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Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days

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Explore the Short Inca Trail hike 2 days and visit Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Sun Gate (Intipunku), and Machu Picchu. Enjoy the sunset in Machu Picchu on the first day with few people around, and arrive early on the second day to witness the amazing sunrise.


  • Visit Machu Picchu twice, in the afternoon of the first day and in the morning of the second day
  • Hike along the original Inca trail to Wiñaywayna
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of the Vilcanota Valleys
  • Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate
  • Be one of the first to enter Machu Picchu
  • Spend an entire day in Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy the guiding tour lead by an expert
Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days


Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days

The Short Inca Trail hike 2 days to Machu Picchu is a unique opportunity for those who may not have as much time to hike the entire Inca Trail. This trek combines highlights of the Classic 4-day Inca Trail with some of the most beautiful Inca ruins in the dense cloud forest. Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) late in the afternoon and have the unique opportunity to see the Machu Picchu citadel empty.

The Short Inca Trail hike 2 days to Machu Picchu is perfect for solo travelers, couples, groups of friends, and families with children as it is only one day hiking, and the next day you explore the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Short Inca Trail at a Glance:

Day 1: Cusco — Ollantaytambo — Km 104 — Machu Picchu (10km, 7 hrs)

Start in Cusco around 4:00 am and drive to Ollantaytambo to take the first trains to the Short Inca Trail - Km 104. Hike for about 7 hours to Machu Picchu, arriving in the afternoon through the Sun Gate and enjoying Machu Picchu almost empty. Later, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Dine in a local restaurant and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 2: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of The Incas) (3 hrs)

On the last day, you will wake up early, have breakfast at the hotel, take the first buses to Machu Picchu, and explore the citadel on a 3-hour guided tour. After exploring Machu Picchu, you will board the Expedition train to return. Arrive in Cusco around 7.30 pm, back in your hotel.

What's included

  • Inclusions:
  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide
  • Transfer by tourist transport to the railway station at Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes town (1 night)
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x Box lunch , 1x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian)
  • A shuttle bus round trip to Machu Picchu in the second day
  • A train round trip (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
  • Hotel 1 night in Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist transportation (Van or small car) from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Experienced Guides – A group of up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, groups over 8 participants 2
  • English-speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guides.
  • Exclusions:
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the second day
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain (60 Dollars)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory
  • Travel Insurance
  • Local flights, No local flight is included in the trek´s price!


  1. Visited Places:
  2. Machu Picchu
  3. Winay Wayna
  4. Sun Gate
  5. Chachabamba
  6. Machu Picchu Center

Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 (Inca Trail) - Aguas Calientes

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to transfer you during a 2 hour ride to the Ollantaytambo´s railway station. There, we get on a train and continue until Km 104, where a checking point of the Inca Trail is located. We pass through to the Vilcanota River (bridge) and start the Inca Trail Trekking! The first archaeological site to visit is Chachabamba, guided tour. Then we continue through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site - Wiñay Wayna. But before we reach it, we enjoy a refresh in a local waterfall! Where you have lunch and a rest. Later on, we can admire the sunset above Machu Picchu when we get to the Sun´s Gate (Inti Punku) before entering the Inka citadel. However, today is too late to have a guided tour of this overwhelming Incan city so we descend slowly to Aguas Calientes Town enjoying beautiful surrounding scenery on the way! We spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes.

  • Highlight: Trekking the Inca Trail, enjoying the views from the Sun Gate, sunset views from Machu Picchu.
  • Walking Distance: 15 km / 8 miles
  • Meals: B + L
  • Elevations: Trek starting point 2,000 m, the highest point is Sun Gate 2,720 m, the hotel is at 2,000 m
  • Weather: Hot and humid
  • Accommodation: Hotel night in Aguas Calientes

Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early morning breakfast, we will take a bus up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, you will have a free time and its best opportunity to take picture and walk in the lost city of the Incas. There are some animal such Llamas and birds or if you would like best experience, you can pay the extra for the mountains and we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own.

Machu Picchu is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists can not do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechuan farmers had known about Machu Picchu for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in a search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence. However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.

After explore Machu Picchu, you come back to Aguas Calientes walking.

  • Highlight: Arrive early to Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise
  • Temperature: Warm and humid
  • Meals: Breakfast Only
  • Train: Expedition tourist class at 14:30 or 14:55

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