2 Day Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu – Group Service
The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a fantastic option for those who don’t have the time or desire to hike the full length of the Inca Trail. With beautiful scenery, a wide variety of flora and fauna on display and a visit to the Inca Trail’s most beautiful site (Wiñay Wayna), you get to enjoy the all the best bits of the Inca Trail condensed in to a one day walk. Covering a distance of just 10km / 6.3 miles the 2 day Inca Trail is not too challenging which makes it perfect for families with children and those on a tight schedule.
2 Day Inca Trail is still available all year
We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed because of its maintenance)
Day 1: Cusco – Km104 – Aguas Calientes
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Our trek today takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We’ll visit beautiful Inca sites , see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains. Covering 10km of the trail our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works it’s way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Winay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
As we make our way to Machu Picchu we’ll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).
After a full days trekking we’ll arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos and with fewer tourists in the site it’s a perfect time to take some pictures of the site. After we’ve passed through the Sun Gate we’ll carry on along the trail a little way before taking a side trail that leads us to Aguas Calientes in the valley below where we’ll check in to our hotel.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
- Pick-up from your hotel.
- Train to Km 104.
- Return transportation by train until Ollantaytambo.
- Return transportation by bus to Cusco.
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Boxed Lunch, 1 Dinner. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- 3 Star Hotel.
- Oxygen bottle.
- First aid kit.
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- 2 Bus journeys between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
Does not include:
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 2.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$85
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
Things to Take
THINGS TO BRING:
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for a discount price)
- Hiking Boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- T-shirts (quick dry)
- Comfortable Trekking Pants
- Sun hat
- Sunscreen (SPF 35+)
- Insect repellant (We strongly suggest NATURAL repellant)
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Flashlite with spare batteries (or a environmental friendly option)
Prices & Dates
Inkayni Peru Tours offers DAILY DEPARTURE, as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers. We can leave any day of the week as long as permits are available from the government. Please remember, permits are only needed for your START DATE. Check Inca trail availibility:
US$439 per person (GROUP SERVICE)
- Students with ISIC CARD: US$25. Please send us the copy of your passport at the booking time.
- Under 18 years old: US$25. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time
- Group of 5 or more: US$25. All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
WHY CHOOSE INKAYNI PERU TOURS?
Inkayni Peru Tours is working continously to become one of Peru’s most responsible tour operators. Ideally we try to keep our groups to a limit of 10 people. Since we fully operate all of our treks, we have complete control over the quality of our service. We want to make sure that you have a great experience on all of our treks and tours.
It is also important that everyone involved in the operation of our services is treated properly and cared for, and that the benefits brought by tourism are shared throughout the Peruvian communities. We now employ professional Peruvian guides (all bilingual), and local porters – the majority of whom have worked with us for over 02 years. All of our porters are picked from one of two mountain villages: Amaru (in the mountains behind Pisac), Cuper Alto (a small community beside Lake Piuray near Chinchero). Since the start, all of our porters have been given free sleeping bags, rain ponchos, backpacks and suitable shoes. All of our porters sleep in a communal tent which has a waterproof floor and they have access to any first aid equipment if necessary. We have provided free life insurance to ALL of our Inca Trail porters. Obviously we hope that the insurance won’t be needed but it should provide our porters and families with security in the event of any accident. We don’t consider these items to be luxuries or any special treatment, we consider them to be the absolute minimum requirements for treating our porters fairly and as fellow human beings. Despite the fact that these men are working very hard to make a living, we try to make their time as enjoyable as possible, along with the guarantee that our porters are respected, paid fairly (above & beyond the accordance with the Porters Law and requirements set down by the Ministry of Labor) and have warm & dry accommodation and plenty of nutritious hot meals to eat. Although many other trekking companies will tell you this, but there are few companies that act to genuinely care for their porters.
Any day that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 trekkers
Small Groups anywhere between 2 – 10 people, to keep your experience unique and assure personalized attention.
Inkayni Peru Tours has high quality equipment. We use 4 man, Eureka Timberline tents that only need to be shared by 2 people.
“THERM-A-REST OR REI” INFLATABLE SLEEPING MATTRESS (Included without extra fee)
THE BEST FOOD FROM THE ANDES MADE BY PROFESSIONAL CHEFS
Inkayni Peru Tours is proud of our Andean foods and our staff loves to eat! We work only with professional chefs!
IMPROVING LIFE AND HELP TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH YOUR TRAVEL
WHEN YOU BOOK WITH INKAYNI PERU TOURS, 5 % OF THE COST OF YOUR TOUR WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE “INKAYNI FOUNDATION”.
In light of the communities where we were born and that saw us grow, laugh, and learn the wisdom of the Andes, most importantly the meaning of Ayni or “sacred reciprocity”, we appreciate our origins here and through our work we seek to support the communities that have supported us.
Inkayni Peru Tours is dedicated to promoting and organizing community projects within the Cusco region. Although tourism plays an important role in Peru´s economy and provides employment for many people, small communities are often denied the direct financial support of large scale commercial tourism.
Our first objectives within the family of Inkayni Tours through organizing community projects will include the distribution of educational materials for children, given that school systems in smaller communities can always use any extra support for the education of the youth. Another objective is to distribute warm clothing to the distant communities, especially those in high altitudes where winter temperatures can reach -15°C (5°F).
The mission of this foundation is to assist the school children of our communities through providing them materials and uniforms, and during certain holidays, organizing special charity events.
1.- Support for Schools:
Every March the foundation selects a specific community to then support between 30 – 40 children. School supplies are then purchased according to what the school requires.
2.- Uniforms for Our Children
Many children in rural communities lack the financial resources for their new uniforms, leaving them no choice but to re-use for up to 2 years. They also will often use the local sandals made from recycled tires instead of shoes. Sometimes, they may not even have backpacks or other supplies.
Thanks to your reservations, the Inkayni Foundation is assisting our children at the beggining of each school year with the purchase of uniforms, including:
3.- Christmas in the Andes
All children anxiously await the arrival of Christmas in the Andes!
Every christmas the Inkayni family travels to a high mountain community to share a moment of joy with the local children. Through a simple Christmas breakfast and gifts, along with some dancing and lots of playfullness, we bring out lots of smiles from children and elders alike.
SUSTAINABLE COMPANY AND ECOLOGICAL TOUR
Inkayni Peru Tours is an ecological organization with sustainable values.
We believe that respect and love for our beautiful planet (Pacha Mama) is very important and absolutely necessary in order to enjoy and celebrate life. To honor and take care of her is our duty. This implies maintenance for this beautiful land so that our clients who visit from far away may enjoy a pristine environment.
1. Inkayni Peru Tours practices LEAVE NO TRACE at all times. All trash generated during treks is carried out to proper facilities.
2. Low Environmental Impact practices. In all of our hikes we use only biodegradable materials (soaps, detergent, biodegradable bags among others).
3. Constant training for our staff:
We educate all our personel to be respectful with nature; to always carry-out all trash, to reuse or recyclable products when possible, and to provide them with newer ecological products like solar lamps, etc.
4. Yearly Cleaning Campaigns on the trails:
We organize annual campaigns with all the Inkayni Staff (Guides, cooks, porters, office staff, and anyone who wants to participate in these activities). All forms of waste is collected and removed on the trails to Machu Picchu, Inka Trail, Salkantay and Lares..
STAFF ATTENTION: Looking after our Porters
We seek as many positive adjectives as possible for our staff. These porters are kind, sincere, and joyous individuals with enormous hearts who will receive you in each campsite with big smiles, as if you are being welcomed by family members. These are men that come from communities high in the Andes, typically above 4,000m (above 13,000ft), where Quechua is the dominant language.
These men are the ones in charge of making this experience possible. They carry all of the food, equipment, supplies and are also available to support you whenever necessary. These Supermen or heroes must depart from each campsite after our hikers leave and also arrive to the next site before our hikers in order to prepare the next meal and ready the tents at each site. Our cooks and porters are the principle force sustaining all of our expeditions.
Inkayni Peru Tours works each day in order to offer the best facilities and optimum conditions of work such as:
Uniforms for Treks:
Shoes, Proper Packs, Sleep Bags, Sleeping Mats, and Waist Support Belts, as well as the most important element – an appropriate nourishment before and throughout the trek.
The Peruvian Government has created laws that protect and support all porters to implement the best working conditions. Unfortunately there are still companies that take advantage of porters, forcing many to carry more than the maximum 25 kg without paying an appropriate salary.
Inkayni was created with the objective to create the necessary changes by making an example of ideal conditions that other agencies may also adopt, as well as the respect that this rigorous work deserves, starting with a salary that honors their impressive physical labor. Our porters shall not carry a weight of more than 18 kg and shall also receive a better salary for their time and service.
We recognize that we form a part of the communities that saw us come into this world; that taught us to grow, laugh and learn the wisdom of the Andes, most importantly the principle of Ayni or sacred reciprocity. We honor our origins and we work hard to support our cooks and porters so that they may then support their respective families. Inkayni assumes the responsibility to improve the quality of life for our family of porters.
It is critical that our staff receives proper nutritional meals during all treks to account for rigorous physical activity.
Payment on time
As soon as each trek is concluding, our staff is paid on the spot by a representitive from our office so that our porters may return home to their communities instead of traveling to our office in Cusco.