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Cusco and Short Inca Trail 5 Days


Wonderful experience hike short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


Trip code CSI5D01
Travel style Classic and Adventure
Trip type Group service
Group size Min 1, Max 16
Physical rating This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
Departure dates Daily departures are available along the year. Exception: one-month closing period of all Inca Trail routes in February. All Inca Trail departures are subject to government space availability.
Min age 10+ All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  This tour package is fully customizable according to your interest and needs.


Explore magnificent Machu Picchu, with an overnight in Aguas Calientes

The 5-day tour package to Machu Picchu allows you to enjoy breathtaking scenery and magnificent views of the ancient treasures of the Incas that include ancient Incan capital of Cusco, the lush green Sacred Valley, hike the short Inca Trail and one of the Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. The Short Inca Trail is comprised of a 10 kilometer 01 day hike with an overnight accommodation in Aguas Calientes and a sunrise tour of the Iconic Machu Picchu site.


  • Wander Cusco’s atmospheric streets.
  • Stunning Inca ruins as well as traditional and contemporary Quechua cultures.
  • Be amazed by the geometric perfection of Ollantaytambo.
  • Glimpse terraced walls in the fertile Sacred Valley.
  • Conquering the Hike to Machu Picchu.


Day 1 – Arrival to Cusco – City Tour & Archeological ruins

  • On arrival in Cusco, assistance at the airport and transport to your hotel, where the rest of the morning is free time to rest in hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Pick up from the hotel at 13:20PM – Tour begins from Cusco’s Main Square, Plaza de Armas.
  • Includes a visit to Cusco’s cathedral in which you will be able to see the intricate woodwork and colonial paintings that contain detailed Incan iconography.
  • After, we will head to the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha) upon which the Convent of Santo Domingo has been built. Interesting fact: according to a legend, this temple was entirely gold plated which left many conquerors impressed with its magnificence when they came here!
  • The tour continues with visits to 4 archeological sites: Sacsayhuaman is an archeological complex, a masterpiece of Incan architecture in which you will see mindboggling huge stone blocks, almost 9 meters in height that are still placed perfectly.
  • Qenqo Temple is a temple dedicated to animal worship.
  • Puca Pucara is another Incan archeological site located on top of a hill, used as a fort and administrative center. Tambomachay, which is also known as the Inca Baths.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: None.

Day 2 – Full day to Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo & Chinchero)

  • Breakfast at hotel – pick up from your hotel at 07:30am.
  • We then will then embark on a journey back in time to the Incan´s Sacred Valley beginning in Pisac, 31 km from Cusco. The ancient Incan archeological site and city is located on the top of a mountain. There you will have the chance to firsthand witness the impressive stonemasonry skill of our ancient ancestors.
  • Afterwards, you will go down into the quaint little town and wander through its colorful market where you can buy intricate, beautifully crafted locally hand-made products.
  • After this, lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
  • Then, you will continue to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious, and agricultural center of the Incas located at the top of a mountain. Note: unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design including outstanding stone buildings and narrow streets. It was once used as a fortress and administrative and urban center.
  • On our way back to Cusco we will stop in Chinchero, a place where the townspeople are famed for their preservation of traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques. The locals have set up a market in the town square where you can purchase their beautiful handmade crafts.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 3 – Inca Trail: Km 104 to Aguas Calientes

  • Breakfast at hotel. Pick up from your hotel at 05:40am and transfer to Poroy station to catch the train that will take you to KM 104 head of the short Inca Trail where you will meet your guide.
  • We start by visiting the Chachabamba archaeological site (2,170m/7,119ft) here you can quickly take in the beautiful fountains as we begin the 5 hour climb to the Inca Trail. This route will have you enjoying the most magnificent views of the great valley and beautiful waterfall which is in the vicinity of the splendid Wiñayhuayna Archaeological Site (2,700m/8,858ft), which means “Forever Young”.
  • Upon reaching the Inca Trail we continue through slim paths surrounded by lush vegetation made up of broad-leaf plants and huge ferns. The steep mountain precipice adds to the excitement. All of a sudden the stone threshold of the Inti Punku or Sun Gate (2,670m/8,759 ft) materializes along your path and you face truly memorable scenery; a blend of natural beauty and man’s creativity in the form of the enchanting city of Machu Picchu framed by spiraling canyons and forested peaks. The final 45 minutes are spent walking down the royal flagstone pathway into Machu Picchu’s core.
  • The first day ends at a local hostel in Aguas Calientes (2,050m/6,726ft) located at the base of Machu Picchu Mountain, take 30 minutes bus down.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Box Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4 – Visit Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 06:00am take first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
  • From 10:30am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – Departure from Cusco – International Departure

  • Breakfast at hotel; at the scheduled time our representative will meet with you at hotel lobby, transfer and assistance on your departure.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.


HOTEL CATEGORY Single Room Double Room Triple Room
Tourist US$ 1224 US$ 1058 US$ 1035
Superior Tourist US$ 1461 US$ 1202 US$ 1173

Extra Optional Services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 90 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 25 per person.


  • Accommodation: 4 night(s) in hotel(s) in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
  • Excursions: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, Machu Picchu.
  • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, all transfers are assisted by English-speaking staff.
  • Transport: bus, train, minivan, on foot, walking.
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food).
  • 2-day short Inca Trail and guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Local top quality English-speaking guides to accompany visits and excursions.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.


  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your hike.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and private transfer to Cusco-Poroy train station.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Meals (1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner). Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
  • Lunch is included after visit Machu Picchu.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Short Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee.
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu site – Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket from Cusco-Poroy to Aguas Calientes (Expedition Service).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco-Poroy (Expedition Service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Private transfer from Poroy train station to Cusco hotel.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff. 


  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance fee: if you want to climb this mountain you have to pay an additional extra cost
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc. for each hotel category, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.

We have rated the accommodations according to 2 categories:

City Tourist Superior Tourist

Sueños del Inka

Maytaq Wasin Boutique

Sonesta Cusco

Xima Cuzco


Flower’s House

Inti Punku Machu Picchu

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

El MaPi by Inkaterra



  • In this type of accommodation are the 2-star and 3-star hotels and some guest houses.
  • Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation.
  • The rooms and bed are simple, comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • Rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • Ideal for travelers on a reduced budget.

Superior Tourist

  • In this type of accommodation are the 3-star and 4-star hotels.
  • Standard accommodation. Accommodation is deemed “very good”.
  • The rooms and bed are comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • They have spacious reception with seats and other public rooms.
  • Some of these hotels have food and drink service; restaurant and bar.
  • Buffet breakfast is included.


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