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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2 Days

The original Inka Trail to Machu Picchu!

2 Days / 1 Night Short Hike

23 reviews
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2 Days

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2 Days

The original Inka Trail to Machu Picchu!


2 Days / 1 Night Short Hike

23 reviews



The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive treks in Peru, this is the shorter version of the classic Inca Trail. It is certainly ideal for travelers who do not have enough time and do not want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Above all, it is recommended for people who are passionate about adventure, where they will be able to appreciate valleys that contain endemic wildlife and cloud forests. Likewise, passing through several Inca archaeological sites that offer impressive views until reaching Machu Picchu.

Therefore, covering a distance of only 10 km / 6.3 miles; perfect trail for families with children.



Travel to KM 104 and walk the original Inca Trail through beautiful landscapes surrounded by gigantic mountains and exuberant vegetation. Explore the Inka archaeological sites and get a first view of Machupicchu before spending the night in Aguas Calientes.


Explore the magical Machu Picchu with our expert guide and learn its history and secrets. In the afternoon return to Cusco.



Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – WIÑAYHUAYNA

We leave early in the morning with the pick up from the Hotel in Cusco and we will go to the Ollantaytambo train station through the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once we arrive we will board the train that will take us to km 104.

Therefore, we will start the trek, after registering at the corresponding control point, in this incredible tour we will visit several Inca constructions and we will delight ourselves with a great variety of flora and fauna, all this with the best views of the Andes Mountains. . . .

Next, they will continue observing the different peculiarities that nature offers us from the dry mountainous to the tropical green, and we will arrive at the main point of today, Wiñay Wayna.

Then, they will continue the walk towards Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol”

We will arrive at a memorable moment where the evening light is perfect for incredible photographs”, and from where we will be able to see the long-awaited and very mysterious Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Finally, we will descend on the bus, towards the town of Aguas Calientes so that they can rest in the hotel and at night have dinner on their own and take advantage of the time to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes (OPTIONAL).

And then take a well-deserved rest until the next day to visit Machu Picchu.

FOOD: Box lunch and dinner
WALKING DISTANCE: (8 kilometers / 5.35 Miles) – (5 to 6 hours)
ELEVATION: (2045 m / 6699 ft) – (2724 m / 8928 ft)


Early in the morning we will take the bus again that will take us to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Upon arrival with our guide, we will enjoy the sunrise and the dream landscapes of Machu Picchu and we will contemplate it in all its splendor.

The guided tour lasts around 2 hours, where after that, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own or be able to do the ascent to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (if you have the entrance tickets).

After our visit to this incredible place, we will take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes.

Later you will have time to have lunch on your own and in the afternoon we will board the train back to Ollantaytambo and finally the return bus in private transport that will leave you at the door of your accommodation in Cusco.

FOOD: Breakfast
WALKING DISTANCE: (1 kilometer / 3280 Miles) (2 to 3 hours)
ELEVATION: (2430 m / 7972 ft) – (2724 m / 8928 ft)


  • Informative talk with your guide, 01 or 02 days before the tour date.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Tourist Guide Assistant for groups of more than 09 people.
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Transfer to your hotel at the end of the tour.
  • Train to km 104 and return train to Ollantaytambo.
  • 01 breakfast, 01 lunch (box lunch), 01 dinner. (If you have any food preferences, such as vegetarian food, please let us know.)
  • 03 star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • Transportation back to Cusco.
  • First aid kit.
  • Tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Round trip bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.

No Included

  • Entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain or Machupicchu mountain: US$85.00 per traveler.
  • Change to the train to Vistadome (Peru Rail company): additional US$ 40.00 (return only). Price per person.
  • Travel insurance – it is recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of the trip.
  • Water and Snaks.
  • Breakfast of the first day; lunch and dinner on day 02.
  • Tips


The Inca Trail is a safe route, but it is advisable to take these recommendations to have a better experience without any setbacks:

  • To be better acclimatized to the symptoms of altitude sickness, it is advisable to spend at least two days in the city of Cusco before doing the Inca Trail. This way you can better acclimatize to the mountainous geography of the Andes Mountains.
  • It is important to bring only what is necessary for the walk (a backpack with a maximum of 15 kilos). The heavier your backpack, the greater the physical wear on the route.
  • Do not do the walk with headphones. It is always advisable to have all the senses on the road.
  • Following the directions and advice of the tour guide is really key to a safe trip. The Inca Trail follows the trails built by the Incas to reach Machu Picchu. Taking an unmarked trail can be risky.
  • Pick up the pace in the sections close to the rocks. Rockfall can be dangerous, especially in the rainy season like January or March (in February, the Inca Trail is closed to the public).
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages and much less take drugs on camping nights. A hangover could cause you a lot of physical problems on the demanding hike.
    Don’t risk your life taking pictures in dangerous places like cliffs.
  • The Inca Trail is a walk with many stairs, long steps, streams, paths through the vegetation where there are loose branches, stones, etc. And even though the road is well maintained, you can always have a mishap. Although all agencies include a first aid kit, it is good to bring disinfectants, bandages, cotton, gauze, etc.

Packing List

What To Bring

  • Original passport.
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for a discount price).
  • Mountain/trekking boots.
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • Polos (quick drying).
  • Trekking pants.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35+).
  • Insect repellent (We recommend NATURAL).
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • personal medication
  • Camera and video recorder.
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (or an environmentally friendly option)

Travel Guide


Number of persons Price per person

The “Short Inka Trail to Machu Picchu in 2 Days” is available any day of the year. We didn’t do this hike at all in February due to maintenance season and heavy rain.


PRICE: US$ 490 per person

PRE-PAYMENT: US$ 250 per person

BALANCE: US$ 240 (commonly paid in Cusco after the informative talk)


Please note that WeTravel charges a 2.9% fee, which we ask the customer to cover as it is due to the use of their service. This tax is for online deposits only.


This small group tour is guaranteed to operate with only two guests.

We like to think that we trek a little differently than our competitors. We stand by our clients and guarantee that we comply 100% with our prices and our departure dates on all our trips.


Huayna Picchu Mountain:

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that is next to Machu Picchu. It’s a 45 minute hike to the top. Note that going back down is quite steep. So if you have a fear of heights, this may not be a hike you enjoy. You would do this after your Machu Picchu tour and there is an additional fee. Arrangements must be made at least a month or two in advance due to popularity.

You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 60.00 per person.

Vistadome 360° train (panoramic train):

The Vistadome 360° train offers a different way of traveling to the citadel. The cars have panoramic windows located on the walls and ceilings of the cars, which allow you to have a connection with the outside. Also, on the return trip you can enjoy a fashion show on board that will show you an exclusive collection of baby alpaca garments with the latest trends which you can purchase if you wish. The Vistadome 360° train brings the landscapes of the route to Machu Picchu closer in a unique way, making passengers feel part of the nature that surrounds them.

You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 45.00 per person.


$25.00 discount

Student discounts apply to anyone under the age of 17

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