Discover the mystery of the Inca.
Explore The Short Inca Trail and get the most out of Machu Picchu.
Maximize your adventure and visit Machu Picchu Twice; Both at Sunset and Sunrise
- 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.
- English speaking professional tour guide
- Collection from the hotel to train station.
- Return train tickets
- Entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- 2 breakfast, 1 box-lunch to be carried by each tourist, and 1 dinner (Lunch in Aguas Calientes on day two are not included).
- Three bus tickets. Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes town -Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes
- 1-night accommodation in Aguas Calientes Hotel (hot showers, private bath, and breakfast included)**.
- Oxygen bottle.
- First Aid kit.
- Hotel Presidente in Aguas Calientes
PRICE: From $550 per person based on group size.
Join a group and get 10% off.
Anybody can join a group tour. Our groups will have uo to 8 participants.
If you and your friends or family are more than 8 trekkers but want to be part of a group please contact us!
- 1 Trekker: $700 USD
- 2 -3 Trekkers: $600 USD PER PERSON
- 4-5 Trekkers: $575 USD PER PERSON
- 6 Trekkers OR MORE: $550 PER PERSON
- 1 to 2 Trekkers: $1000 per person
- 3 Trekkers: $900 per person
- 4 Trekkers OR MORE : $750 per person
- 2 Trekkers: $1100 per person
- 3 Trekkers: $1000 per person
- 4 Trekkers OR MORE : $850 per person
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make your 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu more adventurous by switching to a night of Camping in the itinerary.
We know that some of our clients would like to experience a night of camping while on their 2-day Machu Picchu hike. That is why we offer our beloved clients the option to camp at Machu Picchu instead of staying at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Our clients will spend the night at the municipal campsite of Machu Picchu, right next to the Urubamba river, located 2Km/1.4 miles away from Machu Picchu town on this itinerary.
All necessary camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads is included.
Also, our professional chefs will prepare for you the most delicious camping food ever.
- The two day Inca Trail is operated only on a private basis.
- On the second day of this tour, we will walk for one hour uphill from our campsite to the Archaeological site to take the guided tour of Machu Picchu.
What you need to take
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
- Travel Insurance is essential
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
- Insect repellent
- Water (Two litters of water minimum)
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
- Personal medication
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
Optional items to take:
- Walking stick (with rubber tip)
- Plasters and bandages
- Extra money
- Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes. * Optional)
Items for rent.
- Trekking poles 20USD for the pair
- Extra porter to transport your personal belongings to Aguas Calientes. 100USD for 10KGS
- Kosher food. 50USD per person
Other Important Information.
- 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.
DRUGS, SMOKING AND ALCOHOL
- 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.