Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days
Short Inca Trail is a picture-perfect program for customers without interest in spending long time in the mountains; but still want to feel the charm of trekking through the rainforests and the energetic mountains. The Short Inca Trail offers its dramatic valleys and superb mountain views that rival any other trek in the world – but without the crowds (yet).
This Short Inca Trail highest point is at “Inti Punku” or sun gate Pass (2,750m); which offers unhindered views of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu. Trail starts in the eastern site of Machu Picchu at 2,200m in the zone of Chachabamba; runs with a gentle climb to the pass of “Inti Punku” then descents to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Many people call the sacred trail to Machu Picchu. Our Short Inca Trail is perfect for those interested in natural and cultural highlights; along the trail we’ll explore the Inca ruins of Chachabamba, Wiñayhauyana and Inti Punku.
TIMING: 2 days and 1 night.
STARTING & ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel
DEPARTURE DATES: Daily Departure group service and private service.
TYPE OF TOUR: Cultural, adventure and History
DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate
HOTEL OPTIONS: We use 3-star hotels if you would like higher level, please let us to know.
The two-day Short Inca Trail trekking is a magnificent tour for families, group of friends and couple. You will have the choice to see variable landscapes and diverse ecological lines where a large quantity of birds and hummingbirds live. Also we will see the beautiful vegetation with lovely flowers and mysterious Inca temples.
The Short Inca Trail goes through beautiful scenery like: cloud forest, over the mountains, through high Andean valleys, we’ll climb the steps to the Sun Gate overlooking the peaks that surround Machu Picchu. In this trek we include hotel of 3-stars category in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Guided Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Explore Wiñayhuayna Inca ruins
Visit Inti Punku os sungate
Machu Picchu guided Tour (optional climb Huaynapicchu Mountain).
Free time within Machu Picchu
Day 1: Chachabamba
Board the morning train to Chachabamba (km 104) and hike 11km through staining mountain scenery and enjoy the sunset at “Inti Punku” or Sun gate.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
Full-day will be dedicated to explore Machu Picchu; your guide will explain you all about Machu Picchu; in the afternoon, you will return by train to Cusco – transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CHACHABAMBA – “AGUAS CALIENTES”
Two-day Short Inca Trail begins with an early pick-up from your hotel (at 04:00 a.m) and a 2-hour journey by private van to the Train Station of Ollantaytambo, then we’ll board the tourist train for 1 hour and 45 minutes to the kilometer 104 (Chachabamba) starting point of the trek.
As soon we arrive to Chachabamba, we will cross a bridge to the check-out point and show your passports and the permits then we will start a soft walk by the other side of the Vilcanota River; suddenly the trail heads off to the right towards the Inca ruins of Chachabamba; here we will have information about the Chachabamba Inca ruins.
After a guided tour of Chachabamba; we’ll continue soft climbing toward the Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna here lunch will be served. After the lunch in Wiñaywayna, we’ll continue through a cloud forest to Inti Punku or “Sun Gate” which is the higest pass at 2,750m.
From the sun gate, you will be able to contemplate and observe the sunset at Machu Picchu. From the Sun Gate, the trail descends gently to Machu Picchu. Later the bus will take us down to “Aguas Calientes” town and have hotel accommodations. In the evening, you can go to enjoy the natural hot springs relax and be ready for the next day.
- Hike Distance: 11 kilometers
- Minimum altitude: 2,200 meters above sea level
- Maximum altitude: 2,700 meters above sea level
- Approximate time: 7 to 8 hours
- Gradient: Moderate
DAY 2: “AGUAS CALIENTES” – MACHU PICCHU- OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
After an early breakfast, we’ll board the first bus and take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the “Lost City of the Incas”. You will have 2-hour tour;. We’ll visit the Agricultural site, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Mother Earth, the Quarry of Machu Picchu, Temple of the Condor and the Temple of the Andean cosmology, the Sundial and other interesting places.
Late in the afternoon, we’ll return by train to Ollantaytambo; and will then be transferred by van to Cusco, arriving there in the evening.
SHORT INCA TRAIL INCLUDES
Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and transfer to train station.
Round-trip tourist train (Ollantaytambo to Km. 104 starting point of the 2 days trek to Machu Picchu and “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo or Poroy).
Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees.
2 Bus tickets down, up and down from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes”.
Professional English-speaking guide.
Meals (1 lunchbox, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast).
Overnight accommodation in basic hotel at “Aguas Calientes”.
Transfer to your hotel.
Breakfast on the first day, some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, you can have it on the train and lunch on the last day. You should consider a budget from US$15 to US$25 for each meal in an average restaurant. We will assist you with all local matters.
Entrance to the thermal springs in “Aguas Calientes” US$ 3; this is optional.
Tips for your guide are not mandatory.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars).
- Comfortable footwear.
- Sweater and jacket (something warm).
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
- Sun block (sun protection cream).
- Insect repellent.
- Towel and toiletpaper.
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc.
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at “Aguas Calientes” after the trek).
- You also need to bring your original passport on the trail.
PRICE OF THE TREK
|TYPE OF TRAIN||PRICE PER PERSON|
|Expedition Class||US$ 450|
|Hiram Bimgham class|
Why not arrange your own departure for Short Inca Trail? For you and your party, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs.
PRIVATE SERVICE PRICE
- 2 People US$ 550 pp.
- 3 People US$ 510 pp.
- 4 People US$ 480 pp.
- 5 People US$ 450 pp.