Mini Inca trail to Machu Picchu
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This is a hike through high altitude tropical forest to Machu Picchu. The trail is fascinating for its variety of flora and fauna and takes hikers through the picturesque Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna. This is a great alternative for families and hikers.
Day 1 Explore the trail to the lost city of the Incas - Mini Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The trip begins with a train ride to Kilometer 104 of the line from Cusco to Machu Picchu, from where the hike begins. We cross the Urubamba River and visit the Inca sites of Choquesuysuy and Wiñay Wayna during the approximately two-hour walk. Walking uphill, we will have splendid views of the Urubamba Canyon with its dense vegetation surrounded by great snow-capped mountain peaks over 5000 meters high.
Wiñay Wayna was an Inca agricultural settlement and crops were grown on steep manmade terraces that were watered by impressive irrigation systems. In the afternoon we will continue along the final section of the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, surrounded by lush vegetation and abundant fauna, before arriving at Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, from where we will have our first views of the citadel of Machu Picchu.
We will spend the night in a hotel near the ruins of Machu Picchu or in the nearby village of “Aguas Calientes”
Day 2 Machu Picchu – The New Wonder of the World
We will get up early today for our visit to the majestic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which was discovered for science by Hiram Bingham in 1911. For centuries thick forest had hidden one of the greatest treasures of the Americas. The guided tour includes visits to the most important temple sites, dwellings, plazas and storage areas, as well as leaving you time to explore the ruins independently. Few manmade structures can boast such harmony with nature, as you will appreciate as you wander around the site independently.
In the afternoon train back to Cusco
Meals: B. L.
- Pre-departure briefing
- Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish), in the trek 2 guides for groups of over 8 people.
- Meals described in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, BL= Box lunch)
- First aid kit and emergency oxygen supply
- Accommodation at hotel in Machu Picchu double room bases (Low budget hotel, tourist class hotel, first class hotel and deluxe hotel upon request)
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
- 1st day one way bus ticket (from Machu Picchu to the village)
- 2nd day round trip bus ticket
- Train ticket to Km. 104 (star point of the trek) and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Backpacker, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, upon request) (*)
- All the garbage produced during the trek will be returned to the city of Cusco
(*) A train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) with an additional transfer to your selected hotel will be provided.
- Meals not included in the program,
- Personal expenses
We recommend that you take:
- Travel documents: passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, vouchers
- Health requirements arranged
- Any Vaccination Certificates required
- Money: cash, credit card and money pouch
- Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
- Backpack for carrying items for daily use such as cameras, water bottles, etc.
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Short-sleeved t-shirts
- Comfortable pants
- Walking boots , waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces
- Hat, cap and accessories
- Camera, video camera, binoculars, etc.
- Insect repellent
- Sun block
- Non-disposible canteen and water for the first morning. Optionally: water-sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported health problem so far
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
- Walking poles (you will need rubber tips to cover the metal tips and protect the trail)
Before you travel we recommend that you check that you have adequate health insurance, travel insurance and personal insurance to cover the needs of your family in case of loss of baggage, accident, theft or death.
- Departure and arrival times are approximated.
- Challenging and levels of difficulty: (range between 1 to 10): 3
Prices per person 2015
Price per person in pool service:
US$ 425.00 S/. 1275.00
Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):
- Students: US$ 15.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
- Teenagers: US$ 15.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Children: US$ 30.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
Social & Environmental responsibility
Andean Skyline is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. With your participation we can help conserve the area we visit and bring positive benefits to our host communities:
- The natural environment is also very important. If in the bush we need to make our human waste, be sure is buried away from waterways. Burying or carrying out used toilet paper is a must. Tampons and sanitary pads must also be taken out of the area and disposed of appropriately. Minimize use of soap or shampoos in rivers and lakes - your local guide will let you know when using soap is unsuitable.
- When trekking, many travellers take an extra plastic bag to pick up any rubbish that they see to improve the area and for their own rubbish. Rubbish may have to be carried until a suitable disposal opportunity in the next town.
Please try and minimize the waste of plastic water bottles. Consider packing a water filter, water purification tablets or iodine to purify drinking water. At some of our hotels there are large water 'bubbler' dispensers where you can refill your bottle with purified water for free or for a small fee.