This short 2 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu was designed for people that have less time and/or energy for the 4 days Inca Trail but don't want to miss this unique trek entirely and of course Macchu Picchu!!
The trek starts at kilometer 104 and involves a few hours hiking so that those who have missed the Inca Trail still get to experience the last leg of it.
Day 1: Cusco/ Inca Trail/ AguasCalientes
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 7.00am and transfer you to Poroy train station for your 4 hour journey to KM 104, where you will begin the trail. After registering with the Chachabamba park at the checkpoint, we will take the trail that leads to the Chachabamba ruins, then walking for another 2 1/2 hours where the path descends into a forest and also soon to pass a waterfall where you can refresh yourself. After leaving the forest we will arrive at the foot of WiñayWayna ruins (2700m). Finally after what almost seems like vertical steps, it is our last pass - Intipunku (Sun Gate). From here its now not long until you will be astonished with the city of Machu Picchu. We will enter from the top at around 4.00pm then the trail descends down into the ruins. You will have a short amount of free time then tomorrow we will have much more!
Day 2: AguasCalientes / Machu Picchu / Cusco
5am breakfast then at 5.30am we get the bus to Machu Picchu. We need to depart early so those who wish to climb Huayna Picchu will need to sign up before the 2 hour guided tour. During your visit to these ancient ruins you will see clouds fly past and Machu Picchu will disappear with in them, so make sure you take pictures whilst the ruins are visible. After the tour you will have free time to explore the mountain of Huayna Picchu overlooking all of Machu Picchu - by far the best view! Huayna Picchu will take approximately 2 hours return trip. It is now your choice to enjoy lunch just outside the ruins or take the bus back to AguasCalientes to explore this small and quaint village. The train back to Cusco departs late afternoon so your estimated time of arrival is approximately 9pm.
- Pick up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
- Private bus transfer from your hotel to the beginning of trek point
- Entrance fee Machu Picchu
- One emergency horse
- Meals for: 1 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 1 Lunch
- Tea time/ Snacks: coffee/ tea, popcorn and biscuits
- Bilingual & professional tour guide
- Short bus from Machu Picchu to AguasCalientes (return)
- First Aid including spare Oxygen
- 1 night in a Hostel (private room)
- Backpacker train to Cusco – Ollantaytambo (Vistadome train available upon request
- Entrance to the Hot Springs in AguasCalientes
What to bring:
- Original Passport (same one you made the reservation with)
- Waterproof hiking shoes or boots recommended
- Backpack and/or Daypack (You may need one for the horse and one to carry. We do have duffel bags available for hire if need)
- Warm clothing (layers recommended)
- Thermals (woolen hat, socks and scarf are recommended)
- Camera and film
- Sun protection (hat, sun screen, sun glasses)
- Insect repellent -minimum recommended 20% DEET (no malaria has been reported
- Rain jacket or Poncho
- Water proof back pack cover
- Water bottle
- Personal medical kit
- Passport and ISIC card if you are a student (originals required)
- Money for souvenirs, drinks and tips (easier in smaller change)
- Toilet paper
- Snacks such as chocolate, muesli, energy bars, dried fruit etc.
- Travel towel
- Swim suit
- Walking poles if you think you will want them
Options and Rentals:
- Single room accommodation – the extra cost will be given upon request
- Extra night in AguasCalientes $35 (or email us for alternate options). We will just need to arrange your train back to Cusco for the following day. Please tell us before final booking process.
- Vegetarian meals
Take advantage of our $20US discount for students if you hold a valid International Student Identity card (ISIC). You must send us a scanned copy of this when making your reservation and present the original to the entrance control office. Failure to do so will result in a loss of permit and denied entrance to the Machu Picchu.
If you are traveling single we will pair you up for sleeping arrangements with someone of the same sex. If you prefer to have your own tent the surcharge is $10 per day.
Is nice, clean and friendly with private rooms (Twin with 2 beds or Matrimonial with one bigger bed). Generally we have our clients stay in Machu Picchu Inn or Hotel Presidente. Please note however that alternate accommodation options may be used.
Trek prices are not stated on this website due to forever changing government and park fee prices. Please email us for more information.