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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Peru Best Tour – 7D

Peru Best TourOur Peru Best Tour has one of the best cuisine experiences of the world — find out why on this unique package that introduces the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail through authentic culinary experiences.

Prepare traditional meals with local ingredients in a hands-on cooking class, dine on a meal you have prepared yourself and tour Incan ruins in Cusco, the famous Sacred Valley—including the paradigmatic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and visit the breathtaking rainbow mountain of Peru.

Explore Peru’s culture and history of the Inca Empire while visiting many attractions such as Pisac, Moray, Maras and Ollantaytambo.

Pass through many small towns and stop in one of them where you will visit a local house to taste the Inca drink known as Chicha. You will also hike along the day Classic Peru Inca Trail to access to Machu Picchu city via the famous sun gate.

Immerse in the views of Machu Picchu from the sun gate to then take a bus to go down to Aguas Calientes and check in at nice hotel and dine at a great local restaurant. The following day, go back to Machu Picchu for sunrise and enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of the city with your expert tour guide.

At the end of your Machu Picchu experience, you will go back to Aguas Calientes where you will catch the train back to Cusco. Visit the famous rainbow mountain of Peru!

At first glance, the mountain in the Peruvian Andes, with its bands of soil the color of turquoise, lavender, red-violet and gold, seems Photoshopped. Join us to organize your once in a lifetime tour experience!


ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco!

You’ll be picked up at the Cusco airport and dropped off at your comfortable, quality hotel. Today will be an easy day as you acclimate to the high altitude of Cusco.

Enjoy the historic main square of the city by foot and find a nice place to enjoy a cup of Coca tea or a delicious meal.

  • Accommodations: Hotel in Cusco
  • Highest elevation: 3,400 m/11,154 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 2: Cusco Tour and Cooking lessons

In the morning, you will be met by your tour guide at your hotel to begin your tour of Cusco.

You will start the day visiting Qoricancha (the Temple of the Sun), this Incan construction was one of the most worshipped and respected temples of the Incan culture.

We will then visit the impressive Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan site with incredible stone work and history.

In the afternoon, we will start our culinary experience by taking you to a great local cooking class, located in the center of Cusco where our Peruvian Professional Chef will show you how to prepare the most popular and tasty dishes of the Andes of Peru, including of course, the famous Pisco Sour.

In this fascinating experience you will not only be able to prepare your own meal but also taste the flavors of your own creation!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodations: Hotel in Cusco
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,400 m/11,154 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft
  • Approximate Tour Duration: 10 to 11 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Extended Sacred Valley and overnight in Ollantaytambo

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel around 8 a.m. We’ll then drive an hour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you will visit the Incan site of Pisac where you will have a guided tour of the site then visit its famous market where you will have the chance to purchase souvenirs.

After Pisac, we will drive about 1 ½ hours to visit Moray. An outstanding archaeological site because it holds a series of circular Andean paths that were probably amphitheaters. The largest has 12 paths and has a depth of 100 meters (328 feet).

According to researchers, the circular paths in Moray served as a center for agricultural research, as each level offered different climactic conditions and allowed for different plants to be cultivated experimentally.

Then, we visit the salt mines of Maras located in the rural community of Pichingoto. This site is highly recommended for photography lovers because of its impressive landscape that stretches out in all of its splendor. Finally, we drive 1 hour to Ollantaytambo.

The fortress is a stone colossus that was built between two mountains to protect the valley. The area also holds the Temple of Inti (the sun god), Incamisana, the baths of the Ñustas (princesses), the Cachiccata funerary towers, and a group of tiered and very steep terraces on the side of a hill.

Ollantaytambo also contains the mountain called Pinculluna, which holds the vestiges of Inca architectural structures which seem to have been a storehouse for various foodstuffs.

At the end of our day, we will check in at our comfortable and nice hotel in Ollantaytambo to rest and prepare for the day ahead.

  • Meals: Breakfast and box lunch
  • Accommodations: Hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m/9,160 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,762 m/12,342 ft
  • Approximate Tour Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Day 4: Star of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Early morning we will pick you up from your Ollantaytambo hotel and walk to the train station to board a pleasant train that will take us to KM 104 (starting point of the hike).

Once at KM 104, we start our day visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2150 m/7052 ft), located very close to the Inca Trail check point, to then embark in a 3 ½ hours uphill hike to the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna (2650m/8692ft).

This is an impressive Incan site made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious areas and an housing areas. During the hike from Chachamba to Wiñay Wayna, we will have magnificent views of the Urubamba River valley and the Choquesuysuy archaeological Incan site and mountains, and also of a beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes before we arrive to Wiñay Wayna.

We then continue our hike for 2 hours up and down sections until we reach the Sun Gate (main entry to Machu Picchu city from the Inca Trail).

From this fabulous location, we will contemplate our first views of Machu Picchu. After we enjoy our views, we descend 45 minutes walking to Machu Picchu to take a bus to Aguas Calientes. We are then accommodated at a nice hotel. Dinner will be at a nice local restaurant (drinks not included).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We wake up early and have breakfast at the hotel before we board a bus to Machu Picchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take about two hours.

You will then have some free time to walk around or climb up the Huayna Picchu Mountain (Huayna Picchu is not included in the tour price), where one can experience spectacular views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding valleys and mountains.

At the end of your Machu Picchu visit, we meet in Aguas Calientes where we take the train back to Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodations: Hotel in Cusco
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,430 m/7,972 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 6: Rainbow Mountain Hike

We will pick up you from your hotel around 4 a.m. to then drive 2 hours to Cusipata village where we will stop in a local house to have our breakfast. After breakfast we will still drive for another hour until we reach the trailhead at Llacto.

Here we will start our rainbow mountain hike with incredible views the whole time. The hike to the top takes about 1 ½ hours gradually up with the exception of the last 15 minutes where we will hike a steep section before we reach to the famous mountain.

Once at the top we will immerse in the amazing views of this natural attraction. We will have views of the rainbow mountain, Ausangate mountain (the tallest mountain in Cusco), villages and part of the red valley.

After taking our photos and after an amazing experience we will start hiking down the trail we came to get back to the trailhead where our transportation will be waiting for us to take us back to Cuscipata where we will stop for our lunch before we return to Cusco.

After lunch, we will drive 2 hours to Cusco. Estimated arrival time in Cusco is around 4 p.m.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel in Cusco
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,399 m/11,150 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,020 m/716,469 ft
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 7: Departure

If you’re departing Cusco today, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport in time for your flight.

  • Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED

  • Professional English speaking guide. Additional guide for groups over 8 people
  • Pre-trek briefing for the Inca Trail hike
  • Transport from airport to Cusco hotel
  • Transport to the airport or bus station at the end of the tour
  • Admission fees to all the archeological sites in the Cusco and Sacred Valley tours.
  • Transportation from your hotel to Ollantaytambo
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 4. Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on day 5.
  • Return Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to either Poroy or to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transport by private car from Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station to your Cusco hotel.
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
  • 1 box lunch in the Extended Sacred Valley and on the Short Inca Trail hike
  • 1 dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • 5 breakfast at all hotels and 1 at the rainbow mountain hike
  • 4 nights accommodation in a nice and comfortable hotel in Cusco city (double occupancy)
  • 1 night accommodation in a nice and comfortable hotel in Ollantaytambo (double occupancy)
  • 1 night accommodation in a nice and comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Private guided walking tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank for all tours

NOT Included

  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Huayna Picchu Permit (this ticket can be purchased for an extra USD $75 per person)
  • Hiking poles for the Short Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain hike
  • Meals (unless they are specified in the trip itinerary)
  • Tip for your guide
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)

Items to bring with you:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few T-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (SPF 35+ recommended)
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks

PRICES & ADD-ONS

Group: USD $1280
Private: USD $1380

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles for the Short Inca Trail – USD $10 (for a pair), and USD $5 for the rainbow mountain hike (for a pair)

Upgrades:

  • Hotel Upgrades for Machu Picchu
    • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD $245 per person per night (double occupancy)
    • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD $50 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Train Upgrades
    • Return Vistadome train -USD $60 for trip from Aguas Calientes to either Ollantaytambo or to Poroy
    • Return Hiram Bingham train -USD $400 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private lodging or Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – USD $45 per person 
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 2 – USD $45 per person
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD:
Group: $1280
Private: $1380
DURATION:
7 Days / 6 Nights

AVAILABLE ADD-ONS

  • Huayna Picchu Permit – USD $75 per person
  • Hiking poles for the Short Inca Trail – USD $10 (for a pair), and USD $5 for the rainbow mountain hike (for a pair)
  • Hotel Upgrades for Machu Picchu
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – US $255 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Inkaterra EL Pueblo Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – US $255 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • El Mapi Hotel by Inkaterra (4-star hotel) – US $115 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – US $50 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Private lodging o Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $45 per person
  • Train Upgrades
  • Return Vistadome train -US $60 for trip from Aguas Calientes to either Ollantaytambo or to Poroy
  • Return Hiram Bingham train -US $420 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 5 – US $50 per person.

OVERVIEW

  • DAY 1: Welcome to Cusco
  • DAY 2: Cusco Tour and Cooking lessons
  • DAY 3: Extended Sacred Valley and overnight in Ollantaytambo
  • DAY 4: Star of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • DAY 6: Rainbow Mountain Hike
  • DAY 7: Departure from Cusco

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