We think it’s important that all of our guests have the opportunity to ask questions about the trek (the itinerary, the level of difficulty, what to bring etc) before we start Short Inca Trail with camping
. At a pre-arranged time, your guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing at your Cusco hotel the day before the start of the trek. A Peru by Locals representative will also be available at the briefing to collect any outstanding balance for the tour, in cash.
Day 1: In the footsteps of the Incas
Our adventure starts with a journey by mini-van and then by train. Collecting you early in the morning from your Cusco hotel, we drive for around 1.5 hours to the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo. From here we join the Expedition train service that takes us the remainder of our journey to KM104, and the start of our trek. The train journey provides a unique perspective of the surrounding area. Have your camera at the ready as we pass by majestic snowcapped peaks, eerie cloud forests and traditional Andean villages. Beginning our trek, we immediately find ourselves on the ancient Inca Trail, winding quickly away from the hustle and bustle of KM104 into beautiful mountain scenery, and fresh Andean air! Making a moderate 3 hour climb we arrive at the Incan ruins of Wiñaywayna (2,650m). Perhaps the most beautiful and well preserved ruins on this section of the trail, your guide will provide a comprehensive commentary about the site as you rest, take in the views, and enjoy the boxed lunch that we will have prepared for you. Our afternoon begins with a short 1 hour hike to Inti Punku or the “Sun Gate”, the excitement building as our eyes feast for the first time on the glorious spectacle of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas! Without question one of the most famous ancient sites in the world, these are images that are unforgettable and we will have plenty of time to take them all in. Then, hiking downhill for 40 minutes to the entrance to Machu Picchu, we will have yet more opportunities to view this incredible citadel. This is where our time on the Inca Trail ends and we catch a bus for the short ride to the Puente ruins and our campsite for the night. Everything will have been prepared ahead of our arrival, and so all you need to do is to change into some warmer clothing, relax and enjoy the sumptuous dinner that our chef will have prepared; our reward for the efforts of the day. Quick Facts
- Distance Covered: 12 km / 7.4 miles
- Walking Time: 6 to 7 hours
- Lowest Elevation: 2150m (7,053 ft)
- Highest Elevation: 2670m (8,759 ft)
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Good For: anyone with a moderate level of fitness
Day 2: Machu Picchu Tour
Day 2 starts before dawn! After being gently woken by our crew, you will find that our kitchen team got up even earlier to prepare a delicious breakfast for us. After breakfast we then take an easy 30 minute walk to Aguas Calientes, our departure point for Machu Picchu. Walking the trail with just the pre-dawn to light our way is a unique and tranquil experience! Taking one of the first buses to Machu Picchu this 30 minute drive take us steadily upwards to the citadel, and we arrive to see the sun rising magestically over the Andes. Joining a short queue, we enter the site together and your guide will then provide a fascinating tour of the site. Taking between 2 and 3 hours, the tour is designed to bring the spirit and history of Machu Picchu to life. Whilst there will be many other tourists visiting at the same time, our guides are skilled in orientating the tour to avoid the biggest crowds and to ensure you get access to all of the best photo opportunities. This is, after all, a once in a lifetime opportunity! There are 2 options once the tour is over. If you chose to climb Huayana Picchu mountain, then you can begin your hike immediately after the tour. The ascent takes around an hour, but the views across the Andes with Machu Picchu below are outstanding and well worth the effort. Alternatively, you may choose to simply spend more time immersing yourself in the spirit of Machu Picchu; wandering and wondering at this marvel of ancient engineering and spiritual importance. Having spent about 3 hours of touring in Machu Picchu, eather you climb Huayna Picchu mountain if you booked in advance or we take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. After collecting your luggage from your hotel, we take the train back to Cusco at around 3pm. After the effort and excitement of the last 2 days, this is the perfect opportunity to relax and reflect on the experience. Finally, on arrival to train station, you will be met by one of our representatives who will transport you back to your hotel by mini-van.
In order for us to reserve your spot on this trek, you are required to send us the following information: full names, passport number, age, gender, nationality and make the relevant deposit as indicated below: Once you have sent us the information of each person, make your deposit of US$ 200 per person using PAYPAL below. Once we have both, we will confirm your tour. Thank you so much for choosing PERU by LOCALS. If you have any questions, send us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org