Short Inca Trail 2 Days / 1 Night To Machu Picchu Cusco Peru
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
Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days/ 1 Night
This short trip of 11 km allows you to get pleasure from a part of the beautiful and charming path of the Incas without needing to camp out a night.
This abbreviated tour of the Inca Trail is recommended for people who do not have time for our 4-day trek, or who do not feel physically prepared for the longer trek but still wish to hike part of the famous Inca Trail and descend into the Inca citadel through the legendary Sun gate mountain pass. We suggest families with young children (8 years old or younger) choose this trip rather than the longer one.
Experience the scenic views and the natural beauties of Andean part of Peru! The trek begins at kilometer 104 on the Inca Trail and continues 6 hours up. After we will rest at a viewpoint, getting the chance to survey the fusion of culture and nature, inspiring landscapes, flora, fauna and a variety of microclimates and archaeological sites including Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna.
We continue to Intipunku, and after another 45 minutes, we reach the Sanctuary Gate and get a spectacular view.
After a night of rest in a comfortable hotel in the village of Aguas Calientes, we leave for Machu Picchu at dawn and have plenty of time to enjoy the impressive archaeological complex with a guide and independently. In the evening, 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 elevation)
We will pick you up early in the morning in a comfortable private bus from your hotel and drive for two hours to the train station of Ollantaytambo. From here we will take the train for 1 hour and 45 minutes following the Urubamba river valley (with on clear days views of the majestic snow-capped Veronica peak) until we reach the trailhead around 10 a.m.
Here at the 104 km marker, we pass through passport control. Then we cross a footbridge and take the easy walk by the Vilcanota River to the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,150 meters elevation). It is a stone altar – site that was used to worship the sun (“Inti” in the Inca language of Quechua) and the mountain deities (“Apu”), which are still honored by local people.
After exploring the ruins we will hike along the mountainside surrounded by lush cloud forest, filled with giant tree ferns, broad-leaf plants, and beautiful orchids. We continue through the iconic Inti Punku (the “Sun Gate”) where we stop to view the natural grandeur of the surrounding peaks and admire for the first time the remarkable citadel that our ancestors left behind, that is, Machu Picchu.
Our final half hour will take us down the trail allowing 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 back down into the Urubamba valley and check-in at our comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes. If you wish, you to visit the town’s namesake: the local hot springs.
DAY 2: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu– Cusco.
Aguas Calientes (2,030 meters elevation)
We will wake up early for a warm breakfast then, we will get a bus for 30 minutes to the archeological complex of Machu Picchu where we will enjoy the glorious, mysterious and enigmatic city.
We will walk around for two hours with a specialized bi-lingual guide and visit all the main points such us precincts, Royal Mausoleum, the Temple of the three windows, the main temple, the Sacred Plaza, the famous Intihuatana(where wise Inkas joined to the sun in the winter solstice in June) stairways, fountains, and the urban and agricultural centers.
After this two hours, you will have free time to explore separately around or climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain. In case that you wish to climb Huayna Picchu, you must let us know as soon as possible because new regulations only allow 400 people a day to scale the mountain.
After our visit to Machu Picchu, we will come back to Aguas Calientes around 1:00 pm for lunch. Finishing to lunch we will take the train to Ollantaytambo and then go back to Cusco by private transportation.
Estimated Walking Time: 6-7 Hours
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can because, according to new regulations, there is a limit of 400 people per day.
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
Private transportation: Hotel – Train Station / Train Station – Cusco hotel
- Bus: Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes (1st day) / Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu (2nd day) / Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes (2nd day)
- Train: Train Station – Km 104 (Chachabamba) / Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- Entrance fees: Inka Trail and Machupicchu.
Meals : 1 Lunch/1 Dinner/1 Breakfast. Vegetarian options are available with prior coordination.
Hotel: Comfort Service
Guide (Trek): Tour Guide experience in trekking
- Breakfast: 1st day.
- Lunch and Dinner: 2nd day