The Short Inca Trail (2 days) to Machu Picchu is the easiest version of this trek. There are several ways to get to the Inca citadel. Day 1 includes about 7 hours of walking, where you will see Chachabamba in the Inca Trail, a beautiful Inca ruin where we take a tour with a professional guide. Do you want to know more?
On our Short Inca Trail itinerary, the impressive archaeological site of Chachabamba is located on the ancient route used in times of the empire, which partly follows the course of the Urubamba River. For its construction, the Incas had to open a clearing in the jungle. It is located 2,171 meters above sea level, already descending in the subtropical Andean forest. It is a magnificent place!
Its stone buildings are very tall, well built, imposing and in the past they were roofed with some light and flexible material. The surrounding landscape is wonderful, green mountain ranges crossed by narrow roads and white clouds at the top, a place full of silence and peace.
Chachabamba Ruins in Cusco Perú
It is very interesting and ingenious, as it is located on the top of a hill. This top was flat or flattened in some way. Some of the buildings, however, follow the undulations of the terrain, they are curved constructions. Its architectural characteristics are combined, according to the current theories of archaeologists, that is, religious and military.
We are sure that you will feel like an explorer on this walk when you arrive at this unforgettable archaeological site hidden in the Cusco jungle!
Purpose of the Chachabamba Ruins
According to accepted Peruvian and international research, the Incas built this citadel as a place of religious worship to water (in their worldview, all nature had a spiritual essence, mostly feminine, that when honored provided what was necessary for life Agriculture was the basis of the entire Inca economy).
Also, the other purpose seems to be a point of surveillance and control of access to Machu Picchu, since this Inca sanctuary was the main vacation spot for the nobility, located a short distance away.
After the guided tour in Chachabamba in Cusco Perú, the Short Inca Trail continues with a short walk of around 3 hours to the magnificent archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna and finally the march to the Portada del Sol (Inti Punku), the original entrance to Machu Picchu.
in the Inca past, where you can take extraordinary photos of the citadel. Day 1 ends by getting off the tourist bus on the way to the town of Aguas Calientes, very cozy and with various activities so that you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure. The night is made in a tourist hotel in the town.
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Climate in Chanchabamba
The climate of Chachabamba in Cusco Perú is usually warmer and sunnier than in the city of Cusco and higher altitudes (the ruins are at an elevation of 7,053 feet or 2,150 meters).
How to get to Chachabamba through the Inca Trail
To get to Chachabamba through the Inca Trail, we take you from your hotel to the train station in Ollantaytambo and from there to kilometer 104 of the old road to Machu Picchu (both transfers included). At kilometer 104, you must cross a bridge over the beautiful Urubamba River and not far from there are the impressive Chachabamba Ruins.
Chachabamba to Machu Picchu
After arriving in Chachabamba, we go to the fascinating archaeological group of Wiñaywayna, on the way you will enjoy a beautiful landscape surrounded by beautiful orchids and a panoramic view of the Urubamba River.
After a walk from Chachabamba to Machu Picchu, we arrive at Winaywayna where you can explore this archaeological group and at the right time to take your meals.
After a previous rest we continue with the trekking towards Inti Punku known as the door of the sun from where you can enjoy your first panoramic view of the impressive citadel of Machu Picchu. This is the way to get from Chachabamba to Machu Picchu