Majestic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days – 1 Night

Duration

2D – 1N

Max People

40

Min Age

3+

Pickup

Bus - Train

Easy

Culture

Adventure

Immersion

Discover Cusco, along the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu experiencing the social life, the traces of Peruvian history and culture.

If you are more of a sporadic trekker than an explorer, or if you have limited time, we offer this short trek, which allows you to hike part of the Inca Trail in 2 days, to get to the Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to enjoy the sunset, contemplate the flora and fauna, and visit the historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu during sunrise.

Tour highlights!

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Incas amidst stunning landscapes.
  • Forge new friendships as you share the journey on this unforgettable hike.
  • Indulge in the flavors of Peruvian gastronomy along the way.
  • Explore the rich traditions and ceremonies of the Incas, honoring Mother Nature.
  • Uncover the secrets of Peruvian culture and Inca civilization with our professional bilingual tour guide.

At dawn, we’ll leave Cusco in a private vehicle to the village of Ollantaytambo, where we’ll board the train towards Km 104. The Inca Trail in the short version will allow us to visit the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,270 meters), the yunga region of the Andes where agricultural products were collected to be supplied to Machu Picchu. Then, we’ll continue our hike and enjoy the magnificent view of the Vilcanota River. We’ll also be able to see different species of orchids. Then, we’ll visit the archaeological centre of Wañayhuayna (2,700 metres), a fabulous urban complex perched on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Urubamba Valley and dominated by a vast set of terraces. 

After lunch, we’ll head to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) located at 2,780 meters, where we’ll contemplate a beautiful sunset overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Later, we’ll descend to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400 meters), to take some pictures considering that the official visit will take place the following day. You’ll be spending the night in a comfortable hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes (2,050 meters).

  • Transportation time: 3h 30
  • Walking time: 6h. 
  • Distance: 12km
  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Meals: BL = box lunch, D = dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
  • Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes 
  • Elevation: Cusco (3,400m) – km 104 (2,250m) – Wiñayhuayna (2,700m) – Aguas Calientes (2,050m)

Under tent

Hiking (6 hours)

100m

700ml

After breakfast, we’ll leave our hotel to take the first bus that will take you up to Machu Picchu citadel (2,400 m). Our bilingual guide will help you to discover the Inca culture in the territory of the Tahuantinsuyo (4 regions of the Inca Empire), as well as the cults and ceremonies performed in the numerous temples and sacred places present in the citadel. After a 2-3 hour guided tour, you’ll have some time to enjoy the magic of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Then, we’ll return to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Ollantaytambo, where our transport will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Visiting time: 2h-3h.
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Meals: B = breakfast
  • Overnight: on your own
  • Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes.
  • Elevation: Aguas Calientes (2,050m) – Machu Picchu (2,400m) – Cusco (3,400m)

Under tent

Hiking (6 hours)

100m

700ml

1. Train services included

  • If you are looking for an adventure on your way to Machu Picchu at an unbeatable price, the Peru Rail Expedition train has just what you need, with all the on-board services you could wish for.
  • (*) The carriages of the Peru Rail Expedition train are infused with the designs of the Inca culture, making them the perfect way to begin your journey to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Peru Rail Expedition gives you the opportunity to enjoy the incredible scenery and take amazing panoramic photographs of a journey like no other.

2. Recommendations

  • The hike previously described may vary due to weather conditions, landslides, participants walking pace or other factors. Our professional guide will make the right and best decisions along the way for the benefit and safety of the group.
  • We advise you to stay overnight in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo on the first day (not included) to avoid waking up too early before the hike. This way, we’ll pick you up at about 7 am instead. The agency can help you with the necessary bookings. It is still possible to leave from Cusco, but you’ll need to get up at about 4am.

3. Optional services to be hired

  • To make the most of Machu Picchu, we suggest taking the buffet lunch at the Tinkuy, Sanctuary Lodge restaurant, located right next to the archaeological site.We also recommend the buffet lunch option at El Mapi hotel Machu Picchu by Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes. 
  • Extra Porter / Horseman: In accordance with the law (31614) of the Ministry of Labour, the collaboration of an extra porter will be granted at the request of the client. However, the customer’s luggage must not exceed 12 kilograms. The service of an extra porter / horseman has a cost of 140 USD, which includes transportation, entrance to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.

Note: The group of Porters/Horsemen are only present in the trekking part.

  • Optional train services: It is possible to travel in a superior luxury category on the Vistadome or Hiram Bingham trains; contact us for more information.
  • On Demand – Vistadome Train: The “Vistadome” train offers you breathtaking views during your journey to Cusco, offers fashion shows, dinners, a refined service and premium travel conditions. In addition, the carriage is built with large windows that offer unparalleled panoramic views and the possibility to take beautiful photographs. The Vistadome also has air-conditioning and heating, and ergonomic leather seats that are very comfortable after so many hours of walking. The Vistadome offers you a first class service, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the Andean culture, through the landscapes, the music, the dance and even the food carefully prepared with local ingredients.
  • On Demand – Hiram Bingham Train: The Hiram Bingham Train category is optional and it is a luxury service of the Orient Express, operated by the company “Peru Rail”. You will experience an exceptional journey. The Hiram Bingham carriages are distinguished by their blue and gold colour, their warm and cosy interior and their elegant upholstery. The service includes 4 carriages, 2 restaurant carriages, as well as a panoramic view carriage with bar. Brunch and dinner on board are also included.

What we recommend that you bring 

  • An ergonomic day backpack for hiking with waterproof cover (30 or 40 liters).
  • Clothing for cold and hot weather.
  • Waterproof jacket, light pants, rain poncho, hat or cap.
  • Hiking shoes or waterproof running shoes.
  • Flip flops or sandals (for showers and hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Wool or cotton socks.
  • T-shirts with short and long sleeves.
  • Towel easy dry and swimsuit (in case you want to relax in the hot mineral spring).
  • Sun block.
  • Anti-mosquito spray – minimum recommended 20% DEET (non-toxic – we suggest nature-friendly repellents). No malaria risk has been reported. 
  • Disinfectant hand gel.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Bottles of water and sterilization tablets
  • Toiletries.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic pouch).
  • Flashlight with batteries.
  • Snacks, like chocolate bars and dried fruits.
  • Original passport.
  • Original ISIC Student Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).
  • Extra money in soles.

Optional: walking sticks or poles with rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail.

  1.  During high season (May to September), it is difficult to ensure the exact date of entry, due to the restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture to limit the number of entries to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; therefore, the date of entry to the Inca Trail could vary for one or two days; then we will adapt the program so you can make the most of it.
  2. Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain: To hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, it is required to book well in advance, because the entrance tickets are limited to a certain number of people daily. Therefore, we’ll take care of the reservation and confirm your entrance with an additional charge of 75 USD for adults and 55 USD for students.
  • Note: If you wish to visit any of the extra mountains, please inform us in due time before purchasing the entrance tickets to the Inca Trail / Machu Picchu citadel.
  1. Student card: To qualify for the 20 USD student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when you book, ¡not just when you arrive in Cusco! It must be valid for the current year. When booking, we need a picture of the card sent to the contact email. The Ministry of Culture is strict when verifying student cards. If you do not have a valid ISIC student card, you will be charged the regular price.
  2. Tips: for porters, cooks and guides tips are always welcome. Porters are also very grateful for a small donation, such as school clothes or supplies for their children.
  3. Cancellation policy: For any cancellation; the costs already incurred by the travel agency will be at your expense. For more details on the cost of cancellations by certain participants, please refer to articles 6, 6.4 and our cancellation policies in the sales terms and conditions.

For more information, you may wish to check or consult our FAQ, Safe and Healthy Travel, and Flexible Booking with Explorandino.

  • In December 2021, Explorandino obtained the TourCert certification for its “Sustainable Management System for Tour Operators” guided by the criteria and guidelines of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).   
  • Our approach highlights the richness of culture and natural beauty. Each tourist experience is a chance to preserve and showcase cultural heritage while promoting practices that regenerate the natural environment. 
  • We collaborate closely with diverse stakeholders to develop a model that benefits all. From respecting local communities to conserving biodiversity, each action represents a stride toward more responsible tourism.

Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu citadel having been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Entrance to Machu Picchu is limited to 250 visitors per day. Thus, it is important to book at least 3 months in advance, especially during the high season (between May and September). During the low season, between December and January, it is possible to still have some places available before your visit. However, it’s always best to book in advance.

If you are interested in this trek, please contact us for more information.

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