This tour combines the Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail with camping – 3 days to Machu Picchu is the best way to enjoy the charms and picturesque towns of the Sacred Valley and the stories of each Inca complex surrounded by majestic sacred mountains. The next day we start our 2-day short Inca Trail with camping to Machu Picchu, which is an incredible hiking route with stunning panoramic views, beautiful archaeological sites, original stone steps, and abundant flora and fauna. Venture on this Sacred Valley tour and short Inca Trail with camping, enjoy a unique lifetime experience, and visit the Lost City of the Incas differently from the crowd.
It begins at km 104 of the railroad that goes to Machu Picchu, at an altitude of 2150 metres (7053 feet). The highest point is Sun Gate (2,730 metres or 8,956 feet). It is 13 km (6.5 miles) long and lasts 6 hours at a moderate pace. It is highly recommended for families travelling with children, elderly gentlemen, and those who do not have much time in Cusco.
Sacred Valley Tour and One day Inca Trail – Overview
- DA 01: Cusco, Valle Sagrado de los Incas, Ollantaytambo
- DA 02: Ollantaytambo, KM 104, Wiaywayna, Aguas Calientes
- DA 03: Tour of Machu Picchu and Cusco
Briefing for the 2- Day Inca Trail
We provide a full pre-trek briefing at your hotel in Cusco. This gives you the chance to ask questions about the trek’s itinerary.
Briefings are generally scheduled in the afternoon of the day before your trek starts. If your trek begins on a Monday, then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing.
Short Inca Trail 2 Days – HIGHLIGHTS
- Sacred Valley Tour
- colourful pisac market
- Unique experience with local people
- Short Inca Trail experience
- Train journey
- One camp at Puente Ruinas
- Inca history
- Inca complexes such as Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Winayhuayna
We will pick you up at 7:30 am for a scenic private drive through the Sacred Valley, stopping at Chinchero for a traditional textile demonstration and exploring the Inca site. We will then visit the impressive Moray archaeological site, known as the largest agricultural laboratory in the world. After exploring the circular terraces, we will head to Maras to enjoy lunch. We will then visit the Maras Salt Mines, where over 3,000 small white pools were developed by the Inca to harvest salt through evaporation. These salt flats are still in use today and are known for their healing properties and delicious flavor. After exploring the salt pans, we will continue to Ollantaytambo, a small town with a beautiful example of Incan architecture. The tour will include visits to the Temple of the Sun, Moon, and the Temple of the 10 Niches, as well as cobblestone streets. We will drop you off at your hotel in Ollantaytambo and overnight.
Hotel, at Ollantaytambo
The 2-day Inca Trail adventure begins with camping in Ollantaytambo, The team will pick you up from your hotel in Ollantaytambo and take you to the train station in Ollantaytambo for 1o minutes. The train journey offers stunning views of the Urubamba River, snow-capped peaks, cornfield farms, and the starting point of the classic 4-day Inca Trail. As you descend, you’ll experience a change in microclimate from highlands and corn fields to green jungle valleys with ferns, bromeliads, and orchids.
After a 2-hour train ride, you’ll be dropped off at Km. 104, Chachabamba, where you’ll walk down to the Urubamba River. You must show your original passport to enter the Short Inca Trail. After passing the checkpoint, you’ll start trekking through cactus vegetation and cloud forest, enjoying stunning views, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and orchids.
After lunch, you’ll continue hiking through the cloud forest, passing impressive features like stone stairs and resting places, to the Sun Gate (2,720 m/8,920 ft), also known as Inti Punku in Quechua. From the Sun Gate, you’ll have a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu’s citadel, temples, and constructions built in white granite rock, including plazas and terraces.
After arriving at Machu Picchu, you’ll have the opportunity to see it with fewer people. After descending to the entrance, you’ll board a bus to Puente Ruinas, where your chef and porters will wait for dinner and spend the night at the campsite.
- Meals: Lunch or Dinner
- Accommodations: Camping at Puente Ruinas
- Walking Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles
- Starting Altitude: 2,100 m/6,900 ft
- Maximum altitude: 2,720 m (8,920 ft).
- Campsite Elevation: 1,900 m (6,233 ft)
- Approximate Hiking Time: 7 hours
- Weather: hot and humid
On the final day of the Inca Trail tour, we will explore Machu Picchu’s astounded historical sanctuary. We will wake up early to explore the mysterious streets and witness the sunrise at the Inca citadel. Our private tour guide will lead a 2-hour comprehensive tour of Machu Picchu, visiting remarkable sites like temples, palaces, and farming terraces. The tour will also explore the city’s history and its three sectors: agricultural, residential, and religious.
After your guided tour of Machu Picchu, your tour guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). You will have time to explore the town, choose the restaurant of your preference, and buy souvenirs in the local market.
Later in the afternoon, you will board the Expedition train at 14:55 pm or 15:20 pm for the return trip to Cusco, stopping at the Ollantaytambo Train Station, and from there, you will be driven back to your hotel in Cusco in our private van, arriving at around 7 PM.
- Meals included: Breakfast at your camp
- Hotel pick-up
- Private transportation from your hotel to the train station
- Permits for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and entrance to Machu Picchu
- 3 bus tickets: from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes, the next morning from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu, and the afternoon return down to Aguas Calientes.
A licenced guide experienced in trekking and fluent in English
- Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to KM104, Ollantaytambo, with private van connection to Cusco
- Admission tickets to the Short Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Site
- One night camping at Puente Ruinas
- First-aid kit, including an emergency oxygen tank.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
- Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
- First breakfast (usually served at your hotel) and last lunch at Aguas Calientes
- Optional Upgrades: Slipping Bag or Walking Poles
- VISTADOME trains: $65
- Tips for your staff (tips are optional but greatly appreciated):
Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel that do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your
tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request it in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.