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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days

Tour Details

This trail is the best option for those who are short on time or who don’t like camping and difficult hikes. We hike through tropical vegetation to the beautiful Inca site Wiñaywayna, where we join the classic Inca trail and continue to the famous Sun Gate. There, travellers have their first views of the magnificent Inca city of Machu Picchu. On this hike, travellers can see Machu Picchu twice; during sunset without the crowds, and the next day at sunrise.

  • Original Inca trails and Inca archeological sites
  • Beautiful landscapes and snowcapped peaks
  • Entering Machu Picchu through the famous Sun Gate
  • Enjoying Machu Picchu at sunset
  • Returning at sunrise to explore Machu Picchu
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to starting point of the trek
  • Luggage transfer from Ollantayambo to hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • English-speaking professional tour guides
  • Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
  • Meals (one box lunch, one dinner, one breakfast)
  • First aid kit, including emergency oxygen
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the train station to hotel in Cusco
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day after Machu Picchu
  • Wayna Picchu entrance fee (optional – entrance is available for $70)
  • Tips and extra spending
  • Current passport is required. If your passport expired between booking and starting your tour, bring both the old and new passports!
  • Short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts, fleece, lightweight pants
  • Day pack to carry things that you will need during the hike
  • Rain gear or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries die faster in cold conditions)
  • Hydrating face and body lotion
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Water bottles (Nalgene or metal ones are required)

Itinerary

We will pick you up from your hotel to travel by private transportation to the train station at Ollantaymbo where we board the train and travel to Km 104, the starting point of the trek. We ascend gradually to Wiñaywayna, the best-preserved Inka site around Machu Picchu, visiting Chachabamba on the way. Lunch will be at a place chosen by the tour guide. We continue on the stone-paved Inca Trail through the cloud forest to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) where we will have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu and some time to enjoy the magical Inca city at sunset. Then we will go by bus to Aguas Calientes, where our hotel and dinner will be waiting for us.

Total distance trekking: 10 Km / 6.21 miles
Aguas Calientes altitude: 2050 m / 6726 ft

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will take the bus back to Machu Picchu for the complete guided tour of the magical city. Then you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself or to climb Wayna Picchu for different spectacular views of Machu Picchu. Later, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transportation will take us back to the hotel in Cusco.

Total distance by bus: 6 Km / 3.73 miles
Machu Picchu altitude: 2400 m / 7874 ft

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