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Trek to the Inca site of Winay Wayna
Arrive at Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate in the afternoon
High guide to client ratio
Open and private treks available
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About the Short Inca Trail

 Want to arrive at Machu Picchu through the iconic Sun Gate but are short on time or don't fancy a longer trek? Our Short Inca Trail is perfect for you. Starting early from Cuzco, you travel to KM104 on the Ollantaytambo to Agua Calientes railway before trekking up to the famous ruins at Wiñay Wayna for lunch. From there you hike down to the Sun Gate itself for your first views of the famous ruins. 

Overnight is in a hotel in Agua Calientes after which you have an early start for a full private tour of the ruins of Machu Picchu. After the tour, you will catch the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there back to Cuzco.

Please note you must be in Cuzco the day before your trek starts in order to attend a pre-trek briefing and in order to ensure you are on-time for the very early start on the day of your trek.

 

Book your Inca trail adventure now. Pay only £100 deposit.

 

Inca Trail permits for all 2018 treks were released early, in October 2017, and popular dates are selling out fast. If you want to hike the Inca Trail in 2018 you can book before 20th December 2017 and pay only £100 deposit to secure your permit.

 

Detailed Itinerary for the Short Inca Trail

Day 1CUZCO TO KM 104 TO AGUAS CALIENTES

Elevation: 3400m to 2150m to 2750m to 2050m, Trekking distance: 10 km, Trek time: 5-6 hours

Please note you must be in Cuzco the day before your trek starts in order to attend a pre-trek briefing. 

On the day of your trek, we will meet you at a central location in Cuzco around 5:00 am and transfer by private vehicle to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. From Ollantaytambo, we will catch a train to KM 104, the starting point for our trek where we will need to show our permits and passports.

After crossing the Rio Urubamba, the trail heads towards our first Inca ruin, Chachabamba. Archaeologists believe that Chachabamba was once an important religious site. Chachabamba is also thought to have played a secondary role protecting this entrance to Machu Picchu. After leaving the site, the trail begins to ascend and enters the cloud forest. We continue trekking uphill, crossing a grassy hillside before reaching a spectacular waterfall. From here it is a short trek to the impressive Inca site of Wiñay Wayna where we will stop for lunch. Approaching from the lower terraces of the ruins, we will climb a long stone staircase to reach the upper levels of Wiñay Wayna. Here we meet the main Inca Trail and will continue walking for 1-2 hours through cloud forest to the Sun Gate, the entrance to Machu Picchu. At this time of day there will be few tourists around and there will be plenty of time to soak up the view before we catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes for an overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 2DAY 2: TOUR OF MACHU PICCHU – TRANSFER TO CUZCO

Elevation: 2050m to 2400m to 3400m

An early start is required as we catch the bus back up to Machu Picchu. You will be given a guided tour of the site and then have time to explore the ancient ruins for yourself. There is an option to climb Huayna Picchu, the famous mountain behind the ruins, but you will need to book a permit in advance.  In the afternoon, we will catch the train from Agua Calientes to Ollantaytambo, where you will be met by our driver who will transfer you back to Cuzco.

Short Inca Trail Open Group Availability

Last Updated November 20 2017
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FAQs about the Short Inca trail

Q1What is included in the Short Inca trail?

This is a trek only package and includes all transfers to and from Machu Picchu, your guide, all permit and entry costs, a hotel in Agua Calientes and your lunches.

Q2Are porters provided on the Short Inca trail?

You are overnighting in a hotel in Agua Calientes and so will only need to bring with you your wet-weather gear, a toothbrush and a change of undies so we do not provide a porter on this trip.

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