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INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU (2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT)

Inca Trail 2 days amazing view of Machu Picchu

Inca trail 2 days is a fantastic option for those who don't have the time or desire to hike the full length of the Inca Trail. With beautiful scenery, a wide variety of flora and fauna on display and a visit to the Inca Trail's most beautiful site (Wiñay Wayna) continuing through the famous Inti Punku or Sun Gate. Day two includes a full day visit of the world-famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

 

Overview

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days/1 Nights

Location: 2-day Inca trail To Machupicchu is a wonderful short trek where you´ll hike for 5 – 6 hours a distance of 11km through the Clouds forest; the second day you’ll explore the Inca santuary of Machu Picchu.

Trek Duration: 2 Days/1 Nights
Trek grade: Easy
Trek Style: Active
Type of Trek : Archaeological and Culture
Altitude: from 2350/7710 to 2650/8694 feet
Departure Day: Daily
Accommodation: 1 night in Hotel
Group Size: Small Group (Maximum group size 08)
Short Itinerary Walking Distance 
Day 1: Cusco - Km 104 – Machu Picchu
Day 2: Machu Picchu-Cusco
Day 01: 5 km/3,11 miles
Useful Information
Starting Altitude:  2,100m/6,900ft
Highest Altitude: 2,730m/8,792ft
T° Maximum: 22°C
T° Minimum: 0°C

Itinerario

Inca Trail great view of the arqueological sideCusco -km 104 - Machu Picchu

Transfer from your hotel to the train station at km 104 where we will pick up the short Inca Trail to Machupicchu. After crossing the bridge above the Urubamba River we will visit the first archeological site, Chachabamba. We will then set off on a two hour ascent after which we will arrive at the large archaeological site Winaywayna. This site is considered the most beautiful construction on the Inca Trail. Continuing our walk, we will arrive at the Sungate or, Intipunku where the first sighting of Machhupicchu will occur. Finally, we will descend the mountain to arrive at Machupicchu. From there we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and stay the night in a hotel. (Lunch, dinner)



 

 Day 2: Machu Picchu - CuscoInca Trail Sun Gate  your first view of the enigmatic Machu Picchu

Early in the morning we return to Machupicchu to watch the sunrise over the magical “Lost City of the Incas.” During the morning we will have many optional walks around the city, or we can go directly to the sacred mountain Huaynapicchu (Young Mountain) atop of which is the most astonishing and complete view of Machupicchu. After midday, we will go back to Aguas Calientes and take the train return to Cusco. Upon arriving at Cusco we will take you to your hotel. (Breakfast)

*Reservations must be made at least two months before your arrival in Cusco. Take note that the Inca Trail has limits on how many visitors may enter each day. For this reason, we suggest that you make your reservation as early as possible to secure your entrance on the day that you wish to do the trek.

 

Important notes:

  • This trek requires special permits, so please make your reservation well in advance to secure your place in the time that you wish.
  • Be aware that Inca trail is very popular trek and you will meet a lot of hikers on the way. If you are interested in more off the beaten track treks, please consider our alternative treks to Machu Picchu.
  • If you would like an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know at the time of your reservation so we can make appropriate arrangements with the return train tickets.

Included / Not Included

What is Included?  What is not included? 
 
  • Train ticket to km 104 and return ticket to Cusco
  • Transportation from the train station to your hotel
  • Meals 1 B/ 1L/ 1D
  • A bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu and the Inca Trail
  • Bus tickets to Machupicchu
  • Box lunch for the first day
  • Dinner the first night
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • First aid kit
 
  • Lunch the second day
  • Tips
  • Walking sticks
  • Personal backpack

* To receive the student discount, you must present your ISIC green card (International Student Identity Card)

What you need to take?   Optional Item to Take:
 
  • Original passport (International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Handsanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Water
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries
 
  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)

Price

Group Services: Private Service:
Price: $.    per person To Open A New “Fixed Departures Date In A Private Service”
We only need 2 paxs
Discounts Optional Extras
  • Student Discount: US$40 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 16's Discount: US$40
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain; add US$ 30
  • Sleeping bag - $23
  • Air matresses - $15
  • Inflatable pillow - $6
  • Pair of Walking poles – $19

F.A.Q.

When is the Inca Trail permits available?

Permits to hike the Inca Trail go on sale at the beginning of February. There are 500 available for each day of the month.
When you know your dates for travel, contact us to book your trek. The permit is for the first day that you start the Inca Trail.
The permits for May, June, July and August sell out quickly. By the end of April, there are usually only permits available for September and beyond.

Why do you need my passport number and birth date        ?

The Peruvian INC (InstitutoNacional de Cultura) requires the nationality, passport number and birth date of all persons buying a permit for the Inca Trail.

Can I change the date for the permit?

No, the permit is for a specific date. If you need to change your date, another permit must be purchased, and is based on availability.

Can the permit be transferred to someone else?

No, the permit is only for the person to whom it is issued.

Is there student discount for the Inca trail permits?

There are discounts available to Students with valid ISIC Student Cards and to young persons under the age of 17 years old ($45).
Other student cards are not accepted by the park authority or at booking time. You most bring your student valid card and valid passport for the Inca Trail, without two documents or expired passport or student card you can’t do the Inca Trail.

When the Inca trail is going to be closed?

The Inca Trail is closed every February to clean and maintenance the trail, the toilets, the campsites and the bridges along the Inca Route.

How is the weather on the Inca Trail?

We recommend doing the Inca Trail Trek during the dry season, this is between May to November. Even the dry season is possible to get some rain in the Inca Trail. The rainy season in Cusco region (Inca Trail) is from December to May.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Maximum Temperature °C 19 19 19 20 20 20 19 20 20 21 21 21
Minimum Temperature °C 7 7 6 5 3 0 0 2 4 6 6 6
Rainy Days 18 13 11 8 3 2 2 2 7 8 12 16

How many people in the groups?
Our groups are between 2-8 persons. we operate small groups and offer a personalized service.

How difficult is the Inca Trail?

Most people have that concern but don`t worry. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early. You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy this awesome walk.
The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. It's not a technical hike but there are a lot of Inca stairs to walk up and down, and the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend using a trekking poles and have an early night before the trek.

How high is the inca trail altitude?

For the Inca Trail, the highest point is Warmihuanusca at 4200 m (13860 ft) and the highest campsite is Phuyupatamarka at 3650 m (12045 ft).

 

What happens if we get sick or hurt and cannot continue on the trek?

If someone in your group is sick, the guide will monitor that person to determine if rest is needed, a lower altitude is needed or if the person needs to return to the starting point or city for medical help. A trained assistant guide or porter will accompany this person back, if they can walk. Otherwise, the INC gives permission for horses to be used to evacuate someone. This person either gets medical help, or if he/she feels better, that person can join the group when it reaches Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
If there is a serious medical emergency, the guide will arrange for immediate evacuation of the individual to the nearest hospital.

Can I have vegetarian meals?

Our cooks can provide vegetarian meals no problem. Just let us know your dietary requirements when you book your trek.

What About Trip Leaders And Tour Guides?

Having a good guide is an essential part of having a good trek. Our guides are knowledgable in the areas of history, archaeology, ecology, and are natives of the Cuzco area.
They take great pleasure in sharing their insights and expertise and will make your adventure an unforgettable experience

Will the guide have a first aid kit and oxygen?

Yes, the guide will carry a first aid kit and have oxygen with them while hiking. It is a good idea for someone in your group to also have a first aid kit, with items that you normally need.

Are there any facilities to use toilets?

Yes, there are many toilets along the Inca Trail but very basic,when they are not available our team will set up portable toilet tents.

Should I hire an extra porter?

About 70% of the people hired the services of a porter to carry their personal items.
A personal porter can be hired for the 4 day trek (includes porters entrance fees, meals, transport and wages). If you hire the services of a porter you can give him a maximum of 7kg to carry which is usually sufficient for your personal clothes .The porter will not walk at your side during the trek so you will still need to bring a day pack to carry essential items. We will give you a duffle bag so that you can put your items into. This you will give to the porter on the day of the trek and return to us after use.

Will I need to bring water?

We recommend that you purchase a 2 liters bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.
Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1 and  Day 2 and of course at Machu Picchu.

Will I need any extra money?

YES, so that you can take part in options such as bottle water/drinks,the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles), tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machupicchu, drinks in your lunch in Aguas Calientes, etc. You should take at least 350 soles as emergency money.

What should I pack?

  • Original passport (International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Handsanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Water
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries

What do we do with our travel luggage while we are trekking?

The hotel where you stay in Cusco will keep your luggage that you do not need. Most hotels have a locked storage room for your use. Most hotels also have a security box for a small fee.

Is Altitude Sickness A Problem? What Should I Do To Avoid Altitude Sickness?

To avoid altitude sickness, give yourself time in Cuzco to acclimatize to the change in altitude. Two days minimum is recommended. Try to avoid alcohol before and during your trek, and make sure you eat lightly and drink plenty of water. Make sure to stay hydrated during the trek, don’t force yourself to walk faster than your body wants to, and take frequent breaks. Drinking coca leaf tea helps a lot, and you may wish to speak with your doctor about Diamox pills.

Can I Use My Mobile/Cell Phone On The Mountain?

You will get sporadic phone coverage during the trek and there will not be anywhere whilst trekking to charge your phone.

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