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Inca Trail 2 Days - Shortened Path to the Sun Gate (Group Service)

The short Inca Trail hike is the perfect alternative for those with little time but still wishing to see the best & most beautiful section of the Inca Trail. This hike grants you access to the most spectacular bit of the Inca Trail all in one day.

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2 days


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  • What's included :
    • 1x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Private transportation
    • Inca Trail permit + Entry to Machu Picchu Citadel
    • Professional tourism guide
    • Hotel accommodation in 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes town (01 night)
    • 3-way bus ticket Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
    • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
    What's excluded :
    • Extra entry ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (must be reserved in advance)
    • Gratuities
    • Transaction fees (PayPal & credit cards)
    • Porter service
    • Hiking poles
    • Single supplement fees

  • Day 1: Cusco - KM 104 - Inti Punku

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    The day begins with your early pick-up from your accommodation in Cusco and a car drive from Cusco to the town of Ollantaytambo. We will take you to the train station for your train ride to the trailhead at KM 104. At the trailhead, you will meet your guide, receive your packed lunch and have a brief introduction as to what the day´s hike will be like.
    From KM 104, you will begin your hike along the Inca Trail for approximately 4 hrs until reaching the most beautiful archaeological site along the Inca Trail – Wiñay Wayna. The hike to Wiñay Wayna will be mostly uphill and along stone steps. Breaks will be taken along the way for resting and better enjoyment of the surrounding lush and fauna-and-flora rich cloud forest.
    At Wiñay Wayna, you will be amazed by the most spectacular Inca archaeological site along the Inca Trail. Seen as the ‘’small’’ Machu Picchu to many, this site will impress you with its ingenious location, a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. At this site, you will see agricultural terraces, water fountains thought to have had liturgical purposes, urban sectors and others all designed and constructed in similar floor plans as other big Inca ruins. Here, you will stop to contemplate the architectural splendour over lunch.
    After lunch, you will continue with your hike to Machu Picchu for another 1 hr to 2hrs. This hike will be along Inca stone steps and with varying uphill and downhill sections. You will reach Machu Picchu via the famous Sun Gate or Inti Punku, where you will spend some well deserved time enjoying the views. Continuing on, you will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes. Once there, you will be taken to your hotel and will be guided to your restaurant for dinner.

    Relevant altitudes:
    -Ollantaytambo: 2,792 m.a.s.l.
    -KM 104 Chachabamba: 2,000 m.a.s.l
    -Wiñay Wayna: 2,600 m.a.s.l
    -Machu Picchu: 2,400 m.a.s.l.
    -Aguas Calientes: 2,000 m.a.s.l.

    Total hiking distance: 12 KM
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: Boxed lunch included.

    Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
    • Dinner: Dinner is included at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes town.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at 3-star hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes. Rooms are private with ensuite facilities.

    Day 2: Machu Picchu Visit & Return to Cusco

    Stop At: Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
    Your day will begin early in order to catch some of the first buses to Machu Picchu. The bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is approx. 30 minutes and will be along a winding, uphill road.
    Once at the main gate, you will line up and enter Machu Picchu as soon as doors open (06:00 hrs). Along with your guide, you will walk around the main sector of Machu Picchu Citadel in your 2-hr guided tour.
    After your guided tour, you will be free to walk around in Machu Picchu until 12 noon. If you book either extra hike (Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain), you will head to your self-guided hike after your guided tour.
    At 12 noon, you will exit Machu Picchu and will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you will be required to pick-up your belongings from your hotel accommodation and head to the train station for your train back to Ollantaytambo. You will be required to be in the train station by no later than 30 minutes prior to your train departure.
    In Ollantaytambo, there will be a car transfer waiting with a sign with your name of it. This car transfer will drive you back to Cusco and drop you off at your accommodation in Cusco (or close by depending on accessibility).​​

    Relevant altitudes:
    -Aguas Calientes: 2,000 m.a.s.l.
    -Machu Picchu: 2,400 m.a.s.l.
    -Ollantaytambo: 2,792 m.a.s.l.
    -Cusco: 3,399 m.a.s.l.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Breakfast included at the hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes town.
    Accommodation included: No accommodation is included for this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    5:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Organised by Elemental Experiences Travel

Activity ID: V-134255P10

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