Peru Tours Packages
Short Trail to Machupicchu
2 days / 1 night - Pool (shared/group) Service
Peru’s best-known hike visited by thousands of tourists every year. This still thrilling 2-day program covers a 13-km Inca Trail, joining the classical 4-day route at the impressive archaeological site of Wiñaywayna, continuing through the famous Inti Punku or Sun Gate, and finally devoting the second day to a full day visit of the world-famous Inca citadel of Machupicchu. This program is recommended for those having less time or those looking to hike a shorter version of the Inca Trail without camping.
Day 1: Cusco to Aguas Calientes
We pick you up from your hotel at 05.30am and take you to the train station to board the train that will take us to km.104 on the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad (starting point of the trek), where we will 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 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 will have 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 go on 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 Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we descend to Machu Picchu and then by bus to Aguas Calientes. We are then accommodated at the selected hotel/hostel.
Meals: Lunch (box-lunch)
13 km (8,08 miles)
Estimated walking time:
Maximum altitude point:
2,650 m (8,692 ft)
2,400 m (7,872 ft)
Day 2: Aguas Calientes to Cusco
We wake up early and board a bus, which will take us up to Machu Picchu 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 the Huaynapicchu Mountain (if you have previously bought your entrance with your travel advisor), where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous 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 the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.
* Departure and arrival times are approximated.
Difficulty degree of this hike
Price per person - Standard shared/group Service Adult: ASK FOR OUR SPECIAL RATES
NOTE: Prices are subject to changes according to the increase/decrease of suppliers costs.
Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):
• Students: USD 22.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
• Teenagers: USD 22.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
• Children: USD 44.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
Additional discounts that may be added to the above-mentioned):
• SAE: 5% on full program price (valid South American Explorers Club membership card required). This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered.
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer to Poroy Train Station in Cusco (*)
Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee
English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
Meals 01 lunch (box-lunch). Vegetarian menu available at no extra cost
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes – 1st day
Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Citadel – Aguas Calientes – 2nd day
Transfer Poroy Cusco train station – hotel in Cusco only if returning on day 2 (*)
(*) Should there be no train tickets available in the direct route Cusco – km.104 and / or Aguas Calientes – Cusco, a train ticket Sacred Valley – km.104 and / or Aguas Calientes – Sacred Valley will be provided, with an additional private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the Sacred Valley and / or viceversa
Does NOT include:
- Train ticket from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Km 104 (starting point of the trek)
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco) or Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley of the Incas)
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu
- Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
- Visit to the hot springs in Machupicchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes): a relaxing way to end-up the trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center. Towels can be hired in Machupicchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes).
- Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
NOTE: If you would like to add an extra remarkable outing, you may climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain but please review the following important information: Wayna Picchu
Getting there: Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Km 104 (starting point of the trek)
Return: Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco) or Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley)
Remark: Should there be no train tickets available in the direct route Cusco – km.104 and / or Aguas Calientes – Cusco, a train ticket Sacred Valley – km.104 and / or Aguas Calientes – Sacred Valley will be provided, with an additional private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the Sacred Valley and / or viceversa. (*) Pls note that our guide travels back to Cusco in the Backpacker train in all group services, so if you wish to book the Vistadome, you will not be accompanied by our guide
Return: Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco)
Remark: Luxury Hiram Bingham Train departs Aguas Calientes at 6.00pm and includes pre-dinner cocktails, accompanied by live entertainment and a 4-course gastronomic menu, with an estimated arrival time to Poroy train station at 9.30pm, needing an additional transfer from Poroy train station to Cusco. (*) Please note that our guide travels back to Cusco in the Expedition train in all group services, so if you wish to book the Hiram Bingham train, you will not be accompanied by our guide.
What we recommend that you bring
A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes; waterproof trekking boots recommended
Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water
Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Cash in soles and/or US$
Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
Optional services to be hired
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu: please let us know if you wish us to make the hotel booking for you and, in this case, your requested hotel category and accommodation, and the number of nights you wish us to book. Our Reservation Department will provide you with a list of our selected hotels, services and prices for you to choose from. Our hotel choice is based on previous client reports and is regularly updated.
- A porter to carry your luggage along the hike at an additional cost. Maximum weight allowance per porter: 20 kg
- A porter to carry your luggage from your hotel in Cusco to your hotel in Aguas Calientes at an additional cost. This service means the porter will not hike together with you but just transport your bags/suitcases safely from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. Maximum weight allowance per porter: 20 kg
- Massage sessions: our massage therapists have the highest recognition in Cusco and offer the following treatments: relaxing massage, stress-relieving massage, spinal column massage, energizing massage, Inca massage, altitude problems, aroma therapy, therapy with honey, therapy with glass, therapy with stones, foot reflexology, shiatzu, reiki and puddle of flowering. We recommend massage sessions before and after your trekking program. Services are at the hotel and are only available in Cusco.
Appropriate clothing along the Inca Trail
Hiking pants and T-shirts are commonly used during the day, complemented by a sweater or fleece and waterproof jackets if cloudy or rainy. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in Aguas Calientes and Machupicchu, although the temperature is usually warmer than in Cusco due to the lower altitude. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
Along the Inca Trail, temperatures range from 15-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC if cloudy or rainy. At Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.
How to make a Booking
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