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2 Day Inca Trail

Overview

The Inca trail is without doubt one of the most beautiful trails in the Americas and, therefore an unforgettable experience which shouldn’t be missed. But what if it is already sold out on your planned vacation date? Or if you simply don´t feel like four days hiking?

Maybe then the Short Inca trail of two days and one night is something for you.

On this trail you will still visit Machu Picchu and the most beautiful Inca site on the trail itself which is Wiñay Wayna. And you will enter via the Sun Gate to enjoy a beautiful view over Machu Picchu.

  • Departure: On request
  • Service: Guided group tour
  • Language guide: English and Spanish
  • Tour Category: Cultural, Historical, Adventurous, Nature, Trekking

Tour description

Day 1: Hiking to Machu Picchu

Very early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel. With a van you will go to Ollantaytambo where you will go by train direction Aguas Calientes. It is a beautiful ride through a landscape of farmland, snow peaked mountains and you will see the river Urubamba.

At km 104 you will leave the train and you can start your trek after having received your box lunch and drinks. First we start with visiting the first Inca site of this trek. Then you go hiking upwards direction the famous Classic Inca Trail. After 3 hours you will reach the beautiful Inca site Wiñay Wayna (2600m), which means Forever Young. Of course the guide will show you this amazing site and tell about the wonderful Inca history.

After this visit you continue walking to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From here we you have a spectacular view on the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. Then we descend to reach the Lost City of the Incas, the views on Machu Picchu just get better and better!

After taking photos, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. You will check in to your hotel and at night you will have dinner in one of the best restaurants of Aguas Calientes.

Day 2: Visit Machu Picchu

Today you get up early to beat the crowds and reach the site before most other tourists. You will go by bus up to Machu Picchu and have a guided tour of 2 hours on this magical place, considered as one of the seven modern world wonders! You will see temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. It is still partially a mystery how the Inca´s built this city without any modern tools: True engineering ingenuity.

After this guided tour you could visit Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu. These options need to be booked in advance and are not included in the basic price. It takes around three hours to hike up and down.

Another option is to walk to the Incan Bridge.

Then you will descend by bus to Aguas Calientes where later in the afternoon you will take the train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where you will continue by bus going back to Cusco to your hotel.

Included

Included in the tour:

Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish).

All transportation: The van from your hotel in Cusco to Ollantaytambo, the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back, the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back and the van from Ollantaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco.

Entrance fees: This includes the permit to enter to the Inca trail and the entrance fee to Machu Picchu.

Food: 1 lunch (day 1), 1 dinner at a restaurant (day 1) and 1 breakfast at hotel (day 2). A bottle of water is provided the first day. It is recommended to bring more drinks on your own.

Accommodation: A nice hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Not included:

Walking sticks. It is possible to rent these items.

Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day.

Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu.

Price

Price of this tour is 500 USD per person.

Students can get a discount of 25 USD. Please send us a copy of your student card.

If you wish to hire additional equipment:

Walking Sticks (Pair): 10 USD

If you want to include a visit to Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu we will charge you an additional 75 USD.

Private Tour

Instead of a group tour it is also possible to do this tour as a private tour. This means more, personal attention from the guide and more flexibility during the tour.

The price of a private tour depends on the number of participants:

$ 625.00 Per person, when booking with 2 people

$ 600.00 Per person, when booking with 3 people

$ 575.00 Per person, when booking with 4 people

$ 555.00 Per person, when booking with 5 people

$ 525.00 Per person, when booking with 6 people

Practical information

What to bring

Backpack with rain shelter

Trekking shoes

Slippers or sandals for showers and hot springs (optional in Aguas Calientes)

Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater

Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/t-shirts

Rain poncho and a hat

Bathing suit for the hot springs

Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle or Camelbag, toiletries and toilet paper

Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries

Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles

Weather Conditions

It is impossible to predict the weather during a trek. Dry season in the region of Cusco is from April until October. In the other months you can expect a lot of rain. But in the mountains it is not possible to predict the weather accurately. It also can rain during dry season. Because of the many micro-climates you will pass, the weather can change drastically during one day.

You will have to be prepared for all weather conditions: warm and cold, dry and wet. Bring proper rain gear and a warm winter jacket, also bring gloves. Layers are always a good answer on the changing weather conditions.

Altitude

Here in Cusco and during a trek you are at quite a high altitude. This can cause altitude sickness, especially the first days. This is because there is a lot less oxygen in the air than at sea level and your body needs some time to adjust to that. Symptoms are mostly mild like: headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, trouble sleeping and trouble breathing during exercise. If you get these symptoms, they mostly go away after a few days.

What can you do about altitude sickness:

Take your time to acclimatize, take it easy the first days. It is better the first days not to do hard physical activities.

Drink lots of fluids like coca tea or water, but don´t drink alcohol or coffee.

You can visit your doctor before going to Peru and get medication against the altitude.

Health and Fitness

A trek means multiple days, walking longer distances, at a higher altitude. So it definitely will help if you are in a reasonably good shape and bring an adventurous attitude. It is highly recommended to acclimatize to the altitude a few days before you do a trek. If you think you have concerns about your health, we recommend you visit your doctor first. Let us know about any health issues that could affect your trek.

Insurance

We strongly recommend you take a travel insurance going on vacation to Peru and doing a trek. Having a travel insurance will help you and avoid a lot of problems in case you need medical assistance or you lose your luggage for example.

First aid

On your trek there will be an emergency first aid kit available including oxygen. Your tour guide has received a training in first aid.

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