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2 Days
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 16

Day 1Cusco – Ollantaytambo- Km 104 Chachabamba- Wiñay-Wayna- Machupicchu-Aguas Calientes.

Short Inca Trail 2 Days.- Pick up from your hotels at 4:00 am to transfer you for a 2 hour trip, with private transportation to the train station in Ollantaytambo.

We will board the Expedition Train, we will travel by train for an hour and 45 minutes to Km 104 (Start of our trek.) (It is worth the effort to get up early and go with this train, which allows us to enter and start our trek early, if we wait for the In the Km 104 after presenting passports in the control, we began to trek gently to about a few kilometers of the city of Ollantaytambo, Meters from the Vilcanota River.

On the way we will see the ruins of Chachabamba, an in-situ stone altar that served to worship the sun and the mountains, still venerated by local people. After visiting Chachabamba, we will continue the trail towards the south and begin a gradual climb to the mountain, before entering a forest of clouds and with a lot of vegetation, soon the trail leaves to the forest and goes towards the west, while we continue uphill In an open meadow. After walking for 3 hours, the path descends into an amazing forest. Here we will find a beautiful waterfall, then we will reach the bottom of the Wiñaywayna ruins.

We will appreciate the beauty of this site, complemented by the information of our expert guide. After our box lunch in Wiñaywayna, we will continue in the evening in the cloud forest, full of bromeliads, orchids, and fern trees.

As we walk this last part of the way, we will go through many impressive features like stone stairs and tambos (“resting places”). You will climb 60 stairs before arriving at Inti Punku (“the sun gate”). From this point, you can contemplate and observe this wonderful place. Then we will descend for 45 minutes until we reach the part of the famous viewpoint, from here you can observe the sunset. We will descend to the entrance of Machupicchu where we will board the bus to Aguas Calientes. Dinner included, rest, plans and arrangements for tomorrow. The thermal baths are a good option (bring your swimsuit and 10 soles).

Meals: Box lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: In Muyurina Hotel
Maximum Altitude: Maximum Altitude: 2680 meters / 8792 feet
Minimum Altitude: Altitude Minimum: 2100 meters / 6888 feet
Distance Travelled: Distance traveled: 10 kilometers approximately
Approximate Walking Time: Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 2Aguas Calientes-Machupichu- Ollantaytambo- Cusco

reakfast from 05:30 am or depends on you, prior coordination with the guide. Then board the bus to Machupicchu, it is opens at 6:00 am. We have a guided tour of Machupicchu, this enigmatic and mysterious city is explored for approximately 2-3 hours explained by its expert guide, you can visit the most impressive places like the Royal Mausoleum, the temple of the 3 windows, the main temple, the Plaza Sacred, the famous Intihuatana where the Inkas sages tied the sun at the winter solstice in June, steps, squares, fountains, etc. (You will usually then have about 5-6 hours of spare time).

After finishing our magisterial visit, we can return to Aguas Calientes town and look for a delicious lunch. Then we will have some free time to tour this picturesque village before boarding our train back to Cusco.

The train leaves Aguas Calientes in the afternoon at 18:20. (In high season train times may vary.) And arrive in Ollantaytambo train station at 20:20, and then transfer for 1.30 hrs To Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast at the Hotel
Maximum Altitude: Altitude Minimum: 2100m / 6888 feet
Minimum Altitude: Maximum Altitude: 2400m / 7872 feet
Distance Travelled: Distance Traveled: 9 km approximately
Approximate Walking Time: Approximate Walking Time around the citadel: 3-4 hours

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days


Departure & Return Location

Inca Trail


Departure Time

2 Days

Inca Trail 2 Days to Machupicchu

Andean Peru Treks. Recommends this excellent alternative of the short Inca Trail for those tourists who do not have much time or who do not have the necessary physical preparation, Tour Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu.

This is the short version of the famous and magnificent Inca Trail, for those who have little time, but in no way want to miss this unique tour and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and the diversity of plants such as orchids and various birds. This tour is 11 kilometers the first day during this tour, you will be able to observe and discover one of the greatest cultures of South America, the «Inca», «Quechua» or «Andean» culture.

The capital of this culture was Q’osqo or Cusco and it extended over a large part of South America (Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia). Inca Trail is hidden in the Andes mountain range with buildings at the top of the mountains with a view of the Peruvian Amazon. With the arrival of the conquistadors, this culture was disappearing, but some monuments and relics were left intact, as we will see during this tour.

Between the Andes Mountains and the rainforest, there is a great Inca crossing the mountains and the Sacred Valley. The first archaeological site to visit is Chachabamba (2,200 m / 7,217 ft) on the Urubamba River side and the summit is Wiñaywayna (2,650 m / 8,694 ft) then we will go to Intipunku (2,720 m / 8,923 ft) where we will have a panoramic view from Machu Picchu (2,490 m / 8,169 ft) we can also find a variety of flora and fauna as well as a variety of birds.

The hike takes about 6-7 hours to reach the Sun Gate, known as Inti Punku, from where you can see the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu.

Before the hike, the guide will come to your hotel and give you precise information about the hike and recommendations of what to bring, he will also hand out tickets (Inca Trail entrance, train ticket, etc.) by the hour. for which you can consult.

Summary of the 2 day Inca Trail

This option is for those who do not have the time or desire to walk along the Inca Trail. With beautiful scenery, a great variety of flora and fauna on display and a visit to the most beautiful site of the Inca Trail (Wiñay Wayna), you will be able to enjoy the best parts of the Inca Trail condensed into a day hike. Covering a distance of only 10 km / 6.3 miles the 2 day Inca Trail is not too difficult, making it perfect for families with children and those on a tight schedule.

No way to explain the surprise of that «woow woow» when after four hours of steep hike up, crossing the trail to the second most important Inca site «Wina Wayna», (which by the way) is beautiful and well worth climbing a steep flight of stairs and then your breath is truly taken away at the Sun Gate.

The next day, after breakfast, at 05:30 we board a bus to Machupicchu for our full guided tour and day of exploration. Our expert guide will help you better understand Machupicchu. Then you will have free time to explore for yourself, take pictures, contemplate this magical place or simply meditate on such a wonder. If you are interested in climbing the Huaynapicchu mountain you must book in advance.

After our extensive visit to this magical place we will descend to Aguas Calientes (25 minutes), take lunch (optional), and then our train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station and transfer to Cusco for 1.30 hrs.

Short Inca Trail Highlights

Impressive views of the Inca Complex of Chachabamba and Wiñay Huayna
Beautiful snow mountain ranges of Urubamba – Cordillera
Sun Gate «Inti Punku» – the main entrance for ancient pilgrims to Machu Picchu («Inti Punku»)
Lush tropical forest in the valleys of the 1 day hike to Machu Picchu
Local flora and fauna
históric Inmersión y cultural en la cultura inca y Machu Picchu.
Beautiful streams and waterfalls
Inca Lost City in Machu Picchu – New 7 Wonder of the world

Included in the Short Inca Trail.

Transfer in from the airport to your hotel the day of your arrival to Cusco (Courtesy of the Travel Agency).
Briefing a day before the trip in your Hotel.
Pick up from your hotel at 4:00 a.m.
Private transportation to the train station in Ollantaytambo (2 hours)
Train ticket up to km 104 (starting point of the tour.)
Tickets to the Inca Trail and to the Sanctuary of Machupicchu.
Experienced expert English guide.
Guided tours to Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, and Choquesuysuy
Guided tour of Machu Picchu on the second day.
1 box lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast.
1 hotel night in Aguas Calientes (with shower and private bathroom.)
Bus tickets the first and second day.
Train ticket return to Cusco or Ollantaytambo + transport to Cusco.
Transfer out from your hotel to the airport the day you will leave Cusco (Courtesy of the Travel Agency).

Not Included in the Short Inca Trail 2 Days

A toggle box content areaEntrance to the thermal baths 10 soles (optional). (Bring towels and towels.)
Lunch and Dinner the second day.
Drinks, refreshments, or water.
Tips for your guide are optional.
Entrance Ticket to Huaynapicchu Mountain $ 65.00 / ($ 40 with ISIC card).
Things not mentioned above.

Packing List Short Inca Trail

Original passport
ISIC International Student Card (if registered as a student).
A personal backpack for the day.
Water for drinking (2 liters)
Digital Camera with fully charged batteries and binoculars
Raincoat in rainy season – December to March.
Sun Hat, it is essential.
Sunscreen to protect against sun.
Insect repellent by mosquitoes.
Hiking shoes, sturdy shoes.
Money in soles or dollars. (The exchange rate from dollars to soles is low in Aguas Calientes).

Recommendation to do the Short Inca Trail:

You must acclimatize before arriving to Cusco, one or two days before starting the 2 Day Inca Trail. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, to eat little, to drink abundant liquid; specially the coca  tea that possesses known healing and digestive properties. An adequate acclimatization avoids that it affects the «soroche» or altitude Sicknes, that could cause numerous annoyances to the health. And it won’t allow you to enjoy this exciting Inca Trail in 2 Days.

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