Short version of the Inka trail finishing in Machu Picchu - 1 or 2 days in total. 

Prices start from 430 USD per person (group of 9/10) on the 2 day trip, and 350 USD per person (group of 9/10) for a 1 day trip. 

NOTE 1: MINIMUM OF 2 PEOPLE TO START A GROUP OR GO PRIVATE

NOTE 2: Permits must be booked 1 month in advance at the VERY latest and are subject to availability!

Ideal for those who want to trek a piece of the historic Inka trail into Machu Picchu without having had the time to plan for the 4 day route i.e no camping nor excessive equipment to purchase, nor does it require any seriously advanced reservations that need to be made and naturally comes without the heavier expenses of the full length trail and one full-on day might be just enough for some trekkers, too!
Photo courtesy of Ally Henry

Photo courtesy of Ally Henry

OPTION A  - 1 FULL DAY:  Hiking time 7 hours approx.  Distance 8 miles, 13 km's.  

Elevations: 2000m-2700m-2470m.

(Perfect for those short on time and need to budget as best as possible).

Departure from Cusco at around 3.45am....

If you are journeying all the way from Cusco then you will need to transfer another 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the train station. On the way you will travel through the beautiful Sacred Valley and then continue 1 hour by rail (on the 6.10am train departure) to the control point (km 104) to head off on your full day Inka trail route into Machu Picchu. 

Departure from Ollantaytambo (TRAIN STATION) at 5.30am....

Your guide (to confirm at briefing) will meet you either at the train station or hotel and go with you on the train (6.10am) to kilometer 104, in order to transfer to the starting point of the trek, which is approximately a 1 hour ride from Ollantaytambo. 

HIKING THE TRAIL

Your first point of interest will be the Inka ruins at Chachabamba

Rio Urubamba.   Photo by Ally Henry

Rio Urubamba.   Photo by Ally Henry

 

and then Wiñay Wayna (which means forever young in Quechua)

 

Photo credit - Ally Henry

Photo credit - Ally Henry

and you should reach Inti-punku (meaning the Sun-gate) around late afternoon (any time between 2.30pm and 4pm depending on pace and stopping allowances).  It is from this point you will get your first glimpse of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

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A box lunch will be provided for you during the day-time.  It will take approximately 45 minutes to walk down through the higher parts of the ruins and to get to the main entrance from where you depart down to Aguas Calientes (a 25 minute bus ride). Aguas Calientes 

Note: Machu Picchu officially closes at 5pm so if you wish to spend more time at the ruins the next again day (already included on your permit) then you will need to visit Machu Picchu on the morning and as part of the 2 day program below..

You will be accompanied to your hotel by the guide and a restaurant will be offered for an optional dinner where the guide can give out your train tickets back to Ollantaytambo usually taking the 6.20pm train which gets you back to Ollantaytambo by 8pm and if going all the way back to Cusco by 9.50pm or 10pm latest.

1 day Prices as follows -

2 people = 450 USD per person 

3 people = 425 USD per person

4 people = 415 USD per person

5-6 people = 400 USD per person

7-8 people = 370 USD per person

9-10 people = 350 USD per person

Includes: Professional english/spanish speaking guide, Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104, Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, shuttle bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, box lunch, entry permit to Inka trail/Machu Picchu.

Optional Extras - 

Additional night in local guesthouse in Ollantaytambo (ideal if making your own way, do not want a super early start from Cusco and need a stop over to catch the early train the next day)  $20 USD per person including breakfast.

Private taxi transport (1 way) between Cusco and Ollataytambo $35 per taxi (up to 4 people).

OPTION B  - 2 DAYS:  Full Trek on day 1 + Machu Picchu guided visit on day 2.

Note: Day 1  is almost exactly the same except you would stay overnight in Machu Picchu village a.k.a Aguas Calientes and return to Machu Picchu on the second day for a further extended guided visit + free time.

Perfect for those with more time to maximise on their visit at Machu Picchu.

Departure from Cusco at around 3.45am....

If you are journeying all the way from Cusco then you will need to transfer another 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the train station. On the way you will travel through the beautiful Sacred Valley and then continue 1 hour by rail (on the 6.10am train departure) to the control point (km 104) to head off on your full day Inka trail route into Machu Picchu. 

Departure from Ollantaytambo (TRAIN STATION) at 5.30am....

Your guide (to confirm at briefing) will meet you either at the train station or hotel and go with you on the train (6.10am) to kilometer 104, in order to transfer to the starting point of the trek, which is approximately a 1 hour ride from Ollantaytambo. 

Your first point of interest will be the Inka ruins at Chachabamba and then Wiñay Wayna (which means forever young in Quechua) and you should reach Inti-punku (meaning the Sun-gate) around late afternoon (any time between 2.30 and 4pm depending on pace and stopping allowances).  It is from this point you will get your first glimpse of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

(All above photos credited to Ally Henry)
A box lunch will be provided for you during the day-time.  It will take approximately 45 minutes to walk down through the higher parts of the ruins and to get to the main entrance from where you depart down to Aguas Calientes (a 25 minute bus ride).

Note: Machu Picchu officially closes at 5pm so you will return to Machu Picchu on the next morning in order to see more of the areas a little out of reach. Note: if you wish to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains there is an extra cost for the permits ($65 USD) and you need to take the time slots at 10 to 11am and 9-10am respectively.

You will be accompanied to your hotel by the guide and a restaurant will be offered for an optional dinner where the guide can go through the following plans for the next day.

Your Aguas Calientes overnight stay will be in a decent hostal, private shared room and shower with breakfast the next day.  You can also upgrade to nicer 3 star hotel for $50 USD per room. See below photos for an idea of the two options - 

Day 2 begins after a early breakfast. Taking the shuttle bus up to maybe get the sunrise then 2 hours of a guided tour of the most important sections of the main citadel. 

Free time until midday when Machu Picchu closes for the morning visitors and re-opens for the afternoon time-slot.

After an optional lunch we then head to the station to catch a mid-afternoon train usually around 3pm.

Prices as follows -

2 people = 620 USD per person 

3 people = 550 USD per person

4 people = 550 USD per person

5-6 people = 480 USD per person

7-8 people = 450 USD per person

9-10 people = 430 USD per person

Includes: Professional english/spanish speaking guide x 2 days, Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104, Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, shuttle bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, box lunch, entry permit to Inka trail/Machu Picchu, guided tour on day 2, shuttle bus up & down on day 2, overnight clean, comfortable hostal in a double room shared basis with breakfast, transport to/from Cusco.

Note: In this tour we include private transport (2 ways) between Cusco and Ollantaytambo.

Optional Extras - 

Additional night in local guesthouse in Ollantaytambo (ideal if making your own way, do not want a super early start from Cusco and need a stop over to catch the early train the next day)  $20 USD per person including breakfast.

Hotel 3 star upgrade $50 USD per room.

Huayna Picchu OR Machu Picchu Mountain (subject to availability) $65 USD