Permits always sell out quickly for this trek, we recommend you book 4-6 months in advance due to the high demand of this short hike to Machu Picchu.
A shorter version of the Inca Trail leaves from KM 104, 2100 m (104 kilometers along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes) and involves a four hour walk uphill to Wiñay-Wayna Complex 2700m followed by a couple more hours of walking to arrive at Machu Picchu. This 2-Day tour covers 16km of Inca Trail in the first day, connecting with the Classic 4-day trail at the impressive archaeological site of Wiñay-Wayna. (Only Inca Trail hikers get to enjoy these ruins !!!) The name means “Forever Young” in Quechua, the indigenous language, and is taken from that of the pink and purple orchid that grows here. Farming terraces, “Andenes”, surrounding the whole side of a mountain decorate this ancient Inca castle that includes temples, buildings and water channels. The stonework is high in quality with fine masonry and includes a magnificent sequence of fifteen ritual fountain baths. It was a religious centre, probably associated with the ritual worship of water. Chachabamba is another very interesting Inca complex that we will visit, hiding in the middle of the beautiful mountains and the lower part of the sub-tropical valley.
Trekkers continue the hike all the way to Machu Picchu, where you will observe the famous view from the Sun gate “Inti Punku” and spend the night in a comfortable hostel in Aguas Calientes. Groups then will return (Guided group average 8 -12 people max) to Machu Picchu for a guided tour on the second day. This private tour of Machu Picchu will take place very early so as to avoid the large crowds that arrive on the first train from Cusco, then you will have free time to explore on your own, or climb Huayna Picchu.
“Viajero… los mejores momentos los creas tu !!!” Raffo Leon.
DAY 1: Ollantaytambo – KM 104 Chachabamba – Wiñay-Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 06:00am to transfer you to train station for a 4 hour journey or in high season this may be with private transport to Ollantaytambo train station, then we’ll board a Tourist Backpacker Train with reserved seats for 1 hour and 45 minutes to the kilometer 104 start of the hike. As soon as we arrive to this point we will cross a bridge to the checkpoint and show your passports then we will start with a easy walk. On the other side of the Vilcanota river the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit to Chachabamba, we’ll continue along the trail heading south, climbing the mountain, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall. After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñay-Wayna. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 litres of water.
After lunch in Wiñay-Wayna we continue through a cloud forest full of bromelias, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features including stone steps and tambos “resting places”. To arrive at Inti Punku (Sun Gate) we will climb 60 Inca steps. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe the marvelous Machu Picchu, where you can feel an inner peace. We will have a break for photos before heading down to Aguas Calientes. Hot spring pools are optional or you can enjoy free time to chill out at this small village. (B,L / D)
Accommodation in private rooms, http://hostalpresidente.com/index.html or similar level accommodation.
This is all considered a low altitude hike, but you would want to be fit.
Accommodation: Presidente Hostel
Maximum Altitude: 2720m/7872ft
Minimum Altitude: 2400m/7872ft
Distance Travelled: 12 Km aprox.
Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 Hours
DAY 2: Aguas Calienets – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Early after a good breakfast we will leave to re-live the history and the mysterious world of the Incas; we take the first bus up at approx 05.30am and arrive at the ruins at 06.00am. At this time is still not so crowded so we take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site with a guided tour. This enigmatic city is explored for approx. 2 hours and its mysteries and archaeological information will be explained by your expert guide. Following this you will be free to explore at your own pace (you generally have approx. 6 hours extra free time but this depends on train timetables in high season). You will have the option to climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain (Please check previously with your guide. Sometimes guided tour is after Huayna Picchu). Around 4:00pm we’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for your return train.
The train departs Aguas Calientes late in the afternoon. (6:00 pm or 5:00 pm to Ollantaytambo then a 2 hours transport to Cusco arriving at 9:00 pm approx) (B)
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
– 1st Turn 07:00 am : 200 people.
– 2nd Turn 10:00 am : 200 people.
- Transfer from your hotel to the Train Station
- Tourist Back-packer train to Km 104 (starting point of the hike)
- Entrance fees for Machupicchu
- Permits and fees for the 2 Day Inca Trail
- Guided visit of Chachabamba, views of Choquesuysuy and Intipata
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu on the second day
- 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast
- Private room for 2 or 3 people
- 2 bus tickets Machu Picchu –Aguas Calientes –Machu Picchu
- Tourist Backpacker train return to Ollantaytambo and transport to Cusco
- (Train Aguas Calientes to Cusco if Available)
What is not included?
- Hot springs entrance
- 1 lunch at Aguas Calientes
- 1 way bus ticket
We recommend that you bring:
- Original passport
- Student card ISIC (if applicable.)
- You only need to carry a small day pack
- Water to drink (2 liters recommended)
- Camera, binoculars
- Rain jacket or rain poncho in rainy season – Dec, Jan
- Change of weather gear in rainy season – Dec, Jan
- Basic toiletries
- Hat for the sun
- Sun cream SPF35 or above
- Insect repellent for mosquitoes (Malaria or Yellow fever not been reported)
- Confortable hiking boots, runners or sturdy shoes
- Money in soles or dollars. (ATMs and travelers cheques in Aguas Calientes are more expensive to use/change)
Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.
Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional)
With hikes that trek the traditional Inca Trail, the standard package has clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.
- Cost: $195 per person on twin share basis. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.
- Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $60
- Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $24
- 1 night in a Hostel .
- With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
- Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.
** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in Expedition Train service **
Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)
- Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
- Teenagers: US$ 35.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Children: US$ 100.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Price: Group Inca trail: 2019 per person
1 Traveller $650.00
2 travellers $550.00
4 travellers $500.00
6 travellers $475.00
8 travellers $450.00
10+ travellers $400.00
STUDENT DISCOUNT: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to email@example.com
- Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00
ADDITIONAL ITEMS:As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $75 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $70 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Sacred Valley Tour:
City Tour: $
Maras Moray Tour: