Immerse yourself into the mystery of the Inca.
The Short Inca Trail is the easiest Machu Picchu hiking tour. This trail connects with the classic 4 day inca trail and takes you straight to the Sun Gate .
The average hiking time of this day hike is 8 hours. The second day consists of a tour to the Sacred City of Machu Picchu. The views, the flora and fauna along this ancient Incan road will leave you speechless. This is a unique alternative for those who don't want to hike the long classic inca trail. The Short Inca trail is short in distance but not in adventure.
Equipment Required: Hiking boots, rain gear, daypacks and camelbacks for during the day.
PERMITS FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.
Transfer to train station. Train to kilometre 104.
Highlights of the day
Picturesque train journey (approximately 4 hours) Visit the Inca site Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) 2680m/8792ft.
Visit to Inti Punku (Sun gate) 2730m/8957ft from where you will have your first dramatic panoramic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft).
Walk outside Machu Picchu and down to Aguas Calientes.
Moderate ascent to Winay Wayna and Inti Punku and then a descent to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
Lunch on the trek and dinner in Aguas Calientes.
Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Although a shortened Inca Trail, this trek joins the main inca trail in time to see the highlights.
What you need to take:
Optional items to take:
Bus to Machu Picchu
Highlights of the day
A walking tour (2 hours) of Machu Picchu by your guide.
On completion of the tour those that have selected to climb of Huayna Picchu 2720m/8923ft (It takes 45 minutes to reach the top) will commence their climb.
Breakfast in Hotel in Aguas Calientes. Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
You will be back in Cusco in your own accommodation for this evening.
You will be given your train tickets by your guide at lunch time. The train usually leaves about 2:55 PM and arrives back in Cusco at 7:45 PM although this may be subject to change. You can opt to have an extra night in Aguas Calientes to explore Machu Picchu further and visit the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes.
Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Private tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2017 through January 2018. All prices quoted are $USD
Price per person:
IMPORTANT: One of the reasons that our price may be higher than that of other agencies is that we ALWAYS book the maximum number of porters possible (according to Inca Trail regulations) this ensures that our porters are not overloaded. Beware of this when booking they might be cheaper because of this!
Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo backpacker (to Ollanta). Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 1:37 PM and the 9:20 PM being the last train (high season June to September). We will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
Please Note: Train times are subject to change based on Peru rail time table and availability. If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows than the backpacker cerrojo train) for an additional price.
PERMITS FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE WHOLE YEAR. ONLY 4 DAY INCA TRAIL PERMITS ARE SOLD OUT.