SHORT INCA TRAIL

2 Days 1 Night

PERMIT UPDATE: 2019 Permits ALMOST GONE! Book for 2020 now!
4D/3N Inca Trail Permits sold out Mar to Oct
2D/1N Inca Trail still available
Don’t miss your chance to hike this famous trail! Book Now!

The INCA TRAIL is the most popular trek to Machu Picchu. The SHORT 2 DAY INCA TRAIL to Machu Picchu is a shorter and less strenuous way to experience the original Inca steps and still end the trail in Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

The 2D/1N Inca Trail trek passes 2 archaeological sites along the way, has a variety of flora and fauna, and is rich in history. The 2 day trek is 14km/8.7m, goes up to 2,700 m/8,858 ft, and is classified as an easy-moderate trek with minimal altitude gain. If you love the idea of hiking directly into Machu Picchu via the Sungate, but want a shorter hike, then the 2D/1N Inca Trail Trek is the one for you!

This trail requires a permit and a limited number of people are allowed to trek per day. These spots fill quickly so booking well in advance (at least 3 months recommended) is essential. Minimum passengers necessary for trek departure: 2 people (1 person or private/custom treks possible with extra fee). Maximum trekkers per group: 10 people (special, private party groups can exceed maximum).

Meters

Kilometers

Days

Nights

The Nitty Gritty Trek Details

Highlights

Famous trail, Inca steps and ruins, short/easier trek, ends in Machu Picchu

Location/Terrain

Snow-capped peaks, stone steps, rocky terrain

Acclimatization

2 day acclimatization and multi-day trekking experience recommended

Duration

2 Days/1 Night

Distance

14 km/8.7 miles

Altitude

2227m/7,306ft to 2700m/8,858ft

Adventure Rating

★☆☆☆☆
Easy-moderate, minimal gain

Solitude Rating

★☆☆☆☆
Touristy, popular, crowded

When to Go

Year round, closed in February. Best from March to November

Departures

Daily departures with 2 or more people

Prices USD

6-10 trekkers: 650, 3-5 trekkers: 690, 2 trekkers: 775 (per person)

Customizable

Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available

DAY 1: CUSCO – CHACHABAMBA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Private transport picks you up from your hotel very early (4am) and takes you to the Ollantaytambo Train Station. We take the train for about 1 hour 45 minutes to the beginning of this Inca Trail Trek, at Km 104 or Chachabamba. After the train ride we cross over the Urubamba river to reach the Control Checkpoint where we will show our permits, tickets, and original passports (make sure you have the same passport number as when you made your reservation for this trek). Once the tickets are stamped we will begin our 4-hour ascent to the Wiñaywayna (forever young) archaeological site (2,700 m/8,858 ft) where we will have lunch. After lunch we continue for 1 1/2 hours to reach the Sun Gate, the entrance to Machu Picchu from the Inka Trail, and then another 1/2 hour to reach the southern agricultural zone of Machu Picchu city (where the most famous photos of the site are taken). After our arrival in Machu Picchu city we leave the park and take the 25-minute bus ride down to Aguas Calientes Town (2,040 m/ 6,692 ft).  Once in town you will be taken to a hotel for the night and you can visit the local hot springs if you wish before or after our dinner in a local restaurant.

Walking distance approximately 14 km/8.7 miles (7-hour hike)

DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Wake up call and breakfast is very early (Approx 4am) in order for us to take one of the first (5:30am, 25 min ride) buses directly to Machu Picchu (2,400 m/7,875 ft). Once we arrive at Machu Picchu you will show your entrance ticket and passport. If you are a student you must bring your ISIC card to the entrance or you will not be permitted entrance. From the entrance, it is a 15-minute walk to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy watching the sun rise over the ruin site and the fascinating tour of Machu Picchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, explaining the history and flora/fauna. Your guide will spend about 2 1/2 hours relating interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machu Picchu will finish between 9 and 9:30am after which you will have a little free time to take photos and explore. The new rules for 2019 have split the entrance times into three slots per day. Our tour includes the first ticket (6-10am) so at 10am you would need to exit the ruin site unless you choose to purchase an extra time slot (or two). If you wish to do one of the extra hikes within Machu Picchu (Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain) you would need to prepurchase a permit as well as an extra time slot in Machu Picchu (these new rules are dictated by the Peruvian government and we are sorry for the inconvenience). After you are done exploring the ruin site, either at 10am or later if you’ve booked more time, take one of the many, frequent buses down to Aguas Calientes.  There are many restaurants to choose from and your guide can also help suggest a nice place to eat. After grabbing a bite to eat you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where private transport will drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals: Breakfast in the hotel, snacks on the tour
  • Overnight: Not Included

Helpful Info:

  • There are no bathrooms in the ruin site. There are bathrooms right outside the entrance, cost is 1 sol per entrance, and they provide a little toilet paper. If you leave close to the time your ticket expires it is likely they will not permit re-entry.
  • You are allowed to take in a small backpack (under 20L)
  • They are no longer allowing box lunches to be brought into the ruin site. We recommend bringing extra snacks (we provide snacks too) or going down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and returning depending on how much time you’ve booked in Machu Picchu
  • They no longer allow plastic water bottles so please come prepared with water bladders/reusable water bottle(s)
  • Please do not climb on or deface the rocks or leave trash/debris of any kind.
  • Our recommendation is to add one extra time slot to allow for more time in the Ruin Site (with or without an extra hike).

Machu Picchu Entrance Times: in 2019 there will be 3 time slots with only 2800 people allowed to enter Machu Picchu each day (down from 4000 in 2018)

  • First Entrance: 6am to 10am
  • Second Entrance: 9am to 1pm
  • Third Entrance: 12pm to closing
    • Note: there will potentially be 4-5 entrance times in 2020

 HIKES WITHIN MACHU PICCHU

There are hikes within Machu Picchu that you can do on your own if you wish. The hikes that do not require an entrance ticket are The Inka bridge and the Sun Gate (where the Inka Trail ends with a view of Machu Picchu city). Wayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain hikes both require a paid ticket and there are a limited number of spots (200 at 7am and 200 at 10am). If you want to hike one of these please let us know well in advance as these spots fill up very quickly. Please note we cannot guarantee you a spot for the mountains requiring tickets and that the trail is very steep and slippery and not for those afraid of heights or with vertigo).

We recommend the 10am time slot as Machu Picchu tends to be cloudy in the morning. You are only allowed to hike one of these mountains on a given day so if you would like to do both you would need to return the next day to hike the other one.

INCLUDED ON THE TRAIL
  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any question
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning or our departure point Plaza Regocijo (your choice)
  • English speaking professional tour guide
  • Private transport to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist Train tickets round trip: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex (first time slot)
  • Inca Trail Permit
  • Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Hotel (double room) in Aguas Calientes and dinner in a local restaurant
  • Meals (Day 1: light breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, Day 2: breakfast and snacks)
  • First-aid kit including oxygen tank
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
NOT INCLUDED ON THE TRAIL
  • Flights
  • Walking poles (must have intact rubber bottoms)
  • Lunch and dinner on the second day
  • Extra hikes within Machu Picchu requiring fees (Wayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain: 75 USD each) – advanced booking essential as they sell out early. The extra hike includes the extra time slot in Machu Picchu. 
  • Extra time slot in Machu Picchu (60 USD). To stay all day you would need two extra time slots (Peruvian Gov regulations)
  • Entrance to hot springs in Aguas Calientes (20 soles)
  • Items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Hotel before/after the trek
  • Tip for your guide(s) are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek
PRICE AND NUMBER OF TREKKERS
A minimum of 2 trekkers required for this trek. Maximum of 10 trekkers in a group. Price for 6-10 trekkers: 650 USD per person. Price for 3-5 trekkers: 690 USD per person. Price for 2 trekkers: 775 USD per person.Private treks, single trekker, custom treks and packages, large groups, and packages welcome! Please email us to customize.
ON THE TRAIL
On the trail you should carry a pack with items needed for an overnight in a hotel in Aguas Calientes and items needed during the hike (your camera, water bottle or bladder, snacks, cold weather clothing and rain gear or poncho in case of rain or snow (unlikely in dry season – May to October)).
WHEN TO GO AND DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
Year Round. Best from March to November. This trek is rated as an easy to moderate trek. The Inca Trail is closed in February. It is recommended that you acclimatize in Cusco for at least 2 days before trekking.
WHAT TO BRING ON YOUR TREK
What to bring: for your trek: The weather varies a lot in Peru, having 28 climates and 84 of the worlds 104 ecosystems. Cusco is set high up (3,380 m/11,089 ft) near the Andean Mountain Range and the dry season (winter) is from April/May to October/November with the wettest part of the year (summer) being January through March. Temperatures don’t vary too much between these seasons but the amount of precipitation does. If the sun is out it can be quite warm, but in the shade it gets cool fast. Temperatures change quickly and you will need layers as you hike during the day. At night it is cold in Cusco, though not as cold in Aguas Calientes due to the lower elevation there. Everything you need for the day should be kept in your daypack that you carry because all the items you leave with your porter will not be available to you until the evening at your hotel. It is recommended not to hike in cotton or jeans in the event of rain as cotton takes a very long time to dry. It is also recommended to bring true hiking boots or trail running shoes as regular running shoes do not get very good traction especially when it has rained.

  • Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Hiking shoes/boots
  • Hiking pants and shirts (layers)
  • Layers – long underwear and/or warm sleep pants for cold nights
  • Hand warmers if you wish
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf and thick warm socks (or you can buy a traditional Peruvian hat and scarf – they are beautiful!)
  • Daypack and rain cover
  • Rain gear – rain jacket and rain pants (optional for the pants), can buy an inexpensive poncho before the trek
  • Cash for tipping, buying items along the trail, for in town, emergencies, etc. Note: Cash should be in perfect condition (ripped, damaged soles are NOT accepted anywhere in Peru)
  • Swim suit, flip flops, towel for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes if you wish to go
  • Sandals
  • Torch/flashlight/headlamp (and batteries)
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra snacks if you wish (beyond snacks provided by us)
  • First aid kit, including blister protection (though your guide will have one, you may wish to carry one of your own)
  • Personal medication and toiletries you might want
  • Camera, extra memory cards/film, batteries
  • Water bottle or water bladder to refill
  • Passport (must be valid 6 months past your travel dates for most countries)
  • Copies of passport (keep copies separate, give to travel friends to keep, etc)
  • Power adapter/converter
  • Travel lock(s) approved by TSA (or they cut them off – US only)
  • Tickets, itinerary, emergency contact information
  • Any medications you currently are taking or need/may need (see suggestions below)

What to bring: medications – medications are optional and depend on your specific needs

  • Antibiotic for travelers diarrhea or UTI
  • Antibiotic for a severe bacterial infection
  • Medication for upset stomach/indigestion
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Anti-nausea medication for motion sickness/altitude sickness if needed
  • Cold/flu medication
  • General pain killer/fever reducer
  • Vaccinations – recommend bringing all boosters up to date (MMR, tetanus, etc)

View latest travel advisories and recommended vaccinations and medications for the regions you plan to visit. For Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu there are generally no vaccinations required. If you are going to the jungle or any other higher risk area you may need: yellow fever vaccine, medicine for malaria, typhoid vaccine, etc. Click here for updated info: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx NOTE: Please visit your doctor several weeks before your trip to discuss any health restrictions you may have, medications he/she might recommend for you personally, and to seek more information about any vaccinations or medications recommended for Peru (or any of your other destinations). Additionally: speak with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter and/or prescription medications alone or combined.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Itinerary is subject to change and Killa Expeditions is not responsible for loss of personal effects, interruption in your travels (from illness or other reason), or inclement weather/natural phenomena. Please see our disclosure agreement for further information. All trekkers will be required to sign an accident waiver form at time of departure and travel/medical insurance is highly recommended.

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PERMIT UPDATE: 2019 PERMITS ARE ALMOST GONE! 

4D/3N Inca Trail Permits are almost gone for 2019 - BOOK NOW FOR 2020!
2D/1N Inca Trail still available on most dates
Don't miss your chance to hike this famous trail! Book Now!

2019 permits sold out already through early November! Hurry if you want to trek this iconic trail this year or reserve your spots early for 2020!

 

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