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  • Enter Machu Picchu Hiking via the sungate and the Inca Trail
  • Visit MACHU PICCHU twice! First at Sunset on day one, and again at Sunrise on the second day.
  • Beyond exploration, Enrich your soul and revolutionize travel for good.
  • Contribute to global change. Empower women, support ethical tourism, and transform the trekking industry into something more fair for the indigenous people and communities you visit.
  • Join us on a journey that matters.

Trek Details: 

  • Hike Distance:   7.45 miles
  • Difficulty:​  Moderate
  • Duration:  2 days
  • Elevation Gain:  480m/1574ft.
  • Weather:   See below
  • Seasons:   From March 1 until January 31(February is closed for maintenance).​ 
  • Hike Trail Map:   See below
  • Cusco Drive Time:   3hr 55min+
  • Town Nearest Hike:   Aguas Calientes 
  • Beauty:   Cloud forest, last stretch of classic Inca trail, Urubamba mountain range views, scenic trail. Wildlife: Spectacled bear, Marsupials, frogs, Birds; Peruvian rupicola, torrent tyranulettt, black-chested buzzard-eagle, Sparking violetear hummigbird. 
  • Activities:   Hiking, archaeological site  tours, nature.
  • Equipment Required:  Hiking boots, rain gear, daypacks and camelbacks for during the day. 


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What You get:

  • Professional Guides: Every single guide is professionally trained in tourism as well as English. They’re all residents of villages in the area.
  • Permits: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we’ll purchase your permits. These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can NOT be changed once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated.
  • Hotel: This trek includes one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always possible.
  • Transportation: Evolution Treks Peru will be providing all transportation for this trek. You’ll be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 am, (unless you’re staying in Ollantaytambu) and brought to KM 104 to begin your trek. The train back from Aguas Calientes will be on the Expedition Class Train and will be included in your trip. You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, our Evolution Treks Peru van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Also included is your round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Food: Evolution Treks Peru will make sure you enjoy some spectacular food on the way to Machu Picchu. At the Wiñay Wayna ruins you’ll enjoy a peaceful lunch. While dinner will be in the best restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes. The next morning you’ll enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Lunch is not provided on the last day of your Evolution Treks Peru trek.
  • Water: We’ll give you a bottle of water for your morning hike and another bottle during lunch. We encourage you to bring extra on your own, as being well-hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
  • First Aid: Every Evolution Treks Peru guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February for all Evolution Treks Peru’s employees. Your Evolution Treks Peru guide will always have a first-aid kit with oxygen for basic medical problems. If something does happen, which is rare, we’ll get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible. We will stay with you the entire time until you are either back at your hotel or being seen by a medical professional.

Not Included:

  • Rentals: Because there is no camping on this trek, the only possible needs would be an extra porter or walking sticks. The items are listed below:
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $20
  • Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It’s a 45-minute hike to the top of Huayna Picchu. The views of Machu Picchu from the top are incredible. However, if you’re afraid of heights you need to be warned that coming back down the path is quite steep. If you decide to take this hike then you would it after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $90 per person and arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance due to popularity.
  • Porters: Because this is just a one-day hike without camping, there will not be porters. Your day pack should include anything you need for the evening and the next day at Machu Picchu. It’s your responsibility to carry it yourself. If you prefer to have a porter, we can arrange it for a fee based on how much your bag weighs. You must arrange this at the time of your booking since the porter will also need a permit.


  • ​​Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance is essential
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water (Two litters of water minimum)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera 
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful) 

Optional items to take:

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes. * Optional).

Items for rent and Ad-Ons.

  • Trekking poles 20USD for the pair
  • Extra porter to transport your personal belongings to Aguas Calientes. 100USD for 10KGS
  • HUAYNA PICCHU Tickets 90 USD per person – Based on availability
  • MACHU PICCHU mountain Tickets are 90 USD per person – Based on availability
  • Vistadome Train add on is 70 USD per person – Based on availability


  • We will supply you with boiled filtered water.
  • We do this every day in the mornings before we start hiking and after our lunch breaks. 
  • Bring a refillable water container or camelback for when you are hiking. 
  • We strongly advise you to drink at least 2 litres of water a day.  Do not attempt to drink water from the streams, rivers or faucets along the trails. 
  • Do not bring plastic bottled water to our excursions.
  •  Use only drinkable water to brush your teeth.  


  • ​We strongly encourage you to wear trekking boots on our treks. 
  • Please make sure to wear boots that you have already broken in prior to the trek.
  • We discourage people from wearing brand new trekking boots. You are more prone to get blisters from wearing brand new boots.   


  • Smoking is not allowed while on the trek. We want you to have an overall healthy experience while in the mountains.
  • We discourage people from heavy alcohol consumption while on the hikes.
  • Any type of mind altering substances are discouraged and illegal while on the hikes. ​​


  • ​Breakfast starts at 5:30 AM on most days. 
  • Please follow the directions of your tour leader regarding meal times and be there on time to avoid eating cold foods or left overs. 
  • Please let us know if you have a particular dietary request or if you are vegetarian or vegan.
  • We cannot provide Kosher alternatives. 


  • We recommend that all our customers purchase full coverage travel health insurance plan before coming to Peru. Most airfare engines offer this service at the time of purchasing their flight tickets.
  • Yellow fever, malaria or other kinds of inoculation (vaccination) are NOT needed for when you visit Cusco’s Andean region.
  • Please let us know of any changes in your health conditions within the first 24 hours of your arrival to Cusco. We want to know your progress to acclimating to high altitude and your adaptation to the local food.

Group Tour $550 per person

Private Tour with Camping:

One Person $1400

Two Person $ 1000 Per person

Three or More People $ 850 Per person

Private Tour with Hotel:

One Person $1400

Two Person $ 950 Per person

Three or More People $ 850 Per person

  • You will get to visit Machu Picchu twice. First at Sunset on day one, and again at sunrise on day two.
  • The average hiking time on the first day 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 take your breath away.
  • This Tour is a unique alternative for those who don’t want to hike the long classic inca trail. The 2-day Inca trail is short in distance but not in adventure.
Start  time
5:40 AM

Transfer to train station. Train to kilometer 104.

Highlights of the day
The day starts with a scenic train journey (approximately 2 hours) to the starting point of the Inca trail, which is the 104 Km or Chachabamba. From this place, we hike for approx. 3 hours to the Incan site Wiñay Wayna  (Forever Young) 2680m/8792ft. After lunch, we continue the walk until we reach the Sungate or Inti Punku 2730m/8957ft, from where you will have your first dramatic panoramic view of Machu Picchu  (2400m/7873ft). We continue
the walk toward Machu Picchu where we have an amazing view of the Sunset. Finally, we take a shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes.

Difficulty level
Moderate ascent to Winay Wayna and Inti Punku and then a descent to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.

Meals Included:
Lunch on the trek and dinner in Aguas Calientes.

Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Other information:
Although a shortened Inca Trail, this trek joins the main inca trail in time to see the highlights.

Start time
5:00 AM

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.

Difficulty level

Breakfast in Hotel in Aguas Calientes. Lunch in Aguas Calientes.

You will be back in Cusco in your own accommodation for this evening.

Other Information
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.

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