The 2-day Inca Trail is a fantastic option for those who do not have the time or desire to travel the famous Classic Inca Trail. With beautiful landscapes, a wide variety of flora and fauna on display and a visit to the most beautiful site of the Inca Trail (Wiñay Wayna), you can enjoy the best corners of the Inca Trail condensed in a day hike. Covering a distance of only 16 km / 10 miles, the Inca Trail of 2 days is not too challenging, which makes it perfect for families with children and those with a tight schedule.
This Short Inca Trail allows you to experience some of the secrets of the Incas without camping in the vicinity of the facilities. There is no way to explain the surprise of that experience when after a four-hour hike it costs up, crossing the path of the second most important Inca ruin, "Wiñay Wayna", (which, by the way) is beautiful and well worth climbing, up a steep flight of stairs and then your breath is really removed at the door of the Sun.The tourists who enter the sanctuary of Machu Picchu for a few hours alone, really get lost in this wonderful and mysterious place. A short visit only gives a furtive view of this impressive empire and does not do justice to this wonderful and mysterious place.
Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 82 (Head trail) - Wayllabamba - Llulluchapampa camping
Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Warmiwañusca (Dead Women pass 4200m) - Pacaymachu Valley Camp
Day 03: Pacaymayu - Runkurakay - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna camppsite
Day 04: Wiñaywayna - Inti Punko (sunrise) - Machu Picchu
Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 05:30
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
Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character, extra porters and private transport.
Physical Rating: 3 - Demanding - Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers
Age requirement: 10+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
4 Day Inca Trail Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel
Inca Trail Permits: It is included in your hike + Machu Picchu ticket. In the peak season the trail is booked months in advance
Crew: A professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook
Extra Porters: Our porter will carry your personal belonging, included sleeping bag and sleeping roll mattres.
Accomodation: 3x campsite.
Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).
Group Available: Small Group - Min: 2 - Max: 8
We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to transfer you during a 2 hour ride to the Ollantaytambo´s railway station. There, we get on a train and continue until Km 104, where a checking point of the Inca Trail is located. We pass through to the Vilcanota River (bridge) and start the Inca Trail Trekking! The first archaeological site to visit is Chachabamba, guided tour. Then we continue through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site - Wiñay Wayna. But before we reach it, we enjoy a refresh in a local waterfall! Where you have lunch and a rest. Later on, we can admire the sunset above Machu Picchu when we get to the Sun´s Gate (Inti Punku) before entering the Inka citadel. However, today is too late to have a guided tour of this overwhelming Incan city so we descend slowly to Aguas Calientes Town enjoying beautiful surrounding scenery on the way! We spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes.
After an early morning breakfast, we continue hiking the Short 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.Machu Picchu is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists can not do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechuan farmers had known about Machu Picchu for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in a search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence. However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain. So enjoy this trip!
Duration and itinerary:
The first difference is the duration of the walk. The classic route is four days. During the first day 12 kilometers are covered, the second one 13 kilometers and the third 15 kilometers. On the fourth day there is a two-hour walk to reach the citadel of Machu Picchu and take the guided tour. The Short Inca Trail is two days long. We start from Chachabamba at kilometer 104 and travel around 6 hours until we reach Intipunku. During the second day the guided tour to Machu Picchu takes place, highly recommended for those adventurers who don't have many time to stay.
Attractions to visit
The 4 day Inca Trail route includes the following attractions:
The route of the 2 day Inca Trail includes the following attractions:
Differences of travel backpacks
For the difference of days in both routes, the amount of clothes is less for the fast road. On the other hand, you should consider that on the classic route night camps are held while on the short route you spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes.
The Inca Trail of 2 Days / 1 Night begins in Chachabamba (2,250 m.) and the highest point is the Intipunku (2,750 m.), during the hike the weather is warm in the dry season and in the cloudy and warm rainy season , obviously with the presence of rains. It should be noted that in the month of February, it is impossible to reserve the Inca Trail, given that the Ministry of Culture closes the road during this month, to maintain and improve the route.The climate varies according to the months some with presence of rains, sunny days, cloudy days, cold nights; then we detail the Inca Trail Climate per month:
It is only allowed the entry of 500 people, on any day to the Inca Trail; around 200 of these go to tourists, the rest goes to guides, porters and other trekking personnel. If you think it sounds limited, it's true.While alternative walks will provide opportunities for last minute walks to Machu Picchu; hiking on the Classic Inca Trail or the Short Inca Trail; Whether it's two days, four days or more requires a reservation in advance to get a space on this hike.
If you arrive in Cusco with the idea of finding a space on the Inca Trail, there is a high probability that you will be deeply disappointed when you do not find any space.So prevent it and book your entrance tickets 3 or 4 months before your trip.
If you are student, you can present the UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD and we can offer the student discount or who is 17-years-old less, We require a copy of your passport. These copies is for your book your entrance fee to Machu Picchu. Please send all to email@example.com
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