Inca Trail 2 days
Inca trail 2 days is considered like one of the best treks around Sudamerica. This trek is perfect for those who want to do an Inca Trail but only have limited time, You can get spectacular views, including the sunset over Machu Picchu.
OVERVIEW – Inca Trail 2 days
DAY 1 – Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu
- Pickup from your hotel and transfer to Ollantaytambo
- Train to KM 104, the starting point of the trek
- Hiking to Machu Picchu / Bus to Aguas Calientes
- Overnight in a 2-star hotel (optional upgrade to other hotels such as El Mapi , Sumac, Inkaterra, El Santuario )
- Walking distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
- Trail head elevation: 2000 meters /6550 feet
- Highest point elevation ( sun gate ) 2720 meters / 8920 feet
- Machu Picchu elevation : 2400 meters / 7875 feet
- Dinner is now included at Indio Feliz, the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
DAY 2 – Aguas Calientes – The Lost City of the Incas – Cusco
- Early breakfast at hotel
- Bus or hiking up to Machu Picchu (by bus 25 minutes, by foot 1.5 hours)
- 2 hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional – book in advance)
- Afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Train times: at 2:55 pm, 4:22 pm , or 6:45 pm depending on availability at Peru Rail
- Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco – hotel
ITINERARY – Inca Trail 2 days
Day 1: HIKING TO MACHU PICCHU
You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:00am. We will then go to the train station and leave on the train at 6:10am from Ollantaytambo. Along the way the train follows the Urubamba River until we reach Km104 where we´ll begin our trek. Along the way you will be able to see spectacular views of farmlands and snow-capped mountains and the mighty Urubamba River, one of the sources of the Amazon River. At 104km (2000m) we begin our trek, once we´ve made sure you have everything you need. We provide you your packed lunch, energy drinks and take a group photo before visiting our first Inca site here.
After an orientation and tour of the Inca site we begin gradually hiking upwards as we head for the Classic Inca Trail far above. If we have clear weather we´ll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Sites.
After hiking for 3 hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail – Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2600m/8500ft. This is a wonderful Incan site that not many people get to see. There is an elaborate water fountain, temples and some agricultural terraces which provide a perfect opportunity to learn more about the way of the Incans and their history. The backdrop of this site truly has to be seen to be believed, seemingly dropping off a cliff face with dramatic and beautiful mountains surrounding you, it really gives a picture of the importance of location to the Incas. From Wiñay Wayna we walk to the Sun Gate from where we see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu below. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views and getting your photos we begin our descent to Machu Picchu for sunset.
One of the biggest advantages of this hike is that by the time we reach Machu Picchu later in the afternoon, most of the day travellers will have returned home and you will have it almost to yourself. After taking photos we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and go to your hotel. Then we will head to Indio Feliz for dinner (included). This restaurant is considered to be the best food in Aguas Calientes and we are sure you will really enjoy it! After dinner we definitely recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.
Day 2: VISIT THE “LOST CITY OF THE INCAS”
We will wake up early in the morning in order to take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu in order to catch the sunrise. You will have a 2 hour guided tour by your private English speaking guide. After that you will have plenty of time to explore and enjoy Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have tickets to Huayna Picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately 1.5 hours round-trip. When done exploring, you will take a bus or walk down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and then by bus to Cusco where you will be brought back to your hotel. end of the inca trail 2 days
- What’s included on the Inca Trail 2 days?
- Pick up from your hotel on your departure
- Transfer to the train station
- Train tickets to the trail head (together with your guide)
- Entrance to the Inca Trail
- Lunch at Wiñay Wayna
- Visit the following Inca archaeological sites (Kanabamba, Wiñay Wayna, Sungate & Machu Picchu)
- Bus tickets down to Aguas Calientes town
- Dinner at Indio Feliz restaurant (the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes)
- Breakfast on the second day at hotel
- Bus back up to Machu Picchu on Day 2
- Entrance to Machu Picchu ruins
- 2 hour private guided tour by your English speaking tour guide (plenty of free time to enjoy Machu Picchu on your own)
- Tourist train back to Ollantaytambo
- Tourist bus back to Cusco
- Transfer back to your hotel
- Vegetarian and special diet food is available
- Taxes included
- Rain Ponchos
- Breakfast on Day 1 (which can be organized at your hotel – ask the night before for a “box breakfast” to go)
- Lunch on Day 2
cheklist for the inca trail 2 days
- Original passport
- ISIC (student discount card), if applicable
- Small day backpack
- Rain jacket
- Good hiking pants, hiking boots, sun hat, and sun glasses
- Camera and extra batteries
- 2 litres of water
- Extra money
- Insect repellent
- Sunblock, sunglasses
- Trekking poles (available for rent from Nig Adventures)
$425 per person
Group size: Minimum 2 and Maximum 8 participants:
The included dinner.
You Can upgrade your hotel.
Please remember that the 2 Day Inca Trail does not include a porter to carry your things. If you would like to add a porter to this trek it is +$65 per porter.
- Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) – $25
- Under 18 Discount – $20
IMPORTANT NOTES: inca trail 2 days
A PERMIT IS REQUIRED to book your Inca Trail trek. The Peruvian government caps the number of Inca Trail trekking permits to 500 per day. Every person entering the trail needs a permit including trekkers, guides, porters and other support staff. Permits often sell out several months in advance and you must book well ahead to secure your place.
HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people are allowed to climb this mountain. It needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $65 per person (read our Huayna Picchu sidebar about why this cost). It is recommended to climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour We recommend booking about 2 months in advance to secure your permit as it is very popular and they do sell out well in advance.
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EXTRA NIGHT: If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day, then you will need to purchase a new entrance ticket to get into Machu Picchu as well as the round-trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes for around $70.
OUR EQUIPMENT: Our dining equipment includes a spacious dining tent, tables and chairs, plates and utensils. We do NOT supply walking sticks, but all can be rented from Nig Adventures.
OUR GUIDES: All of them are amazing, helpful, caring, and great people to be around with. Our guides speak good English and are patient and very informative. We make sure that they are well looked after and we provide all of their equipment so that they can support our trekkers in as much comfort as possible.