Inca Trail 2 days (Program Details)
Duration: 2 days / 1 night.
Starting Point: Cusco
Ending Point: Cusco
Activities: Archaeological, Cultural, Ecological, Hiking & one night in a hostel.
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Official Inca Trail operator
Notice: There are only 500 permits available each day for the Inca Trail (including the guides, porters and cooks that will come with you for the 2 or 4 day trails). Because of these new rules it’s highly recommended to book your Inca trail 60 to 90 days in advance (especially in high season). If you wish to book your Inca Trail you will need to pay the trek deposit in advance. Otherwise we will not be able to buy your trek permit.
Once we have bought your permit for the Inca Trail it’s not possible to change the date of your departure or your passport number, so make sure these details are correct. At this moment it’s not allowed to climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain for persons that are on the Inca trail.
Please notice that the Lares and Salkantay trail with Machu Picchu included are always possible as permits are not required.
Day 1:Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Wiñaywayna-Aqua calientes)
You will be picked up from your hotel between 6.30-6.45 a.m. to be transferred to either Poroy train station or Ollantaytambo train station. Around 10.00 a.m. the train will arrive at the point from where you will start hiking the Inca Trail. The trail starts with crossing the Willkamayu River by bridge; also known as the Urubamba River.
After you have crossed the river you will be visiting the famous Inca site of Chachabamba. After an introduction of the Inca history you will start walking a trail of roughly 8 km. After 3 hours of walking you will reach the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna (2650 m). Winaywayna is also known as the second most impressive archaeological site after Machu Picchu. This fantastic place is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming, and it was probably an experimental laboratory for agricultural purposes in Inca times.
The name Wiñaywayna means ´forever young´. After walking around this beautiful place you will continue your trek by crossing the rain forest, through a narrow path, until you reach Inti Punku (Sun Gate). At this point you will have a great view over the most impressive place: Machu Picchu. After a break we will continue by bus to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night. This evening you will have the chance to visit and relax in the hotspings that are located on the upper section of Aguas Calientes.
Day 2: Visit Machu Picchu
You will take the bus at 5.30 a.m. to Machu Picchu. This ride will take about 25 minutes. After arriving at Machu Picchu you will start your tour around this beautiful place. When you finish the guided tour, there will be plenty of free time to explore and take photos by yourself. When you are ready you will take the bus or you can walk down to Aguas Calientes. At Aguas Calientes you can get some lunch (not included). In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will continue by bus to Cusco.
- Transfer from your hotel.
- 1 Train ticket Poroy or Ollantaytambo to km 104.
- 1 Train ticket Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) – Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu archaeological complex.
- All applicable taxes.
- Bilingual guided tour.
- All Meals as indicated in the itinerary. 1 lunchbox, 1 diner &1 breakfast.
- Medical Assistance.
- 1 Bus ticket going up to Machu Picchu and 2 going down. Total 3 bus tickets.
- 1 Nnight in a hostel (upgrade available, 3 or 4* hotel in Aguas Calientes)
- Please notice that the food at Machu Picchu is really expensive. You might want to bring some snacks.
- Extra night in Aguas Calientes is an option. You need to tell us some days in advance so we are able to buy your return train ticket 1 day later.
- Personal Insurance.
- More luxury hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Personal porter, you have to carry all your personal belongings yourself. There is a possibility to hire a personal porter for the trek. He can officially carry up to 12 kg of your personal items +5kg of his own personal items. If you are interested in hiring a personal porter you will need to tell us when you make your booking as the porter will also need a permit for the Inca Trail.
What do we need when you make a reservation?
- Full name as it is written in your passport.
- Passport number.
- Date of birth.
- Copy /Fax or scan of your ISIC student card (if you have one and you are less than 30 years old the trek is 15 USD less).
- Departing date for the trail
- 40 % deposit via Western Union to Peru or even better via visa online through the website VISA
You will have to pay the remaining amount at our office in Cusco in cash USD or credit card (+6 %)
All tours may be provided in private upon request
Note: if after making the reservation you have to change your passport, or if it is stolen, please bring the old one with you or at least a copy. The INC are very strict!
If the passport and the number on the permit do not match they will not let you start the Inca Trail. Please inform us in advance if you don’t have a copy of your old passport. The INC and Southamerica planet charge 25 USD in administration fees to change this.
It is not possible to Climb Wayna Picchu for Inca Trail clients (rules of INC)!
What you should bring
- Your official international passport and student card. It’s not possible to enter the trail without these documents.
- Day backpack.
- Trekking shoes.
- Walking sticks.
- Big water bottle.
- Flash light.
- Sun hat and sun cream.
- Clothes for the trek and a rain coat.
- DEET insect spray.
- Emergency money and money for tips (guides).