Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu Experience
Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package— Embark on a journey through the heart of the Inca Empire, delight in the exploration of Spanish colonial architecture, ancient ruins, local markets, and winding cobblestone streets on this 6-day journey to Machu Picchu.
Be greeted by picturesque Andean landscapes, and exhilarate your senses with the tastes and smells of regional cuisine, this unforgettable experience concludes with the amazing Hike via Short Inca Trail to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is without a doubt the highlight of any traveler’s trip to Peru. But reaching the famed citadel by foot along the original Inca Trail brings a whole new perspective to this mystical experience.
The Inca Trail is regarded as the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be one of the top 5 treks in the world. There are 2 different trek options for anyone considering the Inca Trail; you have a 2-day Short Inca Trail and the standard 4-day Inca Trail.
The 2-Day program is perfect for those who are relatively fit but don’t want to commit to the longer treks out there, as it is relatively easy (not quite!), plus you will have a comfortable hotel bed at the end of the walk rather than camping out in tents–Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package.
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This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
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UPGRADED COMFORT: Premium or Comfort trips are led by Peru Summit Adventures experts, an experienced crew at your side, or top trip leaders/guides, and tap into private local experts' resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to unique sites that only the local leaders/guides know. Itineraries are carefully crafted and fully planned, with plenty of free time to roam. Camping gears are high-end and accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals (especially in hikes) and activities are included in the trip price.
MODERATE: Designed for travelers who have some experience in hiking and have a regular physical condition. Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our day-hikes adventures.
Hiking, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Cozy and lovely hotels at each night in the Sacred Valley Urubamba, Machu Picchu Pueblo, and Cusco.
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
Minimum of 02 people is needed to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our trips. Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services as well as semi-private service; however, if you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
YES. To protect the historical Inca trail, the number of people allowed to hike the Short Inca Trail each day is limited to 250. That is why you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.
DAY 1: Arrive In Cusco City
Welcome to the former capital of the Inca Empire
For this amazing experience towards Machu Picchu, a Peru Summit Adventures representative will pick you up from the airport of Cusco, Peru.
We will then drive to our hotel located in the historic center of Cusco city for the night have showers and then have a welcome meeting to get acquainted with our itinerary. After our meeting, we will go for a brief orientation walking tour (optional) and at night we will go out to our favorite local Peruvian restaurant for dinner in Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire.
Be sure to drink enough amounts of water en route today, as flying and traveling will certainly dehydrate you. Being well-hydrated will also help your body adapt and acclimatize to the higher elevations of Cusco.
- Lodging in Cusco city.
DAY 2: Cusco City Highlights, Market, and Ruins
Welcome to the Andean Realm Full of Great History
A day of leisure in the ancient capital of the Incan Empire entitled a World´s Heritage site by UNESCO. In the morning you will explore the stunning fortress-temple Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tampumachay.
About midday you will have a great lunch at one of the typical restaurants, after having the lunch we continue exploring Cusco’s antique streets, and we arrive walking to the extraordinary Temple of the Sun Coricancha, the most important religious site of the Incas in the lower Cusco This sumptuous temple’s walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold.
This temple was once one of the most important religious sites of the Incan people in the city of Cusco. On this tour we also visit The local San Pedro market where you taste fresh-baked Chuta bread, sample authentic fruits and you’ll see some local bizarre items, articles for different purposes and aims, we’ll then go walking to the main square in which you will feel at the puma’s heart, (because Cusco the capital of the Incan Empire was designed in a puma shape), and from here you will see the colonial buildings, the cathedral, and the other churches around, eventually, we go back to the hotel.
- Lodging in Cusco city.
DAY 3: Best of the Sacred Sacred Valley
Awe-inspiring ruins and Andes Views
At 7:00 am, your Peru Summit Adventures private guide comes to your hotel to pick you up, next, you will drive to the first site to visit, which is Pisac, here you will see impressive and massive crops terracings, which cover all the hillsides of the mountains, these terraces were built to keep producing products on any time or season a year as they were fed by irrigation aqueducts system.
Pisac has other smaller neighborhoods which are linked by short Inca trails, on this tour, you will take one of them to have a short walk while enjoying the impressive views around, once in Pisac, you can also visit its local colorful market, where you may find the perfect souvenirs.
The following site to visit is Maras salt ponds. Maras salt ponds were the main provider salt center to Cusco and it’s still today for many communities around and the Sacred Valley, where locals still farm the salt by hand as the Incas used to do it centuries ago.
After this site, we visit Moray, an Incan farming research center, because of this place, today we are able to have over 3000 sorts of potatoes and other plants, at this place you will see those spectacular rounded-shape terraces specially designed to get microclimates, which were good for plants adaptation and acclimatization.
Finally, we will drive to Ollantaytambo, an iconic Incan site and historical site from the Spaniards’ collision time, where the Incans defeated the Spaniards several times during the Manco Inca’s rebellion after 1536. Ollantaytambo also is famous for its temple of the sun whose 100 tons of construction rocks were brought from 5 miles away. This tour will end at Ollantaytambo, we will drop you off at your hotel in this beautiful town.
- Lodging in Ollantaytambo Town.
DAY 4: Short Inca trail Hike to Machu Picchu
Day Hike through the footsteps of the Incas
Today, we start early in the morning at 5:30 am with a pick up from your hotel, we will take the train at 6:10 am to Km 104 where the train will stop to get off and go walking to the main checkpoint for the respective registration (you must bring you original passport for this checkpoint), this place is located at an elevation of 2,150 m/ 7,052 ft, after the registration we will walk for a couple of minutes and we will reach the first Incan site called Chachabamba that has beautiful temples, the main patio, sacred rock, etc. In which, our guide will deliver great information about this site.
Afterward, we will continue walking gradually uphill enjoying the spectacular sceneries until reaching the Winaywayna Incan temple whose meaning is “forever young” where our guide will make an explanation about the meaning of this site during the Incan time. After the exploration of this lovely place, we will eat our packed lunch at the checkpoint of Winaywayna.
We will then continue hiking to Machu Picchu for two more hours, entering this wonder of the world through the Gate of the Sun, from where we will have the first views of the famed Incan city and take our time to make great snapshots from this point. Once we arrive at Machu Picchu we will take our time to make more snapshots of the Incan city, as the afternoon is usually with fewer people.
Eventually, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town) where we’ll stay at a cozy hotel Intipunku Suites, or a similar hotel, and have dinner at a restaurant (this last dinner is not included).
- Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles.
- Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.
- Lowest elevation: 2,150 m / 7,052 ft.
- Highest elevation: 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.
- Physical rating: Moderate.
- Highlight: Original section of Inca Trail, exploration of two Incan ruins before Machu Picchu, first views of Machu Picchu from the Gate of the Sun, and gaze out Machu Picchu in the late afternoon.
- Lodging in Aguas Calientes.
DAY 5: Machu Picchu Guided Tour
The Icing on the Cake!
Today a great breakfast at the hotel makes us ready for a full morning exploration of Machu Picchu on a private tour with your Trek Leader. We’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu early in the morning for an amazing tour until 12:00 pm (Machu Picchu permits will be issued for the first group which is from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm).
If you have booked a permit for Wayna Picchu mountain, you’ll climb the mountain after the tour; however, spaces are subject to availability. In the unlikely event that Wayna Picchu permits are not available for your departure date, you will climb Machu Picchu Mountain instead.
After a great time at the Incan emperor’s palace, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, as of this place continue driving to your hotel in Cusco.
- Lodging in Cusco.
DAY 6: Depart for Home
Today in the morning we will have our last Peruvian breakfast at the hotel and say our goodbyes before heading to the airport.
From here it’s of course your option to continue exploring Peru on your own or have a flight booked to return home. You can depart Cusco any time on this final day. Service ends after private transportation to the airport. If planning to stay longer in Peru, we have day tours available leaving from Cusco. Thank You for choosing Peru Summit Adventures!
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
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