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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Briefing

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is designed for travelers who want to experience the magic of the 4-day Inca Trail, without committing the time needed. The short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is your best choice, great for adults, young and families with children .
During the 2-Day Inca Trail, will allow you to experience everything wonderful about the last stretch of legendary classic Inca Trail of 4 days, in just a couple days. We will enjoy a unique environment and our steps will take us to visit fassinating Archaeological sites like Chachabamba and the astounding Wiñayhuayna, you will learn all about the ancient culture of the Incas and connect with nature and Mather Earth with the most stunning landscapes. The difficulty of the trek is moderate. You only walk 12 km. or 6 hours on the first day. 
One of the awards of the trek is the Sun Gate with the most spectacular view of Machu Picchu.
You will head back inside the ruins on your second day to explore the mystery and history as you walk around with your guide.
In the case that you have more days other option is the 4 days Inca Trail

Highlights

🤝🏻 Meeting and briefing

Some days before the tour, our team will contact you via E-mail or WhatsApp and will coordinate the meeting time at your hotel to provide you the all tour details and answer all your questions.

 

🏁 Starts from your accommodation in Cuzco at 04:00 A.M.

🔚 Ends to the center of Cuzco Hotel at about 7:00 P.M.

Day 01: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

🚐 Car drive 1h. 30min.

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 12 km. - 7.43 mi.

🕗 Duration: 6 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 2750m. - 9020ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 1950m. - 6396ft.

🏠 Lodging: Aguas Calientes

Your adventure begins to day early morning, as we will be pick up from your hotel at 4:00am, then you will drive one and half hour to the Ollantaytambo train station and leave on the 6:10 a.m. The trail follows the Urubamba River until reach to the Km 104, Chachabamba check point , where we’ll register and begin our trek. The hike starts on a trail similar to the classic 4-day inca trail, after a short hike, we will reach our first archaeological site on the trek Chachabamba (2000m. – 6560ft.), and lear about this impresive place. We will restart the hike and will immersed in the stunning landscape, surrounded by lush vegetation, waterfalls and towering mountains watching over you, after about a three-hour climbed for the Inca trail we will arrive to Wiñay Wayna (2,700m / 8,858ft.) guided tour, lunch and rest for a while . At this point, the trek will join the main Inca Trail route, and we will continue walking until we reach the Sun Gate (2,750m / 9020ft.), that is the access to Machu Picchu (2400m. – 7872ft.). This is where we’ll see the panoramic landscape of the famous Machu Picchu. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views, we’ll begin our descent to Machu Picchu view point. Then we will take our bus 25 minutes to Aguas Calientes (1950m. – 6396ft.), where we will spend the night, free time to walk around the town or optionally visit the thermal baths. dinner and coordinate the visit for the next day.

💡 To keep in mind

– At the control of km 104 our guide will wait for you to register and start the journey.
– If you like thermal baths, it is recommended that you bring a swimsuit since you will have the option to visit, the cost of admission is 20.00 soles.

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Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

🚐 Bus drive 25min.

🚶‍♂️ Guided tour: 2 Hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 2400m / 7872ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 1950m / 6396ft.

🚉 Train back: 1 hour 45 minutes

🚐 Van back: 1 hour 30 minutes

We will wake up early morning, and we will take a short walk from the accommodation to the bus station to catch the bus that will be 25 minutes up to the entrance of Machu Picchu, we will show the Passports, register and begins our guided tour of Machu Picchu, we will stop in a view point where we will see the striking sunrise at Machu Picchu after this fascinating event our guide will start the guided tour for the most important places. After that you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourselves, after exploring you can either take a bus or walk down to Aguas Calientes, where you will take your train , which will depart that afternoon to Ollantaytambo. Once you arrive at the station in Ollantaytambo the driver will be there to meet you and drive you back to Cusco.

After the two-hour guided visit, you will have free time to enjoy this spiritual Inca citadel. We’ll return to Ollantaytambo, and then to your Cusco hotel.

💡 To keep in mind

To go down from Machu Picchu to the town you can do it walking 1 hour 1/2 or take the bus down 25 minutes cost of 12.00 dollars.
In Ollantaytambo our driver will wait for you with a sign with your name and he will return you to Cusco.

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What’s included

   ✔  Informative briefing the day before we coordinate with you the time
   ✔  Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
   ✔  Private transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
   ✔  Entrance ticket to Inca Trail
   ✔  Entrance ticket to Machu Piccchu
   ✔  Professional bilingual guide (English & Spanish-speaking)
   ✔  1 breakfasts / 1 lunches / 1 dinners
   ✔  Bus Down to Aguas Calientes
   ✔  Bus up to Machu Picchu
   ✔  Train ticket from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
   ✔  Bus transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
   ✔  Oxygen bottle and First aid kit

Not included

  ❌ First breakfast, last lunch
  ❌ Walking poles

Group size

💡 Important to know

– Over the last years specially after Covid-19, the rules have been changing due to the increase in visitors to this route and these are some of the new regulations that must be taken into account:
After entering the Inca trail, the visitors will not able to extend their stay, the time is indicated in the entrance ticket within the established route.
– Only máximum 500 people per day will be able to access the Inca Trail, an amount that includes autorizad guides, cooks, and porters, in other words the total number of visitors is limited to approx. 200 tourists, for this reason we recommend making the reservation months in advance specially in high season April, May, Jun, July, August, September.
– Due to conservation and restoration reasons, the Inca Trail is close one month a year ( February), if the trail is close for any other event or circumstance client will be informed 30 days in advance, except in the event unforeseen event of force majeure, in this case, its applies without prior notice, but we will informed as soon we know of the event.
– All people to enter the Inca trail must identify themselves with their original documents at the check points of the Ministry of Culture.

Good to know in case that you want to spend 1 more day in Machu Picchu
From 2021, the Ministerio de Cultura (Peruvian Ministry of Culture) has created 4 types of official entrances to visit Machu Picchu those circuits were created in order to better organize the traffic of travelers inside Machu Picchu, reduce the risk of infection by COVID-19, preserve and protect the constructions of the archaeological site for the future.

Machu Picchu Solo (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4)
This ticket includes the entrance Llaqta of Machu Picchu (all citadel) (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4) this ticket sellout fast.

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 + Machu Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
This ticket is the only one that has re-entry and first the guiding tour to Machu Picchu from the bottom part and after the guiding tour you go up the Mountain.

Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huayna Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu Mountain
With these tickets you will receive the guided through the lower part of Machu Picchu about 1hour 1/2 until the check point of Huayna Picchu or Huchuy Picchu where you walk up the mountain on your free time.

The availability of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu is very limited and it is recommended to book as far in advance as possible. Especially if you are traveling in high season.

🚫 Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 15 days before the start of the tour you will receive back 40% of the amount pre-paid in advance, After this time, or in case of no-show for the tour, you will not be entitled to a refund, this is because the Inca Trail has another type of organization unlike the other treks.

What to bring for the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour

   ➖  Passport
   ➖  Light clothing
   ➖  Warm clothing
   ➖  4 T-shorts
   ➖  Confortable walking shoes or boots
   ➖  Mosquito repellent
   ➖  Water bottle
   ➖  Waterproof raincoat
   ➖  Plastic poncho (specially in rainy season)
   ➖  Hat
   ➖  Sunblock
   ➖  Sun glasses
   ➖  Chocolate, candies and others snacks
   ➖  Camera, extra batery
   ➖  Medication (in case you consider it necessary)
   ➖  Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)

Maps

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🙋🏻‍♂️ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What is the best time to do the Short Inca Trail?

Inkas Destination recommends doing the Short Inca Trail during the dry season, which begins in April through November. During these it does not rain and it is appropriate to get the best photographs of the high jungle, archaeological sites and especially of Machu Picchu, it not mean that in rainy season is not good in this season we can see more vegetation like orchides and other flowers and the landscape is more green and colorful.

Important: see the availability of spaces before making your reservation, we recommend separating your space at least 4 months in advance, especially for the months of May, June, July and August, which is high season.

Is there an age limit for the short Inca Trail and do you need physical preparation?

There is no age restriction, so all visitors of any age are suitable for the Short Inca Trail. Families, groups of friends, professionals, school children, university students.
It is not necessary to be a regular athlete or sportsperson, nor to be in shape, it is only recommended to take frequent short walks and have a lot of desire to explore.

How is the food during the short Inca Trail?

In the short Inca trail tour a delicious and consistent box-lunch is provided, it can be Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or meat, if you have some food restrictions just send what they are and we will take care of sending the best box-lunch option. In Machu Pichcu town you will receive dinner in a restaurant and breakfast on the second day will be taken at the hotel.

Will the altitude sickness affect me on the short Inca Trail?

The tour begins in Chachabamba, which is at 1950 meters above sea level. In the high jungle this means that there are no altitude problems in this area, our guides have a first aid kit and an oxygen bottle in case at any time our visitors suffer any symptoms of altitude sickness, another preventive remedy is so Soon you arrive in Cusco to drink coca tea frequently, which is very helpful to regulate the body for height.

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