- Sightseeing tour
- Natural landmarks sightseeing
- Cultural, religious and historic sites
- duration 2 days
- tour type Small group
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5+ years old
- max group size 12
- guiding method Fully guided
- Hike the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in only one day
- Enjoy a breathtaking train ride towards the trailhead
- Witness Machu Picchu twice, while hiking and then on a guided tour
- Enter Machu Picchu directly through the Sun Gate (Intipunku)
Start with a dream train ride to the checkpoint going from the Sacred Valley to the rainforest. Start at kilometer 104 instead of kilometer 82 while still ensuring you get a taste of the stunning natural environment offered by the cloud forest. Hike along the Inca Trail and enjoy the chance to see Machu Picchu twice. Visit the ancient archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna and enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate to end up in Aguas Calientes before your big tour on the second day. Discover this excellent short version of the Inca Trail!
Best guide - EVER - make sure to request him! With the perfect balance of professionalism and fun, Isao tailored the journey to suit our particular mix of trekkers. He took special care of each of us, and made sure we all got to maximize whatever part of the trip was most important to us individually – while also creating a warm sense of family and group experience. I can't wait to trek with him again and am already planning my next trip back.
Part chef and part magician. I don't know how he was able to serve such lavish and delicious meals on the trail – I was in awe after each one. After reading previous reviews, I had very high expectations and they were exceeded. I loved the soups in particular, and all the dish presentations were delightful!
Juan & Porter Crew:
These people are top-level athletes and world-class hosts. They took care of all the gear and logistics, which allowed us to be carefree and enjoy the beauty of each moment. They broke down our camp each day after we had already set out on the trail – but managed to pass us carrying all our gear and had everything set up again long before we arrived at the next camp. In addition, they offered us so many thoughtful kindnesses throughout the trip; they greeted us with bowls of warm water to wash up with (morning, afternoon and evening). They woke us up with hot tea. They cheered us on as we pushed ourselves up and down the mountain.
All in all, I can't say enough good things about Alpaca and highly recommend them the Inca trail trek! You will have a fantastic time!
Additional thoughts & unsolicited advice:
ALTITUDE: Unless you live at 14,000 feet, absolutely spend 3 days acclimating in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. There is plenty to do and it makes a massive difference.
FITNESS: Think 5+ hours of stair climbing every day of the trek. There can be long stretches of going downstairs - make sure to train for that too. If you have difficulty with your knees or back I'd recommend the 1 or 2-day trek, which Alpaca also offers.
GEAR: You need far less than you think you do. If I did it again, I'd only bring two pairs of wicking quick-dry leggings, and I'd leave the rain pants at home (I was way too hot hiking in them). The rain poncho they give you covers most of you, and I probably would have been fine without my raincoat. Just make sure to bring waterproof gloves - those are small and make a big difference. Instead of long-sleeved shirts, I am a big fan of arm warmers paired with a T-shirt or tank - so you don't have to take off your pack every time you want to add or shed a layer.
BUGS: I didn't have a problem with them until we were actually in Machu Picchu - and then I got eaten alive. Make sure to put on the DEET and cover your legs and ankles on the last morning before you set out for the sun gate.
HYDRATION: Alpaca provides purified (filtered/boiled) water for your pack morning, noon and night. You can also buy drinks at various places on the trail (though I never did). I highly advise using a pack with a CamelBack like system. This will increase your water intake and keep you better hydrated because you don't have to stop moving to sip. It's also lighter weight than most bottles.
SNACKS: I was really worried I'd be hungry, so 1/2 my allotted duffel bag weight went to snacks. This was totally unnecessary. Alpaca feeds you VERY VERY WELL! They also give you a few trail snacks - but I was always too full to eat them. (There are also snack options along the trail.)”
Day 1: Inka trail short version hike
Day 2: Machu Picchu
- Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner. We cater to all diets.
- Transportation: 2 train rides to get to the trailhead and back to Cusco, and pick-up and drop off
- Night at a 3-star hotel
- Trekking guides
- All entrance fees
- Satellite phone access for safety
- First aid kit and oxygen tank
- Walking sticks
- Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Machu Picchu Mountain
- Accomodation before and after the experience
- Travel insurance (advisable)
- Earn US$ 18+ in travel credits.
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40% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 60 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 60 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior departure. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.Other Practical InformationWhat kind of gear do I need to bring? This trek will be a multi-day hike which means that you will need trekking gear such as trekking boots, trekking pants, waterproof jackets and hat, trekking socks, walking sticks, base layers, a trekking backpack, etc. We have a full packing list page to recommend exactly what to bring so this experience gets to be more comfortable. Is this trek family-friendly? Yes, we recommend this one as a family option because it only involves one day of hiking and the security of being close to Aguas Calientes town is perfect to secure everyone’s wellbeing. However, the answer to this is a case-by-case basis based on the age(s) and health of your family members. How does the short version of the Inca Trail work? The short version of the Inca Trail works the same as the classic one, it requires a permit which is provided by the government. Spaces can get sold out as well, only 500 people per day. Instead of starting in Km 82, this version starts in Km 104 to go directly to Wiñay Wayna ruins, the Sun Gate and then Machu Picchu, to go to Aguas Calientes to take some rest and get ready for the Machu Picchu guided tour the next day. Is the short version easier? The length is considerably shorter and the highest point is not as high as for the Classic version but it will demand some physical effort, nothing that can’t be done with patience and help from our staff. Which version is better? We can’t tell which one is better because these two versions are different, one’s longer than the other so it depends a lot on the time that the client has. If time’s not an issue the classic version is perfect but if you are on a schedule, the short version can be a great answer. Both of them have different highlights and different kinds of beauty, which one is better, is up to your decision What’s the total distance I’m going to hike? 12 kilometers /7 miles