Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 days and 2 nights
This 3 day Inca trail is for people who have good experience in hiking and fitness but do not have the time or enough experience to do the full path. It is perfect for people who want to go with their families and groups of friends to walk this famous path that has changed the lives of so many people. The Inca trail is one of the most famous and incredible trekking routes in the world! The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive examples of the approximate 40,000 kilometers of roads built by the Incas some 500 years ago. This is the best known hike, combining a stunning mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. We know that not everyone can make this long journey, so we have decided to offer a route for adventurers who want to enjoy the great experience of doing the Inca trail without having to do the complete crossing. By trekking the Inca Trail in 3 days to Machu Picchu you can enjoy this great trip with your loved ones, this shorter trip is great especially for families. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor. The star of the Sanctuary is the spectacled bear - a shy, herbivorous animal that is extremely rare and close to extinction. Essentially the Inca Trail is a mountainous jungle hike leading to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The 45km trek is usually covered in 4 days.
Head expeditions peru will pick you up from where ever you are staying in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pick up from Cusco will be at 4:30AM, from Urubamba 5:30 AM and if you stay in Ollantaytambo, you get to sleep ina bit with your pick up at 6:30 AM. At your briefing, these times will be confirmed as they might fluctuate based on where you staying. and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometer 82) wherethe trail Begins. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (06:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast– not included). It is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card atthe trails 1st control point. to start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The firstday is relatively easy (a warm-up along the Incan flat terrain) and will have great views of the site ofan Incan Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Incan site of Llactapata (officially called'Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow-cappedpeak of 'Wakay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. with a beautiful view we will have lunch
Today is our longest day and crosses two high passes; luckily for us we're nearly at the first pass and oncewe've passed the second the walking is easy with very little ups and downs to contend with. Today sees someof the best views and scenery of the whole 3 days Inca Trail and includes visits to two Inca sites (Runcuraccayand Sayacmarca); with fantastic views of the high snow-capped peaks for most of the day and the cloud forestall around us today is by far the most visually stunning. Our campsite for tonight is at Phuyupatamarca (3680m / 12073ft) from where we'll get our first views of MachuPicchu mountain far in the distance (the site itself is hidden from view). The views of the sunset from hereare fantastic and once again the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to MachuPicchu.
This day get up very early in order to visit the most beautiful places on the Inca Trail as Phuyupatamarca (3,700m/ 12,136f) then Wiñaywayna (2,699m / 8,853f). After visiting these fascinating ruins we walk along a stretchof the route to Puerta del Sol, in the way we will see subtropical flora and fauna for about two hours, arrivingat the Inti Punku (Puerta del Sol). From there we'll get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Once inside theInca city, we will be provided with a guided tour of about 2 hours, with plenty of free time to explore further, taking pictures and enjoying the scenery of Machu Picchu. Then we will take our bus to Aguas Calientes andafternoon return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station, and then to Cusco by bus.