Short Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days 1 night

  • Destination: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Price per person: $410

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The scenery of the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is well renowned, set in a cloud, rainforest which will provide an unforgettable experience whilst also showcasing the ancient Incan way of life. The trail winds through areas of protected natural beauty passing by the archaeological site of Wiayhuyna and where one can appreciate the rich variety of flora and fauna of the forest.

Altitude: 2050 – 2650 m. / 6726 / 9350
High Season: March – January
Duration: 2 days – 1 night
Level of Difficulty: Normal (Easy)
Route: Closed in February
Comments: 2 days acclimatization required

We have daily departures with 2 month advance reservations


Day 1

Cusco – Km 104 – Wiayhuayna – Aguas Calientes

Our journey starts early in the morning. After our arrival at km 104 by train, the Royal Inca Trail begins with a hike to Chachabamba (2270 m/7448f), where our guide will inform us about the ancient function of this archaeological site. After this, we will reach Wiayhuayna (2650m/8694f), the most important archaeological site besides Machu Picchu. Continuing our trail, the Sun Gate Inti Punku provides a nice viewpoint from which we can enjoy the nightfall on Machu Picchu (2400 m/7874f). Since we have to continue our walk to our hotel in Aguas Calientes, we will only spend little time in the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu on the first day.

Accommodation: Hostel in aguas calientes
Hiking time: 06 hours
Total distance: 12 km.

Day 2

Aguas Calientes – Sanctuary of Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at about 5:30 am by bus, continuing our journey to Machu Picchu. The reason for leaving this early is because at this time the site will be less crowded and the morning is a good time to appreciate the tranquillity and ancient spirit of the best-known archaeological site on the continent. After our arrival at the citadel around 6:00 am, our guide will give us detailed information about Machu Picchu and the history and culture of the Inca. After this, you will have enough free time to enjoy and explore the site on your own (for exp. go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Wayna Picchu for an amazing panorama view). When leaving the site, a bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes, where you have the option to relax in the town hot springs (S/ 10.00 Nuevos soles). We leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.

Climate: Warm with mosquitoes.
Hiking time: 02 hours Total.
Distance: 4 km.


(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu Mountain required to be booked a long time in advance. For an additional US$ 65.00, we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began July 18, 2011).

(2) Tips for the guides are always welcome. The guides are also very grateful with a small donation,

Please read this Conditions & Terms for the Inca trail:

Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is used to purchase the entrance ticket to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and once a ticket is purchased it cannot be resold.

Green Peru Adventures will not give any refunds if a participant decides to cancel the trip prior to departure or during the trip. We will give you the tickets to the archaeological sites and the bus and train.

If Green Peru Adventures doesn’t confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded in full. All participants have to carry their own back packs, including sleeping bag and mattresses unless they booked an extra porter or the service includes porters.

A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medication.
All participants must bring their original passport and, if available, their original student card´ISIC

It is mandatory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of affects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. Green Peru Adventures shall not be held accountable for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer.

In case force majeure occurs, such as an impossibility to operate the program or trek due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside Green Peru Adventure control like:
extreme weather conditions, landslides, strikes not allowing operation or putting it at risk, sudden inaccessibility of route, etc. Green Peru Adventures will propose viable solutions to operate the program within the available dates, or if impossible, will then propose an alternative program. If the alternative program chosen by the client is of lower value than that originally booked then the client is entitled to a refund of the price difference. All cost overages will be at the client expense. In case none of these would be feasible, Green Peru Adventures will refund all money paid except expenses already incurred.

Any tour booked with Green Peru Adventures, we will provide a free walking tour around the enigmatic city of Cuzco, with our professional, multi lingual tour guide.

  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, informative presentation by your tour guide.
  • Local cell phone
  • 24 hour support from company owner
  • Tourist train to km 104.
  • Accommodation at 3 star hostel (single persons pay US$ 40 plus for accommodation).
  • Entrance fees to the Inca trail and the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Professional bilingual licensed guide for up to 8 trekkers (Spanish and English)
  • 2.5 hrs. Machu Picchu guided visit and explanation.
  • Meals (1 breakfast, 1 lunchbox and 1 diner). Vegetarian food and specialised diets by request.
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (2 ways)
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • Transfer from the train station in Cusco to your hotel in Cusco.
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
Not Included:
  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town.
  • Trekking poles (10 soles each to rent), wood walking stick (5-10 soles to buy)
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits.
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu town (10 soles)
  • Extra drinks.
  • Tips for the trekking crew. Not mandatory.
We recommend that you bring the following:
  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Trekking poles (Poles with metal tips are not allowed on the trail)
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for a comfortable day walk.
  • Rain gear, rain poncho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel.
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel.
  • 2 liter water bottle, water purifying tablets optional.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card.
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc. (soles or dollars) Emergency money at least 200 extra soles.
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scan copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan copy of your ISIC student card (if you have one its $18 US less)
  • Departure date for the trail
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

GROUP SIZE: 2-8 (Maximum 8 person with 1 Tour Guide Minimum 2 person in a group)
US$ 410 per person
Less US$ 20 pp. Sending your ISIC International Student Card

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With each tour you book with Green Peru Adventures, you are a free walking tour offered by the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. Here you will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We look forward to an unforgettable experience of your trip.

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