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Short Inca Trail
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2 days from $ 500 per person

Limited to 10 people per Group

The 2-day Short Inca Trail is a hiking route that runs through the last kilometers of the famous Classic Inca Trail route. The walk begins at kilometer 104 of the railroad that leads to the town of Aguas Calientes. After approximately 12 kilometers of walking, the archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna is crossed to finally arrive at Machu Picchu (which will be visited the next day more calmly). The route can only be done with an authorized tour which includes accommodation, porters’ equipment, food, tour guide, entrance fees and more.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 days.
  • Includes: Lodging, food, chargers, transportation, guide, tickets and more.
  • Payment: easy with any credit or debit card.
  • Confirmation: immediate.
  • Safety: complies with all health protocols.
  • Entrance: Machu Picchu Solo.
  • Group: from 4 to 16 people maximum.

Adventure and appreciate Machu Picchu like very few!

Itinerary

The adventure begins with the tourist pick up in the city of Cusco.

Then, a trip is made to km. 104 of the railway line to Aguas Calientes.

There begins the walk of approximately 11 kilometers until reaching Machu Picchu, which will be visited the next day.

Availability

The Inca Trail of only two days is the best option for those tourists who do not have enough vacation time or could not book the Classic Inca Trail tour.

Find out here the prices of this tour.

Frequent questions

Learn about the main questions that visitors ask before taking the 2-day Inca Trail tour.

You can also send your questions that we will answer as soon as possible.

Summary

Difficulty Trilha Inca de nível curto
Total distance 11 kilometers. (6.14 miles).
Maximum altitude Intipunku (2,720 masl).
Minimum altitude Aguas Calientes (2,160 masl).
Maximum temperature Machu Picchu (from 20ºC. To 26ºC.).
Minimum temperature City of Cusco (from 4ºC. To 8ºC.).
Itinerary
Day 1
Cusco – Wiñayhuayna | Hot Waters

Pick up from the hotel, departure by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, train trip to km 104, walk, lunch in Wiñayhuayna, walk to Machu Picchu, dinner and overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 2
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu | Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel, travel by bus to Machu Picchu, guided tour of the Inca city, return to Aguas Calientes and, finally, travel to Cusco by bus and train.

Detailed map of the Inca Trail 2 Days

Camino Inca Clasico Machu Picchu

Route to follow


Detailed itinerary of the Inca Trail

The short Inca Trail lasts only two days. The hike itself is only the first day. The starting point begins at km 104 of the railway that leads to Aguas Calientes. You ascend through difficult sections until you reach Machu Picchu after 11 kilometers of walking . Then you get off and spend the night at a local hotel. The second day is completely destined to know Machupicchu.

Day 1
Cusco – Km 104 | Macchu Picchu

Early in the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel to transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo. There we will board the train that will take you to km. 104 (the trip is approximately 1 hour).

At km 104 (2,200 m / 7,218 ft) is where we will start the walk. When arriving at the control point, identification documents have to be shown, be it a passport, immigration card or identity document.

A 15 minute walk is the archaeological center of Chachabamba and Choquesuysuy that are hidden in the semi-tropical forest .

After your visit we will begin the walk through the bleachers in an ascending way. During the route we will appreciate waterfalls and different types of orchids. After 4 hours of walking we will arrive at the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna (2,650 m / 8,694 ft). The visit will last 1 hour on average, followed by a box lunch to recharge your batteries and continue until you reach the Wiñaywayna checkpoint.

In this second part of the tour we will walk for 2 hours through stone stairs and tambos (“resting places”) until we reach the Inti Punku – Puerta del Sol (2,720 m / 8,924 ft) which in Inca times functioned as a control entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu. From here you have an impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the entire valley that surrounds it.

Then we will descend for approximately 30 minutes to the wonder of the world Machu Picchu (2,490 m / 8,169 ft) and finally we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes (2,160 m / 7,087 ft) the trip lasts 25 minutes. Here we will spend the night in a local lodging.

If you are not very tired, you have the option of visiting the thermal baths that are located 5 minutes from the town, the cost is 10 soles. In addition, Aguas Calientes has a wide variety of bars and restaurants, including an ATM, in case you wish to withdraw money from the bank.

Day 2
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu | Cusco

We started early with a comforting breakfast at the hotel. Then get ready to go to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

The bus trip takes approximately 30 minutes. On the way you can see the beautiful tropical landscapes that surround Machu Picchu.

Once in Machu Picchu, this enigmatic and mysterious city will be explored for approximately 2 hours in the company of your guide, who will provide you with information about this wonder.

You can visit the most impressive places such as the temple of the 3 windows, the main temple, the sacred square, the famous Intihuatana, stairways, squares, fountains, etc. After the guided excursion you will have free time to explore the place on your own.

Then you will go down to the town of Aguas Calientes either by bus (for an additional cost) or walking (almost 2 hours of walking through tropical forests), depending on your choice .

Finally, you will have free time in Aguas Calientes (for lunch, shopping, etc.). At night we will take a train to Ollantaytambo where our driver will wait for us to take us back to the city of Cusco.

Frequent questions

Find out what tourists interested in doing the 2-day Inca Trail are wondering. You can also send us your questions to info@machupicchuterra.com.

  • 1) Can I cancel the tour?

    No. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the route is organized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru, it is not possible to cancel a tour already purchased.

  • 2) Can I change the date of the tour?

    Neither. The 2-day Inca Trail cannot be changed of date, once the day of the adventure has been chosen.

  • 3) Can everyone do the short Inca Trail?

    Yes. However, it is recommended to be older than 8 and younger than 65 years. Older adults should be in good health.

  • 4) What is the food like?

    The first day includes a nutritious box lunch and dinner in the town of Aguas Calientes. Breakfast at the hotel is included on the second day.

  • 5) Why is Machu Picchu not visited on the first day?

    All 2-day Inca Trail tours do not include a visit to Machu Picchu on the first day since the tourist will arrive with little energy to do a good tour. That is why the visit to the Inca city takes place on the second day.

  • 6) Can I do this route all year round?

    The route is available all year round except for February (the month with the most rain).

  • 7) When is it ideal to do this hike?

    The dry season months (May, June, July and August) are the best for the route. There are few chances of rain on those days.

  • 8) Can I climb the Huayna Picchu mountain during the route?

    Yes. However, you must add an amount of $ 20. In addition, you must make the reservation 2 or 3 months in advance.

  • 9) Can I do this tour on my own?

    No. This route can only be done with a tour organized by a tourism agency. The Peruvian authorities do not allow a tourist to make the journey on their own.

  • 10) Can I choose a private tour?

    Yes. If you like a more private experience for you and your companions, you can request it at info@machupicchuterra.com.

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