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Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO –KM 104 – WIÑAY WAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHUPICCHU- AGUAS CALIENTES

The Short Inca Trail hike begin early morning pickup at 04:00AM from your hotel in Cusco, making our way towards Ollantay Tambo train a 1h45 minutes journey by car to board the 06:10AM expedition train to KM 104, the starting point of our Inca trail. We begin with a moderate and well maintained path for 3 hours towards the ancient archaeological site on Wiñay wayna (2,650/8.747ft) a fabulous view of the Urubamba valley and the Inca site. Our path finally intersected with the Inca Trail. For the 4 day Inca trail hikers this would be their last Inca ruin before Machupicchu as they would need to pass 6 others before arriving to this point.

After having our well-deserved rest, just one last climb before reaching, we will continue the trek to Sun Gate (2,730m/9,00ft) where you will get the first glimpse of machupicchu. After taking in our first sight, we will walk down towards the ruins stopping for our first close up view. We will then make our way to board the bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes for a celebratory dinner and staying the night before the big day.

  • Meals: Box lunch and dinner
  • Accommodations: Wirachocha Inn or Andean Terra
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO 

The second day involves getting a tour of the ruins. This early and exciting morning of day 2 we will aboard the shuttle bus up to Machupicchu. Having a 2.5-hour tour, our guide will direct you to one of the important site and the history of each ruins. You will learn about the temple of the sun, condor, three windows, house of incas and much more. But! There more than one peak to climb.

  • Huaynapicchu: Known as the Young mountain, being part of the vast majority of the panoramic photos of Machupicchu citadel. Climbing Huaynapicchu, you may discover some archaeological sites including Temple of the moon, built in a natural cave.
  • Machupicchu Mountain: is above the Sacred city of Machupicchu some breath taking views of Machupicchu, a uniqueness like no other place in the world. It is known as the Old mountain where summit was used by Inca priests to perform rituals.

By noon we will be taking the bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes for lunch (at your own cost) There are many good restaurants and there will be time to explore Aguas Calientes. We will be boarding the train at 16:22PM to Ollantay tambo train station, from there we will be making another 2 hours’ journey by car to Cusco, arriving approx. 20:00pm

  • Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • 3 bus tickets Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu
  • Professional English tour guide
  • Expedition train from Ollantay tambo to Aguas Calientes (Round trip)
  • Admission tickets of the Inca Trail and Machupicchu site.
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen tank

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Huaynapicchu mountain US $70 per person
  • Machupicchu mountain US $70 per person
  • Day 1 breakfast
  • Day 2 lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Optional hotel upgrades
  • Option train upgrades: Vistadome extra US $57 per person (return only)

Price

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on almost any day that suits your schedule – we only need a minimum of two people in order to book. Single travelers are welcome to join a group if there is a group already programmed.

 Price per person
Without Hotel$397 USD 
2* Hotel$427 USD
3* Hotel$467 USD
4* Hotel$527 USD

**** Free backpack (small) transfer  from Cusco to Aguas Calientes hotel.

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: $20 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $25 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $30 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

EXTRAS

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike: $75 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike: $75 USD per person
  • Vistadome Train: $57 USD per person – (RETURN ONLY)
  • Single supplement for standard hotel: $35 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)
  • Free duffel bag transfer (5 kilos): to your hotel in Aguas Calientes for those staying extra days

FREE ADDED VALUES

  • TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT: Pick up from the airport with transfer to your hotel in Cusco included (Cusco only).
  • SMALL GROUPS: average 4 to 6 with a maximum of 8 hikers
  • AFTERNOON TRAIN: We give you enough time to explore Machu Picchu and have a relaxing lunch at Aguas Calientes. Your train back to Ollantaytambo is at 4:22pm, and when you arrive to Ollantaytambo, you  catch your private van to Cusco, arriving to Cusco by 8:30 PM.
  • HOTEL AT AGUAS CALIENTE CITY: includes private bathroom, hot shower, buffet breakfast, wifi, etc.

The short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year round except it is closed in February for maintenance — This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in the ancient times, you will explore some amazing Inca ruins. along the way like Wiñaywayna Inca City.

Availability

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Important Info

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please read the following information to help answer any questions you may have about our Services and the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

We will pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel in Cusco. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading ORANGE Nation outside the arrivals. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter. (Please let us know if your hotel is in the Sacred Valley so we can make the necessary arrangments). 

THE BRIEFING

The Briefing will be the night before the trek at 6pm in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383; 107 (first floor), next to SUBWAY restaurant and across the street from Sunat.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:

ABABSOLUTELY! During the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office, or your hotel, both are free. Please pack anything you will need for your hike in your day pack for Machu Picchu.

HOW TO BOOK:

FIRST, to book your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our home page or click here – BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase a Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You can make your deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbol on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbol on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPALyou need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of orangenationperu@gmail.com. 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately, the answer is No. Once the tickets have been purchased, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. Tickets are also not transferrable nor refundable. If you cancel your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE SHORT  INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU ?

DEFINITELY! You have to bring your original passport, and it must be the same passport number you sent to us to book your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number. Please send the new passport number as soon as possible.

Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into PeruPeruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

The weather is very unpredictable, and it’s difficult to predict. The climate in Cusco has a temperature fluctuating between 14º – 16º C / 57º – 60º F, with warm days and cold nights. The best time to do the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is between April and October when the weather is warm. During June, July, and August, the nights are very cold, which is why you are advised to bring a good quality 4 season sleeping bag.

The rainy season is from November through March, and if you want to do the Inca Trail this season, you will need to bring warm clothes and be prepared. The walk can be a bit more challenging, but you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes and colorful flowers.

The month of February, the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed for security reasons, as this month the rainfall is more intense. The weather along the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • The Average weather conditions on the Inca Trail:
  • Dry Season April – October
  • Day temperature 20ºC – 25ºC – Night temperature -1ºC – 7ºC
  • Wet Season November – March
  • Day temperature 17ºC – 22ºC – Night temperature 4ºC – 7ºC

We highly recommend you to bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 12km (7.5 miles) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 2700mt.

In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) before starting the trek.

ARE WE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU ?

Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too! If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.

Don’t do anything other than rest

If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.

Stay hydrated

How do people feel after a night of drinking? Thirsty. That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.

No one knows the effects of high altitude better than indigenous people. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2, and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. If you don’t feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter and numb your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not required – is appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires excellent service and is an established feature of the tourism industry across many Orange Nation Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you feel, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not required and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand, and respect the local places and its people.

Packing list

PACKING LIST FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE the extra porter, so you will need to carry all your things. Please try to pack as light as possible to enjoy this trek.

We can transfer small backpack from Cusco to  Aguas Calientes Hotel for free!

  • Original Passport(it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack
  • Drinking Water – 1 to 2L
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Toilet Paper
  • Necessary clothes
  • Warm clothes
  • Jacket
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm Hat
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, protein bars
  • Rain plastic poncho ( provided by ORANGE NATION )
  • Camera
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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NEW 2019 MACHU PICCHU REGULATIONS


Machu Picchu was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. UNESCO has been concerned with the increase of visitors to Machu Picchu within the last few years and worries that these crowds are causing damage. They have established new regulations for 2019 to reduce visitor traffic within this archaeological complex.

These new regulations will take effect on January 1, 2019. All visitors will now be limited to 4 hour visiting sessions. Tickets to Machu Picchu will be divided into three daily sessions: early morning (6AM – 9AM), late morning (9AM – 12PM) and early afternoon (12PM – 3PM). Within these sessions, visitors must choose a specific hour to visit. This is to regulate and reduce visitor traffic within the citadel– each hour will be limited to 600 visitors.

The new regulations will have a direct impact on: Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (not to be confused with the citadel itself). In order to enjoy your tour of the citadel and hike the additional mountains, you will need to purchase an extra entrance ticket to the ruins extending your time allowed inside. This means that Huayna Picchu tickets will go up from $35 per person to $75 per person.

All tours include the entrance to Machu Picchu but, in order, to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will need to purchase an additional Machu Picchu entrance ticket with the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu permit, which will cost a total of $75 per person. These new regulations will come into effect starting January 1, 2019 and will apply towards all tours. If you have booked Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain with us and do not want to pay the higher fee, please contact us at: orangenationperu@gmail.com

These are new regulations that will take effect starting January of 2019, keep visiting our page and social sites for more information or updates on these regulations.

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