This 2 days prominent path is the Sacred Trail (commonly referred to as the “short Inka Trail”) and is an original Inka access restored in 1996. It covers a distance of just ten kilometers and can be trekked in one day. The circuit begins at km. 104 (from the railroad) and crosses a suspension bridge over the Vilkanota river that leads to a ticket booth.
From there a five minute walk takes one to the archaeological area of Chachabamba. Continuing uphill, the route allows one a view of the Choqesuysuy ruins, the hydroelectric plant and the Wiñaywayna and Intipata terraces. After that it passes near a waterfall that originates from the higher levels of Phuyupatamarka. Finally, the trail arrives in Winaywayna from which it connects Intipunku and Machupicchu.
In summary, the Inka Trail were used primarily for pilgrimage to Machupicchu and the urban centers located along their routes served as rest stops andpurification places before entering Machupicchu.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).
We will come and pick you up from your hotel in Cusco between 4:00 to 04.30 hrs, then we will drive to Ollantaytambo for about 2 hrs where we will take our train to Km 104. Once we arrive we visit the archaeological sites of Chachabamba at 2250 masl. Then we start with our hike towards Wiñay Wayna for 2 hrs.
On the way we have stunning views of the Urubamba river and the possibilities are many to see different kinds of the famous orchid family. We flip around the last corner and have the fantastic Wiñay Wayna archaeological site. We stop to make a visit of this fascinating and essential Incan site and also enjoy our box lunch.
In the afternoon we walk the last hours in the direction of Machu Picchu, and see from distance the stunning afternoon before continuing down to Aguas Calientes. We spend the night in a excellent hotel at this lovely town.
After a very early breakfast, we will take the bus that will take us to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu 2,500 masl to be one of the first to see the sunrise (you can also leave at the time coordinated with the guide).
After this, our guide will give you a guided tour around two and a half hours. After the tour you have free time to continue exploring Machu Picchu by yourself. After this you will need to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to have your lunch and you have to be at the train station 30 minutes before the departure of your return train.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
All of our private services include additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Can i be picked up from the Sacred Valley?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick up time.
Absolutely worth the effort to get there! Provides a beautiful view of the valley!
One should definitely visit this place, if you are to visit Machu Picchu. This comes on the trail to Machu Picchu. A beautiful place filled with so much of mystery.