Short Inca Trail (2 Days)

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 02 days – 01 nights

$470 per person
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Discover the magic and mystery of the Inca trails, hiking and exploring the Sacred Mountain, valleys and Lost Cities of the Inca Culture. This is an amazing trek to Machu Picchu Inca citadel; it’s the best opportunity in your life to enjoy Peru and South America. This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping. We’ll begin the hike from the train stop at Kilometer 104 and follow the trail for six hours to the spectacular view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, The Gate of the Sun. From here, we’ll descend to the world famous “Lost City”. After a restful night in a hotel, we’ll return to Machu Picchu at dawn to see the ruins in perfect morning light. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Cusco by train.

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

Type of Tour

Archaeological, cultural, ecological and  hiking.

Duration:

02 Days – 01 Nights

Starting point:

Cusco

Ending point:

Cusco

GROUP SERVICE: (2 to 8 people MAX): Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is recommended for everybody who likes the adventure, families, honeymooners and couples.

PRIVATE SERVICE: All inclusive for families with children, honeymooners and couplesSpecial trek programme just for you, and you can depart any day you wish and choose the group size, we don’t add any people, is arranged just for you. All private groups include additional services, such as: extra porters, horses to ride and to carry your personal gear (for alternate treks), First class Vistadome train, luxury hotels if required.

Inclusions

  • Transfer from your hotel
  • Tourist Transportation from Ollantaytambo Train Station
  • Train Ticket Expedition Service Ollantaytambo – Km 104
  • Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 10 people
  • Andean Porters to carry all Camping Equipment
  • Professional Chef and Assistants
  • Food: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Afternoon Snack and 1 Dinner. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know.
  • Vegetarian food option
  • Oxygen bottle, first aid kit
  • Hotel Accommodation in the town of “Aguas Calientes”
  • Bus ticket from “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket Expedition Service from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and Hotel

Not Included

  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to the guide and support staff, city services.
  • First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.
  • Last lunch at the end of the tour on the 4th Day.
  • Extra porter: $150 USD
  • Single tent supplement: $20 USD
  • Sleeping bag (optional): $20 USD
  • Vistadome train upgrade : 60.00 USD.

We Recommend that You Bring

  • Trekking daypack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Sandals or plastic slips on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal wear is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block cream
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water, sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend swimming in hot springs )
  • Enough cash for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day).
Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO KM.104 – CHACHABAMBA – WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU

We will take the train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo, following the Urubamba River to Km.104 of the railroad, where we’ll alight and cross a footbridge to begin our hike at the Inca site of Chachabamba. After a brief visit to this lovely ruin with its water channels and fountains, we’ll begin the four-hour ascent that will take us past spectacular overlooks above the great valley and under a lovely waterfall near the delightful site of Wiñay Wayna (Young Forever). We’ll ascend through this site, the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail, passing its chain of ritual baths and elegantly curved terracing, and then join the main Inca Trail.

We’ll follow it across a steep mountainside and up narrow stairways through a lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly, we’ll cross the stone threshold of Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry – a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.

We’ll walk the last half-hour or so down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and through the heart of Machu Picchu. Then, we’ll take a bus to the small town of “Aguas Calientes” where we’ll spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 2MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

We’ll enjoy an early morning visit to the fabled ruins, spending the day in both guided and individual exploration. After, we’ll visit the most fascinating features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement, some will want to take the optional hike to an amazing overview of the site, while others may prefer to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. After a full-on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement, we’ll return to “Aguas Calientes” and board the return train to Cusco.

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VERY IMPORTANT NOTE

Entrances Tickets to Machu Picchu – Wayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain are limited, check the availability: www.machupicchu.gob.pe

Please note that you must book and pay a deposit in advance, so we can secure your spots. For high season (May to October, 4-5 months in advance, low season: November to April, 2-3 months in advance). Student price for people under the age of 24, you need to indicate in the comments section of the booking.

Note: Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.

If you are considering to bring special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don’t want to carry anything, please request an additional horse ($95 USD) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike (this is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10,000 ft.). Chefs will deal with all the kitchen chores.

Frequently Asked Questions-(FAQ)

How difficult is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Inca Trail is considered as a moderate hike, not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.

Are trekking poles or sticks necessary?

We recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that trekking poles are handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.

Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Inca Trail?

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2-day trip spent in Cusco (3,399 masl), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here! The highest point, you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail reaches 4,280 masl on the 2nd day.

Will I need to bring water?

We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters. You will also be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.

Is the trail still good during the rainy season?

Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment.

Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?

You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome.

Will I be able to climb Wayna Picchu Mountain?

As long as you book and pay in advance for certain dates in high season it may be necessary to pay 3-4 months in advance, last minute bookings of this trek will possibly miss out on permits in high season so, we can include the Machu Picchu Mountain permit instead, the trail to Wayna Picchu is safe, very steep with use of chains and not recommended for those with vertigo. It is about an hour and a half round-trip. And there are only 2 times during the day, it can be climbed with a sign in and out security system.

What is an ISIC card? How can I use it to get a discount?

This card means International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and is the internationally accepted form of student identification. The government accepts ISIC and discounts for the entrance to Machu Picchu. You must scan your ISIC card to you at the time of your booking and carry your ISIC card on the trek.

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