INCA TRAIL 2 DAY HIKE ROYAL SHORTH INCA TRAIL
ROYAL SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU IN 2 DAYS
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Inca Trail tours demand a lot of physical activity and adequate preparation and very good physical condition are required. These tours are usually hikes that go from 3 days to 7 days, where you walk every day for between 6 and 7 hours which is done for more than 1000 meters and likewise descends hundreds of meters by very steep steps.
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- The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a great alternative for those who can’t commit to the Classic Inca Trail’s four days.
- The 2-Day Inca Trail Hike is the perfect way to see all of the best Inca sites in a day.
- You will be entering the citadel of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
- The two-day Inca Trail hike covers a total distance of 10 kilometers. It is an easy trek, in fact, Short Inca Trail is popular among families.
- You will not be camping; instead, you will be accommodated in a comfortable ensuite hotel room in Aguas Calientes town.
- Tour Leaders Peru Inca Trail operator. Our excellent team of local tour guides has years of experience in guiding tours on the 2 day Inca Trail trek. They have plenty of knowledge about Inca sites and history.
- Physical Rating: 3 – Demanding – Some high-altitude hikes that might be difficult for less active travelers, but most people should be able to do them.
- At Inca Trail, we offer both short group hikes and private tours.
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Short Inca Trail 2 Days or 4 day Inca Trail which is the best option to see Machu Picchu twice?
The Inca Trail is one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. Every year, thousands of people from all over the globe come to Peru to hike the trail and see the amazing Machu Picchu.
While the four-day Inca Trail is the most popular option, it’s not always feasible for everyone. That’s where the Short Inca Trail is a two-day trek that takes you through some of the most gorgeous scenery in Peru and ends at the Sun Gate, where you’ll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.
If you’re looking for an amazing way to see Machu Picchu but don’t have the time for a longer trek, like another Trek option Lares Trek with a short Inca trail for 4 days. The 2 Inca Trail is the perfect option for you.
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year-round.
Except for February when it is closed for maintenance. This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in ancient times.
You will explore amazing Inca ruins along the way, including the little Machu Picchu – Wiñay Wayna Inca ruin. Inca Trail 2 days 1 night is a great alternative for those who want to hike the Shortest Hike to Machu Picchu, but don’t have the time for the four-day trek.
The first day of the two-day Inca Trail starts at km 104 of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad. You will hike for about six hours through the lush jungle to reach the last campsite of the classic Inca trail for 4 Days. At Wiñay Wayna, you will have a break to eat your lunchbox and then continue walking 6k till you reach the sun gate and Machu Picchu.
On the second day, you will wake up early to take your shuttle to get back to Machu Picchu. You will have plenty of time to explore this amazing archaeological site before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes and then Cusco City.
DAY 1 KM 104 MACHU PICCHU
At 4 am you will be picked up from your hotel and go on a 2-hour drive towards Ollantaytambo. Here you will board the Machupicchu Train but we will get off from the train on Km 104 this is before Aguas Calientes town’s last stop of the Peru Rail Train Station KM 104. You will pass the control center and start walking gradually up onto the Inka trail towards the Wiñayhuayna Inca site.
You’ll have a chance to explore the Inka remains and your Tour leader will explain to you valuable information about the area afterward you will make a stop at winay-huayna campsite to enjoy your lunch and use the facilities.
You will continue walking the Inca Trail for 2 more hours until the Sun Gate is reached. This is the main entrance to Machupicchu. You’ll be able to take plenty of photographs here.
Please note that only a portion of Machu Picchu is open to you at this point. You will have access to the full archeological site the next day. After you’ve taken your dream pictures you’ll take the Bus to Aguas Calientes town and enjoy a nice hot shower at your hotel before dinner.
Short Inca Trail Difficulty and Distance
The first hours of walking are a constant climb, but then the trail becomes easier. Although there are sections with certain degrees that can be difficult at times- it’s nothing compared to what you’ll experience on your hike! Once again acclimatization comes into play: for those who want less difficulty they should wait until after 2 days in Cusco (or even 1 week) when their bodies have had time adjusting; while others might find themselves fine right away but wanting more oxygen available around them due either lack or too much consumption during exercise. The highest point on the short inca trail is at Dead Woman’s Pass (2,650 m / 8,694 ft).
The total distance of the Short Inca Trail 2 Days 1 night is about 16 kilometers.
Here are some highlights of what you can expect to see and do on your Short Inca Trail adventure:
- Acclimatization 1 – 2 Days in Cusco
- Total Distance 13 km / 8,08 miles
- Approximate hike time 6 – 7 hours
- Maximum altitude 2,650 m / 8,694 ft
- Minimum altitude 2,400 m / 7,874 ft
DAY 2 MACHU PICCU TOUR
DAY 2: Visit the Lost and Mystical City of the Incas.
After your adventure on this best two days Inca trail, We strongly recommend you wake up early in the morning for many reasons. We want you to avoid long lines at the bus station so you can catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. It will truly be a beautiful and spectacular view. After two hours of a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the site on your own.
If you have purchased the optional entrance to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain your tour leader will drop you off at the entrance while you go and explore on your own. You’ll be informed by what time to return to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and then board the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, depending on your schedule.
Tour Leaders Peru is going to make sure about your transportation, We will be waiting for you at the site of the Peru rail train Station and take you back to Cusco and drop you off at your respective hotel.
How Many Days Do You Need in Order to Hike In Peru
The Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular combined routes. Each route varies in length from one to fourteen days, depending on the demand and availability of lodging along the way. All four journeys are one-way trips. You will generally travel back to Cusco using a combination of public and private transportation, depending on which tour company you use to make your trip reservations.
The One-Day Inca Trail Hike (1-day trek)
You can see Machu Picchu in one day if you’re short on time (but be prepared to wake up early!). You’ll take the train from Cusco to Kilometer 104, which is a location on the trail. Then, you’ll hike around 15 kilometers (9 miles) through the Sun Gate until you reach the Machu Picchu sanctuary. This option is great if you want to view Machu Picchu and experience a small section of the Inca Trail trek all at once.
The Lares Trek (3-day trek)
The Lares Trek, also known as the cultural alternative to the Inca Trail, is a three-day journey into the historical weaver communities on the eastern slopes of Machu Picchu. But don’t expect it to be a trip to the museum.
To glimpse into time-honored villages, you must earn access by obtaining passes that soar to over 15,000 feet and zigzag across Pumahuanca’s peak. On day four of your Lares trek, you may add another stop at Machu Picchu ruins.
Vilcabamba Traverse Route (1 – 2 week trek)
The trek to Machu Picchu is not for the faint of heart. At 65 kilometers long, this is regarded as one of the most difficult ways to see Machu Picchu. The route starts in Cachora and winds a mile-deep canyon to Choquequirao, or “Cradle of Gold.” The Vilcabamba Trail follows the same route that Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, albeit via more isolated towns.
The Salkantay Route (1 – 2 week trek)
The Salkantay Trek is the only Inca Trail option that lets you sleep in a comfy bed and take a hot shower at the end of every day’s hike! Though it still requires reasonably fit participants, The Lodge Trek runs along the Salkantay Trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range but permits nightly rest at fully serviced lodges placed along the route. Machu Picchu is reached by following the trail to an elevation of 15,000 feet.
The Classic Inca Trail Route (3 – 5 day trek)
The Classic Inca Trail Hike is the most popular trek of the four alternatives described in this piece. It begins at kilometer 82 along the route, at the village of Piscacucho. The first day is a moderate hike through the Andean foothills, crossing the Urubamba River and arriving at your campsite in Huayllabamba. On the second day, you’ll ascend what’s known as “Dead Woman’s Pass,” which is the highest point of the Inca Trail Elevation at 4200 meters (13,776 feet). After that, it’s all downhill to the Pacaymayo River campsite.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR TRIP?
This Inca Trail trip is perfect for those who want a light/moderate/challenging adventure and like to explore new things. Travelers should be in good shape since you’ll be hiking for long periods of time, Hiking unstable ground, and going upstairs without any handrails.
It is suggested to have hiking preparation at least 2 months in advance with activities that help strengthen the muscles of the legs with a good technique to hold your breath as this tour generally cover heights over 8858.268 feet above the mountains in very rough terrain and very low temperatures as well as very high temperatures.
You’ll hike along 12 kilometers of this alternative Inca trail, where you will discover archaeological remains, dense forests, waterfalls, and native flora and fauna—all without the usual crowds along the 4-day trek. The 2-Day Short Inca Trail is a generally peaceful trek for those who like tranquility and nature.
During the 2 days Inca Trail Adventure: you will explore various areas including Machu Picchu, and the trip pre-Inca Trail trek is along the Sacred Valley or city tour.
The walks will be moderately difficult with options for more strenuous hikes. You’ll also get to see numerous archaeological sites along the way.
Cusco: is located at a high altitude of 11,200 feet. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are lower, at 9,200 and 8,000 feet respectively.
The Peru Adventure includes a stay in wonderful accommodations that have been chosen for their excellent quality, location, and personality. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!
Our Private Team
Throughout the Hike, you will be accompanied by a top private Tour Leader. You will also meet local experts as detailed in the itinerary.
We have all of the transportation you need in Peru taken care of, as specified by your itinerary. If you want to go see something that’s not already on the agenda while you’re here, just let your private guide know. They will be more than happy to help recommend some options for getting there.
PRIVATE INCA TRAIL TOURS
With our private hiking tours, you get to design your dream trip – pick your departure date and we’ll do the rest. These specially crafted itineraries include guided excursions, cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, and luxurious accommodations so that you can make the most of your time abroad.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, look no further than our Peru luxury tour packages. From Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley, our expert guides will show you the best that Peru has to offer. Contact us today to start planning your dream vacation!
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HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
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- 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru. We never share you with other tour operators.
- Pick up from Airport and Hotels
- Top-of-the-line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two people
- 7 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
- Inca Trail and Short Machu Picchu hike entrance Tickets (Huayna Picchu or Montana Machu Picchu in case you want to explore more)
- Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
- Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
- Hotel Aguas Calientes with all facilities (overnight stay) - In case you have overnight
- Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machu Picchu.
- REI Machu Picchu Hike Camping Equipment also available for Rent
- Private transportation
- Perfect Location For Photographers
- Comfortable and Panoramic Train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes.
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PRICE PP 699,00 - 8+GUESTS
Prices Vary Depending on the Size of the Group:
We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance.
If you are thinking to do the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Only 500 people a day are permitted on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists and this Inca trail Permit applies for two days of the Inca Trail. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!
FROM $488.00 PER PERSON
2 Trekkers: $610.00 per person
3 Trekkers: $591.70 per person
4 Trekkers: $567.00 per person
5 Trekkers: $549.00 per person
6 Trekkers: $518.00 per person
8 or more Trekkers: $488.00
Note: An initial deposit of $300 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit in order to buy train and bus tickets, an entrance fee to Machupicchu, and to reserve your hotel. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek departure. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
Contact us if you have questions about family and friend Tours.
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- Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
- Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
- Private transportation (Start of our trek).
- Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
- Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
- Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Machu Picchu Sanctuary, (Request for Huayna Picchu your Entrance ticket)
- Inca Trail Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
- Drinkable boiled water for your container (We start filling from the second Days Morning)
- 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
- 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
- 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
- Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
- 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
- Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
- Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
- 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
- Bus Ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
- Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
- Private Bus to Cusco From The Train Station
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- Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC) (For rent in Our Office)
- Hiking Poles (For rent in Our Office)
- Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and Porters at your discretion.
- Flight Ticket to Cusco (Contact Us)
- Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation Contact US )
- Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)
INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST
This is basic information about the Clothing packing list REI and all the information Here in this linK Comple Packing List to Peru
- Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
- Thermal form-fitting pants
- Polar Fleece
- Trekking pants
- Thick socks
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof pants (optional)
- Insulated Jacket
- Cold weather Hat
- Buff/ handkerchief
- Sun hat
- Backpack 20-30 L
- Waterproof cover for backpack
- Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
- Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
- Camping pillow
- Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Sturdy water bottle
- Trekking poles
- Plastic bags for wet items
- Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
- Swimsuit/ towel
- Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
- Sunscreen lip protector
- Insect repellent
- Personal Medications
- Motion sickness tablets for the van ride
- Camera/ Extra battery
- Personal snacks
- Hand warmers (optional)
- Leisure book for evenings
- Cash and small coins
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Items For Rent
- Single Tent $60 (if you wish to sleep alone)
- Sleeping Bag $30 per person (minus -3 degrees Celsius)
- Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
- Professional REI Walking Poles or other reputable Brand $20 per pair Hold Trip.
- Backpacks $40 Hold Trip
- Head Lamp $10
- Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50) Per Day
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General Information Trekking with Tour Leaders Peru
The times Mentioned in this itinerary are approximations. Walking times depend on the group, and the Tour Leaders may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
Specific Information About Trekking the Inca Trail Hike
The Inca Trail is not open in February
Campsites or itineraries are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites. The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the Inca Trail, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.
Booking Inca Trail Hike
A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking an Inca Trail hike. This is due to government regulations that require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.
If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking! If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.
If you booked an Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.
Extras & Upgrades on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike
If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Full service (Tourist Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
INCA TRAIL HIKING TOUR FAQs
Are you considering a hike on the Machu Picchu Trail and surviving the woman's Pass? If so, there are some things you should know before making your decision. This blog post will answer some frequently asked questions about the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tours. We'll cover everything from how difficult the hike is to what the weather is like and what you can expect to see along the way. So, if you're curious about what it's like to hike the Inca Trail, keep reading!
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu runs 26 miles (42 km) long, is usually hiked over 4 days and 3 nights, and is tucked away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.
The price tag for Machu Picchu Hiking Tours depends largely on the tour company, package, and guide you choose. Here are some of the general costs, plus actual specifics from our own recent treks.
Doing the Inca Trail independently is not an option. The Peruvian government limits the number of hikers each day. Everyone must have a permit and be accompanied by a licensed Tour Guide. And yes, through a series of checkpoints on the trail, they actually enforce it.
The general cost for the Inca Trail Holidays: $600 On average including The Inca Trail Permits, transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, porters, three meals a day, entry to Machu Picchu, and tents). You can find it even cheaper.
But besides the advertised sticker price, there are a few other things to consider when choosing a tour company: How many hikers are in each group? How often and how much food is provided during the trek? And finally, what’s the reputation for the company’s treatment of its porters?.
Even though we tend to focus on budget traveling, it’s good to remember that sometimes the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. Cheaper companies for the Inca Trail often have larger groups (15-25 people), provide smaller meals, and/or no snacks, and are crowded groups.
HOW HARD IS THE INCA TRAIL?
The Inca Trail is an ancient hiking path that leads to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in South America. The path is 43 miles long and passes through a variety of landscapes, including high-altitude forests, mountain peaks, and rugged terrains. Hiking the Inca Trail is definitely not for everyone – it can be difficult, challenging, and even dangerous at times. But if you're up for the challenge, the journey is definitely worth it!.
The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu.
Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike rear all our advice, please.
Inca Trail, toilet quality
This is where the bad news begins. Inca Trail toilets are not the most hygienic, clean, or private affairs. You’ll be lucky if your toilet has a lock. On the first day, the toilets are usually fairly decent and clean. However, as you venture further along the trail the quality rapidly decreases.
By the next day, you will use a squat floor toilet. In which you squat over. The flushing mechanism often floods meaning that toilet waste is on the floor of many Inca Trail toilets. Be sure to wear your hiking boots when going to the toilet.
There is often no light and you’ll want to make sure you bring a headlamp for those night-time toilet visits.
This does not make for a pleasant experience! you can read How to use toilets on The Inca trail very good information for new outdoor adventures
Inca Trail Portable Toilets – option
My name is Cesar and as a Tour Guide, I believe the best option on the Inca Trail is to hire a tour company that provides a portable toilet all the way up. These are known as ‘toilet tents’.
Although not as common, this is probably one of the most important things I would recommend when deciding on what tour operator to use. You’ll probably have to book with a western operator and it may cost slightly more, but it’s definitely worth it! The toilet tent is carried by porters.
They are clean and only used by your group. You’ll be able to sit on a toilet drum within the privacy of a tent, and if there are any issues, your operator will sort them out immediately.
Inca Trail Availability - Hurry Up
The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4 days inca trail). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as posible we recommend 4 months in advance.
It is recommended to book the tour Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 Months in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reserve.
Depending on the date, international and local holidays as well as festivals may result in a surcharge. All prices are subject to change and will be quoted in U.S. dollars. For more information, please consult the terms and conditions for this trip.”
This Hiking Tour is available for 11 months its Closes in February for maintenance. Please Note: Alternative Trail is open year-round more info Contact us.
SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAY WITH HOTEL
This itinerary is rated moderate hike. The trek starts at 2100m (KM 104) and climbs to 2700m (Wiñay Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu). Since the trek is carried out at a much lower altitude than the Short 2 day Inca Trail trek you do not need to worry about acclimatization.
INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
Total distance: 26 miles/23km
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu is great. The scenery is unbeatable, the culture is fascinating, and the experience is truly unique. The entire 4-day trail hike is only 25 miles (40 km). However, the altitude, which at its highest point is 13,776 ft or 4200m, can cause problems even for the strongest hikers.
Lares Trek & Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days
Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require