SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU

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SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT TO MACHU PICCHU

  • LOCATION: Machupicchu
  • TYPE OF TOUR TREKKING, ADVENTURE
  • DURATION: 2 DAYS AND 1 NIGHT
  • AVAILABILITY: EVERY DAY
  • HIGHLIGHTS: INCA TRAIL, WIÑAYWAYNA, MACHU PICCHU
  • MAX. ALTITUDE 2700 msnm/ 8858 ft.
  • DIFFICULTY: MODERATE TO CHALLENGING
  • BEST SEASON: MARCH TO DECEMBER
  • GOOD FOR: Over 16 years old, People who like adventure and nature with considerable levels of physical activity for walking. Those in moderate shape, or better.

This is one of the best-known hiking routes in all South America and the most important of Perú; walking around the Inca Trail will be the most unforgettable experience in your life.

You will walk by the same way that the ingenious Incas walked 5 centuries ago, this is something indescribable, find huge buildings in the high of the mountains, someone in the valleys and at the edge of cliffs will make you imagine the big effort they did to build the well-preserved stoned Trails.

Until now, these are the witnesses of the astonishment of the people who arrive from different places around the world to live this great experience.

This trail will let you arrive in the citadel of Machu Picchu, as it made them with the Incas.

IMPORTANT

You have two options to go in this hike, the traditional 4 days Inca trail that due to the restrictions of the Peruvian Government with the desire to preserve the trail only provides 500 spaces per day.

Into this quantity is included, tourists, porters (carriers), tour guides and cookers, for this reason, we recommend making your reservation 4 months in advance or 6 months in advance of your trip if this will be between May to September.

Also, you have this version, a short Inca Trail 2 days, this for those people who don’t have enough time, this option is easier, you have availability every day, but you must book weeks in advance.

The Trail can be done by any person and any age but for physical conditions, we suggest from 12 years old, you don’t have to be an athlete but in a good shape to walk (we make this trail with 65 and 70-year-old people).

The difficulty is more for the altitude, the hike is in a tourist rhythm (this is not a rush), we go slow and have breaks.

We recommend for all the travelers and groups who want to go on the Inca Trail, arrive in Cusco at least 1 or 2 days before the trek departure to acclimatize very well, where you can do other activities in our nice city.

WHAT DO WE DO FOR YOU?

  • We give you the clearest information of the market and we put at your disposal several ways of contact (E-mail, Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype, Web Messenger) where we answer your questions at any time (Honest Tour without surprises).
  • We reserve your entrance to the Inca Trail and the citadel of Machu Picchu plus extra income to the mountains if you require it, you do not need to waste your time waiting in long lines or looking for where to buy them.
  • One day before starting the tour we give you an informative talk at our office or at your hotel, where we give you maps and more information about the trip you are going to do.
  • We make you understand every place you visit, every thing you see, as well as why you came to Machupicchu, our guide gives you the most accurate and updated information about this wonderful route and Machupicchu to make your experience more spectacular.
  • We give you security in your trip, since all our services are performed with vehicles that have all the permits to make tourist transport, good mountain bikes with front suspension and disc brakes, moreover, all our staff is continuously trained and prepared to exceed expectations.
  • We give you payment facilities where you can pay in two parts, one at the time of booking and the rest upon arrival in Cusco, we use secure payment methods such as Paypal or Visa Credit Card, as well as Western Union, Money Gram.

TRIP OVERVIEW

Come and know this unforgettable experience crossing the original royal Inca trail to get to Machu Picchu, the magical lost city of the Incas.

This is a good option for the adventure travelers who dream to visit Machu Picchu differently, in this hike you’ll have the option to visit one of the biggest Inca sites (Wiñaywayna = Forever young) located on the original Inca Way.

All this route was well stoned by Incas, arriving in Inti Punku (the sun’s gate) you’ll have a really nice scenery of Machupicchu from this different angle, this is a  shorter option for those people who can not walk the 4 days normal Inca Trail.

Day 1: Cusco – Km 104 – Wiñaywayna – Aguas Calientes.

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco.

NOTE

*Every year on February the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance
*Every passenger have to carry their own equipment, these are your backpack, this for the passenger that book this tour in a group service (Groups from 6 to 12 people).

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FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – km. 104 (Chachabamba) – Wiñaywayna – Aguas Calientes.

We leave from Cusco around 5 am to go by bus to Ollantaytambo (1 and 1/2 hours), there, we will take a train to Chachabamba (Km. 104) once we arrive, we will get ready to start the hiking.

This will be as 3 hours uphill towards Wiñay Wayna. On the way, we will have beautiful views of the Urubamba river and the chance to see different kinds of the famous orchid family.

Once we turn around the last corner we will find the amazing Inca site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever young), we will visit this place, where agricultural products from other areas were collected to be brought to Machu Picchu.

We stop to make a visit to this interesting and important Inca site. In the afternoon we walk the last 2 hours towards Inti Punku (Sun Gate) where we can see on a distance in the beautiful afternoon MACHU PICCHU.

Then, we start going down to Aguas Calientes. We spend the night in a nice hostel in town (A private room).

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco.

We leave early in the morning from Aguas Calientes by bus (25 minutes) to have the option to see the sunrise in Machupicchu,

we’ll be some of the first group up there, then we will start the guided tour information for about 2 hours, this will be around the most important areas of Machu Picchu.

You will learn about the religious and historical importance of this place, and we will be able to appreciate the fine architecture of the Incas.

After the guided tour you can go to the top of Wayna Picchu (Optional with an extra cost, ask) or you can explore the town on your own,

In the afternoon we meet in Aguas Calientes to take the train to return to Ollantaytambo then we will bring you back by bus to Cusco.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Included:

  • Briefing about the tour: One day before the departures in our office or at your hotel.
  • Transportation: Pick up from your Hotel and transportation from Cusco to the train station (Day 1).
  • Train ticket: Train Voyager IncaRail You will have ready the train tickets round trip, Ollantaytambo to Km 104 (Day 1) and Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 2).
  • Entrance fee to the Inca Trail: You will have your ticket ready to get on this magic path.
  • Professional Tour Guide: You will be guided by our expert professional local tour guide who will give you the most updated information.
  • Meals: 01 lunches, 01 dinners (Day 1), and 01 breakfast (Day 2).
  • Accommodation: 01 Night in Hostel in Aguas Calientes (Hs. Encanto Machu Picchu or similar – all have a private room with bathroom), also you can upgrade.
  • First-aid package including oxygen.
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu.
  • Transportation: Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (Day 2).

Not Included:

  • Meals: First breakfast and the last lunch after Machupicchu, There are plenty of options.
  • Bus ticket to go down on the first day from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes we go walking (01 hour) you also have chance to take a bus US$ 12.

IMPORTANT

Important:

  • US$ 25.00 Off for people who belong to The Andean Community group (Perú, Colombia, Ecuador y Bolivia).
  • US$ 20.00 Off for those students with Under graduated student card, (this ID must be made in PVC material, and it must have the next requirements: university information, personal student information, student picture, and expiration date valid only for one year, its year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.), the ISIC cards are not valid anymore.
  • Discount of US$ 20.00 for under 18 years old.
  • According to the new regulation of Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the conservation of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu 2019, the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is valid only for a single entry to the park (this means: The passenger enter, walk around, go out and can not re-enter again), usually all people stay between 4 and 5 hours into Machu Picchu, if you would like to stay a longer time, you must buy another ticket (US$ 50.00 Extra), the park is open until 17:30 hrs.
  • Prices are for tours in shared service (group tour), groups of 6 to 12 people per guide, inquire for prices in private tour.
  • We have departure every day.
  • To start this tour you have to be at least one day before in Cusco (02 days recommended)

Upgrade:

  • Private Transportation to return: From Ollantaytambo to Cusco US$ 20.00 (Per way, per person); This gives you a pleasant trip without waiting and picking up other people on the group tour.
  • Train returning at 16:12 hrs. TRAIN 360° Inca Rail (From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) US$ 30.00 (Per Person); This is another class of train with Taller and wider panoramic windows and an outdoor observatory wagon with bar, this has an excellent schedule, you will arrive in Cusco around 20:20 hrs.
  • Train returning at 16:43 hrs. TRAIN VISTADOME – Peru Rail (From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) US$ 35.00 (Per Person); This is another class of train with panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature unlike anything you’ve experienced before, this has an excellent schedule, you will arrive in Cusco around 21:00 hrs.

What you need to take:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets.
  • Insect repellent (DEET).
  • Raincoat (poncho).
  • Sweat permeable clothes.
  • Sunblock.
  • Sun cap.
  • Walking stick (optional)
  • Walking shoes.
  • Warm sleeping bag.
  • Photo camera with extra film.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Small snacks.
  • Always take dry clothes with you in your daily back pocket.

PRICES

TOUR IN SHARED SERVICE

This service in a GROUP TOUR means that you will do the tour with other people, This standard service has 6 to 12 participants, that doesn’t mean you have to get that quantity of people to do the tour, we have confirmed departures every day, so, If you are only one or two people do not worry, you can join some of our groups.

“BEST PRICE PER PERSON: US$ 499.00”

TOUR IN A PRIVATE SERVICE

This service is an exclusive way to make this trip, where the service is very much where the service is much more personalized, prices vary according to the number of people in your group:

2 PEOPLE: US$ 649 PER PERSON
3 PEOPLE: US$ 621 PER PERSON
4 PEOPLE: US$ 585 PER PERSON
5 PEOPLE: US$ 555 PER PERSON
6 PEOPLE: US$ 535 PER PERSON
7 PEOPLE and +: US$ 515 PER PERSON

HOW TO BOOK

STEP 1: SEND YOUR INFORMATION

Complete the booking form down here or send data of all the travelers to info@inkatimetours.com as full name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, or a copy of passports, indicating the exact date of travel; Our privacy policies are strict, INKA TIME will use this information exclusively to nominate the reservation tickets, we never share this information with third parties.

STEP 2: MAKE A DEPOSIT

You can book and pay for the tour from our website if you are booking via email, you must choose the best way to pay and make a deposit, for this hike the payment at least is 50%; There are 03 ways to pay: payments via “PayPal“, with debit or credit card Visa or Mastercard (these last two options have an 8% fee), or wire money by Western Union any extra commissions or fees charged must be assumed by the customer; when you send your information you have to specify the payment method you would like to use, then when we mail you back We will send you a request for payment through the platform you chose.

STEP 3: TOUR CONFIRMATION

If you make the reservation on our website the confirmation will be automatic, if you do via email, upon receipt of all passenger(S) data and once we received information of your payment, we will send you your receipt (VOUCHER OF RESERVATION), at this moment your reservation will be guaranteed 100%. (this will be sent at most in the next 8 hours, considering our business hours GMT – 5).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

1.- The tour seems perfect to me, I know I don’t have time, but is it enough to visit Machu Picchu?

Of course it is, choosing any itinerary, you will have between 3 to 4 hours in the citadel of Machu Picchu, two hours to have a guided tour of information and then free time.

2- I want the tour, but including the ascent to Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, is it possible?

Yes you can, choosing an early schedule and returning late you can do the visit of Machu Picchu in addition to the ascent to one of the mountains, you only have to specify the date to see the availability, this has an extra cost of US$ 25.00 per person.

3.- I arrive in Cusco one day before, do you think I will have problems with the altitude in Machu Picchu?

There are many people who arrive the same way as you; Machu Picchu is much lower in altitude than Cusco, so if you have any problems in Cusco you will surely feel better in Machu Picchu because the only way to not have problems or complications with the altitude is to descend. Cusco (3350 mts.) Machu Picchu (2450 mts), Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Village (2050 mts).

4.- I am traveling with my family, we have an 8 year old child and a 65 year old, will there be much difficulty for them?

This tour is one of the most comfortable, yes, in Machu Picchu you walk, it is the only way to visit the park, if someone has a lot of difficulty walking I recommend taking a tour in private service, so you can do the tour at your own pace without following a group.

5.- I don’t like to give my personal information from my passport, is there any way to book the tour with names only?

We understand your concern, but the data requested are exclusively to fill the data in your tickets, these tickets are electronic tickets, it is like to take a plane, you have to show the ticket and your original passport; our privacy policies are very strict, your information will be in safe hands, we also hate SPAM.

6.- What happens if I have a delay and can’t make the tour?

Unfortunately, all tickets would be purchased and the whole tour would be lost, any change or cancellation of tour, has a penalty, this never happens, but if it will happen we assure you that we will do everything in our hands, we recommend you to see our refund/cancellation policies.

7.- What is the maximum altitude that will be reached on the Inca Trail?

The maximum altitude reached on the inca Trail 2 days is approximately 2730 meters above sea level at the point known as Inti punku.

8.- Is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu dangerous?

No, the Inca Trail is not dangerous, like any hike you must follow the signs to avoid certain risks such as narrow and steep trails, but if you are in good physical condition and you are fully acclimatized, the Inca Trail will be a safe and rewarding experience. It is important to do the trek with an authorized tourist agency and with trained guides to guarantee the safety and well being of the hikers.

9.- What is the best season to do the Inca Trail?

The best time to hike the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which generally runs from May to October, when the days are sunnier. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, you can consider hiking during the low season, when the landscapes are greener and more lush due to recent rains.

10.- What is the climate like along the Inca Trail?

The climate along the Inca Trail in general, during the dry season experiences sunny days and pleasant temperatures during the day, with cool nights, especially at higher altitudes.

11. Can I hire an extra porter for the Inca Trail?

Yes, it is possible to hire an extra porter for the Inca Trail if you need it, just let us know your decision to check availability. Hiring an extra porter can be especially useful if you carry a lot of personal equipment or if you prefer to walk light and enjoy the scenery more without worrying about carrying a heavy backpack.

12.- What is the maximum weight a porter can carry?

The maximum weight that a porter can carry during the Inca Trail is regulated in a weight limit usually around 20 to 25 kilograms, including camping equipment, supplies and part of the hikers’ personal gear.

13.- Should I prepare myself physically for the Inca Trail?

Yes, it is important to prepare yourself physically before embarking on the Inca Trail due to the demanding nature of the trek. You can practice with cardiovascular exercises, endurance training, strength training and long walks.

14.- Are there toilets and showers on the Inca Trail?

Along the Inca Trail, you will find basic toilets at some campsites and rest areas. These bathrooms are usually latrine or simple toilets. However, there are no shower facilities available along the route.

15.- What is the weight of luggage allowed on the Inca Trail?

The maximum weight allowed for hikers’ luggage on the Inca Trail is approximately 7 kilograms, including clothing, sleeping bag and other personal items. It is important to pack light and carry only the essentials for the trek.

16.- How is the food and water during the Inca Trail?

Food generally includes nutritious and balanced breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Dishes are usually varied and include local foods such as quinoa, potatoes, fresh vegetables, meats, soups and fruits. It is important to inform us if you have any dietary restrictions or special preferences.

Regarding water, it is recommended to carry a bottle or canteen to refill it at the water supply points along the way. It is advisable not to drink water directly from streams or rivers because this water is not drinkable. Agencies usually provide drinking water during the hike to keep hikers hydrated.

17.- Can I do the Inca Trail on my own?

It is not possible to do the Inca Trail on your own. To do this trek, it is mandatory to be accompanied by an authorized guide and to book the trek through a tourist agency authorized by the Peruvian government. This measure is implemented to preserve and protect the cultural and historical heritage of the Inca Trail, as well as to guarantee the safety of the hikers.

18.- How far in advance should I book the Inca Trail?

It is recommended to book the Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance, especially during the high season from May to September. During these months, demand is high and spaces fill up quickly, so it is important to secure your spot well in advance. However, if you plan to travel during the low season, it is still advisable to book at least 3 months in advance to guarantee availability.

19.- Is there internet and electricity during the Inca Trail?

During the Inca Trail, the only campsite with electricity and wifi is the last one located in Wiñay Huayna.

FOR THIS OPTION, YOU HAVE AVAILABILITY EVERY DAY

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