One of the most thrilling way to reach one of the wonders of the world is our one day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, suitable for those who do not have enough time to hike the classic Inca Trail four days. This is a unique tour due the great variety of flora and fauna and the impresive views and andean landscapes. The trek goes along different places, where one can note the variety in architectural resources that give rationality, importance and mysticism to the Royal Road. The purpose of the Inca Trail to Machupícchu was religious and ceremonial, a pilgrimage that included rituals to honor the mountains and peaks of the route. We will finish the tour entering the wonder of the world Machu Picchu through the famous Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and enjoy the most impressive views, all in just one day.
Meals: Box Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel, “Camping on request”.
Distance: 9kms/5,59 mls (6 hours hiking approximately).
Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours.
Min Height: 2040 m / 6693 ft.
Max Height: 2720 m / 8924 ft.
We will visit beautiful Inca sites, see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take the fantastic panoramas of the Andes Mountains. Covering 9 km of the trail, our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and in its way up, an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna “forever young” before continuing to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
As we make our way to Machu Picchu we'll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Vizcachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).On the way also we will have beautiful views of the Urubamba River and the opportunity to observe different types of the orchid family.
After a full day Inca trekking, we will arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the middle day and get our first views of Machu Picchu, spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos and with fewer tourists in the site; it's a perfect time to take some pictures. After we have passed through the Sun Gate we'll continue our last part of the Inca way that leads us to Machupicchu Inca city. “Free time for rest and Picture”.
We will begin a guided tour of the Inca City of Machupicchu; you will learn a lot about the Incas and will visit all the most important areas of the Inca citadel.
Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and later board the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo Train Station where you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco arriving around 10:30pm “time can vary according train schedule”.
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