This is a shortened version of the classic Inca Trail, perfect for those who have less time and do not want to miss the opportunity to visit this famous road, visit two of the most important archaeological sites: Chachabamba and Huñayhuayna, beautiful Inca buildings. We will visit the architectural masterpiece that is the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is a trek open to everybody connecting the city of Cusco to the famous citadel of Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail has always been a marvel, part of a network of 30,000 km. of trails that go from Mendoza in Argentina to the border between Ecuador and Colombia, and an essential piece of the road system of the Inca Empire. Vibrant with the most incredible nature that can be found in a trekking due to the situation of the subtropical forest, full of valleys, snowy mountains and an amazing variety of plants, birds and animals, crossing archaeological sites. Walking the Short Inca Trail will be one of those experiences that you will remember forever as this is the essential adventure of the Peruvian journey, a perfect blend of cosmopolitan and traditional Andean life.
Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 - Puente Ruinas (Camping)
Day 02: Puente Ruins - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 05:00
Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek
Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00
Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department
Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel
Service Level: Comfortable Camping equipment, tourist train and private transport.
Physical Rating: 2 - Moderate - Some low-altitude hikes, but accessible to most healthy travellers
Age requirement: 4+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Crew: A profesional Tour Guide, a cook on the Short Inca Trail.
Accommodation: Camping (1 night).
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner, 1x afternoon tea.
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train (Expedition train).
The first day of the trek start long before the sun came up. Early in the morning between at 05:00 to 05:30. Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you all the way to Ollantaytambo where would catch the train heading towards Aguas Calientes. it is about a 2 hour drive.When you arrive in Ollantaytambo at between to 06:30 to 7:00 am, you can have a breakfast or drink a coffe. and boarded the train. iwhere you find the comfortable seats. Not only that, but there are also additional windows on the ceiling so that you could enjoy the looming mountains along the way.You will be on the train for about an hour and a half before you reached our stop: Kilometre 104. Our guide have the special Inca Trail permits in order for you hikers to be let enter to the Inca Trail. and walked down to the shores of the Urubamba River where you are greeted with a wooden bridge leading into the thick jungle and a few clouds hanging in the morning air. As soon as we checked in to the trail, you will come across your first archaeological site of the day: Chachabamba. This site sits at 2,170 meters and it was one of the last shelters that the Incas used before reaching Machu Picchu. It also operated as a religious and administrative centre.
After visiting Chachabamba you will begin the slow ascent on the Inca Stone steps. The trail is steep for the first 2 hours, but it eventually level out (for a few brief stretches, anyway). During that time you will stop at 2 different shelters where you will cool off in the shade and enjoyed some snacks. By lunchtime we reached a waterfall and unpacked our box lunches which will provide your guide. From there you continued on to Wiñay Wayna which sits at 2,650 meters. This is the highlight of the Inca Trail! Wiñay Wayna is one of the most beautiful archeological sitesI What makes it special is that there is hardly a soul there, plus the terraces are built in a really cool amphitheatre formation that allows you to see the whole area. These terraces were built to grow different crops and you’ll also find a temple that was dedicated to the rainbow. You also get to see Intipata in the distance (this is another archaeological site that sits at 2,750 meters), You will enjoy the section of the trail from the waterfall to Wiñay Wayna because the landscape change quite drastically. As you will trek closer to the water, the temperatures became cooler, the vegetation became greener, and at times it fill like you are walking through a moss-covered forest. It is a welcome change after the hot temperature and dryer landscape you have experienced near the start of the Inca Trail trek. After visiting Wiñay Wayna you will get back on the trail. Your next landmark on the trail is Intipunku, also known as the Sun Gate, and then after a long day of walking, Here your group pause for a few moment to relish the moment: you will have your first glimpse of Machu Picchu! and you can take your first Machu Picchu selfies. It is a moment none of you will forget. After getting your first glimpse of Machu Picchu, you will continue along the same trail, you will encounter some llamas and then once you reached the gate to Machu Picchu, you will descend to Puente Ruinas, where your cook is waiting with a delicious dinner and where you will spend a night in the tent, Machu Picchu would have to wait until the following day.
After an early morning breakfast, we continue hiking the Inca Trail for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own. The 2 day Inca Trail ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.
What happens if you renew your passport or Document?
Yes, renew or change the number or names of your passport or documents after having made the reservation of the tour / walk, you must send us a photograph of the new passport or document; we will make the change with the authorities before you arrive in Cusco; also it have an extra cost that will cover expenses in the change of Income to the Inca Trail, Entrance to Machu Picchu and train tickets. If you do not want to pay the $ 20 for the corresponding changes, you must bring your new and old passport or document to show to the authorities (Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Entrance, train tickets). If you do not have the 2 passports you must buy a new income on your own to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and train, the costs could be more than $ 100.
Can I change my train ticket back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo for an earlier one?
Yes, you can make this change personally at the Aguas Calientes train station. However, they will ask you to pay an additional fee for changing the ticket and this change will be subject to the availability of spaces and schedules on the train. In this case you will be responsible for assuming the costs related to your return transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
How long will it take to return to Cusco?
You will travel for about three and a half hours before returning to Cusco. And this is divided into a journey of an hour and a half on the train to reach the Ollantaytambo train station. From there our driver will pick you up outside the train station. Our drivers will be waiting for a sign with your name, so there will be no confusion. If you can not see our driver initially, you just have to wait for him outside the station. Once our driver has picked you up you will travel for another hour and a half before returning to Cusco
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