Day 1 - Cusco/Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes
Early in the morning we pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the train station to board the train that will take us to km.104 on the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad (starting point of this trek), where we arrive at around 10:00 am. We start visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2150m/7052ft), located very close to the control point, to then embark upon an 8 km (5 miles) ascending trail, which after four hours takes us to the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. On the way up we may enjoy magnificent views of the Urubamba River valley and the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex located on the other side of the river, and also of a beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes away from Wiñaywayna. We then continue and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may contemplate the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we descend to Machu Picchu and then by bus to Aguas Calientes. We are then accommodated at the selected hotel/hostel.
Meals included: box-lunch.
Overnight: Aguas Calientes.
Total distance: 13 km (8,08 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Day 2 - Aguas Calientes - Cusco/Sacred Valley
We wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huayna Picchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. By the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we board the train back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley, where we arrive after about an hour after nightfall.