After an early breakfast, transfer to the train to Machu Picchu, which hugs the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. As the valley becomes a canyon, the cloud forest begins to appear with a marked vegetation change as you enter the Machu Picchu reserve. Here, we exit the train and cross a hanging bridge at KM 104 heading into the Chachabamba site. After a brief visit to the site, begin a three hour ascent to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, an important spiritual site. The Inca Trail cuts across the ridge above Machu Picchu to finally reach Intipunku, The Sun Gate, from where the trail winds downhill. The classic vista into the lost citadel, above the Urubamba River, will be a unique experience. It is the most exquisite way to see Machu Picchu for the first time! After a short hike through the site (you’ll have more time to explore the site tomorrow) head to your hotel to rest and relax from your day’s active adventure.
After an early breakfast on day 6, a half hour bus ride will bring you to the citadel for a guided visit which on average takes three hours as your guide walks you through the different sectors of the hill-top citadel, with astonishing views, learning about the aspects of Andean life taking you back in time. Afternoon return to your hotel. Your guide will say good-bye this afternoon. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.