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The Short Express Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a terrific trek for people short on time or that wish to experience the thrill of a hike to Machu Picchu without wilderness camping. Enjoy the stunning combination of Inca archaeological sites, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. Visit the awe-inspiring Inca complexes of Chachabamba & Wiñay
Wayna along the way to the astonishing archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Relish in the excitement and beauty that this wondrous trek offers.
- Duration: 4 nights/3 days.
- Starting Point: Choquesuysuy - km. 104.
- Ending Point: Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu Complex.
- Physical Demand Rating: Moderate.
- Age Restriction: 12years old and over.
- Tour Type: Trekking, Climbing.
- Accommodations: Hotel.
- Service Level: Standard - Deluxe.
- Guarantee: Satisfaction and Safety.
- Style: Personalized.
- Carbon Emissions: 360 CO2-E.
- Group Size: 2 min., 10 max.
- Transport: Train, walk, Mini-van.
- Price: US $ - Contact us.
DAY 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu
Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo or Poroy.
Train from Cusco to km. 104, the starting point of the trek.
Hiking to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.
Bus to Aguas Calientes town.
Night in a hotel (with hot shower).
Walking distance: 13 km.
Trail-head elevation: 2,000 meters.
Highest point elevation (Sun Gate): 2,720 meters.
Machu Picchu elevation: 2,400 meters.
DAY 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco
Early breakfast at your hotel.
Bus or hiking up to Machu Picchu (by bus 25 minutes, by foot 1.5 hours).
2-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
Climb up to Huayna Picchu (note: has to be booked in advance).
Afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (2:55 or 6:45 pm).
Transfer from Ollantaytambo – Cusco – hotel.
Important information regarding new Inca Trail regulations !
We recommend that you make your trek booking at least 5 months in advance to secure your departure date. Permits sell out at least 4 months in advance. The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail to 500 people each day including the porters, cooks and guides. So, if you are sure about your hike departure date, send us an E-mail or check the availability dates first.