This is easily the shortest of the Machu Picchu treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu. It is the lowest in altitude (4350 meters) of the alternative treks and also the shortest in distance (17 kilometers) but still sees some great examples of Inca stairs and other Inca ruins along the way.
Private airport transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Free day to recover from the journey and to start to explore Cusco.
Acclimatisation day in Cusco to start to adjust to the altitude before you begin hiking. Full and half day tours of Cusco are available.
Early morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Chinchero where we will visit the church, a typical market and an archeological site, before continuing our journey to Tauqaq, a village located on the edge of Piuray Lagoon, where we will begin the trek. After a short briefing about the route, we will walk for 3 hours until we reach Tauqaq Pass (4,000m), where we will have views of Ausangate, Veronica, Pitusiray and Sahuasiray. From the pass we'll descend to our campsite, located just before Huchuy Qosqo.
After breakfast we will visit Huchuy Qosqo, an imposing architectural Incan complex that includes a large open ceremonial centre. We will have a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and the Vilcanota River from here. After a guided tour of this site we will continue on our way to Lamay at 3000m where we take a private bus to Ollantaytambo. From here we will take the train to Agua Calientes for an overnight stay in a hotel.
Early in the morning we will take the bus to Machu Picchu. We will have a guided tour of the ruins for approximately 2 hours and then free time to enjoy the citadel and an optional climb of Huanya Picchu. Around 1:00 pm we'll take the bus back to Agua Calientes, where we'll have time for lunch before we take the train back to Cusco.
Private airport transfer for your return flight.