The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in the world; at one time it extended throughout all of the Incan Empire and today still exists in many parts of the Andes. One version is the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that takes 4 days and 3 nights. The short Inca Trail is 2 days and 1 night. We recommend this shorter trail for people who do not have much time or do not feel physically capable of the longer trek. The description is as follows:
|PROGRAM||SHORT INCA TRAIL & MACHU PICCHU 2D/1N|
|LENGTH||2 Days /1 Nights|
|AVAILABILITY||March to January|
|DIFFICULTY||DIFICULT – MODERATE.|
DAY 1: CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU / AGUAS CALIENTES
The first day, we pick you up at your hotel and, depending upon which train is reserved, take you to the station in either Poroy or Ollantaytambo from where you will take the train to km 104, Chachabamba (2200msnm). Here there is a control point where you will register with your guide. We begin your trek by first visting the archeological site of Chachabamba. From here we later begin to ascend for 3 hours or 5 kilometers to the second archeological site of Winay Wayna (2700msnm). Inca construction is divided into religious secotrs, agricultural sectors and urban sectors, all of which are united by the ceremonial water fountains. We then continue for more than an hour more to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) 2700msnm, the place from where we can appreciate the splendid city of Machu Picchu, wonder of the world. We can take our first photos from the high part, later we descend for 45 minutes until we reach the control point one more time, and then take our bus to descend to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in a comfortable hostal and clean up with a private bathroom and hot shower.
MEALS: Box Lunch. Dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO
On this day, we will leave very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. Later, many more people from the city of Cusco will arrive. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machu Picchu from a different vantage point. Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel. End of our services.
MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel.
The government has regulated this tourist circuit with different rules;
each person who wishes to enter must make a reservation ahead of time as only 500 people can enter each day. Because of this, it is necessary to make reservations. For this you must make a deposit of 50% so we can reserve your entrance ticket, and your trains. We will also need a copy of your passport, with the number and nationality, as well as the exact date of your trip, because later we can not make changes. If you have a student card (ISIC), you can get a discount with a copy showing your dates are current.
It is necessary to keep in constant communication with us until your reservation is confirmed.
- A briefing two days before the trek
- Tranport in private bus to the train station
- Transfer back to your hotel upon return
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Meals according to your program box lunch. (vegetarian available)
- Snacks before the trek. first day.
- Professional English, Spanish and Quechua speaking guide
- Assistant Guide for groups of more than 8 people
- Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes at a restaurant
- Entrance to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Bus down to aguas calientes, first day.
- bus up and down back to Machu picchu next day.
- Roundtrip train from Cusco
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water
- First Aid Equipment and oxygen
- Lunch the second day
- Tips for the guide
WHAT TO BRING ON THE TREK
- 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
- Hiking boots
- Tennis shoes
- 1 Jacket or poncho with hood (nylon, wind and water resistant)
- 1 Fleece Jacket
- 1 bottle of water
- 1 sunhat and sunglasses
- Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
- Sunscreen for your skin and lips
- Insect repellent
- Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
- Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
- Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day. They are rubber tipped, which is rule for the trek.
- Energy foods: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco.
2017. SHORT INCA TRAIL & MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT
|Number of People||2||3||4||5 – 6||7 – 8 more ask for price|
|Price per person in $||$ 600||$ 565||$ 535||$ 515||$ 495|
If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour and must let us know when you make your reservation
If you wish to go with other people, we can let you know what dates are available and you can join an existing group.
Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions
Students: $30 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card (ISIC card)
Children: $30 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport