The Short Inca Trail is a fantastic option for you that don't have the time or desire to hike the full length of the Inca Trail. you will see beautiful scenery, a wide variety of flora, fauna and a visit to the Inca Trail's most beautiful site (Wiñay Wayna), you get to enjoy the all the best bits of the Inca Trail condensed in to a one day walk.
DAY 1: CUSCO - KM104 - AGUAS CALIENTES
Our trek today takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We'll visit beautiful Inca sites , see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains. Covering 10km of the trail our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works it's way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Winay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
As we make our way to Machu Picchu we'll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).
After a full days trekking we'll arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos and with fewer tourists in the site it's a perfect time to take some pictures of the site. After we've passed through the Sun Gate we'll carry on along the trail a little way before taking a side trail that leads us to Aguas Calientes in the valley below where we'll check in to our hotel.
DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Waking up early we'll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
INCLUDEDProfessional English Speaking Tour Guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9 pax to more.
Pick-up from Plaza Regocijo
Train form Ollantaytambo to Km104 - Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Transportation by bus from cusco to Ollantaytambo - Ollantaytambo to cusco.
1 Breakfast, 1 Boxed Lunch, 1 Dinner. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
1 night at hotel in Aguas Calientes.
First aid kit
Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
2 Bus journeys between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
NOT INCLUDEDExtra Drinks (beer, soda, water, etc.)
Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 2
Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
What you need to takeOriginal Passport
ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
Extra money for lunch, snacks, drinks, tips.
“This tour is available every day provided we have a minimum of 2 pax”