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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D/1N

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is the perfect alternative for those who would like to approach Machu Picchu on foot and experience this Machu Picchu hiking tour without multiple days of camping. In two days you will hike one of the world’s most famous trails, explore the ruins Wiñay Wayna, which are accessible only via the Inca Trail, enjoy spectacular scenery, and visit Machu Picchu refreshed after a night’s rest in a hotel.

  • 2 day Short Inca trail – Overview

    • Duration: 2 days/1 night
    • Distance: 10km
    • Elevation: 2050-2650m
    • 2 day Inca Trail hike difficulty: Easy-Moderate
    • Crowds: Heavy

  • Detailed Itineray for 2 day Inca Trail tour

    The itinerary below is a sample. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.

    Day 1

    We will take the early morning train to km 104 where we will cross the Rio Urubamba and begin a steady three hour hike uphill hike. We go past the archaeological site of Chachabamba and a waterfall before reaching Wiñay Wayna (2650m), the largest of the sites along this 2 day Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour complete with terraces, buildings, and a series of ritual baths. After a tour we join the Classic Inca Trail and hike along original Inca paving down through lush cloud forest to Intipunku, the Sun Gate.

    From here we will be able to look down on Machu Picchu framed by the surrounding mountains–an unforgettable way to see the city. We will take photos, but instead of touring the city we travel down to Aguas Calientes (1900m) by bus where we will spend the night in a hotel. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, entertainments, and the hot springs to enjoy. 5 hours walking, 2050-2650-1900m

    Day 2

    After getting plenty of rest, we will wake early and take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Your guide will take you on a two hour tour of the ruins, after which you will have plenty of free time to explore the city, climb Huayna Picchu, or visit the Moon Temple and Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where we meet the train and head back to Cusco.

  • What’s Included in the Short Inca Trail

    • Licensed guide fluent in Spanish, English, and Quechua.
    • Inca Trail permits and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
    • All transfers, including from your hotel to trailhead of km 104, bus to Aguas Calientes and to and from Machu Picchu, and private van back to your hotel in Cusco.
    • Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
    • Box lunch on 1st day and continental breakfast on 2nd day.
    • Round-Trip Train. (Expedition Train Service)
    • Emergency supplies including first aid kit, oxygen, and emergency radio.
    • Bus to Aguas Calientes on the 1st day, and to and from Machupicchu on 2nd day.

    What’s Not Included in the Short Inca Trail

    • Breakfast not included on the 1st day. Lunch and dinner on the 2nd day.
    • Optional climb to Huaynapicchu our Machupicchu Mountain.
    • Entrance to hot springs or other entertainments in Aguas Calientes In order to protect this historic trail, only 500 people are allowed on the Inca Trail each day, including support staff.

  • In order to secure a permit and entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, government regulations require full and current passport information for all trekkers. Permits are non-transferable and can sell out early, months in advance.

    It is therefore important to arrange depature dates at the earliest opportunity. Climbing Huayna Picchu is an excellent addition to a trip to Machu Picchu. It offers superlative views, but is a steep climb that can take about three hours.

    Entrance to Huayna Picchu is limited and at scheduled times; visitors must sign up for a spot in advance. If you would like to consider doing the climb, it is important to book it in advance. While not as physically demanding as the full Inca Trail, hikers should be in good physical condition.

  • 2 day Inca Trail Prices

    US$590.00 per person


    • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$20.00
    • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00
    • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

    2 day Inca Trail Peru Reservations

    Bookings of 4 people or more will get a US$20.00 discount per person or a free Day Apu Training Hike*.

    *More details will be available if you are interested in talking advantage of this offer.


    • Hiking poles: US$15.00 (pair)


    • Vistadome Train (RoundTrip) – US$75.00
    • Single Accommodation*  – US$43.00


    • Black Diamond Hiking Poles.
    • We use 3* hotels in Aguas Calientes, if you dont want to share a room (double or triple), select Single Accommodation in add ons when Booking.
    • If you are a lover of nature and landscapes, the Vistadome train is your best choice. Panoramic windows in the walls and roofs of cars make the connection to the outside is experienced in a very vivid way.


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