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THRILLING SHORT INCA TRAIL

GROUP TOUR

Trip overview

Walk the Inca Trail, with an overnight in Aguas Calientes

The 5-day tour package to Machu Picchu allows you to enjoy breathtaking scenery and magnificent views of the ancient treasures of the Incas that include ancient Incan capital of Cusco, the lush green Sacred Valley, hike the short Inca Trail and one of the Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. The Short Inca Trail is comprised of a 10-kilometer 01-day hike with an overnight accommodation in Aguas Calientes and a sunrise tour of the Iconic Machu Picchu site.

Highlights

  • Wander Cusco’s atmospheric streets.
  • Stunning Inca ruins as well as traditional and contemporary Quechua cultures.
  • Be amazed by the geometric perfection of Ollantaytambo.
  • Glimpse terraced walls in the fertile Sacred Valley.
  • Conquering the Hike to Machu Picchu.
Type of activities Culture & History, Local Living, Walking, Family Holidays.
Group tour Means each day you will join with other travelers at each destination, with professional local guide in each excursion and share the bus or minivan.
Group size Small group Min 2, Max 16.
Physical rating This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
Departure dates Daily departures are available along the year. Exception: one-month closing period of all Inca Trail routes in February. All Inca Trail departures are subject to government space availability.
Min age 10+ All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult..

Thrilling Short Inca Trail in private

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5 Days

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Day 1

Arrival to Cusco

  • Cusco Airport Transfer: Arrival in Cusco, assistance at the airport and transport to your hotel.
  • The rest of the morning is free to rest in order to avoid ill effects due to the high altitude.
  • Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals included: None.
 
  • Suggested flight schedule --- Lima depart (10:50am) - Cusco arrival (12:15pm)
2

Day 2

Tour to the Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo & Chinchero)

 
  • Breakfast at hotel; pick up from your hotel at 07:30am. We will embark on a journey back in time to the Inca´s Sacred Valley beginning in Pisac, 31 km from Cusco. The ancient Incan archeological site and city is located on the top of a mountain. There you will have the chance to witness the impressive stonemasonry skill of our ancient ancestors.
  • Afterward you will go down into the quaint little town and wander through its colorful market where you can buy intricate, beautifully hand-crafted products.
  • Afterward lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
  • Then, you will continue to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious, and agricultural center of the Incas located at the top of a mountain. Note: unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design including outstanding stone buildings and narrow streets. It was once used as a fortress and administrative and urban center.
  • Finally, we will stop in Chinchero, a place where the townspeople are famed for their preservation of traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques. For this reason, they set up a market in the town square to sell their handmade crafts.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.
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Day 3

Hike on the Short Inca Trail

  • Breakfast at hotel. Pick up from your hotel at 05:40am and transfer to Poroy station to catch the train that will take you to KM 104 head of the Inca Trail where you will meet your guide.
  •  Around 09:30am we start by visiting the Chachabamba archaeological site (2,170m/7,119ft) here you can quickly take in the beautiful fountains as we begin the 5 hours climb to the Inca Trail. This route will have you enjoying the most magnificent views of the great valley and beautiful waterfall which is in the vicinity of the splendid Wiñayhuayna Archaeological Site (2,700m/8,858ft), which means “Forever Young”.
  • Upon reaching the Inca Trail we continue through slim paths surrounded by lush vegetation made up of broad-leaf plants and huge ferns. The steep mountain precipice adds to the excitement. All of a sudden, the stone threshold of the Inti Punku or Sun Gate (2,670m/8,759 ft) materializes along your path and you face truly memorable scenery; a blend of natural beauty and man’s creativity in the form of the enchanting city of Machu Picchu framed by spiraling canyons and forested peaks. The final 45 minutes are spent walking down the royal flagstone pathway into Machu Picchu’s core.
  • The first day ends at a local hostel in Aguas Calientes (2,050m/6,726ft) located at the base of Machu Picchu Mountain, take 30 minutes bus down.
  • Approximate distance: 10 km (6, 21 miles) - Estimated time walking: 5-6 hours.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Box-lunch and Dinner.
 
  • Expedition train --- Cusco (06:40am) – Km 104 (09:20am)
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Day 4

Visit to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 06:00am you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, the hilltop citadel deserved every bit of its fame.
  •  Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, the guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. The guided tour takes around two hours.
  • From 10:30am to 12:30pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Poroy station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.
  • Expedition train --- Aguas Calientes (15:20pm) – Cusco (19:05pm)
 
  • Note about train tickets: We will attempt to book tickets on this train, but if there are timetable changes or trains are fully booked, we may need to book an alternative service.
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Day 5

Colorful Cusco Walking Tour – Flight to Lima

  • Breakfast at hotel; pick up from the hotel at 09:00am – walking tour will begin at Colorful San Pedro market, there's probably no better market to experience Cusqueñan life. Enjoy a first-hand look at how local residents live day-to-day outside the postcard perfection of Cusco’s main square. The guide will explain the history of this market as you wander through the narrow aisles laden with colorful fabrics, meals, fruit juice, breads, shaman stalls, etc.
  • After we visit Cusco's main square, a busy and vibrant space that marks the colonial center of the city; which features wide stone pathways and well-kept colorful gardens.
  • After, we will head to the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha) upon which the Convent of Santo Domingo has been built. Interesting fact: according to a legend, this temple was entirely gold plated which left many conquerors impressed with its magnificence when they came here! - The tour will end around 13:00pm.
  • At 15:00pm pick up from the hotel and transfer to Cusco airport.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
 
  • Suggested flight schedule --- Cusco (17:00pm) – Lima (18:20pm)
   
Hotel Category Double or Triple room Single room Additional cost
Tourist US$ 932 US$ 159
Superior Tourist US$ 1059 US$ 262
  • Prices per person in US dollars.
  • Additional charge for single travelers
  • Prices are based on 2 to 3 people traveling together
    PRIVATE TOUR    
Hotel Category

Single room

Double or Triple room

Single room

 Extra cost

1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5-6 pax 7-8 pax 9++pax
Tourist
Superior Tourist
  • Prices per person in US dollars
  Optional services
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 105 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 45 per person..
  • Domestic flight tickets (Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima) the cost is around US$ 254 per person (Baggage allowed: Carry-on baggage 1 piece of 8 kg + Checked baggage 1 piece of 23 kg). * Air fares subject to change according availability and travel date..
  Includes and excludes Included
  • Accommodation: 4 night(s) in hotel(s) in Cusco and Aguas Calientes  with breakfast included.
  • All entrance fees and excursions mentioned in itinerary: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, Machu Picchu.
  • Guided: by local quality English speaking guides.
  • All transfers: airport, train station or bus station transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, all transfers are assisted by English speaking staff.
  • Train ticket: Cusco to Km 104 and Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition Class).
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (vegetarian or special diets are available).
  • All ground transportation.
  • 24-hour support by our local staff.
Not Included
  • International and domestic flights (in case you request them, please ask your travel agent).
  • VISA procedures, travel insurance, pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
  • Tips for guides, drivers and other staff.
  • Guidance in other language (Germany, French, others), in case you request them, please ask your travel agent.
  • Anything not specified in the itinerary description.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
   
City Tourist Superior Tourist
Cusco Yawar Inka Sueños del Inka Tierra Viva Cusco Centro Xima Cusco
Aguas Calientes Hotel Retama Inn Machu Picchu Flower´s House Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
 
  • For this tour package we use this list of hotels or similar.
  • The reservation of accommodation is according to the availability of the hotels.
  • You have to choose one of these hotel categories.
  What does tourist or superior tourist mean?   Tourist
  • In this type of accommodation are the 2-star and 3-star hotels and some guest houses.
  • Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation.
  • The rooms and bed are simple, comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • Rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • Ideal for travelers on a reduced budget.
  Superior Tourist
  • In this type of accommodation are the 3-star and 4-star hotels.
  • Standard accommodation. Accommodation is deemed "very good".
  • The rooms and bed are comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • They have spacious reception with seats and other public rooms.
  • Some of these hotels have food and drink service; restaurant and bar.
  • Buffet breakfast is included.