecological area. In addition to the platforms, there are some enclosures with fine masonry that correspond to the housing of the farmers. These constructions are in the top and bottom parts of the terraces.
In the central part, as well as at the ends, there are perrons and channels for water, located very near the enclosures and platforms. Besides these areas we assume that there are other archaeological remains patiently waiting, because we can see only the tiers of them which get lost in the thickness of the Intipata forest.
The Route to Machu Picchu “Inca Trail 2 Days”
From Wiñaywayna to Machu Picchu is only six kilometers or approximately an hour and a half of hiking. The road alternates from a wide path to steps carved in the rock or stairways that seem to go to the sky. Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu The presence of nature is overwhelming with its abundance of dense vegetation and the wooden bridges which have conquered those unfathomable abysses. The Vilcanota River that can be seen in the bottom like a thin creek increases our anticipation, because it announces to us that we are ever closer to the enigmatic Inca city of Machu Picchu.
Inti Punku “Inca Trail 2 Days”
The last part of the trek is on a wide and well paved path that leads us to Inti Punku or Sun door, a natural watchtower from where you can catch sight of the Inka city in its entire splendor. At Inti Punku it is imperative that we take time to stop because it is possible that many years could pass before you return here. From here we can see the imposing Machu Picchu citadel and its backdrop, the mountain of Waynapicchu with its form of a hidden puma, a guard for the Inca city. Everything is surrounded or hugged by the sacred river and its wide bend which is a jealous guardian of Machu Picchu.
From here, we can also see the mountain of Yanantin with its two summits or peaks. This curious duality was represented in the stone named the sacred rock.
Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu We can also see the hill called Putucusi, which means “cheerful skull” in Quechua. Really, a lot of imagination is not required to see in the hill the form of a head with the empty cavities of the eyes and the jaw dropped down, giving the impression of laughing. There the city waits patiently for us: Machu Picchu, imposing and mysterious, a city with imposing architecture, made of our mother stone (Pachamama).
From here we are only one kilometer from the city. Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu Along the low path directly leading to the city, we pass by some tianas or ritual stations.
The Town of Aguas Calientes (Also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo)
Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu This town is known for its flourishing thermal, mineral and curative waters. Several puddles and pools full of these waters provide us the opportunity to take a hot soak and repair tired muscles. In this place one can enjoy the comforts of a tourist town which is atypical in nature. Holidays Inca Trail Machu Picchu We walk everywhere, enjoying this unique town with its many restaurants and hotels, as well as night entertainment for your enjoyment.