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About This Tour

This condensed yet captivating trek offers a taste of the legendary Inca Trail's beauty and mystery, perfect for those with limited time. Trekking along ancient pathways amidst the stunning backdrop of the Andes Mountains, you'll witness breathtaking landscapes and encounter well-preserved Inca ruins along the way.

Led by experienced guides, you'll delve into the secrets of the Inca civilization, gaining insights into their culture, history, and remarkable engineering feats. The Short Inca Trail provides a condensed yet immersive experience, allowing you to witness the essence of this iconic trail in just a few days.

Customize your adventure with personalized itineraries, tailored to your preferences and fitness level. Whether you seek a cultural immersion, a physical challenge, or simply an escape into nature, our Short Inca Trail expedition promises an unforgettable experience.

Savor delicious meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, fueling your journey and providing a taste of Peruvian cuisine. Rest in comfort at our campsites, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape and a peaceful retreat after a day of exploration.

Join us on the Short Inca Trail and discover the magic of the Andes, the allure of the Incas, and the beauty of Peru's natural wonders in a condensed yet unforgettable adventure.

Short Inca Trail Conclusion:

The Short Inca Trail offers a condensed yet captivating journey through history and nature. With breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, and expert guidance, this expedition provides an immersive experience tailored to your preferences. Whether seeking cultural immersion or scenic beauty, embark on this unforgettable adventure to discover the essence of the Inca civilization in just a few days.

Highlights

  • Experience the essence of the Inca Trail's beauty and history in a shorter trek.
  • Marvel at stunning vistas of the Andes Mountains and lush Peruvian scenery.
  • Explore well-preserved Inca ruins, witnessing the remnants of an extraordinary civilization.
  • Learn from knowledgeable guides about Inca culture, history, and the surrounding environment.
  • Tailor your trek to your preferences, choosing the pace and highlights that suit you.

Cusco - Km 104 (Inca Trail) - Aguas Calientes.

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to transfer you during a 2 hour ride to the Ollantaytambo´s railway station. There, we get on a train and continue until Km 104, where a checking point of the Inca Trail is located. We pass through to the Vilcanota River (bridge) and start the Inca Trail Trekking! The first archaeological site to visit is Chachabamba, guided tour.

Then we continue through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site - Wiñay Wayna. But before we reach it, we enjoy a refresh in a local waterfall! Where you have lunch and a rest.

Later on, we can admire the sunset above Machu Picchu when we get to the Sun´s Gate (Inti Punku) before entering the Inka citadel. However, today is too late to have a guided tour of this overwhelming Incan city so we descend slowly to Aguas Calientes Town enjoying beautiful surrounding scenery on the way! We spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Hogwarts Express and Leadenhall Market

After an early morning breakfast, we continue hiking the Inca Trail for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own.

The 2 day Inca Trail ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.

Machu Picchu is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists can not do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechuan farmers had known about Machu Picchu for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in a search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence. However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.

What’s Included

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only)
  • Briefing at our office; It will be done the night before your trek at 6:00pm
  • Hotel pick up
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Piscacucho (company van)
  • Extra porter for your belongings(you will need only a day backpack to carry what you will need during day)!
  • 4 season Eureka Timberline Tents, (Large & Comfortable) please see equipment
  • Thick Comfortable Foam Mattresses
  • Professional English speaking guides experienced in trekking
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional: vegetarian or other dietary needs upon request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Porter to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transportation to Cusco(company van)
  • Permit to the Classic Inca trail & Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private Toilet Tent With a Seat on the Toilet – Only For Our Group
  • 2 Hour Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pillow
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Afternoon Tea time
  • Day pack rain covers

Not Included

  • Wayna Picchu: $75 USD and Machu Picchu Mountain$70 USD – needs to be booked in advance, if you would like to add an extra hike. Please let us know at the time of booking.
  • First breakfast and last lunch – We will stop at Ollantaytambo for the first breakfast and have the last lunch at Aguas Calientes after the tour of Machu Picchu.
  • VISTADOME Train -$57 USD per person extra.(RETURN ONLY)
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters.

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