This walkthrough is similar to Llactapata Short Inca Trail 2 days. Llactapata by name in Quechua means "High City" this shows us her incredible condition located 2.840 meters above the sea, this archaeological site is in the classic Inca Trail.
Llactapata fulfilled religious and agricultural importance is reflected by its proximity to other resorts where Pulpituyoc ceremony as important as wealth and fertile lands which were very well used were made. The strategic location indicates its importance which expressed the Inca domination. Llactapata is a great lookout point to Machu Picchu!, so we invite you to enjoy the breathtaking views of the landscape of the cloud forest.
This trail is an alternative short Inca Trail to get Machu Picchu instead of doing short Classic Inca Trail, this trail is available all year for all hikers who want to hike Machu Picchu and do not have much time.
Day 01: Hike to Llactapata
Day 02: Hike to Machu Picchu
Crew: Salkantay Trek Machu representatives in Cusco and a professional Tour Guide of the trek.
Accommodation: Hostel (1 night).
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner (Please allow USD 20 - 30 for meals not included).
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train.
At 6:30 am, we pick you up from your hotel to take by private vehicle to Hidrolectrica (hydroelectric plant). During this 5 hour ride, we can observe cloud forest and mountain landscapes, for example Abra Malaga (4,550 m). When in Hidrolectrica, we get off the vehicle and start climbing to Llactapata Incan complex where we receive a guided tour. Later on, we return to Hidrolectrica and from there, we walk for 3 hours along trails until Aguas Calientes (a small town just below Machu Picchu). We overnight there in a nice hostel with a private bathroom.
Today, we wake up very early to hike for 2 hours up to Machu Picchu!! In this amazing Incan citadel, our Tour Guide explains us about its each part function and its history. Then, we are given time off to hike Huayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time down) where we can take panoramic photos of Machu Picchu! Later, we can return to Machu Picchu and explore it on our own. In the evening, we return to Cusco by train and then by bus.
Please note! If Huayna Picchu is fully booked in the time of your booking, we might replace it with Machu Picchu Mountain (a place where all typical postcard photos of Machu Picchu are taken) hiking!
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is included in the “Things to do” of a lot of people, although what most people don’t know is that there are various Inca Trails Trips to Machu Picchu to pick from in the Cusco region. The difference lies in what kind of an experience you want, hiking alternative treks and how challenging you like your treks.
You have to take into account that usually you will need to book in very advanced the Inca Trail, and in case it is fully booked, we recommend other good alternatives:
We recommend to bring Hiking pants and T-shirts during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night.