Day 1: CUSCO - KM. 104 - AGUAS CALIENTES
Stop At: Inca Trail, Cusco 08000 Peru
You will be taken from your hotel in Cusco to km 104 to start the trek. Our trek will take us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We'll visit beautiful Inca sites, see flora and fauna and take in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains. Covering 6.21 miles (10km) of the trail, our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works it's way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Winay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). As we make our way to Machu Picchu, we'll pass through the lush cloud forest that covers the mountain and see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and spectacled bears (if we are very lucky). After a full day trekking, we'll arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out in 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 pass through the Sun Gate, we'll continue an take a side trail that leads us to Aguas Calientes in the valley below. Here, we'll check into our hotel.
Duration: 6 hours
• Lunch: Box lunch
Accommodation included: Golden Sunrise Hotel*** or similar.
Day 2: MACHU PICCHU
Stop At: Machu Picchu, 08680, Peru
We will wake up early and take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We will have a 2-hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit the most important areas of the citadel. After this tour, you'll have free time to explore the site on your own and, if you have permits, you can climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
Duration: 2 hours
• Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel
No accommodation included on this day.