Short Inca Trail (2D/1N)

Duration

2 Days/ 1 Night

Altitude

2430 msnm

Distance

74,7 km

Difficulty

Level 3: Moderate

Tour Guide

ES / EN

Destination

Inca Trail Treks

Overview

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a great way for travelers to experience the wonders of this ancient site without having to take on the full four-day trek. This two-day hike takes you along a stunningly beautiful path lined with lush vegetation, archaeological ruins, and breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains.

Starting at Km 104, just outside of Ollantaytambo in Peru’s Sacred Valley, hikers will journey through small villages before reaching their final destination: Machu Picchu. Along the way, they’ll be treated to an array of sights such as the impressive ruins of Wiñay Wayna.

The trail culminates with entry into Machu Picchu via Sun Gate, where visitors can explore one of South America’s most awe inspiring historical sites up close and personal. With its moderate difficulty level and manageable duration, even those who are new to trekking can enjoy this incredible adventure!

Why take the Short Inca Trail with Andean Trekking Peru?

We are a travel agency located in Cusco, Peru, that specializes in providing travelers with the best of local knowledge and experiences. We offer a variety of services, from trekking and camping to cultural tours and guided hikes. With our experienced team of guides, we can provide visitors with an unforgettable journey through the majestic Andes.

Whether you’re looking for a multi-day trek through the Andes, or a cultural tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, we have you covered. All of our tours are designed to provide travelers with an intimate experience of Peru’s unique culture, wildlife, and landscapes. Our knowledgeable guides will take you to places that you never knew existed, giving you an opportunity to explore this spectacular region in a safe and comfortable way.

Departure & Return location:

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time:

4:00 am

Recommended to carry

  • Original passport.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Water bottle and snacks.
  • Camera.

 

Included/Excluded

  • Cusco hotel transfer.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 (Expedition train tickets).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition train tickets).
  • Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Lunch on the first day.
  • Dinner on the first day.
  • Breakfast on the second day.
  • 1 night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes town.
  • Bus trip from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the first day.
  • Round bus trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on the second day.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • First aid kit.
  • Hotel in Cusco.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Lunch on the second day.
  • Dinner on the second day.
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Aguas Calientes hot springs (optional).
  • Vistadome train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Hiram Bingham train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Any private expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips.

Tour Plan

Day 1 Cusco - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes

Around 4:00 am, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then, we'll go by car to the Ollantaytambo train station, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We'll take a train to Km 104 from there.

Once we reach Km 104, we will access the Inca Trail after going through a few security checks. Then, we will start a two-hour climb to the Wiñay Wayna Inca ruins. The Inca nobles used this location as a rest stop on their journey to Machu Picchu. We will eat lunch at a neighboring campground after exploring Wiñay Wayna.

Afterwards, we will hike to the Inti Punku, often referred to as the Sun Gate, a stone building that stands at the entrance to Machu Picchu. You'll see awe-inspiring sunset views of Machu Picchu after we arrive at Inti Punku. After that, we'll leave Machu Picchu and board a bus to Aguas Calientes.

Then, we will transport you to your hotel room. After that, you'll have some free time to stroll about town and check out the hot springs.

Day 2 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel early in the morning. After that, we'll take a bus to Machu Picchu. We will enter the Inca citadel once we have cleared the security checks. You will then be given a thorough guided tour of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca site located in Peru. It was built around 1450 and abandoned a hundred years later when the Spanish conquered the region. The city was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, and since then it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America.

Machu Picchu is an incredible example of Incan engineering and architecture, with terraces carved into steep mountainsides, temples dedicated to the ancient Inca gods, and water canals that still function today. Its stunning location high above the Urubamba Valley makes it a truly awe-inspiring sight to behold.

Our personnel will direct you to the appropriate entry if you have a ticket to the Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain.

We'll take a bus back to Aguas Calientes town after the excursion. When you get there, you can stop for lunch at a local restaurant. The cost of the tour does not include lunch. Afterwards, we'll take a train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon.

Our team will bring you back to your accommodation in Cusco city after you reach Ollantaytambo. We will be arriving at Cusco city around 10:00 pm.

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