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Short Inca Trail 2 Days All inclusive

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  • GROUP SERVICE12 People Per Group
    Adult: $400 Children: $380
    Available: 30 seats
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Departure city: Cusco, Peru
Ends in the city: Cusco, Peru
Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
Availability: Daily Departures
Trip Styles: Hiking
Max Altitude: 2720 M. / 8924 FT.
Lodging Type: Hotel
Difficulty: Moderate
Overview

Hiking the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Short on time? We can work with your schedule to provide you the same experience in a shorter time! This is simply the second half of the four-day Inca Trail Trek. We will take you by bus and train to the starting point of the trek and then make our way by foot to the town of Aguas Calientes at Machu Picchu’s base. The two-day tour is well worth it and far more rewarding than simply taking the train all the way there as you can pause to enjoy your beautiful surroundings before ascending to the ruins.

Many of our clients don’t have the time to spend four days trekking along the fantastic and historic Inca Trail. This is why we offer the trek a two-day option as well. We want to work with you to give you a hike that is personalized to your schedule and needs! This tour is for those looking for adventure, excitement, and a greater understanding of Peruvian history and culture. We welcome all individuals who are willing to adventure with us and have the experience of a lifetime!

In addition to this, you will spend the night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes instead of camping. On both, however, you will get to see the incredible natural beauty and unique historical infrastructure.

Why Take the Short Inca Trail 2 Days?

  • This package allows you to visit the most beautiful archaeological site on the route, Wiñaywayna, while heading to the magical citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • The world-famous Inca Trail is considered one of the best five treks in the world.
  • Travel through the mystery of cloud forests, feel the power of majestic snow-capped mountains, and discover ancient archaeological sites.
  • Feel the powerful energy of one of the 7 Wonders of the World that is the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • This route is designed for travelers who don’t have much time, but who want to enjoy the best of the traditional Inca Trail and a comfortable night’s rest in a hotel.
  • You’ll cover 16 km / 10 mi, so this route is suitable for travelers of all ages or to enjoy as a family.
Itinerary

DAY 1Cusco - Ollantaytambo - KM 104 - Machu Picchu

Visit places
Cusco
Ollantaytambo train station
Km 104
Wiñay wayna
Machu Picchu
Aguas Calientes Hostel

Your adventure begins very early. We’ll pick you up from your hotel’s door at 4:00 a.m., and we’ll travel for approximately 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo. There you can make any last-minute purchases. We’ll head to the train station and board the train at 6:10 a.m. You’ll observe how the sun covers the immense Andean mountains in gold while the train crosses vast fields of cultivation and follows the Urubamba River’s course until reaching Km 104, the starting point of our trek. There we’ll give you a snack that you can enjoy in the middle of the route to recover your energy, and we’ll have a small orientation meeting to go over the last details.We’ll start our walk on the same path as the classic Inca Trail, surrounded by vegetation and always under the gigantic sacred mountains’ watchful eye. After walking for 3 hours, we’ll arrive at the most surprising archaeological site on the entire route (not including Machu Picchu, obviously), the Wiñay Wayna complex (meaning ‘always young’ in Quechua) located at (2,650 m / 8,694 ft). Most hikers don’t stop here to be amazed by its exquisite architecture. You’ll discover a ritual water source, temples dedicated to nature’s forces, and beautiful agricultural platforms. Wiñay Wayna is the perfect place to learn a little more about the impressive history of the Incas.

Again, take time to relax, be silent, and connect with Mother Earth through birdsong or the wind’s refreshing touches. A little further, you’ll see the camps where the people who do the classic Inca Trail spend the night. We will have time to eat our delicious box lunch provided for our company, fill your stomach, and recharge your energies.

We’ll continue our tour and walk to Puerta del Sol from where you will see, for the first time, the impressive architecture of Machu Picchu. The landscape seems as though it’s come out of a dream. It’s a magical place built by thousands of ancient Peruvians that have withstood the test of time, and it appears imposing right in the middle of the mountains and the start of the deep Amazon jungle. Take the opportunity to capture some incredible photos and honor the memory of those who, through their deep relationship with nature, could lift such a wonder.

We still have a long way to go until we reach the citadel itself. At that time, tourists will have already started to leave Machu Picchu, and you’ll be able to enjoy the magical golden light of sunset falling on those immense stone walls with tranquillity. However, the best will come the next day. We’ll take an alternate path that will take us to the exit. There we’ll board a bus to the small city of Aguas Calientes where your hotel is located. Before you can rest comfortably, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner in the town’s best restaurant. Try to get to bed early as you have to wake up before the sun rises.

  • Meals: Snack, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Walking Distance:9 km / 5.59 mi
  • Walking Duration:5 to 6 hours
  • Minimum Elevation:2,040 m / 6,693ft
  • Highest Elevation:2,720 m / 8,924 ft

DAY 2The Most Important Day – Machu Picchu! - Cusco Hotel

Visit places
Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo
Cusco Hotel

After a well-deserved night of rest, the day you have waited for so long has arrived: today, you’ll stroll through the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu’s mysterious streets. Our day begins at dawn. We’ll board a bus that will take us for around 25 minutes to the Inca citadel entrance, and we’ll enter just before the sun begins to paint this special place in gold.

In Machu Picchu You’ll take a guided tour for 2 hours, and then you’ll have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu or feel free to climb up to Huayna Picchu (Be sure to book these tickets in advance). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 6 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train at 16:22 hrs (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 20:00 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now because we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!.

  • Meals:Breakfas.
  • Walking To Machu Picchu:  6 Km / 3.72 miles
  • Tour in Machu Picchu: 2-3 hours exploring
  • Machu Picchu Site Elevation: 2,430 m / 7,972 ft
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation: 2,720 m / 8,924 ft
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation: 3,000 m / 9,843 ft

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Ministry of Culture of Peru is the entity in charge of regulating the use of the Inca Trail and issuing entry permits. To access the Inca Trail it’s essential that you have a permit from the Ministry of Culture that matches the information in your passport exactly: name, passport number, nationality, and age. Only officially licensed tourism agencies can secure these permits, which are not transferable under any circumstances. If you want to change the date of your excursion you have to make sure that there are spaces available on the new date and buy a new permit. They are rules of the Government of Peru that we all must follow. If there are no permits available for the date you want, there are other incredible options to walk to Machu Picchu. We’ll be happy to find the perfect excursion for you.

Trip Info
Inclusions
Packing List
Before You Go
High Quality Service & Safety
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Experienced Guide speaks English and Spanish
  • Medical Kit – First Aid Kit
  • Customer Service 24/7
  • Extra oxygen
Permits & Entrance Tickets
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Circuit (1 or 2)
  • Entrance Ticket to Inca Trail Hike
Transportation
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Day 1: Train Ticket from Ollantaytambo To KM 104 Chachabamba
  • Day 1: Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Day 2  (Return): Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Day 2 (Return):  Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
Meals
  • Meals: 1 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, and 1 Dinners
  • Meals: vegetarian and vegan
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
What Is Not Included?
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

Information Before leaving for the Inca Trail 2 Days

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Inca Trail 2 Days in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Peru Hike offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Peru Hike can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 2 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Peru Hike clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
  • In San Francisco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel in Cusco.

Group tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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Daniel D

Family Traveller

We did the 2-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu on April 1 and 2, 2024. Our guide was Hippolito who was EXCELLENT. Everything was well organized, with a pick-up at our Airbnb in Cusco, to the van to the train to KM104. Hipo came to our place on the evening before the hike to go over all of the details. He is very knowledgeable about the area and history, and adjusted the pace of the hike and the breaks to suit the slowest member of our party of 7 – me! I highly recommend this tour, and please ask for Hipo. My only suggestion to the vendor is to reconsider the restaurant for dinner in Aguas Calientes – they were renovating and the menu was extremely limited.

8 April, 2024

Clark Howard

Group Traveller

Peru Hike did an excellent job of covering all the details for my husband and I on the 2 day Inca Trail, the price was affordable. Our guide, Luis, spoke good English and was informative in explaining the historical, cultural and spiritual aspects of the ancient native peoples. We were inspired and amazed by his knowledge of the ruins throughout the hike. Machu Picchu, is a tremendous wonder the tour became more and more interesting I liked more about the “Intiwatana” or sundial, each place had its magnificent reviews that impact you. This tour was one of our best experiences…. I would take any trekking experience again with Peru Hike.

28 January, 2023

Jared Jack

Group Traveller

My friends and I were recommended to do the 2 day Inca Trail with Peru Hike Company. We went to their office and everything from the beginning was easy, safe and they helped us with all our questions. When they picked us up the next day, everything was well organized and the guides were the best. They gave us a super experience and everything went perfectly. The Inca Trail is an experience of effort that rewards the hiker along the way…. They have impressive landscapes, remains of several Inca constructions to marvel at.
Cheer up, but first prepare yourself for the task, age does not matter if you prepare responsibly.

28 January, 2023

Jared Jack

Group Traveller

What a rewarding and challenging experience on the 2 day Inca Trail! Our end to end excursion in January 2023 was meticulously planned and executed by Peru Hike company, The staff was professional from start to finish.the hotel accommodation in Aguas Caliente was comfortable, the breakfast at the hotel was excellent.we should all do this tour before we die, following the 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is spectacular, our guide told us first hand about its Inca heritage, the chronology and history of this ancient city. Seeing it on a postcard, rather than walking through its streets, you really get to know Machu Picchu. Make sure you are really prepared for the hike.

25 January, 2023

Jason Windson

Group Traveller

Peru Hike did an excellent job of covering all the details for my husband and I on the 2 day Inca Trail, the price was affordable. Our guide, Luis, spoke good English and was informative in explaining the historical, cultural and spiritual aspects of the ancient native peoples. We were inspired and amazed by his knowledge of the ruins throughout the hike. Machu Picchu, is a tremendous wonder the tour became more and more interesting I liked more about the “Intiwatana” or sundial, each place had its magnificent reviews that impact you. This tour was one of our best experiences…. I would take any trekking experience again with Peru Hike.

24 January, 2023
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