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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO –KM 104  – WIÑAY HUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES

We pick you up  from your hotel at 4:00am and drive 90-minutes private transfer towards the Ollantaytambo train station to take the Expedition train at 6:10am. After an hour and 15-minute train ride, we arrive to kilometer 104 (Inca Trail Starting Point – 2,100m/6,927ft). Then, we begin a moderate uphill hike for three hours towards the ancient archaeological site of Wiñayhuana (2,650m/8,747ft). Where we will have fabulous views of the Urubamba Valley, Inca sites and the connection with the original 4-day Inca Trail. This climb has relatively flat areas mixed with upward stairs, which is how the Incas went uphill.

After we rest and enjoy this beautiful sight, we continue our trek to the Sun Gate (2,730m/9,007ft) which has slight ups and downs. From here, we will have our first view of Machu Picchu from where most of the famous photos of Machu Picchu are taken. It is all downhill trek from here, about 1 hour to Machu Picchu.

We take a 25-minute shuttle bus ride down a zig zagging road towards Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in our hotel and enjoy a celebratory dinner.

  • Meals: Box Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

On this early and very exciting morning, we will take the 5:30am shuttle bus back up the zig zagging hill to catch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Our guide will give us a 2.5-hour private tour, teaching us the history and secrets hidden away by the Incas who once resided there. Then, you have plenty of time to explore on your own until 12 noon.

Here are some other activities you can do on your own:

  • Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and enjoy the amazing views of Machu Picchu from above. (Additional fee)
  • Walk to the Sun Gate, 2 hours round trip or the Inca Bridge, 1 hour round trip. (No additional fee)
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (Entrance fee to enter)

Around 12 noon, we will depart Machu Picchu and descend again back down the curvy road to Aguas Calientes. You can have a relaxing lunch and explore Aguas Calientes before boarding the Expedition train at 4:22pm (be there 1/2 earlier – 4pm at the latest), returning to Ollantaytambo Train Station.

Finally, we will drive approximately 90 minutes to drop you off on the doorstep of your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 8pm.

  • Meals: breakfast

There are now 3 sessions to enter Machu Picchu and you can stay ONLY for 4 hours into Machu Picchu. 

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Private transfer from your hotel to the train station and back again
  • 3 Bus tickets between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes & Agua Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Admission Tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes. (hot shower, bathroom, private room and breakfast included)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Taxes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL  TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Wayna Picchu Mountain:$70 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:$70 USD per person
  • First breakfast (Served in Hotel), Last lunch at Machu Picchu
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel
  • VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train-$57 USD per person (RETURN ONLY)
  • Tips for your staff (Sam Travel Peru staff receive fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but greatly appreciated).

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:$70 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike:$70 USD per person
  • Vistadome Train:$57 USD per person – (RETURN ONLY)
  • Single supplement for standard hotel:$30 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)
  • Free duffel bag (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

You will be met and welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your to Cusco. Our representative will be holding an Orange Board at the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING

It will take place the night before the trek at 6pm in our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383; 101 (first floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:

ABSOLUTELY! During the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at 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 VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS  or PAYPAL.

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 VISA – MASTERCARD – DISCOVER – AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you 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 is very important that it is 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.

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

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

The rainy season is during the months of November through March, if you want to do the Inca Trail this season has to bring warm clothes and be prepared, as the walk can be a bit more difficult, on the other hand, enjoy sight of a beautiful landscape 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 mile) 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 acclimatised to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to 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.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, quechua for high-altitude sickness.

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 really 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 knew better the effects of high altitude than indigenous peoples. 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 do not feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter, apart from numbing your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. ORANGE Travel Peru specializes in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provides personalized service.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – 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 entrenched 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 compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator f 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 enjoying 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

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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