Short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu
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Itinerary 2 Days / 1 Night
- Group: 2 – 6 persons
- Country: Peru
- Category: Moderate trek
- Season: March to January
- Frequency: depends on availability
- Transportation: Bus and train
- Accommodation: 1-night tourist hostel in Aguas Calientes
- Highlights: Hike the historic Inca Trail in about 6 hours.
- Walk through the Sun Gate to see your first view of Machu Picchu
- Sunrise in Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail 2 Days To Machu Picchu
Experience the panoramic views starting at kilometer 104 and enjoy the natural beauties of this short 11-km trip, 6-hour hike. Recommended for people who do not reach the reservation of 4 days, and who want to walk smoothly; We will explore the culture and the imposing nature in this place. We will visit Chachabamba and Wiñayhuayna arriving at Puert a del Sol with impressive panoramic views. After a restful night in a comfortable hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes, we left for Machu Picchu at dawn and have enough time to enjoy the impressive archaeological complex with a guide and independently. In the night, we return to Cusco by train.
Government regulations will not allow reservations to be made unless accompanied by full passport details of the client and full payment of the entrance fee to the Sanctuary.
Therefore to guarantee your place on the Inca trail you must provide a scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands. Any further changes let us know in advance.
Original passport must be carried on the trail.
DAY 1: Cusco – Chachabamba – Wiñayhuayna
Chachabamba (2,150 meters above sea level)
We will pick you up early in the morning in a comfortable private bus from your hotel and drive for two hours to Ollantaytambo train station. From here we will take the train for 1 hour and 45 minutes following the Urubamba River valley (with clear views of the majestic Veronica snow peak) until we reach the beginning of the trail around 10 a.m.
Here at the 104 km marker, we went through passport control. Then we cross a footbridge and take the easy walk down the Vilcanota River to the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,150 meters high). It is a stone altar – site that was used to worship the sun (“Inti” in the Inca language of Quechua) and the deities of the mountain (“Apu”), which are still honored by the local population.
After a brief stay in this fascinating archaeological complex with fountains and water channels, we began the ascent of approximately four hours to an incredible viewpoint of the magnificent valley. From here we will continue towards the remarkable ruins of Wiñaywayna (eternally young “) (2,650 meters elevation).
After exploring the ruins we will walk along the side of the mountain surrounded by a lush cloud forest, full of giant tree ferns, broadleaf plants and beautiful orchids. We continue by the iconic Inti Punku (the “Puerta del Sol”) where we stop to see the natural grandeur of the surrounding peaks and admire for the first time the remarkable citadel that our ancestors left us, that is to say “Machu Picchu”.
Our last half hour will take us along the path that allows us to appreciate the scale of the ancient altars and buildings of Machu Picchu. From the historic city of Machu Picchu, we will take a 30-minute bus ride to the town of Machu Picchu, there we will check-in at our comfortable hotel. (Optional to visit the hot springs of the town.
Meals: lunch / dinner
DAY 2: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu– Cusco.
Town of Machupicchu (2,030 meters above sea level)
We will get up early for a hot breakfast, then, we will take a bus for 30 minutes to the archaeological complex of “Machu Picchu” where we will enjoy the glorious, mysterious and enigmatic city.
We will walk for two hours with a specialized bilingual guide and visit all the main points such as precincts, the Royal Mausoleum, the Temple of the three windows, the main temple, the Sacred Plaza, the famous Intihuatana (where the Inka sages joined the sun at the winter solstice in June) stairs, fountains and urban and agricultural centers.
After these two hours, you will have free time to explore on your own.
After our visit to Machu Picchu, we will return to Aguas Calientes around 1:00 p.m. for lunch. Finishing the lunch we will take the train to Ollantaytambo and then we will return to Cusco in private transport.
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours.
* People who want to climb Huayna Picchu should notify us as soon as possible because, according to the new regulations, there is a limit of 400 people per day. We recommend booking as early as possible and for security 7 months in advance.
Time Table For Huayna Picchu:
1st Turn 07:00 am: 200 people.
2nd Turn 10:00 am: 200 people.
Entrance fee Cost to Huaynapicchu is 75:00 USD
- Hotel – train station
- Bus: Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes (1st day)
- Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu (2nd day am)
- Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes (2nd day pm)
- Train: train station – Km 104 (Chachabamba)
- Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Tickets: Inca Trail and Machupicchu.
- Professional bilingual guide (Machu Picchu)
- Meals: 1 lunch / 1 dinner / 1 breakfast.
- Vegetarian options are available with prior coordination.
- Hotel: Comfort service
- Guide: experience in trekking and authorized
- Breakfast: 1st day.
- Lunch and dinner: second day