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Heart of the Incas + Short Inca Trail 5D/6N



“Travel, see it and love it with Peru by Locals”

Free worry and lodge based tour with a perfect  hiking experience through short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu perfect to enjoy a full experience of Peru trip, you  will be exploring the main tour  attactions in Cusco including the Colonial Cathedral, Temple of the Sun Qoricancha; Saysayhuaman, Salt mines of Moras, Sacread Valley, and  a day hike through SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU, Peru by Locals will puts everything together from the airport to airport, We arrange entrance tickets to all attraction to be visited, transportation, hotels, train tickets, meals, guides and full 24 hours support with our 24/7 number (WhatsApp) +51 989585967

Cusco was the heart of the Inca Empire and the most important place for the Incas. It is nowadays considered one of the two most beautiful cities in South America. Inca and Spanish architecture are intermixed in it’s narrow streets that survived several earthquakes.

The Inca empire was stretched out as far as Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina and Chile from 12th hundreds to 15th hundreds, but when a handful of Spanish arrived in the heart of the Inca Empire, many of the amazing work was destroyed including temples and palaces of the Inca kings, where on top of them they built Catholic churches, but the history still lives and it is on display in the outdoor museum of Cusco.

Perfect for: This tour is very recommended in small groups of friends, family, couples, honey mooners,  and want to hike part of the Classic Inca trail in a day hike.

  • Day 1: Arrival and city tour
  • Day 2: Sacred Valley tour + salt mines
  • Day 3: Short Inca trail hike
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu tour
  • Day 6 : Departure

High lights 

  • Tour with our passionate local guides that love our culture  and guided Machu Picchu more than 1000 times
  • Enjoy hotel stays at the heart of Cusco, sacred valley and Machu Picchu town
  • Savor the Peruvian cousine at the top restaurants
  • Experience the most classic tour attractions in Cusco
  • Enjoy the train ride to trail head of the short Inca trail
  • Tour the iconic world’s wonder of Machu Picchu


  • Type of tour: Lodge based, historical, van transport,  train ride and one day hike
  • Type of transport: Private van in every tour from the start to the end and train rides
  • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
  • Level of difficulty: This tour includes a lot of activities and almost every site we tour requires or about one hour and half walking and about 60% of it is history lessons, in case the Short Inca trail hike is considered moderate and can be challenging because the uphill but it is located in lower area than Cusco.
  • Group size: Our tour group sizes are very important to guaranty the quality of our service of giving you a personalized service thats the reason we run with an average of 7 guests .  This is not only to guaranty the quality of your service but make you feel as our family. Can you imagine having 20 people in a groups and trying to hear or see your guide? not the same than having close to you all the time and learning about this amazing country.
  • Accomodation: The hotels we use are 3 start and highly recommended by travelers

Our guides: PERU BY LOCALS was a dream  that came thuth on 2015 for Jose Condor who guided tours in Peru and especially Cusco from 2014 un till today and have been to Machu Picchu for over  1000 times, now Peru by Locals has a group of top guides around among men and women that had a proffessional degree and get refresh trainning every year these folks had been to USA training with NOLS (National Oudoor Leadership Shool) training about WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER since you health is very important to us and our guides are totally trained to assist in all your needs while on you are vacationing, we invest on our guides because we believe they are the main ingredient of any trip.

Peru by Locals is not only a travel company but a group of great staff and tour leaders that love sharing their passion with you and love being  with travelers.

YOUR BOOK WITH US YOU GO WITH US, Peru by Locals  does not re-arrange tours with other companies since we are based in Cusco and we operate all our tours, we don’t wait untill fill up a centain number of travellers but we depart with booked guests.



At your arrival to Cusco airport  one of our Peru by Locals  Guide will meet you and drive you to your hotel. On the way he/she will show you some samples of Incan and colonial constructions and give you all instructions about the activities especially on day one, we will arrange your hotel in the historical center near  all restaurants and main attractions.

After lunch  you will meet your guide who will guide you to the main attractions in the city. You will tour the Colonial  Cathedral of Cusco, where you can view colonial paintings by the Cusco school of painting at the time, including a painting of the Last Supper with the local specialty, cuy (guinea pig) as the main dish. The local painters managed to capture the culture and history in uniquely historical way in the art work such  paintings.

The following place will be Qoricancha or the Temple of the Sun that still keeps amazing architecture  on its walls that stood up earthquakes for centuries, it is one of the greatest examples of the Inca civilization.

Next you will visit Saqsayhuaman, where you will have a guided tour of this incredible site, built with stones that weigh up to 120 tons and amazingly fit together without the help of a mortar! There is probably not a place in the world that can beat the architecture of this place. Afterwards you will tour the Inca archaeological site of Qenqo, considered to be the Temple of the Mother Earth and also once probably the tomb of the most important king of the Incan empire Pachakuteq.

Finally, you will visit the Incan sites of Pukapukara and Tambomachay that used to be ceremonial places in past times.

You will be back in your hotel by 6 pm for the dinner time.

Includes. Pick from airport, lunch, entrance tickets to attractions to be visited, tour guide, trasnport during the tour


The Sacred Valley of the Incas is an incomparably beautiful stretch of small villages and ancient sites spread across a broad plain and rugged mountain slopes northwest of Cusco. It is the main valley of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire. It was the best place for maize production in Peru as well as a great source of natural wealth.

The first Incan site you will visit will be Chinchero, a beautiful site with its Temple of the Sun, ancient Inca cemetery, terraces that still remains from Inca civilization and  unbelievably views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Leaving Chinchero the drive journey will offer you great views to Sacred valley and farm fields then you will have a guided tour to Salt mines an espectacular places wher you will encounter over 3000 salt ponds where the locals procces the salt by hand the way their ancestors did. The tour will be followed by visiting Moray. Also you will visit Moray, the agriculture experimentation place of the Incas where later archeologists found evidences of coca leaves and cotton, which impressed them because that place very high in elevation but the Incas managed to grow almost everything.

Our lunch today will be at Tunupa resturant  one of the top restaurants in the Sacred Valley for sure its  a treat.

Ollantaytambo Inca site is the last place to be visited with it’s majestic Inca architecture, terraces, Sun temple, princess bath; this tour may take about 1.5 hours and will be the last place  to tour the for a 10 minute drive to Tierra viva sacred valley hotel, that will be near the train station of Ollantaytambo where the train to trail head of the Short Inca Trail will be taken.

Includes. Breckfast at the hotel, Entrance tickets to attractions to be visited, tour guide, transport during the tour, lunch, dinner, Tierra viva hotel at the Sacred Valley.

Day 3: Short inca trail hike

We will leave the hotel by 6:00am   for  10 minute ride to Train station at Ollantaytambo  for one hour and fourty minutes drive, the journey offers you the opportunity to view beautiful landscapes from snowcapped mountains to cloud forests . At km 104 you will begin your hike following the original path of the Incas through beautiful mountains. It will take you about three hours ascending all the way to Wiñaywayna Incan ruins (2,650 m)  In addition, Wiñaywayna are perhaps the most beautiful Incan ruins on the Short Inca Trail.

After touring the archaeological site at Wiñaywayna, we will enjoy the box lunch and then continue for about one hour hike to Inti Punku or the “Sun Gate”, from where you will see Machu Picchu for the first time in all its glory and grandeur. Then you hike down to Machu Picchu for forty minutes for the most spectacular view of the lost city of Incas.  Here the Short Inca trail ends and you catch a bus to Aguas Calientes town to have dinner and spend the night in the hotel.


  • Distance covered: 12 km (7.4 miles)
  • Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2150m (7,053 feet)
  • Highest elevation: 2670m (8,759 feet)
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 4.- Machu Picchu tour

In the morning you will catch an early bus to Machu Picchu, in time for sunrise. Your guide will give you a detailed tour on the culture and history of this world’s wonder, such as  main temple, the Temple of the Condor, Inca palaces, the stone quarry and the sun observatory.

All the tour takes about 3 hours then get in  a bus ride to Aguas Calientes for a great lunch and explore this small interesting town, that does not even have cars running in the streets but shops, restaurant, hotels all around.

The train journey back to Cusco takes about 3.5 hours so, you should expect be back in Cusco by 5pm for a good rest and relaxation .

Includes: Bus  from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, guide, Machu Picchu ticket, lunch, train back to Cusco, pick up from train station to hotel in Cusco.

Day 5: Departure from Cusco

Today is relaxing day, you can explore the Cusco city by foot since your hotel will be by the historical area, where the shops, local market, churches. We will coordinate for the pick time and drop you at the airport for your departure either back home or your next travel destination.

you don’t want leave Cusco?  We may have more interesting activities for you such as a hike to Rainbow mountain,  cultural immersion program, biking tour by the sacred valley, please contact us for the best advice to our 24/7 hour WhatsApp number +51 989585967

Includes: Breakfast, transport to airport

CAMPING OPTION AFTER HIKING THE SHORT INCA TRAIL?  Our classic tour package includes hiking the Short Inca Trail with the hotel stay in Aguas Calientes but you choose the camping option at near the Aguas Calientes town to experience one night camping in tents and have a chef cooked for you.

Exclusions on the Heart of the Incas + short inca trail and Machu Picchu tour

  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and other extra expenses no mentioned
  • Airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips


The Machu Picchu tour includes tickets for the Expedition train for the 2 and 3 stars, and Vistadome train for 4 and 5 star packages.

Prices with hotels

NOTE: All the prices may vary according to your preferences and availability. Please contact us for more information to give you the best advice. we will do all to give the best price for great service


cated in the center of Cusco. It features all of the modern amenities of a large hotel but provides quality service and personalized a


Original passport.

Please, remember to bring your original passport and that should be current one, if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both the one you use for booking your trip and the new one (copy or picture of the old one), the information you provided us in time of your booking have to match with your tickets to Machu Picchu, the reason we ask you for your personal information when you book the trip..

Set of cloths: Temperatures can change depending on the season but never gets extrime so, cloths you may consider may depend on the wetaher (cheack below about weather)

Sun hat,  some days can be hot and suny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat  that can keep the sun off your face while on tours.

Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended


Camera or simply your phone to capture those great moments

Book to read. you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book or those that are about Machu Picchu that may make you journey more interesting (the following books are recommended by us:  Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Timeby Mark Adams,

Bug repellent, there are mosquitos all around the year make sure you pack your bug spray and thats only for Machu Picchu.

Sunscreen – SPF 35+ recommended

Day bagpack. You should consider bringing small day bag for carrying sun crean, water, snacks or any other item you may need while on tours

Are you ready to book? email us to info@perubylocals.com or sen us a Whatsapp message to +51 989585967

Frequently asked questions

Can this tour be costumized? This tour can be totally costumized to your needs so, don’t hesitate to ask us any question you have

How long before should I book this tour?

Planning a trip in advance is always a good idea since that give us a good time to arrange everything on time and get those recomnded hotels, etc

How hard is hiking to Short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail hike is considered as moderate hiking  since it helps being in lower elevation that makes easier to breath, even that the trail has steep ups hill sections that can be hard.

What is the weather like in Cusco during the year?

Weather in the region is extremely variable and you should pack for a variety of conditions. During a sunny day you can expect temperatures of about 18–25°C (65–77°F)

The Machu Picchu area has a humid climate and tends to be warmer, since it is located at a lower altitude and near to the Amazon Jungle. The average temperatures at Machu Picchu are between 23°C to 25°C (73°F and 77°F), with the minimum temperature around 18°C (64°F). The Cusco area has only 2 well-defined seasons: wet season and dry season. The wet season starts in November and ends in March. During this period, it rains almost every day for three or four hours, but also there are several sunny days. The dry season begins around March and lasts until October. June and July are the coldest months. Paradoxically at noon the temperatures can reach 23 °C (77°F), the annual highest temperature.

How are Peruvian restaurants?

The Peruvian couse is considered one of the top cousines in the world and we like taking our guests to top restaurants where you wil find all options for every type of taste.

How does tipping work?

Tipping in Peru has goten a traditions and restaurants, hotels, guides espect being tipped and a usual amount is between 10% to 20%

Waht to espect about altitude sickness?

Cusco is at an elevation of 3,400 meters / 11,154 feet, you should espect getting heachage or nausea.

You may also consider taking altitude pills, We often recommend to our clients DIAMOX or  Acetazolamide, which are used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness. This medication can decrease headache, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath that can occur when you climb quickly to high altitudes (generally above 10,000 feet/3,048 meters). It is particularly useful in situations when you cannot make a slow ascent. The best ways to prevent altitude sickness are climbing slowly, stopping for 24 hours during the climb to allow the body to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy the first 1 to 2 days. (Regarding any specific medications, Please, check  about side effects, precautions, interactions or overdose or ask for an advise to your doctor).

Do I need to bring cash?

You may considere havin some cash with you, for buying water, snacks especially smallers things but most of shops, restaurants take credit cards.

Do I need to carry  my own medicine or first aid?

Your guide will have a first aid kit all the time while on tours, which includes some pain killers, bandages, small bandages to prevent blisters, oxygen tank, pills for case of diarrheas and similar.  if you need any special medication or you have a special medical condition, please, contact your doctor to get the best advices prior to the trek.

Can I pay the rest of the balance in credit card or does it have to be in cash?

We take the balance of the payment in cash, so you won’t need to pay extra fees,.Of course you can use PAY PAL, or CREDIT CARD, but you will need to pay the fees that are usually over 6%.

In the day of your briefing when your guide will meet you, one of the representatives will meet you too to collect the rest of the balance for your trek.

What are coca leafs? Can I chew on them? Do they help with the altitude?

Coca (Erythroxylum coca) is a plant in the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America. The plant plays a significant role in traditional Andean culture. Coca is best known throughout the world because of its alkaloids, methylecgonine cinnamate, benzoylecgonine, truxilline, hydroxytropacocaine, tropacocaine, ecgonine, cuscohygrine, dihydrocuscohygrine, nicotine, cocaine, and hygrine. Many of the alkaloids contained in the leaf provide physiological effects useful for medicinal purposes. When chewed, coca acts as a mild stimulant and suppresses hunger, thirst, pain, and fatigue. Coca also eases sickness due to high altitudes. So, we really recommend you to get some for your trek and it is easy to find to buy in any stores in Cusco or along the way to the head point of the Inca trail. Your guide will teach how to chew on them.

Nutritional faqs.

100 grammes of coca leaf Organic acids: 3.2mg; Carbohydrates: 46.2g; Fibre: 14.2g; Fat: 3.3g; Moisture: 7.2g

Other Vitamins:   A: UI 14,000; Alpha carotene: 2.65mg; B1 (thiamine): 0.68mg; B6 (pyridoxine): 0.58mg; Beta carotene: 20mg; C (ascorbic acid): 53mg; H (biotin): 0.54mg; Nicotinic acid: 5mg.

Trace elements:   Aluminium: 49mg; Barium: 17mg; Boron: 24mg; Calcium: 1540mg; Copper: 1.1mg; Chromium: 0.23mg; Strontium: 204mg; Iron: 45.8mg; Phosphate: 911.8mg; Magnesium: 0.37mg; Manganese: 0.5mg; Potassium: 1.9mg; Sodium: 1110mg; Zinc: 3.8mg

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