2-DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
Short Inca Trail TrekAll Inclusive - From Hotel to Hotel
All Required Transportation
2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best short trek in Peru… It takes you to the lost city of the Incas in one day.
2-day Inca Trail is a wonderful short trek to Machu Picchu. You’ll hike through the Cloud forest for 5-6 hours covering a distance of 11km; the second day, you’ll explore the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We recommend you to book this trek in advance to avoid disappointments (Permits are limited). The 2-day Inca Trail offers a marvelous trekking route where you can witness the Mountains of the Vilcabamba range with connecting high peak including a charming Mt. Salkantay 6,271m and «la Veronica» 5,750m.
The 2-day Inca Trail runs through the lowest region of “Vilcabamba” mountain range which has some of the best trekking trails in the world. Jeweled with the incomparable views of the Peruvian Andes, trekking in this area becomes a moment to cherish. You will be dumbfounded with the stunning beauty of the high raised mountains so close to your eyes.
It is trekking in the National park of Machu Picchu with comfortable accommodation at the end of your day’s trek gives you the most relaxing moment to feel the beauty of Machu Picchu trekking. On this trek, you’ll use hotel of 3-sars category in the town of «Aguas Calientes».
All departures for 2-Day Inca Trail or Short Inca Trail are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going. This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
All About 2-Day Inca Trail
At a glance
- Style: Guided
- Grade: Moderate to challenge
- Maximum elevation: 2,750 meters
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Transport: Bus, train and trekking
- Timing: 2 days and 1 night
- Starting point: Cusco hotel
- End point: Cusco’s hotel
- 2-day short Inca trail allows you to explore the mysterious Inca runs of Chachabamba, Wiñawayna and Intipunku.
- Arrive to Machu Picchu through then famous Sun gate or “Puerta del Sol” as the Incas did.
- Trek through the ancient Inca Trail.
- Experience the rainforest where a large quantity of wildlife lives.
- Meny photo opportunities
- Explore Machu Picchu the iconic Inca site.
- Optional climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.
Short Itinerary for Cusco Classic Tour:
DAY 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – km 82 – Aguas Calientes town:
- Take the tourist train at 06:10 a.m from Ollantaytambo train station to Chachabamba or km 104.
- Trek gradually up from Chachabamba to Machu Picchu.
- Trek for 5-7 hours through the cloud forest.
- Visit the Inca ruins of Chachabamba, and Wiñayhuayna.
- See the sunset over Machu Picchu.
- Take a bus from Machu Picchu to «Aguas Calientes»
- Hotel accommodation at the town of «Aguas Calientes».
DAY 2: Aguas Calientes tonw – MACHU PICCHU – Cusco
- Early breakfast in the hotel.
- Take a bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu.
- 2-3 hours guided tour within Machu Picchu.
- Optional climb to the Huayna Picchu Mountain.
- In the afternoon, we will return to Ollantaytambo train station.
- Transfer to you hotel in Cusco.
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Travel information for 2-Day Inca Trail
The 2-day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu often known as «the short Inca Trail», the Sacred Inca Trail or the «Camino Real de los Incas». The trek begins at Km 104 (104 km along the railway from Cusco to the town of «Aguas Calientes») or Chachabamba zone and involves a four-hour walk up to Wiñayhuayna and a couple of hours further to Machu Picchu making it ideal for trekkers wanting to experience at least a part of the classic Inca Trail but haven’t got time or physical conditions to complete the full 4-day trek. This trek is perfect for people with altitude difficulties; It is a great alternative for families; for this trek, there is not limit of age.
The Inca Trail was a perfect road system that began in Quito, Ecuador, passed through Cusco, and ended in what is now Tucuman – Argentina. The Inca Trail annexed the actual countries of: Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina by extraordinary road system that crossed the mountain ranges of the Andes, with peak altitudes of more than 5,000 m. As well the Inca Trail through the coast that ran parallel to the sea and was linked with many smaller routes.
- The price of the tour does not include flights. You must buy your flight ticket.So, you’ll need to arrive to Cusco for the tour.
- The Confirmation for 2-Day Inca Trail Trek, will be received when the tour booking is made.
Passport name, number, date of birth, gender and country is required at time of booking for all participants.
- Valid passport required on day of travel. (Expiration dates older than 6 months are valid).
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
- Not wheelchair accessible
Child seats or chairs available
- Most travelers can participate in the experience.
- Airport pickup and drop-off will be provided by arrangement with your flight information.
- There will be a maximum of 12 travelers on the tour or activity Operated by: SPT Travel & Tours.
If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
Departure and returning Times for the excursion differs; it will be coordinated with your guide at the briefing time. However, the excursions include from hotel to hotel.
Important note.- FOR AIRPORT TRANSFERS WE ARE FLEXIBLE, WE CAN PROVIDE THIS SERVICE AT ANY TIME.
HOTEL IN «AGUAS CALIENTES» – HOSTEL PRESIDENTE OR SIMILAR
The “Hostal Presidente” is located in the heart of Aguas Calientes town. The hotel is very clean, helpful, and friendly and all rooms have a private bath and 24 hour hot water. Some of the rooms have small balconies with great views over the river Vilcanota.
- Restaurant (open to public for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Telephones with international and national dial up
- Fax services
- Luggage porters
- Laundry service
For 2-Day Inca Trail Trek, is Included «Expedition calss Train». The traveler in the Expedition class train, will be comfortable and relaxed, and will also be informed about the most important points that we pass along the route. The Expedition has wagons completely covered by wide windows so that the traveler immerses himself in the beauty of the natural landscape, and makes his experience to Machu Picchu begin on the train.
The tour includes a 24-hour airport meet & assists service in Cusco airport, your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.
Private vehicles are used for all sightseeing tours and most of the journeys throughout the tour. A variety of transport including vans, bus and train is used when you visit Machu Picchu.
We are committed to being a small group operator, as we feel this gives everyone in the group the best chance to get to know their fellow travellers and to hear and make the most of their guide. There’s no point in us providing great guides if you’ve got to peer over 30-40 shoulders to see them! So, we won’t ever put you in a 50-seater coach with 49 other people and just one guide. Instead, we set this 2-Day Inca Trail Trek group departure to have a maximum of 8 travellers. Average group sizes are around 6 people, lower during the low season (December- March.
Fully trained English-speaking Local guides are provided for 2-Day Inca Trail Trek and many of our travellers consider them a highlight of their tour. We also provide a fully trained English-speaking guide for any sightseeing tours.
It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as natural disasters.
General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.
You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.
While an accepted part of the culture and customs in Peru, tipping is always optional, and any amounts paid should reflect excellent service.
It is normal and accepted for people to tip differently, and you should not feel under any pressure to tip any particular amount. We are often asked for advice on common amounts however, and suggest that you consider around US$ 5-10 per person per day for guides, US$ 3-7 p/p/day for assistant guides or tour leaders, and US$ 2-5 p/p/day for porters and drivers.
2-Day Inca Trail Trek experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel it or request a modification, the amount paid will not be refunded. More information see at term & Condition.
Route & Location
Map of the Trek
Video for 2-day Inca Trail Trek
Yes! You must bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport that you sent us to reserve your Machu Picchu Permits. Your passport will be checked at the Machu Picchu checkpoint and when you board the train.
UPDATE PASSPORT NUMBERS:
If you are renewing your passport, feel free to email us a copy of your old passport to reserve your Machu Picchu Permits. If you no longer have your old passport, any government-issued ID will be accepted, as long as the name is the same. Once you have received your new passport. Email us a copy of your new passport as soon as possible to change your ticket information.
This will depend on the availability of trains. Our reservations are generally from 5:05 p.m. from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes on day 1 and the return train ticket is at 2:55 p.m., you will arrive in Cusco at 6:30 p.m.
According to Peruvian law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your visit to Machu Picchu (if you are 18 years of age or older, you need a valid student ID). Below is an example of a valid student card
- All students ages 11-17 receive a $20 discount.
- For children from 2 to 11 years old, the reduction is 30 USD.
All students must submit a copy of their passport and student card at the time of booking to qualify for the student discount. Send us a copy to: email@example.com
To book 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we will require a deposit of $150 per person. Upon receipt the pre-payment, we will send you an email with the confirmation of your trip. Here are all the details you need to send us.
- Personal information: (your full name, exactly as in your passport):
- Passport number
- Date of birthday (dd/mm/yyyy)
***We need copies of each participant’s passport, as they are required when purchasing The permits and Tickets.
You can make the pre-payment by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on our page or you need to log in to your PayPal account and send the money to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About remining balance?
The remining balance you’ll pay in cash once you arrive to Cusco in USD or soles (Peruvian currency), to the change of the day; or if you prefer PayPal (7% service charge applies) for the bank commission. Also, you can pay us by Visa credit card only (5% service charge applies). Please let us know which one you prefer.
Our 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is designed for travelers who wish to experience Peru to the fullest, in comfort and style. Individual travellers, groups of friends, families and seniors have been our main clients over the years, and we are proud to say that our experiences are suitable for all ages and tastes.
For 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Our guides are professionals specialized in tourism. This group of local experts includes Spanish, Portuguese and English-speaking guides, eager to provide you with a great experience during your trip.
Yes, As travelers, we know how important it is to spend quality time with family. For this reason, we want to offer a unique experience in Peru where even the little ones will be amazed by the incredible beauty of our country. If you want more information, do not hesitate to contact our team.
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