Day 1: CUSCO -OLLANTAYTAMBO- KM 104 CHACHABAMBA- WIÑAY-WAYNA- MACHUPICCHU-AGUAS CALIENTES
We`ll pick you up from your Hotel at 4:00 am to transfer you for a 2-hour journey by private van to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Then we`ll board a Tourist Expedition Train with reserved seats for 1 hour and 45 minutes to the kilometer 104 start of the hike. (This is the best train time and itinerary, in order to start the hike by 08:00 am and have plenty of time to enjoy this fantastic trek) Please go to sleep early the night before. As soon as we arrive to this point we will cross a bridge to the look-out point and show your passports at the entrance. Then we will start a soft walk into the other side of the Vilcanota River. The trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit in Chachabamba, we`ll continue on the trail heading south and begin climbing the mountain, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall. After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñaywayna. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 litres of water. After lunch in Wiñaywayna we continue through a cloud forest full of bromelias, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features stone steps and tambos, or “resting places,” and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the Inti Punku or "Sun`s Gate". From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe Machu Picchu. Spend a short time for pictures and views, with luck you can observe a magnificent sunset, then we prepare ourselves for the next early morning, and time to take a bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Hot springs pools are optional (bring your bathing suit and 10 soles) or just free time to chill out at this small village.
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes has private rooms, This is all considered a low altitude hike, but you would want to be fit. Dinner included. At dinner time your guide will inform about plans and arrangements for the next big day!!
Meals: L D
Accommodation: Viajeros Hotel
Maximum Altitude: 2680m/8792ft
Minimum Altitude: 2100m/6888ft
Distance Travelled: 7 Km aprox.
Approximate Walking Time: 6 - 7 Hours
Day 2: AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHUPICHU- WAYNA-PICCHU- OLLANTAYTAMBO- CUSCO
Early wake up at 04:50 am and after a good breakfast, re-live the history and the mysterious world of Machupicchu and the Incas. Discover yourself within the perfect symbiosis and harmony created by the nature and the architectural skills of the Incan people. We take the first bus up at approx 05:20 am and arrive at the gate before 06:00 am when the park first opens. This time is still not so crowded, so as we can take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site. Guided Tour of Machupicchu. This enigmatic city is explored for Approx 2 hrs (you generally have approx 6 hrs extra free time afterwards, depending on train timetables in high season.)
Climbing to Huayna Picchu.- See additional information if you want to purchase a permit for this.
Around 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm board a bus down to Aguas Calientes town for your train return to Cusco. US$9 bus ticket is not included, most people like to walk this downhill Inca road back down to Aguas Calientes town. It takes 1 hour.)
The train departs Aguas Calientes late in the afternoon at 4:45 pm to Cusco to (Poroy train station) then twenty-five minutes transfer to the city or your hotel. (Optional train at 5:00 pm to Ollantaytambo then a 2 hours transport to Cusco arriving at 9:00 pm approx, in some cases we offer this alternative return option, more in high season - April to August.)
Accommodation: Double, Twin room, also triple rooms.
Maximum Altitude: 2400m/7872ft
Minimum Altitude: 2100m/6888ft
Distance Travelled: 9 km approx
Approximate Walking Time: 3 - 4 Hours
We recommend that you bring
• Your Original passport
• Student card ISIC (if applicable.)
• You only need to carry a small day pack
• Water to drink ( 2 liters)
• Camera, binoculars
• Rain jacket in rainy season -Dec to Jan
• Change of weather gear in rainy season -Dec to Jan
• Basic toiletries
• Hat or cap for the sun, essential
• Sunscream with sun protection
• Insect repellent for mosquitoes(Malaria or Yellow fever not been reported)
• Comfortable hiking boots, runners or sturdy shoes
• Money in soles or dollars. ATM´s or cash machines and travelers cheques in Aguas Calientes are more expensive to change.