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2 Day Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu

FromUSD500 per person
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2 days

This trail is fantastic for those who want to do an  Inca trail trek which finishes with a breathtaking view of Macchupicchu. This is ideal for those who only have a short time in Cusco or for those who want to do an achievable hike where you can see other Inca sites (including the famous Sun Gate). You can get spectacular views, including the sunset over Macchupicchu

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Overview

This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping.

One of the shortest treks to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.

The best time to do the Inka Trail is during our dry season between May to September; however, you can definitely hike from March and April and then from October to January. This does not mean that there is no possibility of getting rains or showers because they simply are unforeseeable even by this season.

When dealing with organized excursions, normally the tour operators supply all that is necessary except for the personal equipment.

The 2 day Inca Trail starts at the train stop at Kilometer 104 and takes you to the fantastic ruins of Wiñay Wayna before descending again for your first spectacular view of the famous lost city of the Incas.

After your trek you'll spend a restful night in Aguas Calientes and be refreshed and ready for your visit to Machu Picchu the following morning.

This option is perfect for those who want to experience the trek but who don't have the time for the full 4 days.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu

We usually pick you up from your hotel at 5.40am (depending on train time) and take you to the train station. We travel by train, on a very picturesque route for 2 and a half hours until we reach kilometer 104 – the start of the trail for us. From here, we have a walk of approximately 4 hours up to the Inca site Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') (2680m/8792ft). You have joined the path in time to see the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail!!

We will then continue on to 'Inti Punku' ('Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) from where you will have your first dramatic, panoramic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). We will walk down the last part of the trail towards the ancient city itself. Before reaching Machu Picchu, we will take a side path off the trail to go down to Aguas Calientes, leaving the visit to Machu Picchu for the next day. In Aguas Calientes we'll have dinner and a much deserved rest so we're recharged and ready for Machu Picchu the next day.

Day 2: Machu Picchu Tour – Return train to Cusco.

We have breakfast and then take the first bus (05:30am) up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! (It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top.)

You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco (Bus transfer from Ollantantaytambo). The train usually leaves between 2.30pm and 6pm depending on Peru Rail's allocations and availability (to be confirmed).

If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the Inca Trail.

N.B. It is no longer possible to stay a night on the Inca Trail for the 2 day, 1 night trek. All people on this tour spend the night in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest Machu Picchu.

Huayna Picchu:

There is a new regulation for climbing this mountain.

Tickets for this mountain need to be booked well in advance; there are 2 time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified when booking the trip.

Please note, if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.

What is included on the trip

  • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
  • Collection from hotel (for groups of less than 9 people).
  • Transportation – round trip train journey (Expedition train service from Cusco to Km 104, Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco).
  • Collection from Ollantaytambo train station (on day 2).
  • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Day 1 - 1 box-lunch to be carried by each tourist, and 1 dinner.
  • Day 2 - 1 breakfast in Aguas Calientes Town
  • Bus tickets R/T
  • 1 night at 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes Hotel..
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First Aid kit.

Not Included

  •  Walking sticks
  • Personal porter
  •  For the Inca trail – first breakfast, lunch and dinner on the last day are not included
  • Entrace to Waynapicchu mountain.
  •  Gratitude, (tip)
  • Meals where not stated
  • Travel insurance - You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

THINKS TO BRING FOR YOUR TREK:

Oficial papers:

  • Valid and Original passport
  • ISIC card ( If you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Travel insurance - You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

Sleeping Gear:

  • Sleeping bag (You can rent it in our office if you don't have one).
  • Thermal rest mattress ( To be upgrade)

Clothing:

  • Mid weight fleece or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants or tights.
  • Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Long-sleeve shirts.
  • T-shirts.
  • Underwear and casual socks.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Liner socks, synthetic.
  • Swimminsuit.

Clothing accessories:

  • Cap.
  • Fleece hat.
  • Bandana.
  • Fleece gloves.

    Footwear:

    • Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread.
    • Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in our campsites.

    Travel Accessories:

    • Bottle of water or Camelback.
    • Flash light.
    • Watch with alarm or travel clock.
    • 2 roll of toilet paper.
    • Sunglasses and retainer strap.
    • Sun block and lip balm.
    • Toiletry kit.
    • Small Washcloth.
    • Personal first-aid kit.
    • Hand sanitizer gel.
    • Insect repellent.
    • Several Ziploc plastic bags.

    Extra money for:

    • Drinks.
    • Tip or gratutudes to Guide, Cook, and porters.
    • souvenirs.

 

 

Prices for the 2 days hike

Number of paxs 2 per person 3 per person 4 per person 5+ per person 6+ per person
  $500.00 $450.00 $400.00 $350.00 $350.00

Prices may vary according to the season, availability, and client preferences. Certain transport costs may not be included. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for more information.

Discounts:
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires "ISIC" Card to qualify)
Under 18's Discount: US$20

Extra services:

  • Walking stick $ 10 highly recommended!
  • Additional porter for 7 kg.($ 70)
  • Additional night at 3 star hotel ($ 85)