Views : Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
This is the short version of the famous and stunning Inca Trail, for those who have few time available but that in no way they want to miss this unique walk and enjoy beautiful landscapes and diverse plants like Orchid and variety of birds. This walk is 11 kilometers on the first day for this hike you can observe and learn about one of the greatest cultures in South America the "Inca", "Quechua" or "Andean" Culture. The capital of this culture was Q'osqo or Cusco and spread throughout much of South America (Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia). The Inca Trail is hidden between the Andean mountains with buildings on top of the mountains dominating the Andean valley and part of the Peruvian Amazon. With the arrival of the Conquistadores/Conquerors This culture was disappearing, but they left us signs and some relics intact as we will know during this hike.
Between Andean mountains and tropical forest, there is a great Inca Trail through the mountains and the Sacred Valley. The first archaeological site to visit is Chachabamba (2,200 masl / 7,217 ft.) located next to the Urubamba River and at the top is Wiñaywayna (2,650 masl / 8,694 ft.) then, we'll go to Inti Punku (2,720 masl / 8,923 ft) where we'll have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu (2,490 masl / 8,169 ft.), we may also find a variety of flora and fauna likewise a variety of birds.
Early in the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel for transferring you to the train station in Ollantaytambo for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, during the tour, you might see the Sacred Valley of the Incas, farmland, majestic snow; Ollantaytambo and board the train that will take you to the km. 104 the journey is approximately 1 hour.
It is here at Km 104 (2,200 masl / 7,217 ft.) where we will begin the walk, pass the bridge that is on the Urubamba river or Willkamayuc which translated from Quechua means "Sacred River" which was very important to them. Upon reaching the checkpoint, you'll have to show identification documents either Passport or Certificate of Alien Registration and National Identity.
A 15-minute walk is where there is the archaeological center and Choquesuysuy Chachabamba that are hidden in the semi-tropical forest, after this visit, we will begin the walk through stands in ascending up to the next place, in the way, we will observe the Sacred Valley , waterfalls and different types of orchids semi-tropical forest, after 4 hours of walk, we'll reach Wiñaywayna (2,650 masl / 8,694 ft.) which shows a perfect example of what was farming at the time of the Incas, as along its slopes lie a large number of circular terraces, where the Incas cultivated different agricultural products. The name "Wiñaywayna" comes from a beautiful orchid that abounds in the area and whose meaning in Spanish "Young Forever " and has more than 20 buildings, one of them the "Temple of the Iris Rainbow" also called Temple of Fertility, the visit will be 1 hour on average, then you will enjoy the lunchbox to refuel and continue until we reach Wiñaywayna control.
In this second part of the journey, we're going to walk two hours through an Andean plane, stone staircases and drums ("resting places") until the Inti Punku - "Puerta del Sol /Sungate" (2,720 masl / 8,923 ft) in time of the Incas, it worked as an access control point to the citadel of Machu Picchu; from here, you may have a breathtaking panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the valley that surrounds it, then we'll descend for about 30 minutes to the wonder of the world: Machu Picchu (2,490 masl / 8,169 ft.) and finally we'll take the bus to "Aguas Calientes" - Machu Picchu People (2,160 masl / 7,086 ft.), the trip takes 25 minutes, here we're going to spend the night in a hostel. If you are not too tired, you can visit the hot springs that is 5 minutes from the village the cost is 10 soles. For those who like to dance and have a few drinks in a bar, we'll inform you that "Aguas Calientes" has a variety of bars and restaurants including an ATM, in case you wish to withdraw money from the bank.
Hostel night in the village of “Aguas Calientes”.
This day, we will wake up very early and after breakfast we're gonna board the first bus at 05:30 a.m, we will travel 30 minutes getting to the Citadel of Machu Picchu at 06:00 a.m and appreciate the majestic sunrise. We will have a guided tour of 2 hours and 30 minutes to know the most important places of Machu Picchu tour, you can visit the most amazing places as the Royal Mausoleum, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Main Temple, the Sacred Square, the famous Intihuatana where wise Incas tied the sun on the winter solstice in June, steps, squares, fountains, etc. After the tour, you have some free time over 04 hours to visit Machu Picchu on your own.
In due time, we will descend from Machu Picchu to the village of "Aguas Calientes" to board the train back to Cusco, next time of arrival to Cusco 08:00 p.m.
Departure dates: We have groups for the Inca Trail every day of the year. Less in February when the Inca Trail is closed during the month. In February, you can visit Machu Picchu by train. More is not possible to do the Inca Trail. Availability: Are allowed only 500 people per day are allowed to the Inca Trail. This figure includes tourists, guides, porters and chefs. Space is for all people who want to do the Inca Trail. So to make the Inca Trail, it is essential to book months in advance.
The availability of quotas for the Inca Trail is the same for all agencies. Therefore, if there are no spaces available, no agency can get a room for the Inca Trail.
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