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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D/1N


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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D

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  • Highlight : Famous trek with beautiful archaeological sites along the way, your first impressive view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku (the Sun Gate).
  • Location : the trek begins Kilometer 104, near Machu Picchu village.
  • Duration : 2 days/ 1 nights.
  • Level : Moderate.
  • Adventure Rating : For an isolated trekking experience, consider one of the alternative treks to Machu pichu which can still be done in a short time.
  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Permits : 250 permits available every day January to December. Must be booked months in advance.
  • Departure Dates : any day with two people. We offer sustainable priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart depending of your booking.
  • Combos & Upgrades : Combine with one of our tours for a complete experience and get discount.
  • Travelers Dream : If you wish to join a group tour, please see travelers dream .You can also form your own tour to be advertised on this page. Maximum group size 12.


Day 1: Cusco – Km 104 – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu

You will be picked up at your hotel around 5.30am (depending on train time) and transferred to the Ollantaytambo train station. We travel by train, on a very picturesque route for 1 hour 20 minutes until we reach kilometer 104 – the start of the trail for us. From here, we will hike up for about 8km (approximately 4 hours). The trail is well established, but there are still many stairs and the hike is mostly up While this is one of the easiest treks around the Cusco region, you still need to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete it. After gradual climbing, we arrive at the Inca site Wiñay Wayna (‘Forever Young’) (2680m/8792ft) This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. Many consider this the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We will have our boxed lunch at Wiñay Wayna.
Then we will continue for about one hour further onto ‘Inti Punku’ (The ‘Sun gate’) (2730m/8792ft) from where you will have your first dramatic and impressive view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). As you are arriving late in the day you may be lucky enough to enjoy the view by yourself! After getting those classic photos, we will walk down the last part of the trail towards the ancient city itself. Before entering Machu Picchu, we will take a side path off the trail to go down to Aguas Calientes( Machu Picchu Village), as we will visit Machu Picchu on day 2. We will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will check into your accommodation, and a celebratory dinner before getting to bed early in preparation for the next day’s early start.

Total distance: 13 km (8,08 miles), Estimated walking time 6-7 hours

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco:

We have breakfast and then take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2.5 hours) is given by your guide. If you have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! (you need to buy a separate entry to do this) From the top of Huayna Piccchu is one of the most spectacular views of Machu Picchu and there is also an opportunity to visit the Temple of the Moon or the Inca Bridge. We include in your tour a box lunch in Machu Picchu and your bus ticket back down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village). The train usually leaves between 2.30pm and 6pm depending on Peru Rail availability. If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. (but please note if you visit Machu Picchu a second day you need to purchase the ticket again)

It is no longer possible to stay a night on the Inca Trail for the 2 day, 1 night trek. All people on this tour spend the night in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest Machu Picchu.

IMPORTANT – government regulations will not allow reservations without your full name and passport also, full payment of the entrance fee to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. This is to get one space of 250 available per day. Therefore to guarantee your place on the Inca trail trek you must provide a scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands. In case of passport number change this information must be relayed to us or you will lose your booking. Original passport must be carried on Trail. Itinerary notes – Classic Inca Trail 2 days Walking time is approximate depend much how the group goes. The guide can change lunch spots, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own way to do the hike and it might not correspond exactly to the program described here.

Aguas Calientes Extra Day (optional)

Trekkers of the traditional Inca Trail to Machupicchu, with the standard package have clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.

Prices – standard extra day in Machu Picchu Town is $ 299 or depending on the quality of hotel that you would like to stay.

This package includes:

Second day entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $70.
bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $24.
Dinner at Machu Picchu Town.
Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which give you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.



  • Pre trek briefing.
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
  • Transport from Cusco km. 104.
  • Inca Trail Permit (includes entry to Machu Picchu, but not to Huayna Picchu).
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people).
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu Sanctuary to Machu Picchu village.
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Machu Picchu Town to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Box lunch on day one.
  • dinner in one of the best restaurants of Machu Picchu Village
  • Lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary. (in one of the best restaurants of Machu Picchu Village)
  • 3 start Hotel in Machu Picchu Village. (accommodation is in double room if you need single accommodation there will be an extra cost for it )
Not Included
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the thermal springs.
  • Entry to Huayna Picchu ($70).
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Extra snacks.

Important Info

  • 10% discount on treks only for members of South American Explorers Club (SAE).
  • Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please
  • beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid).
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
  • Children: US$ 30.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).

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Packing List

  • A light day pack for snacks and lunch with a change of t-shirt.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for
  • about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been
  • reported.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol,
  • second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs).
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport&ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be
  • carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day).
  • Binoculars (if you have them).


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