Our 2 day Inca Trail starts idyllic by a wake-up early. Then we are taken by our private transport to the railway station at Ollantaytambo to board a train taking us to the starting point of the 2 day trek - so called Km 104. Then we pass through an Inca Trail checking point and start hiking through lush vegetation of a cloud forest while greeeted by local exotic birds such as Andean guan, grey-breasted mountain tucan, etc. and since we can see various wild orchids and bromelias along the path too. Our Tour Guide explains us about the Chachabamba ruins that were rediscovered in 1940. Lunch. Our next stop is in Wiñay Wayna, an Inca complex neighboring to Machu Picchu. The complex, which name means "Eternal Youth, can boosts with a stunning view down at the Urubamba River. In late afternoon, we have descended to the entrance of Machu Picchu - Inti Punku (Sun´s Gate), we continue down to our hotel in Aguas Calientes Town where we have a rest. The following early morning adventure starts with Machu Picchu hiking tour for two hours. Then we enter to the "Lost City of the Incas" and enjoy its guided tour. Hiking the Inca Trail is an unforgettable experience so do not hesitate joining our group.
Moreover, the Short Inca Trail offers the enormous additional advantage of leaving free days for our travelers to make other packages, such as those we offer for the wonderful city of Cusco and its surrounding attractions, Lake Titicaca and the Puno region or cities full of history and beautiful nature like Lima and Arequipa.
Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes
Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Departure Point: We pick you up from your hotel (Check Starting Point & Pick up in Essential Info)
Departure Time: 05:00
Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek
Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00
Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel, hostel or Airbnb department
Starting Altitude: 2100m / 6900ft.
Highest Altitude: 2730m / 8,792ft.
Walking Distance - 12 km / 7.46 miles
Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character, tourist train and private transport.
Physical Rating: 2 - Moderate - Some low-altitude hikes, but accessible to most healthy travellers
Age requirement: 4+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Inca Trail Permits: It is included in your hike. In the peak season the trail is booked months in advance
Short Inca Trail Operator: Tierras Vivas travel
Crew: A profesional Tour Guide on the Short Inca Trail.
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner, 1x Snack bag.
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train (Expedition train).
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night). These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your 2 day Inca Trail tour: Retama Inn or Wiracocha Hotel. Once booked, our booking department will confirm your accommodation. If you would like to upgrade your hotel, visit our website ESSENTIAL INFO on the Short Inca Trail page.
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You can check the 2 day Inca Trail Permits Real-time Availability for 2020 by yourself. It is very important that you will complete all information correctly to obtain your Inca Trail permits and Machu Picchu tickets! Once arrived to the head trail, you will need to present your orignal passport and Inca Trail permits, in case it is wrong information, you will need to book and buy the new ticket to the trail.
If you would like to have more experience, you can book the Inca Trail camping and in the night you can see the stars in the campsite - Puente ruins. We can recommend to book the 2 Day Inca Trail Hike with Camping
IMPORTANT NOTE: THAT FEE OF THESE MONEY TRANSFER COMPANIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TOUR!
Yes, the Short Inca Trail is the best option hike of the 4 day Inca Trail. You can view of part of the traditional Inca Path. BOOK ONLINE with hotel or camping. Choose the best option hike for you!
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Marco comment:What an amazing experience this was. Efrain, in particular, made the trip really special with his knowledge of the land and Inca culture. We are both very active and enjoy hiking and this, even though it’s the shorter trek, was still plenty of hiking for us. Would highly suggest these guys and Efrain. No stone was left unturned.
Huong Le comment: This company is very good and responsive, we booked this tour at least 6 months in advance and they were able to answer all of our questions. They provide everything from transportation, a debriefing before the trip, food, etc. Yolanda was our tour guide, and we got lucky because we were the only two people in the group so it was like our own private tour :). Yolanda was very knowledgeable, she provided us with a lot of history during the trail and fun facts. She was also very caring, making sure we were ok throughout the journey, making sure we drank water, making sure we took a lot of pictures, making sure all of the small details were taken care of and just making sure we had a great time, and we did! Yolanda also gave us tips and suggestions on what to do outside of the trail, such as food recommendations, activities, etc. She went above and beyond with everything. I'm so glad to have done this and now I can take it off my bucket list :) it wouldn't have gone any better if it wasn't for Yolanda!
Maggie comment: Efrain was an amazing guide with a lot of knowledge about the history and customs of Machu Picchu. He shared traditions with us and waited for us when we needed to take breaks up the mountain. It was a really great experience for my friends and I!
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2 Day Inca Trail Train (VISTADOME Perurail or 360° Inca Rail)
We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to transfer you during a 2 hour ride to the Ollantaytambo´s railway station. There, we get on a train and continue until Km 104, where a checking point of the Inca Trail is located. We pass through to the Vilcanota River (bridge) and start the Inca Trail Trekking! The first archaeological site to visit is Chachabamba, guided tour. Then we continue through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site - Wiñay Wayna. But before we reach it, we enjoy a refresh in a local waterfall! Where you have lunch and a rest. Later on, we can admire the sunset above Machu Picchu when we get to the Sun´s Gate (Inti Punku) before entering the Inka citadel. However, today is too late to have a guided tour of this overwhelming Incan city so we descend slowly to Aguas Calientes Town enjoying beautiful surrounding scenery on the way! We spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes.
After an early morning breakfast, we will take a bus up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, you will have a free time and its best opportunity to take picture and walk in the lost city of the Incas. There are some animal such Llamas and birds or if you would like best experience, you can pay the extra for the mountains and we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own.
Machu Picchu is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists can not do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechuan farmers had known about Machu Picchu for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in a search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence. However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.
After explore Machu Picchu, you come back to Aguas Calientes walking. The 2 day Inca Trail ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.
Our guide will visit your a day before the trek and He/ She will give you a briefing and more information about your 2 day hike the Inca Trail. It very important, let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco, our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek for your briefing.
All Tierras Vivas trekkers are accompanied by a Tierras Vivas Tour Guide. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.
Tierras Vivas is tour operator for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu since 2006.
Accommodation during the 2 day Inca Trail Hike
These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:
We spend a night in small locally owned hotel with private bathrooms and breakfast facilities (Double or Matrimonial room). All of the hotels we use in Aguas Calientes are located within walking distance of the train stations.
|Hotel Retama Inn Machu Picchu|
Single Accommodation: If you are traveling on your own, and would prefer to share a tent, we'll pair you with another trekker of the same gender and there will not be an extra cost. If you prefer to have a tent to yourself a surcharge of USD 50 will have to be paid. If you want an upgrade any service to the train or accommodation or do you want to stay extra night in Machu Picchu, contact us directly to firstname.lastname@example.org for this to be done and confirmed to you.
IMPORTANT TO ACCOMMODATION: You must present your passport with the TAM immigration slip (copy) to all hotel accommodations. The national sales tax (18%) is charged to all Peruvian citizens and foreigners staying 60 consecutive days or more. In case the room is shared by both a taxable and non-taxable guest at the same time, the sales tax will be applied to the whole room. So please take every caution to not lose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to the Cusco office for your checking.
MACHU PICCHU HIKE UPGRADE HOTEL: If you would like to stay in a Hotel 3 star or more, you have to pay extra, the discount for your hotel on the Salkantay Trek is U$ 25 per person (Double or Single room) Please request this at the time of booking.
5 Stars Hotel
Single: U$ 1,500
Double: U$ 1,500
3 Stars Hotel
Single: U$ 218.5
Double: U$ 218.5
3 Stars Hotel
Single: U$ 110
Double: U$ 150
3 Stars Hotel
Single: U$ 230
Double: U$ 230
Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Patio
Casa Andina Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Traditional
Tierra Viva Hotel Machu Picchu: The accommodation is Standard
Ferre Machu Picchu Hotel: The accommodation is Standard
On this hike is included the following train services:
Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
|Departure||Arrival to Inca Trail|
Machu Picchu to Cusco
|Departure||Arrival to Ollantaytambo||Arrival to Cusco|
Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
|Departure||Arrival to Inca Trail|
Machu Picchu to Cusco
|Departure||Arrival to Ollantaytambo||Arrival to Cusco|
If you prefer Vistadome train or Machu Picchu Train 360 for this trek, the extra price is U$ 50 dollars. let us know before your booking your service.
The Vistadome train have panoramic windows, which allows to appreciate the beautiful scenery along the route.Live an unforgettable experience of magic connection with nature on the Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo route on the PeruRail Vistadome train.
In the Vistadome service you can enjoy of:
The only train in Peru with an entertainment app on board which will allow you to learn more about the train journey and the Inca civilization. Experience a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu, exploring the Andean landscape like never before with wider and taller panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage including a bar. Enjoy our appetizing selection of cold and warm drinks, prepared using fruit juices and Andean herbs, and our delicious gourmet and organic delights made with products from the Sacred Valley.
You can enjoy of:
If you want to reserve the Inca Trail. We can recommend to send your passport information such as full name, passport number, nationality and date of birthday. Once arrived the head trail, the park rangers will require your Inca Trail permit and your original passport. They will compare your personal information, but in case you send the wrong information, you can´t enter to the Inca Trail and you will need to pay the new entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (U$ 100).
Yes, it is posssible, but it is very important to bring a copy of your old passport. When you will be in the Inca Trail, you can present your current passport and a copy of your old passport.
2 Day Inca Trail is starting in Cusco, but if you spend a night outside of Cusco. Please check in our table of STARTING POINT & PICK UP.
|Trip/ Hiking||Starting point & pick up|
|Inca Trail||Cusco, Chinchero, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo|
|Lares Trek||Cusco, Pisac|
|Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu||Cusco, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo|
|Inca Quarry Trail||Cusco, Urubambam Yanahuara|
|Day tours||Only Cusco|
If you have extra luggage, you can be left safely in your hotel in Cusco, in the Ollantaytambo train station or Tierras Vivas store luggage. if you decided in our store luggage, in the morning our driver will pick your luggage and He leave in our office and we will save 2 days and when you will return to Cusco, you can pick your luggage..
The Machu Picchu Mountain, also known as 'Old Mountain', is the mountain on which the Inca Citadel was built. It is located at 3082 meters above sea level at almost 600 meters higher than the Inca City. The Inca citadel was denominated Machu Picchu to be located exactly in this mountain.
Today, the Machu Picchu Mountain is able to receive 800 daily tourists. These ascend the wide mountain roads from where you can see breathtaking views of the entire geography of the place. Its trails are ideal for traveling as a family. Unlike the Huayna Picchu mountain, the Machu Picchu Mountain roads are not as steep or have vertiginous gorges.
The Huayna Picchu or 'Young Mountain' is the mountain that is located to the north of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It is the summit that stands out in the classic postcard of the Wonder of the World. It is located at 2693 meters above sea level, 300 meters higher than the Inca City. On its roads is the Temple of the Moon, a religious site carved on stone in a cave.
The Waynapicchu is one of the most requested adventures by the visitor. From the top you can see all the splendor of the Wonder of the World. It is the ideal place to take a selfie or the best photo. To reach it, you must ascend a narrow path to the margin of vertigo cliffs. It is considered one of the most incredible short walks in the world. However, only 400 people can enter it daily. For this they must acquire the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket.
If you want to book the Huayna Picchu mountain, you need to pay the extra entrance fee to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, the price is U$ 80 per person. In case it is sold out the Huayna Picchu Picchu. Tierras Vivas will book the Machu Picchu mountain, this mountain is most beautiful of the Huayna Picchu
Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible.you will carry your luggage from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb (included personal clothes). You will need to carry daypack. You don´t take the sleeping bag, because you will spend a night in the hotel in Machu Picchu
If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Inca Trail is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to putting your clothes and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.
Climate in Cusco: The highland region of Cusco has well defined winter and summer seasons. Winter days (June - August) are very sunny and warm, but the temperature drops to near freezing at night. Rainy season is from January to March. December and January are two of the nicest months for trekking with only the occasional shower and blooming flowers.
Cusco’s climate is divided into two seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to September.
October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
The wet season from November to April has a tropical downpour feel to it. Heavy, but the rain showers don't usually last long or the rain is often at night.
Along the Inca Trail (May to September - High tourist season), temperatures range from 20-35ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 10-20ºC during the day if it´s not sunny and 5-15ºC at night in the Aguas Calientes town or Puente Ruinas campsite. At Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu are lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.
The Inca Trail is closed for maintanace all February. The low season can be a time when you can enjoy Salkantay Trek, Inka Jungle to Machu Picchu without the crowds. Mudslides are an occasional problem It's rare, but visitors have been stranded at Machu Picchu or between Aguas Calientes and Cusco if the slider blocks the way, usually the earth and mud is cleared away quickly and travel continues unimpeded.
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
Reserve your space now for the Inca Trail 2020; Remember that the famous Inca Trail has only 300 spaces per day. The beginning of the sale of spaces for March, April, May, June, July 2020 begins in October 2020. Take advantage of the Inca Trail experience now! or reserve 5 months in advance. Write to: email@example.com
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Machu Picchu 2 Days
Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour involves the experience of visiting the famous Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo archeological site. Then you will take the train to Machu Picchu and spend one night in Aguas Calientes before visiting the site the next day. The next day you will wake up early and take the bus up to Machu Picchu. There, you will visit the Machu Picchu city and have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (must be purchased in advance) or walk around the ruins. Book Online the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
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The 3 day Sacred Valley to Short Inca Trail was created for the all adventure travellers. This tour involve the traditional Sacred Valley tour (Pisac Market, Pisac and Ollantaytambo) and the part of the Inca Trail, Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Intipunko (Sungate) and Machu Picchu. If you want, you can add the camping in Aguas Calientes town. Book Online the Sacred Valley to Short Inca Trail tour.