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Inca trail, Machu Picchu, with an official operator in 2 days

The certified guides from Southamerica Planet lead you on this fantastic and memorable 2-day trip along the world-famous Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu, a breathtaking and fun experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Visit Machu Picchu - one of the most famous places on earth!

  • Hike along the epic and amazing Inca Trail!

  • Learn about the complex, fascinating Incan history and culture

  • Take in the lovely and vast natural scenery of the area

Description

I will guide you on this 2-day trek along the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu, one of the most famous and popular places to visit on earth, as we traipse and travail through the lush green jungle and spectacular natural scenery of the area, taking in the numerous special and important Incan sites as well as the glorious views out over the Peruvian countryside.

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are located in the Peruvian jungle, approximately 75km from the ancient Incan capital of Cusco, and are the most popular tourist destinations in Peru, and some of the most popular in South America.

Our adventure begins bright and early on the first day in Cusco, and then on to either Poroy or Ollantaytambo train station, from where we catch the train for nearly 100km.

After disembarking we then hit the Inca Trail in earnest, and at a height of 2100m we will begin to feel the mild effects of altitude. After crossing the Urubamba River, we visit the Incan site of Chachabamaba, whereby we will learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Incans.

We then head onwards to the second most famous archaeological site in the area (after Machu Picchu), the sensational and magnificent Winaywayna, a truly beautiful and wonderful place with the added bonus of fewer crowds than Machu Picchu.

After then visiting Inti Punku (Sun Gate), we retire for the day to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes.

Day 2 is devoted the focal point and highlight of the trip, Machu Picchu. Rising at 5:30am, it is then a short bus ride up to the site, whereby we have approximately 2 hours to wander around and admire the stunning and awe-inspiring citadel, truly one of the great wonders of the world.

We finish our trip by heading back to Cusco, thrilled and delighted at having experienced the beauty of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are true bucket-list items. Book now so you don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Accommodation

1 night in a hostel, which can be upgraded to a 3 or 4 star hotel in Aguas Calientes.

More info

Please bring with you: - Your official international passport and student card. It’s not possible to enter the trail without these documents. - Day backpack. - Trekking shoes. - Big water bottle. - Flash light. - Sun hat and sun cream. - Clothes for the trek and a rain coat. - DEET insect spray. - Snacks. - Emergency money and money for tips (guides).

Meeting point

Cusco, Peru

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Itinerary

Day 1: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Wiñaywayna-Aqua calientes ) 10 km

You will be picked up from your hotel between Early a.m. depending train hours, to be transferred to either Poroy train station or Ollantaytambo train station. The train will stop at km 104, after 1 h 1/2 from where you will start hiking the Inca trail, at an altitude of 2100 Mt. The trail starts with crossing the Willkamayu River by a bridge; also known as the Urubamba River. After you have crossed the river you will be visiting the famous Inca site of Chachabamba. After an introduction of the Inca history you will start walking a trail of roughly 8 km. After 3 hours of walking you will reach the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna (2650 m). Winaywayna is also known as the second most impressive archaeological site after Machu Picchu. This fantastic place is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming, and it was probably an experimental laboratory for agricultural purposes in Inca times. The name Wiñaywayna means ´forever young´. After walking around this beautiful place you will continue your trek by crossing the rain forest, through a narrow path, until you reach Inti Punku (Sun Gate). At this point you will have a great view over the most impressive place: Machu Picchu. After a break we will continue by bus to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night. This evening you will have the chance to visit and relax in the hotspings that are located at the upper section of Aguas Calientes.

Day 2: Visit Machu Picchu

You will take one of the first busses at 5.30 a.m. to Machu Picchu. This ride will take about 25 minutes. After arriving at Machu Picchu you will start your 2 h guided tour around this beautiful place. When you finish the guided tour, there will be plenty of free time to explore and take photos by yourself. You you are ready you will take the bus or you can walk down to Aguas Calientes. At Aguas Calientes you can get some lunch (not included). In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will continue by bus to Cusco.


About the guide

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We “Southamerica planet” are a Belgian / Peruvian travel agency. Our main offices are located in the INCA capital “Cusco”+ Lima

Vicky (Peruvian who work many years for tourists in Cusco and Arequipa) and Dirk (Belgian who traveled many years around South America as tourist and tour leader) are the owners.

Southamerica planet have already 18 years experience in the travel industry. We started 18 years ago in cusco. We like to show you this amazing different continent. With our professional team we show you this adventure in individual tours or in a tour group with professional tour leader.Read our clients travel reports, all happy with our service!

Also this year 2020 we are official Inca trail operator. With all good tents and material, good cooks and good English speaking guides.

Your good holiday is our best promotion!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 686 each

Group of 2

USD 583 each

Group of 3

USD 583 each

Group of 4

USD 578 each

Group of 5

USD 568 each

Group of 6

USD 568 each

Group of 7

USD 568 each

Group of 8

USD 515 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price does not include: - Please notice that the food at Machu Picchu is really expensive. You might want to bring some snacks. - Extra night in Aguas Calientes is an option. You need to tell us some days in advance so we are able to buy your return ticket 1 day later. - Personal Insurance - More luxury hotel in Aquas Calientes - Personal porter, you have to carry your personal belongings yourself.


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