Embarking on a journey through the heart of the Andean Mountains, my family and I recently experienced the magic of the Inca Trail Express Trek with Bamba Travel. If you’re seeking a thrilling alternative to the traditional 4-day trek, this two-day adventure offers an unforgettable blend of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. What made this Inca Trail family adventure special was not just the awe-inspiring views but the bonding moments that brought our family closer together.
Day 1: Cuzco - Aguas Calientes, Peru
The day began with an early morning pick-up from our accommodation in Cuzco, setting the tone for an exciting adventure ahead. A scenic train journey led us to KM 104, the starting point of our trek. The 4-hour uphill hike to the Wiñayhuayna archaeological site unfolded a captivating narrative of Inca culture and history, courtesy of our knowledgeable guide.
A short break for lunch energized us for the final stretch of the day, culminating at the Inti Punku (Sun Gate). As we stood in awe, gazing upon the majestic Machu Picchu citadel from this vantage point, the sense of accomplishment and unity within our family was palpable. A bus then transported us to Aguas Calientes, where a cozy hotel awaited us for a night of restful sleep.
Day 2: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco, Peru
Waking up in Aguas Calientes, we eagerly boarded a tourist-class bus to revisit Machu Picchu. Guided by a bilingual local travel expert, we delved into the rich history and cultural significance of this ancient wonder. The 2-hour tour provided a profound understanding of the site, complementing our previous day’s trek.
The afternoon offered free time to explore Machu Picchu at our own pace, capturing moments and absorbing the mystical aura of the citadel. For the adventurous, an optional hike up Huayna Picchu was available, promising unparalleled views for those willing to conquer the steep peak.
As the day wound down, we descended to Aguas Calientes, where the vibrant town provided ample opportunities for relaxation and exploration. The return journey to Cuzco offered time for reflection, each family member carrying the shared memories of this extraordinary adventure.
Our Inca Trail Express Trek with Bamba Travel not only fulfilled our desire for adventure but also brought our family closer together. The challenges of the trail and the wonders of Machu Picchu created a shared bond that will be cherished for a lifetime. If you’re yearning for a journey that combines cultural immersion, physical exertion, and family bonding, look no further than the Inca Trail Express – an experience that transcends time and leaves an indelible mark on your heart.
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Guest post written by Bill Hasan
Bill Hasan loves flying around the world while documenting his travels in engaging articles.