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Overview

When you hike the  SHORT INCA TRAIL to Machu Picchu, you will see impressive Inca ruins, expansive mountain views, lush subtropical vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties. The Ancient Inca Road goes through the National Park and takes you through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu! We will pass through cloud forests and finally into subtropical vegetation. People hiking the short Inca trail Trek will have the privilege of seeing the famous Machu Picchu Citadel in the afternoon on the first day and also visiting it the next morning! This trek was designed for those with little travel time who would like to experience a part of the Historic Inca Trail and walk to the New 7 Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu!

About this activity

TYPE SERVICE

GROOP OR PRIVATE

ACTIVITIES

HIKE

GROUP SIZE

UP TO 8

ACCOMMODATION

Campament

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

DURATION

2 Days Days

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO – KM 104 – WIÑAY WAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU

Your Inca Trail Trek Begins!

At 4 am the tour guide will pick you up in your dedicated private transportation at your hotel in Cusco to escort you to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Rest or even sleep a bit more in our comfortable, private transportation on the way to Ollantaytambo. When you arrive at the train station, your guide will give you your lunch to add to your daypack. Your train departs Ollantaytambo at 6:10 and you will have just over an hour on the train to enjoy the scenery and have breakfast (not included), Your hotel can provide you a picnic breakfast to take with you or you can pack your own breakfast.

Your guide will get off the train with you at the famous Km104, where your hike begins! (2,000m/6,560 ft. above sea level) After crossing the Urubamba river on a picturesque foot bridge, you will show your passport at the checkpoint and then visit a nearby Inca site. For the first hour and a half it will be a gentle uphill trek, with several shelters along the way to rest for a bit and to relieve you of the sun or rain, depending on the season. Along the way, you will stop at several outlooks where you will be able to take photos of the expansive views of the Urubamba River. You will also pass through several microclimates, including a cloud forest. So be ready to possibly get damp or even some rain at any time of the year. The next hour and a half will be slightly steeper uphill, with a beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike!

While crossing the bridge below the waterfall, take some time for photos. After which you then will find yourself gazing up at the awe inspiring Wiñay Wayna! (2,600 m/8,500 ft above sea level) These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history and some parts are still hidden by the dense jungle. As you continue to approach Machu Picchu, you will be hiking through a lush sub-tropical jungle and breathe the same air as the Incas did. Your guide will tell you about the local ruins and the incredible flora and fauna of this microclimate. At this time your guide can answer any questions you have before the short 5 minute walk to your lunch spot at the Wiñay Wayna campground which is the last campground for those hiking the four day Inca Trail.

Here you will enjoy your time at a covered shelter where there are nearby facilities to freshen up. Take your time enjoying your hearty gourmet lunch and admire the tropical scenery near around the campground.

Following lunch, you will have a mostly flat walk to the Sun Gate, from which you will have your first view of Machu Picchu. After a gentle hour and half walk, you will come to a set of lofty stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca. As you reach these ancient stairs you will be only steps away from the venerable Sun Gate! When there, you will be treated with a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, so take some time to savor the moment and take plenty of snapshots. The last 45 minutes down from the Sun Gate provide many opportunities to capture your experiences with even more photos of Machu Picchu from unique vantage points along the way. There are also more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu that your tour guide will surely point out and explain. So make sure to go slowly and enjoy your time walking in the footsteps of the Inca on this part of the trail and your guide will be glad to answer any questions about these historical places on the last bit of your hike to Machu Picchu.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, you will have time to take in the elegance of it all from the viewing platforms above the site. You will arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon as the archeological area starts to empty of other visitors. This is going to give you the opportunity to take many astonishing and possibly unobstructed photos in the brilliant afternoon light. Take your time enjoying this magical experience before you take the bus down to Machu Picchu city to check into your hotel. You will enjoy a delicious dinner, afterwards you will have time to walk around this picturesque little town, visit the hot springs or just go to your hotel to relax after such an exciting day.

  • Meals included: Picnic lunch, dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • Distance: 12 kms/7.5 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • 3* Accommodations: Ferre Hotel Machu Picchu or similar – Included
  • 4* Accommodation: El Mapi or Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (superior room)
  • Difficulty: moderate

You will leave an overnight bag at the Ollantaytambo train station to be sent by train directly to Aguas Calientes.

DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

The Full Machu Picchu Experience!

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first busses up to MACHU PICCHU so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide then will proceed to give you the full tour of Machu Picchu, which will take approximately two hours. During which you will see the most important parts of Machu Picchu. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious.

After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hikes up Huayna Picchu ($75) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($75) will have plenty of time to enjoy the views on their own. When you have finished taking in the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you then will take the bus back down to Machu Picchu city for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping in the wonderful markets and quaint shops. You may also want to do some more sightseeing, visit the museum, or take in the soothing water of the natural hot springs. Your train will depart at 2:55 pm or 3:20 pm.

The train will take you back to Ollantaytambo which follows the spectacular Urubamba River. Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit at the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel on or around 7:00.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel

IMPORTANT:

  •  On the 2, we will be doing the circuit #3,
  • Our package includes the 2:55 or 3:20 Expedition train for the way from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then we drive you back to Cusco in our van, arriving 7:00 – 7:30. If you have an extra hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, we will buy the later Expedition train at 3:20 or :22.

2. You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 14:55 or 15:20. The cost is $67 USD. If you have an extra hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, we will buy the later Vistadome train at 15:20 or 16:43

INCLUSIONS

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR 2 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU? 

WHAT IS INCLUDED? 

  • Hotel pick up
  • Private transportation from your hotel to the train station
  • Permits for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • 3 Bus tickets: from Machu Pichu down to Aguas Calientes, the next morning from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu, and the afternoon return down to Aguas Calientes
  • Licensed English speaking professional guide who is experienced in trekking
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and then back from Machu Picchu City(Aguas Calientes) to Ollantaytambo where a private van will return you back to Cusco
  • Admission tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (hot shower, bathroom, private room and breakfast included)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Rain poncho
  • Taxes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED? 

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
  • First breakfast (Usually served at your hotel) and last lunch at Aguas Calientes
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel
  • VISTADOME Trains – $67
  • Tips for your staff (APPLE Travel Peru staff receive a fair payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but greatly appreciated)

**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance, for an additional cost. 

PRICES

BEST PRICE FOR THE 2 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on almost any day that suits your schedule! We only need a minimum of two people in order to book! 

PRICES

 Without Hotel3 star Hotel (Included)3 star Hotel (Others)4 star Hotel
Price Per Person$442 USD $477 USDBy requestUS$557

Hotel Options:

  • 3 star hotel: Ferre Hotel Machu Picchu (Included)
  • 4 star hotel : El Mapi (1st option)or Tierra Viva Hotel (As 2nd option) – Depending on availability!

Single occupancy $40 USD for a 3 star hotel, $110 USD for 4 star hotel similar to El Mapi or $75 USD for a 4 star hotel similar to Tierra Viva superior room

EXTRAS

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike: $75 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike: $75 USD per person
  • Vistadome Train: $67 USD per person – (RETURN ONLY)
  • Hotel single occupancy $40 USD per night (for solo travelers with single room)
  • Duffel bag (5 kilos): sent to your hotel in Machu Picchu city for those staying extra days

**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour. 

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

*** The 2 day short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year round, except when it is closed in February for maintenance — This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in the ancient times, you will explore some amazing Inca ruins along the way like Wiñay Wayna.

 

FREE ADDED VALUES

  • TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT: to your hotel in Cusco included (airport to hotel in Cusco only).
  • SMALL GROUPS: average 4 to 6 people, with a maximum of 8 hikers
  • AFTERNOON TRAIN: We give you enough time to explore Machu Picchu and have a relaxing lunch at Aguas Calientes.  Your train back to Ollantaytambo is at 14:55 or 15:20, and when you arrive in Ollantaytambo you  catch your private van to Cusco, arriving in Cusco by 7:00 PM.
  • HOTEL AT AGUAS CALIENTES: includes private bathroom, hot shower, buffet breakfast, and wifi etc.

WHY APPLE TRAVEL

WHY CHOOSE APPLE TRAVEL? 

APPLE Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and a local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. APPLE Travel Peru is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.

 Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.  

We take pride in our reputation as a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are our extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by offering them a fair salary. We are so proud of our team! Without them, we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.

APPLE Travel Peru knows how important it is to trust in a reliable honest operator to create your adventure of a lifetime while in Peru. Check out our reviews and certificates of excellence on, TRIPADVISOR for yourself!  

SMALL GROUPS

To ensure a more personalized service for our guests, at APPLE Travel Peru we have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.

OUR TOUR GUIDES

We are so proud of our guides! They are highly professional and speak fluent English. They are very knowledgeable and passionate for Inca heritage and history.  Our guides are dedicated to continuous personal and professional development. They do research to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories in Inca and Andean culture. Our crew is fun lovinggreat sports and well-educated. They all hold degrees in one of the following: Archeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.

OUR SERVICE PROJECTS

At APPLE Travel Peru, we have always believed that we should give back to the local isolated communities.  Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many service projects and hire locally.

APPLE Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support our local people, not only by employing them but also by going back to our grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!

IMPORTANT INFO

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU TREK!

Please read carefully the following information as it will help answer all of your questions about our services and the 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek below:

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

You will be welcomed at the Cusco airport  by one of our representatives and taken to your hotel. Please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look for our representative holding an orange APPLE Travel Peru board at the arrival terminal. You must exit the terminal, in order, to find our representative (they cannot enter inside).

THE BRIEFING

Your briefing will take place the night before your trek. It will be held at our office at 6 or 6:30pm, depending on your confirmation email details.  The office is located at Calle (        ) Nº383 ; oficina (second floor). We are next to Subway sandwich shop and share a lobby with Hotel Casona Corrales.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.  Please pack things you will only need during your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

HOW TO BOOK THE SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU TREK?

FIRST, to book your Short INCA TRAIL to Machu Picchu Trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW  on our homepage or click here this link: BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permits without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

***We need copies of everyone’s passport because they are required when purchasing permits.

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase a permit for the Short Inca Trail.  You can make your deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page or  click on the VISA or PAYPAL  symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address appletravelperu@gmail.com. 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek or tour to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you must have a valid university ID card to qualify for the student discount.

  • University students must provide a copy of their ID card showing a photo, University name and card expiration date. Cards must be valid for the current academic year only.
  • All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30 USD.
  • For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40 USD.
  • Children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.

All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount. Send us a copy at info appletravelperu@gmail.com

MAY I CHANGE THE DATE AFTER THE PERMITS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permits have been bought the Peruvian government does not allow any changes so we can’t change any dates after the permits have been bought. The Short Inca Trail permits are not transferable nor refundable.  If you cancel your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE 2 DAY SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU TREK?

Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport you sent us to book your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit. Passports will be checked when you enter Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and board the train. In case, you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us a copy of your old passport to secure your permits and we can change it when you get your new passport. Please send a copy of your new passport as soon as possible.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you plan to always dress in layers to facilitate adjusting to the quickly changing weather conditions.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is of 8 people.  Our groups are often between 2-6 people. apple Travel Peru is specialized in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provide a personalized service.

ARE WE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU TREK?

Absolutely!! Hotel pick ups and drop offs are included with all of our packages! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you off there and vice versa.

AT WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN DEPARTURE?

It will depend on the train availability but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco while on the train. Therefore, you will take the train at 14:55 or 15:20.  

HOW MUCH IS THE VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE?

The Vistadome train service has nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered snacks and a dance show will take place on board. You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for $67 USD. These trains run from Aguas Calientes to Poroy. We will you up in Poroy and drive you back to Cusco, which takes about 25 minutes. Please request in advance.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it is of great significance for the staff who will take care of you during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many APPLE Travel Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you would like, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

PACKING LIST

hu Citadel in the afternoon on the first day and also visiting it the next morning! This trek was designed for those with little travel time who would like to experience a part of the Historic Inca Trail and walk to the New 7 Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu!

 

PACKING LIST FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU TREK

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE an extra porter. Your duffel bag will be sent by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas calientes. Please try to pack as light as possible, which is key to enjoying this amazing trek.

In your daypack, or on the first day’s hike you will need:

  • Original Passport ( the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (25 to 30L)
  • Water 1 to 2 liters of water
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Polar or sweater for early mornings and evenings
  • Rain jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by APPLE)
  • Camera
  • Valuables
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer

In your duffel, you should pack

  • a change of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the next day
  • Face moisturizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Battery chargers

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