Programs in Cusco
THE SHORTER SACRED INKA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU
2 DAYS /1 NIGHT
attraction of this trail is that it’s only a
day’s walk up a grassy hillside. It takes 6
hours including the visits to the Inka sites of
Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna.
We pick up you at your hotel at 5:45 a.m., then
we go to the train station. Departure time is at
6:15. The train ride takes approximately 3 hours
Chachabamba ( Km.104 ) is lower than Cusco, at
The trail up to Wiñaywayna, “forever young”,
leads across the exposed flank of a mountain
with no shade and the sun is very strong there.
The weather is very changeable so bring raingear.
Wiñaywayna. The site is named after an orchid (Epidendrum
crassilabium and E. secundum) with red, violet
or yellow flowers which was once abundant in
this area, and still can be seen. The plant
blooms year-round, hence the Quechua name which
means “forever young.“ It was rediscovered in
1941 by Paul Fejos, during the last days of the
Viking Fund Expedition. There is a magnificent
sequence of fifteen baths. All this suggests
that the site was a religious centre, probably
associated with the ritual worship of water.
This is another factor among many that support
the view that the Machupicchu / Inka Trail
network held a special spiritual significance
for the Incas.
trail from this point is mostly flat. It goes up
and down a little and passes a couple of
apparently impassable sheer rock faces before
climbing about 50 very steps to what you think
is Intipunku. But in fact, it’s not. Intipunku
is just around the corner, up the steps. This is
an awe-inspiring approach, with the architecture
reinforcing your sense of anticipation. When you
finally reach Inti Punku, you can look down
across the wide bend of the Urubamba and see,
sheltering under the sugar loaf mountain Wayna
Picchu, your journey’s end, Machupicchu.
Day 2 – Machupicchu
We will take the first bus at 6:00 am. We begin
with our Archeological City Tour around 6:30;
together with the sunrise it takes about two
hours. Later you can enjoy the place on your own.
At the midday we come back to the Hot Springs
town for lunch and shopping. We return by the
4:00 p.m. train..
Train ticket round trip.
Ticket to the inka trail.
Transport ticket (Aguas Calientes).
Guide: Spanish, English, Portuguess
Meals: two meals.