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US$ 485 Per person based on 2 people in private service only. Includes transfers, Expedition trains, adventure guide, boxed lunch, entrance & bus tickets. Overnight in Aguas Calientes not included.
Duration: 2 Days
Destination: Cusco - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

INCA TRAIL EXPRESS TO MACHU PICCHU – OVERVIEW

The Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu is for trekkers with little time to hike the Inca Trail or the ones that do not wish to walk the traditional 4-day trek, yet are eager to live the one-in-a-lifetime experience of hiking to Machu Picchu while accessing it through the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and admire the first glimpse of this architectonic marvel from the distance.

Right from the beginning of the Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu, you will be startled by the changing landscape and climates as you reach Wiñay Wayna a superb site because of its capricious structure, yet with a very specific function: to take as much advantage of the land as possible. Build on a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River, comprises an upper and lower house structures surrounded by agricultural terraces.

From Wiñay Wayna, you will continue along a splendid and colorful trail, and right before you lose your breath climbing up a steep flight of stairs on the last bit of the trail, you will have reached Intipunku (Sun Gate) and Machu Picchu will majestically reveal itself right in front of your eyes. A short downhill walk will lead you to the citadel to meet your tour guide and to begin your Machu Picchu Tour.

INCA TRAIL EXPRESS TO MACHU PICCHU – ITINERARY

DAY 1

Cusco / Sacred Valey – Km 104 – Intipunku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes:
We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to any of the two train stations which are closer to you, either Poroy or Ollantaytambo station so you maybe get on your train for the route to Machu Picchu. You should get off at km 104 (Beginning point of the trail). As you travel along on the train, you will witness a dramatic change in the scenery, as you lower from the Sacred Valley to the beginning of the jungle.

Once you arrive in Km104, before you commence your hike, you will be asked to register your name for administrative ends. Then you’ll start walking up a hill, while you enjoy a pleasant warm weather, with breezes of fresh air and the magnificent landscape unwinding in front of you, a variety of plants, flowers, and birds along the way, you might even see Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if lucky!) as you keep on hiking, until you arrive in Wiñay Wayna, where you will take a short break to freshen up, visit the site, and register once again at their checkpoint so you may continue your hike to Machu Picchu.

A few hours later, in the afternoon you will have reached Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,350m/7,710ft). The view from Inti Punku at this time of the day will truly allow you to admire the impressive construction right in the middle of the mountains that form a natural boundary between the Andes and the jungle. The perfect time for an amazing photoshoot.  Once you are down at the architectural compound of Machu Picchu, you will find it peaceful and easy to connect with the past and for a brief moment imagine what it was like in the time of the Incas.

You will then, exit the site and take your bus (booked in advance) to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will check into your hotel (not included in the tour price).

You may enjoy a free evening to relax and reminisce about your trek to Machu Picchu.

Informative facts for the Trek to Machu Picchu

Altitude Km 104: 2145masl / 7037 ft
Vertical variation: +232masl / +761 ft
Altitude Inti Punku: 2732masl / 8964 ft
Vertical variation: -644masl / -2112 ft (bus)
Altitude Aguas Calientes: 2088masl / 6850 ft
Distance: 10.79 km / 6.67 ml (to Inti Punku)
Approximate walking time: 07 hours

Evening free.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes (not included).

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DAY 2

Machu Picchu Full-day tour and back to Cusco:
Early in the morning, you will take the bus up to the imposing Machu Picchu complex. Your tour guide will meet you there. You’ll learn about its history, how it came to be, its many functions, and its social and mystical meaning within the Andean society.

After the tour, if you’re the adventurous kind, you can hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain (the entrance fee is not included in the tour price and the number of people admitted is limited), and contemplate Machu Picchu from a different perspective and also visit the Temple of the Moon (not included in the tour price). After lunch, you can visit the Inca Bridge or once again climb up to the Inti Punku and admire the view.

Later on, you can take the bus down (last bus departs at 17:30) to Aguas Calientes, on your own. Depending on the time your train back to Poroy/Ollantaytambo station (not included in the tour price) is scheduled to leave, you can take the chance to explore a little bit of what Aguas Calientes has to offer, such as Hot Springs at the top of one of the main streets, or take a walk to their natural museum, etc. You should go on your own to the train station to hop on your train back to Poroy/Ollantaytambo Station (20min/90min respectively from the City of Cusco) There a driver will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

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B Breakfast.

S Snack.

L Lunch.

D Dinner.

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TREK NOTES:

The Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu is customizable. If you would prefer to add destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form. You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.

  • This Inca Trail Express is available every day of the year, except in February because it closes for maintenance.
  • The recommended period to do the Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu is in the dry season (from mid-April to mid-October).
  • We only offer the Inca Trail Express only in private service.
  • For more Andean Trek options go to Peru Treks.
  • Price does not include local sales taxes; as foreign travelers are sales tax exempt according to Peruvian Law.
  • If you are looking for a complete experience in Cusco, you can add this hike to our 4 day Machu Picchu Tours.

INCA TRAIL EXPRESS TO MACHU PICCHU – PRICES

Price Per Person

Private Service: 2 travelers US$ 485
Private Service: 3 travelers US$ 415
Private Service: 4 travelers US$ 379
Private Service: 5 travelers US$ 365
Private Service: 6 travelers US$ 355
Private Service: 7 travelers US$ 345
Private Service: 8 travelers US$ 335
Private Service: 9 travelers US$ 365
Private Service: 10 travelers US$ 359

IMPORTANT: Prices can change depending on train stations (Poroy or Ollantaytambo) and train schedules available at the time of your request.

INCLUDED IN INCA TRAIL EXPRESS TO MACHU PICCHU

Included in Tour Price

Pre-departure briefing.

Transfer to Ollantaytambo Train Stations from Cusco or Sacred Valley.

Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and Aguas Calientes to Poroy.

Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees.

Spanish / English speaking adventure guide.

Boxed lunch on day 1.

Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes and round trip again the next day.

Not included in Tour Price

International and domestic flights.

Visas required for entry.

Airport taxes.

Drinks.

Tips.

Breakfast and dinner on day 1.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day 2.

Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes.

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