SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU KM 104 (7D/6N)
DESCRIPTION AND PLACES
Even if you don’t have 10 days available to do the full Inca Trail tour, exploring Machu Picchu and arriving there on the same paths that the Inca once did isn’t out of reach. We offer an equally beautiful tour on a shorter path. We’ll pass by Inca ruins on our way and arrive at Machu Picchu in the late afternoon when there aren’t many people there. Discover Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, even if you’re short on time.
– Arrival in Lima
– Night in a Lima hotel
-Flight to Cusco.
– Visit to Saqsaywaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo, Pucapucara.
-Night in a hotel in Cusco
– Visit to Pisac, Calca, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo.
– Night in an Ollantaytambo hotel.
-Ollantaytambo, Km 104, Wiñay Wayna.
-Citadel of Machu Picchu
-Night in an Aguas Calientes hotel
-Chinchero textile market
-Flight from Cusco to Lima.
-International connecting flight
*Connection to your extension if you have purchased one
DAY 1 LIMA
You’ll arrive at the international airport in Lima (the majority of flights arrive at night between 8pm and 2am). Our team will be waiting with a private vehicle to take you to the hotel of your choice. Depending on your itinerary, you’ll visit some of the most important museums in the city. (Optional)
Day 2 LIMA – CUSCO
Early in the morning, you’ll return to the Lima airport to take your flight to Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Upon your arrival, the Land of the Inkas team will be waiting to greet you. During the trip to the center in a private vehicle, the guide will give a brief introductory talk about the city. You’ll also pass through the historic Plaza de Armas. You’ll have the rest of the day free to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the exceptional atmosphere in Cusco, home to the some of the most amazing history and culture in South America.
Day 3 CUSCO
On the third day, we’ll visit the most important tourist sites in the city and its surroundings. This is an opportunity to try new things and to learn about the history of Cusco and the daily life of its people. Our destinations today include churches, museums and archeological sites. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the fortress of Saqsaywaman and the complexes of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. All of these were highly important sites in the Inca religion and are located close to Cusco. After our explorations, we’ll return you to your hotel to spend the night.
Day 4 CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY
We’ll continue our excursion by heading out to the Sacred Valley, which awaits us with its warmer climate. The town of Pisac is our first stop. All along the road out to the ruins there, you can see remains of Inca agricultural activity. You’ll take in the sweeping panoramic views of the Andean mountains and visit the towns of Calca and Urubamba. After lunch, our journey continues towards Ollantaytambo, whose layout still shows signs of Inca planning, with its cobbled streets and Inca fort. We will spend the night in a hotel here.
Day 5 SACRED VALLEY AND MACHU PICCHU
Our train today leaves at 8am and will take us to Km 104, the trailhead for the Short Inca Trail. We’ll have a 3 hour walk to Wiñay Wayna, a site with many Inca ruins, waterfalls and various kinds of flora and fauna. Later in the afternoon, we’ll arrive at Machu Picchu. After a short look around, we’ll take a bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes. After dinner you’ll have the night free to rest, explore Aguas Calientes, or relax in the soothing waters of the hot springs the town is named after.
Day 6 MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
We’ll return to Machu Picchu early today to enjoy the ruins in all their splendor. You can choose to summit either Machu Picchu Mountain (meaning “Old Mountain” in English) or Huayna Picchu (“Young Mountain”). If the idea of climbing one more mountain doesn’t appeal to you, you can choose to descend to the Moon Temple. In the afternoon, we’ll catch the train back to Ollantaytambo and then continue on in a private car to the textile market in Chinchero. At the market, you’ll be shown the process of making alpaca wool textiles and have the opportunity to buy some before we return to the hotel in Cusco.
Day 7 CUSCO- LIMA
On the final day, we’ll take you to the Cusco airport for your return flight to Lima and your connecting flight home.
*In case you want to visit any additional sites, you can add extensions on to your original package. If you choose an extension, we’ll organize the connection to your next destination. Someone from the Land of the Inkas team will accompany you to ensure that you make your connection and that everything goes smoothly.
A bilingual guide for all the tours described in the itinerary
-All flights within Peru
-All ground transportation during the trip
-The entrance costs for all the tours/sites mentioned.
-All hotels (Double beds, with continental breakfast)
-All the meals mentioned. (The guide will carry a first aid kit)
-An additional room can be obtained at the client’s request.
-Transportation (e.g. international flights) to and from Peru.
-Lunch and dinner in cities (aside from those specifically mentioned)
-Hiking boots and personal equipment
-Personal costs (tips and gratuities, alcoholic beverages, travel/medical insurance, medical costs, laundromat charges, airport taxes, etc.)
- Av. La Cultura N° 1318 Wanchaq, Cusco.
- +51 84 233451 (Cusco)
- +51 1 2241816 (Lima)
Our hours are in Peruvian time (GTM -5)