Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days/1Night
This 2-day, 1-night tour offers travelers an excellent introduction to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. You’ll take the train to and from Cusco, hike along a section of the Inca Trail towards the Wiñay Wayna archeological site, and explore Machu Picchu. What more could you ask for?
up to 10 days in advance
- Duration: 48 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 5:20 AM, 6:45 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Free cancellation up to 10 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The night before the tour begins you’ll meet up with guides and be briefed on what on what to expect and what to pack. If you have any questions about the tour, this is the time to ask them.
The next morning you will leave Cusco at 6:20 AM and take a train towards Machu Picchu. The train provides stellar views of the surrounding area and is a great way to see the Sacred Valley. The hike begins at an elevation of 6,890 feet (2,100 m). You’ll hike 5 miles to Wiñay Wayna and pass cloud forests and waterfalls along the way. In Quechua, Wiñay Wayna means “forever young,” and this site is home to the bright purple forever young orchids. Wiñay Wayna is built along a steep hill and consists of stone houses and agricultural terraces. It’s very impressive.
After visiting this site, you’ll take a bus to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hotel. Early the next morning, you will take a bus to Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour of this ancient site. Needless to say, a visit here is utterly incredible and memorable.
You can choice that afternoon to take a train back to Cusco and arrive in the town around 7 PM or stay in Aguas Calientes.
Attractions VisitedInca Trail
Trek the Inca Trail and arrive at Machu Picchu at the end of a memorable journey. The Inca Trail covers 24 miles (39 km) through the mountains above the Sacred Valley. Much of the Inca Trail is paved with stones put in place by the Inca. This trail will take you through cloud forests – rare environments dense with jungle growth and mist. You’ll see many different types of delicate orchids, and experience the biodiversity that only a humid jungle can produce.
Machu Picchu is the bucket-list tourist attraction and the highlight of many peoples’ trip to Peru; the vastness, location and detail of the ruins make it unmissable. Without a doubt this is the crown jewel of Peruvian ruins.
What to Bring
Backpack and day pack, hiking shoes/boots, rain coat/poncho, water bottle, flashlight, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, light/quick-dry clothes, insect repellent, and snacks.
Bilingual guide, round trip Expedition train ride from Ollantaytambo, entrance ticket to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, box lunch, bus for descending the first day Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes and bus ticket for 2nd day Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes, transfers from Cusco or Urubamaba to Ollantaytambo and return, and a first-aid kit.
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Jose my tour guide was excellent. He was friendly, knowledgeable and a great guide. I enjoyed the hike with him and the time shared as he did a great job balancing information sharing and personal conversation during our two days together. Truly an A team member in Jose! Additionally my time at MP was over my birthday and I felt the extra attention and small touches made my day that much more special. Thank you for the one on one care and attention. Jose you are the best!
Wow it’s HARD ! Jose is a great guide ! We goes into so much detail about everything and seems to really care about his job and making sure you know the history in everything ! He even laughed when I said every 5 minutes that he had to carry me or just leave me on the side of the mountain cause I was tired ... always waited for me and told me I could do it ! Always so positive
Fantastic experience with an amazing guide
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