Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts at Km 104 (104 kilometer along the railway from Cusco to Machu Picchu) located at 2,100 masl at the place named Chachabamba. It’s 13 km of distance that can be covered in 6 -7 hour trek. This trek is perfect for people who don’t want to spend much time in the mountains but still want to feel the charm of the energetic mountains and the cloud forest.
The Short Inca Trail is considered one of the most scenic short distance treks in Peru. Running along the border with the Amazon Jungle, the trek offers amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Peru.
SHORT TREK ITINERARY
Day 1: Aguas Calientes
Board the morning train to Chachabamba or km 104 and hike 13 km through staining mountain scenery.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
Full-day will be dedicated to explore Machu Picchu; your guide will explain you all about Machu Picchu; in the afternoon, you will return to Cusco.
The Short Inca Trail starts from Chachabamba; the trail continues uphill to Wiñaywayna: an important Inca complex, four hours approximately; where you will appreciate Farming terraces ” Andenes ” surrounding the whole side of a mountain decorating this ancient Inca castle with temples, buildings and water channels. The stonework is high in quality and fine masonry with a magnificent sequence of fifteen ritual fountain baths.
From Wiñaywayna the trail continues surrounding the Mountain to Intipunku through the Cloud forest with the presents of beautiful nature, sounds of hummingbirds, peacefully and uncrowned trail one hour and half and the continue down to Machu Picchu and board the bus to the town of “Aguas Calientes”. We’ll spend the night in a comfortable Hotel. Next morning early, we’ll return to Machu Picchu by bus for a guided tour, visit and explore with our expert guide, avoiding the large crowds that arrive with the first trains from Cusco. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Cusco by train.