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2-Day Short Inca Trail Adventure

A condensed yet spectacular journey along the Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

5/10

Availability

March – January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

2-Day Short Inca Trail Adventure Overview

Step off the beaten path and into the heart of ancient Inca territory with our 2-Day Short Inca Trail Adventure. Perfect for those with a fervent spirit but on a tight schedule, this trek offers an intimate experience of the famed trail. Wander through paths less traveled, where the whispers of history are louder, and nature’s embrace is unbroken. From untouched archaeological treasures to the verdant beauty of the Andean forests, this journey promises a raw, undiluted experience of the Inca world.

Our adventure unfurls from the historical remnants of Chachabamba, winding its way to the mystical Wiñay Wayna. And just when you think the day’s wonders have unfolded, the first glimpses of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate promise more marvels for the morrow. Descend to Aguas Calientes, your haven for the night, and dream of the grandeur awaiting on day two. With us, every step is an ode to the Inca legacy, and every moment, pure magic. Join us for a journey of discovery, wonder, and unparalleled beauty.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 3:40 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Humantay Lake, Salkantay Pass, Cloud Forests, Coffee Plantations, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 03:40
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 03:40
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:40
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:40
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:40
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:40

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2-Day Short Inca Trail Adventure

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: Cusco – Km 104 – Wiñayhuayna – Aguas Calientes

Dive into a journey like no other, right from the heart of Cusco! As we pick you up from your hotel, feel the excitement build as you’re whisked away on a 1.5-hour scenic drive to the picturesque Ollantaytambo. This is just the beginning of our curated experience, designed to showcase the very best of the Andes.

Next, embark on a captivating train ride from Ollantaytambo to Km 104. Every moment onboard offers a visual treat, setting the stage for the trekking adventure ahead. Upon arrival at Km 104, we’ll provide you with a gourmet boxed lunch, which you’ll carry with you to savor during a well-deserved break amidst your trek.

Step onto the historic Inca Trail, trekking to the enchanting site of Wiñayhuayna. As you hike, the ancient ruins and the tales they tell become your companions. As the path unfolds, the Sun Gate or Inti Punku offers a teaser of the majestic Machu Picchu. But the best is yet to come. Tonight, unwind in the lively town of Aguas Calientes, where a sumptuous dinner at a handpicked local restaurant awaits.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Boxed lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 15 km

Start your day early with the anticipation of witnessing one of the world’s most iconic sunrises. After breakfast, hop on the first bus to Machu Picchu. With each turn, the ancient city becomes clearer, culminating in a breathtaking moment as the first rays of the sun touch the ruins.

Join our expert guide for a 2.5-hour tour, delving deep into the history and stories of Machu Picchu. For the adventurous, an optional hike to Huayna Picchu awaits. This peak offers unparalleled views of the citadel and requires an additional fee and advance booking.

Your afternoon is yours to shape. Choose to relax in the therapeutic hot springs of Aguas Calientes, shop for souvenirs at the local market, or immerse yourself in history at the Inca museum. As the day draws to a close, board the return train to Ollantaytambo. From there, a comfortable bus will take you back to Cusco City, where we’ll ensure a seamless transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu with guided narratives

Tour Highlights

2-Day Short Inca Trail Adventure Highlights

  • Scenic Drive to Ollantaytambo: Begin with a picturesque 1.5-hour drive from Cusco, offering an introduction to the stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley.
  • Mesmerizing Train Journey: Experience a captivating train ride from Ollantaytambo to Km 104, with breathtaking views of the Andes and lush landscapes.
  • Historic Trek from Km 104: Embark on a trekking adventure, starting from Km 104, with the ancient Inca site of Wiñayhuayna as a highlight.
  • Sun Gate Panorama: Stand at the iconic Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, and soak in the panoramic teaser view of Machu Picchu, setting the stage for the exploration to come.
  • Aguas Calientes Unwind: Dive into the vibrant life of Aguas Calientes, with its bustling markets, thermal springs, and delightful local cuisine.
  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: Be among the first to witness the sun’s golden rays illuminating the ancient city, a sight that’s nothing short of magical.
  • Guided Exploration of Machu Picchu: Delve deep into the mysteries of this world-renowned archaeological site, understanding its history, architecture, and cultural significance.
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Hike: For the brave-hearted, scale the peak of Huayna Picchu for postcard-worthy panoramic views of the Inca citadel.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Professional bilingual guide fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Meals: 1 boxed lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast (vegetarian and gluten-free options available at no extra cost).
  • Entry fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Expedition Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and return from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Porter for boxed lunch/personal items: Full Porter (12kg) at US$75, Half Porter (6kg) at US$45.
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 2 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Gratuities for crew (At your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Porter Service & Personal Duffel Bag: A dedicated porter will carry your personal items and boxed lunch, up to 7kg.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

490

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

520

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

570

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

690

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

820

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

990

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Warm clothing.
  • Camera.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Walking sticks/poles.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Lightly: Remember, if you’re not opting for a porter, you’ll be carrying everything you pack. Make sure your backpack is comfortable and not overloaded.
  • Layering is Key: Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers allows you to easily adjust to changing conditions.
  • Stay Hydrated: The trek can be strenuous, so always have enough water with you. Refill your bottles when you have an opportunity.
  • Protect from Sun and Rain: Even on cloudy days, the sun in the Andes can be intense. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat are essential. Equally, rain showers can be sudden, so always have a rain jacket or poncho on hand.
  • Footwear Matters: Your feet will carry you through the journey, so invest in a good pair of hiking boots. Break them in before the trek to avoid blisters.
  • Leave No Trace: The Inca Trail is a treasure. Please carry all your trash with you and consider using biodegradable products to minimize environmental impact.
  • Stay Organized: Use packing cubes or zip-lock bags to categorize your items. This makes accessing what you need easier and keeps your belongings dry and clean.
  • Prepare for Altitude: Consider bringing altitude sickness tablets. It’s also advisable to spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to acclimatize.
  • Personal Valuables: Keep essential documents, money, and valuables in a secure and accessible place, like a money belt or neck pouch.
  • Enjoy the Experience: Last but not least, pack a positive attitude and a sense of adventure. This journey is not just about reaching the destination, but also about enjoying the path that leads you there.

Frequently Asked Questions

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