This itinerary is rated moderate and
should only be undertaken by people who are fairly fit and take regular
exercise. The trek starts at 2100m.a.s.l and climbs to 2700m.a.s.l (Wiñay
Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu).
Since the trek start at a lower altitude than the Classic 4 day Inca Trail
trek, you do not need to worry about acclimatization as much, although many
people still find themselves short of breath when arriving at Wiñay Wayna,
so this trek should certainly not be considered an easy option.
To fully enjoy an Inka Trail adventure, we advise passengers to get into an
exercise program for their own safety and enjoyment.
If a passenger suffers from any medical condition, we advise him/her to
consult a physician about joining an Inka Trail Expedition.
DAY 1 CUSCO/MACHU PICCHU
Early transfer to the station in order to aboard the train that will
lead you to the KM104, located in the railroad Cusco-Machu Picchu. Km104
will be our departure point for the adventure. At this point we will leave
the train and start walking to the city of Machu Picchu, across the Urubamba
River through a bridge that offers a spectacular view of the mountains.
During the trip we will make our first visit to one of the Inca sites known
as Chachabamba, a beautiful palace with nice walls carved in stone. Then our
guide will explain part of the story of the Incas. We will start walking
again and start climbing through a mountain totally covered by vegetation,
for about 8 Km (4 hours), until we arrive to Wiñaywayna, located at a height
of 2700 meters above sea level. After Machu Picchu, Wiñaywayna is one of the
most beautiful buildings made by the Incas, at the cloudy forest. Wiñaywana
shows a perfect example of the agriculture during Incas time, showing a
great number of terraces, where the Incas used to grow different plants and
vegetables, including coca leaves. The name of Wiñaywayna comes from a
beautiful orchid which grows in that region and means “forever young”. After
exploring this marvelous site we will take our box lunch near to this zone.
Later the same day we will continue our walk towards a cloudy forest until
the Intipunku or “Sun Gate”. At this point the adventurers shall have access
to the most amazing view of the city of Machu Picchu. This is a very special
site, where we will rest for some minutes and take a lot of pictures of
Machu Picchu. After we will descend towards Machu Picchu (the guided visit
will be next day) and we will arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes where we
will spend the night in the select lodging.
At night the passengers will explore and get to know the little town and
will be able to try the thermal baths located in the superior part of the
city near the Main Square. Aguas Calientes has a great variety of
restaurants. (Box Lunch)
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 8 km
Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
The Expedition is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits at a
lower cost. Is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four
passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share your
experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer
racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows, air
conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful
DAY 2 MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO
After breakfast, we will go to the bus station of Aguas Calientes in order
to take the tourist bus that will take us to the Sacred City of Machu
Picchu. This short trip takes only 20 minutes and goes through a rural road,
very difficult and with a big number of curves through a mountain with
jungle characteristics and amazing views. Finally we will arrive to the
Sanctuary of Macchu Picchu where our guide will offer us a walk through the
most important points of this beautiful Inca city, visiting the most
important parts. Later the same day each passenger will be able to explore
the city on his own. 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. In the afternoon return to Cusco City. Reception at the train
station and transfer to your accommodation (B).
Maximum altitude: 2400 M
Minimum Altitude: 2000 M
Distance: 9 km
Approximate walking time: 2 to 3 hours.
*INCA TRAIL INFORMATION
- Train ticket round trip,
- Lodging in Aguas Calientes,
- transfer on arrival and departure,
- Bilingual guide,
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
- First aid kit, bus tickets.
- Tips for guides, porters or chefs
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Fee entrances to the hot springs.
- Lunch 2nd day.
- Water supply
- Extra porter for personal items
YOU SHOULD BRING:
- Original Passport
- ISIC student card (if applicable)
- Trekking shoes
- Water bottle
- Warm clothes (jacket, fleece and sweaters)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
- Sun block and insect repellent
- Towel and toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
- Cash (no ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after
NOTE: You will need to leave your extra luggage in the Cusco hotel, all the
lodgings in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in
their safe box.
We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names & passport numbers
that yo will send us with your trek booking application. You must bring
these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the Inca Trail. If
the name or number in your passport are different from the name and number
on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start
the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
If you plan to renew your passport between making the trek booking and
actually starting the trek YOU WILL MUST bring both passports (New and Old).
If you make the trek booking at the student price you must send us a scan
copy of your ISIC card at the time you pay the trek deposit.
If you fail to bring your ISIC card on the trek the government authorities
will not allow you to start the trek. You will not be given the opportunity
to pay the extra difference in price!
Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your scan copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your other information.
Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount.
This is the ONLY Student card to apply the
When booking a trek:
The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the
Inca Trail during 2009 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day
plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as
possible. In 2008 the trek permits for some dates sold out more than 4
months in advance!! However don't make a booking until you have all the
group details (names, passport numbers, ages etc) and you are sure about
your trek departure date since "these details cannot be changed after we
have bought your trek permit"
Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than those
indicate The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected
area of 32,592 hectares. Every visitor must obey park regulations
prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging
stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting
open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only authorized campsites
can be used).
If you will take any trek with us. we ask you to fill the customer chart
regarding the commentaries or otherwise you can inform to the Operations
This is a very important requirement and necessary to do after take the tour
to avoid problems regarding the quality of the service and help you to
resolve it before you leave to your country otherwise our agency is assuming
that all your services was ok therefore we are not going to accept any
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