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2-Day Short Inca Trail

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2-Day Short Inca Trail

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2 days 1 night

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The Inca Trail is the ultimate hike to walk in ancient footsteps to the magical, mystical Machu Picchu. Short on me? No problem! We can work with you and your schedule to ensure an amazing experience in a shorter time frame

2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

Overview

Witness ancient constructions, luscious landscapes, and incredible wildlife on this 2-day adventure through the Andean rainforest. Spend the night in charming Aguas Calientes before waking up early to beat the crowds at the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This is an adventure you don’t want to miss out on, and you don’t have to with our compact, express Inca Trail.

Created with those with a strict me frame in mind, our 2-day Inca Trail will allow you to experience everything wonderful about the last stretch of the classic 4-day trek in a couple of days. Along the way, you’ll get to visit fascinating archaeological sites, including the astounding Wiñaywayna.You’ll learn all about the ancient culture of the Incas and connect with nature and Mother Earth in the most stunning landscapes. You can enjoy relaxing in the middle of the rolling hills and enjoy your packed lunch. Take a walk up to the Sun Gate, from where those on the 4-day Inca Trail will enter Machu Picchu. From here, you get your first spectacular views over the breathtaking Machu Picchu. It’s a dreamy landscape, without a doubt, so make sure you soak it up before you leave and return tomorrow.

Your comfort is our top priority, which is why you spend the night in a lovely hotel in Aguas Calientes before waking up for the big day. Enjoy a rewarding dinner after your day of trekking and get a good night’s sleep.

n day 2, it’ll be me to visit no other than the New Seven Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu. Feel your heart race as your first step inside this incredible place and look across the terraces and stone buildings, all constructed on a mountainside. You’ll enjoy a one-and-a-half-hour guided tour to learn all about the importance of the fortress before heading down for lunch and the journey back to Cusco. This lifetime trip is a must and doable when you don’t have long in Cusco.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco | KM 104 - Chachabamba - Wiñaywayna - Sun Gate (In Punku) - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

Your adventure begins today nice and early as you’ll be picked up from your accommodation at 4:00 am. You’ll then travel for around one and a half hours to the small, quaint town of Ollantaytambo, where you’ll have a few minutes to make any last-minute purchases. You’ll board the train at the station at 6:10 am to KM 104, from where our trek begins.

The golden sun covers the expansive Andean mountains, farming fields, and the Urubamba River along the railway. Before you start walking, you’ll meet your guide and listen to a brief orientation about the details, and we’ll provide you with your box lunch and a snack for you to enjoy later on.

The hike starts on a trail similar to the beginning of the Classic Inca Trail. You’ll be immersed in the stunning landscape as you’re surrounded by lush vegetation and towering mountains watching over you. After a short while, we’ll reach our first Inca archaeological site on the trek, Chachabamba, and learn a little about it from our guide.

After another 3 hours, we get to one of the most fascinating Inca sites, the WiñayWayna complex (meaning 'forever young' in Quechua), which sits at 2,650 m / 8,694 . Most trekkers who stop here are amazed by the incredible architecture. You’ll explore the site and discover a ritual water source, temples dedicated to nature's forces, and beautiful agricultural platforms. WiñayWayna is the perfect place to learn a little more about the impressive history of the Incas.

While you’re at these sites, take some me to relax, unwind in peace, and connect to Mother Nature through birdsong and the so whisper of the wind. A little further on, you’ll spot the campsites where those doing the Classic Inca Trail spend the night. Here, you’ll have me to enjoy the tasty lunchbox we’ve prepared for you, chill out, and recharge your batteries.

Once you’re ready to go again, we’ll continue the hike to the Sun Gate, from where you get your first outstanding views of Machu Picchu and all its incredible architecture. You’ll be astounded at how the Incas were able to build such a site on a mountain. The landscape is very dreamy, and you’ll feel the magic and mystery of Machu Picchu, which has withstood the test of me amazingly. Use this opportunity to capture some unique photos and honor the Incas as you ponder how they were able to lift such big stones and try to understand their deep connection with nature.

We won’t be entering the citadel just yet, though. At this me of day, the tourists inside will be leaving, and you’ll be able to watch the magical golden light of the sun setting on the immense stone walls for some tranquillity. You can look forward to tomorrow knowing that you’ll be exploring every inch of this masterpiece. For now, you’ll take an alternative path down to the exit, where you’ll board a bus that takes us to the small town of Aguas Calientes to spend the night in a hotel. Before you rest your body for the night, we’ll grab some dinner in one of the town’s best restaurants. Make sure you get to sleep early, as you’ll be rising before the sun does tomorrow.

Day 2: Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo - Cusco

After a well-deserved night’s rest, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for.

Today, you’ll be wandering the mysterious streets of the majestic historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu! You’ll need to be up before sunrise to ensure you beat the crowds. You’ll take a short walk from your hotel to catch a bus that’ll take you on a 25-minute drive to the entrance of the Inca citadel. You’ll enter just before the sun comes up and paints the fortress with a gorgeous golden hue.

After soaking it all in and taking your first few photographs, your guide will take you on a one-and-a-half-hour guided tour of the site. You’ll visit some of the most important parts of Machu Picchu and learn a lot from your local expert. Once the tour is up, you will be able to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (pre-booked tickets required), each of which takes 1:30 and 3 hours to hike up and down, respectively. You’ll experience more stunning views of the whole Inca city from any of these places.

When you’re ready to leave, it’ll be me to head back down to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have a bit of me to select a restaurant of your choice for a bite to eat before catching a train, which is usually reserved for 2:55 pm (subject to availability). You’ll arrive in Ollantaytambo by train, and then a private bus will be there to pick you up and take you back to your accommodation in Cusco at around 6:00 pm.

Now it’s me to enjoy a thoroughly deserved rest and put your feet up. Your trip might be over, but we assure you your heart will be thumping for many years to come as you look back fondly on your incredible adventure.

Price

From: USD 500.00 per person

Includes:

  • Pre-departure Briefing

You will meet your tour guide and group in our office for an orientation before your tour. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Tour Leader

English and spanish speaking official tour guide. All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your me worry-free!

  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit

All guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers'diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • 24/7 Customer Service We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes The first night of this trek is spent in a hotel in Aguas Calientes with a double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu
  • Day 1: Box Lunch and Dinner
  • Day2: Breakfast
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks on the first day

Before starting your hike, your guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc., for you to enjoy during your walk.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain

You can climb the famous mountain you always see in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill, and coming back down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, mainly due to weather conditions.

  • The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can secure for you if we have me in advance.

  • The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.
  • One-Way Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Day 2)
  • Breakfast (Day 1)
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 2)
  • Personal Hiking Clothing and Gear
  • Travel Insurance Tips for our staff Tipping is usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemic, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc

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