Inca Trail Trek – 2 Days

An excellent option for those who want to hike but do not have too much time!  We invite you to join us on the 2 Day ‘Short Inca Trail’ and take in the beauty of Machupicchu from the Sun Gate.  Enroute see indigenous fauna & flora and Winay Wayna Inca ruins. Go up to Machupicchu for sunrise!

Duration – 2 Days
Difficulty – Medium

Description

  • Guided by Professional English-speaking guide
  • Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2 days
  • See Inca ruins, Andes mountains, fauna and flora
  • Private transportation, meals, trains and entrance fees all included
  • Tour starts from Cusco or Sacred Valley
  • We recommended you reserve the Inca Trail 4+ months in advance

Short Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco – Km 104 – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
Day 2 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

* We can arrange a customised itinerary for you to include the Inca Trail Trek, contact us for more information.

Tour Itinerary

This trip is a terrific option for those who want to experience the beauty and wonder of arriving at Machu Picchu after only 1 day of walking. It is ideal for those who do not have much time or have physical limitations. On this trek we will find many archaeological sites, cloud forests, waterfalls, an abundant variety of fauna and flora, and many species of birds. The walk lasts for approximately 6 to 7 hours upon which we will arrive at the Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) and have our first inspiring view of Machu Picchu, the hidden capital of the Incas, and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Vilcanota mountain range.

DAY 1

Cusco (3,350m) – Km 104 (2,200m) – Wiñay Wayna (2,700m) – Machu Picchu (2,500m)

Inca Trail Trek Dead Woman’s PassWe take an early morning train from Cusco/Ollantaytambo through the picturesque Sacred Valley until we reach Km 104, where we start our trek. We cross over the Vilcanota River via a beautiful bridge and arrive at Chachabamba. This is the first Inca ruin on our trek.

Upon leaving Chachabamba the path ascends into a forest and much needed shade. We reach a magnificent waterfall and shortly afterwards arrive at the beautiful Inca construction of Wiñay Wayna (‘Forever Young’).

We have lunch in a restaurant, and after taking a short break our journey continues to Inti Punku (‘the Sun Gate’) from where we have our first impressive view of Machu Picchu. After taking in the view we take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a 2-star Hotel. Note: We can upgrade your hotel if you wish.

DAY 2

Aguas Calientes (2,000m) – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

After a good breakfast, we take the bus up to Machu Picchu where we will have a guided tour on the amazing architecture and mysterious temples with our professional English speaking guide, who will help us to understand the sophisticated ideas of this highly advanced culture.

Once we have completed the official tour, you will have plenty of time to explore the sanctuary on your own before returning to Ollantaytambo/Cusco by train in the afternoon.

HUAYNAPICCHU or MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAINS

Permits are required for either of these hikes – you must book in advance!

Huaynapicchu: Currently the more popular hike as it’s a little shorter.  This hike is around 1hr steep ascent – there are sheer drops on the side, so if you are afraid of heights, this is not for you!  Coming down will also be around 1hr approx. There are 400 permits available per day and split into the following departure times:

  • 7am-8am slot (you will need to be up in Machupicchu for opening so that you can have your tour first followed by the hike)
  • 10-11am slot (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

Machupicchu Mountain:  Less known than Huaynapicchu but certainly not to be ignored.  This hike is slightly longer taking around 1.5hrs up and same down.  From the top you will also get a birds eye view of Machupicchu. Many of our guides prefer this hike as its less crowded.  There are 400 permits available and there is one entrance time slot:

  • 7-8am (you will need to be up in Machupicchu for opening so that you can have your tour first followed by the hike)
  • 9-10am (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

The cost to add on either excursion is US$ 80 per person payable in advance.  Please note your permits are with your name and passport details and are non- transferable and non-refundable.

Tour Photographs

Tour Prices

GROUP SERVICES
We operate small groups between 2-10 persons. We pride ourselves in our personal service on your trek. Your guide, cook and porters are dedicated to your safety and enjoyment whilst hiking, looking after you every step of the way!

  • US$ 560 per person (2017) / US$ 580 per person (2018)

PRIVATE SERVICES
Close your group to just you and your family and friends!  We include the Vistadome Train service in this service. Prices are based on the amount of persons departing.

  • 2-3 Persons : US$ 700 per person (2018)
  • 3-4 Persons : US$ 660 per person (2018)
  • 5+Persons : US$ 640 per person (2018)

Discounts

Children – 1 to 17yrs of age : US$ 20 (copy of passport front page required for discount to apply)

Included

  • Private Transportation solely for Pachamama Explorers passengers to Train Station in Ollantaytambo (you may also start from the Sacred Valley
  • Professional english speaking guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • Pre-briefing before trail departure date
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner (Restaurant), Snacks, 1 Breakfast in the hotel
  • 3-Star Hotel in Aguas Calientes (either La Pequeña Casita or Marco Wasi) – we can upgrade if you wish
  • Roundtrip train tickets on InkaRail/Expedition Train Services  //  Trains are subject to availability and we may ultimately have to upgrade you depending on how far in advance you reserve ($45 one way, $65 roundtrip)
  • Private transfer from train station to hotel

Excluded

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Single Room Supplement if required – $45 per room
  • Climb up Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain – $80 payable in advance for permit
  • Gratuities

Extras

  • Walking poles – $12 per pole

Interested in climbing Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain?

Permits are required for either of these hikes and are limited – you must book in advance!

Huaynapicchu: Currently the more popular hike as it’s a little shorter.  This hike is around 1hr steep ascent – there are sheer drops on the side, so if you are afraid of heights, this is not for you!  Coming down will also be around 1hr approx. There are 400 permits available per day and split into the following departure times:

  • 7am-8am slot (you will need to be up in Machupicchu for opening so that you can have your tour first followed by the hike)
  • 10-11am slot (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

Machupicchu Mountain:  Less known than Huaynapicchu but certainly not to be ignored.  This hike is slightly longer taking around 1.5hrs up and same down.  From the top you will also get a birds eye view of Machupicchu. Many of our guides prefer this hike as its less crowded.  There are 400 permits available and there is one entrance time slot:

  • 7-8am (you will need to be up in Machupicchu for opening so that you can have your tour first followed by the hike)
  • 9-10am (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

The cost to add on either excursion is US$ 80 per person payable in advance.  Please note your permits are with your name and passport details and are non- transferable and non-refundable.

 

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