2-DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

The 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best short trek in Peru… It takes you to lost city of the Incas in one day…

2-day Inca Trail is a wonderful short trek to Machu Picchu Inca citadel where you’ll hike through the Cloud forest for 5-6 hours and 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”.

2-day Inca Trail

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru

Style: Guided
Grade: Moderate to challenge
Maximum elevation: 2,750 meters
Accommodation: Camping tents
Transport: Bus, train and trekking
Timing: 2 days and 1 night
Starting point: Cusco hotel
End point: Cusco’s hotel

2-DAY INCA TRAIL DESCRIPTION

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.

BRIEF TREK ITINERARY

DAY 1: “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: MACHU PICCHU

  • 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.

FULL TREK ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO –  KM 104  – WIÑAYHUYNA – MACHU PICCHU – “AGUAS CALIENTES”

2-day Inca Trail

2-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu begins at 04:00 a.m. When we’ll pick up and transfer you from your hotel in Cusco to the train station of Ollantaytambo (we recommend you to stay the night before at the town of Ollantaytambo – there are very nice hotels). Travel by train to trailhead at Kilometer 104 or Chachabamba named like this for the existence of a beautiful Inca ruins named CHACHABAMBA.

From Chachabamba we’ll continue to trek and cross Urubamba River over the bridge when suddenly, we will find the checkpoint and show the passports and permits for the Inca trail to Machu Picchu; then we continue the trek guided by official English-speaking tour guide into Chachabamba ruins located next of old Inca Trail at this place, we will hear the history of the Incas from our guide, this complex was considered the second gate to Machu Picchu. From here we’ll carry on 3 hour-climb the hillside leaving the woods for open grassland till lunch time.

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The Inca trail crosses through a nice waterfall and then arrives to the impressive Wiñayhuyna ruins, where we will have fully guided tour; the we continue walking slowly following the ancient Inca Trail and getting the best view of Urubamba Canyon and passing the cloud forest up to the final pass named Inti Punku or Sun Gate (2,750 masl).

From The Sun gate, we will have impressive scenery of Machu Picchu ruin and Wayna Picchu Mountain. From the Sungate we’ll continue to descend to Machu Picchu and observe the sunset at surrounds mountains. The first day, we won’t visit Machu Picchu so that we must take the bus down to the town of “Aguas calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel; in the evening, you can go the take bath in the natural hot spring relax and be ready for the next day.

  • Hike Distance:         11 kilometers
  • Minimum altitude:   2,200 meters above sea level
  • Maximum altitude:  2,700 meters above sea level
  • Approximate time:  7 to 8 hours
  • Gradient:                  Moderate

DAY 2: “AGUAS CALIENTES” – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

2-day Inca Trail

Guided Tour of Machu Picchu will be for 2 – 3 hours approximately at his enigmatic and mysterious INCA site, during this time we will visit the agricultural sector and mainly the urban sector where we will visit the Temple of the Water, Temple of the Mother Earth, Temple of the Sun, the Main Temple or Wiracocha’s Temple, the Temple of theThree Windows or the Andean Cosmology Temple, The Inti Watana or Sundial, the Temple of the Mountain and the Temple of the Condor and other interesting places.

After the tour, you will have extra free time to explore by yourself or for climbing to Huayna Picchu (see additional information if you want to purchase a permit for this). At around 12:00 p.m, you will take the bus down to “Aguas Calientes” for your lunch.

The train departs from “Aguas Calientes” in the afternoon at 05:00 p.m to Ollantaytambo, and then 1 hour and 45 minutes transfer to Cusco and to your hotel arriving at 09:00 p.m approximately.

2-DAY INCA TRAIL INCLUDES

  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or in our office time will be confirmed on your arrival to Cusco.
  • Pick-up from your hotel at 04:30 a.m.
  • Private transport to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Expedition class train to Km 104 (starting point of the trek).
  • Entrance fee for the trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Permits for the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Walk with an excellent English-speaking guide.
  •  1 Lunchbox, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast.
  •  Private room for 2 or 3 people in hotel with shower and bathroom.
  • 2 bus tickets (Machu Picchu- “Aguas Calientes” -Machu Picchu)
  • Expedition class train return to Ollantaytambo and transport to Cusco.
  • Personal Travel Advisor assigned for you to customize the rest of your Peru Trip.

EXCLUDED

  • Dinner on the 2nd Day
  • Drinks, snacks or water
  • Tips for your guide are not mandatory.
  • Admission fee for Huayna Picchu $60
  • Hot spring pools 20 soles (Optional).

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING:

  • Your original passport.
  • Student card ISIC (if applicable).
  • You only need to carry a small daypack.
  • Drinking water 1 liter.
  • Camera, rain jacket in rainy season – Nov. to Jan
  • Basic toiletries
  • Hat or cap for the sun, essential
  • Sun scream with sun protection
  • Insect repellent for mosquitoes (Malaria or Yellow fever no cases have been reported)
  • Comfortable hiking boots.
  • Money in soles or dollars. ATM’s or cash machines and travelers cheques in “Aguas Calientes” are more expensive to change.

PRICE INFORMATION

  • In the following price is included 3-stars category hotel which we consider appropriated and very confortable hotel for 2-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  • We have other options based on the hotel, type of train; the options are adapted to all budgets and THE PRICE IS PER PERSON. We gladly will assist you, write or please call Us.

The price per person: US$ 450 group service

HOTEL FOR THE TOUR – HOSTEL PRESIDENTE  OR SIMILAR

2-day Inca Trail

Hotel Presidente in Aguas Calientes town – 2-day Inca Trail

Address: “Aguas Calientes” town – Cusco
Rating: 3 stars
Web: http://hostalpresidente.com/rooms.html

The Hotel Machu Picchu is located in the heart of “Aguas Calientes” town, beside the River Vilcanota. 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.

FACILITIES
  • Restaurant (open to public for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Bar-Cafeteria
  • Telephones with international and national dial up
  • Fax services
  • Luggage porters
  • Laundry service
IMPORTANT INFO

On your arrival to Cusco, we will give you a pre-travel talk (briefing) of the city and of the 2-day Inca Trail in your hotel; time will be confirmed on your arrival.

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