Hike through the Sun Gate on the fabulous one day Inca Trail. Great for families, those short on time, or when permits for the 5 day trail are sold out. Fully explore the impressive site of Winay Wayna before continuing, to emerge through the Sun Gate for that classic first view of Machu Picchu.
You can also combine it with Lares in a great 5 day trek, mixing living local culture with Inca sites.
You start the day with an early transfer to the train towards Machu Picchu. Jumping off at km104 you pass through the control point and begin your Inca Trail trek.
First you visit the recently restored ruins of Chachabamba before gradually ascending through tropical cloud forest towards the base of Wiñay Wayna. Here you climb old Inca stairways through these beautiful terraces, stopping to explore the various buildings and water features.
After a delicious lunch carefully prepared for you by Alex our cook, you continue on perhaps the loveliest part of the whole Inca Trail.
Lush vegetation flanks you on either side, the scent of wild orchids fills the air, and all around you brightly coloured songbirds fill your ears with song.
Soon you will reach a final set of stairs to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos you carry onto catch the bus twenty minutes down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.
Whilst walking all you need is your daypack as your overnight luggage will be transferred to your hotel to await your arrival.
Included: lunch, English-speaking guide, porter support, transport, train ticket, km104 Inca Trail permit, entrance fees, bus ticket, hotel
After a comfortable night, you take the bus back up to explore Machu Picchu with your guide. You have time to hike to the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s hut or to wander through the ruins and soak up the atmosphere.
In the afternoon you enjoy one of the world’s great train journeys along the Sacred Valley to your hotel.
Included: breakfast, English-speaking guide, entrance fees, bus ticket, train ticket, transport
In order to fully enjoy your trip it is very important that you choose the right trip for you and fully understand what it involves.
There are risks inherent in travelling in Peru, as indeed there are in most of the activities that we provide. Many of the activities we offer also involve a significant level of effort on your part. After all, it is called Adventure Travel for a reason.
It is really important that you read both the trip notes above and the Risk and Safety Section on our website, to enable you to choose the best trip for you. Once you have read them both, please make sure you ask if there is anything you do not understand. We classify this trip as:
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Avenida Collasuyo 910, Miravalle, Cusco
9am - 4pm local time (GMT-5)