Short Trail to Machu Picchu
(2 Days / 1 Night)

Trek Machu Picchu Tours – Inca Trail

Hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the so-called Lost City of the Incas. There are many well-preserved ruins along the way, ecosystems & great views.

Tour Description

Today, hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the so-called “Lost City of the Incas”. There are many well-preserved ruins along the way, variety of eco-systems and dazzling scenery. The Inca trail is one of the world’s most important trekking and camping routes and is possible to get there in 2 days/1 night or 4 days/3 nights and find the altitude between minimum 2600m – 8528ft; maximum 4200m – 13776ft…Our classical 2 days group service trek is the most popular trek to Machu Picchu. With this trek service you can join one of our groups and find variety of like-minded people from all over the world. This service is perfect for couples and small groups of friends.

• Length :12Km / 7,45645 Miles
• Length per Day :Day01: 12 Km Day02: Guided tour in Machu Picchu
• Min elevation :2000 Meters high / 6561.679 Ft
• Max elevation :2750 Meters / 9022.309 Ft.

The short Inca trail, or.  2 days Inca trail is a fantastic short trekking trail to Machu Picchu. a fantastic trail which is a sort of sacred dream path. Walking by this short Inca trail, from the other treks to Machu Picchu, in the 2 days Inca trail, you can enjoy the pure nature of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Park, the 2 days Inca trail, is a challenge trek enables to people to taste a little bit the Inca trail, to those hikers that they don’t have much time to walk the longer Inca trail, it’s advised to people who finds very hard altitude acclimatizing, because in this short Inca trail the maximum elevation is 2.720 masl. Great hike for slow trekkers, for those who nature but not spend the night in tents, in the short version of Inca trail we use a hostel or a hotel, so the short Inca trail is fantastic because combines nature and contort. An impressive trail with fabulous landscape, valley, the fantastic Urubamba or Willcamayu river, Inca archaeological places along the trail, a great example of the Inca culture knowledge, in architecture, and the respect to nature, many flowers including lots of variety if orchids, birds like in a nature theater will play fantastic harmonic music. To explain the trail, is just difficult, a lot to say, and a lot words, but still not enough sufficient, but maybe if I tell you that when you walk this 2 days inca trail what really amazes people is.

Highlights of Tour

• Fantastic trip along the Sacred Valley until KM104 ( starting point of the Inca Trail )
• Inca ruins at Wiñayhuyna and Machu Picchu.
• Awesome views along the hike on the first day.
• Machu Picchu & HuaynaPicchu.
• Stay one night at the comfortable hotel in Aguas calientes.
• Hot springs in the town

Pricing and Reservations

Short Trail to Machu Picchu (2D/1N)

Hotel Hatun Inti Classic or La Cabaña
• $495 USD per Person
• (based on DWB or TWIN STANDARD room)

Hotel Hatun Inti boutique or La Cabaña
• $535 USD per Person
• (based on DWB or TWIN SUPERIOR room)

Hotel Casa Andina/El Mapi Inn/Taipikala/Tierra Viva
• $580 USD per Person
• (DWB or TWIN standard room)

Hotel Casa Andina/El Mapi Inn/Taipikala/Tierra Viva
• $595 USD per Person
• (DWB or TWIN superior room)

Optional Add-ons
• $65.00 – Entrance to Huaynapicchu – Short Trail

Schedule and Duration
What's Included
What's NOT Included
What to Bring

Important note:

Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to the 2 Day Inca Trail, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu montaña even to MACHU PICCHU, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out… (For 4 Day Inca Trail 500 available entrances) (For Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu montaña only 400 available entrances) Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 65 each) Note: The tickets cannot be modified, exchanged or refunded once confirmed!!!In February: the 2 Days & 4 Days Inca Trail are closed for maintenance

Information from Peruvian Authorities
Additional Important Information
Important New Trail Regulation

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Short Trail to Machu Picchu (2 Days / 1 Night)

Detailed Travel Program

Short Trail to Machu Picchu (2D/1N)

The path continues descend to cloud forest crossing a nice waterfall and then arrive to the impressive Wyñay Wayna ruin, where you will have completely guided tour. Next to Wyñay Wayna ruins are facilities to use toilets and buy drinking water and short rest on the urban area of terraces. We walk slow following the ancient Inca Trail and getting the best view of the Urubamba Canyon and passing the cloud forest up to the final pass named Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From here you will have unforgettable scenery of Machu Picchu ruin and Wayna Picchu Mountain. At 3/4pm we arrive to Machu Picchu gate, if you like we can wait out or inside the ruins for nice sunset over the ruins…This is an outstanding mini-trip for those wanting “a taste” of the Inca Trail, but either lack the interest or the time for the full 4-day Inca Trail. There is one day of hiking; second day is at Machu Picchu.
Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 People per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.

Highlights of Tour
• Fantastic trip along the Sacred Valley until KM104 ( starting point of the Inca Trail )
• Inca ruins at Wiñayhuyna and Machu Picchu.
• Awesome views along the hike on the first day.
• Machu Picchu & HuaynaPicchu.
• Stay one night at the comfortable hotel in Aguas calientes.
• Hot springs in the town

Tour Itinerary

Short Trail to Machu Picchu (2D/1N)

Short Trail to Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu 2D/1N

Important new trail regulation INC (Instituto Nacional De Cultura):
Please note the INC has confirmed a 50% increase on the Inca trail fee for trekkers and porters but from August not January 2007 as previously indicated..

(1) A Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 People per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.
(2) Your passport details and ISIC student card if applicable must be presented to the UGM park control to obtain a permit. You most scan / fax your valid ISIC card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk losing your permit. YOUTH TRAVEL CARD or ISTC is not accepted by the control.
(3) We have daily departures for the 4 day Inca trail (except in all February) and from May to October (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 3 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date.
(4) For lower season dates November to April there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.
• Length :12Km / 7,45645 Miles
• Length per Day :Day01: 12 Km Day02: Guided tour in Machu Picchu
• Min elevation :2000 Meters high /6561.679 Ft
• Max elevation :2750 Meters / 9022.309 Ft.

Day OneDay Two

Day 1

2D/1N Inca Trail – Urubamba – Km104 – Aguas Calientes by INKA RAIL Overnight at comfortable Hotel (Box lunch and D)

After your buffet breakfast at the hotel, picked up and transfer to the train station of Poroy (It takes 25 minutes) where you will have fantastic journey through the sacred valley of the Incas and the remote canyon of Vilcanota to Aguas Calientes village. You will enjoy an amazing cloud forest journey of just over 3 and half hours till kilometer 104 (starting point of our trek). As soon as we arrive to this point , we will cross a bridge to the check point and show your passports and student cards ( If is applicable ) then we will start a soft walk into the other side of the Vilcanota River the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit this impressive Inca ruins with buildings on stone, we`ll continue the trail road most of it on stone steps, heads south and begin climbing the mountain, great views around of the high jungle area and mountains, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall.

After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñay Huayna, steps to climb to reach the superior edifications described as temples. We will have plenty of time for a guided exploration sorted by our experienced guide and time to explore and pictures in our own. By the time we arrive to this complex it won’t be crowded, because most trekkers headed to the Sun gate and Machu Picchu. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 liters of water. After lunch in Wiñay Huayna ruins we continue through a cloud forest full of bromeliads, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features stone steps and tambos, resting places, and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the Inti Punku or “Sun`s Gate”. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe this marvelous place, last 45 minutes to be on front of this wonder, where you can feel an inner peace. Spend a short time for pictures and views then we prepare our mind for the next early morning, time to take a bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Hot springs pools are optional or just free time to chill out at this small village….Tips: After your dinner, try to sleep early and be ready for the glorious day in Machu Picchu the next day … No alcohol & discos for now!!!

Day 2

Private Guided tour to the WONDER of the world “Machu Picchu “& Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu Montaña: Optional) (B)

This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, you will be picked up from your Hotel very early (BEFORE the BIRDS SING) our guide will meet you at your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00am to aboard the first touristic and shared bus to drop off you at the main door where you have to show your original PASSPORTS and ISIC Cards ( if applicable ) at the check point , and then try to be the first visitors inside of the wonder of the world Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture.

After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel. Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 15 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel.

Important note:

Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to the 2 Day Inca Trail, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu montaña even to MACHU PICCHU, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out… (For 4 Day Inca Trail 500 available entrances) (For Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu montaña only 400 available entrances) Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 65 each) Note: The tickets cannot be modified, exchanged or refunded once confirmed!!!In February: the 2 Days & 4 Days Inca Trail are closed for maintenance

Information from Peruvian Authorities
Additional Important Information
Important New Trail Regulation

Tour Details

Start Time:
• 10:00 am

Duration:
• 2 Days

Pricing and Reservations

Short Trail to Machu Picchu (2D/1N)

Hotel Hatun Inti Classic or La Cabaña
• $410 USD per Person
• (based on DWB or TWIN STANDARD room)

Hotel Hatun Inti boutique or La Cabaña
• $475 USD per Person
• (based on DWB or TWIN SUPERIOR room)

Hotel Casa Andina/El Mapi Inn/Taipikala/Tierra Viva
• $465 USD per Person
• (DWB or TWIN standard room)

Hotel Casa Andina/El Mapi Inn/Taipikala/Tierra Viva
• $485 USD per Person
• (DWB or TWIN superior room)

Optional Add-ons
• $65.00 – Entrance to Huaynapicchu – Short Trail

Schedule and Duration
What's Included
What's NOT Included
What to Bring

Inca Trails FAQ and Additional Information

Short Trail to Machu Picchu (2D/1N)

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Inca Trail Preparations

The maximum altitude reached is 4200m above sea level. On the second day of the trek you will climb nearly 1200m. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. Try walking 15km in a day or go to the gym in the months leading up to the trek. The good news is that virtually everyone who starts the trek finishes it!.

Altitude Effects

At higher altitudes the air pressure becomes less and the air becomes thinner. This creates a shortage of oxygen for your body. This effect is noticeable at altitudes of over 3000m above sea level. Cuzco is at an altitude of 3400m and the highest point on the Inca trail is at 4200m. At this height a lungful gives you about 50% less oxygen than at sea level. To help compensate for this reduced amount of oxygen you have to breathe twice as fast and your heart has to work much harder to pump the oxygen around your body. Your body also tries to concentrate the number of red blood cells (which carry the oxygen). This is done by getting rid of excess fluid (urinating more frequently) and by producing more red blood cells although the latter process may take a week. On reaching heights above 3000m, heart pounding and shortness of breath are a normal response to the lack of oxygen in the air. However, for some visitors these symptoms can deteriorate into a conditions known as Soroche (or acute mountain sickness) when you can start to experience headaches, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness, sleeplessness and often nausea. Symptoms usually develop within the first day or two at altitude, but may be delayed by up to 2 weeks. To prevent Soroche, try to take things easy as soon as you arrive. Once settled in your hotel room has a lie down for a while and drinks plenty of fluids. Don’t plan any strenuous treks until you’ve acclimatized for a few days. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. Drinking mate de coca (an infusion of coca leaves) may help. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. On recovery one can re-ascend slowly or in stages. The drug Diamox is often used by many visitors to speed the acclimatization process and counter the symptoms of Soroche. It can now be purchased in most pharmacies in Cuzco.

What to Bring (Packing List)

Backpack (we will provide one if you forgot to bring it), sleeping bag (included on all superior, premium and luxury treks), rain jacket, strong footwear such as hiking boots with ankle support, one complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cuzco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunglasses and high factor sun protection, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper (we also provide this), camera and spare batteries (there is nowhere to charge your camera during the trek). We recommend that you buy a walking stick/trekking pole at the start of the trek which can also be taken with you as a memento. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek. Photocopies are not acceptable.

What does the company provide?

The company provides all camping equipment, communication equipment, chemical toilets, individual tents, dining tents, dining chairs, mattresses, all fresh food, cooking equipment, cooking gas, drinking water and portable showers. Sleeping bags and pillows are provided on all superior, premium and luxury treks along with a personal masseuse and yoga instructor. We also provide a cook, cook’s assistant, and all porters to carry all equipment. A qualified English speaking guide who is trained in first aid with a portable oxygen tank will be the leader of the trek. On all Luxury treks, a company assistant will also be present to assure that a very high level of service is given. Please note that the personal tents are not in the same style as African safari tents due to the size and weight limitations that porters are allowed to carry. Everything available to you on this adventure will have been carried by the team of porters.

Porter’s Conditions

The working conditions of our porters are very important to us. We select porters who are not only reliable, hard working and honest but also who can play musical instruments, recite Quechua stories and sing Quechua songs. It is important that our porters are happy working for us and are committed to staying with the company for long term. To ensure this, we provide amongst the highest porter’s salaries in the industry, we also provide comfortable working conditions, their own sleeping tent, individual mattresses and very good food, not the left- over’s of the group. Our porters have recognized this and are the most company loyal porters in the entire region. We are proud of this and will continue to provide superior conditions for our porters, amongst the most hard working and diligent people we have ever come across.