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2 day Inca Trail tour

2 day Inca Trail tour

Hiking the 2 day Inca Trail tour, you can walk through a section of the CLASSIC INCA TRAIL, enjoy with beautiful andean landscapes and impressive Inca constructions. Admire and see MACHU PICCHU -twice: at SUNSET and SUNRISE have plenty of time to explore on the 2nd Day Inca Trail tour.

 

This tour consist in a soft and gentle 5-6 hours walk through Chachabamba then admire Wiñaywayna Inca town, Inti Pata, walk through the Sun gate and arrive to Machu Picchu at the afternoon to see the sunset and delight with this unique views, stay in a warm hotel in Aguas Calientes town and next morning early see the sunrise at Machu Picchu and have a guided tour at the remarkable temples and plazas in this magical and sacred wonder!

Itinerary Overview:

Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes 

Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

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Trip Overview:

 Tour Type: Trekking/Hiking, cultural, adventurous

 Good For:Those in moderate shape, families.

 Altitude: From 2100m (6900ft.) to  2730m (8,792ft.)

 Walking Distance: 10km / 6.3 miles

 Accomodation: 3 Star Hotel.

 Overall Difficulty: Easy to Moderate difficult 

 Consideration: Permit is required, but a separate permit process for the 4 day hike and generally available with little notice.

 Season: Opened March through January. Closed February

 

Highlights of the 2 day Inca Trail tour:

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Hiking the 2 day Inca Trail with professional guide

Machu-Picchu-guided-tour

Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Wiñay-Huayna

Guided tour of the Wiñay Wayna archeological center

Inca-Trail-wildlife

Discover the flora and fauna of the 2 day Inca Trail tour

Sun-GateSee Machu Picchu for the first time through the Sun Gate


Short Inca Trail Permit

We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed), our hikes is 100% guaranteed departure. You can book this trek, wo day before starting the hike, but in high season we strongly recommended to book your 2 day Inca Trail at least 2 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.

If you would like to book the short Inca Trail, contact with us. On the right you will find the REQUEST INFORMATION, complete your information required and send us. Our booking department will reply ASAP.

Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes

Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes

2 day Inca Trail tour starts when our driver pick you up at your hotel in Cusco and take you to the Ollantaytambo train station for your 2 hours train ride to the starting point of your trip. After registering at the Chachabamba park ranger station we will start hiking the inca trail up 2-3 hours to the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna through a mixture of cacti vegetation and cloud forest. Before reaching the best short inca trail, the Inca real will reveal itself to you through striking sightings of Choque Suysuy, Wiñay Wayna and Intipata. Refresh yourself at the local waterfall before reaching the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. Enjoy the sunset at the sungate before entering in Machupicchu where afterwards we descends to Aguas Calientes, walking slowly and enjoying the beautiful sceneray to spend the night in a hotel.

 

Estimated trekking time: 8 hours
Trekking distance: 15 km
Max. elevation: 2,700 m
Min. elevation: 2,100 m
Difficulty:  Moderate

 

Short Inca Trail Map - Day 1

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Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We start early with a comforting breakfast and then get ready to go to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Here we have two options: get on bus or walk. The trek to Machu Picchu is 1 hour and 30 minutes, the first 30 minutes of flat walk to the Ruinas bridge and then up through the properly signposted stands.  

We explore this enigmatic and mysterious city for approximately 2 hours in a guided tour. You will visit the most impressive places like the Royal Mausoleum, the temple of the 3 windows, the main temple, the Sacred Square , the famous Intihuatana where the wise Incas moored the sun on the winter solstice in June, stairways, squares, fountains, etc. After the guided tour you will have a free time of 5-6 hours, to take pictures, or visit "Huayna Picchu" or Young Mountain which has only 400 spaces, divided into two groups: first group (07:00 am - 08: 00 am), second group (10:00 am - 11:00 am). Then you will go down to the town of Aguas Calientes, either by bus or walking according to your choice. In the evening we will take a train to Ollantaytambo where our driver will wait to take us back to Cusco City.

 

Short Inca Trail Map - Day 2

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What is included in the hike?

Briefing: The night before your trek, the guide will visit you at your hotel for the briefing. 

Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco around 4:30 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to Ollantaytambo, to take a train to km 104, tha starting point of the trek.

The schedule depends on availability of train tickets, this are the most common schedule we reserve for your trek:

 

Train Departure from Ollantaytambo Arrival to km 104
Expedition 81  6:10  7:00
Expedition 83 7:45  8:45
The Voyager 7:20 8:20

 

The train back from Aguas Calientes is included. This is Expedition class but can be upgraded for $65 per person. Once you arrive at he train station, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco.

 

Train Departure from Aguas Calientes Arrival to Ollantaytambo Arrival to Cusco
Expedition 84 18:20 20:05 22:00
Expedition 86 20:50 22:50 23:30
The Voyager 19:00  20:41 22:30
The Voyager 20:20   21:59  23:00

 

Your bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes in second day is also included. You can buy extra bus tickets if you feel tired from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu and back (USD 12 one way; USD 24 round trip)

Professional Guides:All of our guides studied English and tourism. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy.

Permits: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits. These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.

Food: You will be provided with a snack the first day to enjoy along the hike. You will also enjoy a dinner in Aguas Calientes town and breakfast the next morning. Lunch the last day is not included.

 

What is included the snack bag?

  • Peruvian Quinoa Chaufa ("Chaufa”is the name of the Peruvian-Chinese fusion of fried rice) with pieces of chicken or meat;
  • Quinoa chaufa with pieces with aubergine and soy meat (Vegetarian);
  • Small fruit juice box;
  • 1x Apple
  • 1x Granadilla
  • 10x Lemon candy;
  • Raisins with peanuts

Water: A bottle of water of 500 mL is included in the box lunch. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth.

First Aid:Every guide has received training in first aid from a physician. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.

Accomodation: 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.If you would like to upgrade your accommodation or you have your own reservation for a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the discount is U$ 20 per person (Double or Single room).

We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single accommodation can be arranged for a supplement, subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:

 

Hotel-Wiracocha-Machu-Picchu

Wiracocha Inn

Hotel-Retama-Inn-Machu-Picchu

Retama Inn

 

Not Included

  • Breakfast on first day, and lunch on the second. 
  • A shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu in the second day (U$ 12 one way)
  • A shuttle bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes in the first day (U$ 12 one way)
  • Travel Insurance
  • No local flight is included in the trek´s price
  • Tips
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): If you don’t want to bring them, they are available for rent: $10

Meal budget:Please take USD 20-30 for meals not included on second day.

Solo Traveller:If you like a single room for this trek, please choose the "Solo Traveller" option during your booking.

 

Additional Items:

As you see, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices:

 

Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. While this hike is done on your own, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. This is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you with an advance notice. The ticket is $75 per person.

 

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers even more stunning views than Huayna Picchu, but takes an hour and a half to reach the top. This is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you. This ticket is $75 per person.

 

Huayna-Picchu-Mountain-View

Huayna Picchu Mountain

Machu-Picchu-Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain

 

Vistadome Train

All our tours include the Expeditions (Tourist) Train. This train is normally booked at 4:22 p.m., leaving Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome train is an upgraded train, that offers slightly larger seats, windows and even some entertainment. Normally the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and travels to Poroy, a train station closer to Cusco. While this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. This train is $65 per person.

 

360° Train

This train is normally booked at 4:12 p.m., leaving Aguas Calientes. The 360° train is an upgraded train, that offers an entertainment app on board which will allow you to learn more about the train journey and the Inca civilization, taller panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage including a bar. Normally the 360° train is booked for 4:12 p.m. and travels to Poroy, a train station closer to Cusco. While this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. This train is $65 per person.

 

Vistadome-Train-Machu-Picchu

Vistadome Train

360°-Train-Machu-Picchu

360° Train

Passport Information to reserve the permit

If you want to reserve the Inca Trail. We require 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).

 

Can I use the old passport to reserve the permit and then change it with new passport?

Yes, it is posssible, but it is very important to bring a copy of your old passport. When you will enter to the Inca Trail, you should present your current passport and a copy of your old passport.

Discounts

Student Discounts:

Students with a valid UNIVERSITY Student card (You must be No older than 25 YO) can have a USD 20 discount (please scan and email the card).

 

Child Discounts:

  • Children 8 to 17 can have a USD 20 discount (please scan and email passports)
  • Children 7 or younger can have a USD 40 discount ((please scan and email passports).

Important: On your request we can book this trip as a Private Service.

Maximum Group size for the Short Inca Trail: 8 people per group. A group of up to 8 participants receives 1 Guide, a group over 8 persons receives 2 Guides.

Weather

Of course weather on Inca Trail is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

Inca trail involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for changing weather on Inca Trail. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm, winter-weight jacket.

Weather on Inca Trail during May to September is perfect for hiking, 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.

Altitude during Short Inca Trail

VERY IMPORTANT: We strongly suggest staying at high altitude (above 3000 metres - in Cusco or another high altitude city) for 1 to 2 days (minimum) before undertaking the trip. This is in order to minimize the effects of possible altitude sickness. Also, you can help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol and drinking coca (ancient traditional leaf) tea. Diamox can also be helpful - please ask your doctor about this.

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Short Inca Trail Packing List

ESSENTIALS INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST:

  • Passport Valid,
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)

INSIDE YOUR DAYPACK:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates. 

  • 1 wicking t-shirt,
  • 1 shirt for Machu Picchu 
  • 1 hiking pant, 1 short or pants for Machu Picchu
  • 2 sets of undergarments.
  • Hiking socks, regular socks
  • Sandals 
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night 1
  • Rain jacket
  • 1 sun hat
  • Camera

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent – recommended minimum is 20% DEET
  • Handsanitizer
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Is important to list extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips in your Inca Trail packing list.

Inca Trail 2 day vs 4 day

The Inca Trail is a walking adventure that has as destination the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. There are two routes: Classic Inca Trail of 4 days and the Short Inca Trail of 2 days. While the Classic is more popular and more promoted, the short route also offers an unforgettable experience with less effort. Here we try to explain you the Inca Trail 2 day vs 4 day.

 

  1. Duration and itinerary: The first difference of Inca Trail 2 day vs 4 day is the duration of the walk. The Inca Short Trail is two days long. We start from Chachabamba at kilometer 104 and travel around 6 hours until we reach Intipunku. During the second day the guided tour to Machu Picchu takes place.The classic route is four days. During the first day 12 kilometers are covered, the second one 13 kilometers and the third 15 kilometers. On the fourth day there is a two-hour walk to reach the citadel of Machu Picchu and take the guided tour. 
  2. Inca Trail camping tours: Are you a nature lover? You can not miss a night of starry sky and Andean landscapes in the Classic Inca TraiIn the Inca Trail 4 day night camps are made on the route the first three days. You only have to bring your sleeping bag and the rest of the equipment is provided by the travel agency. Unlike the long route, during the Inca Trail 2 day, the night is spent at the hotel of your choice in the town of Aguas Calientes. 
  3. Travel backpacks for Inca Trail: For the difference of days in Inca Trail 2 day vs 4 day, the amount of clothes is less for the fast road. On the other hand, you should consider that on the classic route night camps are held while on the short route you spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes. If you want to go lighter, the Inca Trail 2 day is your option.
  4. Amount of physical effort: Another major difference of Inca Trail 2 day vs 4 day is the amount of physical effort required. The classic route lasts four days and goes through landscapes that go from low fertile valleys to the pass of Warmihuañusca to more than 4000 meters of altitude. The first days of the route have steep stretches that are a physical challenge for many. Are you looking for a challenge that has a wonderful reward? Choose the 4 day Inca Trail. The 2 day route is lighter since you only walk during the first day.
  5. Inca Trail permits: The Classic Inca Trail supports up to 500 people daily, including guides and service personnel. The spaces are usually sold quickly so it is best to buy them at least 6 months in advance. The route of the Inca Short Trail only supports 250 people. This route is new so it is more available. In case there are no spaces for the 4-day route you can take the short route and not miss the best trekking in South America.

 

Inca Trail 2 day vs 4 day

 

  Inca Trail 2 day Inca Trail 4 day
Duration 2 Days / 1 Night 4 Days / 3 Nights
Start / End Locations Piscacucho at Kilometer 82 / Machu Picchu citadel Chachabamba at kilometer 104 / Machu Picchu citadel
Distance walked 15 km / 9.32 miles 43 km / 23.72 miles
Attractions to visit
  • Incan archaeological site of Willca Raccay
  • Archaeological Site of Llactapata
  • Archaeological Group of Patabamba
  • Ruins of Wayllabamba
  • Mountain Warmihuañusca, the highest point of the route.
  • Phuyupatamarca Inka complex
  • Pacamayo, place of rest.
  • Archaeological Site of Runncurakay
  • Ruins of Sayaqmarca
  • Archaeological Site of Wiñay Huayna
  • Inti Punku
  • Camp and Archaeological Site of Wiñay Huayna
  • Puerta del Sol or Inti Punku
Maximum Altitudes Abra Warmiwañusqa (Dead Woman´s Pass) at 4,200 metres (12,630 ft) Inti Punku at 2,700 metres (8,858 ft)
Accomodation Camping (3 nights) Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Difficulty Moderate - challenging Easy - Moderate
Good for Those who enjoy hiking and have a moderate physical level Moderate Physicist 
Permit required Inca Trail permit Inca Trail permit
How much time in advance to book

5 or 6 months before

Note: If you plan to hike the Inca Trail in May, June, or July; you should book it 7 or 8 months in advance.

A month before

 

Getting to Cusco

The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.

Luggage Storage

If you have extra luggage, can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Inca Trail Machu store luggage. We will grab from you the morning of your trek and return once you are back in Cusco. If you decided to left it in our store luggage, in the morning our driver will pick your luggage and he will leave it at our office to be safe 2 days and when you return to Cusco, we will leave your luggage at your hotel.

Terms & Conditions

FORCE MAJEURE: This is any event that Inca Trail Machu could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, disaster or adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, we will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel the trip (this is the last option of course!).

 

In the event of a protest / strike, which is not uncommon in Cusco, it may be necessary to leave a day or even 2 days earlier than scheduled so that we are able to comply with other services.

 

Risks: By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquekirao, Lares, Vilcabamba, Ausangate, Cachicata trek etc.) you assume the risks associated with them. For these Inca Trail Machu accepts no responsibility.

 

Travel Insurance: We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance that covers accidents, medical expenses and emergency repatriation, including rescue and air ambulance. We also recommend that it covers cancellations and loss of luggage. 

 

Sending your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please is important that the information that you send need to be exactly as appear in your passport.

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid University student card (Maximum age 25 YO) . It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real University upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).

 

Payment of the deposit can be made through following options:

VISA online on our websites (I have copied this link just in case): https://www.bookingsperu.com/payments/securesite.php?Codigo=MjAwOTMzMTAyMTM5

PayPal (In case you want to pay by PayPal system, please send us an e-mail to paypal@incatrailmachu.com)

Western Union, or        

Bank transfer.

 

To secure a reservation of a tour package, it is necessary to make a pre-payment of: 50% of TOTAL package cost, the balance must be paid 1 or 2 nights before your tour during the briefing. 

 

Cancellations:

  • Deposit sent is used to buy Inca Trail Tickets , Machu Picchu Tickets, Wayna Picchu tickets (if applicable) also, deposit sent is used to buy Porter tickets, and all taxes asociated with them therefore the deposit sent is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail - Machu Picchu and goverment Regulations).
  • Inca trail Machu must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
  • City Tours and Sacred Valley Tours can be cancelled with a 100% refund up to 15 days before the tour starts; 50% up to a week, 25% lose of deposit less than 5 days and 100% lose of deposit if cancellation is made with les than 48 of notice.
  • Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
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