Best of both worlds, this option is ideal for those not keen on camping, but looking to arrive at the citadel on foot.
Hike a section of the Inca Trail from a point known as Kilometre 104, because of its location on the road between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Flight from London
GMT -5 hrs
There will be a dawn start from your hotel in Cusco to take the train from San Pedro station to KM104, arriving at around 10am.
After visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex, begin to walk uphill for 5 miles, through magnificent scenery and accompanied by sweeping views of the Urubamba Valley. After approximately four hours' hiking, the trail arrives at the site of Wiñaywayna, at 2700m. This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural centre with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, and has a beautiful waterfall close by.
Wiñaywayna is where those who choose the 4 day/3 night trail will camp for their last night; it is about an hour's onward walking along steep jungle paths to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate, for your first - and a very famous - view of Machu Picchu.