Inca Trail 2D/1N (Short)
This Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is a very popular hike! It incorporates a significant portion of the Classic Inca Trail but in a shorter time frame! But don’t start thinking this is not a great trek on its own merits! On this hike you will tour an Inca Ruin, Chachabamba, which is not seen on any other trek. You will also see a waterfall that is so gorgeous it can’t be described!
This Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, includes lodging at a very nice hotel in Aguas Calientes and dinner at the finest restaurant in Aguas calientes
Day 1: Cusco – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Starting Altitude – 2,170 m / 7,170 ft
Highest Altitude – 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
Walking Distance – 13 km / 8 miles
You will have thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Short Inca Trail.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.
DAY 1: Cusco – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel early in the morning (about 5:00am) and then drive to the train station in Ollantaytambo and take the train to Kilometer (Km) 104, which takes about three hours. Km 104 is an unscheduled train stop so you will probably feel a twinge of satisfaction that the train is stopping especially for you – and by knowing you are about to see things that no one else will get to! At Km 104 we will get off the train and pass the Inca Trail checkpoint where we will see our first archaeological center called Chachabamba (2,170 m / 7,170 ft).
These ruins were one of the last shelters that the Incas used before they reached Machu Picchu. This site was also used as a religious and administrative center, and features several buildings. Then, we will gradually ascend for about 2-3 hours climbing Inca stone steps while our guide points out different flora and fauna along the trail.
We will then pass a tall waterfall before arriving at the archaeological site called Wiñay Wayna at (2,650 m / 8,700 ft), which is named after an orchid and means Forever Young in Quechua. We will climb to the top of the ruins and enjoy lunch with an incredible view of Wiñay Wayna and the Sacred Valley. This large site sits on a mountainside and features experimental terraces that the Incas used to grow different crops. We will visit an important temple with 7 windows that was dedicated to the rainbow as well as observe the amazing engineering of water channels that still function today.
Once we finish our tour here, we will continue our hike for about 1 ½ hours on a part of the Inca Trail which is relatively flat, with small ascents and descents along the way. At about 5:00 pm we will reach the Sun Gate (2,720 m / 8,920 ft) which is called Intipunku in Quechua. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu and from there we will head down to the ruins to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes you will check in to your hotel. The natural hot springs in town are an unbeatable way to spend a late afternoon/early evening if time is available before dinner. Dinner will be at Indio Feliz.
Meals: Box Lunch / Dinner
Maximum altitude: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
Distance to walk: 13 km / 8 miles
Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
DAY 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
You will have breakfast at your hotel and then we will take a very early bus (5:30 am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site. If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (the price for this is not included in your tour price) you will begin the hike at 10 AM. If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.
Maximum altitude: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
Minimum altitude: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
What is Included?
Professional English speaking guide. Additional guide for groups over 8 people
Pre trek briefing
Transportation from your hotel to Ollantaytambo
Train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 1. Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on day 2.
Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Transport by private van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
One night accommodation in a hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupation)
1 Box lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
What is not included?
Hiking poles (can be rented from us)
Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 2
Tip for your guide
Huayna Picchu mountain ticket – US $65
We recommend that you bring?
What to Bring
- Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
- Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
- Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
- Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
- Head lamp
- Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
- Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book)
- Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
- Bug repellent
Prices & Availability
Price per person 2017:
US$500 per person (Group Size 02 persons Minimum 08 Persons Average – 16 Persons Maximum with 02 Guides)
- Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card. Must be below 25 years old): US$20
- Under 15 years will pay as student: US $20
Aditional/Extras NOT Included (Need to book in Advance):
- Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 65.00
- Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 65.00
- Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD60.00
- Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired.
- Sleeping Bag US$25
- Walking Pole US$15
- Inflatable Mattress US$25
- Single Tent Supplement US$35
How to book:
You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form on this site.
Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Aymaras Expeditions to use either of these dates for your reservation. Aymaras Expeditions within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.
Send us your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports’ numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)
Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card http://www.isiccard.com upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).
Payment of deposit:
1. For the classic Inca Trails: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 or 7 days (Group or Private Service)
We request a non-refundable deposit US$200 per person along with personal details of each member participating in the trek:
– Full Passport names
– Passport number,
– Date of Birth(DOB),
– Whatsapp Number,
Payment of deposit amount is:
- US$200 per person for the Inca Trail only Or
- US$265 per person for the Inca Trail + Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.Please confirm if you want to climb Huayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions:
- 7 – 8am or
- 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.
METHODS OF PAYMENT / Send Money By using Credit Cards
(1) Western Union Money Transfer Company(Fastest and safest method of sending money in Peru)(It takes Minutes and pick the money inmediately and we can confirm in minutes)
Another way to do your payment from abroad and avoid high bank charges or taxes, is using WESTERN UNION, a global transfer service that has a large network of offices around the world.
Money Transfer by Western Union (using your credit cards) – There are additional fees associated with this method of payment. The method of payment depends on which country that you are sending the money. From the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, France, Netherlands & Norway you can make the money transfer online at : http://www.westernunion.com/ Just visit the website and follow the instructions. Visa and Master Card can be used. The charge is less if you go directly to a local Western Union agent in your town and pay in cash. For countries other than those mentioned above you will have to go to the office of your local agent to pay the deposit. The Western Union website allows you to search for the agent nearest to where you live. There are over 245,000 agents throughout the world so you should have no problem finding one that is convenient to you.
Receiver’s Name: JUANITA
Receiver’s Surname: RAMOS QUISPE
Receiver’s Address : San Juan de Dios 295
Receiver’s City: CUZCO
Receiver’s Country: Peru
Afterwards send us an e-mail with the following information:
Operation and transaction numbers: Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) / Number of 10 Number Very Important_____________________
Date and hour of the Payment: ________________________
Sent total amount:______________________
You Can Make your Payment through Western Union with your Visa Card
Send Money transfer online from:
(2) PAYPAL ONLINE PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account. You can easily pay us by using your credit card or bank account. you can also send us other amount adding 9% to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those that wish to pay via Paypal or bank deposit, please note that a 9% fee applies. That is, you need to increase your payment by 9% to cover the costs that we incur via this kind of payments.
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICHU ( IT REQUIRES US$200 DEPOSIT PER PERSON TO CONFIRM THE TOUR)
INKA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU
ALTERNATIVE TREKS TO MACHUPICHU ( IT REQUIRES US$100 DEPOSIT PER PERSON TO CONFIRM THE TOUR)
MANU AND TAMBOPATA JUNGLE ( IT REQUIRES US$100 DEPOSIT PER PERSON TO CONFIRM
(3) Transfer into PERUVIAN BANKING ACCOUNT We can also accept payments by bank transfer to our Peru bank account.(It takes at least 3 working days)
You can directly transfer funds from your own banking account to our banking account. There is a 9% admin fee attached to this account that you need to add onto the amount you are sending. See details below.
Duration of Taken to Receive Transfer: 1 day to 3 days dependent on where you are sending from.
It can be done at any bank, make the deposit with the following information:
Name of Bank: Banco de Crédito del Perú BCP
Account Number: (US$ dollars) 285-26854918145
Account Name: UBALDINA RAMOS QUISPE
SWIFT CODE: BCPLPEPL
Emergency phone VíaBCP: 0051-1-3119898
Bank Address: 189 Av. Del Sol, Cusco – Perú / Phone: 0051–84– 235255
The deposit must be sent under the name of UBALDINA RAMOS QUISPE (you can print this page).
Afterwards send us an e-mail with the following information:
Date and hour of the Payment:_______________________
Operation and transaction numbers.__________________
Displayed name (it should be UBALDINA RAMOS QUISPE)
Sent total amount:______________________
Name of the bank where the transaction was done._____________________
We’ll send an E-mail confirming the transaction and we’ll re-confirm your reserve as well.