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Short Inca Trail 2 Days / 1 Night

2 Days / 1 Night
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Max. Altitude
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The Express Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

KM 104 - Chachabamba - WiñayWayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
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No permits left for the Inca Trail 4 Days/3 Nights? or you are short on time? No Worries!!! Hiking along the magical Inca trail offers an experience of life time however if you don’t have enough time, we have a great alternative hiking through the short Inca Trail 2 Days/1 Night.
This hike offers a wonderful view of the ancient archaeological sites located into the rainforest such as Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna and Sun Gate where you’ll have the first view of Machu Picchu.


Short Inca Trail 2 Days / 1 Night Short Inca Trail 2 Days / 1 Night Map
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Recommendations
  • Faqs
  • Pricing
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  Overview

This short version of Inca trail is designed for people who are travelling with limited time but want to experience hiking a section of Inca trail. This 2 Days/ 1 Night hike allows you to visit incredible Archaeological sites located along the classic Inca Trail. You also will get stunning views of the landscapes of this ancient trail connecting to the Sun Gate and finally ending in Machu Picchu.

Highlight of this Tour: Wiñaywayna, Sun Gate and Machu Picchubr> Hiking distance: 9Km/5.59 miles
Considerations: Permit Required
Season: March through January

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Ollantaytambo Train station - KM 104-Wiñaywayna - Sun Gate-Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.

  • Day02

    Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Train station - Ollantaytambo-Cusco

  Itinerary
Day 01

Hiking to Machu Picchu

Walking Distance:12km / 7.45 miles
Starting Elevation:2,100 meters ASL / 6889 feet ASL
AguasCalientes Elevation:2,000 meters ASL / 6561 feet ASL
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Hostel
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory
Highlights of today: Hiking on the ancient Inca trail, best trail around the world with unique views and ending in Machu Picchu.

You will be picked up from your hotel at 4 a.m. Following, we will go to the train station and leave on the 6:10 a.m. train, from Ollantaytambo. The train follows the Urubamba River, until we reach Km104, where we'll begin our trek. Along the way, you will see spectacular views of the farmlands, snow-capped mountains and the mighty Urubamba River, one of the sources of the Amazon River. At 104 km (2,000 m), we will begin our trek. Once you have everything you need, we will provide you with a packed lunch, energy drinks and take a group photo, before visiting our first Inca site. After an orientation and tour of the Inca site, we will begin hiking upwards, as we head for the Classic Inca Trail. If the weather is clear, we'll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Sites.

After hiking for three hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail, WiñayWayna (Forever Young) at 2,600 m/8,500 ft. Most people do not get the opportunity to see an elaborate water fountain, temples and some agricultural terraces, which provide a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of the Incas. The backdrop of this site drops off a cliff, with beautiful mountains surrounding the area. From WiñayWayna, we will walk to the Sun Gate, where we will see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views, we will begin our descent to Machu Picchu.

A big advantage of this hike, is that by the time we reach Machu Picchu, most of the day travelers will have returned home, so you will have the area to yourself. After taking photos, we take the bus down to AguasCalientes and head to your hotel. Following, we will head to Indio Feliz for dinner (included). This restaurant is considered to be the best food in AguasCalientes. After dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.

Day 02

Visit the “Lost City of the Incas”

Walking Distance: 8km / 6.100 miles( or bus to Machu Picchu)
Starting Elevation:  2,000 meters ASL / 6889 feet ASL
Machu Picchu Elevation: 2,400 meters ASL / 7961 feet ASL
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals:Breakfast
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory
Highlights of today:Machu Picchu the magic Inka site will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the other Inca Trail trekkers! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint.

We will wake up early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu. You will have a two hour guided tour by your private English speaking guide. After that, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have tickets to Huayna Picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half, round-trip. When you are done exploring, you can either take a bus, or walk, down to AguasCalientes for a free afternoon before your train which will depart later that afternoon back to Ollantaytambo and then we will drive you back to Cusco.

  Inclusions

What Is Included?

  • Professional Guides.
  • Permits: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link).
  • Train Ticket AguasCalientes town to Machupicchu
  • Hotel: This trek includes one night in a hotel in AguasCalientes, the town below Machu Picchu..
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek.
  • Food: We will make sure that you enjoy some amazing food on the way to Machu Picchu.
  • First Aid. (oxygen balloon)

What Is Not Included?

  • Rentals: Because there is no camping on this trek, the only possible needs would be an extra porter, or walking sticks. The items are listed below:
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $15
  • Water bottle
  • Tips
  • Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control.
  Recommendations

RECOMMENDANTIONS

This trek does NOT include porters. You will be carrying all your own things yourself while hiking. Because of this, it is imperative to pack as light as possible. A light backpack is key to feeling great.

PACKING LIST:

  • Passport
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks or bottles are good for this trek.
  • Water for the beginning of your hike. We will resupply you at lunch.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
  • 1 Wicking/Hiking Shirt & hiking pants
  • Nice shirt and pants for Machu Picchu day - remember you will always treasure these photos, wear something you love
  • 2 sets of undergarments including one pair of hiking socks
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Sun hat
  • Bathing suits for the hot springs (Optional on your own in AguasCalientes)
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect Repellent
  • Personal medication
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera
  • IPhone/IPod for music
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

  Faqs

Here some frequently asked question about the Inca trail to Machu Picchu OUR BOOKING SYSTEM

At Vidal Expeditions, we try to make the best of us to booking system works as easy as possible for you, once you decided to do the Inca trail, we will send to you a booking form where you need to complete all the required detail which can’t be changed once it been confirmed, we need a previous deposit of $200USD per person. Once as soon as you paid it we immediately book a spot for the Inca trail once we have done with it, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that all the booking process has set up satisfactorily.

INCA TRAIL PERMITS

To book the Inca trail permit you should do it in advance because there is a limitations about how many people can hike every day in this trail, the capacity is 230 tourists per day. Once your permit is confirmed the start dates and your name there is no way to be changed under any circumstance. According of the government rules the only information permits us to change is the passport number, which you should take care before to confirmed the booking form.

UPDATING PASSPORT NUMBERS

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any government issue ID will be accepted, as long as the name is the same. Also, make sure your passport does not expire six months or less from your trip.

WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO?

Cusco is a big city enough to find different categories of hotels from 2 stars to 5 stars also there are Airbnb places where you can stay without any problem. Cusco streets are narrow specially near to the main square and some streets are pedestrian with some stairs, we will send you a notify for the pick up if is not possible the access with our car and arrange another place to pick you up and drop off. Also is possible to stay in the Sacred Valley near to Urubamba city or Ollantaytambo where we can pick you up 1.20 hour lately than in Cusco. In case you want some recommendations please ask to Vidal Expeditions sales team.

CAN I SPEND AN EXTRA NIGHT IN AGUAS CALIENTES?

Yes. It is possible, if you are ok with taking the same train out of Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is typically at 14:30 or 14:55 that afternoon than there is no additional charge to move the train back a day. If you need us to secure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, this will be an additional cost. If you do choose to spend one more night in Aguas Calientes, make sure you tell the Vidal Expeditions office at least one month in advance, so your train ticket is purchased for the right day.

ALONG THE INCA TRAIL IS THERE ELECTRICITY ALONG THE TRAIL?

Not. The Inca trail is located in the remote places where there is not access to electricity, you should bring an extra battery or power bank for 4 days, you can have change to buy one in Cusco also no cellphone service which we recommended to tell your family you are going to the trail where is not phone signal.

HOW CHALLENGING IS THE TREK?

While you don't need any specific training to do the 4 Day Inca Trail, being fit will help. The best preparation for the trek is treadmill exercises with steep inclines and stairs. With some days of acclimatization in Cusco you will be fine along the trail. The second day will be your toughest day, as you will climb up to the highest peak which is called Death Woman Pass (4215m /13779ft)

DO I NEED HIKING BOOTS?

Definitely, it is always recommendable to wear a light hiking boots if possible. Ones with ankle support are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker. Because you will be climbing, going down so many steps created by the Incas, some of them are slippery as time goes, now uneven and at varying heights, the extra support helps from twisting your ankles.

SHOULD I USE WALKING STICKS?

Walking sticks are always helpful to trekkers, but particularly on this trek. There are so many stairs that you will walk down and all made by the Incas 600 years ago. They vary in height and are not all straight. Using walking sticks can help take the pressure off your knees while doing this portion of the trail. Plus they will help you get up the mountain as well. For those who are bringing your own, make sure you have rubber tips, or the rangers will not allow you to use them. Rubber tips can be purchased in Cusco if you forget before you leave also at the beginning of the trail.

WHERE DO I STORE MY LUGGAGE?

In case you have extra luggage which you not need to bring to the Inca trail all the hotels in Cusco have storage where you can leave your luggage completely free, if you will change your hotel after the trek, we have available our storage in Vidal Expeditions office, get more info with from our office team.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS FAR AS WEATHER?

The weather in Cusco regions and part of the Andes is unpredictable even if the weather forecast says it’s sunny, we can’t trust in it. It is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically April through September is the dry season, November through February is the rainy season and March and October and bridge months - a mixture of both. But the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. Prepare for sun and rain no matter when you come. As far as temperatures go, that is consistent throughout the year. Mornings and evenings are always cold. Make sure to bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and a down jacket for the evenings. Once the sun is up you should be comfortable hiking and touring Machu Picchu in short sleeves. Long pants (yoga or hiking) are encouraged to help from the mosquitos which can be a nuisance in Aguas Calientes.

  Pricing

From: USD 550.00 per person

USD 520.00: from 4 people to more

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