Machu Picchu is the diamond of Peru, the star attraction that brings people from right across the world to this country just to get a glimpse of the famous Incan ruins. It is awe-inspiring. Magical. Insane to comprehend. It is also, naturally, and for good reason, a bit of a journey to get there when travelling by the traditional routes, such as hiking the Classic Inca Trail. Of course, there are many reasons why someone may choose to not do the longer, more physically strenuous journey, and that can be for reasons such as time, fitness, or simply hiking not really being their thing!
Either way, it is possible to see Machu Picchu in just 2 days on our Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Think of this as a quick, lightweight version of the longer trail where you will also get to experience the scenic train journey in a glass-domed carriage, as well as a 4-hour walk up the mountain (so in effect, this tour still retains that authentic touch albeit on a smaller scale). This short hike tour packs a punch and plenty of highlights, including the Inca site of Inca Wiñay Wayna (translated to English as ‘Forever Young’), which is situated 2,680 metres above sea level. Overlooking the Urubamba River, this is a scenic part of the Machu Picchu 2 day tour that will allow you plenty of photo opportunities of the mountains, Inca terraces, and outer periphery far up on the hillside.
After this, we will take you all the way up to Inti Punku (translated to English as ‘the Sun Gate’). This is the blockbuster moment, ladies and gentlemen—the moment you have all been waiting (and walking) for! From here, you will take in the heavenly views of Machu Picchu before descending down towards the ruins where the citadel rests, practically frozen in time as a sacred relic of a bygone era.
Once we have absorbed the beautiful energy of Machu Picchu from afar, we will take a trail down to Aguas Calientes—a quaint town at the base of the mountain that has plenty to see and do. After the experience you’ve had up on the mountain, now is the time to sit back with some ceviche and a Pisco Sour, and reflect on the moment you have shared as a group with your new travel buddies.
After a traditional Peruvian dinner, we hit the sack early as we wake up at 5.40am to get up close and personal at the Machu Picchu ruins. You’ll get to see the House of the Guardian, Temple of the Sun, Intihuatana and so much more as we go walk about for 2 hours around the archaeological site, which is filled with awe and mystery around every corner.
So much history, so much culture, hidden for centuries before it was rediscovered in the early 1900s on a chance encounter by the American explorer Hiram Bingham with local farmer and innkeeper, Melchor Arteaga, who helped lead Bingham to the ruins with the help of local Quechua couple, Richard and Alvarez and their 11-year-old son, Pablito. While known by the locals, this was a startling revelation to the rest of the world who couldn’t believe something so majestic could stay hidden from international view for so long.
Today, Machu Picchu is yours to see and explore; a gift from Melchor, Richard, Alvarez and Pablito whom, in sharing their secret with the American Bingham, helped change the face of travel, culture, and history forever.
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