Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu
Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu - Intipunku
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Private Service

Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu
Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu - Intipunku
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu
Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu - Intipunku
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Private Service

ACCOMMODATION
hotel
GROUP SIZE
10
MAX. ALTITUDE
8,957ft
LEVEL
Mild
  • Cusco
  • Kilometer 104
  • IntiPunku
  • Machu Picchu

 SHORT INCA TRAIL: EMBRACE THE PAST

Explore the wonders of the exciting Short Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu in just 2 days. This is a challenging but enriching experience that will give you unforgettable memories. During this two excellent day itinerary, you will embark on the ancient Inca Trail through jungles and tropical mountains to the breathtaking Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Along the way, you will visit highlights such as Chachabamba, Winayhuayna, and Inti Punku, where you will absorb the Inca history and culture. Also, you will be able to observe the diversity of flora and fauna such as Spectacle bears, hummingbirds, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, orchids, and lichens among other species. Get ready to experience the adventure of a lifetime on this unforgettable tour!

 


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SUMMARY

2 DAY SHORT INCA TRAIL TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU – PRIVATE SERVICE

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2 DAY INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU:

  • Enjoy your tour by choosing your adventure mate.
  • Excellent option if you could not book the classic Inca Trail.
  • The short trail tour allows you to see Machu Picchu twice.
  • Enjoy the sunset from the guardian’s house while watching Machu Picchu’s panorama.

It is an exceptional option for travelers who are looking for a challenging but highly rewarding adventure. This tour invites you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Andes and appreciate its historical relevance, giving you a closer and more personal experience compared to the Classic Inca Trail.

In our private service, means your experience will be unique and tailored to you. You will choose whom you will share with this private and amazing journey through Peruvian landscapes.

ITINERARY QUICK VIEW | SHORT INCA TRAIL TOUR TO MACHUPICCHU

  • DAY 1 – CUSCO – KM 104 – AGUAS CALIENTES

Overnight: 3 star hotel (Aguas Calientes).

  • DAY 2 – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO

Last day of the tour, without accommodation.

WE OFFER DAILY DEPARTURES!

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO - KM 104 - AGUAS CALIENTES

Highlight of the day: Reach the Inti Punku or Sun Gate and watch the beautiful sunset at the Machu Picchu Llaqta!

Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu Camino Inca corto a Machu Picchu - Intipunku

Today is a very special day because we are ready to start our new private adventure on the short Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu. Early in the morning, to start with the tour, our transportation will pick you up at your hotel (pick-up time depends on the train time and the hotel location). Our first destination is to arrive at Ollantaytambo train station and board the train to km 104, also known as Chachabamba (2,200 m / 7,218 ft); the average travel time to km 104 is approximately one hour.

Once we arrive at km 104 (2,200 m.a.s.l./7,218 ft) we will start a wonderful hike. I must mention that when you get the state control, you will be asked to present your identification documents (passport, foreigner’s card, or identity card). After 15 minutes from the starting point of the hike, we will be able to visit the archaeological centre of Chachabamba (2,200 m.a.s.l./7,218 ft), which is situated inside a beautiful evergreen humid valley.

After exploring Chachabamba, we will ascend Inca stairs through lush vegetation. Along this route, we will witness an impressive waterfall and learn about the orchids found along the Inca Trail. After 4 hours of hiking, as a result, we will arrive at a spectacular and historic Inca Trail archaeological site, Wiñaywayna (2,650 m.a.s.l./8,694 ft). In Wiñayhuayna, we will enjoy the visit for about 1 hour and then revitalize ourselves with our yummy box lunch.

After a restful break at Wiñaywayna (2,680 m / 8792 ft), we will return to the hike for an additional 2 hours, exploring the environment and tambos that in Inca times were known as resting places until we reach “Inti Punku“, the Sun Gate (2,720 m.a.s.l./8,924 ft). This place was an access control point to the Machu Picchu citadel, offering an exceptional and breathtaking panoramic view of the World Wonder along with the surrounding forest and mountains.

We will then descend for approximately 30 minutes to Machu Picchu (2,490 m.a.s.l./8,169 ft), where we will have a privileged view of the “Llaqta”. Finally, after taking the bus 25 minutes, we will head to Aguas Calientes (2,160 m / 7,087 ft). Upon arrival in Machu Picchu town, a nice and comfortable room in a 3 star hotel awaits you.

If you still have some energy, you can visit the thermal baths which are only 15 minutes walking from the hotel and the entrance ticket is 10 soles. On the other hand, you can also walk through the town streets and enjoy the night.

  • 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: Moderate to Challenging.
  • Includes: 1 box lunch + 1 dinner.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Aguas Calientes (3 star hotel).

Have a great day!

DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU - OLLANTAYTAMBO - CUSCO

Highlight of the day: Guided tour of Machu Picchu in Circuit 5, one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world.

Machu Picchu Machu Picchu

You are finally here! You will wake up in a beautiful town that offers one of the best climates and locations in Peru.

Once you have breakfast, you will take the bus back to Machu Picchu’s entrance gate. There, to enter you will have to present the short Inca Trail ticket, and then you will enjoy a professional guided tour inside Machu Picchu for two hours. 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.

As we leave Machu Picchu with unforgettable memories, we will return to Aguas Calientes town, from which we will take the train to Ollantaytambo a few hours later. Once you arrive at Ollantaytambo, we will continue our journey in our private transportation back to Cusco city. Unfortunately, Cusco is the end point of our exciting Short Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu.

  • Difficulty level: Mild
  • Meals: 1 breakfast

Note: After the guided tour, only if you have the corresponding entrance tickets, you will have the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.

INCLUSIONS

SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 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 dinners.
    • Water for trekking (the first 4 hours of day 1 is on your own).
    • 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.
    • Private transport from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

2 DAY SHORT INCA TRAIL TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDED

  • 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 70+).
  • 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
  • Swimwear
  • 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 TO MACHU PICCHU – PRIVATE SERVICE

NUMBER OF PEOPLE PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
*02 people US$ 579.00
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*03 people US$ 559.00
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*04 people US$ 529.00
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*05 people US$ 509.00
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*06 people US$ 479.00
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*07  + people US$ 469.00
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****Daily departures with a minimum of 02 people ****

Above all, Waman Adventures offers DAILY DEPARTURE, as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers.

Certainly, we can leave any day of the week as long as permits are available from the government.

Most importantly, please remember, permits are only needed for your START DATE.

Discounts for 2 day Inca Trail Hike:

  • 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 TO MACHU PICCHU:

Waman Adventures offers DAILY DEPARTURES if we have a minimum of 2 hikers fo the 2 day Inca Trail Hike. We can travel any day of the week as long as entrance tickets available.

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Hotels

IN AGUAS CALIENTES

1.-Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu ****
 

Schedules

Schedules:

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco is between 04:00 am and 04:30 am.

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FAQS

Is the private 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, looking to see Machu Picchu twice!

What is the short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail is a two-day tour. It offers 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 private Short Inca Trail Tour and the Short Inca Trail Tour in group?

The difference between a group and private service on the Short Inca Trail Tour are the followings:

You choose who you travel with.

Private guide.

Private transportation.

It is important to note that the quality of service is the same with the same inclusions and exceptions.

What is the difference between the Short Inca Trail Tour 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.

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

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 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.

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 me during the short Inca Trail 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 the 2 day Inca Trail Hike?

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 stalls.

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?

Along the way, 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 I book the 2-day short Inca Trail Tour?

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?

Final balances must be paid in cash (US dollars or Peruvian soles) at our office in Cusco at least 48 hours before your hiking start.

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

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 Tour?

Although it is not mandatory, travel insurance is recommended to cover possible contingencies. The only beneficiaries are our hikers.

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

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 the short Inca Trail?

In Cusco city, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo, remember 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 short 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 Tour?

Actually, for the short Inca Trail tour 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.

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 the existance a maximun 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 to avoid the use of single-used bottles and protect our planet.

What are the most common mistakes people make before and during the short Inca Trail?

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 PRIVATE SHORT INCA TRAIL TOUR 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 tour 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 tour to Machu Picchu and 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. – You choose who you want to travel with on the Private Short Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu.

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