The Inca Trail is beyond a doubt one of the most beautiful trails in the Americas and therefore an unforgettable experience not to be missed. The trail leads through the protected wild nature of the Peruvian jungle and forest-steppe, passes several archeological Inca sights and offers impressive views. The Incas used this itinerary for the pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machu Picchu.
Inca Trail 2 Days Itinerary:
Altitude: 2050 - 2650 m. / 6726 - 9350 f.
High Season: March - January
Duration: 2 days - 1 night
Level of Difficulty: Normal (Easy)
Route: Closed in February
1st Day: Cusco - Km 104 – Wiñayhuayna – 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 (2270m/7448f), where our guide will inform us about the previous function of this archeological site. Thereafter, we will reach Wiñayhuayna (2650m/8694f), the most important archeological site besides Machu Picchu. After that, our trail continues towards the Sun Gate “Inti Punku”, a nice viewpoint from which we can enjoy the nightfall on Machu Picchu (2400m/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.
Hiking time: 06 hours
Total distance: 12 km.
2nd Day: Aguas Calientes - Sanctuary of Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will leave our hotel towards Machu Picchu after breakfast at about 5:30 am by bus. We are leaving that early because at this time the setting is less crowded, and the morning is a good time to enjoy the calmness and the 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 the guided visit a bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. Here you have the possibility to join the town’s hot springs (S/10.00 Nuevos Soles). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.
Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 02 hours
Total distance: 4 km.
• Transfer between hotel and train station in Cusco
• Tourist train to km 104
• Tourist train from the village of Aguas Calientes to Cusco Poroy / Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
• Tourist bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (2 ways)
• Hostel in the village of Aguas Calientes
• Entrance fees to the Inca Trail and the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
• Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
• Meals during the excursion (1 breakfast, 1 box lunch, 1 dinner/optional vegetarian).
• First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
• Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
• Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is situated; you can
either pay the cost of $8.00 for the bus-Service or walk back to Aguas Calientes which will take you about an hour.
• Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town (it cost S/ 10.00 Nuevos Soles or $3.00)
What do I need to bring?
• Small backpack with rain shelter (30 or 40 litters is well enough).
• Clothing for a warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
• Trekking shoes.
• Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
• Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
• Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
• Rain poncho and a hat.
• Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
• Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel and toilet paper.
• Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flashlight and batteries.
• Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
• Original passport, original ISIC student card (In case you are a student) and extra money in Soles.
(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked with time in advance however we charge additional $ 90.00 USD and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July 2011). (only if there are spaces)
(2) Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is used to purchase the ticket entrance to the Inca Trail, Machupicchu and hostal in Aguas Calientes town, and once a space is purchased it cannot be resold.
General information and recommendations
• Reservation: Since the number of trekking permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) it is important to book well in advance - especially in the high season between May and September. In the low season between December and January, it is possible to get a ticket for about 20 days in advance.
• Passport details: Please make sure that your passport is valid for the time you intend doing the Inca Trail. Furthermore, assure that the passport’s details you send us via email, such as the passport’s number, your name etc., are correct. Changes on short notice will complicate the entrance to Machu Picchu.
• Travel Insurance: It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of the loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. The agency nor the hotel cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own actions.
• Return ticket: We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:20 pm. This depends on the ticket availability and on how far in advance you booked your trip. During the afternoon, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants in Aguas Calientes. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs to relax a bit. You will be back in your hotel either at about 7:00 pm or at about 10:00 pm.