Day 1: Inca Trail - KM. 104 to the Sun Gate
- After breakfast, you will be picked up from your Cusco hotel and transferred to the train station. You'll take the train through the stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley to the station at KM 104. Here you will begin your hike following the original path of the Incas through the beautiful Andean mountains.
- The first Inca ruins will encounter those of Chachabamba, a small archaeological complex believed to have once been a guard house to Machu Picchu. From here the trail ascends at a gradual incline for three hours until you reach 8,690 feet (2,650 meters). You will visit the site of Wiay Wayna, which means "Eternal Youth" in the indigenous Quechua language. The name comes from the perennial orchids that speckle the landscape, making Wiay Wayna perhaps the most beautiful place on the Inca Trail. It is also the last urban center before arriving to Machu Picchu.
- Wiay Wayna consists of 4 main sectors: the urban sector, located in the lower part and containing more than 20 buildings; the ritual sector; the terraced sector for crops; and the tower sector, which includes the site's finest architecture and was probably a place of religious or social importance.
- After touring the site and lunching, you will continue on to the Inti Punku or the "Sun Gate," from where you can see Machu Picchu in all its majesty and grandeur. From Inti Punku you will hike downhill for roughly 30 minutes to the main citadel, taking in magnificent panoramic views along the way. You will then take a bus into the mountain town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have dinner and spend the night in a comfortable Machu Picchu hotel.
Day 2: Machu Picchu Tour
- Rise early and head to the bus station for the 20-minute drive up to the entrance of Machu Picchu, where you will embark on a guided tour of the citadel. If you choose to breakfast at 5 a.m. or pack a breakfast box, you can reach the date in time to see the sun rise over the Inca ruins.
- The magnificent handiwork of the Incas is abundantly evident even after it was first set into place by genius engineers. The precision of the carved walls contrasts sharply with the wild, verdant mountains and steep highlands. Machu Picchu can be divided into 3 areas: the urban, agricultural, and adjacent zones. In the urban sector you can find the Temple of the Sun, Royal Tomb, ceremonial fountains, Royal Palace, Temple of the Three Windows, Main Temple, Intiwatana and more. The agricultural sector includes the cemetery and the Funeral Rock. Finally, the adjacent zones include Intipunku, the Temple of the Moon, Huayna Picchu, and the Drawbridge
- After your day in Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to collect your belongings from your hotel and return to Cusco by train, where you will be met for a transfer to your hotel.