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Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days

Short Inca Trail 

TWO DAYS TOUR

From Hotel to hotel
$ 450 Per Person
  • All Required Transportation
  • Tour Guide + Hotel
  • Entrance fees

Trekking the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the combination of awe-inspiring wilderness, vibrant culture and picturesque mountain scenery

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.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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.

TIMING

2 Days /1 Night

TRADITIONAL

Adventure trip

LIVE TOUR GUIDE

Spanish, English

ACOMMODATION

3-stars hotel

Trip Information

SHORT INCA TRAIL OVERVIEW

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.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

  • 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

BRIEF ITINERARY FOR SHORT INCA TRAIL

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 SHORT INCA TRAIL 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.
  • 3 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.
  • First-aid kit

NOT INCLUDED

  • 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

  • Daypack.
  • 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.
  • Camera.
  • 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

 TYPE OF TRAIN PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition Class US$ 450
 Vistadome class US$
 Hiram Bimgham class 

PRIVATE DEPARTURES

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 FOR SHORT INCA TRAIL

  • 2 People US$ 550 pp.
  • 3 People US$ 510 pp.
  • 4 People US$ 480 pp.
  • 5 People US$ 450 pp.

HOW TO BOOK A TOUR

How to book to book a trip? … you will need to complete a reservation form and pay a non-refundable deposit that you can make by using our online booking function for most trips, or submit your reservation form and deposit it at our office or travel agent. We can also help you with any additional arrangements you may need, such as competitive airfare to your destination, stopovers, pre-trip or post-trip accommodation, or any additional trips you wish to take.

CHANGING MONEY

Cash points/ATMs are widely available and are the safest and easiest way to access cash.

Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the region. We recommend that you bring yours along in case you see something special, which you hadn’t budgeted for.

Please note credit cards cannot be used to pay for Optional Activities.

It is advisable you notify your bank or credit card issuing company of your intention to travel as for security reasons, banks and credit card companies sometimes blocks cards when withdrawals are unexpectedly made overseas.

British pounds, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged in Peru and are an alternative to using ATMs. US dollars cash can also be used for some purchases

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

There are two USD rates of exchange in Peru, the bank rate and the street rate, and these rates can be significantly different. Banks will buy your USD, but they will rarely be able to give you USD in exchange for another currency. As such, the functioning exchange is the street rate, which is not as favorable if you want to purchase USD.

Therefore, we highly recommend that you bring USD with you to pay for your tours.

Upon arrival to Peru airport it is advisable to cash up about USD100. This will cover any expenditure on your Cusco sightseeing day and give you flexibility until you need to change more money where you can get a better exchange rate.

On your trip you will be given the opportunity to change money at either a bank or hotel.

SPENDING MONEY

Based on past experience, we recommend at least Peruvian soles 200 – 500 (approx USD 120 – 150) per day to cover your normal expenses including sightseeing, small souvenir shopping and meals. If you wish to purchase expensive souvenirs, you will need to budget for more, or use your credit cards for these purchases.

Remember, this is a rough figure only and spending habits vary greatly between individuals according to their budget and habits!

MEALS

Your included meals for the tour are detailed in the ‘Inclusions’ section of this document.

Breakfasts are included every day in all your trips (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.

When included, evening meals are in local restaurants or you place of accommodation and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or SUNRISE PERU TREK trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

If you allow USD 20 per day in Peru for meals not included you will be able to eat fairly well.

GRATITUDE

Although you may not be accustomed to tipping at home, tipping (known locally as ‘baksheesh’) is an important way of life in Peru and is something that is done by locals as well as tourists.

When travelling with top deck, tips are already included on anything that forms part of your itinerary, including bus/coach drivers, included meals, hotel staff, local guides, etc. This includes your SUNRISE PERU TREK tour leader. That means you do not have to tip for any of these included services!

However, you will need to tip for services that are not included, so please take this into consideration when working out your budget. For example, you will need to tip at non-included meals when you pay for the meal yourself, even if your Trip Leader has helped organize it, and you will need to tip for anything you do on your free time.

Your Trip Leader can advise you what an appropriate tip amount is. A general rule when tipping is if the service warrants it, tip what you think is a fair amount, and if you do not think so, then do not tip or tip less than normal. Also, do not get bullied into tipping and disregard any comments that you have not given enough.

ENTRANCE FEES

Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.

INSURANCE

Is compulsory for all passengers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before the trip departs covering cancellation, medical expenses including repatriation, loss or damage to baggage and personal belongings, money and personal liability.

You must bring a copy of your travel insurance policy with you on the trip.

Your Trip Leader will make a record of your travel insurance details at the start of your trip, e.g. the name of the insurance company, the 24 hour emergency telephone number, and your policy number. These will be sent to our operations team to ensure that if you lose your policy details, they can be easily retrieved.

TRANSPORT

Depending on your trip, you could be travelling in a modern air-conditioned coach or mini-buses, or tourist train.

Importantly we own all of our coaches, meaning we can be sure they are well serviced and of a high standard. The quality of all other types of transport has been thoroughly checked and verified by our local offices to ensure they meet our specific requirements. All transport is included in your trip price, and will ensure you arrive at each destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We want to make sure you’re having the time of your life while travelling with us. Therefore, if you suffer from any kind of medical condition or allergies, we will need to know at the time of booking, or at least 2 weeks prior to the departure of your Tour.

If you require regular medication, you must have a sufficient supply before your trip departs, as it may be difficult to obtain while travelling. You must be able to administer your own medication.

Strict food and water hygiene is essential to avoid diarrhoea. Make sure food has been properly prepared, drink only boiled or bottled water and keep in mind that ice will likely come from tap water. Also take precautions against insect bites and sunburn. During the hot summer months it is advisable to carry bottled water in your day-pack at all times.

VACCINATIONS

We recommend that you ensure your tetanus, diphtheria, typhoid, polio and hepatitis vaccinations are up to date. Please consult a medical practitioner for the relevant requirements prior to travelling.

SAFETY NOTE

If you are arriving a few days before the start of your Tour, please be advised not to accept offers from people to visit specialty shops or to take guided tours. These people are not associated with SUNRISE PERU TREK and therefore we can’t be responsible for the service you receive from them. Your SUNRISE PERU TREK trip includes professional guides who will accompany you to all the sites mentioned in your itinerary.

 CONTACT US

Should you encounter any difficulties meeting your transfer from the airport to the starting hotel, depending on which country you are in you can contact a SUNRISE PERU TREK representative on the following:

Mauro Pedraza – Operations Manager
Mobile: +(51) 984 734633

Henrry Chauca – Operations
Mobile: +(51) 950 313131

Sharon Ovalle – SUNRISE PERU TREK Representatives Supervisor
Mobile: +(51) 974 359484

IN CASES OF EMERGENCY

While we hope you never have to use it, if for any reason you need to contact someone from SUNRISE PERU TREK, whether it be that you have missed a trip departure meeting, have become separated from your trip on the road or any other unforeseeable problem, the following options are available to you.

Cusco Office

Your best recourse to assistance during the day is to call our team between 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-4pm.
Telf: +51 84 237404

Emergency Contact

If you need to contact SUNRISE PERU TREK outside of the above hours the following number is available:
Mobile: +(51) 984 734633

Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours. Thank you.

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Questions And Answers

It is an Inca archaeological site; Machu Picchu is an outstanding reminder of the power and ingenuity of the Inca civilization. Built in the 15th century, the ancient citadel was abandoned only 100 years later and many mysteries remain. Machu Picchu was Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1983 and announced as one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007; it is the most important tourist destination in the world

At 100 kilometers from the city of Cusco at an altitude of 2,400masl; is located overlooking the Urubamba River, the site of Machu Picchu sits above the Sacred Valley – located in the Cusco region of Peru.[/

To get to Machu Picchu you can walk along the Inca Trail for 2 days or 4 days; you also can take the train from the train station of Ollantaytambo (1:45 hours) or from Poroy (3 hours); or you can take bus for 6 -7 hours

The good news is Machu Picchu can be visited year-round. The most popular time, and therefore the most crowded, is in June, July and august. Low cloud cover during the dry season from April to October also means cold nights on hiking trails – so make sure to bring some thermals for a good night’s sleep. The wet season takes place from November to March. This is when the temperature rises and the region receives heavy rainfall.

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