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Short Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

Length of the Tour: 2 days

Location: Province of Urubamba

Height: 2200 – 2700 msnm / 7218 – 8858 ft

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Departures: Daily

This 2-day stunning tour will allow you to discover part of the Inca Trail or Qhapaq Ñan that will lead you to Machupicchu. The Qhapaq Ñan was made up by a complex system of pre-Inca and Inca roads. During the 15th century, the Incas unified it as part of a great political, military, ideological and administrative project that was known as Tawantinsuyu (the Inca territory).

In Quechua language Machupicchu means “Old Mountain”. Due to its majesty and beauty, the Llaqta (Citadel) of Machu Picchu is the most famous legacy of the Inca Empire and represents a work of art, architecture and engineering in perfect harmony with nature. It was abandoned during the second half of the 16th century; however it was never lost as it was occasionally visited and inhabited. Since 1983 it has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, as well as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Day 1: Cusco – Km 104 Chachabamba – Machupicchu

We will drive you very early to Ollantaytambo station and board the train (pick up time may vary according to train’s availability).

We will start our adventure at km 104 in Chachabamba, in this point we will start the Inca Trail that will take us to Machupicchu. The trek takes approximately 5 hours and we will visit the Archaeological Site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever young). We will continue the trek until we reach the Inti Punku (Sun Gate, where you will enjoy a unique and breathtaking view of the Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu. We will take the bus to descend to the town of Aguas Calientes and have some free time to rest at the selected hotel. You can walk around the town or visit the hot springs that cost USD 3.00.

Day 2: Visit of Machupicchu

After an early breakfast, we will have a 30-minute bus ride until we get to Machupicchu and admire part of the sunrise. The tour will last 2 hours. You will get to know the main and most important points of the citadel and you will also have some free time to take photos and enjoy the landscape on your own (approximately 40 minutes).

You must then take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and head to the station to board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private transfer will be waiting for you to bring you back to Cusco.

-Pick up at the hotel

-Private round trip transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station

-Outbound train ticket from Ollantaytambo to km 104 

-Inbound train ticket from Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo

-Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machupicchu

-One-way bus ticket for day 1 and round trip bus tickets for day 2 (Aguas Calientes-Machupicchu-Aguas Calientes)

-Private guide for the Inca Trail and Machupicchu

-Box lunch for Day 1

-Accomodation at a 3* hotel

-Please book in advance. The Inca Trail has a maximum capacity of 500 people per day, of which 200 are visitors and the rest are guides and porters. The road is closed every February for maintenance.

-Weather is usually sunny during the day, however we recommend wearing warm clothes for the afternoon and waterproof coats or poncho during the rainy season.

-Comfortable clothing and shoes.

-Bring water with you.

-Wear sunblock, and we recommend the use of hats, sunglasses and repellent.

-Do not forget your personal documents.

-Perurail (train company) allows to bring 1 bag or backpack (hand luggage) of 5 kg / 11 lb, 62 linear inches / 157 cm (height + length + width).

– Prices may vary and are subject to availability of the trains. Please click on “Contact us” for an updated quotation.

– If you wish to include Huayna Picchu you must add $20 USD

RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES

– Carry backpacks or bags larger than 40x35x20 cm (16x14x8 inches).

– Enter with food and utensils.

– Enter with any illegal substance or under its effects.

– Enter with any type of alcoholic beverage or under its effects.

– Carry poles, umbrellas, portable seats, tripods, supports or extensions for cameras, cell phones or any other stabilization or extension items for filming and / or photography.

– Enter with animals, with the exception of guiding dogs.

– Feed domestic and wild animals.

– Enter with any type of aerosols.

– Make any type of graffiti.

– Enter with any type of musical instrument, megaphone or speakers.

– Make loud or annoying noises such as clapping, shouting, whistling or singing, among others.

– Use virtual applications with cell phones or mobile devices in narrow paths.

– Enter with heels or hard-soled shoes.

– Access with baby strollers.

– Enter with sharp objects and / or weapons of any kind.

– Enter with banners, posters, clothing for advertising purposes, costumes, among other objects of this type. Take filming or photographs for advertising purposes.

– Cause turmoil, jump, lie down, run, undress or create chaos.

– Climb or lean on the walls and / or structures. Touch, move or extract lithic elements.

– Disturb, collect or extract flora or fauna.

– Carry out activities that distort the sacred character of Machupicchu; such as fashion shows, dances, social events, obscene acts against the moral and good manners or any type of activity that implies damage or deterioration of the monument, its natural environment and / or facilities.

– Smoking, vaping or making any type of fire.

– Throwing waste of any kind.

– Not respecting the established circuits and routes.

– The ambulatory trade in the monument and surrounding spaces up to the Puente Ruinas (Ruinas bridge).

– Paragliding or flying drones or any type of smaller plane.

Performing acts or entering with prohibited objects on this list will cause the immediate expulsion of the visitor without the right to reimbursement and the initiation of the corresponding legal actions. The park rangers of the Ministry of Culture and the agents of the National Police are the authorities inside the monument.