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Location: A shorter version of the famous Inca Trail that includes visits to the ruins of Chacchabamba, WiñaWayna and Puerta del Sol.
Starting / Ending Point: Your hotel or hostel in Cusco
 The Inca Trail that winds towards the world famous “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu, was used by the Incas to communicate with the “Antis” (the jungle people). Today the 45 kilometer hike is the most popular among tourists. This is the shorter version of the famous and stunning Inca Trail for those who have less time but do not want to miss out on this unique trek.

Day 1:
 You will be picked up from your hostal between 5:45 and 6:00 and transferred to the train station for the train to Machu Picchu. We will get off at Km. 104 where the two day hike starts. First we will pass the ruins of Chacchabamba (2250 mtrs). A couple of hours later we will get to the archeological site of WiñaWayna (2650 mtrs) where we will have a guided tour.
Around 4:00 pm we will continue our trip to the Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate or “Inti Punku”). From here we will continue our hike to Aguas Calientes where we will sleep for the night in a hotel.

Day 2:
 After a very early breakfast we will take the bus to arrive at the ruins of Machu Picchu for sunrise and before all the tourists arrive. (You also have the option to walk up). After that, our guide will give us a guided tour of about two and a half hours. After the guided tour, we will have some time free to explore the ruins, wander around, and have lunch (not included). You have to be at the train station in Aguas Caliente at the latest by 3:15 to catch the 3:30 train back to Cusco. You will arrive in Cusco at approximately 8:30 – 9:00pm.

The exact program, including the campsites, is subject to change, due to weather, the client’s walking ability, and other unexpected circumstances.

2 Days/ 1 Nights

 Throughout the whole year, except in February. Check for available departure dates.

DEPARTS: 5.45am and 6.00am pick up from your hotel on day one
RETURNS: 8.30pm – 9:00 pm approx. on day two.

  1. Professional English–Spanish speaking guide
  2. Pick Up at hotel by bus to Kilometer 104
  3. Entry fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
  4. Back Packer Train ticket
  5. Roundtrip bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (second day)
  6. Transfer from the train station back to hotel in Cusco
  7. Meals: one lunch, one dinner, one breakfast
  8. Overnight in Aguas Calientes in hotel (double room)

  1. Breakfast on the day of departure
  2. Lunch & Dinner on the second day
  3. TIPS for porters, guides, cooks

Please for price quotation and further information.

An extra night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes can be booked for those who want to stay an extra day. If you wish to go back to Machu Picchu the following day, you will have to pay your entrance fee again (the first one was included in the Inca Trail Excursion). Discuss with us your plans when booking as we will have to buy your train ticket for the following day.

To avoid problems with to the altitude, we recommend that you arrive at least 48 hrs prior to departure of the Inca Trail. Please contact us as soon as you get to Cusco to organize the pre-departure meeting.

Since 2004, the number of trek permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) so if you want to do this trek it is VITAL to book well in advance. For the high season (May to September) it advisable to book at least 3 months in advance to guarantee a place. Permits are sold on a first come, first served basis, and once all places have been booked, NO trekking operator can offer you a space on the Inca Trail. There is no system with a waiting list. All spaces are personal and non-transferable and even if someone would cancel, no one else could take that space. Even in the low season you should book as far in advance as possible. Please also note that the Inca Trail is closed in February of each year for maintenance.

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