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Join us on the pathway that covers the final stretch of the Inka Trail, where you will have a taste of the famous longer Inka Trail hike, and the thrill of entering Machu Picchu through Intipunku, the Gate of the Sun. Our trail begins at Chachabamba (Km 104 of the railroad), where we briefly explore charming ruins in a could forest setting. Then we will ascend to the Wiñay Wayna (“Forever Young”) Ruins, and make our stunning descent to Machu Picchu, entering the citadel through the Sun Gate.  We’ll spend a relaxing night at a hotel in the Village of Machu Picchu, and return to Cusco the following day, after a guided tour of the majestic citadel.




2 days / 1 night


March – December

The Inca Trail is closed in February

Group Departures

Every Thursday and Saturday


2 passengers

Private Departure

On Request


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Day 1Cusco - KM 104 - Machu Picchu

We’ll depart from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo, depending on available seats and schedule. The train will chug alongside the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley; we’ll see a noticeable change in our surroundings as we enter the verdant and misty cloud forest of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We’ll disembark and cross a hanging bridge that spans the mighty river, and visit the ruins of Chachabamba, which is believed to have been a spiritual center dedicated to water deities.
Now it’s a 3-hour ascent to a second important spiritual center, Wiñay Wayna. These ruins are built into a steep slope on the way up to the Sun Gate. After we explore for a bit, we’ll cut across the ridge above Machu Picchu to reach Intipunku, Gate of the Sun. This is a dramatic moment, as we look down on the magnificent Machu Picchu ruins spread out far below, gaining a glimpse into a mystical, forgotten world. We’ll spend the night in a hotel in the village of Machu Picchu. Dinner on your own.
Bus ride: 79 km (50 mi) – Time: 2 hours
Train ride: 37 km (23 mi) – Time: 1:10 hours
Trekking distance: 11.7 km (7.3 mi) – Time: 6 hours

Day 2Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early breakfast, we’ll hop on board the bus up to the ruins, a half-hour ascending ride. Your English-speaking guide will accompany you as you explore the breath-taking ruins and learn about the various structures and buildings and the lifestyles of its former inhabitants. You’ll be immersed in the sheer beauty of the complex and its verdant surroundings, as you breathe in the rarefied air of the cloud forest. Return to the village below in the afternoon, where you’ll board a train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo. (Hotel overnight and dinner on your own).
(B / L)
Bus ride to Machu Picchu (RT): 12.4 km (7.7 mi) – Time: 1 hour
Bus ride Ollantaytambo to Cusco: 79 km (49 mi) – Time: 2 hours
Train ride: 43 km (27 mi) – Time: 1:45 hours
Trekking distance: visit Machu Picchu – Time: 3 hours

End of services
B- Breakfast / BL- Box Lunch / L- Lunch / D- Dinner

Services not Included
What to take

– Transportation
– Professional bilingual guide
– Train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and from Machu Picchu Village to Cusco
– Hotel in Machu Picchu Village
– Entrance ticket to the Inka Trail Express
– Guided tour in Machu Picchu
– Bus ticket Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (round trip)
– Box Lunch on day 1
– Lunch in Aguas Calientes on day 2
– First Aid Kit

– Personal travel insurance
– Dinner in Machu Picchu Village
– Laundry service
– Airline tickets
– Personal gear
– Alcoholic beverages
– Additional services
– Tips
– Extras

– Short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts of breathable fabrics, like nylon and polyester
– Light insulation long sleeve jacket
– Waterproof jacket (if it’s the rainy season, we recommend you also bring rain pants)
– Hiking pants or shorts, preferably made of QuickDry material
– Light cap
– Breathable sports or hiking socks
– Multifunctional headwear (for example, Buff)
– Waterproof and breathable light hiking boots
– Trekking Poles (rent available)
– Day Pack (preferably with rain cover)
– Sunglasses, sunblock, lip balm, and repellent
– Reusable water bottle
– Personal First Aid Kit (recommended)

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Inca Trail Express


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