> Camp at Puente Ruinas, at the foot of Machu Picchu
> Enjoy both the sunset and sunrise in Machu Picchu
> Enjoy the company and wisdom of your guide, porters and cook
Stretched across two days with six hours hiking along the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is the short Inca Trail hike. Start your first day with a four-hour hike gradually uphill to Winawayna ruins, a beautiful spot for your lunch. From there, its one more hour to the Sun Gate where you will see Machu Picchu for the first time. You won't head into the ruins on your first day, instead, you will go to your campsite, which is closer to the town of Aguas Calientes. Enjoy another meal by your amazing trekking chef and then sleep under the stars. The next morning you will go inside Machu Picchu for your tour of the marvelous ruins.
The total distance of this trek is 15 km/9.3 miles. The lowest elevation is 1,900 m/6,234 ft, which is at the trail head at Km 104. The highest point is the Sun Gate, at 2,700m/8,858 ft. This trek travels to places at elevations lower than Cusco. Altitude sickness should not be a worry because the trek is located nearer the Amazon Jungle, where there is plenty of oxygen and humidity. In just two days, you will be able to explore the Andes and arrive at Machu Picchu twice – once for the sunset, and again for the sunrise on the second day.
A well-trained English-speaking guide is included in the price. The guides all grew up in the Cusco region and are committed to sharing their history and culture with visitors. The guides are friendly and professional and will make sure you don't miss anything.
During the trek, you will be staying on campsites. Your camp will be set up for you.
Guides are equipped with satellite phones and can organise anything on the fly.
All tourist taxes and permit fees applicable are included in the listed price.
Your guide has received training in first aid from a physician. Mandatory training sessions are conducted every year. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. You will be escorted off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and taken to a clinic for treatment.
Food and water are included and will be provided as per the itinerary. Water is boiled, filtered, and then cooled before distributing. You must bring your water bottles and or camelback. We recommend carrying about 3L worth per day. You will be able to restock your water supplies at each meal.
Getting to and from the start/end point of this trekking is included, as per the itinerary.
All (camping) equipment will be provided, built up, and taken down again. This is included in your trekking package. Please note that a sleeping bag and air mattress are not included but are available for rent.
You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
A personal porter will carry most of your belongings using a duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will have access to your duffel bag in the mornings and evenings.
The night before your trek, you will come to the local office for a briefing. The entire itinerary will be explained and the final logistics for the Short Royal Inca Trail Trek will be taken care of.
Permits for both your Short Royal Inca Trail Trek trek and for the entry to Machu Picchu are included and will be taken care of.
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent: Sleeping Bag: USD 20, Inflatable Air Mattress: USD 15, Trekking Poles (Pair): USD 15.
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep if you are scared of heights. You would do this after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is USD 75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance due to popularity. Please understand that the weather is out of our control.
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Peru.
Tips for guides, cook and porters are not included. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.