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Tour in Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail

USD $475.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Inca Trail trekking tour // 

 Why you'll love this experience:

 Hike in a beautiful scenery with changing terrain (ruins, jungle, mountains).

 A great way to discover Machu Picchu in an exciting way if you don't have time for the 4-day Inca Trail.

 Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate with a breathtaking view normal visitors don't get.

 

Welcome to the 2-day Inca Trail! Get to know the historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, humanity heritage since 1983 and one of the 7 wonders of the modern world since 2007. Take a comfortable train trip heading towards the beginning of the Inca Trail, and fall in love with the beautiful Andean landscapes, snow capped mountains, and splendid valleys, such as the Sacred Valley.

Put your boots on for a trekking tour next to the Urubamba River and visit important archeological sites, such as Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna. Relax in the famous tourist city of Aguas Calientes and get ready for Machu Picchu. On the second day, you will enjoy the beautiful Andean sunrise and continue the journey towards the citadel of the Incas. This tour is perfect for people that want to enter Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail, but don’t have too much experience in trekking or don’t have much time to do the Inca trail of 4 days. It is also possible to do it this short version of the Inca Trail (10 km/6.3 miles) with young children (9-14 years old). Enjoy the short version of South America's most popular trek!

Note: Please contact us to check the availability of Inca trail permits before booking.

Itinerary:

ONE DAY BEFORE THE START OF THE INCA TRAIL

Briefing at 6:00 pm so that you will have the most important information about the trek.

DAY 1: CUSCO - KM 104 - WIÑAY WAYNA - MACHU PICCHU
You will be picked up at your hotel in Cusco at 03:00 - 03:30 am and head to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Next, we will take the train to km 104 from where we start the 2-day Inca Trail hiking uphill for around 4 hours until arriving at the archaelogical site of Wiñay Wayna. Here, we will eat our box lunch while enjoying a beautiful view.
Next, we will continue hiking to Inti Punku, the sun gate. From this point, we have an absolutely stunning view of Machu Picchu. This is the perfect place to take some unforgettable photos and it's also the official end of the Inca trail. Afterwards, we will head down to the entrance of Machu Picchu from where we take a bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) to spend the night at a hostel.

DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Today, we will get up early to get to Machu Picchu for the early morning hours before the the big crowds arrive. Here, you will have a 2-hour guided tour visiting the most important sites of the ancient city of the Incas. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain but remember that you need to get your tickets weeks in advance. Each hike takes around 3 hours in total and we only recommend it to people that are in a good shape and don't fear heights. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then head back to Cusco in a private bus.

 

 Included:

  • Briefing one day before the tour
  • Transport:
    • Pick up from your hotel to Ollantaytambo train station and Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to km 104
    • One way bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private bus to Cusco
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Hiking poles
  • Professional and experienced tour guide fluent in English, specialized in hiking the Inca Trail and trained in first aid and rescue (will be with you from the first to the last day)
  • One night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes
  • Emergency equipment and first-aid kit
  • 1 breakfast, 1 box lunch, 1 dinner and snacks (vegetarian or vegan options are available as well, just let us know in advance)
  • 1 bag for your snacks (to avoid the usage of plastic)

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     Not Included:

    • Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the second day
    • Bus on the second day to/from Machu Picchu
    • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

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     Schedule:

    • The tour starts at 3:00 am on your first day.

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     Recommendations:

    Passport:

    • If you have reserved the Inca Trail with your old Passport and then you have renewed it and obtained another one, your passport number has most likely changed. Please let the guide know so he can update this information. This modification has to be made at least 10 days before your trip to Peru. Otherwise, this update or modification will have an additional cot of $ 12 and it will create a big inconvenience to update the information last minute.
    • Important: If you do not bring your passport, you won’t be given entrance to the Inca Trail.

    Health:

    • If you have medical restrictions for some or all the activities detailed in your booking please contact your doctor and inquire about the risks of doing said activities.
    • Arrive 2-3 days before your trek to avoid the Altitude Sickness (Soroche) and stomach pain provoked by slow digestion.
    • Altitude sickness: some of the symptoms are headache and nausea. There are some over the counter medication (pills) that help to minimize the symptoms, such as Glucosa Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Soroichi Pill, and Acetazolamida among others. If the symptoms persist, the use of oxygen is the next step. Under these circumstances the operator has the necessary equipment and staff to assist you.
    • Stomach pain: Drink between 3-4 liters of water per day so your body will stay hydrated. Hot drinks or meals are especially recommended, such as coca leaf tea, soups, vegetables, and carbohydrates (not fried or heavy). Candy, chocolates, cookies and fruits are also a good option. In general, all food that is easy to digest. Do not drink alcohol or smoke.
    • Try to sleep at least 8 hours and do not exercise too much. Keep your body in good temperature wearing warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold. While adjusting to the altitude there is a general rule to follow: eat what is necessary and drink plenty of liquids.

      What to pack for the Inca Trail:

      Take only whatever is necessary for the trek and leave the rest at the hotel.

      • A hiking/trekking backpack (15 liters capacity)
      • Hiking Poles with rubber tips (can be rented from the operator)
      • Trekking clothing: hiking shoes, waterproof pants, waterproof shorts, two shirts, a light sweater, jacket for rain, and clothes to rest in at the hotel. On the other hand, it is quite comfortable and relaxing for the body to wear light clothes for the walk; for this, waterproof materials are very good, because they enable quick drying from sweat and rain.
      • Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes: Please bring with you a clean set of clothes to wear after the trekking. Also, you can bring along swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
      • Personal Hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, and wet wipes)
      • Personal medicine, medicine for altitude sickness (such as Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamida) and Anti Blister Gel to avoid getting blisters on your feet and being unable to continue your trek.
      • Digital Camera with an external memory (optional)
      • Sunglasses and sun block SPF 60 (UVA-UVB)
      • Waterproof insect repellent lotion, no spray.
      • Swiss army knife
      • Water bottle made of flexible plastic (from Platypus, this type of bottle is very easy to carry and does not take up a lot of space; the operator will be refilling water throughout the trek.)

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       Terms of Reservation:

      • Minimum 2 people
      • It is necessary to book this trek in advance, as it has a limited capacity of 500 people per day divided into 2 seperate times. The first group starts the trek at 7:00 am and the second group at 10:00 am. The earlier you book, the better the train times we can organize for you.
      • For reservations within 1 month before the start of the tour, it's possible that the train times will differ from what is indicated due to availability reasons. Thus, it is possible that you arrive to Cusco in the evening or at night instead of in the afternoon.
      • After the booking has been made, please respond to our automatic email asking about necessary information for the tour, such as pickup spot, food preferences and more.

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       Terms of Cancelation:

      • Due to the strict regulations established by Machu Picchu Park, once you have made your booking, it will not be possible to receive any refunds as all the purchases will be made right away. It is also impossible to transfer the permit to someone else under a different name, nor can the date of your permit be modified.

      To consider:

      • In the event that you decide to withdraw from the Inca Trail once it has started, you will be responsible for all additional charges such as: food and transport that might occur because of the modification of your itinerary. However, you can join the group again for the visit to Machu Picchu citadel and the use of the same services from that point onwards.
      • In the event that you decide to cancel the trip due to a health issue or personal problem, the above cancelation policies will be applied as the company has already had administrative and logistic expenses for your tour. 

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