The Short Inca Trail is a fantastic option for you that don't have the time or desire to hike the full length of the Inca Trail. you will see beautiful scenery, a wide variety of flora, fauna and a visit to the Inca Trail's most beautiful site (Wiñay Wayna), you get to enjoy the all the best bits of the Inca Trail condensed in to a one day walk.
It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.
|-Hike the historic Inca Trail in about 6 hours.|
|-Visit the amazing Winawayna ruins at lunchtime.|
|-Walk through the Sun Gate to see your first view of Machu Picchu|
|-Hopefully watch the sunset over the ruins|
|-Enjoy a hot shower at your hotel before visiting Machu Picchu on Day 2|
|-Overnight in Hotel in Aguas Calientes (No Camping)|
DAY 1: CUSCO - KM104 - AGUAS CALIENTESOur trek today takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We'll visit beautiful Inca sites , see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains. Covering 10km of the trail our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works it's way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Winay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
As we make our way to Machu Picchu we'll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).
After a full days trekking we'll arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos and with fewer tourists in the site it's a perfect time to take some pictures of the site. After we've passed through the Sun Gate we'll carry on along the trail a little way before taking a side trail that leads us to Aguas Calientes in the valley below where we'll check in to our hotel.
DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCOWaking up early we'll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9 pax to more.
- Pick-up from Plaza Regocijo
- Train form Ollantaytambo to Km104 - Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Transportation by bus from cusco to Ollantaytambo - Ollantaytambo to cusco.
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Boxed Lunch, 1 Dinner. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- 1 night at hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- 2 Bus journeys between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
- Extra Drinks (beer, soda, water, etc.)
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 2
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
- Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
What you need to take
- Original Passport.
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount).
- Walking boots.
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
- Comfortable Trousers.
- Sun hat.
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
- Insect repellant.
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser.
- Personal medication.
- Torch with spare batteries.
- Extra money for for any problem.
Our TeamOur people set us apart.
Our team is composed of some of the most responsible, efficient, and knowledgeable professionals, experts in their area, that will make unforgettable experiences in the routes of Cusco.
OUR OFFICE STAFFOur office is in Cusco, Tupac Amaru urbanization,D-2, San Sabastian.
Please feel at home when you visit us. Our office staff will be willing to provide you with all information and help you may need. We are the following:
General Management and Administration:
- Edwin chara chilo
- Jhon Junior Laurente C.
OUR GUIDES:CUSCO EXPLORER relies on an extensive network of highly trained guides and expert ambassadors as a premise to guarantee excellence in our services. We are fully conscious that an excellent guide is key to making your trip a memorable experience, which is why we are extremely demanding when recruiting and regularly training our guides.
Our team is composed of whom we consider to be the best guides in the region, all officially licensed and holding Tourism Degrees. The superiority of our team is backed both by excellent tourist reports, which are available at our office in Cusco and some online on this website, as well as by their expertise earned from several years of experience in leading a wide array of different guests and profiles.
Knowledge, leadership, enthusiasm, availability and help, communication skills, language proficiency, empathy and interpersonal skills, friendliness and sense of humor, punctuality and an excellent treatment to our team of chefs, porters and wranglers are a must. Our guests evaluate their guide after each service and your constructive critiques help us to keep improving constantly. We have guides fluent in English and Spanish, but also in other languages, the most commonly requested being French, Italian and German. We will always consider the language as an integral part of the quality of the guided service, so when the language is beyond the scope of our guides, we can offer a translator.
Our team is also composed of specialized guides: bird watching, spiritualism, flora & fauna, archaeology, history, architecture, anthropology. These guides are not just available for specialized trips but have also been trained to run our treks and traditional programs, adding a wonderful value to their general knowledge and explanations.
Finally, more than 80% of our guides have now already been internationally trained in Advanced First Aid & Rescue, making this one of our most significant advantages of our guided services. Our team is regularly updated through seminars and courses in their respective fields.
OUR COOKS:In all of our trekking trips, the chef ensures high-quality meals on time, and manages the team of porters.
An adequate diet both in its quality and quantity is essential in high-energy trips such as the adventure programs we run. CUSCO EXPLORER has already become renowned for its outstanding menus and food quality. The secret lies in the careful selection of our team of chefs, whose top-quality restaurant background, creativity and passion for their jobs provide an unequalled touch to all of our meals. We do not have set menus since we wish to give our chefs the chance to create, innovate and surprise our clients through delicious dishes in every trip.
Additionally, the chef manages the team of porters and/or wranglers. Every person has a role in the team and is very aware of the team’s responsibility, and only excellent logistics will allow for an outstanding travel.
OUR PORTERS AND HORSEMEN.Porters and horsemen are an essential element in any trekking organization.
The porters carry all the collective equipment; some depart early before the group to make sure we get a good location at the campsite and to have everything ready and set up by the time you get to the lunch spot or campsite. Porters carry up to 20kg of load according to the Inca Trail regulation, which we fully respect by giving them a maximum of just 18kg each. In all treks other than the Inca Trail, wranglers are in charge of the horses or mules that carry the equipment.
Our porters are not numbers; they are our friends. We provide our team with excellent meals along the route, convenient accommodation, equipment, life and medical insurance and, most importantly, with one high wage.
our people are happy, enthusiastic, extremely helpful and simply exceptional. They are proud of working for us and of their absolutely outstanding working performance. And we are also very proud of having them with us.
The Horsemen are an essential element in any agency dedicated to hiking.
Our Horsemen are in charge of the horses or mules that carry camping equipment. Our carriers are trained in relief and rescue in high mountain. Our wranglers have sufficient knowledge of safe zones and camping places, they are precisely the people who installed the camps in safe areas for your comfort. If your concerns are the mules feel sure they are well treated, since charge between 20 to 15 kg. And are very well fed with forage in the camps.