SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT

Permits sell out quickly, our best recommendation is to book 4-10 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 the Wiñay-Wayna Complex at 2700 m followed by a couple of hours further to Machu Picchu, to experience this last part of the Classic Inca Trail. This 2-Day Tour covers a 16-km Inca Trail in the first day, joining 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 you will visit, from where you will also have views of Inti-pata and Choquesuysuy, other ruins 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 Intipunku (the Sun Gate) 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.

On this trek we will have brilliant opportunities to photograph native birds and flowers, in particular orchids and bromelias, as well as stunning landscapes.The first day you will experience the sun setting over Machu Picchu – any photographer’s dream! Your guide, Flavio, will share his knowledge with you to help you create the best photos possible. We at Photo Tours Peru want you to go home having discovered a new technique or explored a new viewpoint. This trek is about learning from each other and revelling in the natural beauty of the mountains, capturing these memories forever on film.

Day 1: Ollantaytambo – KM 104 Chchabamba – Wiñay-Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

We’ll pick you up from your Hotel at 06:00am to transfer you to the train station for a 4 hour journey, or in high season this may be with private transport, to Ollantaytambo, then we’ll board a Tourist Backpacker Train with reserved seats for 1 hour and 45 minutes to kilometer 104 – the start of the hike. As soon as we arrive at this point we will cross a bridge to the check out point and show your passports, then we will start with an 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 in 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, we 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 Intipunku (Sun Gate) we will climb 60 Inca steps. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe this marvelous place, where you can feel an amazing inner peace. We will have a break for photos before heading down to Aguas Calientes. A visit to the hot springs is optional or you can enjoy free time to chill out at this small village.

NOTE :

* 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.
Timetable :
– 1st Turn 07:00 am : 200 people.
– 2nd Turn 10:00 am : 200 people.

Accommodation in private rooms, http://www.santuariohotel.com/ or similar level accommodation.

This is all considered a low altitude hike, but you would want to be fit.

Accommodation: Plaza Andina Hotel

Maximum Altitude: 2720m/7872ft

Minimum Altitude: 2400m/7872ft

Distance Travelled: 12 Km aprox.

Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 Hours

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – 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 to Machu Picchu at approx 06.15am and arrive at the ruins at 06.45am. At this time is still not so crowded, so we will 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 (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)

INCLUDED ON THE TRAIL

  • Transfer from your hotel to the train station
  • Tourist Back-packer train to Km 104 (starting point of the hike)
  • Entrance fees for Machu Picchu
  • Permits and fees for the 2 Day Inca Trail
  • Walk with an excellent English speaking guide for 4 hours before lunch
  • Guided visit of Chachabamba
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu on the second day
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast
  • Vegetarian meals on request at no extra charge
  • Private room for 2 or 3 people in Hostel Varayoq with shower and bathroom
  • 2 bus tickets Machupicchu –Aguas Calientes –Machupicchu
  • Tourist Backpacker train return to Ollantaytambo and transport to Cusco
  • (Train Aguas Calientes to Cusco if Available)

NOT INCLUDED ON THE TRAIL

  • Hot springs
  • 1 way bus ticket
  • 1 lunch at Aguas Calientes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities

We recommend 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)
  • Comfortable hiking boots, runners or sturdy shoes
  • Money in soles or dollars. (ATMs or cash machines and travelers cheques in Aguas Calientes are more expensive to use)

PRICE

  • 1 people :  US$780.00 per person
  • 2 people :  US$660.00 per person
  • 3 people:   US$620.00 per person
  • 4 people :  US$580.00 per person
  • 5 people :  US$540.00 per person
  • 6 people :  US$510.00 per person
  • 7+ people : US$480.00 per person

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

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 phototourperu@gmail.com

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): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person

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