This challenging trek passes ecological zones, alpine meadows, spectacular glaciated peaks, down through subtropical forest and onto the Classic Inca Trail. Arrive through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu!
The Inca Trail offers the traveller a wonderful combination of scenery including magnificent mountains, fauna and flora, subtropical vegetation and the amazing Inca ruins. Over 220 species of orchids have been found in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as many species of birds, animals and reptiles.
This trek is spread over 4 days, the 44 km trail passes though three stunning Andean high passes where you will discover ancient archaeological sites and ruins.
In order to undertake this trail you need to have a reasonable level of fitness – age does not matter. The most important factor is acclimatizing to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the trail is 4,200m, so we suggest that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco before attempting to walk the trail.
During this time you can explore the wonderful city which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This trek is led by our Peru Travel Club guide(s) who are also accompanied by our team of porters and cooks.
Day 1: Cusco / Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes
- Meals L (box-lunch)
- Total distance: 13 km (8,08 miles)
- Estimated time: 6-7 hours
- Maximum altitude point: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
- Campsite altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Sacred Valley/Cusco
- Duration: 2 Days
- Difficulty: Medium
- Group Size: Max 12 people
- Private Group: 1 to +
Cusco / Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes
Early morning we pick you up from your hotel and drive to the train station to board the train that will take us to km.104 on the Cusco – Machupicchu railroad (starting point of the hike), where we arrive at around 10:00 am. We start visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2150m/7052ft), located very close to the control point, to then embark upon an 8 km (5 miles) ascending trail, which after four hours takes us to the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. On the way up we may enjoy magnificent views of the Urubamba River valley and the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex located on the other side of the river, and also of a beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes away from Wiñaywayna. We then continue and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may contemplate the sacred citadel of Machupicchu. From Intipunku we descend to Machupicchu and then by bus to Aguas Calientes. We are then accommodated at the selected hotel/hostel.
Aguas Calientes – Cusco / Sacred Valley
We wake up early and board a bus to Machupicchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley, where we arrive after nightfall.
Prices Short Inca Trail 2016
|Travellers||Group Service (per person)||Private Service (per person)|
|2 people||$ 520||$ 640|
|3 people||$ 520||$ 620|
|4+ people||$ 520||$ 600|
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 8+
- Pick-up from your hotel.
- Train to Km104
- Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Boxed Lunch, 1 Dinner. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- 3 Star Hotel
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- 2 Bus journeys between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 2
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries
NOTE ABOUT OUR PORTERS
Our Porters carry a maximum load of 18kg, but we kindly ask you to not exceed your 7kg stated allowance as we need to adhere to the INC regulations and more importantly not damage the health and welfare of our Porters!Please note that if you want to hire a personal porter you need to tell us this at the time of making your reservation as our Porters also require permits to enter the trail and we cannot add on more porters after we have obtained your permits.
INTERESTED IN CLIMBING HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN?
Please note that you need to reserve permits for Huaynapicchu Mountain in advance. The system of booking is permit based and can get sold out way in advance! There are 400 permits available per day and the cost to add on Huanapicchu to your program is US$ 68 per person payable via Paypal in advance.Please note that if passengers are not on time they will lose their entrance!!