» our hike includes one dinner at the finest restaurtant in «Machu Picchu town, INDIO FELIZ» and hotel stay
One of the best known hiking trails in the world, the Inca Trail near Cusco in the Peruvian Andes is an ancient path, used by Incan pilgrims as the route to the spiritual citadel of Machu Picchu.
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on a less demandingand offers you fascinating ruins of ancient Inca settlemente.
Joining the trail at KM104, our route takes us into the heart of the majestic Andes. Climbing to take in breathtaking vistas, pausing to admire and learn about ancient Inca ruins and walking amongst the fascinating flora and fauna, this Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu culminates with our arrival at the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu. Perhaps a little breathless as much from the view as from the hike, your first glimpse of this ‘new wonder of the world’ promises to be an unforgettable experience.
We rest and relax overnight in the town of Aguas Calientes. With your comfortable hotel room booked in advance, you will have time to explore the town, or perhaps even enjoy the Hot Baths from which the town gets its name. Dining together at one of the best restaurants in the town, we will sample some of the finest Peruvian food while sharing stories of our hike and the excitement of the day to come.
On our second day we rise early take a full tour of Machu Picchu. Our guides are especially selected for their knowledge of Incan culture and history, and so you can be assured of a fascinating and informative tour. There is an option to climb Huayana Picchu mountain (additional cost) once the tour concludes.
With all transfers and tickets booked in advance, we believe this tour offers the perfect combination of an authentic Peruvian hiking adventure and tour of Machu Picchu, but that is less physically demanding than the many multi-day tours available.
So why not join us at Peru By Locals for this unforgettable adventure!
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Overview
Day 1: KM104 – Wiñaywayna – Inti Punku – Aguas Calientes
Day 2: Machu Picchu
Type of tour: Hike, historical
Total distance covered: 12 km / 7.4 miles
Total walking time: 6 to 7 hours
Lowest Elevation: 2150m (7,053 ft)
Highest Elevation: 2670m (8,759 ft)
Good for: anyone with a moderate level of fitness
At PBL we believe it’s important that all of our clients have the opportunity to ask questions about the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (the itinerary, the challenges, what to bring etc) before we start. 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 cash balance for the tour.
Day 1: Following the steps of the Incas
To ensure that we have plenty of daylight hours for the hike ahead, and that we arrive at Machu Picchu in good time, we will collect you from your Cusco hotel early in the morning (the exact time will be confirmed at your briefing). Taking 1.5 hour van to the train station in Ollantaytambo, we join the Expedition train service that takes us to KM104 and the start of our trek. The train journey of around 1.5 hours provides a unique perspective of the surrounding area. Carving along the valley floor, there are photo opportunities galore as we pass by majestic snowcapped peaks, eerie cloud forests and traditional Andean villages.
Arriving at KM104 energised and raring to go, we make one final equipment check before getting underway. Our path immediately takes us onto the short Inca trail, leading us away from the bustle of the train station and into the most beautiful mountain countryside, and the fresh Andean air.
The first half of our hike is a moderate 3 hour climb to the Incan ruins of Wiñaywayna (2,650m). Your guide will set the pace of the hike to suit the whole group, taking breaks to rest whenever needed. 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 and take in the views.
We will have prepared a boxed lunch for you, which we will enjoy together at Wiñaywayna before continuing on. The afternoon begins with a short one hour hike that brings us, breathless with anticipation, to Inti Pinku, or the “Sun Gate”. Nothing really prepares us for our first views 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 instantly unforgettable and we will have plenty of time to take them all in. Our hike of Short Inca trail then concludes with a 40 minute downhill trail to the entrance gates of Machu Picchu, and more photo opportunities.
Here our time on the Short Inca Trail ends and we catch a bus together to Aguas Calientes. We will have dinner together at one of the best restaurants in town «Indio feliz» before you retire to your chosen hotel for a well earned nights sleep.
- 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 even earlier! Your hotel will provide either a buffet or boxed breakfast at 5am, so that we can take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. The 30 minute drive winds steadily upwards to the citadel, and we should arrive to see the most magnificent sunrise over the Andes before taking our place in the queue to enter the site.
We enter the site together and your guide will provide a fascinating tour for around 2-3 hours. The tour is guaranteed to bring the spirit and history of Machu Picchu to life, and your guide will pick a route that avoids the biggest tourist groups, and ensuring that all of the best photo opportunities are covered.
Following the tour, you can either climb Huayna Picchu mountain if you booked the permit in advance or take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to collect your luggage from your hotel. Taking the train back to Cusco at around 3pm, it is the perfect opportunity to relax and reflect on the experiences of the last 2 days. Finally, on arrival in Cusco, you will be met by one of our representatives who will transport you back to your hotel
Inclusions & exclusions
Included on the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu:
- Mini-van transfer to and from your Cusco hotel
- Expedition train service from Cusco to Km 104 (start of the hike)
- Expedition train service from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (this train service can be upgraded to the Vista Dome service at an additional cost of US$ 25 per person).
- One boxed lunch (Day 1)
- Entrance tickets for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- All bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu
- 1 night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes, including breakfast (prices are based on your choice of hotel. See ‘Prices’ section)
- Professional tour guide, knowledgeable in Inca history & tradition, fauna & flora and first aids in the wilderness
- First Aid Kit and Oxygen tank carried by your guide
Excluded on the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu:
- Lunch on Day 2
- Tips for your guide and driver (tipping is optional, and guidelines can be provided)
- Tickets to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains (these can be arranged at an additional cost of US$ 70 per person)
Short Inca Trail – Additional option
- HUAYNA PICCHU (US$ 70) – Huayna (or Wayna) Picchu mountain has a 400 permit per day limit which is divided into two groups; the first group from 7-8 am and the second from 10-11 am. If you would like to climb the mountain we recommend that you notify us at least 2 or 3 months in advance (especially between April and August) so that we can confirm availability and arrange the permit.
Prices with hotels
- Our service is customised to your needs, and our prices are based on the quality of of hotel you would like to stay in after the first day of hiking. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy (please contact us for prices for single occupancy)
Trek price per person;
|Flowers house 3*||Casa andina 3*||Sumaq hotel 4 *||Pueblo hotel 5 *|
- Prices quoted are for a Group Service. We also offer a private service for an additional US$ 60 per person
- Students:$30 (please provide a copy of your ISIC card when booking the hike)
- Children up to 15 years of age will be considered as students (please provide a copy of the child’s passport when booking the hike)
In order for us to reserve your spot on this trek, you are required to send us the following information: full names, passport number, age, gender, nationality and make the relevant deposit as indicated below:
Once you have sent us the information of each person, make your deposit of US$ 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
What to bring
WHAT TO BRING ON THE SHORT INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU?
- Original passport– please remember to bring your current passport (photocopies not accepted). If you have acquired a new one after you made your booking with us, you must bring both the one you used for booking your trip and the new one. This is necessary because the information you provided us at the time of your booking must match with your tickets for the Inca trail.
- Hiking shoes – these should be comfortable/broken in and preferably with ankle support.
- Warm jacket or fleece – early mornings and evenings can be cold, so it is good to have layers of clothing
- Waterproof Jacket
- T-shirts / Lightweight shirts– suggest one per day for hiking, plus one or two spares for the evenings
- Socks– suggest one per day for hiking, plus one or two spare pairs for the evenings
- Sun hat / Baseball cap– we often get long, hot, sunny days hiking
- Lightweight long pants– we recommend hiking pants that you can zip off at the legs and that dry quickly when wet
- Sunscreen– SPF 35+ recommended
- Camera or hone with rechargers*
- Bug repellent– there are mosquitos all year round so make sure you pack your bug spray.
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