Inka Trail 2 Days / 1 Night

2 Days / 1 Night

2 Days / 1 Night

2720m.

Cusco

9 +

Trek

 3

Overview

The appeal of the SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU is the stunning combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes through the National Park and the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu, through cloud forest, and finally into subtropical vegetation. Ending at the magnificent wonder of the world: Machu Picchu.

 Day 1. CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM104 – SUN GATE – MACHUPICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES.

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo or Poroy.

Train from Cusco to KM 104, starting point of the trek

Visit wiñaywayna – the wonderful Inca site

Fresh packed lunch at wiñaywayna provided by your team.

Hiking to the SUN GATE and Machu Picchu

Great views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding valleys from the famous Sun Gate (Intipunku)

Enjoy the sunset from Machu Picchu

Get pictures of Machu Picchu without crowds

Bus to Aguas Calientes

Night in a hotel with hot shower included

Meals: packed lunch, Dinner

Walking distance: 15 km / 6 miles, 7-8 hours total

Weather: Hot and humid

Trek starting point: 2000 m.a.s.l.

Highest point is Sun Gate: 2720 m.a.s.l.

Machu Picchu elevation: 2400 m.a.s.l.

Considered: Moderate

Day 2. MACHU PICCHU (THE SACRED CITY OF THE INKAS) & RETURN TO CUSCO:

Early Breakfast

Optional bus or hike up to Machu Picchu

Enjoy the sunrise over the mountains

Guided tour for 2 hours with plenty of free time to continue to explore on your own afterwards

Climb Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain (book tickets in advance + $ 25)

Return by bus to Aguas Calientes

Take afternoon train to ollantayatmbo

Van transportation to Cusco

Drop off back to your hotel

End of our services

Meals: Breakfast

Considered: Easy

Weather: Warm and humid

Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.a.s.l.

Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – KM 104  – WIÑAYHUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES

You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:00am. We will then go to the train station and leave on the train at 6:10am from Ollantaytambo. Along the way the train follows the Urubamba River until we reach Km104 where we´ll begin our trek. Along the way you will be able to see spectacular views of farmlands and snow-capped mountains and the mighty Urubamba River, one of the sources of the Amazon River. At 104km (2000m) we begin our trek, once we´ve made sure you have everything you need. We provide you your packed lunch, energy drinks and take a group photo before visiting our first Inca site here. After an orientation and tour of the Inca site we begin gradually hiking upwards as we head for the Classic Inca Trail far above. If we have clear weather we´ll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Sites.

After hiking for 3 hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail – Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2600m/8500ft. This is a wonderful Incan site that not many people get to see. There is an elaborate water fountain, temples and some agricultural terraces which provide a perfect opportunity to learn more about the way of the Incans and their history. The backdrop of this site truly has to be seen to be believed, seemingly dropping off a cliff face with dramatic and beautiful mountains surrounding you, it really gives a picture of the importance of location to the Incas. From Wiñay Wayna we walk to the Sun Gate from where we see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu below. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views and getting your photos we begin our descent to Machu Picchu for sunset.

One of the biggest advantages of this hike is that by the time we reach Machu Picchu later in the afternoon, most of the day travellers will have returned home and you will have it almost to yourself. After taking photos we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

Meals: packed lunch, Dinner

Walking distance: 15 km / 6 miles, 7-8 hours total

Weather: Hot and humid

Trek starting point: 2000 m.a.s.l.

Highest point is Sun Gate: 2720 m.a.s.l.

Machu Picchu elevation: 2400 m.a.s.l.

Considered: Moderate

DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU (THE LOST CITY OF THE INKAS) & RETURN TO CUSCO

 After an early breakfast we leave our hotel to take the bus for the journey up to the Machu Picchu ruins. Once there we will visit one of the most important mystic centers of the world: Machu Picchu. A 2 hour guided tour will take us into the history around this mysterious and charming ruins. At the end of the tour you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can get panoramic views of the entire Inca city of Machu Picchu. That will be your next adventure. Also you can opt to visit The Sun Gate is a 1 hour climb (and is free and available to all) which is also great to get those postcard pictures of the ruins from way above. More later you can take your lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, Another option is return to Aguas Calientes for take your lunch at one of the local restaurants. (Lunch is on your own).

The usual train departure time is in the afternoon to return to Ollantaytambo (present oneself at the station 30 minutes before departure time of your train chosen), where we will be waiting to take you to Cusco and then to your hotel in our private transport.

Meals: Breakfast

Considered: Easy

Weather: Warm and humid

Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.a.s.l.

Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.

Includes

INCLUDED IN THE TREK:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Boxed Lunch and 1 Dinner – Energy snacks
  • Expedition tourist class train to Km 104
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail
  • Inca Trail hike with your guide
  • Machu Picchu visit
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus ticket up to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket into Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Bus ticket to return to Aguas Calientes from Machu Picchu
  • Expedition tourist class train to Ollantaytambo
  • Van to your hotel
  • First aid kit
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (hot shower, private room and bath and breakfast included)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Admission Tickets Wayna Picchu Mountain (+$25) or Machu Picchu Mountain (+$25)
  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
  • Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 soles)
  • Tips for your staff (DESTINY PERU TOURS staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but of great appreciation for them)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE

  • PLEASE remember to bring your original passport – you will not get on the Inca Trail without it!
  • Your original Identity student card. if applicable please send us a copy at the time of your booking.
  • A backpack with a change of clothing for the whole period of the trek
  • Study Hiking boots and sandals (very important)
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from us $15 for the entire trek)
  • Clothing for 2 days
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses and mosquitos repellent.
  • Personal medical kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket and rain pants and plastic rain poncho.
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Baby wipes
  • Toiletries
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs, etc. (soles or dollars) At least 200 extra soles
  • Swim suit for the hot springs (optional)

Price

Group Service

USD 440.00

* Servicio compartido mayor a 10 personas.

If you are a group more than 8 people let us know, we can make a special price.

 HOTEL INCLUDED IN AGUAS CALIENTES:

We include Hotel at Aguas Calientes (all based on double occupancy). It could be either: Hotel Casa Andina, Hotel la Cabaña, Hotel Flower’s House, Hotel Muyurina or Royal Inti Inn, which will depend of their availability. They all include private rooms, hot showers, private bathrooms, TV cable, towels, soaps, breakfasts, Wi-Fi, and storage. Of course these hotels can be upgraded to another hotel like Inka Terra, Hotel Hatun Inti classic, Sumaq Machupicchu, or Santury logde. We will send an e-mail you the hotel name with your confirmation.

 DISCOUNTS:

Student discount (with valid student card) – $20. Please send us a copy of your passport at the booking time.

Under 18 Discount – $20. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.

Under 7 Discount – $30. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

 Huayna Picchu Permit: US +$25 per person. Please it needs to be booked in advance and let us know about it at the booking time.

Machu Picchu Mountain Permit:  US +$25 per person. Please it needs to be booked in advance and let us know about it at the booking time.

Vistadome train Upgrade: which is an extra $50 per person round trip.

Single room in Aguas Calientes $ 20

Additional night at 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes $ 80

* If you need a Hotel in Cusco, just let us know when you plan to stay and we’ll do the rest. We can also include the transport “Airport – Hotel – Airport” in Cusco the days of arrival and departure by an additional $ 7.00 per person.

OPTIONAL ITEMS FOR RENTING:

 Walking sticks:  $ 15

Personal porter for belongings ($70 USD up to 7 kg)

 

*****IMPORTANT NOTES *****

 STUDENTS: If you booked your tour with your  Student Identity Card  you must have this card and it must be valid for you to enter Machu Picchu.  If you purchased a permit with the student discount and you do not bring your Student card or it is not valid at the time of your entrance, they will not allow you in this is National Park rules.

HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people are allowed to climb this mountain per day. It needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $25 per person. It is about a 90 minute round-trip climb. It is recommended that you climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. We recommend booking about 2 months in advance to secure your permit as it is very popular and they do sell out well in advance.

MACHU PICCHU + MONTAIN: You may also opt to climb Machu Picchu Mountain which is more difficult than Huayna Picchu and is 3-3½ hours round trip. The cost is $25 and also requires a permit in advance. Just let us know if you want to book this option.

EXTRA NIGHT:  If you want to stay longer at Machu Picchu then you can book an extra night at Aguas Calientes village. Just let us know that you plan to stay an extra night and we will organize your return train for the next day. You can either organize your accommodation by yourself or we can assist with making bookings. If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day, then you will need to purchase a new entrance ticket to get into Machu Picchu as well as the round-trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes for around $75.

RETURN TRAIN TO CUSCO: The return train is the Expedition train or the Executive or Economy class train which departs either at 2:55, 4:12, 4:42 or 6:20 PM. The train that is booked depends on availability and is confirmed at your briefing. There is an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is an extra $50 per person round-trip. Please tell us of your preference at the time of booking. None of the trains go straight to Cusco, they only run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy but in either case we will transfer you back by bus to your hotel (2 hours from Ollantaytambo and 25 minutes from Poroy).

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