Do you want to walk a part of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu but you do not have enough time?, we offer you this opportunity to do the short Inca Trail in a single day but you must necessarily be in good physical condition since it takes a lot of energy to complete the itinerary that we present below.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
We will start the road early with the intention of being able to visit Chachabamba and Wiñayhuayna to finally reach the Puerta del Sol or Inti Punku where we can have the first view of the Inca city, it will be a journey of approximately 5 hours of walking, already in Machu Picchu we will take the classic photos to have an explanation from our guide about the meaning of the place.
**** In case you consider that you are not physically prepared to make this journey in a single day, you have the option of the short Inca trail of 2 days or in any case one of our other itineraries by train.
Day 1: CUSCO – KM104 – MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO
We will leave the city of Cusco early with our guide to the Ollantaytambo station where we will board the train that will take us to km104, which is the beginning of the Inca trail, once we pass the government controls where it will be necessary to use our passport on The first place we will visit will be Chachabamba, it is a perfectly designed set of buildings that served as a small resting place in the time of the Incas.
We will continue the tour beginning the ascent in the direction of Wiñayhuayna, along this path we will appreciate a variety of orchids, one larger than the other and in the same way some animals and birds of the place until finally arriving at Wiñayhuayna or also known as the archaeological site Forever young, this place is a populated center that was inhabited by the Andeans in Inca times, the place is well designed, easily showing its religious and urban area connected to water sources that are still in perfect working order.
After our visit to this site, our path will continue until we reach the Puerta del Sol, but not before ascending some steps called the monkey stairs because of how steep they are. Upon reaching the Puerta del Sol we will finally have the first view of Machu Picchu but to have the classic photo of the city we will have to descend to the guardian's house where we will take advantage of receiving information about the place along with the most outstanding details of the city. Inca with our guide, if time does not permit, we will enter the place to tour part of this world wonder to understand the reason for its construction.
Finally we will board the bus that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes for dinner and then board the return train to Ollantaytambo where our driver will be waiting for us to take us back to the city of Cusco.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Briefing at your Hotel one day before the trek an aproximatly 5:00pm
- Hotel pick up for leave the city and go to Km 104
- Private tourist transportation from Cusco / Ollantaytambo (train station)
- Professional English speaking guide
- Meals along the Trail ( 1 breakfast , 1 dinner (optional: vegetarian, celiatic option upon request)
- First-aid kit, including emergency oxygen tank
- Expedition Tourist train ticket Ollantaytambo / km 104 and Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo
- Private transportation From Ollantaytambo / Cusco
- Permit to the Short Classic Inca Trail & entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- VISTADOME Train – + $67 USD per person
- Tips for the Guide
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
- Free transfer from the airport to the hotel
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
All our services start at the airport of the city of Cusco where our driver will be waiting for the arrival of your flight to be able to drive you to the hotel of your choice, this service has no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with your flight details and confirmation 1 or 2 days before your arrival in the city, our staff will be waiting with the Terra Peru Aventuras sign which you have to locate.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE CHALLENGE SHORT INCA TRAIL TOUR?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk or trip, then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions)
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
There are medications that could achieve better acclimatization, but since we are not doctors, we suggest you drink plenty of water and coca infusions to achieve better acclimatization.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- Original passport (the same used for booking the trek)
- Water storage: 2-3 L (Camelbaks are encouraged)
- Comfortable hiking boots
- Toilet paper
- Good rain jacket and pants
- 1 t-shirts
- 1 hiking pants at least
- 1 sets of hiking socks
- Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket
- Quickdry towel
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Personal medications
- Personal First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc
- Insect repellent
- Sun glasses