Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek Itinerary
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Typical 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek Itinerary:
The train usually departs Cusco at 06:15 for the three and a half hour
scenic train journey to the start of the trek at kilometer 104
(104 kilometers along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes).
2 hrs 30 minutes after leaving Chachabamba, the path descends into a forest
and much needed shade.
A few minutes later you'll reach a beautiful waterfall. Soon after leaving
you will arrive at the foot of the superb ruins of Wiñay Wayna. It's
a 15-20 minute walk to
get to the Trekker's
Hostal / Restaurant, climbing
up the stairway to the urban area of the terraces, following the
stairs off to the right.
You'll then pass a series of Inca baths and
follow the trail right to the Hostal. You
can buy drinks at the restaurant and use the public toilets.
You'll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes (20 minute ride) where you'll be spending the night in a hotel. You'll have the chance to visit the thermal springs which are open until 9:00pm (optional entrance fee US$3)
Day 2: You'll return to Machu Picchu, taking the early morning bus up to the ruins which should arrive just before 7:00am, in time to enjoy the sun rising over the mountains. The guide will start a tour of the most important sectors of the ruins which takes about 2 hours. After the tour you will have free time to climb the mountain of Wiñay Wayna overlooking the ruins of Machu Picchu (allow about 2 hours to climb and descend). You can have lunch just outside the ruins or take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where there are plenty of restaurants to suit all budgets. The train departs Aguas Calientes late in the afternoon.
(The trek itinerary above has been adapted from an itinerary provided courtesy of Andean Life Tour Operator and is subject to international copyright. Reproduction of any text is strictly prohibited without prior consent)
Andean Travel Web Guide to Peru.