The Inca Trail has always been a wonder, part of a network of 30.000 km. of trails going from Mendoza in Argentina to the border between Ecuador and Colombia, and an essential piece of the road system of the Inca's Empire. Vibrant with some of the most incredible nature you could encounter on a trek due to the subtropical forest situation, full of valleys, snow-capped mountains and an amazing variety of plants, birds and animals, crossing archaeological sites and traditional living culture of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, while using its cautiously preserved stairs and tunnels and ending at the legendary Machu Picchu.
Hiking the Inca Trail with Inca Trail Expeditions will be one of those experiences that you will remember forever as this is quite the essential Peruvian travel adventure, a perfect mix of cosmopolitan and traditional Andean life. For this Machu Picchu Hiking Tour you could immerse yourself in that gigantic and preserved Inca culture listening to the locals proudly defending their traditions while learning one or two Quechua words on the way, plunge in those fantastic sceneries true living paintings of Mother Nature and redefine the way you are travelling while everything else is taken care of.
Like every Inca Trail Expeditions Tour, the Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu is a journey tailored by travelling specialists so you can enjoy every minute without wasting any money.
We pick you up from your hotel with our bus at 5:40am (depending on the train time) and take you to the train station. Once on board you are in for on a very picturesque route for two and a half hours until we reach kilometer 104 – Chachabamba, the start of your unforgettable adventure: hiking to Machu Picchu. From here, we have a walk of approximately 4 hours up to the Inca site of WiñayWayna ('Forever Young') (2680m/8792ft), the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail.
We then continue our Inca Trail tour on to Inti Punku ('Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) from where you have your first view over the majestic Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). We walk down the last part of the trail towards the ancient city itself. Before reaching Machu Picchu, we have a short rest and then descend to Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu Pueblo by tourist bus. We arrive at around 4:30pm, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy that colorful city once you have left all you things at your hotel.
Meals: Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
After a rich and tasty breakfast we take the bus at approximately 6am up to Macchu Pichu so we can enjoy the beautiful sun rise. A hiking tour of around 2 hours is given by your tour guide, after which you can explore the mysterious city all by yourselves. When you feel you are full with the mystical vibes of that legendary place we return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco. You should back to your hotel at 10:30pm. And here ends your Machu Picchu hiking adventure.