This short Inca Trail 2 day tour program designed for people with limited time but who want to hike a section of the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and enter this Inca Sanctuary through the famous Sun's Gate ("Intipunku" in Quechua language). Enjoy the natural beauties and the scenic views of this easy to moderate trip. A great option for a short visit to Machu Picchu !!!
Waken up at the call of birdsongs, you will be offered a consistent breakfast. The half-day hike to the Chachabamba campsite will take you to the lush vegetation of the cloud forest where exotic birds (Andean guan, Gray-breasted mountain tucan, etc.) will salute your passing. Enjoy the scenic views of the Urubamba River and look for the playful Torrent Ducks. Do not miss the various wild Orchids and bromeliads along the path!!! We will have lunch at our Chachabamba campsite and have a leisurely afternoon to discover the Chachabamba ruins, refreshing time at the nearby creek or keep up with reading or writing. In late afternoon, you might see the colorful Cocks-of-the-Rock, the national bird of Perú, make its display around the Hotel.
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco and take you to the Ollantaytambo train station for your 2 hours train ride to the starting point of your trip. After registering at the Chachabamba park ranger station we will hike up 2-3 hours to the Inca ruins of Wyñay Wayna through a mixture of cacti vegetation and cloud forest. Before reaching the famous Inca Trail, the Inca realm will reveal itself to you through striking sightings of Choque Suysuy, Wiñay Wayna and Intipata. Refresh yourself at the local waterfall before reaching the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. Enjoy the sunset at the sungate before entering in Machupicchu where afterwards we descends to Aguas Calientes, walking slowly and enjoying the beautiful sceneray to spend the night in a hostel.
Very early, we will walk up to Machupicchu where we will discover the mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu, as your guide will explain you few facts about this important Inca site. If time permits, climb up to Wayna Picchu & explore the Temple of the Moon before heading down to Aguas Calientes to board your train back to Cusco.
For the sake of maintaining the Short Inca Trail and its surroundings, the Peruvian authorities now limit the number of Inca Trail permits to 500 a day, including hikers, guides, porters and other support staff. Permits frequently sell out various months before and you have to reserve well in advance to obtain your place, especially if you want to go in high season between June and August.
We advise booking your permit at least four months in advance to prevent any letdowns. You can possibly find more economic flights in May, September and October, in the off season. Permit availability can change quickly and cannot be confirmed until it is reserved in theInca Trail office ( once passport details are recieved and the deposit has been paid). Once authorized it is not possible to make any changes to your Inca Trail permit. Your Passport for the Inca Trail Trek
You need to supply us with your passport details when you request your Inca Trail Trek. We cannot make a reservation without this. Your permit is connected to your name and passport number. If you change your passport after booking your Inca Trail permit or are planning on traveling with a different passport you need to also bring the passport you used to book your Inca Trail permit or you will not be allowed to hike the Inca Trail. It is very important to make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months.
When reserving your tour you will pay your 50% deposit. We will issue a confirmation invoice, which means your booking has been accepted and a contract exists.
If we are unable to confirm a tour we will refund your deposit in full.
The Inca Trail is closed once a year (in Febuary) for maintainence and during this time we can offer you other tours. There are alternative treks the Inca Trail available where you can have a similar experience, which are usually not as difficult and follow the Urubamba River before ending as usual at the sungate at Machu Picchu.
Please note that all routes to Machu Picchu are subject to local regulations and prices for permits and transportation may change without notice. Although we will aim to deal with any changes ourselves, it may be inevitable to increase our prices accordingly even after you have booked or whilst on your tour.