SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS

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Altitude

2730 m.s.n.m

Group size

Up to 8

Service

Group or private

Type Tour

Trekking, adventure, self-guided

Difficulty

Challenging

Duration

2 Days

SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS

2 day

from $477 per person

inca trail to machu picchu 2 days

The short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days is the best short trek to Machu Picchu.  You sitll get to experience the beauty and the mystery of arriving to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.  The 2 day trek still offers a combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety.  The trekker gets the undescribable experience of entering Machu Picchu Citadel on the same trail just like the Incas did bfore them and experience the unforgettable views of Machu Picchu, ending at the magnificent wonder of the world of Machu Picchu Citadel.

THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS IS ALMOST ALWAYS AVAILABLE !

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

You will be picked up in your hotel lobby at either 4am from Cusco or 5:30am from Ollantaytambo, for your tranfer in our private van to the train station  at Ollantaytambo, and then we take our train for 1.5 hours to 104 km (2,100m/6,927ft) where you begin your Inca Trail trek passing the first check point. From there we begin a moderate climb for the next three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana (2,650m/8747ft). When we arrive you will get to enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba canyon, incredible Inca sites and the connection of the traditional four day Inca Trail. After some time to enjoy this amazing sight, we continue our hike towards the Sun Gate (2,730mts/9,007ft), from here we will have the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu Citadel in all its brilliance and majesty. From there we walk downhill for one hour to the citadel of Machu Picchu at the guards house.  After time to take some photos, we will take the shuttle  bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Wirachocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

With the day ahead, we leave our hotel early to take the shuttle bus at 5:30am for the journey up to the Machu Picchu ruins, just in time for sunrise. Upon arrival our professional guide will provide a 3.5 hour guided tour which will make the history around this mysterious and charming ruin come alive. After that you will have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and and climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain, Machu Picchu Mountain (need to be booked in advance), before you return to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon we take the 4:22pm Expedition train to Ollantaytambo with a private van connection to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening at about 8pm.

Your entrance for Machu Picchu  is the first session for 6am to 12pm.  If you hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains you receive 2 hours extra at Machu Picchu.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS?

INCLUDED

  • Courtesy Pickup from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only)
  • Pickup at your hotel to begin your trek
  • Private transport from your hotel to the train station in Ollantaytambo
  • 3 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in trekking and degree in archaeology.
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Ollanataytambo at 104 kilometer and Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo with private bus connection to Cusco.
  • Admission Tickets to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (hot shower, private room and bath and breakfast included)
  • 1 Box lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
  • Private guided tour in Machu picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank

NOT INCLUDED

  • Wayna Picchu Mountain US$75
  • Machu Picchu Mountain US $70
  • First breakfast (Usually served in Hotel), Last lunch at Machu Picchu
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel
  • VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, Please add US$57 per person
  • Tips for your staff (INCA TRAIL HIKE staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but greatly appreciated)

PRICE

GROUP SERVICE

  • US$477 per person with a 2 star hotel 
  • US$497 per person with a 3 star hotel 

PRICES – PRIVATE SERVICE

  • 2 hikers: US$557 per person
  • 3 hikers: US$533 per person
  • 4 hikers: US$517 per person
  • 5 hikers: US$497 per person
  • 6 hikers: US$477 per person
  • 7 hikers: US$537 per person
  • 8 hikers. US$407 per person

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: US$40  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

EXTRAS

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike: US$75 per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike: US$70 per person
  • Vistadome Train: US$57 per person – This train runs from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco).
  • Walking Poles: US$7 per pair per person for the whole trek.
  • Free duffle bag (5 kilos): to your hotel in Aguas Calientes for those staying extra days

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

“Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and aout the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days” 

WELCOME TO CUSCO

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding an orange board INCA TRAIL HIKE at the arrival terminal. You must exit the terminal in order to find our representative (they cannot enter inside) It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

THE BRIEFING

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm in our office which is located at Garcilaso Street 210 , Office Nº:213 (2and Floor) in the la CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:

Of course! During the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t  pack anything you will need for your hike.

HOW TO BOOK THE SHORT INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU?

FIRST, to book your Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu permit without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page or click here on the payment of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL, 

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of info@samtravelperu.com. 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. The Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
If you cancel your Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?

Yes for sure! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu permit. The rangers will check every day and when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the new passport number as soon as possible.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE INCA TRAIL?

First I would say that the weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  BUT you will have many different varieties of weather as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depend on the location. We highly recommend you to bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

In general if you have regular exercise and spend a couple of days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatisation to the altitude, you may be fine.

The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. See our detailed information about Altitude Sickness under FAQS.

We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimatizing.  Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. INCA TRAIL HIKE is specialised in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provide a personalised service.

WHAT DOES THE SHORT INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU LOOK LIKE IN THE PEAK SEASON?

It could get a bit crowded but with the regulations in place by the government to limit the amount of persons per day, there is enough space for everyone. To improve your experience on the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu, we have small groups with expert guides.

ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE TREK?

Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.

AT WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN’S DEPARTURE?

It will depend on the train availability but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore you will take the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu

VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE; HOW MUCH IS IT?

For sure you may upgrade to Vistadome train which has slightly nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered some snacks and a dance show will take place on board. The price is US$57 per person which includes the transfer from Poroy (Cusco) train station to your hotel in Cusco. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to the Vistadome Train, the trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco), takes 3.5 hours, and then 25mins by taxi to your hotel. Usually our clients are back at their hotel by 8pm. If you plan to take the bus to Puno on the same night, that is totally possible.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many INCA TRAIL HIKE destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator in that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and it´s people.

PACKING LIST FOR THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

  • Backpack
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Sun protection: sunscreen: sun hat: sunglasses
  • Scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho: a good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in wet season
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
  • Water bottle: water purifying tablets optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Original passport
  • ISIC student card if applicable
  • Spending Money