We encourage you to reserve your spot in advance to ensure your epic trek through the Andes. The two-day Inca Trail is a suggested trek option to Machu Picchu.
The 2 Day Inca Trail Hike is an incredible way to explore the ruins of Machu Picchu. On this two-day trek, you’ll take a scenic journey through ancient Inca sites, indigenous villages, and unfolding mountain scenery. You’ll wander among hundreds of stone steps and terraces, marveling at the achievements of the ancient Inca culture. Along the way, you’ll explore local culture and visit stunning archaeological sites like Llactapata and Wiñaywayna before finally reaching your destination—the majestic ancient city of Machu Picchu!
Experience the wonders of South America’s mystical past with our 2 Day Machu Picchu Hike—an incredible hike with awe-inspiring views and a memorable adventure. You’ll also get to appreciate stunning views of Machu Picchu from atop either Huayna Picchu or Sun Gate as you finish your unforgettable experience! Happy trails! Door-to-door service.
The Machu Picchu 2 Day Hike is a remarkable journey that allows you to experience the magic of the Inca civilization and the breathtaking beauty of Peru’s natural landscapes in just two days.
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Our Short Inca Trail Trek passes by incredible Inca ruins with native exotic birds like the Andean guan, swans, giant hummingbirds, and lovely Andean flora. We can also spot a variety of wild orchids and bromeliads on our way through forests. In the vicinity of the Wiñaywayna ruin, we have our box lunch before heading to the Machu Picchu viewpoint.
On Day 1, after the spectacular Short Inca Trail Trek, we will have the classic panoramic view of Machu Picchu from the Inca guardian’s house for about 15 minutes.
On Day 2, we cannot return to the viewpoint of the Inca guardian’s house! The guided tour takes you through the central part of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Permits and Regulations: The 2 Day Inca Trail Tour is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, and limited tickets are issued daily. Plan and obtain licenses through the KONDOR PATH TOURS tour operator to secure your spot. Abiding by the regulations helps protect this historic trail for future generations.
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First, we have a private transfer service from Cusco to Ollantaytambo Train Station.
Train service information: Outbound Journey
Explore three Inca sites:
AGUAS CALIENTES OVERNIGHT: HOTEL By customers.
The recommended time to visit Machu Picchu should be 6:00, 7:00, 08:00, and 09:00 to board your train service at the appropriate time.
Train service information: Inbound Journey
Meet at the train arrivals area at the Ollantaytambo train station—visitor group name: 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu—private return transfer service to Cusco.
The short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, you will experience breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains and pass by ancient Inca ruins. The tour’s highlight is the visit to Machu Picchu, where you can explore the ancient Inca sites and learn about their fascinating history.
Our journey begins at 5:10 in the historic city of Cusco, which served as the Inca Empire’s first capital. After a revitalizing breakfast, we board a picturesque train to Kilometer 104, where the adventure starts. The trail begins with a visit to the magnificent historical site of Chachabamba, an Inca archaeological site.
The trail opens up breathtaking views of the Andean landscape as we continue to hike. We are in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty as we walk through lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant orchids. Our journey brings us to WiñayWayna, a magnificent ancient Incan site with terraces and ceremonial baths that enchant us with their grandeur.
We move toward Inti Punku, known as the “Sun Gate,” as our expedition nears its climax. The citadel of Machu Picchu unfolds before our eyes like a dream as we pass through this fabled entrance. We are surrounded by mysterious stone constructions, sun-drenched terraces, and a sense of mystical awe, all of which remind us of how brilliant the Inca architecture was.
Descend from Inti Punku to Machu Picchu itself. As you enter the citadel, the magnificence of this Inca marvel will leave you in awe. Investigate the numerous temples, terraces, and historical relics while discovering the mysteries surrounding this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At 05:10, our Inca Trail 2 Days 1 Night adventure commences in the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo. From here, a scenic train ride will take you to Kilometer 104, the starting point of your trek. The first day’s hike is relatively gentle, allowing you to soak in the stunning landscapes and ease into your adventure.
11km (6.14 miles)
KM 104: 2,000m (6,560 ft)
Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)
Inti Pinku: 2,720m (8,920 ft)
With the first light of dawn, we delve into the heart of Machu Picchu as the morning mist shrouds the citadel in an ethereal aura. Our knowledgeable guides reveal the mysteries of this fantastic site, its likely purposes, and the mysterious culture that once predominated here. Every step unfolds the tapestry of history, from the Temple of the Sun to the Room of the Three Windows.
Learn about the incredible engineering and cultural accomplishments of the Incas as you unlock the mysteries of this architectural wonder. Don’t forget to take pictures of the famous sights from all sides.
Consider climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you’re feeling brave. These strenuous hikes provide unrivaled vistas and a distinct viewpoint of the historic ruins below.
We will travel to Machu Picchu by bus in the morning, where we will have our two-hour guided tour, giving us enough time to see the entire Inca citadel.
We will board the train late in the afternoon to head back to Ollantaytambo. After picking up the walkers from Ollantaytambo, we drive them to their hotels in Cusco in a private Kondor Path Tours vehicle.
A light walk
2-hour guided tour
Machu Picchu Pueblo: 2,065m (6,774 ft)
Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)
Cusco: 3,350m (10,990 ft)
The Short Inca Trail is favored for its condensed yet captivating route, allowing trekkers to experience the beauty of the Inca Trail and reach Machu Picchu in just two days.
The Short Inca Trail is a condensed version of the Classic Inca Trail, spanning 2 days instead of 4. It offers a quicker yet equally scenic route to the iconic Machu Picchu, making it ideal for those with time constraints or limited trekking experience.
The Short Inca Trail takes trekkers through breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and ancient Incan ruins. Highlights include the impressive archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna and the stunning Sun Gate with panoramic views of Machu Picchu.
The 2-day Inca Trail is moderately challenging, making it accessible to various fitness levels, including beginners. Its shorter duration caters to those with time constraints or seeking a less strenuous trek.
Secure your permits through licensed tour operators who manage the reservation process, ensuring a hassle-free experience on this sought-after trek.
Yes, permits are required for the Short Inca Trail and are limited to protecting the environment. Tickets can be obtained through licensed tour operators facilitating the reservation process, including securing your entrance to Machu Picchu.
The best time to embark on the Short Inca Trail is during the dry season, typically from April to October. During these months, you can enjoy more stable weather conditions and clearer views of the surrounding landscapes.
The culmination of the Short Inca Trail is the awe-inspiring arrival at Machu Picchu. Trekkers enter through the Sun Gate, witnessing the ancient city unfold before them as the first rays of sunlight illuminate this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Accommodations on the Short Inca Trail typically include comfortable campsites with basic amenities. Trekkers should be prepared for rustic conditions, embracing the immersive experience of being surrounded by nature.
Knowledgeable guides provide cultural and historical insights along the Short Inca Trail, sharing stories about the ancient Incan civilization, the significance of the sites visited, and the history of Machu Picchu. Trekkers gain a deeper understanding of the cultural richness of the region.
Guided tours are commonly available for the 2-day Inca Trail, providing travelers with knowledgeable guides who share historical insights and cultural context and ensure a smooth and enriching experience.
The difficulty level of the Short Inca Trail can be considered moderate. The trek involves ascending and descending stone steps, navigating through varying terrains such as lush forests, and reaching altitudes that may challenge some individuals. Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, which stands at approximately 2,720 meters (8,923 feet) above sea level, is the highest point on the Short Inca Trail.
While the Short Inca Trail is less demanding than the more prolonged and strenuous Classic Inca Trail, it still requires a reasonable fitness level. Trekkers should be prepared for some uphill and downhill sections, and acclimatization to the altitude is essential to minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.
It’s advisable for participants to engage in physical preparation before the trek and to take their time during the journey, allowing for breaks and adjustments to the altitude. Additionally, being in good health and having a positive mindset contribute to a more enjoyable experience on the Short Inca Trail.
The Short Inca Trail is a condensed version of the classic Inca Trail, and it typically spans approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). The trek usually takes two days, making it a shorter alternative to the four-day Classic Inca Trail.
The starting point of the Short Inca Trail is often at a place called Kilometer 104 along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. From there, trekkers embark on a journey that includes hiking through diverse landscapes, exploring Incan ruins like Wiñay Wayna, and culminating in the breathtaking arrival at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
While shorter, the Short Inca Trail still provides a fulfilling and memorable experience, offering a taste of the Inca Trail’s beauty and the spectacular Machu Picchu.
Whether the Short Inca Trail is worth it depends on individual preferences, time constraints, and physical capabilities. Here are some factors to consider:
Limited Time: If you have limited time in Peru and want to experience the beauty of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu but cannot commit to the longer trek, the Short Inca Trail is a valuable option. It lets you witness stunning landscapes and reach Machu Picchu in two days.
Physical Ability: The Short Inca Trail is less physically demanding than the Classic Inca Trail, making it accessible to a broader range of hikers. The Short Inca Trail might be a better fit if you prefer a moderately challenging trek without the total exertion of a more extended journey.
Highlights and Scenery: The Short Inca Trail includes vital highlights such as the impressive Wiñay Wayna ruins and the iconic Sun Gate with panoramic views of Machu Picchu. The Short Inca Trail is worthwhile if you want to experience these highlights in a shorter timeframe.
Cultural Experience: The trek allows you to immerse yourself in Incan history and culture, with knowledgeable guides sharing insights. If you value cultural experiences and historical significance, the Short Inca Trail offers a rich and condensed exploration.
Machu Picchu Arrival: The Short Inca Trail culminates in the arrival at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, providing a unique and dramatic entrance to the ancient citadel. If the anticipation and approach to Machu Picchu are essential aspects of your journey, the Short Inca Trail enhances this experience.
However, suppose you have the time and physical ability. Some may argue that the longer Classic Inca Trail offers a more immersive and complete experience, allowing for a deeper connection with the landscapes and a greater sense of accomplishment.
The 2-day trek combines cultural immersion with breathtaking landscapes, allowing you to absorb the rich history of the Incas while enjoying a condensed yet fulfilling journey to Machu Picchu.
The 2-day Inca Trail balances time efficiency and a fulfilling trekking experience, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a shorter yet rewarding journey to Machu Picchu.
The short Inca Trail tour is a two-day trek to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Peru. It offers a condensed version of the traditional Inca Trail, allowing visitors to experience the breathtaking landscapes and ancient ruins in a shorter timeframe.
Yes, the short Inca Trail concludes at Machu Picchu. After arriving at the Sun Gate, you’ll descend to the citadel and have the opportunity to explore the site with a guided tour.
Essential items include comfortable hiking shoes, a daypack, a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, a hat, and rain gear. It’s also recommended to pack a camera to capture the breathtaking scenery.
While the highest point on the short Inca Trail is lower than on the traditional trek, Machu Picchu is at a significant altitude. Spending a day in Cusco before the tour can help acclimatize to the elevation.
Peruvian regulations require visitors to the Inca Trail, including the short version, to be accompanied by a licensed guide. Booking through a reputable tour operator ensures compliance with these regulations and a more enriching experience.
Yes, most tour operators include meals during the trek. These typically include box lunch and snacks. Be sure to check with your specific tour provider for details.
The main reason for the closure of the Short Inca Trail in February each year is to safeguard the integrity of visitors with a great spirit of adventure and that of the tour guides and other support staff.
Since 2002, and like every year, the Inca Trail and 18 other archeological sites located along the route are closed to visitors in February. Conservation, maintenance, and cleaning activities were carried out that month.
That is to say, in February, treatments are carried out on deteriorated sections, repair and repair of terraces, maintenance of the areas near the campsites, and mowing of the thick vegetation. The objective is to leave everything ready and suitable for the entry of travelers.
Practical Tips: Preparing for the Adventure
Packing Essentials for the 2 Day Inca Trail Tour As you pack, don’t forget to bring sturdy trekking shoes, a waterproof backpack, comfortable clothing, and essentials like sunscreen and insect repellent.
Physical Preparation: While the hike is manageable, preparing physically is a good idea. Regular cardiovascular and strength training will help you tackle the trail with ease. Additionally, acclimatizing to the altitude in Cusco is essential for your safety and enjoyment.
Short Inca Trail 2 Days, private service
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|Number of persons||Price per person|
|1||$ 685.00 USD|
|2||$ 555.00 USD|
|3||$ 493.00 USD|
|4||$ 447.00 USD|
|5||$ 425.00 USD|
|6||$ 406.00 USD|
|7||$ 399.00 USD|
Private tours are available and priced based on group size.
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+$80. Vistadome train (round trip: OLLANTAYTAMBO-MACHUPICCHU-OLLANTAYTAMBO)
+$498. Hiram Bingham train (Inbound Journey: Train MACHUPICCHU-POROY)
+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$60 RE-ENTRY TO MACHU PICCHU
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2 Day Inca Trail Hike Fee
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Embark on a two-day journey through the incredible Inca Trail and explore some of the most stunning sites in Peru.