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Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package 3 Days

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ollantaytambo, Aguas caliente, Machu Picchu, short inca trail
Duration 3 days - 2 nights
Travel Style Hike,History,Cultural
Difficulty Moderate
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

The Sacred Valley Tour & Inca Trail Package with 69 Explorer’s is a mesmerizing two-day adventure that offers a unique blend of breathtaking scenery, history, and vibrant culture. As we traverse the iconic Inca Trail Trek, you’ll be captivated by the panoramic views and the mystical allure of Machu Picchu.

Our expedition begins with an early departure from the historic Sacred Valley. We’ll take the scenic route, traveling from the Ollantaytambo Train Station aboard the luxurious Vistadome train. The train’s panoramic windows offer unparalleled views of the Andean landscape, setting the stage for the adventure that lies ahead. 

We’ll disembark at km 104 where our expert tour guides will lead us on a fascinating journey through the heart of the Inca Trail. Hiking to Machu Picchu is an experience like no other, and our guided tour ensures you’ll enjoy every moment. The Inca Trail 2 Days trek is designed to immerse you in the natural beauty of the Andes while preserving your energy for the awe-inspiring destination.

As we approach the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), prepare to be struck by the first majestic view of Machu Picchu. The sight of the ancient citadel, framed by the Andean peaks, is an unforgettable moment, a reward for the journey we’ve undertaken. The Sacred Valley Tour & Inca Trail Package guarantees a perspective of the site that few get to witness.

While visiting Machu Picchu, we will explore the iconic Machu Picchu Mountain, offering a deeper understanding of the Inca civilization. Our knowledgeable guides will unveil the secrets of this ancient wonder, enhancing your experience with historical insights and fascinating tales.

Please note, we’ve thought of everything to ensure your comfort and safety. Our packing list recommendations will help you prepare adequately for the trek. We advise carrying a water bottle to stay hydrated and a first aid kit for peace of mind. Your wellbeing is our top priority.

After a day of exploration, we’ll retreat to a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes, where you can relax and reflect on the day’s adventures. The following morning, we’ll return to Cusco, with memories of Wiñay Wayna and the lush landscapes fresh in our minds.

69 Explorer’s Sacred Valley Tour & Inca Trail Package is more than just a trip; it’s an opportunity to connect with history, nature, and the spirit of the Incas. Join us on this extraordinary adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

From US$ 497

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information

Includes

  • Transportation:
    • Round-trip transportation from Cusco to the start of the trail and back.
    • Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to the start of the Inca Trail (Km 104) and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return.
    • Transport from Cusco to Sacred Valley 
  • Accommodation:
    • One night’s hotel accommodation in Ollantaytambo.
    • One night’s hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals:
    • All meals during the hike (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner).
    • Breakfast at the hotel in Aguas Calientes.
    • Lunch in Urubamba during the Sacred Valley tour.
  • Guided Tours:
    • Professional bilingual tour guide for the Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail.
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Inca Trail Specifics:
    • Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
    • Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment.
  • Additional Inclusions:
    • Camping equipment including tents, sleeping pad, and cooking equipment for the Inca Trail.
    • First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Transfer from your hotel to the starting point of the Sacred Valley tour.
    • Return transfer to your hotel in Cusco at the end of the trip.

Excludes

  • Entrance Fees to Sacred Valley Sites:
    • While the tour includes visits to various sites in the Sacred Valley, the entrance fees for these locations are not included. This allows you to choose which sites you wish to enter.
  • Meals Not Specified:
    • Any meals not explicitly mentioned in the itinerary, such as some lunches and dinners, are excluded. This gives you the freedom to explore local cuisine according to your preferences.
  • Optional Activities:
    • Any additional activities outside the set itinerary, such as hot springs in Aguas Calientes, additional guided tours, or climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (which require separate tickets), are not included.
  • Travel Insurance:
    • Personal travel insurance is not included. It is highly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your trip.
  • Tips and Gratuities:
    • Tips for guides, porters, and other staff are not included in the package price and are at your discretion.
  • Personal Hiking Equipment:
    • Personal trekking gear such as hiking poles, backpacks, and appropriate clothing are not provided and should be brought by each traveler.
  • Additional Nights:
    • Any additional nights in hotels before or after the tour are not included. 
  • International and Domestic Flights:
    • Flights to and from Cusco are not included in this package.
  • Personal Expenses:
    • Any personal expenses, such as souvenirs, laundry, drinks, and other incidental costs, are not included.

Recommend to carry

  • Clothing:
    • Warm jacket
    • Trekking pants
    • Additional poles
    • Jackets
    • cap or sun hat
    • Sunglasses
  • Personal Items:
    • Valid passport.
    • Cash in Peruvian Soles.
    • Credit/debit cards and identification.
    • Photographic camera.
    • sunscreen
  • Sleeping Gear (if not provided):
    • Sleeping bag suitable for the season and temperatures.
    • Sleeping pad or mattress for comfort.
  • Toiletries:
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
    • Biodegradable soap.
    • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer.
    • Toilet paper
    • Personal medication.
  • Accessories:
    • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
    • Sunglasses with UV protection.
    • Trekking poles (optional but helpful).
    • Insect repellent.
    • Sunscreen with high SPF.
    • Lip balm with sun protection.
    • Reusable water bottle or hydration system.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Small daypack or dry bag for organizing and protecting your belongings.
    • Plastic bags for keeping gear dry in case of rain.
    • Basic first-aid kit, including blister treatment.
    • Snacks for energy during the hike.
    • Binoculars for bird-watching and scenic views (optional).
    • Travel pillow (optional, for added comfort during camping)

Itinerary

The first day of the 3-Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package promises and an experience filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, rich history, and cultural immersion. We will start our adventure by exploring the heart of the Sacred Valley, a region revered for its stunning natural beauty and Incan heritage.

Our day will begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco. We will journey through the picturesque Andean countryside, heading towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This valley, known for its lush landscapes and traditional villages, offers a glimpse into the life and customs of the local communities.

Our first stop will be the town of Pisac, famous for its vibrant market and impressive Inca ruins. Here, we will have the opportunity to explore the local market, where you can find handcrafted goods, textiles, and souvenirs. As we delve into the Pisac ruins, we will learn about the Incan agricultural techniques and marvel at the architectural ingenuity of the ancient civilization.

Next, we will proceed to Urubamba, where we will enjoy a traditional Andean lunch. This meal will not only provide a taste of the local cuisine but also energize us for the remainder of the day.

After lunch, our journey will take us to the town of Ollantaytambo, the last Incan city still inhabited. Ollantaytambo’s archaeological site, with its impressive terraces and temples, stands as a testament to the advanced engineering skills of the Incas. We will explore these historical sites, gaining insights into the strategic importance of this area during Incan times.

Our day will conclude with an overnight stay in Ollantaytambo. This charming town offers a serene atmosphere, perfect for resting and preparing for the upcoming trek on the Inca Trail.

Statistics for Day 1 of the 3-Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 50 km (31 mi) from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
  • Highest altitude: Around 2,800 m (9,186 ft) at Ollantaytambo.
  • Lowest altitude: Approximately 2,400 m (7,874 ft) in the Sacred Valley.
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, with leisurely exploration and mild walking.

This initial day of our Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package sets the stage for an unforgettable adventure, blending cultural encounters with the anticipation of the trek ahead. Join us as we unveil the wonders of the Sacred Valley, paving the way for the thrilling journey to Machu Picchu.

Embark on an exhilarating adventure with the first day of the 2-Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package, where ancient paths, stunning landscapes, and the thrill of exploration await. Our journey on this renowned trail begins in the quaint town of Ollantaytambo, nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley.

We will start our day with an early morning departure from Ollantaytambo. Here, we board a train that whisks us away to the trailhead at Km 104. As the train winds along the Urubamba River, prepare to be enchanted by the ever-changing scenery, a prelude to the wonders that lie ahead.

Upon arrival at Km 104, our hike commences. We will cross a suspension bridge, marking the official start of our Short Inca Trail trek. The path ahead promises a blend of natural beauty and historical richness. We will pace ourselves, ensuring we fully absorb the splendor surrounding us.

Our first significant landmark will be the fascinating Inca site of Chachabamba. Here, we will delve into its history, uncovering the purpose it served during the Inca Empire. The site’s intricate stonework and strategic location set the tone for the marvels to come.

As we ascend, the trail unveils a variety of flora and fauna unique to the Andean cloud forest. We will be trekking through a biodiverse haven, with opportunities to spot exotic birds and lush vegetation. The ascent, while challenging, is immensely rewarding, offering spectacular views and a sense of accomplishment.

Our most anticipated moment arrives as we approach Wiñay Wayna, an impressive Inca ruin famed for its stunning agricultural terraces. We will explore this site, gaining insights into the advanced agricultural techniques of the Incas and the significance of Wiñay Wayna in their civilization.

The final leg of our journey for the day takes us to the renowned Sun Gate (Inti Punku). As we reach this point, we will be greeted with our first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. The sight of the iconic citadel, nestled among the Andean peaks, is a moment of awe and reflection.

We will conclude our day by descending to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a comfortable hotel. This peaceful town, set at the foot of Machu Picchu, offers the perfect setting to relax and rejuvenate after our day’s hike.

Statistics for Day 2 of the 3-Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) from Km 104 to Aguas Calientes.
  • Highest altitude: Around 2,720 m (8,924 ft) at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
  • Lowest altitude: Approximately 2,040 m (6,693 ft) at Aguas Calientes.
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate to challenging, with a mix of flat and uphill terrain.

Our second day on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package sets the stage for an unforgettable journey, combining physical challenge with cultural immersion and natural beauty. Join us as we step back in time, following the footsteps of the Incas to the legendary Machu Picchu.

The final day of our 3-Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package is a culmination of our awe-inspiring journey, where we will explore the majestic Machu Picchu and then return to Cusco, enriched with memories and achievements.

We will rise early in Aguas Calientes, energized for the day ahead. After breakfast, we will board the first bus to Machu Picchu, ascending the winding road to the iconic citadel as the sun begins to illuminate the Andean peaks.

Arriving at Machu Picchu, we will witness the breathtaking view of the city in the soft morning light. This moment, seeing one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is truly unforgettable. We will embark on a guided tour, where our knowledgeable guide will share the secrets and history of this mysterious citadel. After, continuing through the main squares, temples, and terraces, admiring the master stone-work of the Inca.

Once the guided tour has ended you’ll have free time to explore Machu Picchu on our own. You might choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for an elevated view of the ruins (subject to availability). Alternatively, explore the lesser-known corners of the site or simply sit and absorb the mystical atmosphere of this wonder of the world.

In the afternoon, we will descend back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Afterward, we will board the train for the scenic journey back to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we will continue by bus to Cusco, where our incredible journey on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package concludes.

Statistics for Day 3 of the 3-Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 6 km (3.7 miles) total, including exploration within Machu Picchu.
  • Highest altitude: Around 2,430 meters (7,972 feet) at Machu Picchu.
  • Lowest altitude: Approximately 2,040 meters (6,693 feet) in Aguas Calientes.
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, with steps and uneven terrain in Machu Picchu.

This final day of our journey ensures that your experience of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is complete, offering not only a visit to the iconic Inca citadel but also a comfortable and scenic return to Cusco. Join us as we uncover the magic and mystery of Machu Picchu, a fitting finale to our unforgettable adventure.

FAQs

The 3-Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package is a guided tour that combines a visit to the Sacred Valley, a trek along the Short Inca Trail, and a tour of the iconic Machu Picchu. It offers a condensed but exhilarating experience of these historic and natural wonders.

The Short Inca Trail typically covers approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) and is completed over the course of one day, with varying levels of terrain, including flat and uphill sections.

Yes, permits are required for the Sacred Valley Tour & Inca Trail Package, and they are limited to a certain number of visitors each day. It’s essential to secure permits well in advance to guarantee your spot on the trail.

The highest point of the Short Inca Trail is at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), which stands at an altitude of approximately 2,720 m (8,924 ft) 

Accommodation includes one night in a hotel in Ollantaytambo and one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Tents and camping equipment are also provided during the trek.

While the Short Inca Trail is shorter than the full Inca Trail, it still involves hiking at high altitudes. It’s recommended to be in good physical condition and to acclimatize in Cusco before the trek.

Yes, most meals are included during the trek. This includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the hiking day, as well as breakfast in Aguas Calientes. Meals during the Sacred Valley tour are also provided

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