Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu
Wiñayhuayna inca trail
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Group Service

Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu
Wiñayhuayna inca trail
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu
Wiñayhuayna inca trail
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Group Service

ACCOMMODATION
hotel
GROUP SIZE
10
MAX. ALTITUDE
8,792ft.
LEVEL
Mild
  • Cusco
  • Kilometer 104
  • IntiPunku
  • Machu Picchu

CONQUER ANCIENT WONDERS: SHORT INCA TRAIL AWAITS!

The short Inca Trail is a moderate but rewarding experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories. On this 2-day trip, you will hike along a short Inca Trail that will take you through the mountains and its forest next to the impressive Inca constructions of Machu Picchu.

Along the trail, you will visit places like Chachabamba, Wiñayhuayna, and Inti Punku, so, you can learn about Peruvian history and culture. Book your tour today, and have your lifetime adventure!

 


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SUMMARY

HIGHLIGHTS OF INCA TRAIL TOUR 2 DAYS:

  • Enjoy the Inca Trail in less walking time, indeed, it is ideal for people with shorter travel time.
  • Get a more intimate experience with fewer people than on the Classic Inca Trail.
  • Allow yourself to step out of your comfort zone by strengthening your social skills.
  • Achieve your goals through the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Venture to a higher altitude (8,956 ft).
  • A fantastic trek for people between 12 and 55 years old.

DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU IN 2 DAYS

The 2 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an excellent option for travelers looking for a moderate but rewarding adventure. The tour allows you to explore the natural beauty and valuable Andes while enjoying a personal experience for the time unlike the traditional 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The service we provide is group service, it means that while you enjoy the new travel experience, you will also strengthen your social skills by meeting people from all over the world.

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QUICK ITINERARY VIEW | SHORT INCA TRAIL TOUR 2 DAYS

  • DAY 1:  CUSCO – KM 104 – AGUAS CALIENTES

Overnight: 3 star hotel (Aguas Calientes)

  • DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

Last day of the tour, without lodging.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO - KM 104 - INTI PUNKU - AGUAS CALIENTES

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: Climb the Inti Punku or Sun Gate to watch the beautiful sunset over the Machu Picchu Llaqta, and also entering the Guard’s house!

Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu Wiñayhuayna inca trail

Today is a very special day, because we will start our new adventure on the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and its surroundings.

Early in the morning, a transportation company will pick you up from your hotel (the pick-up time depends on the train departure time and your hotel location). Then, our first destination is the Ollantaytambo train station, here we will take the train to km 104 also known as Chachabamba (2,200 m.a.s.l./7,218 ft); the average travel time to km 104 is one hour.

Once we reach km 104 (2,200 m.a.s.l./7,218 ft) we will start the short Inca Trail. I must say when you arrive at the checkpoint you will have to present your identification documents (passport, foreigner’s card, or identity card) to the park rangers. Subsequently, fifteen minutes from the starting point of the hike we will visit the archaeological Chachabamba site (2200 m.a.s.l./7,218 ft), this beautiful place is located inside the semi-tropical forest.

After exploring these sites, we will continue ascending through stairs, and rich vegetation. Along this route, we will witness an impressive waterfall and beautiful South American orchids. After 4 hours of hiking, we will arrive at Wiñaywayna (2,650 m.a.s.l./8,694 ft), a fascinating, and historically significant archaeological site in the short Inca trail. As a result, we will enjoy the visit for about 1 hour and then revitalize ourselves with a great box lunch.

After a restful stop at Wiñaywayna (2,680 m.a.s.l./8,792 ft), we will return the hike for an additional 2 hours, passing by stone stairways and “Tambos” until we reach Inti Punku, the Sun Gate (2,720 m.a.s.l./8,924 ft). This place used to function as an access control point to the Machu Picchu citadel and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the picturesque surrounding valley.

Then we will descend for approximately 30 minutes to the wonder of the world, Machu Picchu (2,490 m / 8,169 ft), we will have a privileged view of the “Llaqta”. Finally, we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes (2,160 m.a.s.l./7,087 ft) for 25 minutes. Here we will spend the night in a 3 star hotel.

Furthermore, If you still have energy, you can choose to visit the thermal baths which are only 15 minutes away from the town, at a cost of 10 soles. In addition, Aguas Calientes offers a wide variety of bars and restaurants, as well as ATMs to withdraw money in emergency cases.

Enjoy your first day on the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!

  • Hiking distance: 10 km/6.21 mi.
  • Starting altitude: 3,400 m.a.s.l/11,154 ft.
  • Highest altitude: 3,600 m.a.s.l/11,811 ft.
  • Difficulty level: Slightly difficult
  • Meals: 1 box lunch + 1 dinner.
  • Overnight: Aguas Calientes (3 star hotel).
DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: You are finally here. Two-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world.

Machu Picchu Machu Picchu

On this day, we will wake up early for breakfast and then head to catch one of the first buses that will take us from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel (2,430 m / 7,972 ft).

After presenting our ticket and passport at the entrance, our guide will begin his description of the history of this Inca wonder while we visit the most important sectors of Machu Picchu such as the classic viewpoint, the Guardian’s House, the Temple of the Sun viewpoint, the Sacred Rock or the Water Mirrors Set.

At the end of your guided tour, you will have time to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, if you have only purchased an entrance ticket for either of these places. These extra routes in Machu Picchu are optional, cost additional money and must be booked in advance due to maximum capacity.

After finishing your visit to the wonder of the world, you will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Once you have finished your lunch, you will board the train to return to Ollantaytambo, and finally continue in our transport to your hotel in Cusco city.

  • Lowest altitude: 2,050 m / 6,725 ft.
  • Highest altitude: 2,430m / 8,005 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast (hotel)

INCLUSIONS

SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Briefing
    • A briefing with your guide will take place at your hotel two days before the trek begins.
  • A well-trained staff
    • An experienced bilingual tour guide.
    • Assistant tour guide (groups larger than 9).
  • Medical kit
    • First aid kit.
    • Oxygen bottles.
  • Permits and Entrance Tickets
    • Entrance ticket to the short Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (Circuit 5).
  • Accommodation
    • 3 Star Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Food and beverages
    • 1 breakfasts.
    • 1 lunches (Box Lunch).
    • 1 dinner.
    • Please inform our booking partners of your dietary preferences.
  • Transportation
    • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip).
    • Train from Ollantaytambo to km 104.
    • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    • Transport from Cusco to Ollantaytambo (round trip).

2 DAY SHORT INCA TRAIL DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain: $ 85.00 USD.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu mountain: $ 85.00 USD.
  • Trekking poles (rent with us).
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Travel insurance (it is recommended to purchase travel insurance during your tour).
  • Vistadome Train (Peru Rail) / additional per person: $ 50.00 USD (return only).
  • Tips.
  • Souvenires.

PACKING LIST

ESSENTIAL

  • Original physical passport.
  • Student ID card (ISIC).
  • Extra money (peruvian soles).
  • Water bottle or camelbak.
  • Medication for allergies (personal medication).
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+).
  • Hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Personal care ítems.

CLOTHING

  • Waterproof trekking shoes.
  • Long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Convertible pants.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Socks.
  • Underwear.
  • Long merino wool undershirt.
  • Rain poncho or raincoat.
  • Bathsuit.
  • Sandals or light shoes.

EQUIPMENT

  • Trekking poles (rent with us).
  • Medium size backpack day.

RECOMMENDED

  • Power bank
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Snacks (Nuts, electrolytes, energy bars)
  • Camera
  • Wet wipes
  • Notepad and pen
  • Painkiller

Prices

SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS GROUP SERVICE

NUMBER OF PEOPLE PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
*2 or More People US$ 469.00
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****Daily departures with a minimum of 02 people ****

OUR GROUP SIZE: We offer small groups, not more than 10 people.

Discounts for 2 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu:

  • Groups of 5 or more: US$ 25.00 All you need is to book the tour at the same time.
  • Children under 16 years old: US$ 35.00 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking the tour.
  • Student Discount (24 years old maximum): US$ 35.00 The Student Discount applies to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the HIKE and is between 17 and 24 years old. To access the discount, we require a copy of the card at the time of booking. For those booking 17 and under, we require a copy of your passport at the time of booking. Please send everything to info@wamanadventures.com.


Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATE – SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS:

Most importantly, we offer daily departures with at least 02 people, and if there is availability to the short Inca Trail.

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Hotels

IN AGUAS CALIENTES

1.-Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu ****

 

Schedules

DEPARTURE TIME FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL:

It depends on the hotel location and departure train time. In general, the pick-up time is between 5:00 and 5:30 in the morning.

FAQS

Is the short Inca Trail worth it?

Absolutely yes. It is worth it if you are an adventurous person, looking for an experience on an Inca trail, looking for exciting landscapes, looking to reach Machu Picchu in a different way, or looking to see Machu Picchu twice!

What is the short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail is a 2 days tour. It allows you to walk along the original Inca trails, see archaeological sites along the way, learn about the flora and fauna of these mountains and reach Machu Picchu in an unforgettable way.

What is the difference between the 2 Day Inca Trail hike and other Inca Trail versions?

The 2 Day short Inca Trail Tour is shorter than the Classic Inca Trail. It still allows you to experience the beauty of the trail, and to reach Machu Picchu in a unique and special form, because it is the only tour that shows Machu Picchu Llaqta twice; the first time passing beside the Guard’s house leading to Aguas Calientes, and the second time during the guided tour.

How hard is the short Inca Trail?

The short Inca trail is not very difficult. The important thing you should keep in mind is that, you are doing a moderate to difficult grade hike on the first day. On the second day, the situation is different because you are going to only hike in Machu Picchu site.

Is it necessary to be in good physical condition to do the short Inca Trail?

Although the difficulty of the short Inca Trail varies from moderate to mild, we recommend you be in proper physical condition to enjoy the entire hike.

How long is the short Inca Trail?

It is possible to walk 10km/76.21 mi on the first day. In addition, on the second day the hike is more gentle because you will only walk around Machu Picchu during a guided tour of 2.5 hours.

What kind of weather awaits you during the tour?

With cloudy and clear skies the weather can change from warm to cool. If it rains, it is usually cold at higher altitudes. Please, do not forget, wear appropriate clothing to prevent bad experiences.

Do I need to bring my own food and water?

We recommend bringing your own water and snacks for the first day’s walk.We will find a good tourist industry in Aguas Calientes once we arrive.

Are special permits required for the 2 Day short Inca Trail Tour?

Yes, remember that only authorized travel agencies can obtain the Inca Trail entrance ticket by order of the Peruvian Government. We, as a peruvian travel agency, must book tourist´s tickets at least 1 month in advance.

Can I charge my electronic devices during the tour?

No, during the first day’s walk there are no places to charge electronic devices until you reach the Aguas Calientes town. To avoid this problem, we recommend that you bring extra camera batteries or powerbanks.

Can I buy food and souvenirs on the way?

Of course you can, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes are great places to buy food and souvenirs. Also, consider that with your purchase you help local people’s economy. I must say that from km 104 to Aguas Calientes there are no food or souvenir.

What should I do if I have dietary or medical restrictions?

Don’t worry, just let us know about any dietary restrictions while you are booking, and we will help you.

Are toilets available along the short Inca Trail?

For the 2 Day short Inca Trail Tour you can only find toilets at the beginning of the trek (km 104) at the Ministry of Culture control point, at Wiñay Huayna, Machu Picchu, and at the end (Aguas Calientes Town).

Can I carry a large backpack or are there size restrictions?

For this trek, it is recommended to carry a backpack day with only REALLY NECESSARY THINGS INSIDE because of the weight. Remember, the less stuff in your backpack, the more adventures await for you.

What happens if the weather is adverse during the tour?

The tour takes place in different weather conditions. However, if the conditions are extreme and dangerous, we can make decisions in favor of the hiker to ensure their life.

How do you book the 2-day short Inca Trail?

First, you must check availability with a travel agent (in this case with Waman Adventures) according to the desired date. Once availability has been confirmed, you can make the corresponding reservation on our main page. Here you will fill in your personal details and the number of travelers (be careful when filling in the form, it must not contain errors).

Remember that you can make the reservation with a 40% advance payment through different payment methods such as VISA, Master Card, American Express, or Pay Pal and that’s it! You have made your reservation. We have a section at the bottom of our page for “Special requirements and other relevant information,” where you can specify the type of diet, trekking pole rental, etc.

Why pay a deposit?

The deposit guarantees your place in the group. Please note that the deposit paid at the time of booking is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Can I cancel my booking and get a refund?

No. Unfortunately, the Short Inca Trail tour is non-refundable, as the deposit is used to reserve your space within the group. Once we have made a travel booking with the Peruvian government authorities, we cannot change any booking details.

When and how to pay the balance?

Remember that the balance must be paid in cash (US dollars) upon arrival in Cusco. In case you wish to pay by credit card you should consider adding 5% to the amount to be paid which is the transaction fee.

Is it possible to change the date and personal details for the short Inca Trail 2 days?

No. Once the reservation has been made and your details have been entered into the system, it is impossible to change them. Remember that the ticket is non-transferable and non-refundable.

Do I need travel insurance to hike the Short Inca Trail?

Although it is not mandatory, travel insurance is recommended to cover possible contingencies during your all journey in Cusco.

When is the most convenient time to do the 2-day Short Inca Trail?

The best time is in the dry season, between April and October. This time is ideal because there is minimal rainfall compared to the rainy season (November to April).

Where to stay before short Inca Trail?

In Cusco city, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo. You should to arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the hike to acclimatize. Remember that you will be surrounded by mountains where you could walk days before the short Inca trail.

What should I do if I have a health problem during the tour?

In order to receive the necessary assistance, you should first remain calm and inform your guide as soon as possible.

How many spaces are available per day on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

In contrast to the classic Inca Trail, the Short Inca Trail maximum capacity is 250 people per day.

Do I need porter´s service during the short Inca Trail?

Actually, for the short Inca Trail the porter service is not required due to the distance and hiking level. However, if you still need one to transport your belongings, the cost of the porter service per day is $60 USD. I must say you should only carry a backpack with the necessary things.

Is it necessary to carry cash in Peruvian soles?

It is so important, as there may be some complications or last-minute shopping desires. It is always advisable to carry cash in Peruvian soles because it facilitates the purchasing process.

Are there opportunities to interact with local communities along the way?

Yes, and if we are lucky, we may even learn a few Quechua words near Ollantaytambo, rail and local people along the tour.

What are the return train times to Cusco?

Voyager – Inca Rail: 2:30 p.m./2:45 p.m.

Expedition – Perurail train: 3:20 p.m./3:48 p.m.

Can I store my luggage somewhere safe during the tour?

Yes, Cusco hotels offer luggage storage for free, and we can keep it in our office.

Can I upgrade the hotel in Aguas Calientes?

Although accommodation in a 3 star hotel is included in our package, you can upgrade if you wish. You must contact your sales agent in advance. Please note that changes cost additional money and are at your own expense.

Can I buy tickets to climb Huayna Picchu during the tour?

No. I recommend that you purchase these tickets at least 4 months before your tour due to the existence of a maximum capacity to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Can I bring a reusable water bottle?

Yes, it is advisable to bring an aluminum bottle to keep you hydrated during the walk. On the other hand, we recommend you avoid the use of single-use bottles and protect our planet.

What are the most common mistakes people make before and during the short Inca Trail?
  • Taking insufficient water and snacks.
  • Not prepared for rain.
  • Wearing too many clothes.
  • Walking fast and not enjoying nature.
  • Party or drink the day before the hike.

Why Us?

WHY BOOK THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU WITH WAMAN ADVENTURES?

In Waman Adventures, we have extensive experience organizing trips. We are constantly working to improve our service and offer exceptional experiences to our customers. Our reputation is based on the full satisfaction of numerous travelers who trusted and enjoyed our services.

Our goal is to provide you with a journey without any worry, where your satisfaction and safety are our top priorities. From the planning to the execution of the tour, we are committed to make the short Inca Trail unforgettable and allow you to enjoy the most of this unique adventure.

  • Professional and experienced team. - We want you to live an unforgettable experience. Each member of our team is highly trained to offer you a quality service at each stage of the short Inca Trail.
  • Eco-friendly treks. - We value both nature and the local communities we visit. We use biodegradable products, recycle waste, support local businesses, and participate in social projects to ensure an eco-friendly trek.
  • Door-to-door service. - Our priority is to guarantee your comfort and safety at all times. Therefore, we offer you the transfer service from your hotel in Cusco to the starting point of the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, as well as the return to your hotel at the end of the trek without additional cost.
  • Labor welfare. - We care deeply about our team's well-being. We are proud to guarantee fair salaries and provide comprehensive insurance for our beloved tour guides, cooks, muleteers, and other essential staff members.
  • Personalized groups. - We choose quality over quantity. Our groups are small, ranging from 2 to 10 people, allowing for personalized attention and a welcoming atmosphere.

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