Chachabamba, Short Inca Trail

The Short Inca Trail (2 days) to Machu Picchu is the optional hike for those who didn’t book Classic Inca Trail at time. There are several ways to reach the Inca citadel. Now you will discover Chachabamba, a beautiful Inca ruin where you will appreciate the best views of jungle. Want to know more?


Chachabamba – Location

The impressive archaeological site of Chachabamba is located on the old route used at the time of the empire. Do you know? it 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, and down in the subtropical Andean forest. So it is a magnificent place!

Its stone buildings are very tall, well built, imposing and in the past were roofed with some light and flexible material. The surrounding landscape is wonderful, green chains of mountains that cross through narrow roads and white clouds on top, a place full of silence and peace.

What about Chachabamba?

Many believe that Chachabamba was a place that dedicate worship and treat the Water . Also that it served as a place of shelter before entering Machu Picchu.

Chachabamba was discovered in the year 1940 being within the route of the traditional Inca Trail. Following the current next to the coast of the Urubamba river to a subtropical height of 2171 m.a.s.l. in the region. It  was known as the Antisuyo. Due to the form of their constructions and the architectural order that they are contemplating, it can be said that Chachabamba would also have been built with important religious purposes.

The entire route will surprise you with its beautiful paths delicately decorated with green forests and soft nature that will clear your mind for the trekking that this unmistakable place requires.

The Origin of its historical name

The name of this archaeological site has slight variations of Quechua. Chachabamba comes from 2 words “Chacha” which means hives and / or bites of mosquitoes that live in the valley and “Bamba” that means valley or place, which would have as a final result “Valley of mosquito bites. ”

Another of the theories about its possible translation

Also that you may find the most beautiful to hear is: “Valley of the origin of waters”. It derives from Quechua that gets its words from the onomatopoeic sounds of nature. In this case the syllables Cha cha. That is to say that it come from the sound that water makes when falling down the waterfalls” giving full meaning to its translation into Spanish.

Design of the Chachabamba Citadel

It is very interesting and ingenious, because it is located on the top of a hill. Said summit 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 archeologists, that is, religious and military.

I am sure that you will feel like an explorer on this trek when you arrive at this unforgettable archaeological site hidden in the Cusco jungle! Visit Inca Trail.