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 enters 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 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.
DAY 1: CUSCO OR OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104 – WIÑAY WAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU
With a compacted 2 days of excitement ahead, we pick you up from Cusco at 4:00a, or from Ollantaytambo at 5:30am, and drive you to the Ollantaytambo train station. You will have an hour and a 20-minute ride by Expedition train to KM 104 (2,100m/6,927ft), where you will begin your trek and show your passport at the first checkpoint. Afterward, we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the ancient terraces and remote archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8747ft). Admire the fountains that have been flowing for hundreds of years and gaze down the spectacular, sheer mountainside, plunging down to the Urubamba River. After enjoying the architectural wonder of this ancient Inca site, we merge onto the Classic Inca Trail. We have lunch at the Wiñay Wayna campground, then continue onward towards the Sun Gate (2,730m/9,007ft). Following the historic footpath, you walk on the stones laid down by the Inca, worn smooth by centuries of feet passing over them. At the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) finally, get our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. As we move closer to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, you will enjoy views of the enigmatic ruins the whole length of the trail. Then we take our bus to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in our hotel.
- Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
- Distance: 12 kms/7.5 miles
- Time: 6hrs approximately
- 3* Accommodations: Inti Punku Machu Picchu
- 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
This is the day you’ve been waiting for! We take the early bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, what an unforgettable experience! On your 2.5 hours private tour, your guide will expertly direct you through the enigmatic ruins and its most important sites. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inka, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of architecture.
You may wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price):
- Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain– appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from above. These extra hikes sell out and must be requested at the time of booking.
- You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate, also called Inti Punku. (No additional fee)
- Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (entrance fee)
When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train at 14:55 for the return trip with the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo train station, arriving at 16:31 where you will catch our private van back to Cusco, arriving by 18h
- Meals: Breakfast
***Information about trains, which are the ONLY way back to Ollantaytambo:
- Our package includes the 14:55 Expedition train for the way from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then we drive you back to Cusco
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on almost any day that suits your schedule, except when it is closed in February for maintenance. We only need a minimum of two people in order to book.
|Without Hotel||3* Hotel (Included)||3* Hotel (Others)||4* Hotel|
|Price Per Person||$397 USD||$427 USD||By request||US$557|
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- 3* Hotels: Inti Punku Machu Picchu, Waman Machu Picchu (Included)
- 4* Hotels: El Mapi (1st option) or Tierra Viva Hotel (2nd option) – Depends on availability!
***** Single supplement US$40 for 3* Hotel, US$110 for 4* hotel like el Mapi or $75 USD for 4* hotel like Tierra Viva superior room
- 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 supplement: $30 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)
- Free duffel bag (5 kilos): will be sent to your hotel in Aguas Calientes for those staying extra days
- 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of the 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: $40USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
*** The 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.
Please read carefully the following information as it will help with your questions about our services and the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
The evening before the tour you will receive a briefing at the office in Cusco or at your hotel in Ollantaytambo.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL?
Of course! During your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at the hotel in our secure storage.
HOW TO BOOK THE INCA SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
FIRST, to book your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu , you need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of US$211.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page or click here on the payment of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.
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 cash machines in the historical center of Cusco 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 email@example.com
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately, the answer is generally no. Once the Inca Trail permits have been bought, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.
*** If you cancel your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?
Yes for sure! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, other entrances and reservations. The rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or get on the train. They are very strict about this here!!
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?
The maximum group size is 8 trekkers. Usually our groups are between 2-6 people. VV Hotel & Tours specialises in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalised service.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE SHORT INCA TREK?
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you always dress in layers as that makes it easier to adjust to the different climates.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, Quechua for high-altitude sickness.
The Veronica View Hotel, and all of the Sacred Valley, are at a lower altitude than Cusco. If you are concerned about the altitude of Cusco, you may want to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley when you first arrive.
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’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many VV Hotel & Tours destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as you feel is appropriate, 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 WE SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator. We incorporate the universal principles of sustainable 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 FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU TREK
The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE an extra porter. You will send an overnight bag from the Ollantaytambo train station to Aguas Calientes and only carry your daypack on the hike. Please try to pack as light as possible, which is key to enjoying this amazing trek.
What to put in your daypack?
- Original Passport ( the same you have used for booking your trek)
- Good daypack (25 to 30L)
- Water 1 to 2 liters in reusable bottles
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Toilet paper
- Polar or sweater
- Hand Sanitizer
- Personal medications
- Sun hat
- Rain jacket – rainy season
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
- Rain poncho (provided by Veronica View)
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
What to put in your overnight bag?
- A change of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the second day
- Personal medications
- Charging cords for phones and cameras
- Toiletries for the night at the hotel
- Small umbrella in the rainy season