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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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    With a compacted 2 days of excitement ahead, we will pick you up from your hotel at 4:00am and drive you to the train station. After an hour and ten minute scenic train ride to 104 kms point (elevation 2,100m/6,927ft) we arrive at the place where we begin our trek. At this point we begin a moderate climb for three hours to the chiseled remnants and remote archaeological site of Wiñayhuana, (2,650m/8747 ft).  Enjoy the spectacular plunging views of the Urubamba Canyon, and the ethnic wonders of the ancient Inca sites, as you embrace them with an open mind and heart your connection with the ancient Inca Trail will begin.  After your being at one with this beautiful sight, we will continue onward towards the Sun Gate. (2,730mts/9,007ft) Following the ancient remote footpath we get our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu Citadel in all its brilliance and majesty. As we move closer to the citadel of Machu Picchu you will feel her mystical presence.  Then we will take our bus to Aguas Calientes,where we will spend the night in our hotel.
    • Meals: Box Lunch & Dinner.
    • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    Today you will get to enjoy exploring Machu Picchu and experience her magical presence by taking the first bus at 5:30AM to the Machu Picchu archeological site.  If you hurry you will get to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Take your time, making sure you tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. It is an unforgettable experience.
    Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or stay still and drink in the pure majesty of her presence, and enjoy the pure delight of the moment.
    You will descend to Aguas Calientes when you are ready to eat lunch and later on board the Expedition train at 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Train Station and you will be driven back to your hotel in Cusco from Ollantaytambo in our private van arriving at around 8pm.
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Difficulty: Easy.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago

    There are tons of tour company options out there to choose from and we could not recommend SAM Travel more! We Loved our guides Elvis and Mar! We did a private two day Inca Trail Hike and connected it to an overnight stay in Lake...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank meperry28
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    My partner and I completed this one day hike and overnight stay last week and loved it, Sam travel was really well organised and clear about everything. Our guide Edy, was really knowledgeable about the history and culture of the region and being from a...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank KRLdn
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We did the 2 day Inca trail with Sam Travel as part of our honeymoon and we absolutely loved ever second, and was a highlight of our trip. Henry, our guide, was so friendly and informative from start to finish, everything went smoothly and to...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Taggy1988
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Recently did a two-day hike to Machu Picchu with SAM travel. It was an absolutely incredible experience. Elvis, our guide, was fantastic—offering everything from history about the ruins to fun facts about the nature we saw along the trek. Everything was super organized and went...More

    Thank Cwelchy
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Sam Travel! Our guide Henry was very knowledgeable and experienced. He organized the hike very well, and also helped us find great places to eat and shop around town. Highly recommend Sam Travel for trips in...More

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    • Duration: 2 days
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