Hike through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu and experience the best of the Inca Trail.
This fantastic hike follows the last section of the five day Inca Trail. You have time to fully explore the impressive site of Winay Wayna before continuing on, to emerge through the Sun Gate for that classic first view of Machu Picchu. Suitable for families as well as those short on time, this really is a splendid way to reach Machu Picchu. Highlights Hike through the Sun Gate for your first view of Machu Picchu. Enjoy the best section of the Five Day Inca Trail See countless birds, flowers and lesser-known Inca sites.
Hike through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu
You start the day with an early transfer to the train towards Machu Picchu. Jumping off at km104 you pass through the control point and begin your Inca Trail trek. First you visit the recently restored ruins of Chachabamba before gradually ascending through tropical cloud forest towards the base of Wiñay Wayna. Here you climb old Inca stairways through these beautiful terraces, stopping to explore the various buildings and water features. After a delicious lunch carefully prepared for you by Alex our cook, you continue on perhaps the loveliest part of the whole Inca Trail. Lush vegetation flanks you on either side, the scent of wild orchids fills the air, and all around you brightly colored songbirds fill your ears with song. Soon you will reach a final set of stairs to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos you carry onto catch the bus twenty minutes down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower. Whilst walking all you need is your daypack as your overnight luggage will be transferred to your hotel to await your arrival.
After a comfortable night, you take the bus back up to explore Machu Picchu with your guide. You have time to hike to the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s hut or to wander through the ruins and soak up the atmosphere. In the afternoon you enjoy one of the world’s great train journeys along the Sacred Valley to your hotel.