INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU (2 Days, 1 Night)
Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan spiritual haven. In 2007 its ruins were declared as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it is now one of earths most famous trekking destinations. The Incas built a series of roads throughout the Andes, now called the "Inca Trail"; follow in their footsteps on this adventure to the "Lost City".
DURATION: 2 Days, 1 Night
TYPE: Trek with hotel (hotel costs included)
DIFFICULTY (1 - 5): 3, Moderate. One day of hiking and one day of exploratory walking. Includes moderate inclines and declines. Trek preparation is optional.
- Professionally, guided tour of several Incan Archeological Sites (including Machu Picchu)
- Wildlife present throughout the first day
- Multiple micro-climates, including cloud forests, rain forests and mountain
- Thermal baths (hot springs) available
DEPOSIT for both PRIVATE and GROUP Tours: $200/Trekker. We use this deposit to secure your hiking permits and your tickets for Machu Picchu in advance. The $200 will be deducted from the Total Price below.
PRIVATE TOUR PRICE BREAKDOWN: A "Private Tour" is just your group and our guides.
2 PEOPLE - $605.00
3 PEOPLE - $595.00
4 PEOPLE - $550.00
5 PEOPLE - $530.00
6 PEOPLE - $510.00
7 PEOPLE - $490.00
8+ PEOPLE - $475.00
GROUP TOUR PRICE: $475.00
A "Group Tour" means you or your smaller group will be paired with other individuals and/or smaller groups that are doing the same hike on the same dates as you.
*A 5% Transaction Fee will be added to the Total Cost. We are charged to convert and transfer money. We do our best to keep this rate as low as possible.*
*Highly recommended that reservations are made 4+ months in advance*
TRANSPORTATION: All transportation is included. However, if you would like to take the Vistadome train back to Cusco after the trek, rather than the "normal" train, tickets are an additional $70.
FOOD: All food is provided. We will have lunch for you on the trail and we will enjoy a wonderful dinner together in Aguas Calientes at the best restaurant in town! Breakfast on the second day will be served at the hotel.
WATER: Kusa Treks will provide you with bottled water at the start of our trek and more bottled water at lunch. We do suggest bringing extra water with you, as staying well hydrated is important in the Andes.
PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this starts and ends with our people. All of our trek leaders are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology at a University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on the Inca Trail with than a Kusa Treks guide, you are in incredible hands.
PERMITS & TICKETS: Once you pay the trip deposit we will purchase your permits for the Inca Trial and Machu Picchu. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number and for a specific time-frame; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your train tickets and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Trek Leader. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year. Your Trek Leader will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you off of the trail and to a medical facility as quickly, and comfortably, as possible.
HOTEL: Your hotel costs are covered. We'll be staying in the Vioajeros Hotel. If you would like to upgrade, any additional price will not be covered.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
HIKING EQUIPMENT: For this hike the only additional hiking equipment you will need are Trekking Poles, if you not wish to purchase or travel with trekking poles we do have some available for rent. Price (2): $10.
PORTER: As this is a one day hike, a personal Porter is not included. You will be responsible for carrying everything you will need for the day, and for the next day at Machu Picchu. However, if you would like to hire a Porter to carry your belongings, we can certainly arrange it, please inform us at the time of your booking if you would like to hire a Porter, as he will need a Permit as well.
PRICE: $70 to carry up to 16.5lbs. (7kg.)
To learn more about Porter's visit our FAQ page and read under "Porter's...Men or Superhero's? (And should I rent one)"
HUAYNA PICCHU (Wayna Picchu): Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain. Hiking to the top of it provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent. FYI, the ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it! Price: $75/person
NOTE: tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited, and are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
VISTA DOME TRAIN: On the way back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train. However, there is a company that offers a train ride in a "Vista Dome Train" through the Sacred Valley. This train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment. Price: $65/ticket.
Day 1: driving, hiking and smiling
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
- Max Altitude: 8,792 ft (2,680m)
- Min Altitude: 6,888 ft (2,100m)
- Distance Traveled: ~4.3 miles (7 km)
- Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Our adventure starts really early, we'll pick you up from your hotel at 4:00AM, then take a 2-hour van ride to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where we will board an Expedition Train. We'll have another 2-hours by train to reach the starting mile marker of our trek. The reason we woke up before the sun will become apparent when we start our trek, as we will be one of the first groups on the Inca Trail, which will allow us to hike at our own pace and enjoy the beautiful views of the Andes.
Our hike begins with a soft climb next to the Urubama River, where we'll see the Chachabamba ruins, which is a stone altar that was used to worship various aspects of nature. After taking pictures and learning about this ancient site we will continue our hike by entering into a cloud forest. Once we've left the cloud forest, we will continue to follow the Inca Trail as it continues uphill into a beautiful mountain meadow. We'll walk for another 3 hours and descend into the forest, you'll see beautiful waterfalls and encounter all types of wildlife (including some of the 100+ indigenous species of hummingbirds).
Our decent will lead to Wiña Wayna, another marvelous Incan Ruin, and where we'll eat our incredible, homemade lunch. You'll receive a guided tour of this ruin and will also have time to rest for the second stage of our journey. After lunch and a quick rest, we'll resume our hike and ascend through another cloud forest, which is filled with orchids, tree ferns and other floral spectacles.
As we reach the conclusion of our hike we'll approach the Inti Punku (Sun Gate), by climbing 60 steep stone steps (alliteration is fun). From our vantage point you will observe the wonder that is Machu Picchu. After taking pictures, high fiveing and trying to find service to post pictures and hashtags we'll walk another 45 minutes down to Machu Picchu. We'll walk down to the famous vantage point that offers the most well-known view of Machu Picchu. We'll reach this point just as the sun begins to set behind Machu Picchu, which will provide an incredible scene. After watching the sunset we'll catch a 15-minute bus ride to Aguas Calientes, which is the town directly below Machu Picchu and where we'll enjoy dinner and hotel accommodations.
We'll rest and your guides will go over the plans for tomorrow, there are natural hot springs nearby where you can relax and rest from hiking. We will stay overnight in the Vioajeros Hotel (or something similar depending on availability).
Day 2: machu picchu
- Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
- Max Altitude: 7,872ft (2,400m)
- Min Altitude: 6,888ft (2,100m)
- Distance Traveled: ~5 miles (9 km)
- Walking Time: 3-4 hours
We're going to start off really early again with a wake-up call around 4:15AM, so we can have breakfast at 4:30AM and board the first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, which opens at 6:00AM. You will experience a professionally guided tour from your guide, who is fluent in English and very knowledgeable in Machu Picchu and its wonders. You'll see the Royal Mausoleum, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Main Temple, the Sacred Plaza, The Intihuatana, fountains and much more, the guided tour will last 2-3 hours.
You will then have another 3-4 hours to explore Machu Picchu on your own, with the option to climb Huayna Picchu. After we finished visiting this incredible site, we'll walk back down to Aguas Calientes (which takes about an hour), or if you'd rather take a bus tickets are $12/person and it takes less that 15 minutes. We'll enjoy a final lunch together and you'll have some free time to explore the quaint village after which we'll board a 4:45PM train back to Cusco. The train usually arrives to Cusco around 8:30PM.