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Short Inca Trail 2 Days

2 Days & 1 Nights
Starting from US$450 per person

Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Short Inca Trail  2 Days trek that takes you through beautiful Andean mountain scenery to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The trail starts at the village of km 104, located on the train tracks that lead to Machu Picchu.

Let yourself be amazed by incredible Inca sites by hiking under the Peruvian Skies in the Andes, surrounded by beautiful vegetation preserved in a new way. Llamas and alpacas will welcome you, and the 2-Day Inca Trail represents the best of the Classic Inca Trail. If you desire a Confort experience, our professionals will customize a enhanced experience for you.

The key of doing this improved 2-day Inca Trail will be provided by the speach and adventures that our Local Guides have prepared, but unexpected events will also happen that will leave you breathless.

On the first day, you will hike through lush cloud forest, passing by several Inca Sites such as Chachabamba , Choquesuysuy , Wiñayhuayna;  and descending into the cloud forest before arriving at the Sun Gate, from where you will have your first breathtaking views of Machu Picchu. then we will start our descent towards Machu Picchu Inca city, where we will have time to take pictures and then leave Machu Picchu and board the bus to “Machu Picchu Town” and go to the hotel and have dinner in the evening.

2-Day Inca Trail we will wake up early, to take the first bus to Machu Picchu. After passing the Machu Picchu checkpoint, your guide will take you to one place. There he/she will give you the introduction to the Citadel, then spend around 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu following circuit 3 in a loop.

Afterward, you hike Huaynapicchu Mountain if you have booked this option. (This separate entrance ticket costs $65 per person). Finally, you will return to Aguas Calientes where you will have your lunch after you take a train back to Ollantaytambo, and then our van back to Cusco. We will transfer you to your hotel.

2 DaysFrom
$ 450 per Person in group service

Trip Itinerary

Day 1



Short Inca Trail 2 Days

We pick-up you from your hotel (4:30 a.m.) where we’ll drive to Ollantaytambo (part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas) to the train station, (to catch our train) to  “Kilometer 104”. is about 1 hour and 30 minutes ruffly.

Once there we pass the control, and our trekking of the Short Inca Trail begins.  Our first hike is approximately 4 hours to reach the “wiñayhuayna” archaeological complex. Afterward, lunch will be served, we have vegetarian option,

Following lunch, you’ll continue hiking to towards to the (Intipunku-Sungate), one hour and half then Will have time to take some pictures (THE FIRST STUNNING LOOKOUT OF MACHUPICCHU) and then gonna be just 40 minutes to Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world and enigmatic place after a whole, Will have to catch the bus to “Machupicchu Pueblo” and Will have dinner in the restaurant and spend the night in our hostel.


  • Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • Distance: 12 kms/7.5 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • Hostal
  • Hot shower, wifi,tv cable
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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L,D Meals
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HOTEL Accommodation
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MODERATE Difficulty
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12 KM / 7,8 MILES Walking Distance
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2900 MASL / 9050 FEETS Highest Elevation
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2000 MASL / 7600 FEETS Campsite Elevation
Day 2



After a delicious early breakfast, we will board the bus to the Majestic Lost City of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”.   The trek leader will impart the history of this mystical place.  We will have the opportunity to visit the “Temple of the Sun”, the “Royal Palace”, the “Main Temple”, the “Temple of the Three Windows” and the “Sun Dial”.  Here, we promise an unforgettable experience.  After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to do your own exploring.

If you have reserved your visit to “Huaynapicchu Mountain Hike” (tickets limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Tour Guide for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.

There are many more activities in the 2-Day Inca Trail.  These activities are optional (not included with the package) such as The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hour hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different viewpoint.

In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train (4:20 p.m.) to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco (2 hours Approx.).

Depends on the ability of the train back to Ollantaytambo

Trip Details in the Short Inca Trail

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy
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B, Meals
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HOTEL IN CUSCO Accommodation
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EASY DAY Difficulty
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4 KM / 1.6 MILES Walking Distance
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2400 MASL / 8090 FEETS Highest Elevation
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3400 MASL Campsite Elevation


Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days

  • Detailed explanations by your guide in a briefing 1 or 2 days prior to your tour that included maps related to the trek
  • Pick-up from your hotel on your departure: touristic private transport from your hotel to the train station
  • Entrance tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Professional English / Spanish guide for the entire tour
  • Assistant or second guide when there are groups of over 8
  • Meals according to program + snack at the beginning of the trek
  • Water bottle and Box lunch in Wiñayhuayna
  • Vegetarian meals at no extra charge (also allergy-related menus can be accommodated)
  • Visit the following Inca archaeological sites (Kanabamba, Wiñay Wayna, Sungate & Machu Picchu)
  • Bus tickets down to Aguas Calientes town
  • 1-night Hotel  in Aguas Calientes town, Breakfast on the second day at Hotel
  • Second bus tickets Aguas Calientes /Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes
  • 2-hour private guided tour by your English-speaking tour guide (plenty of free time to enjoy Machu Picchu on your own)
  • Tourism class train ticket until km 104 (Chachabamba)
  • Return ticket in Touristic class train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
  • First Aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Touristic class transport from Train / Hotel
  • All local taxes
  • Entrance tickets to Waynapicchu Mountain (book in advance if interested due to limited spaces)
  • first breakfast
  • last lunch
  • one bus ticket from machu picchu to aguas calientes town


Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023 All prices quoted are $USD

  • group service:  $450 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).


  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)

Trip Details

Trip Details Short Inca Trail 2 Days

  • Tour Name: Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  2 days
  • Location/Terrain: Inca sites
  • Accommodation: beautiful Hotel
  • Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 2  days in Cusco before embarking on our Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  2 days hike
  • Adventure Rating  some times difficult
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Altitude: 2900m/9,139ft
  • Departures: every day  with 2 or more people
  • Customizable: Yes!

What to Pack

What To Bring

  • Original Passport (for check-in to the trail),
  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and beanie/.
  • Camera, films, and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain, and cold
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters, etc.
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Binoculars (if you have them)


Short Inca trail Faq

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Short Inca Trail:

What is the Short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail is a two-day trek that takes you from the Urubamba River to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. The trail is approximately 10 kilometers long and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and cloud forests.

Is the Short Inca Trail difficult?

While the Short Inca Trail is less challenging than the longer four-day trek, it still involves some steep climbs and descents. It’s important to be in the good physical condition and to acclimate to the altitude before starting the trek.

Do I need a permit to hike the Short Inca Trail?

Yes, a permit is required to hike the Short Inca Trail, as it is part of the Inca Trail road. Permits are limited and can sell out quickly, so it’s important to book in advance.

What should I pack for the Short Inca Trail?

It’s important to pack appropriate clothing for the varying weather conditions, as well as comfortable hiking shoes, a daypack, and a refillable water bottle. Other items to consider include sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera.

What is the difference between the Short Inca Trail and the longer Inca Trail?

The main difference between the Short Inca Trail and the Classic Inca Trail 4 days is the duration and distance of the trek. This trek takes 2 days and covers approximately 10 kilometers, while the longer Inca Trail takes 4 days and covers approximately 45 kilometers.

What is the best time of year to hike the Short Inca Trail?

The best time to hike the 2-Day Inca Trail is during the dry season, from April to October. The weather is generally clear and dry, although temperatures can be cooler at night. It’s important to book in advance, as the trail can be busy during the high season.

Is it safe to hike the Short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail is generally safe, but it’s important to take precautions to prevent altitude sickness, stay hydrated, and follow safety regulations. It’s also recommended to hike with a reputable tour operator who provides experienced guides and proper safety equipment.

Is it possible to do the Short Inca Trail without a guide?

No, it is mandatory to hire a licensed tour guide to do the Short Inca Trail.

Is camping gear provided for the Short Inca Trail?

Yes, Go Treks Peru provide camping gear such as tents and sleeping bags are usually provided by us.

What is the maximum group size for the Short Inca Trail?

Go Treks Peru go with small group limited to 8 people, including the guide and porters.

Is it safe to do the Short Inca Trail?

Yes, the 2-Day Inca Trail is generally considered safe. However, it is important to take necessary precautions and follow the instructions of your guide.

Can I hike the 2-Day Inca Trail in the rainy season?

Yes, it is possible to hike the Short Inca Trail during the rainy season, but be prepared for wet and muddy conditions. The trail may also be closed due to heavy rains and landslides.

What is the 2-Day Inca Trail?

The 2-Day Inca Trail is a shorter version of the classic 4-day Inca Trail hike in Peru. It is a trek that follows a portion of the original Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and typically covers about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) over the course of two days.

Do I need a permit to hike the 2-Day Inca Trail?

Yes, you do need a permit to hike the 2-Day Inca Trail, just like you do for the 4-day Inca Trail. However, the permit system for the 2-Day Inca Trail is different than that of the 4-day trek. You can get your permit through a licensed tour operator, who will arrange it for you.

What is the difficulty level of the 2-Day Inca Trail?

The 2-Day Inca Trail is considered moderate in difficulty, with some steep climbs and descents along the way. It is a good option for those who want to experience the Inca Trail, but who may not have the time or physical fitness level for the full inca trail 4-day trek.

What is the best time of year to hike the 2-Day Inca Trail?

The best time of year to hike the 2-Day Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. However, it is possible to hike the trail year-round, although you may encounter rain or other inclement weather outside of the dry season.

What should I pack for the 2-Day Inca Trail?

You should pack for a variety of weather conditions, as the weather can change quickly along the trail. Some essential items to pack include comfortable hiking shoes, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, insect repellent, a water bottle, and a camera. It’s also a good idea to bring snacks and any personal medications you may need.

What kind of accommodation is available on the 2-Day Inca Trail?

There are camping option on the 2-Day Inca Trail, you will stay in a exclusive camping provided by Go Treks Peru, near Machu Picchu.

Do I need a guide to hike the 2-Day Inca Trail?

Yes, We have have a licensed guide with you to hike the 2-Day Inca Trail. This is to ensure the safety of hikers, as well as to protect the trail and its surroundings. Most tour operators will include a guide as part of their package.

How much does it cost to hike the 2-Day Inca Trail?

The cost of hiking the 2-Day Inca Trail is $460 per person for a guided tour, which includes your permit, transportation, accommodation, and meals. Go Treks Peru guarantees that you can customize this trek if you want a luxury or superior 2-Day Inca Trail experience, we have the staff and the experience to provide you with this unique trek to meet your demanding expectations.

Do I need to be in good physical shape to hike the Short Inca Trail?

Yes, the Short Inca Trail involves hiking for several hours each day and can be challenging, especially for those who are not used to hiking at high altitudes. It is recommended to be in good physical shape and to do some training before the hike.

Are there age restrictions for the Short Inca Trail?

There are no specific age restrictions, but it is recommended that hikers be at least 12 years old and in good physical condition.

From US$450

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