SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS

SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS

  • Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Short Inca Trail
TYPE TRIP
Hiking/Trekking
SEASON
March – January
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
DISTANCE
11 km/6.8 miles
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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes you explore the natural and Cultural Highlights of Machupicchu National Park in Peru.

Overview

Overview

Short Inca Trail is the shortest 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 to Machu Picchu: 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.

2-day short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu includes one day explore the Iconic Machu Picchu. This hike takes 3-4 hours from Chachabamba to Wiñaywayna Inca site, then another 2 hours to Machu Picchu itself arriving in the afternoon to enjoy sunset and the scenic views. Finally bus down to Aguas Calientes town to stay overnight in a cozy hotel.

Short Inca Trail Info

  • 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 Trek 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.

Itinerary

Detailed Short Inca Trail Trek Itinerary

Our Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 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 2-day short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins once we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 04:00 a.m (from Ollantaytambo at 05:30 a.m) and transfer you by private van to the train Station of Ollantaytambo (2-hours), 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 original passport plus the Inca trail permit; then, we will start the hike. After 5 minutes, the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of «Chachabamba»; After a guided tour in the Inca site of «Chachabamba», we’ll continue 3-4 hours gentle up toward the Inca site of «Wiñaywayna»; here lunch will be served (Box lunch).

After lunch at «Wiñaywayna», we’ll continue for 1:30 hours 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 it 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 the next day you’ll have an early wake-up.

  • Meals: L & D.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2730m (8,792ft.)
  • Minimum Altitude: 2100m (6900ft.)
  • Distance Travelled: 11 Km.
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 Hours.

DAY 2: “AGUAS CALIENTES” – MACHU PICHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

Today you’ll have early breakfast in the hotel (5:30am), leave your belongs in the reception of the hotel, walk to the bud station (5-minutes) 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 you’ll show the entrance tickets and your passport. Then the guided tour will start where your guide will be explaining all about Machu Picchu.

We explore this enigmatic and mysterious city for about 2-3 hours on a guided tour. You will visit the most impressive places such as the royal mausoleum, the temple of the 3 windows, the main temple, the sacred place, the famous “Intihuatana” where the Inca sages tied the sun on the June winter solstice, the stairs, the squares, fountains, etc. After the guided tour, you will have free time, to take photos, or visit «Huayna Picchu» or Young Mountain that has only 400 places, divided into two groups: first group (07:00 – 08:00), second group (10 am – 11 am) Check the availability.

After you finish, you will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes, either by bus. 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
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,400 masl (Machu Picchu Inca Citadel)
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,000 masl (Town of “Aguas Calientes”)
  • Distance Travelled: 25 minutes by bus.

Inclusions

The Inclusions and exclusions for 2-Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

In the Price are Included:

Professional guides

All our guides have degrees in tourism, they are specialists in guiding and guiding travelers, they also grew up in the region of Cusco, that is why they are passionate about teaching others about their culture and the legacy of their ancestors. They are fun but very professional. They are the ones who will see to it that you are fully pleased and happy on your trek to Machu Picchu.

Entrance and Permits

As soon as we receive your Trekking date and a deposit, we will proceed to reserve your permits and entrance to Machu Picchu (for this, check our availability of the Inca Trail). Permits are for a specific date in your name. They cannot be changed once confirmed, it is only allowed to update or change your passport number. This permit also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.

Hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes

This hike includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. The hotel you reserve will appear on your invoice, and updates are always possible.

Transport

Sunrise Peru Trek will provide all transportation for this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) to take you to KM 104 where your hike begins. The return train from Aguas Calientes will be on the Expedition Train, this will be included in your trip. You also have the option to change to the Vistadome Train for $ 75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco. It also includes your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Meals

Sunrise Peru Trek will make sure you enjoy a spectacular meal on the way to Machu Picchu. Your box-lunch in the site of Wiñaywayna, your dinner at the best restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes. The next morning you can enjoy breakfast at your hotel. On the last day, no lunch is provided.

Water

We will give you a bottle of water for your morning walk. We recommend that you bring more of your own, as being well hydrated is the key to feeling good in the mountains.

First aid kit

Each Sunrise Peru Trek’s guide has received first aid training from a doctor and we conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which all of our tour guides attend. Also, your guide will always have a first aid kit for basic medical situations (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scratches, etc.) and oxygen. If necessary, we will get you out of the way as quickly and conveniently as possible, and we will ensure that you get directly to a clinic for appropriate care.

Excluded

  • 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.
  • Huayna Picchu Mt: It is the mountain that is located next to Machu Picchu. It takes a 45-minute walk to reach the top and another 45 minutes to go back down, if you are not afraid of heights. You would do this after your tour of Machu Picchu. The additional cost is $ 75 per person. Updates must be made at least one month in advance due to the popularity and attendance of the venue. Now in relation to the climate, we cannot do anything because it does not depend on us.
  • Tips for your guide are not mandatory.

What you need to bring?

IMPORTANT REMINDER

This hike does NOT include porters. You will carry all your things while you walk. Because of this, it is imperative to pack as lightly as possible. A light backpack is recommended for the trip.

  • 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.

Price

The Price Info

 TYPE OF TRAIN  PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition class  US$ 450
 Vistadome class  US$
 Hiram Bimgham class

* The price is Based on Double / Triple accommodation.

PRIVATE TREK PRICES:

Private tours are based on group size

  • 2 People $550 USD pp.
  • 3 People $510 USD pp.
  • 4 People $480 USD pp.
  • 5 People $450 USD pp

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).

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO UPGRADE

  • Huayna Picchu Moutain: It is $65USD
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:It is $65 USD
  • Vistadome: One way $35 and round trip $70

HOTEL IN AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN – HOSTEL PRESIDENTE  OR SIMILAR

Address: Agua Calientes town – Cusco
Rating: 3 star
Web: http://hostalpresidente.com/rooms.html

FACILITIES

  • Restaurant (open to public for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Bar-Cafeteria
  • Telephones with international and national dial up
  • Fax services
  • Luggage porters
  • Laundry service

FREE ADDED VALUES

  • AIRPORT TRANSFER: to your hotel in Cusco included (airport to hotel in Cusco only).
  • SMALL GROUPS: 4 to 6 people on average, with a maximum of 8 hikers
  • AFTERNOON TRAIN: We give you enough time to explore Machu Picchu and enjoy a relaxing lunch in Aguas Calientes. Your return train to Ollantaytambo is at 2:55 or 3:20 PM, and upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, you take your private van to Cusco, arriving in Cusco at 7:00 PM.
  • HOTEL IN AGUAS CALIENTES: includes private bathroom, hot shower, buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi, etc.

Essential info

ESSENTIAL INFO FOR SHORT INCA TRAIL

Find here essential information for a saucerful short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; When you need arrive in Cusco? where can you store your luggage? How is weather on the Trail? And many doubts are when you want to book the short Inca Trail Trek.

Arriving in Cusco

The airport in the city of Cusco is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and then go through Customs. Even if your flight is to Cusco on the same day by the same airline, then you must collect luggage in Lima and then re-register and board for the flight to Cusco.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options on the airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive but has more options for flights, delays or cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, that is why it can sometimes be difficult to land, due to the weather this can also stop air traffic.
Bus travel is always available, and although the journey can be a bit long, especially from Lima, buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is highly recommended if you are coming from a city closer to Cusco, such as Puno, Arequipa or others. Buses from Lima will take approximately 22 hours to reach the city of Cusco.

We highly recommended arrive to Cusco at less two days before you star the Short Inca Trail.

Briefing for the Trek

Your briefing will take place the night before your hike. It will take place in our office at 6 or 6:30 pm; or in your Hotel.

Store you Luggage

Any additional luggage you have with you can be safely left in Cusco at your hotel while you do the short Inca Trail Trek. Make sure your luggage has labels so they are easy to recognize.

The Altitude Sickness

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start to wonder about altitude sickness. Air at high altitude contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. For several days at high altitude, your body adapts to the lesser amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before starting any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a wonderful city with a lot to do, so if you have more time to acclimatize, you won’t get bored.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you see a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend getting into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust to the altitude. Drink lots of fluids, like water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. The leaves of the coca plant contain alkaloids that help carry oxygen to your blood, helping your body ward off the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee, as they will make you urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it harder for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They can cause shallow breathing at night, making it difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

About Weather on the Trail

The weather is unpredictable. Usually, the dry season in Cusco is from April to October, but this does not prevent the rain from falling in June or the sun from rising in December, so be prepared. No matter what month you are hiking, make sure you have a rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but the cold and humidity make walking very unpleasant.
Also, get ready for all four seasons. The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu involves various microclimates, and you will need to be prepared. You should bundle up with a warm jacket as the night is sometimes cold.

Travel insurance

To protect your investment in travel, we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Getting travel insurance before you leave home is highly recommended and easy.

Environmental impact

Sunrise Peru Trek uses biodegradable soap and transports all our garbage back to Cusco. Our porters are trained to take care of the route and collect the waste of other groups as well. We also use eco-friendly portable chemical toilets that allow us to carry waste. We believe in a journey without leaving a trace.

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.

Useful tips:

  • 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.

CONTACT US

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.

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When to make the reservation?

The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (permits are issued to 250 trekkers per day). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible, it’s recommendably 4 months in advance. We recommended to book the tour of  “Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu” in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels. To book our Short Inca Trail Package group service or Private Service just click on the link of reservations below.

The Short Inca Trail Distance

The distance of the short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is 11km / 6.8ml; this trail starts in the zone of Chachabamba at 2.160m / 7086ft to where one arrives by train (this is the only transport that takes you to Chachabamaba). At beginning the trail is mainly steep up for 6 km until the zone of Wiñayhuayna (2,600m / 8530ft); from here the trail continues gentle up to Inti Punku or sangate (2,750m / 9022ft – the highest point); From Inti Punku the trail descents to Machu Picchu.

This trail is considered a picturesque trekking to Machu Picchu and suitable for everybody spatially for that who don’t want to spent much time in the mountains but want to see the wonderful mountain scenery and the cloud forest.

About Payments

For 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we require a non-refundable trek deposit of $200 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru.

The money transfer should be in the name of “SUNRISE  PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L”. Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

Importnat info

The night before your Short Inca Trail trek, there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 06:00 or 07:00 p.m (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).

The Short Inca Trail Map

Our Short Inca Trail Trek begins at kilometer 104 of the railway from Cusco to Machu Picchu. This trekking route has a total of 11 kilometers or 6.8 miles of paved and authentic Inca Trail. During this adventure we will visit other archaeological sites such as Chachabamba, Wiñayhuayna, Intipata and Inti Punku or Sungate. We will also do a walk along the traditional Inca Trail and finally we’ll explore the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Short Inca Trail

Short Inca Trail FAQ

Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the trek to Machu Picchu”

The briefing

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.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?
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.
HOW TO BOOK THE TREKKING?

To book the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT):
Personal information:

  • name, last name, same as on your passport
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • O.B (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

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.

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 dates. Tickets are neither transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE INCA TRAIL?
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.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?
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.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE TRAIL?

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 plan.

ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE TREK?

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!

AT WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN DEPARTURE?
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 2:55pm.
WHY THE SHORT INCA TRAIL IS BETTER THAN THE OTHERS?
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.
DOES YOUR COMPANY PICK UP FROM AIRPORT ON ARRIVAL?…IS THAT INCLUDED PICK UP AND DROP?
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.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TREK THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
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.
HOW DIFFICULT IS TREKKING THE SHORT INCA TRAIL?
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.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE FOR TREKKING? WILL I BE ABLE TO DO IT?
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.
WHAT TYPES OF FOOD WILL BE SERVED DURING THE 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.

DO I NEED INSURANCE FOR TRAVEL AND TREK TO MACHU PICCHU? CAN I GET IT THERE?
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.
WHAT DO I NEED TO CARRY ON THE SHORT INCA TRAIL?
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.
WHAT IN CASE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
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.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY ?
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.

DO I NEED TO BRING FIRST AID KIT?
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.

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