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Inca Trail 2 Day Hike

Duration 2 Days
Difficulty medium
Altitude 2700 m.s.n.m
Price: From US$ 435 Dollars

This tour has been specially designed for those who want to hike the Inca Trail for only 2 days and with less effort, while still relishing the beautiful landscapes of the rainforest. This portion of the Inca trail has an excellent climate and will allow you to get the same enjoyment and satisfaction from the classic Inca trail experience but in a shorter time. After the trek, we will take a first glimpse at Machu Picchu from Inti Punku (the “Sun Gate”), after which we will explore the temples of the Inca Citadel. If you do not enjoy walking long distances but want to experience the Inca Trail, then this tour is for you. All throughout the experience, you will be delighted by the wonders and magic of the Inca Empire.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – WIÑAYWAYNA – AGUAS CALIENTES

We will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 4:00AM in our private transportation to head to the train station of Ollantaytambo. There we will board the train that will take us to the 104km mark (64 miles), where we will begin our hike in a subtropical jungle landscape.

During our journey we will visit the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2150masl) and after approximately 3 hours of walking we will arrive at Wiñaywaina. This impressive archaeological complex is composed of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. Then we will go up to Inti Punku or “the Gate of the Sun” on a hike along a flat stone path on the edge of mountain cliffs, a journey that will take us an hour. From Inti Punku we will enjoy our first panoramic view of the majestic “Machu Picchu”. From the Sun Gate we will descend to Machu Picchu and then take the bus to “Machu Picchu Pueblo” (formerly Aguas Calientes). We will spend the night in a previously selected hotel, and we will have the option to enjoy the hot springs of this magical town.

DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Very early in the morning, we will go up to Machu Picchu on foot or by bus to enjoy the sunrise in this magical place before the arrival of other tourists from the city of Cusco. We will bask in the tranquility of the lost city of the Incas in a guided tour (Approx. 2 ½ hours), after which we will have some free time to walk around the Citadel or climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (if you previously added this ticket to your visit). From here, we will have spectacular views of the entire citadel of Machupicchu, as well as the valleys and mountains that surround it. If we wish, we can visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon we will go down via bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly Aguas Calientes town) from where we will return to Ollantaytambo by train, and then take our transportation to the city of Cusco.

Included

INCLUDED

  • Transportation:
  • Transfer from the hotel to the train station.
  • Tourist train ticket to the beginning of the trek (104km mark), “Expedition” train or similar train.
  • Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station, “Expedition” tourist train or similar train.
  • Return transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • 02 Bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (Round trip).
  • Entrance fees:
  • Entrance tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Lodging and meals: 
  • 01 Night Hotel/Hostal accommodation in Aguas Calientes, according to the hotel chosen (see list below).
  • Food: 01 Box Lunch, 01 Dinner, 01 breakfast at the hotel.
  • Professional English / Spanish guide during the whole tour (2 guides from 9 passengers and up).
  • First aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle.

DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the second day.
  • Extra services such as tips.
  • Visit to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes which is located 10 minutes walk from town (entrance fee is US $ 4.00, towel and bathing suits can be rented there).

Optional

  • 01 Bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (US $ 12.00).
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain (US $ 70.00 (Confirm this entrance at the time of booking, subject to availability of spaces).
  • Buffet lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, US $ 40.00 per person. Or Lunch in the town of Aguas Calientes US $ 15.00 per person.
  • There is an additional cost if you wish to travel by First Class Train Round Trip “VISTADOME Tourist Service” at US $ 70.00 per person (One way or round trip US $ 35.00).
  • Extra services such as tips.

Important

Travel Insurance

Please provide and send us your travel insurance prior to your arrival in Peru.

Passport

It is important to present the same original documents (identity card or passport) with which you registered your reservation at the time of entering the Inca Trail, otherwise you will not be able to enter. The document numbers must match those of the document with which you made the reservation. If for any reason you changed your passport number after making the reservation, please inform us before your arrival in Cusco or bring both documents (the old and the new one).

FAQ

How can I find out the availability of the 2-Day Inca Trail?

The best way to find out the availability of this interesting trek is by contacting an agency authorized to do this trek. Inca Peru Travel is a specialist in trekking routes, especially the Inca Trail 2 and 4 Days. It is only necessary that you contact one of our salesmen so that he is informing you immediately about the availabilities.

Can I do the Inca Trail the day after my arrival in Cusco?

Cusco, the imperial city is at an altitude of 3350 meters above sea level, so if you come from a much lower place or at sea level. The best and most advisable is to be at least 2 days in Cusco before doing the Inca Trail. The most advisable is a correct acclimatization so you will be able to do the trek without any problem or altitude sickness.

Is it necessary to hire a travel agency for the Inca Trail 2 days?

Because it is a route that requires a lot of maintenance and constant care for being a historical legacy with more than 500 years old, it is necessary, important and mandatory to hire an authorized travel agency for this adventure. Keep in mind that not all agencies can operate it directly if they do not have the corresponding authorization, at present, there are only 230 travel agencies that meet all the requirements, among them is the team of Inca Peru Travel.

Is the Inca Trail open all year round?

The Inca Trail is open 11 months of the year, except for the month of February, which is closed for maintenance and because it is the month with the most rain in Cusco. Keep in mind that from December to March is the rainy season and it can sometimes close some days during this time, due to inconveniences, landslides, natural problems. It is important that after booking always be in contact with your agency salesperson to be constantly updated.

What is the most advisable month to do the Inca Trail?

The most advisable is from April to November. At this time it is dry season, so you will not find much rain and you will enjoy the mountainous landscapes of the route to the maximum.

How do I book the Inca Trail with Inca Peru Travel?

As we are an authorized local direct operator. We ask for 50% of the total amount of the tour, this can be done by credit card, bank deposit or Western Union. Please note that for a previous reservation, our salesmen will ask for basic and important information such as: Copy of Passport or Identity Card (your ID has to be valid and if it is expired, you can make the reservation, but you have to bring both original passports for the control at the beginning of the trek), another document will also be the Student Card (if you have it) this so that the corresponding discounts can be applied.

If I have already booked this trek, is it possible to change the date?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to change the dates, it is important that at the time of booking, you are very sure.

What should I bring for the 2-day Inca Trail?

As a recommendation, we recommend that you only bring what you need, for example light clothes for the day since you will get warm during the hike and warm clothes for the night. A backpack of 45 liters can be good, so you can comfortably carry your belongings.

Can anyone do the Inca Trail for 2 days?

Yes, this trek does not demand as much physical effort as the Inca Trail 4 days, the maximum altitude will be 2400 m.a.s.l. approx. and we will pass through a subtropical landscape. The hike is done only the first day and will be 9km approx. with rest periods.

Recommendations

WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:

  • A backpack
  • Sunblocker
  • Original passport
  • Extra clothes for two days of travel.
  • Warm clothing.
  • Walking shoes.
  • Rain poncho
  • Water bottle.
  • Camera and batteries
  • Repellent, sunscreen and Hat
  • Flashlight
  • Toilet Paper
  • Bottle of water and purifying tablets
  • Optional :
  • – Walking sticks covered with rubber for the hike.
  • – Snack: Cookies, candy, chocolates, energy bars (optional).

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REVIEWS

Verónica C
Verónica C
2024-03-28
Excelente experiencia. Volvería a Perú y a contratar a Inca Perú Travel La experiencia con la agencia de turismo fue excelente y el personal es muy atento. Siempre puntuales y cumpliendo con lo pactado. Muy recomendable
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Preeti K
2024-03-11
Excellent - keep it going The more that is said about this team is definitely less. Jhon and I had been in touch for the last six months to draw this trip and since then to now when it is in conceptualisation it has been top notch professional with a touch of personal with them checking on my well-being etc. Abel came in once I arrived at Lima and since then has been my support. Guys this is a tour operator must to be considered. Infact I have met so many in Cusco who asked me of my trip details and I have no hesitations in recommending them. Bravo
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ivani a
2024-03-07
Viagem Fantástica Agência incrível! Guias fantásticos! Em especial John, Abel e José Luiz. Super educados! Muito atenciosos! Tornaram a nossa viagem ainda mais inesquecível! Receba o meu abraço carinhoso ❤️
Andreia L
Andreia L
2024-03-07
Uma inesquecível viagem por Machu Pichu Atendimento personalizado que nos encantaram! Serviços e as recomendações foram incríveis! Sempre muito atentes! Parabéns em especial para Abel, John e José Luís em Cusco!
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Caroline d
2024-03-01
Ótimo passeio! Fizemos o passeio para Machu Picchu e tudo foi incrível, nós buscaram no horário combinado no hotel, o carro e motorista eram ótimos. Eles cuidaram de reservar as passagens de trem e ônibus e os ingressos para vista à Machu Picchu e tudo saiu perfeito. O guia da vista também foi excelente, muito atencioso e solicitou, além de ótimo fotografo. Tudo foi impecável!
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2024-02-29
Surpreendente Desde o primeiro contato eles foram super atenciosos, montaram meu roteiro do jeito que eu queria e foi tudo pefeito. Cumprem todos os horarios e a atençao dada pelo Abel do inicio ao fim da viagem fez toda a diferença. Com toda certeza indicarei a Inca Peru Travel a todos os meus amigos do Brasil.
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2024-02-28
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2024-01-28
Excelente experiência Desde o primeiro contato até o último passeio, a agência foi muito eficiente. Fomos atendidos pelo Abel, que foi sempre muito atencioso, correto e nos ajudou com todos os detalhes da nossa viagem, garantindo que tudo ocorresse perfeitamente. Os guias (Ed, Vilma, Monica, Giovanni) também foram excelentes. Recomendamos muito a agência Inca Peru Travel!
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2024-01-24
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2024-01-18
Encantada Estou encantada com as belezas do Peru e com o atendimento que recebi em todos os locais que fui, a empresa Inca Travel foi excelente na indicacao dos passeios e escolha dos parceiros e guias, estão de parabéns. Estendo meus agradecimentos especiais ao atendente.Abel, Jhon e aos guias que nos acompanharam.

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