This is the only true way to Machu Picchu, slinging your back pack and following the steps of the true Inca way from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. The four days three nights option is the more complete and fascinating one. The others are shorter and still interesting. This way you are making a true pilgrimage and the sweat and struggle is all worth it when you set your eyes on this mystical site at sunrise from the Inca sun gate above the citadel. You will walk pass numerous Inca ruins along the trip, Llactapapa – Runcuracay – Sayacmarca – Inca tunnel – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Inti Punku - as you experience the changes of the vegetation, micro climates and altitudes. From Ollantaytambo you will climb to the Warmiwañusta pass, 4200 mt above the sea level, then enter the border of the jungle, before arriving at Wiñay Wayna, the last stop before the entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu, at the Sun Gate, around 6 a.m.
For many of you, the visit to the Lost City of the Incas is the whole purpose of your trip. With its spectacular and awe-inspiring location, it is the best-known and most spectacular archaeological site on the continent.
If you have extra time and energy, visit the Temple of the Moon (allow three hours, hard walk but magnificent small site), the Inca Bridge, the Inti Punku and the Huayna Picchu (this is the most spectacular view of Machu Picchu for me).
This recently discovered Inca site is becoming a very nice alternative to the crowded Machu Picchu. Still only accessible by foot, this site has an incredible location, at the junction of three valleys.
To me, along with the Inca Trail, the best of Cuzco. The Manu National Park is 20.000 sq. km wide, as big as Wales. It is the best place in South America for wild life-watching and birding opportunities.
The list of flora and fauna includes 1,000 species of birds, significantly more than the whole Costa Rica and over one tenth of all the birds on earth; more than 200 species of mammals, 13 species of monkey, a great variety of butterflies and 15,000 species of flowering plants.