SHORT INCA TRAIL – 2 Days / 1 Night
Wish to experience the wonders of the Inca Trail, but simply don’t have the time to spend four or more days doing so? Why not join Head Expeditions on our shorter two day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. The two day trail includes all the natural beauty of longer treks, while accommodating to less experienced hikers, couples, and families (with small children), who either don’t have the desire or time to engage in the full Inca Trail. Your experienced guide will show you a variety of flora and fauna on your one day, 10KM/ 6.3 mile, hike, as you traverse the incredible Andean mountainside. On the second day you will have the energy you need to fully experience the all greatness of Machu Picchu.
|Tour Type||Hiking, adventure, history, culture|
|Departure & Return Location||Cusco – inca trail – machupicchu – cusco|
|Duration||Two days and one night|
|Distance||10km / 6.3 miles|
|Elevation||2100m (6900 ft) – 2730m (8,792ft)|
|Good For||hikers without experience|
|Overall Difficulty||Easy to Moderate difficult (depends on your level of fitness)|
At 4:00am we will pick you up directly from your hotel via our private transportation for the 2 hour journey to the Ollyantaytambo train station. From here, we will take PeruRail for two hours to the hikes starting point. The hike begins with a three hour moderate climb to the magnificent archeological of Winyhuana (2,650m/8747ft). From this site you can enjoy spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, stunning Inca sites, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail. After you have enjoyed these beautiful views, we will continue to the Sungate (2,730m/ 9,007ft), where you will get your first, view of Machu Picchu in all its monumentality. Afterwards, we will take a short walk down to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, were we will take our bus to Aguas Calientes to spend the night in a hotel.
- Meals: Lunch & Dinner.
- Accommodation: Inti Punku hotel (or similar)
- Difficulty: Moderate.
In the morning we will make breakfast before catching the first bus (to avoid lines) at 5:30 up to Machu Picchu. A two hour walking tour will be provided by your guide and afterwards you will have time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Should you choose, you may also climb to Huayna Picchu (2720m/ 8890ft), which takes approximately 45 minutes. You will then meet you guide back in Aguas Calientes for lunch (it can be reached by foot or the shuttle bus), before taking Perurail (2:30pm) to Ollyantaytambo and our private bus back to your hotel in Cusco. Should you desire to spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes in order to spend more time at Machu Picchu and go to the thermal springs in town (a real treat after the Inca Trail) this can also be arranged.
NOTE: It is no longer possible to stay a night on the short inca trail 2 days, 1 night. All people on this tour spend the night in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest Machu Picchu.
- Meal: only Breakfast
- Difficulty: Easy.
- Huayna Picchu
- There is a new regulation for climbing this mountain.
Tickets for this mountain need to be booked well in advance; there are two time sessions: 7 – 8am or 10 “ 11am “ this also needs to be specified when booking the trip.Please note: if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.