Basic Inca Trail 2 Days / 1 Night
Camping in the wilderness but still want to feel the thrill of a hike to Machu Picchu. See the stunning combination of Inca archaeological sites, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety.
Visit the awe-inspiring Inca ruins of Chachabamba & Wiñaywayna along the way The Short express, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is a terrific trek for people short of time and that do not enjoy to the astonishing archeological site of Machu Picchu. Relish in the excitement and beauty that this wondrous trek offers.
Important Information regarding new Inca Trail regulations !
We recommend that you make a trek booking at least 5 months in advance to secure your departure date because permits sell out daily and quickly and sell out at least 4 months in advance. The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail to 500 people per day to include the porters, cooks, and guides. So if you are sure about your hike departure date, send us an E-mail or check the Inca Trail trek availability dates first.
Day 01 Cusco / Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes
Early morning we pick you up from your hotel and drive to the train station to board the train that will take us to km.104 on the Cusco – Machupicchu railroad (starting point of the hike), where we 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 (5 miles) 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 may enjoy 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 continue 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 Machupicchu. From Intipunku we descend to Machupicchu and then by bus to Aguas Calientes. We are then accommodated at the selected hotel/hostel. Meals L (box-lunch)
- Total distance: 13 km (8,08 miles)
- Estimated time: 6-7 hours
- Maximum altitude point: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
- Campsite altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)
Day 02 Aguas Calientes – Cusco / Sacred Valley
We wake up early and board a bus to Machupicchu 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 up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive 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 Cusco or the Sacred Valley, where we arrive after nightfall. Meals
PERUTRAVEL AMAZING INFO: What are the guides like?
Our Adventure,Tour guide are among the very best and most experienced guides anywhere. They are from the surrounding Cusco/ Sacred Valley area and speak fluent English, in addition to Spanish and the native language of Quechua. Most have 10 years of experience leading Inca trail hikes and all have training in the history, spirituality, culture, and ecology of the area.
PERUTRAVEL AMAZING INFO: Can I have vegetarian meals?
Our cooks can provide vegetarian meals no problem. Just let us know your dietary requirements when you book your trek.
PERUTRAVEL AMAZING INFO: How many porters and trekking staff are in the group?
PeruTravel Amazing Peru is committed to looking after our porters and our trekking weights are carefully calculated so that our porters are not overloaded. The group sizes given below show the absolute minimum number of porters that we will provide for each group. As a professional company we will guarantee these numbers. Obviously we will use extra porters if any of our clients decide to hire the services of an extra third of a porter up until the maximum number of porters per group permitted by the government. This is why we limit each client to a maximum of just a third of a porter i.e. maximum 6kg.
Included / No Included
- Transfer from hotel to train station and back to hotel.
- Professional guide in English & Spanish.
- Excellent meals (1 breakfast, 1 box-lunch & 1 dinner).
- Train to km.104 (Choquesuysuy starting point).
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo & Cusco- private transport.
- Tourist bus, Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Oxygen bottle and First-aid kit.
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes in selected hotel w. breakfast.
NOTE: Train included in all tours is the Expeditions Train (to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 6:45pm and being the 9:20pm the last train. Perutravel Amazing will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
Please Note: train times are subject to change depending on Peru rail .If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows than the backpaker cerrojo train to ollantaytambo ) for an increased price.let us know please.
- International & Domestic Flights.
- Airport taxes (USD 30,25 for Int’l flights & USD 6,05 for domestic flights).
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes, the first night.
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
- Excess of Luggage.
- Additional nights, in case of Bad Weather/Flight Cancellation.
- Alcoholic Beverages, sodas or bottled mineral water, snacks.
- Personal Expenses: lauandry, phone calls etc.
- Personal Equipment.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu.
- Travel insurance.
Inca Trail 2 days Tours Dates and Prices
US$35 discount on the above price for students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and for children under 16 years old (a scanned copy of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of paying the trek deposit in order to qualify for the discount). International Youth Travel Cards (IYTC) or other forms of student identity are not acceptable.