Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days
Short Inca Trail 2 Days
Short Inca Trail 2 Days–Ready for one of the world’s must-do adventures? Join us on our trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru’s glorious city of stone perched high above the Sacred Valley. Take a step back in time and explore the mysterious Machu Picchu citadel on an exciting Peru trek adventure. Declared one of the New Seven World Wonders and teeming with fascinating legends and history, Machu Picchu is without a doubt the highlight of any traveler’s trip to Peru, but reaching the famed citadel by foot along the original Inca Trail adds a special perspective to this mystical experience.
This is a short version of the regular classic Inca Trail, perfect for ones who are short on time, and can opt for this truncated version, which begins at KM 104 of the Machu Picchu train line, or for someone who has never been on mountain trekking before, four days of hiking and camping at higher altitudes might sound a bit intimidating. Taking the one-day Inca Trail hike offers you a chance to get your feet wet on one of the world’s most famous treks and still feel the satisfaction of scrambling up the Gringo Killer’s Steps to the Gate of the Sun to earn your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.
On the trail, the highlight is Wiñay Wayna, a spectacular site of stone ruins, with water fountains that still on working, temples, and curved agricultural terraces that cling to a steep ridge high above the Urubamba River–Short Inca Trail 2 Days
Duration: Full Day Hiking – Next Day Machu Picchu Visit.
Physical Rating: 3 – Average, Moderate. Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category. Some trips with minimal hiking but rugged travel conditions or long drives, such as Journey to Salkantay, and Ausangate, are Trip Level 3.
Service Level: Upgraded
Group Size: Small Private Group. Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 08, Avg 04.
Overnight In Machu Picchu Town? YES.
Limited Trekking Permits: YES, Reserve your trek early!
The Peruvian Government has restricted the number of Inca Trail trekking permits to 250 hikers per day for the section of one day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. With many individuals and groups vying for an opportunity to trek this spectacular route, obtaining permits has become a bigger challenge than ever. It is common for permits to be sold out five to six months in advance. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this unforgettable, world-class hike… reserve your spot early for the best selection of date options and leave the rest to Crocotrail Travel!
Please Note. Passport information must be submitted to Crocotrail Travel at the moment you book prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Inca Trail, Machu Picchu train tickets, and Machu Picchu entrance fee.
Day 01. Hiking on Inca Trail, Km 104 to Machu Picchu
Today’s breakfast makes us ready for an adventure of a lifetime — Inca Trail. After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel very early in the morning, and transferred to the train station of Ollantaytambo. We will take the train through the stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley to the station at kilometer 104. Where we will begin our hike following the original path of the Incas through the beautiful Andean mountains. The first Incan site we will encounter is those of Chachabamba, a small archaeological complex with its religious carving rocks, and temples believed to have once been a place for religious ceremonies before entering in Machu Picchu.
From here the trail ascends at a gradual incline for three hours until you reach 8,690 feet. We will visit the site of Wiñay Wayna, which means “Forever Young” in the Quechua language. The name comes from the perennial orchids that speckle the landscape, making Wiñay Wayna perhaps the most beautiful place on the Inca Trail. An urban center with, several temples, dwellings, crop terracing, water fountains which are on functions flowing water through. Our Leader will deliver a great history of the site and the Incan civilization.
We then hike to Wiñayhuayna camp site (last camp site for classic 4-day Inca Trail), where we’ll enjoy our packed lunch, after eating our lunch, we will continue on to the Inti Punku or the “Gate of the Sun,” from where we’ll see Machu Picchu in all its majesty and grandeur. From Inti Punku we will hike downhill for roughly 45 minutes toward the citadel’s principal ruins, taking in magnificent panoramic views along the way. We will then take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), where we’ll stay an overnight at the hotel. All meals included, except the dinner.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
Hiking Distance: 8.08 miles.
Day 02. Guided Tour at Machu Picchu – Free Time to Explore or Hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain – Back to Cusco
We have an early breakfast and head up to the Inca city to experience the peace and solitude of this magical place. Our knowledgeable Leader leads us through, explaining the significance of the various structures and the theories behind Machu Picchu’s purpose and construction methods. We have the rest of the morning and early afternoon to attempt the optional hike up Huayna Picchu mountain and/or explore the Inca city on our own. We catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and from there take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at approximately 6:45 p.m. The day concludes with our Leader joining us for a final celebration dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Only breakfast included, the rest of meals don’t include.
Hiking Optional Huayna Picchu. Hike may be unguided and is steep with some exposure. Permits are limited to 400 spaces a day. An alternative optional hike may be available if Huayna Picchu permits cannot be obtained.
– Private transport.
– Round trip train tickets.
– Bus tickets (One way the first day, round trip the second day)
– Inca Trail entrance fee.
– Machu Picchu entrance fee.
– Tour Leader.
– Quechua porters to carry our gears.
– First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
– Picnic, and snacks, with an option for vegetarians, gluten-free, lactose-free.
– One night hotel***
What’s Not Included
– Hiking poles, you might get them rented from us US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond Leki brand.
– Extra expenditure during the trek, such as soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
– Dinner, last lunch on the second day.
– Travel Insurance.
– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Hotel in Machu Picchu Town. On the fourth night of the trek, after your final day of hiking, you’ll overnight at charming Gringo Bill’s Boutique Hotel, in the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
From USD 700.00 Per Person.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.
All costs are per person, based on double occupancy.
Trip Payment Schedule.
– At the time of reservation: 50% of total balance.
– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 50% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.
– Minimum fee (Inca trail permit fee): $120 per person
– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.
Preparing For Your Trek
The day hikes are mostly off the beaten paths and sometimes bridle paths. Trails go up and down across green mountains, valleys, plains, and sometimes crossing high-altitude passes. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed because we always have a staff member hiking in the lead as well as one behind with the slowest hiker in our group if there are 7 participants in the group. Any fit, experienced hiker will enjoy this hike, but we recommend you make an extra effort to prepare by engaging in regular exercise well beyond your normal routine. To accelerate your conditioning, try walking faster than 1.5 miles per hour, walking on steeper inclines, using your gym’s stair-climbing machines, or going on long hikes (also a good way to break in your boots). Please be aware that there are a few sections of long, steep stone staircases, so we do suggest hiking poles to protect your knees. The trek takes place at altitudes between 7,216 feet and 8,856 feet.
What To Pack. Keep in mind that it’s a day hike on the Inca Trail, where the restriction of weight is very regulated, and all gears that you bring with you, will be taken by yourself, included your packed lunch. Please bring with you just the essential items.
As we hike longer and longer you will find it is not that challenging since all you really need are the following: comfortable hiking clothes, with additional warm layers, good hiking boots, hiking poles, and personal toiletries (we provide a detailed clothing list).
Meet our fabulous Leaders
A professional Crocotrail Travel Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
Make the most of Peru’s natural beauty with outdoor picnics on each adventure tour, and Discover the delights of Peruvian cuisine in each tour destinations and outdoor tours. So food is awesome!
You’ll be surprised and delighted at the variety and quality of our on-the-trail packed lunch, and as you start the day’s hike, we provide tasty trail snacks including fresh fruit and chocolate.
Packed lunches consist of a wide variety of dishes, depending on the day, including, Quinua, chicken, pasta salads, and other offerings, or surprises with appetizers and delicious desserts. They are served at a comfortable and scenic spot along the trail.
This trip is level 3. Average, Moderate. Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category. Some trips with minimal hiking but rugged travel conditions or long drives, such as Journey to Salkantay, and Ausangate, are Trip Level 3. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will spread out along the trail during the hiking time for about 6 hours. On the trail, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the trail, such as a water bottle and a jacket. Our team of Quechua porters carries all your other gear from camp to camp.
A Typical Trekking Day. Hiking distances on trek are normally measured in hours, not miles, since maps aren’t really accurate enough to assess how far we walk up and down on winding mountain trails. With rest stops and photo stops, few people walk faster than one mile an hour in a mountainous region.
– Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Backpack to carry your things.
– Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
– Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
– Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
– Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
– Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
– Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
– Sunblock and sunglasses.
– Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
– Hiking trousers.
– Hiking socks.
– Water bottle or canteen.
– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
– Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves.
– Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
– For more info you can visit Gear Lexicon https://www.alpineascents.com/pdf/gear-lexicon.pdf
When to Go
The day hikes can be hiked all year around except in late January and February, the rainiest months, when the trail is blocked and damaged sometimes by the rainfall. The trail reopens in March and April, when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season, when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.