Short Inca trail hike to Machupicchu (SHM)

Short Inca trail hike to Machupicchu (SHM)

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Pre-hike information:

For train trip big luggage are not allow. So, you may store them in storage room of your hotel at Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo locked and labeled.

An evening before, prepare an overnight bag (spare) of all your necessary overnight and Machu Picchu items which will be carried by a porter (on a different trail than you) to the hotel in Aguas Calientes town.  The porter can carry a maximum of 25kg/55lb. Consider that if the weight is more we will charge you $55 USD to hire another porter.

For the hike, bring a back pack that have to be carried by your own, on it you may put necessary things while you hike,  like insect repellent, sun block, sun hat, sun glasses, water, camera, rain gear, etc. Save a small room on it to carry your own box lunch which will be supply on train.

For Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu your tickets were bought in advance on your names with passports details. So, it’s very important to bring those IDs which contains the same information that we made for booking your hike. Your passports will be checked by the gate of the trail (km. 104 – Chacabamba) just before to start your adventure.


Detail of Activities

Day 1

Early Pick up from your hotel a Cusco to be transfer on a van to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Train trip for 1 ½ hrs. Peru Rail # 83 Expediton at 07:45 am. to Km. 104 / Chachabamba

At trailhead,   After crossing the river on a suspension bridge, we give your overnight items to the porter for transfer along the train tracks to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.  After clearing trailhead formalities, we enjoy a full-day, 6-mile hike along an Inca Trail, culminating in the thrill of reaching Inti Punku pass (8,880 ft) and gazing down at Machu Picchu from above.  Stroll down into the site and continue via shuttle to the nearby service town of Aguas Calientes for overnight in your hotel.

We include box lunch during the hike.  Dinner is on your own today.

Day 2

Today we include your 2-way shuttle bus tickets up to the ruins and back to Aguas Calientes. The gate to Machu Picchu opens at 6:00am. Your entry into the citadel and morning  Private Machu Picchu Tour is included.

Under request  Huayna Picchu mountain 10 – 11am  entrance fee could  be purchase for this morning

In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Calientes for a lunch or a refreshment before boarding the train to get Ollantaytambo.

After arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will be transferred to Cusco on a  van and go back to your hotel

Lunch and Dinner are on your own today.

Description of Altitude on hike:

  • 104 – Chachabamba 2100m / 6900ft. (Starting of hike)
  • Wiñaywayna 2650m / 8692ft
  • Inti Punku – Sun Gate / 9020ft. (highest altitude)
  • Machu Picchu 2450m / 8035ft (End of hike)
  • Aguas Calientes town / 6650ft. (hotel town)


Inca Trail Availability

Availability for the Short Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu

If you want to hike to Machupicchu ensure this:

Only 250 people per day are permitted to depart upon the Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu.

The permits are sold out extremely quickly (6 or more months in advance) especially from May to October.

The permits are issued on a first come-first served basis.

The Inca trail authorities requires your passport number to sell you a permit. Once you are going to get into the trail these authorities would ask you again for your passport. Take for your hike.

Therefore ANDEAN EXPEDITIONS AND ADVENTURES (ANEXA)  requires for your hike to Machupicchu as a booking condition the following information:

  • Complete name (as in your passport is).
  • Passport number.
  • Passport issue and expire dates.
  • Genre.
  • Nationality.
  • Date of birth.

Once you will have a Inca Trail permit ANDEAN EXPEDITIONS AND ADVENTURES (ANEXA) reminds you this:

The permit will have the name and number of your passport attached so just you and no one else have to use it. After booking is forbidden to endorse or change of user of this permit.

No refundable permit fee would be applied.

In case you will have a new passport for your trip take the old one also (the one that you used for the Inca Trail booking).

Book as soon as possible to have an unforgettable experience hiking to Machupicchu!

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