SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS: The best short Trek in Peru
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes you explore the natural and Cultural Highlights of the Incas in Peru!…
Short Inca Trail is a day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru where all trekkers must hike with a licensed Travel agency; the capacity is 250 people per day. The trekking is konw as the «Sacred Inca Trail Trek», it is for customers with altitude difficulties. It’s great option for families with the aim of trekking to Machu Picchu in two days. The trail will reward you with a stunning combination of the region’s mountains views, Inca ruins and cloud forests where a large quantity of wild live lives.
Trekking to Machu Picchu is famous by saying the «Short Inca Trail» among the nature and culture lovers; it’s an adventure and a unique, famous and wonderful experience for the trekkers both by cultural and natural point of view. Treking this Trail is often steep, however this trek is perhaps one of the moderate treks to Machu Picchu, since the dintance is only 11km / 6.8ml.
TWO DAYS TOURFrom Cusco to Cusco
- Entrance fees
- Hotels + Guide
Short Inca Trail Overview
- Duration: 2 days and 1 night.
- Starting and Ending Point: Cusco Hotel
- Type of Tour: Adventure and Cultural.
- Transport: Bus, trekking and train.
- Hotel Options: We use basic hotels that includes breakfast, hot showers and private bathrooms; if you would like higher level, please let us know.
- When to go: Best from April to October.
- Altitude: From 2,100 masl to 2,750 masl.
- Difficulty: Easy – Moderate.
- Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 26 ºC.
- Important: We recommend that you stay in the town of Ollantaytambo, the night before the trek, because the train leaves from this place.
Short Inca Trail Brief itinerary
DAY 1: Aguas Calientes town
- Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.
- 1:30 hours train to Chachamabamba or km 104.
- 6-7 hour Guided Inca Trail
- Explore Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna Inca ruins.
- Arrival to Machu Picchu and 25-minute bus journey to the town of «Aguas Calientes».
- Hotel accommodation in the town of «Aguas Calientes».
DAY 2: Machu Picchu
- Breakfast in the hotel.
- Bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu.
- 2-3 hour tour within Machu Picchu.
- Extra free time to explore alone.
- Return to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel.
VERY IMPORTANT: Making a booking 3 or 4 months in advance.
You must check that permits are available for the date you start the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Short Inca Trail Trek Itinerary
Our Short Inca Trail Hike itinerary, have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
DAY 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CHACHABAMBA – WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – «AGUAS CALIENTES»
The trek begins once we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 04:00 a.m (from the town of Ollantaytambo at 06:00 a.m) and transfer you for 2 hours hours by private van to the train Station of Ollantaytambo, then we’ll board the tourist train for 1:30 hours to Chachabamba known as the kilometer 104 starting point of the trek.
As soon we arrive to this point, we will cross a bridge and arrive to the checkpoint, here you must show your passports and the entrance; then, we will start a soft hike. The trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a guided tour in Chachabamba, we’ll continue 3-4 hours gentle up toward Wiñaywayna, here lunch will be served (Box lunch).
After lunch at Wiñaywayna, we’ll continue for 1 hour and 1/2 through the cloud forest to Inti Punku or «Sun’s Gate». From this point, you will be able to contemplate the sunset over Machu Picchu. From the Sungate, the trail descends half hour gently down to Machu Picchu but we cannot visit so, we’ll take a bus down to the town of «Aguas Calientes» where you will have hotel accommodations.
In the evening, you can go to relax in the natural hot springs (15-minute) walk from the hotel; if not, you can take a shower in your hotel and rest until the dinner time. Rest early because tomorrow will be an early wake-up.
- Meals: L & D.
- Accommodation: Hotel in the town of «Aguas Calientes».
- Maximum Altitude: 2,680 masl /8,792 ft.
- Minimum Altitude: 2,100 masl /6,888 ft.
- Distance Travelled: 7 Km aprox.
- Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 Hours.
DAY 2: «AGUAS CALIENTES» – MACHU PICHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
Early breakfast in the hotel and leave your belongs in the reception of the hotel, then we’ll take the bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu; Once we arrive to Machu Picchu, we’ll pass through the control point, where we’ll show the entrance tickets and your passport then the guided tour will start explaining all about Machu Picchu.
We’ll visit the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Watch, the Royal Rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries; the tour will last for around 2 -3 hours. Afterwards, you’ll be given enough time to take a walk around the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu and have your meals at any restaurant in «Aguas Calientes» if you wish at Sanctuary Lodge (not included).
In the afternoon, at 2:55 p.m we’ll take the train and return to Ollantaytambo where our staff will be waiting for you and transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
- Meals: B
- Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco
- Maximum Altitude: 2,400 masl (Machu Picchu Inca Citadel)
- Minimum Altitude: 2,000 masl (Town of «Aguas Calientes»)
- Distance Travelled: 25 minutes by bus.
The Short Inca Trail Tour includes:
- Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and transfer to the train station.
- Round-trip tourist train (Cusco to Km. 104 starting point of the trek – «Aguas Calientes» to Cusco).
- Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees.
- Bus tickets up and down from Machu Picchu to «Aguas Calientes».
- Professional English-speaking guide.
- Meals (1 lunchbox, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast).
- Overnight accommodation in basic hotel at «Aguas Calientes».
- Transfer to your hotel.
- First aid kit.
- Breakfast on the first day, some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, you can have it on the train or in the town of Ollantaytambo.
- Lunch on the last day. You should consider a budget from 15 to $25 USD for each meal as average in a restaurant. We will assist you with all local matters.
- Entrance to the thermal springs in «Aguas Calientes» $6 USD; this is optional.
- Climb the Mountain of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu US$ 65 per person
- Tips for your guide are not mandatory.
What you need to bring?
- Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars).
- Comfortable foot wear.
- Sweater and jacket (something warm).
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
- Sun block (sun protection cream).
- Insect repellent.
- Towel and toiletpaper.
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc.
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at «Aguas Calientes» after the trek).
- You also need to bring your original passport on the Inca Trail.
|TYPE OF TRAIN||PRICE PER PERSON|
|Expedition class||US$ 450|
|Hiram Bimgham class||—-|
* The price is Based on Double / Triple accommodation.
PRIVATE TREK PRICES:
- 2 People $550 USD pp.
- 3 People $510 USD pp.
- 4 People $480 USD pp.
- 5 People $450 USD pp
OPTIONAL EXTRA THINGS FOR THE HIKE:
- We can hire the following to you.
- Porter to carry your personal things 6 kilos ($30 USD per day)
- «Aguas Calientes» Upgrade – comfortable 3-star hotel, restaurants and Vistadome train upgrade $115 per person.
- Please note: If you hire equipment and break it you are responsible for price of replacement /or repair (Please do the right thing!).
AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS (these discounts are not cumulative):
- Students: $25.00 USD (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid).
- Teenagers: $20.00 USD (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
- Children: $30.00 USD (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
HOTEL IN AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN
HOSTEL PRESIDENTE OR SIMILAR
Address: Agua Calientes town – Cusco
Rating: 3 star
- Restaurant (open to public for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Telephones with international and national dial up
- Fax services
- Luggage porters
- Laundry service
ESSENTIAL INFO FOR SHORT INCA TRAIL
The Short Inca trail group
The maximum group size is 12 passengers. Passengers come from a range of countries worldwide (average of 3 nationalities per group) and many will be solo travellers. You will find you have many things in common with your fellow travellers, including a passion for discovery and a strong interest in exploring the National Parks. “SUNRISE PERU TREK” is designed for adults over 18 years old. While most passengers are aged 25-55, every year we get many people both above and below this age range.
All travellers over the age of 70 will be requested to complete a self-declaration of fitness form prior to travel. Our tours are a unique holiday experience and much of your enjoyment will come from the team spirit of your group and the fun you’ll have together, as well as from the local setting. We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of bringing a positive attitude with you on tour; a sure guarantee to enjoying each and every moment, even in the adversity of the odd rainstorm!
Responsible and sustainable travel
We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit t the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.
We have created a ‘Travellers’ Code of Conduct’ to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic; this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimize the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Our tour Guide will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.
- Something good Vaseline or Vicks Vaporub are good on the summit attempt.
- Moist air coming from your noise or on your lips will freeze and become very uncomfortable
- Sound travel at night and many people snore on the Inca Trail – bring some ear plugs to sleep with.
- At the beginning the trail is very dusty and sinus congestion is a problem with many hikers. Bring a good decongestant spray or tablet.
- For Short Inca Trail, travel with your most important gear as hand luggage – e.g. wear your hiking boots in the plane – missing luggage is a common problem.
- For Short Inca Trail, bring some blister plasters, Vaseline and liner socks. If you start to get blisters it will help a lot.
Should you encounter any difficulties meeting your transfer from the airport to the starting hotel, depending on which country you are in you can contact a SUNRISE PERU TREK representative on the following:
- Mauro Pedraza – Operations Manager
Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
- Henrry Chauca – Operations
Mobile: +(51) 950 313131
- Sharon Ovalle – SUNRISE PERU TREK Representatives Supervisor
Mobile: +(51) 974 359484
IN CASES OF EMERGENCY
While we hope you never have to use it, if for any reason you need to contact someone from SUNRISE PERU TREK, whether it be that you have missed a trip departure meeting, have become separated from your trip on the road or any other unforeseeable problem, the following options are available to you.
- Cusco Office
Your best recourse to assistance during the day is to call our team between 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-4pm.
Telf: +51 84 237404
- Emergency Contact
If you need to contact SUNRISE PERU TREK outside of the above hours the following number is available:
Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours. Thank you.
Two-day or Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is our most popular adventure program in the region of Cusco in Peru. If you are short in time (or energy!!!) you can still enjoy part of the 4-day Classic Inca Trail, visiting the most beautiful Inca site of Wiñayhuayna and arrive to MACHU PICCHU for the sunset.
The trail starts in the zone of Chachabamba known as the Km 104 (104 kilometers along the railway from Cusco to Machu Picchu) and involves a four-hour hike uphill to Wiñay Wayna and two hours further to Machu Picchu making it ideal for trekkers wanting to experience at least part of the Inca Trail but haven’t got the time (or energy) to complete the full 4-day trek. The Short Inca Trail offers stunning a mountain scenery and wonderful cloud forest; in this trek, you will visit the Inca ruins of Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu.
To know the availability of space for this service, contact to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.
Please note that there are significant price reductions available for groups. All our visits are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information on the tour you choose or to start customizing your own itinerary.
We are official Inca Trail Tour Operator based in Cusco. We really know what we do and offer, we are well managed, with several offices in Peru and a long list of travel destinations, offering everything travel alternatives to Peru, family trips, honeymoons and luxury trips, including adventure trips and jungle exploration trips, for almost any budget.
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Short Inca Trail FAQ's
It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm or 7pm at our office or in your hotel; it will be confirmed by our staff on your arrival time to Cusco.
Of course! During the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel in Cusco, both are for free.
To book the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT):
- name, last name, same as on your passport
- Passport number
- D.O.B (dd / mm / yyyy)
We then request a deposit: In order to confirm a space (Permit) for the Short Inca Trail, a deposit of USD $200.00 per person is required.The deposit can be sent via PAYPAL.
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 dates. Tickets are neither transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
OF COURSE! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number that you sent to us to book your Inca Trail Permit. The rangers check each day and also when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will 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, we can make the changes when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the new passport number as soon as possible.
The maximum group size is 12 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-8 persons. SUNRISE PEREU TREK Specializes in SMALL; PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.
In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, SUNRISE PERU TREK will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems in extreme cases; a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if recover quickly. They then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original pla
Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! 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, for sure we will pick you up!
It will depend on the train’s 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 for Machu Picchu
The Short Inca Trail is the only trek that leads you directly up to the Sun Gate, having the first amazing view of Machu Picchu. This trail has also a historical significance because along the Inca Trail, you will explore many religious Inca Cities and it will take you through many different microclimates, offering amazing views of the Andes, the valleys, the waterfalls, the flora and fauna.
Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. We will be displaying our name card of “Sunrise Peru Trek” with your name on it. And when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company
Trekking the Short Inca Trail Trek will be best during the seasons of autumn winter and spring. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking to Machu Picchu can be managed.
The Short Inca Trail is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Peru want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Peru to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Generally, the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will go for about 6 to 7 hours, during this time you’ll cover a distance of 12 kilometers. The type of the trekking is grading from the easy to moderate.
It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then this 2 days trekking to Machu Picchu is certainly for you. Obviously shorter treks are easier than longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking.
While trekking to Machu Picchu, are included only on the first day. You first breakfast you’ll have in your hotel in Cusco or in the town of Ollantaytambo (Not Included); for your lunch we’ll provide a BOX LUNCH with hot food, fresh fruits, power bars and drinks (1.5 kilos). The dinner will be provided in one restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes.
On the second day your breakfast is included in the hotel that we provide in the town of Aguas Calientes; it will be buffet breakfast with variety of juices, hot drinks, omelets, eggs, etc. As you can see in the inclusion of the tour is listed 1breakfast, 1 box lunch and one dinner
You should buy medical and insurance for trekking up to Machu Picchu. We suggest you buy insurance policy in your country. We don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Peru. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up 3000m.
The trekking is for one day so, you won’t need to carry so many things, we recommended a small back pack of 30 or 40 liters where you’ll carry two t-shirts, a fleece jacket, water proofs, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and your box lunch.
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitude’s trekking destination of Machu Picchu. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid altitude sickness. Besides, if it affects any trekker then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospital.
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.