Short Inca Trail 2 days
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Short Inca Trail 2 days 1 night
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Inca Trail 2 day trek Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco – Kilometer 104 – Aguas Calientes
We’ll depart from Cusco at 04:00 am to commence the 2-day Inca Trail hike. Following a drive of approximately 1.5 hours, we’ll arrive in Ollantaytambo where we’ll have breakfast (which is included), and then proceed by train to kilometer 104, which is the starting point of our trek. Our hike for the day will cover the most magnificent section of the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days. Along the way, we’ll explore stunning Inca sites, encounter diverse flora and fauna, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes. Our hike spans 10km of the trail, beginning in the Sacred Valley and ascending along a paved Inca path to the Winay Wayna archaeological site before continuing onward to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). After exploring Wiñay Wayna, we’ll have our box lunch.
Following our meal, we’ll trek through the verdant cloud forest that blankets the mountain and witness a wide variety of plants, flowers, orchids, and birds. If we’re fortunate, we may even spot some larger mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears.
At the end of a full day of hiking, we’ll arrive at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the afternoon and be rewarded with our first glimpse of Machu Picchu sprawling across the mountain ridge below. The afternoon light will provide optimal conditions for photography, and with fewer tourists on-site, it’s an ideal opportunity to capture stunning images. After passing through the Sun Gate, we’ll continue our hike for around 45 minutes until we reach the Guard House, where we’ll take the iconic postcard shot of Machu Picchu before exiting and catching the bus to Aguas Calientes. We’ll then check in at our hotel and enjoy dinner.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
On day two, you will wake up early and ascend to Machu Picchu to explore the ruins before the crowds arrive. You will receive a guided tour of the area. Some of the essential sites to visit in Machu Picchu include the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana Stone, and the Temple of the Condor. After exploring Machu Picchu, you will trek back to Aguas Calientes to catch your train back to Cusco.
Overall, the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a fantastic choice for those with limited time but still want to experience the allure and historical significance of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
What Included 2 day 1 night Inca Trail?
- Hotel pick-up service from your accommodation in Cusco
- Transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station
- Experienced and certified tour guide proficient in first aid and knowledgeable in the trail’s history and route
- Additional guide for groups with more than 9 individuals
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Kilometer 104, which is the starting point of the trek
- Admission fee for the 2-Day Inca Trail
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu for both days
- One-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes
- Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the first day
- Emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit
- Three meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Return train ticket from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo. TRAIN at 14:30 or 14:55
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
- Sleeping Bag: You can rent a sleeping bag for $20.
- Walking Sticks: Walking sticks can be rented for $20.
- Hot Springs Entrance Fee: There is an entrance fee of US $5 to access the hot springs in the town of Aguas Calientes.
- Tips: Tips for the staff, including porters, guides, and cooks, are optional but appreciated.
Packing List for 2 day Machu Picchu hike
- Backpack: A small backpack to carry your personal belongings such as water, snacks, sunscreen, camera, and other essentials.
- Hiking shoes: Sturdy hiking shoes with good traction on uneven terrain.
- Hiking socks: Good quality socks can help prevent blisters and keep your feet dry and comfortable.
- Quick-dry clothes: Moisture-wicking clothes are recommended for hiking.
- Warm layers: Pack warm layers such as a fleece jacket or down jacket as it can get cold at night.
- Rain gear: A rain jacket or poncho is essential as it can rain anytime in the Andean region.
- Hat and sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun and UV rays by wearing a hat and sunglasses.
- Sunscreen: Use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
- Insect repellent: Bring insect repellent to protect yourself from insects along the trail.
- Water bottle: Stay hydrated and bring a refillable water bottle.
- Snacks: Pack some energy bars, nuts, or fruits to keep your energy levels up.
- Personal medication: If you have any medical conditions or take regular medication, bring it with you.
- Camera: Bring a camera to capture the beautiful scenery along the trail.
- Pack light and carry only what you need as you’ll be hiking with your backpack.
- Important documents to carry with you on the tour:
- Original passports
- Original student ID: If you booked the Inca Trail 2 days as a student, you must present your original student ID card and passport at the checkpoint located at km 104 beginning of the Inca Trail.
Inca Trail 2 days 1 night Cost
How much is the 2 day Inca Trail?
Regulations by the Peruvian Government: The number of visitors and permit fees for the Inca Trail are regulated by the Peruvian government, which also sets the minimum wage for guides and porters. Our tour operator complies with these regulations to ensure fair distribution of permits and fees, and our prices for the 2-day Inca Trail tour are reasonable and cover all necessary expenses.
Short Inca Trail – Prices:
- Adult: 450 USD per person
- Student: 400 USD per person
Additional Options to Enhance Your Inca Trail Tour 2 day:
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: 65 USD (Check availability here: https://reservas.machupicchu.gob.pe/)
- Machu Picchu Mountain: 65 USD (Check availability here: https://reservas.machupicchu.gob.pe/)
- Trekking Poles (Pair): 10 USD
- Upgrade to Vistadome Train (Panoramic Train) – One way: 35 USD
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT:
The student discount is available for all students worldwide, provided that they fulfill the criteria established by the Peruvian government. This concession is applicable when buying tickets to Machu Picchu from the Peruvian government.
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT, YOU MUST SATISFY THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
Your student ID must be an original PVC card issued by your university.
The student ID must show the following details:
- University information.
- Student’s name.
- Student’s photograph.
- The student ID must display a valid expiration date, which is only valid for one year. For instance, if you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the expiration date on your ID must be 2023 or 2024. If you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the maximum expiration date allowed is 2024.
- The student discount is only applicable to students who are under 25 years old.
- The International Student Identification Card (ISIC) is not valid for the discount, even if it fulfills the above-mentioned requirements.
- The only valid document for the student discount is the original student ID that fulfills the requirements established by the Peruvian government. No other documents such as certificates or virtual cards are accepted as proof of student status.
- To apply for the student discount, send us a copy of both sides of your student ID to firstname.lastname@example.org when you book the tour. If you submit it later, you will not be eligible for the student discount.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Reserve Your 2 day 1 night Inca Trail Adventure with Sap Adventures?
To secure your spot on the 2-Day Inca Trail with Sap Adventures, follow these simple steps:
- Click on the “BOOK NOW” button to initiate the booking process.
- Choose your preferred departure date from the available options.
- Complete the personal information for each participant in your group.
- The final step is making your payment, which can be done conveniently with either a credit card or debit card.
- On our booking platform, you’ll also have the opportunity to select additional options such as the Huayna Picchu Mountain, the Vistadome train, and Machu Picchu Mountain. It’s essential to book these extras in conjunction with your 2-day Inca Trail reservation since Inca Trail permits tend to sell out rapidly. Please note that if you require walking sticks, you can rent them in Cusco just one day before your excursion.
Once we have secured your Inca Trail permits, we’ll send you a confirmation to assure you that everything is meticulously organized. Rest assured that all confirmed start dates are guaranteed.
Can you do the Inca Trail in 2 days?
Yes it is possible, we complete part of the classic Inca Trail and the arrival point is Machu Picchu.
How long is the 2 day inca trail?
The 2 day trek covers a distance of approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles).
Where does the Short Inca Trail start and end?
It starts at Km 104, the same starting point as the classic 4-day trek, and ends at Machu Picchu.
What is the altitude of the Inca Trail 2 days?
The highest elevation point on the 2-day Inca Trail hike is 2,700 meters (8,858 feet) above sea level.
How hard is the 2 day Inca Trail hike?
Relatively easy, since you will only hike part of the Inca Trail exploring the main ruins without having to go through the most difficult point which is the dead woman’s pass.