Photography Short Inca Trail Package 5D/4N
Our unique blend of photography masterclass and exciting trek enables you to improve your skills in the perfect environment. You will have the opportunity to explore various styles of photography, such as macro, flora, fauna, astro, light painting and Milky Way, with the careful guidance of our expert guide, Flavio. We, at Photo Tours Peru, want to help you discover new techniques and different perspectives to enrich your photography. We want to send you home with photos that will last a lifetime, along with the amazing memories that go with them.
Classical Short Inca Trail Package 5D/4N 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.
CLASSICAL INCA TRAIL HIKE AND CUSCO PACKAGE 5D/4N
Recommend booking 4-6 months in advance
Day 1:- City Tour Cusco and the 4 Archaeological sites
The city tour of Cusco will give you the opportunity to discover the enigma of this marvelous city and the surrounding archaeological sites.
We pick you up from your hotel at 1:15 pm and bring you to the main Plaza de Armas at 1:30 pm, where you will meet you travel mates (in case of shared service). We start by visiting the main cathedral of Cusco where you can observe the colonial architecture and amazing paintings of the Cusqueña school (well known for its religious iconography painted by Cuscqueños)
Afterwards we take you to Koricancha (golden place) and Santo Domingo convent. Here is a perfect example of the fusion of Inca and Christian culture.
After your tour in the city, we will take the bus and drive to the impresive Inca fortress of Saqsaywoman, where you will be amazed by the rocks used for construction, some of them weigh more than 300 tons.
The tour continues with the discovery of the underground temple of Quenqo, (labyrinth) with impressive rock carvings and tunnels carved into the solid rock. This religious temple is dedicated to the worship of mother earth.
After a few minutes ride we will see a small fortress of Puka Pucara (red fortress) used as military control entrance gate to Cusco. Walking for few minutes we will arrive at Tambomachay (water temple), temple dedicated to worship the water, fertility and longevity. We return to Cusco at the end of the day around 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, if you want, you can ask your tour guide to stop at one of the souvenir shops on way back.(B,)
Day 2:- Cusco – Urubamba
We tour the small towns of the Sacred Valley, including Chinchero to Ollantaytambo. Each town offers its unique interpretation of ancient customs and traditional life. Chinchero is known for hand-dying and weaving fabric; Ollantaytambo is the oldest occupied Incan town. Overnight in Cusco.-(B,L,)
DAY 3:- 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)
DAY 4:.- 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,L)
Day 5:- Cusco - Lima
Free morning in Cusco, then we’ll drive to the airport, where our service concludes. You’ll board your flight to Lima and your next destination.
Choose your dates, then contact us for availability. Please include name of trip, number of people in your group and time of year you plan to travel. We try to reply the same day.
Does not include: Lima Transfer (available on request), Domestic or International flights ,Travel Insurance, Meals in Cusco, Tips, Travel Insurance.-(B,)
• Meals on the hike
• Half porter
• Guides, porters & camping equipment
• All land transportation
• Entry fees to museums & archaeological sites including Cusco & Machu Picchu
• Private, guided tour of Machu Picchu city tour ,sacred valley
• All 3* hotels and accommodations with private bath, based on dbl occupancy
• Group tour inca trail
* 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 in Hostel Varayoq with shower and bathroom
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
We recommend that you bring:
Student card ISIC (if applicable.)
You only need to carry a small day pack
Water to drink (2 liters recommended)
Rain jacket or rain poncho in rainy season - Dec, Jan
Change of weather gear in rainy season - Dec, Jan
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)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person
Sacred Valley Tour:
City Tour: $
Maras Moray Tour: