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2 day Inca Trail tour

2 day Inca Trail tour

2 day Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu was designed for passengers who have less time to visit Machu Picchu, or who do not have the necessary physical condition to face the other routes of the Inca roads, because the short inca trail difficulty is much smaller and does not include camps at outdoors, by staying overnight in the town of Aguas Calientes. Hiking the Inca Trail will let you enjoy the natural beauties and the scenic views of this easy to moderate trek. Enjoy the best short Inca Trail and discover the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu without camping.

This 2 day Inca Trail tour has an exquisite natural beauty of incomparable Andean and jungle landscapes. We recommend this route, because you will have a connection with all the flora, fauna and geography of the area. Finding desert places and tropical places with mysterious archaeological complexes, covered with immense vegetation. Finally we will arrive to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Where you will receive the respective guidance within the citadel, making sure you have a pleasant, unforgettable and safe trip.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes 

Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco


Highlights of the 2 day Inca Trail tour:

  • Hiking the Inca Trail with professional guide
  • Guided tour of the lost city of the Incas
  • Explorer the Wiñay Wayna archeological city
  • Discover the flora and fauna of the short Inca Trail

Short Inca Trail Difficulty: 2 - Moderate - Some low-altitude hikes, but accessible to most healthy travellers

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x Box lunch, 1x dinner;

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train (round trip Expedition Class service).

Group Available: Min: 2 and Max 8 Trekkers


Short Inca Trail Permit

If you would like to book the short Inca Trail, contact with us. On the right you will find the REQUEST INFORMATION, complete your information required and send us. Our booking department will reply ASAP. We have spots available every days, our hikes is 100% guaranteed departure. You can book two day before the trek.


How to book and send payment

To complete your booking, we will require your personal details, full name, passport, nationality and day of birthday. Once sent, our booking department will require the 50% pre-payment for your book your entrance fee and train ticket.

Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes

2 day Inca Trail tour starts when our driver pick you up at your hotel in Cusco and take you to the Ollantaytambo train station for your 2 hours train ride to the starting point of your trip. After registering at the Chachabamba park ranger station we will start hiking the inca trail up 2-3 hours to the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna through a mixture of cacti vegetation and cloud forest. Before reaching the best short inca trail, the Inca real will reveal itself to you through striking sightings of Choque Suysuy, Wiñay Wayna and Intipata. Refresh yourself at the local waterfall before reaching the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. Enjoy the sunset at the sungate before entering in Machupicchu where afterwards we descends to Aguas Calientes, walking slowly and enjoying the beautiful sceneray to spend the night in a hotel.


Estimated trekking time: 8 hours
Trekking distance: 15 km
Max. elevation: 2,700 m
Min. elevation: 2,100 m
Difficulty:  Moderate

Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We start early with a comforting breakfast and then get ready to go to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Here we have two options: get on bus or walk. The trek to Machu Picchu is 1 hour and 30 minutes, the first 30 minutes of flat walk to the Ruinas bridge and then up through the properly signposted stands.  

We explore this enigmatic and mysterious city for approximately 2 hours in a guided tour. You will visit the most impressive places like the Royal Mausoleum, the temple of the 3 windows, the main temple, the Sacred Square , the famous Intihuatana where the wise Incas moored the sun on the winter solstice in June, stairways, squares, fountains, etc. After the guided tour you will have a free time of 5-6 hours, to take pictures, or visit "Huayna Picchu" or Young Mountain which has only 400 spaces, divided into two groups: first group (07:00 am - 08: 00 am), second group (10:00 am - 11:00 am). Then you will go down to the town of Aguas Calientes, either by bus or walking according to your choice. In the evening we will take a train to Ollantaytambo where our driver will wait to take us back to Cusco City.

What is included in the hike?

  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide
  • Transfer by private vehicle Cusco - Ollantaytambo train station -Cusco.
  • 1 night accomodation in Aguas Calientes: Hotel Flower´s House
  • Meals: 01x breakfast, 01x Boxlunch and 01x dinner
  • Entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Profesional tour guide
  • Tourist train tickets round trip Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo

Not Included

  • Breakfast on first day, and lunch on the second. 
  • Bus up and down Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu citadel - Aguas Calientes U$ 24
  • Locker in Machu Picchu USD 2
  • Tips

Meals budget: Allow USD 20-30 for meals not included on the second day

Best Short Inca Trail

  • The aim of our tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. 
  • Accommodation during 2 day Inca Trail tour we offer you is the Hotel Flower´s House. Spend a night in a double or matrimonial room, with private bathrooms and breakfast facilities. Single accomodation can be arranged for a supplement, subject to availability.

Packing List

Before you start hiking the Inca Trail, we recommend you to take:

  • Original passport 
  • Original ISIC 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Cash in peruvian soles 
  • A small rucksack 
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers) 
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended 
  • Sandals 
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece  
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold) 
  • Sun cream or sun block 
  • Insect repellent – recommended minimum is 20% DEET 
  • Camera and its charger/batteries 
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper 
  • Small towel and toiletries 
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear 
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes) 
  • Snacks 

Optional: walking sticks; you can also rent it from us

Doubts and Frequent Questions about 2 day Inca Trail tour

Here we tell you everything you need before taking the best short Inca trail:


Where is located Machu Picchu? 

"Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.  


Altitudes in Short Inca Trail Trek 

During Short Inca Trail Trek, we will find the following altitudes:

  • "Wiñay Huayna" at 2,650 m.a.s.l. 
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,430 m.a.s.l. 
  • "Huayna Picchu" at 2,720 m.a.s.l. 

How many kilometers is walked during the Inca Trail Trek and how many hours do we walk per day? 

You will walk just during the first day, from Chachabamba to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, for about 2 - 3 hours. After, you will descend to the Hot Springs. The entire distance is 15 km, and 8 hours walking. 


What does "Machu Picchu" mean? 

"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable. 


Short Inca Trail Difficulty 

The difficulty of this trek is considered from easy to moderate. Even that, it is recommended be in a very good shape and acclimatization 2 days before in Cusco. 


Is it possible to do the Short Inca Trek on my own

The path is well signposted and the route can be done without a guide, although this is useful when it comes to understanding the ruins, flora and fauna of the route. It is recommended to leave early because then it is hot until the beginning of the road in Chachabamba. Then you can take a bus to return from the hydroelectric plant or continue to Machu Picchu.

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