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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
  • BEST SEASON: March to December.
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Inca Trail, Wiñaywayna, Machu Picchu.
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate to challenging.
  • MAX. ALTITUDE 2700 mts. (8858 ft.)
  • 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, walking by the same way that the ingenious Incas walked 5 centuries ago 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.

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 provide 500 spaces per day, into this quantity is included, tourists, porters (carriers), tour guides and cookers, for this reason we recommend make your reservation 4 months in advance or 6 months in advance if your trip will be between May to September; also you have a short version of 2 days, this for those people who don’t have enough time, for 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 13 years old, you don’t have to be athletes 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 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.

Come and know this unforgettable experience crossing the original royal Inca trail to get Machu Picchu, the magical lost city of the Incas, this is a good option for the adventure travelers who dreams to visit Machu Picchu in a different way, in this hike you’ll have the option to visit one of the biggest Inca site (Wiñaywayna = Forever joung) located on the original Inca Way, all this route was well stoned by Incas, arriving to Inti Punku (the sun’s gate) you’ll have a really nice scenary of Machupicchu from this different angle, this is a  shorter option for those people who can not walk the 4 days normal Inca Trail.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Km 104 – Wiñaywayna – Aguas Calientes.
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco.

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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 chances to see different kinds of the famous orchid family, once We turn around the last corner we will find the amazing Wiñay Wayna (Forever young) Inca site, we will visit this place, Here agricultural product 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 (Private room with bath).

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 religiously 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 by 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.

Included:

  • Briefing about the tour, one day before the departure in our office.
  • 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 ready your ticket to get in this magic path.
  • Professional Tour Guide: You will be guided by our expert proffessional 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 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 option.
  • 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:

  • US$ 25.00 Off for people belong to The Andean Comunity 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, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.), the ISIC cards are not valid any more.
  • US$ 20.00 Discount 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 to 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 of the group tour.
  • Train to return 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 to Return 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.

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$ 395.00”

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$ 495 PER PERSON
3 PEOPLE: US$ 471 PER PERSON
4 PEOPLE: US$ 445 PER PERSON
5 PEOPLE: US$ 435 PER PERSON
6 PEOPLE: US$ 420 PER PERSON
7 PEOPLE and +: US$ 415 PER PERSON

STEP 1: SEND YOUR INFORMATION

Complete the booking form or send data of all the travellers 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

Choose the best way to pay and make a deposit, for this hike the payment is the 50%; There are 03 ways to pay: Wire money by Western Union, payments via “PAYPAL” and with debit or credit card VISA or MASTER CARD (these last two options have an 8% fee), 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; the balance should be paid in our office in Cusco at most a day before your tour, this can be by cash or by credit or debit card (if you choose this second option to pay, you must add 8% of the amount to pay).

STEP 3: TOUR CONFIRMATION

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 in a 100%. (this will be sent at most in the next 8 hours considering our business hours GMT – 5).

For this option, you have availability every day

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).

 

Check the spaces available for the Inca Trail in real-time:

WHY BOOK WITH US?

    • We make a direct job for the passenger (Contract between the tour operator and travelers), no intermediaries, we don’t give commissions to travel agencies or any others third parties that inflate the costs.
    • All our staff are 100% local (people from Cusco), all professionals in tourism, who have constant training courses and good customer service (Customer = friend), with this we guarantee the service we provide.
    • We are really a Tour Operator with all the permits and certificates granted by the Provincial Municipality of Cusco and the Minister of Tourism (DIRCETUR y MINCETUR).
    • We have 11 years’ experience in this market, so, we know all the fails of other companies, this is why we have the knowledge to solve fast and efficiently any unexpected problems (those small details are our different).
    • Our Customers are our best guarantee, see what people say about INKA TIME.

 

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WHAT WE DO FOR YOU:

  • We give you the clearest information in this media and we offer you several ways to contact (E-mail, Whatsapp, Facebook, and web messenger) where we can answer your inquiries at any time (honest tour without surprises and NO HIDDEN PRICES TO PAY)
  • We book your train tickets, entrance ticket for the places in the tour Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and extra entrance for hiking any of the two mountains (Huayna Picchu or Cerro Machupicchu) if you require it, you don’t need to waste time making huge lines or queue or searching where you can get these tickets.
  • One day before your tour Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you will have a briefing in our office or in your hotel. where we will give all the tickets you will need in the tour, maps and more information about this your trip.
  • We will make you understand every place you will visit and why you arrive in Machu Picchu; our tour guide will give you two hours guided tour, the most accurate and updated information about this marvelous place to become your trip in a spectacular experience.
  • We provide you a safe trip; all our services are organized with well-conditioned vehicles, all of them with all the permissions required to work in tourism, also all our staff are very well trained to give you the best experience on your trip.
  • We give you facilities to pay, you can make the payment in two parts, ONE when you book the tour and the balance once you arrive in Cusco, we accept safe payment methods as PAYPAL or Credit or Debit card VISA and MASTER CARD, also you can wire money via Western Union, Money Gram.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION ¿?

1.- I am just one person, can I join some group tour?

Yes, you can, we have departure every day, feel free to decide when to go.

2.- We don’t like to go in a big group, can we arrange a private tour?

Yes you can, our group tours go with 15 or 19 people, but if you want, you can also arrange a private tour, we have different rates for it depending on how many people you are.

3.- I will travel with my family, we have two 65 YO people, do you think, can they make it?

We had people on this tour from 70 and 75 YO, the tour is not hard, but you have some small hikes into the Inca Sites where there are many steps to go up and down if you think they are not to fit to do it, we recommend to take a Private tour, that will be a perfect plan to do the tour quite easily and smoothly.

4.- We want to take the tour included Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, do we have enough time to do it in the same day tour of Machu Picchu?

Yes, On this tour you will sleep in Aguas Calientes (Town of Machu Picchu) so you can take some of the first busses, the park opens at 6:00 am. suppose that you will get in at 7:00 am. First, you can climb the Mountain (2 or 3 and 1/2 hours hike) until 10:30 am. Then, you can go out to use the toilet or eat something and rest, then you can start the guided tour around the citadel (Around 2 hours) until 14:00 hrs. Then you will have free time to continue exploring on your own, the park is open until 5 pm. You will have like 10 hours to be there, the train departure to return is at 19:00 hrs.

5.- How about my luggage, can I take all my staff?, or where can I store it?

As this tour is only for 2 days we recommend to take only small backpacks because there are restrictions to take on the train, and also all the streets in Aguas Calientes have only pedestrian access. The rest of your stuff you can be stored at your accommodation in Cusco, All the Hotels have storage if you book the night for your way back, you can leave your stuff there, another option is that you can leave your stuff in our office, in the two options you don’t need to pay anything extra.

6.- How about the altitude, Are going to pass by other places higher than Cusco?

Cusco city is located in 3350 masl. (10990 Ft.) the only place higher than Cusco is Chinchero area 3750 masl. then you will descend to Aguas Calientes 2050 masl. Machu Picchu is located in 2450 masl (8038 Ft.); we always recommend to have at least one day in Cusco to acclimatize; altitude sickness is very different for everyone, sometimes you don’t have any problem.

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