Huchuy Qosqo & Inca Trail 4 days and 3 nights
This is easily the shortest of the treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu with fantastic views of mountains and the Andes. It is the lowest in altitude (4350 meters) of the three alternative treks and also the shortest in distance (17 kilometers) but still sees some great examples of Inca Stairs of inka trail and other Inca ruins along the way. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the sacred Valley of incas and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that, and then you do the inka trail to Machupicchu.
At 06:00 am pick up from your hotels, private van for 35 minutes to Patabamba located at 3500 masl. (for our mid-day we have a 8 Km of moderate walk with a gradual climbing of 450 meters,4-5 Hrs until the lunch
Early wake up at 5:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 05:30 am and we go down about an hour or an half hour to the village of Lamay, an then we take our transportation to Ollantaytambo about one hour. After we were going to get ouw train to km 104, where begin our trek passing the first check point. Afterwards we initiate a moderate climbing for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Winyhuana (2,650m/8747ft), once here we may enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba canyon, stunning Inca sites and the connection of the traditional four day Inca Trail. After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we continue our hike towards the Sun Gate (2,730mts/9,007ft), from here we will have the first spectacular view of Machu picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. Afterwards we walk downhill for one hour to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Then we will take our bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.
We will have breakfast and then take the first bus (5:30 am) up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)! (It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top.) You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch
NOTE: It is no longer possible to stay a night on the short inca trail 2 days, 1 night. All people on this tour spend the night in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest Machu Picchu.
Tickets for this mountain need to be booked well in advance; there are two time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 “ 11am “ this also needs to be specified when booking the trip.Please note: if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.