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This exceptional tour package is a comprehensive exploration of the Sacred Valley, with its fascinating archaeological sites, followed by the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Short Inca Trail is a breathtaking hike that showcases the impressive Inca ruins, magnificent mountain views, lush subtropical vegetation, and diverse ecosystems. The trail takes you through the National Park and leads you to the Sun Gate, offering an unforgettable panoramic view of Machu Picchu. As you hike, you’ll pass through cloud forests and tropical vegetation, culminating in a visit to the iconic Machu Picchu Citadel in the afternoon of the first day and again the following morning. The Short Inca Trail is perfect for those with limited travel time but still want to experience the historic Inca Trail.

About this activity




Trekking, Cultural and Adventure


Up to 8


Camping and Bus




3 Days



DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS (Pisac + Moray + Maras + Ollantaytambo)

We start this wonderful day at 7:30 am the point at which your guide gets you your Cusco hotel in our private van. Our course to the Sacred Valley of the Incas leads us toward Pisac. We stop first at the Mirador of Taray to partake in far-reaching views of the Urubamba valley and its customary cultivating towns. You will perceive the way farming in the Consecrated Valley has changed minimally in the beyond 500 years.

Ahead, we drive to the archeological site of Pisac, where you can see an amazing Inca burial ground with in excess of 2,000 burial places. We can respect the carefully designed cultivating patios cut into the mountain, and explore the Inca burrow and the religious region of this significant stronghold. Here, we will spend around 2 hours, exploring the Inca city. Then, at that point, we head down to the vivid market of Pisac, go through around 20 minutes visiting it, and afterward drive to Urubamba for lunch.

Visit to Moray: The Greenhouse of the Incas

Our next stop is the archeological site of Moray otherwise called “The Greenhouse of the Incas” a profound basin of compositional marvel. The Incas, cautiously, cut level porches into enormous dishes. Archeologists accept that the Incas involved them to find the ideal developing circumstances for their yields and trial with hybridization.

Visit The Pre-Inca Salt Mines of Maras

Forging ahead with our excursion to the pioneer town of Maras, we peer down onto the pre-Inca salt “mines,” called salinas in Spanish. Endless ages have passed down a huge number of salt dishes, which they utilized for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the highest point of the valley releases a little stream of intensely salt-loaded water, which is redirected into a salt container and vanished to deliver salt. This is one of a handful of spots in existence where you can see it as normally pink salt!

Visit Ollantaytambo: A Living Inca Village and Massive Ruins

At last, we drive to Ollantaytambo, finding an opportunity to investigate the Inca town that has stayed in salvageable shape since Inca times and the monstrous Inca Remains, with a visit given by our aide. Visit the gigantic engineering of the Sun Sanctuary at the highest point of the impressive patios and find out about the significance of this site for the Inca during the start of the Spanish success. Here you go through the night at your inn in Ollantaytambo, prepared to begin the Inca Trail the following day.

  • 2* Accommodations: Veronica View Hotel or Tunupa Lodge
  • 3* Accommodation: Pakaritampu Hotel or El Alberge
  • There are no 4* hotels in Ollantaytambo


We start this interesting day early; your guide will leave the hotel with you at 5:30 am. At the point when you reach the train station, your guide will give you your lunch to add to your daypack. Your train withdraws from Ollantaytambo at 6:10 am and you will have a little more than an hour on the train to partake in the view prior to showing up at your trip start point. The lodging can furnish you with a crate breakfast to take with you or you can pack your breakfast.

Meet you at Km104: A Trekker’s Paradise of Inca Sites, Scenic Views, and Waterfall Treasures

Your guide will get off the train with you at the popular Km104, where your climb starts! (2,000m/6,560 ft. above ocean level) In the wake of crossing the Urubamba waterway on a pleasant footbridge, you can expect to show your identification(passport) at the designated spot and get to visit your most memorable Inca archeological site close by. The primary 90 minutes are a delicate trip up, with a few sanctuaries en route just a tad, to escape the sun or downpour, depending on the season.

En route, you will stop at a few standpoints where you have a far-reaching perspective on the Urubamba Waterway. You will likewise go through a few microclimates, including cloud woodlands, so prepare yourselves for clamminess or even downpours at any time of the year. The following 90 minutes are a marginally more extreme uphill trip with a delightful waterfall as your compensation toward the finish of the path!

Exploring Wiñay Wayna: A Fascinating Inca Ruin Amidst Lush Jungle Hike

As you stroll underneath the waterfall, make certain to look up at the marvelous Wiñay Wayna as you pass! (2,600m/8,500ft above ocean level) These astounding Inca ruins have an interesting history and a few sections are as yet secret by the thick wilderness. This near Machu Picchu, you are climbing through a rich sub-tropical wilderness. Your aide will fill you in regarding the remnants, in addition to the fantastic vegetation of this microclimate, and answer any inquiries you have before the short 5-minute stroll to your lunch spot.

You will eat lunch at the Wiñay Wayna campsite, which is the last camping area for those climbing the
Exemplary Inca Trail. Take as much time as necessary partaking in your good, connoisseur lunch and respecting the tropical blossoms around the campsite. Make certain to inform us of any food sensitivities or dietary limitations when you book!

Hiking towards the glorious Sun Gate

After lunch, you will have a for the most part level climb to the Sun Entryway with the exception of a bunch of steep steps not long before you show up at the Sun Door. As you stroll through the Sun Door and turn the corner, you will encounter your most memorable stunning perspective on Machu Picchu Fortress, so set aside some margin to appreciate the experience and take photographs. The last hour down from the Sun Entryway give numerous chances to take more photographs of Machu Picchu from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. There are likewise a couple more significant Inca destinations between the Sun Door and Machu Picchu, so try to go gradually, partake in your time strolling in the strides of the Inca on the Inca Trail, and ask your aide inquiries about these verifiable puts on the last piece of your climb to Machu Picchu.

Opportunity to take beautiful photos

When you arrive at Machu Picchu, you have the opportunity and energy to take more photographs from the survey stages over the site, the “House of the Guardians” where you can take well-known postcard pictures of Machu Picchu. You will show up in the early evening, as the archeological region begins to purge travelers, which permits you to take wonderful photographs in the early evening light with fewer individuals in your shots. Take as much time as necessary to partake in this supernatural experience before you bring the transport down to Aguas Calientes to look into your inn. You will have a tasty supper, have the opportunity to stroll around this beautiful little town, visit the underground aquifers or simply go to your lodging to rest after such an interesting day.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel, picnic lunch, and dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • 3* Accommodation:  Ferre´ Hotel Machu Picchu
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

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


On the day you’ve been anticipating, you’ll start with an early breakfast at your hotel before boarding one of the first buses to Machu Picchu, ensuring you’ll be there in time for the sunrise. This is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss as it’s an incredible sight to behold! A two-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu by your guide follows, where you’ll get to see many of its significant areas.

Exploring Huayna Picchu and Other Activities After Your Machu Picchu Tour

After the Machu Picchu tour, those who have pre-booked a hike up Huayna Picchu will have the opportunity to relish the breathtaking views at their own pace. You’ll then take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch, which is not included. If time permits before your train departure, you may do some shopping, sightseeing, or visit the museum or hot springs.

Riding the Expedition Train: A Scenic Journey Back to Ollantaytambo and Beyond

For the journey back, you’ll board the Expedition train at either 2:55 pm or 3:20 pm, which runs along the stunning Urubamba River. As you near Aguas Calientes, the canyon narrows and the river has numerous beautiful sections of whitewater. If you gaze up high on the steep canyon wall, you’ll also spot Wiñay Wayna from the train. Your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station upon arrival at Ollantaytambo to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in a private vehicle, arriving at approximately 7:00 pm.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel


  •  On the 2 day of Inca Trail, we will be doing circuit #3 and there is no way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55 pm or 3:20 pm, 4:22 pm, or 4:43 pm. The cost is $67 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized as requested and it has to be done by booking time.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on the availability, let us know about it at the booking time.




  • Sacred Valley Tour with entrances included.
  • Entrance tickets to the Inca cities and archeological sites
  • Professional guide for three days.
  •  Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Two nights of hotel accommodation with a private room, bathroom, wifi, and breakfast
  • Meals a indicated on the itinerary
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu -Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal assistance


  • Hotel – optional upgrades
  • Huayna Picchu Tickets: $75 USD per person
  • Upgrade to Vistadome: $67 USD per person  (Return only Aguas Calientes to Poroy/Cusco at 4:43 pm)
  • Tips for your guide

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


  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel: (Cusco hotel only)
  • SMALL GROUPS: up to 8 hikers
  • EARLY TRAIN: for the return to Cusco from Aguas Caliente

Price & Availability


***The fantastic tour with the Inca trail included is available on any date that will suit you except in February when the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance! Join our group and get the best deals.
  • $577 USD per person without hotels
  • $647 USD per person with 2 nights hotel (2* Ollantaytambo and 3* Aguas Calientes)
  • $712 USD per person with 2 nights 3* hotels 

***Private service is available for $100 USD more per person.

***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people with a maximum of 8!  


  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of the university, student name, photo of the student, expiration date, etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval of the 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.


  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
  • Vistadome: $67 USD per person
  • Upgrade Hotel in Ollantaytambo: $55 USD to 3*
  • Upgrade Hotel  4* or 5* in Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel single supplement: $40 USD 3* in Aguas Calientes and $55 USD 3* in Ollantaytambo

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

Why Apple


As a family-owned travel agency, APPLE Travel Peru works closely with local tour operators based in Cusco who have extensive personal experience in trekking over the years. We are proud to be a 100% Cusqueñian Company, with no shareholders.

Our owner’s dream was to provide small, personalized tours and treks exclusively operated by local, professional staff who offer high-quality service. We take great pride in our reputation as a responsible and sustainable tour operator, and our staff is like an extended family to us. We ensure that they receive good wages and financial support, which is essential to us.

Our team is the backbone of our success, and we’re immensely proud of them. We couldn’t offer the best service and amazing experiences to our clients without their dedication and hard work.


At APPLE Travel Peru, we believe in providing a more personalized service for our guests, which is why we have a policy that limits our groups to a maximum of 8 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.


We take great pride in our highly professional guides who speak fluent English, are very knowledgeable, and are passionate about Inca heritage and history. We have guides who are continuously developing themselves, and conducting research to provide you with accurate and recognized theories in Inca and Andean culture. Our fun-loving and well-educated crew holds degrees in Archeology, Tourism, Botany, History, or Anthropology.


As part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we believe in giving back to the communities we pass through on our treks. We support employees from these communities and aim to bring things back to the grassroots level, share in their homes and families, and make life richer and more meaningful for all involved. We take great pride in supporting these beautiful people, not only by hiring them for work but also by socially supporting them. This approach demonstrates our attitude toward everything we do, and we strive to create a positive impact on the people and communities we interact with.

Important Info


Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package.


The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6 pm in our office, which is located at Calle Garcilaso 2010 Office 2012.


Of course! During the Sacred Valley & Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu Package, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.


FIRST, to book your Sacred Valley & Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on Book Now on our homepage or click here on BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an Inca trail permit, entrance to Machu Picchu, or the train without the following information:

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

In order to purchase your Inca Trail permit, entrance to Machu Picchu, and train ticket, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person. You can easily make your deposit by clicking on either the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, on our booking page, or by clicking on the payment method of your choice, whether it is VISA or PAYPAL.


As for the balance, you can pay in cash at our office in Cusco (in US dollars or Peruvian soles) to avoid high credit card fees in Peru. There are many ATMs located within the historical center that you can use to withdraw money. Alternatively, you can also pay online through VISA or PAYPAL, but please note that there is a 5.5% service fee charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you simply need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address, which is appletravelperu@gmail.com.


As per Peruvian Law, you should be under 18 years old at the time of your trip or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 and above need student cards). For instance: on the off chance that you book a trip at 17 years old but you turn 18 preceding you do your journey, you should have a valid university ID card to fit the bill for the student discount.

University students should give a duplicate of their ID card showing a photograph, University name, and card expiration date. Cards should be substantial for the current academic year only.

  • For all students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30 USD.
  • For kids from the age of 2 to 11, the discount is $40 USD.
  • Kids from the age of 0 to 2 are free.

All students should give a duplicate of their passports at the time of their booking to get the student discount. Send us a duplicate at appletravelperu@gmail.com


The response is NO. When the tickets for the Inca Trail have been purchased the government allows no changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets have been purchased. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Sacred Valley & Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!


To enter Machu Picchu and board the train, you must bring your original passport with you. It is crucial that the passport number you sent us while booking your entrance, train tickets, and reservations is the same as that on your passport. The rangers and the train company will check your passport before allowing you to enter Machu Picchu or board the train.

In case you renew your passport or change your name, please send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it for a fee of $25 per person when you get your new passport number or updated name. To make the change, we require copies of both your old and new passports. We recommend that you keep a copy of your old passport before changing it.

Alternatively, you can avoid the fee by bringing both passports to Peru with you. You can use your new passport to enter Peru, but you must show both passports (old and new) to enter Machu Picchu or board the train. If you fail to produce both passports, you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu or board the train. Please note that officials in Peru are strict about this matter.


The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  We recommend that you bring a warm jacket for early morning and a rain poncho in case of a rain shower.


If you’re content with the services we provide, a tip – however not necessary – but is valued. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of extraordinary importance for individuals who will take care of you during the journey. It moves them to give brilliant help and is a dug-in element of the travel industry across numerous Apple Travel Peru destinations. Obviously, you are allowed to tip however much you feel is suitable.


Indeed, we are a local, sustainable, and dependable tour operator for that we integrate the universal standards of the travel industry which is to safeguard the climate and advantage the local communities by respecting their way of life and religion. Considering this, we have prepared all our local staff to be aware and comprehend, and regard the places and the nearby individuals.

The Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package does not include an extra porter. You will need to carry all your things. Please try to pack as light as possible which is the key to enjoying this amazing trek.

Packing List

What you have to take with you for the Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

In your daypack for the Short Inca Trail, you should have:

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same one you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3 liter Camelbaks are encouraged.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet paper
  • Jacket if the cold season
  • Waterproof gloves – rainy season
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Wool hat if the cold season
  • Rain gear  – rainy season
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars, or any dry fruit
  • Camera
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Valuables

In your duffel that will be sent by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes:

  • A change of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the next day
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Battery chargers

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