02 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Group Service

02 Day

DURATION 02 Day

8,792ft

MAX. ALTITUDE 8,792ft

Cusco

PLACE Cusco

Cusco

PRICE $ 489

Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Mild

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

Highlights

About Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect option for those who are short on time or not up to the challenge of the full-length Inca Trail. Certainly, combining beautiful scenery, diverse flora, and fauna. And a visit to the Inca Trail’s most beautiful site Wiñay Wayna. Moreover, this trek offers you the best sections of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu condensed into a single day. The Inca Trail hike has a total distance of 10 km / 6.3 miles. This Short Inca Trail 2 days is less challenging and an excellent choice for families with children.

We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail hike (except February when the trail is closed for maintenance). The best time to hike Inca Trail is to book between the months of May and October.

DAY 1: CUSCO – KM 104 – AGUAS CALIENTES

  • Walking Distance – 10km / 6.21 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3350 meters ASL / 10990 feet ASL
  • Highest Elevation – 2730 meters ASL / 8956 feet ASL
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU

  • Starting Elevation – 2050 meters ASL / 6561 feet ASL
  • Highest Elevation – 2400 meters ASL / 7873 feet ASL
  • Difficulty: Easy

Itinerary

THE SMASHING SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU – 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

DAY 1: CUSCO – KM 104 – AGUAS CALIENTES

Firstly, we depart from your hotel in Cusco to start the fantastic Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We will travel by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Secondly, a train will take us roughly an hour down the valley to our starting point of hiking Machu Picchu. Our journey begins at the banks of the Urubamba River. Subsequently, it slowly ascends to meet up with the original Inca Trail hike at the site of Wiñay Wayna. Before continuing to the Sun Gate and on to Machu Picchu citadel.

So, along the way, we will pass through a dense cloud forest with its wide variety of plants, flowers, birds. And if we are lucky, some of the local mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) or the rare Spectacled Bear. We will have the best scenery to see the most impressive of Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Consequently, after a full day of trekking, we will arrive at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon. Meanwhile, we will have our first views of Machu Picchu stretched over the mountain ridge below. The lighting at this hour of the day makes for amazing pictures. After that, descending from the Sun Gate Machu Picchu, we continue along the beautiful paved stone path to hike Machu Picchu. But only to the famous “look-out point” above the central part of the citadel. Subsequently, from here we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes in the valley below for hotel check-in and dinner.

Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar.

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DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU

Likewise, we will rise very early to catch the first bus back up to Machu Picchu trek and enter the site as it opens. After that, there will be 2 hours guided tour of the site to show you some of the essential locations. For example, altars, and constructions. Similarly, here you will learn what we know about the history of this amazing Machu Picchu 2 day tour. And the people who once lived here. Subsequently, if you have the additional permit to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, this will be the time. Meanwhile, in the afternoon, your train will depart Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo where you will carry on by bus to Cusco.

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What´s Included

INCLUDES:

  • 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 to Ollantaytambo
  • Return transportation by bus to Cusco
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Boxed Lunch, 1 Dinner. If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, allergies, etc.), please let us know
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Round-trip Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Water
  • Breakfast on Day 1 & Lunch and Dinner on Day 2.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$85
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – We strongly recommend insurance for the duration of your trip

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • Current university card (discount prices are available to students with proper ID)
  • 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 sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (or an environmentally friendly option)

Prices

GROUP SERVICE FOR INCA TRAIL HIKE- 2020

****Daily Departure****

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
2 or More People US$ 489
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OUR GROUP SIZE:

We offer small groups, not more than 10 people.

Discounts:

  • Group of 5 or more: US$25.00: Must be booked all together
  • Under 18 years old: US$25.00: Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$25.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. In addition, for those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. Similarly, for those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com. More Information about STUDENT CARD

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Departure Dates & Timetable

Departure date for Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • Most importantly, our tour can leave any day of the week, except February, 11 months a year, as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers. Above all, we can leave any day of the week as long as permits are available from the government. Please remember, permits for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are only needed for your START DATE.

Departure time for Inca Trail Hike:

  • Certainly, we depart from Cusco around 04:30 am or 05:30 am. Moreover, it will depend on the location of your hotel in Cusco.

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