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2 Days / 1 Night

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MAX. ALTITUDE

2,745 mts

LOCATION

Machu Picchu, Cusco

Difficulty Level

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LENGTH

2 Days / 1 Night

ActiviTIES

Hike

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Max. HEIGHT

2,745 mts

LOCATION

Machu Picchu, Cusco

Overview

Experience the thrill of adventure on the Short 2-Day, 1-Night Inca Trail, a perfect option for those eager to explore amidst the vegetation of the Urubamba Valley. This unique journey offers the chance to discover one of the modern wonders authentically, navigating through the intricate network of trails that compose this enigmatic path.

Over these two days and one night, immerse yourself in the magic and mystery of this ancient trail, surrounded by a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Here, nature becomes a cherished sanctuary, offering a vital respite from daily routine and stress.

This experience is designed for individuals with adequate health and physical fitness, whether enjoyed solo to connect with new travel companions, as a couple to share intense emotions, or in a group with friends and family for an unforgettable adventure.

Allow yourself to be inspired for your next vacation through the testimonials of travelers who, like you, were captivated by this unique experience. Join us on this unforgettable journey!

Why book this tour?

  • Capture the best moments of an unforgettable trip.
  • Enjoy the splendid sunset at Puerta del Sol.
  • Defeat your limits and reach the top of the famous Gringo Killer.
  • Discover the mystery of Intihuatana.
  • Taste the fantastic Peruvian and local cuisine.
  • Contribute to the sustainable development of tourism with us.

AT A GLANCE

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Inti Punku

  • 05:20 – 07:20 Pick up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station.
  • 07:45- 09:00 Train journey from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 (Expedition service).
  • 09:00 – 09:30 Registration and brief coordination with our guide.
  • 09:30 – 02:15 pm Hike along the Inca Trail with visits to the archaeological sites of Chachabamba (2150m), and Wiñaywayna (2650m).
  • 02:15 – 03:45 pm Hike to Intipunku or the Sun Gate, from where we’ll have our first view of the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • 03:45 – 04:25 pm Hike to Machu Picchu where we can appreciate and take our classic postcards of Machu Picchu.
  • 04:45 – 05:20 pm Descent by tourist bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
  • 07:00 – 08:00 pm Dinner time and coordination with the guide for the next day’s tour.
  • Hotel night in Aguas Calientes

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • 06:00 – 07:00 Bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • 07:00 – 09:30 Guided tour of the main sites of the Machupicchu Sanctuary. Bus return to Aguas Calientes and free time in Aguas Calientes for lunch, visiting the town, or the thermal baths (Lunch in Aguas Calientes courtesy of the company).
  • 04:22 – 06:00 pm Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service).
  • 06:00 – 07:50 pm Van ride from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Hotel night in Cusco (Request your reservation with us).

If you have doubts about the Inca Trails, read the Frequently Asked Questions article, with plenty of helpful information!

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 of the Short Inca Trail – Km 104 to Machu Picchu (Meals: L,D)

Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, the entrance to Machu Picchu in the Short Inca Trail

Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate

We will pick you up from the hotel in the morning (depending on train time) and go to the railway station. The train ride is magical, across a very picturesque route for 3.5 hrs, until we reach Km 104 of the old highway to Machu Picchu – the starting point of Inca Trails. From there, trekking uphill for about 4 hours to the fantastic Inca site of Winaywayna (Quechua for “Forever Young”). While there we will have a box lunch and then spend some time enjoying this amazing site, before merging onto the path of the Classic Inca Trail.

The hike continues to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) (8,792 ft/2,730m) from where we will have a panoramic, breathtaking view of Machu Picchu (7,873 ft/2400m). Then walk down the last part of the Inca Trail to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, allowing you to have a quick glimpse in preparation for the next day’s tour. We will take a side path off the Inca Trail to go down to Aguas Calientes village. We finish this journey there, having a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Total walking hours: 6 hrs (aprox. 6.22 miles-10 km)
  • Initial altitude: 6,889 ft-2100 m
  • Final altitude: 8,956 ft-2,730 m
  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Altitude: 6,500 ft-2000 m)

Day 2 of the Short Inca Trail – Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Meals: B)

Visit Machu Picchu in couple and have a lovely journey

Machu Picchu: a dream come true

We have breakfast and then take the first bus up to Machu Picchu! We’ll see the beautiful sunrise and have the grand tour of Machu Picchu, visiting the most important temples in the ruins for about 2.5 hrs. Then there’s extra time to continue exploring the site on your own!

For an additional fee, we can get you entrance tickets for the famous Huayna Picchu hike (the higher mount seen in every picture of Machu Picchu). This optional adventure should be booked in advance (it takes around 50 min to reach the top and another 50 min to walk down).

You’ll then have a free afternoon for lunch, visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, the market or the great Inca museum. Finally, the return train ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then by bus to Cusco City and transfer to your hotel.

  • Total walking hours: day 2 is a classic (not hiking) tour
  • Initial altitude: 6,561 ft/2,000 m.
  • Final altitude: 7,874 ft/2,400 m.
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo, bus to Cusco City, and final transfer to your hotel.

Reminder: Schedules and information may vary.

What’s included?

IncluDED

  • Initial Transfer. We take you in private transport from the airport to the hotel.

  • Complete briefing. The day before the tour begins, staff from our agency will inform you in detail about this adventure. Likewise, they will clarify any doubt you may still have.

  • Transfer Cusco – Ollantaytambo. On the morning the tour starts, a private transport with the guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to Ollantaytambo train station.

  • Train Ollantaytambo – Km 104. You’ll be accompanied by the guide, through wonderful landscapes, until Km. 104 of the old road to Machu Picchu, which is the starting point of the trek.

  • Professional guide. They are certified, professionals with extensive experience, bilingual (English and Spanish). For groups larger than 9 people, we include a second guide, equally qualified.

  • Oxygen tank. To immediately solve any issue related to altitude sickness.

  • First aid kit. We offer immediate medical attention. Also, if you are taking any personal medication, you must bring it, don’t interrupt treatment.

  • Entrance tickets. We include tickets for the Inca Trail and also for the Machu Picchu citadel.

  • First day lunch. We give you a lunch box on the tour’s first day. We can also provide all types of diets (vegetarian, vegan, etc), at no additional cost, upon request during the reservation.

  • Bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes. On the first day, we arrive at the surroundings of the archaeological complex to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then a bus takes us to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village).

  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes. For the first day’s night, we include a standard hotel (3 stars), in this beautiful village.

  • Dinner on the first day. Dinner that night is included in your package.

  • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu. In the morning of second day, we go up by bus to the citadel for the guided tour.

  • Private Tour in Machu Picchu. With professional guide, approximate duration of 2 and a half hours.

  • Bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes. At the end of the tour of the historic sanctuary, this bus takes you back to the hotel in Aguas Calientes.

  • Lunch on the second day. It’s a standard one, in a partner restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

  • Afternoon in Aguas Calientes. After lunch, you will have a free afternoon for activities in this village, such as shopping at the typical market, visit the Chávez Ballón Museum of Machu Picchu history or the Butterfly Institute, among others.

  • Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo. At dusk of the second day, a relaxing trip will take you from this beautiful town to the railway station in Ollantaytambo.

  • Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco. In private transportation, we will take you back to the hotel in Cusco City.

  • Final transfer. With prior coordination, we take you to the airport for the departure flight.

  • Included but you must request it:
  • Walking poles. We can lend them to our clients.

  • Waterproof poncho. For your protection in case of drizzle or rain, we lend to our customers.

NoT IncluDeD

  • Flights. Neither national nor international.
  • Ticket for the Huayna Picchu mountain. Permits for this hike must be reserved additionally and well in advance.
  • Unspecified meals:These can be requested.
  • Travel insurance. You must have it, for example, in the case of a medical emergency, the expenses will be much lower.
  • Personal Expenses and Tips: Such as crafts, clothing, beverages, etc. Tips are not included; these are voluntary based on the service received.

FAQS

Is it necessary to book the service with a travel agency?

Yes, it’s essential to understand that the Lares Valley is part of the Inca Trail networks regulated by government entities. Visiting them alone is only possible with a formal company like TOUR IN PERU. We are among the few companies that can provide the service without subcontracting with a second or third party. 

What is the difficulty level of the Lares Trek compared to other routes to Machu Picchu?

It’s moderately difficult and not a technically challenging trek, although altitude can affect certain individuals. Considering it’s a trek in high altitudes, this route is one of our cooler journeys. Make sure to bring warm and cozy clothing.

What type of accommodation is provided during the trek?

During the trek, on the first and second nights, you’ll sleep in comfortable campsites, offering a different and unique experience. On the third night, accommodation is provided in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, where you’ll have all amenities.

What is the climate like during the trek and what kind of clothing should I bring?

The weather in Cusco is highly changeable. While there are two main seasons, it’s advisable to be prepared for various climates. Therefore, we recommend bringing waterproof and warm clothing, along with lighter attire for sunny days. It’s also crucial to have suitable trekking footwear.

What to bring?

Clothes

Rain poncho, waterproof jacket, T-shirts, Woolen cap, sun hat, ear muffs, Trousers, shorts, swimsuit, Underwear, socks, Gloves, scarf, Sneakers, trekking shoes, sandals.

Health and Care

Sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repelent, sun hat, Small towel, Bottled water, Personal medication.

Useful Items

Passport, Cash in soles, Camera, charging cord, Extra batteries.

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