Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu

To introduce a day of strong physical activity and challenge in your itinerary, we may suggest you substitute the day in which you travel by train to Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu, for a 13-km (8 mile) walk along the stunning Inca Trail, visiting the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna, arriving in Machupicchu through the impressive Sun Gate and then visiting the Inca citadel on the next day of your trip.

Itinerary

Please consider day 1 as the day in which you travel from Cusco / Sacred Valley to Machupicchu by train in your original itinerary. In this program alternative, this day is substituted by walking the short Inca Trail. The next day (day 2) is dedicated to a complete visit of Machupicchu.

Day 1 - Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes

We pick you up from your hotel and take you to the train station to board the train that will take us to km.104 km on the Cusco - Machupicchu railroad (starting point of the trek), where we arrive at around 10:00 am. We start visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2150m/7052ft), located very close to the control point, to then embark upon an 8 km ascending trail, which after four hours takes us to the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. On the way up we will have magnificent views of the Urubamba River valley and the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex located on the other side of the river, and also of a beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes away from Wiñaywayna. We then go on and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may contemplate the sacred citadel of Machupicchu. From Intipunku we descend to Machupicchu and then by bus to Aguas Calientes. We are then accommodated at the selected hotel/hostel.
Meals: B, L (box-lunch)

Total distance: 13 km (8,08 miles)
Estimated walking time:  6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
Machupicchu altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)

Day 2 - Machupicchu to Cusco

We devote this morning to doing a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to further visit the site, climb the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.
Meals: B, L

* Departure and arrival times are approximated.

Difficulty degree of this Hike

 

Moderate

 

Rates 2009

 

Prices per person depend on the group size, the larger the group the lowest the price per person. Please contact us, specifying:

  • trekking program
  • number of people in the trek
  • departure date
  • requested train service: Backpacker (Tourist train), Vistadome (First Class), Hiram Bingham (Luxury Orient Express)

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):

  • Students: US$ 22.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 22.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 44.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Additional discounts (that may be added to the above-mentioned):

  • SAE: 5% on full program price (valid South American Explorers Club membership card required). This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered
 

Departure dates 2009

 

We offer daily departures along the year, except in February when the Inca Trail is closed for restoration and cleaning. Please contact us to check space availability.

All Inca Trail departures are subject to government space availability, please check the following website: www.inc-cusco.gob.pe.

 

Inca Trail - Important Notice

 

According to the Resolution #002-2004-UGM-CD, published in El Peruano on Nov 12, 2004, modifying chapter III of the Inca Trail Regulation which refers to Inca Trail space bookings, bookings will only be guaranteed by the governmental institutions when providing full names, nationalities and passport numbers of passengers, and when having paid the full amount of passengers and staff (cook and team of porters) entrance fees.

THEREFORE:

  • ENIGMA Adventure Tour Operator will guarantee the spaces booked provided:
    1. The booking has been first confirmed by our Reservation Department by e-mail, this meaning that spaces are available on the Inca Trail for the requested date at the moment of the booking.
    2. The full passenger data have been provided and the required deposit has been paid for.
       
  • Since the Inca Trail has a maximum allowance of 500 people per day (including passengers and agency staff), we strongly recommend to make your bookings as much in advance as possible to make sure you will find spaces on the desired departure date. We are already receiving bookings for departures scheduled as far as one year prior to the trek departure date, so if you wish to travel with us to the Inca Trail, please make sure to confirm your booking as soon as possible. Otherwise, we have also available alternative routes of equally awesome beauty and interest to offer to you.

VERY IMPORTANT:

  • The following client information is requested for any Inca Trail booking:
    1. Complete names and surnames
    2. Nationality
    3. Passport number
    4. Date of Birth
    5. Gender

The exact information provided by you will be submitted to the governmental institution in charge of regulating the access to the Inca Trail and will be included in the official permit to enter the Inca Trail on the requested date. Should there be any change in the above-mentioned data (ie. New passport number), we kindly request you to inform the Reservation Department at ENIGMA Adventure Tour Operator via email as soon as possible. The government reserves the right not to allow the entry to any visitor whose data are not the exact ones as those in the official permit. ENIGMA Adventure Tour Operator excludes any responsibility for a no entry in case the passenger information has changed without prior notice to us.

 

What is included

 
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer to San Pedro train station in Cusco or Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley
  • Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fee
  • English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Meals described. Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Bus ticket from Machupicchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes – 1st day
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – 2nd day
  • Train ticket from Cusco / Sacred Valley to Km104 and from Aguas Calientes to Cusco/Sacred Valley (Backpacker, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, upon request) (*)
  • Transfer train station – hotel in Cusco

(*) In the case of requesting the Hiram Bingham luxury train service, please note that only the return trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy / Cusco would be operated with the Hiram Bingham train, as the portion Cusco – km.104 would necessarily have to be operated with the Vistadome service, due to the program schedule making it impossible to operate it with the Hiram Bingham. For guests requesting the Backpacker or Vistadome services, please note that should there be no train tickets available in the direct route Cusco – km.104 and / or Aguas Calientes – Cusco, a train ticket Sacred Valley – km.104 and / or Aguas Calientes – Sacred Valley will be provided, with an additional private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the Sacred Valley and / or viceversa

 

Inca Trail packlist

 
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • 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 – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
 

Other Useful Information

 

Appropriate clothing along the Inca Trail

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by a sweater or fleece and waterproof jackets if cloudy or rainy. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in Aguas Calientes and Machupicchu, although the temperature is usually warmer than in Cusco due to the lower altitude. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “Inca Trail Packlist” list.

Climate

Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.

Along the Inca Trail, temperatures range from 15-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC if cloudy or rainy. At Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.

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