City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking //
Welcome to the 2-day Inca Trail! Get to know the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, humanity heritage since 1983 and one of the 7 wonders of the modern world since 2007, which is one of the greatest attractions of South America and a vestige of the amazing ability of Incas to control the nature for their benefit. Take a comfortable train trip towards the beginning of the Inca Trail, and fall in love with the beautiful Andean landscapes, snow capped mountains, and splendid valleys, such as the Sacred Valley. Put your boots on for a trekking tour next to the Urubamba River and visiting important archeological sites such as Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna. Relax in the famous tourist city of Aguas Calientes and get ready for the next day full of emotions. After a delicious breakfast, you will be full of energy to contemplate the beautiful Andean sunrise and continue the journey towards the citadel of the Incas. Imagine being Hiram Bingham and rediscover this impressive jewel of humanity with your own eyes. If you don’t have too much experience in trekking, don’t worry, because this experience demands a low effort. This trekking tour is perfect for people that want to enter Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail, but don’t have too much experience in trekking or don’t have much time to do the full trek of 4 or 5 days. It is also possible to do it this short version of the Inca Trail (11 km) with young children (9-14 years old). Would you let this great opportunity get away?
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ONE DAY BEFORE THE START OF THE INCA TRAIL
Briefing in the tour operator's office in Cusco. The time will be determined by the tour operator.
*Your briefing is usually programmed one day before the start of your program and usually in the morning. However, if your Inca Trail tour starts on a Monday, your briefing will be programmed for the Saturday prior to your program and during the morning only. Therefore, please consider this when booking your flights to Cusco.
DAY 1: CUSCO - KM 104 - AGUAS CALIENTES
- Distance: 11 Km
- Walking hours: 6-7 hours
- Low altitude: 2030 m. / 6658 Ft.
- High altitude: 2650 m. / 8692 Ft.
- Campsite altitude: 2030 m. / 6658 Ft.
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the train station at Ollantaytambo; where you will take the train to get to the starting point of the Inca Trail at Km 104. The transfer between the bus and train will be approximately 3-4 hours. Along the way, you will see beautiful landscapes, mountains, Andean towns, snow capped mountains, and valleys, especially the Sacred Valley. This route will take you to the beginning of the trek and even further down to the “Ceja de Selva” (jungle) and the Urubamba River showing you all of its' natural beauty.
Once you arrive at Km 104 (the starting point of the Inca Trail) you will be close to the principal gate in order to check in and start the big adventure to Machu Picchu. The first archeological center you will visit is Chachabamba (2,050 msnm), which is known for its' beautiful construction and location in the valley that still preserves its' architecture intact. After that, you will ascend slowly for about 3 hours to the fascinating archeological center of Wiñaywayna (2,650 msnm), where you will enjoy its' charms and eat your box lunch. After a short break, you will continue through the semi-tropical forest to the mystic Intipunku (Sun Gate), where you will appreciate the first panoramic view of the enigmatic citadel of Machu Picchu, surrounded by impressive mountain peaks, deep valleys, and the Urubamba River. From Intipunku, you will descend for almost 30 minutes to the citadel and you will take a break at the top to rest and take beautiful pictures. Finally, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes (2,030 meters), where you will spend the night in the chosen hotel and where we have the opportunity to visit the hot springs after which the city is named for (aguas calientes).
After a good rest from the Inca Trail you will get together with the group to have dinner.
DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
After an early, warm breakfast you will take the first bus to Machu Picchu so you can enjoy the beautiful sunrise of this magical place before the arrival of more tourists. The guided visit inside the citadel will take about 2 or 3 hours. After that, you will have the opportunity to freely explore the wonderful lost city of the Incas. By the afternoon, you will go back to Aguas Calientes to take the train back, Peru Rail – Expedition *.
(*) The return from Aguas Calientes will be done together with your tour guide. Time of service to be confirmed.
- Personalized service (up to 8 people max. per group)
- Briefing one day before the tour
- Pick up from Hotel in a private van to Ollantaytambo Train Station
- One way train ticket in EXPEDITION, from Ollantaytambo – 104 km (starting point of the trek)
- One way bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (first day)
- Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (second day)
- Perú Rail train EXPEDITION leaving Aguas Calientes in the afternoon*
- Pick up from the train station in a private van to the Hotel in Cusco*
(*) The return from Aguas Calientes will be done together with your tour guide. Time of service to be confirmed.
- One night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Professional and experienced tour guide fluent in English, specialized in hiking the Inca Trail and trained in first aid and rescue (will be with you from the first to the last day)
- Tourist ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Emergency equipment and first-aid kit
- Radio communication
- Box lunch for the walk on the Inca Trail (first day), dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel, and breakfast for the following day at the hotel.
- Meals prepared for this trekking tour comply with all nutritional standards so you can recover the energy used during the trekking.
- Please inform the provider about special requests: vegetarian meals, diabetic diets, allergies, etc.
- Students with valid ISIC card (if you book the student rate): you will need to bring the original card, not a copy, to show it at the control points throughout the Inca Trail. If the card is not shown, you will be denied entry to the Inca Trail as the permits purchased for you won’t be valid anymore.
- Children: Between 7 and 17 years (at the start of the trek) pay the student rate, however they must show a copy of their passports.
- Children under 7 years: They have a 30% discount.
- Hiking poles
- Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day
- Restroom tent and portable toilet
- Personal porter, to carry your personal items on the Inca Trail (carries up to 15 kg and costs $150, please advise of your request for a personal porter at the time of your booking, as they will need permits to enter the Inca Trail as well.)
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
- The tour starts at 5:30 am on your first day. Please contact us to check the availability of the tour before buying.
2 days and 1 night
- If you have reserved the Inca Trail with your old Passport and then you have renewed it and obtained another one, your passport number has most likely changed. Please let the operator know so they can update this information. This modification has to be made at least 10 days before your trip to Peru. Otherwise, this update or modification will have an additional fee of $ 12 and it will create a big inconvenience to update the information last minute.
- Important: If you do not bring your passport, you won’t be given entrance to the Inca Trail.
- If you booked the trail with discounts for students with ISIC card please bring it and also your university ID (no copy or expired version, it must be the original document. If you do not bring your card you will be denied entry into the Inca Trail as the permits won’t be valid without your card.)
- If you have medical restrictions for some or all the activities detailed in your booking please contact your doctor and inquire about the risks of doing said activities.
- Arrive 2-3 days before your trek to avoid the Altitude Sickness (Soroche) and stomach pain provoked by slow digestion.
- Altitude Sickness: some of the symptoms are headache and nausea. There are some over the counter medication (pills) that help to minimize the symptoms of this problem, such as Glucosa Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Soroichi Pill, and Acetazolamida among others. If the symptoms persist, the use of oxygen is the next step. Under these circumstances the operator has the necessary equipment and staff to assist you.
- Stomach Pain: Drink between 3-4 liters of water per day so your body will stay hydrated. Hot drinks or meals are especially recommended, such as coca leaf tea, soups, vegetables, and carbohydrates (not fried or heavy). Candy, chocolates, cookies and fruits are also a good option. In general, all food that is easy to digest. Do not drink alcohol or smoke.
- Try to sleep at least 8 hours and do not exercise too much. Keep your body in good temperature wearing warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold. While adjusting to the altitude there is a general rule to follow: eat what is necessary and drink plenty of liquids.
- Please inform the operator before the trip of any medical restrictions, food restrictions, allergies, special diets, current medications, health issues, or anything that they need to consider to make your trip enjoyable and without concerns.
What to pack for the Inca Trail:
Take only whatever is necessary for the trek and leave the rest at the hotel.
- A hiking/trekking backpack (15 liters capacity)
- Hiking Poles with rubber tips (can be rented from the provider)
- Trekking clothing: hiking shoes, waterproof pants, waterproof shorts, two shirts, a light sweater, jacket for rain, and clothes to rest in at the hotel. On the other hand, it is quite comfortable and relaxing for the body to wear light clothes for the walk; for this, waterproof materials are very good, because they enable quick drying from sweat and rain.
- Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes: Please bring with you a clean set of clothes to wear after the trekking. Also, you can bring along swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Personal Hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, and wet wipes)
- Personal medicine, medicine for altitude sickness (such as Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamida) and Anti Blister Gel to avoid getting blisters on your feet and being unable to continue your trek.
- Digital Camera with an external memory (2-4 Gb) (optional)
- Sun Block SPF 60 (UVA-UVB) waterproof and sport.
- Waterproof insect repellent lotion, not spray.
- Swiss army knife
- Water bottle made of flexible plastic (from Platypus, this type of bottle is very easy to carry and does not take up a lot of space; the provider will be refilling water throughout all of the trek.)
- Extra money to buy some beverages during the trek (optional)
- If you decide to stay one night in Aguas Calientes, you will need to have cash with you as the ATMs in the area quickly run out of money due to the high amount of tourists. If you just wish to have lunch in Aguas Calientes it is also advisable to bring cash. For all transactions it is suggested to bring local currency (Peruvian Nuevos Soles).
Terms of Reservation:
- It is necessary to book this trek in advance, as it has a limited capacity of 500 people per day divided into 2 seperate times. The first group starts the trek at 7:00 am and the second group at 10:00 am; with 200 people in each group.
- Going up Huayna Picchu will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour. The trail is narrow but safe. The view is amazing. You will see a panoramic view of Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate, the Urubamba Valley, and the Urubamba River. If however, there is no availability for the mountain Huayna Picchu the operator can consider Machu Picchu Mountain, which is also impressive for its' location.
- The Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain ticket costs an additional US$ 75.00 US dollars and the Machu Picchu citadel ticket costs an additional US$ 69.00 US dollars.
*Keep in mind that the trekking up to the mountain is not suggested for people with problems with vertigo or who are afraid of heights.
Terms of Cancelation:
- Due to the strict regulations established by Machu Picchu Park, once you have made your booking, the space and permit that has been purchased cannot be cancelled. It is also impossible to transfer the permit to someone else under a different name, nor can the date of your permit be modified. Therefore, if you are not able to arrive on the scheduled date, no refunds can be done.
- Permits are not refundable and the local tour operator will purchase the permits as soon as the confirmation of the booking is sent to you.
- If you cancel the booking between 30 to 10 days before the start of your trip; you will be required to pay 50% of the total cost.
- If you cancel the booking between 10 to 3 days before the start of your trip; you will be required to pay 80% of the total cost.
- If you cancel the booking between 1 to 2 days before the start of your trip; you will be required to pay 100% of the total cost.
- In the event that you decide to withdraw from the Inca Trail once it has started, you will be responsible for all additional charges such as: food and transport that might occur because of the modification of your itinerary. However, you can join the group again for the visit to Machu Picchu citadel and the use of the same services from that point onwards.
- In the event that you decide to cancel the trip due to a health issue or personal problem, the above cancelation policies will be applied as the company had already had administrative and logistic expenses for your trekking.
Rules to follow during the Inca Trail:
- Before the start of the trek (Km 104) you will go through a control point where you will have to show the passport that was used to make the booking of the Inca Trail. All the information must match the information on the permits. This will be verified by government staff. Only after this verification is done, you will be granted access to the Inca Trail. If that information does not match their records, you will be denied entry (ministry of culture regulation).
- All road routes are marked, they need to be respected in order to guarantee the preservation and conservation of the route and its' own security. If you become curious about a specific area outside of the marked one, please reach out to your tour guide before.
- Please deposit all garbage in the containers located in each campsite.
- It is forbidden to climb or attempt to climb any walls on the archeological sites. Do not pick up flowers that are indigenous to the area, hunt animals or take stones from the archeological sites as this type of behavior will be prosecuted by the local authorities and by the government.
- Firearms are prohibited on the Inca Trail. It is also prohibited to carry alcoholic beverages while on the trail. At the entrance of the Inca Trail, during the first control point you and your belongings will be inspected to guarantee that these items do not enter the trail. Other fellow trekkers doing the route and the trail itself must be respected, as the area is a historic sanctuary.
- In the event of an emergency, please reach out immediately to your tour guide, or to any Inca Trail staff located along the route. They can assist you in any type of emergency.
- The tour guide must follow the company policy in regards of treatment of passengers and assistance on which both parts previously was agreed upon.
- The trail is pretty safe, however you must follow the instructions given by your tour guide and always be alert. There are sections of the trail which are 3 meters wide and then there are others which are very narrow. If you’d like to stop to contemplate the landscape and scenery, you must come to a complete stop, and then continue with the trek.
To return by train from Machu Picchu Station, you must take into account the following:
- You will return with his trek's group and the tour guide.
- Information on the departure time by train from Aguas Calientes will be provided during the Post-Sale from the operator.
- If you want to make an upgrade or change the departure time of your train service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, you must report this change at least 35 days before your trip. This way, you would avoid paying the penalty. You only have to pay the difference in the train ticket.
Information about the Local Operator:
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After having made the purchase you receive an e-mail with the complete contact information of the local tour operator.