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Classic Inca Trail 2D/1N

2 DAYS

This shorter version of the Inca Trail still allows you to visit the most beautiful ruins along the way to Machu Picchu, Winawayna. Enjoy lunch before visiting and then continue through the Sun Gate for your first view of the Lost City of the Incas. You will continue down to Aguas Calientes town and have dinner at the best restaurant in town before heading to bed. For those who want a small taste of hiking the Andes, this 1 day hike with the next day spent at Machu Picchu cannot be beat

Itinerary

Day 1: Hiking to Machu Picchu

You will be picked up from your hotel at 4 a.m. Following, we will go to the train station and leave on the 6:10 a.m. train, from Ollantaytambo. The train follows the Urubamba River, until we reach Km104, where we'll begin our trek. Along the way, you will see spectacular views of the farmlands, snow-capped mountains and the mighty Urubamba River, one of the sources of the Amazon River. At 104 km (2,000 m), we will begin our trek. Once you have everything you need, we will provide you with a packed lunch, energy drinks and take a group photo, before visiting our first Inca site. After an orientation and tour of the Inca site, we will begin hiking upwards, as we head for the Classic Inca Trail. If the weather is clear, we'll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Sites.

After hiking for three hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail, WiñayWayna (Forever Young) at 2,600 m/8,500 ft. Most people do not get the opportunity to see an elaborate water fountain, temples and some agricultural terraces, which provide a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of the Incas. The backdrop of this site drops off a cliff, with beautiful mountains surrounding the area. From WiñayWayna, we will walk to the Sun Gate, where we will see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views, we will begin our descent to Machu Picchu.

A big advantage of this hike, is that by the time we reach Machu Picchu, most of the day travelers will have returned home, so you will have the area to yourself. After taking photos, we take the bus down to AguasCalientes and head to your hotel. Following, we will head to Indio Feliz for dinner (included). This restaurant is considered to be the best food in AguasCalientes. After dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.

Walking Distance:12km / 7.45 miles
Starting Elevation:2,100 meters ASL / 6889 feet ASL
AguasCalientes Elevation:2,000 meters ASL / 6561 feet ASL
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Hostel
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory
Highlights of today: Hiking on the ancient Inca trail, best trail around the world with unique views and ending in Machu Picchu.

Day 2: Visit the “Lost City of the Incas”

We will wake up early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu. You will have a two hour guided tour by your private English speaking guide. After that, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have tickets to Huayna Picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half, round-trip. When you are done exploring, you can either take a bus, or walk, down to AguasCalientes for a free afternoon before your train which will depart later that afternoon back to Ollantaytambo and then we will drive you back to Cusco.

Walking Distance: 8km / 6.100 miles( or bus to Machu Picchu)
Starting Elevation:  2,000 meters ASL / 6889 feet ASL
Machu Picchu Elevation: 2,400 meters ASL / 7961 feet ASL
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals:Breakfast
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory
Highlights of today:Machu Picchu the magic Inka site will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the other Inca Trail trekkers! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint.

Included

  • Professional Guides.
  • Permits: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link).
  • Train Ticket AguasCalientes town to Machupicchu
  • Hotel: This trek includes one night in a hotel in AguasCalientes, the town below Machu Picchu..
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek.
  • Food: We will make sure that you enjoy some amazing food on the way to Machu Picchu.
  • First Aid. (oxygen balloon)

Not Included:

  • Rentals: Because there is no camping on this trek, the only possible needs would be an extra porter, or walking sticks. The items are listed below:
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $15
  • Water bottle
  • Tips
  • Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control.

RECOMMENDANTIONS

This trek does NOT include porters. You will be carrying all your own things yourself while hiking. Because of this, it is imperative to pack as light as possible. A light backpack is key to feeling great.

PACKING LIST:

  • Passport
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks or bottles are good for this trek.
  • Water for the beginning of your hike. We will resupply you at lunch.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
  • 1 Wicking/Hiking Shirt & hiking pants
  • Nice shirt and pants for Machu Picchu day - remember you will always treasure these photos, wear something you love
  • 2 sets of undergarments including one pair of hiking socks
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Sun hat
  • Bathing suits for the hot springs (Optional on your own in AguasCalientes)
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect Repellent
  • Personal medication
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera
  • IPhone/IPod for music
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

Places to Visit

Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes

Price

From USD 550.00

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