hiking the inca trail

Hiking the Inca Trail When Time is Tight

Spending a week or longer in Peru and enjoying majestic sites like Machu Picchu is ideal, but some travelers don’t have the time to devote to long-term excursions. Fortunately, Alpaca Expeditions offers a two-day/one-night trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Sure, having a week to explore the mountain wilderness would be amazing, but hiking the Inca Trail on this tour still allows you to take in the spectacular ruins and sights.

Short Hike on the Inca Trail

If you’re up for a whirlwind visit, the short trek to Machu Picchu will challenge you—in a good way! The two-day/one-night hike to Machu Picchu with a train ride along the Urubamba River to the trek’s starting point in the mountains. The Urubamba is one of the Amazon River’s sources. The trek offers outstanding views of the river, the mountains, and eventually, Machu Picchu itself. If the weather is clear, the views are essentially unbeatable.

Machu Picchu Sunset Splendor

After the hike to Machu Picchu, travelers will enjoy a delicious meal and relaxing evening. We’ll wake up early to catch sunrise over Machu Picchu. Be sure to bring your camera so you can capture the ruins on film. After hiking the Inca Trail the previous day, it’s a pleasure to explore Machu Picchu with knowledgeable guides who know every aspect of the historic Incan estate. At the end of you amazing day, you’ll board a train back to Cusco.

Machu Picchu was an Inca citadel. It dates to the 15th century. The ruin attracts visitors from all over the world. Having had the opportunity to view the ruins of Machu Picchu even for just a couple days is, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime event. Alpaca Expeditions organizes various types of trips and hikes to Machu Picchu. If you have more time to spare, you might want to take a longer hiking trip that includes camping along the way.

If you have a short period of time but are up for seeing Machu Picchu, the Alpaca Expeditions two-day / one-night trek might be the ideal Peruvian experience for you. Click here to book a one of our exciting Inca Trail treks.


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