Short Inca Trail Tour 2 days
About this tour
- Start: At 4 in the morning on day 1 at the door of your hotel.
- Duration: 2 days.
- Group. 10 people (maximum).
- Type of transport: Large full-equipment minivan, train, bus.
- Tickets included (no queues): Entrance ticket Machu Picchu Only.
- Tour guide: In English and Spanish (shared service).
- Feeding. 1 breakfast, 1 lunch (box lunch) and 1 dinner.
- Luggage: Carried by a team of porters.
- Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, PayPal.
- Immediate confirmation.
- The Inca Trail is the most spectacular way to get to Machu Picchu. It lasts 4 days and must be booked several months in advance to get availability. If you do not have that much time during your holidays, the best option is definitely to do the 2-day Inca Trail, which is a short version of the classic route. To take this tour, the best option is to choose a well-organized all-inclusive service. This tour includes: tourist pickup from the door of your hotel, bus and train transportation to the starting point of the trek, bilingual tour guide service, food, accommodation in the town of Aguas Calientes and entrance to Machu Picchu. Everything you need for the trip!
So is the experience
- Enjoy the Inca Trail 2 days, the best alternative option to the classic 4-day route. The tour includes transportation by minivan and train to the starting point of the trek. It also includes income to the Inca Trail, the Wiñayhuayna and Machu Picchu archaeological site as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide and return to Cusco by train and minivan. In Machupicchu Terra you can benefit from everything the tourist needs for a well-organized visit. Furthermore, the tourist can rest easy because the tour is organized by a secure agency. It offers personalized assistance, safety equipment during trekking and many other benefits.
- A day before we will gather the group to meet and do a ‘briefing’ of what the adventure will be like.
- We will pick you up very early from the door of your hotel to transport us in our minivan to the Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- On board the ‘Expedition’ train we will travel through beautiful landscapes until we reach kilometer 104 of the railway, the starting point of the short Inca Trail.
- After registering at the control point of the Inca Trail, we will start a short journey until we reach the archaeological site of Chachabamba.
- We will continue our way uphill through impressive tropical landscapes until we reach the archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna. There we will enjoy a reparative lunch (box lunch).
- Then we will continue climbing up slopes until we finally reach Intipunku (Puerta del Sol), from where all the beauty of Machu Picchu is appreciated. We are finally here!
- From Puerta del Sol, tourists must descend on foot to the town of Aguas Calientes (approximately 8 kilometers). The other option is to take a bus (not included in the tour) to this town where we will rest at the hotel destined for that night.
- Before resting, we will enjoy a dinner made with Peruvian ingredients in Aguas Calientes.
- We will get up very early to have breakfast and ascend by bus to the Inca City of Machu Picchu (30 minute ride).
- With our entrance ticket we will tour the Inca city of Machu Picchu by the established circuit that includes the visit of the main temples and enclosures such as: the Temple of the Sun, the Main Temple, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor and more. Of course we will also have time to get the classic postcard photo in Machu Picchu. The circuit takes 2 hours or more.
- After Machu Picchu we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes. There we will have free time to have lunch and make the last purchases before returning to Cusco.
- At the scheduled time, we will board the ‘Expedition’ train bound for Ollantaytambo. From there a minivan will take us back to the city of Cusco.
- Pick up from the hotel.
- Transportation at the start of the bus and train ‘Expedition’ hike.
- 1 breakfast, 1 box lunch and 1 dinner.
- Tourist guide service in English and Spanish.
- 1 night in a standard hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu town).
- First aid kit.
- Entrance ‘Machu Picchu Only’.
- Bus and train to return to Cusco.
- Breakfast on day 1. Lunch and dinner on day 2.
- Descent bus to Aguas Calientes on day 1.
What to bring
- Passport (or identity document).
- Hat or cap.
- Comfortable clothes for walks.
- A jacket.
- Poncho for rain.
- Extra snacks and drinks.
- Comfortable trekking shoes.
Where does the tour start and end?
- The tour begins with the pick up of the tourist at the door of their hotel -valid only for hotels in the historic center of the city- (most tourist hotels are there). If your hotel is not there, the transport will pick you up at a central location in the city, such as a plaza.
- The tour ends at Plaza Regocijo in the city center (a few steps from most hotels and tourist restaurants).
How to prevent altitude sickness?
- Altitude sickness or soroche can cause you some discomfort during your visit such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and fatty foods before the visit.
- To reduce symptoms, try to acclimatize yourself one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. Drinking infusions of coca leaf (natural plant used by the Incas) is an excellent option.
Do I have to book the tour many months in advance?
No. Unlike the 4-day Classic Inca Trail, this tour can be booked weeks or days in advance. It is a good option if you did not find availability for the long four-day route.
Does the tour include a camping night?
No. The tour includes one night in a local lodging (2 star service). So the next day the visitor will know Machu Picchu from early. If the visitor wishes to improve the quality of the hotel service, they can contact us to coordinate the type of accommodation they want.
Is the Short Inca Trail difficult?
The Short Inca Trail is only 12 kilometers long. The first part is demanding since it is uphill on the slopes of a mountain. However, overall, this route is easy compared to the classic 4-day Inca Trail.
When is the best time of year for this hike?
The dry season (from April to October) is the best to do the short Inca Trail and the classic Inca Trail. On those days there are not many chances of rain making the walk easier and allowing a better appreciation of the landscapes. The rest of the year you can also do the route with moderate rains. February is the rainiest month so the Inca Trail remains closed for visitors.