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2 Days Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Price from: $ 485.00 USD (See: Price List)

2 Days Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Price from: $ 485.00 USD (See: Price List)

The two-day Inca Trail is one of the recommended trek options to Machu Picchu to explore the famous Inca Trail of Peru; We invite you to book in advance, guaranteeing your epic trek through the Andes.

Incredible Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail 2 Days Trail hike do recommend for those who don’t want to endure the entire Classic Inca Trail. The two-day Inca trail Tour to Machu Picchu starts at Km 104, where a footbridge gives access to the ruins of Chachabamba, and the trail ascends to the main track at Winay Wayna, Intipunku, and Machu Picchu. On the second day, explore Machupicchu.

Short Inca Trail, 2 Days to Machu Picchu, is the best alternative to the Classic Inca Trail, 04 Days. Only 2-Day Hike, but you will also be able to appreciate the Inca Trail’s highlights and discover the Inca’s steps. The adventure includes an overview of the lush forest of the Amazon, a trek to the Peruvian Andes, and enjoying beautiful views of snow-capped peaks and natural streams.

You will see Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, the same entrance used by the Incas on their spiritual pilgrimages to the sacred site of Machu Picchu – Peru. You will enjoy a guided tour and explore the ruins of this wonderous archaeological site and an optional hike up to the peak of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.

The Short Inca Trail 2 Days is the best option for those with limited time in Cusco or those who could not get a permit to complete the Inca Trail 4 days but still want an authentic Inca Trail experience. Hiking the Inca Trail Trek 2 Days in Peru lets you enjoy the sunset and sunrise at Machu Picchu. This hike will enable you to enjoy a sunrise and sunset in Machu Picchu. This 2-day trek to Machu Picchu gives you these two unique opportunities to visit this lost city of the Incas; we continue to explore and research.

NOTE: Finding a free space for this trek is more straightforward; we offer you our two versions of this same hike. If you are interested in staying overnight in our camp or spending the night in a hotel, both options are highly recommended; in both options, you will get to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and take the best pictures.

2 Day Inca Trail Hike – Embark on a journey through the Andes Mountains and explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu with our 2-day Inca Trail hike tour. This adventure will take you through breathtaking landscapes and provide a glimpse into the rich history of the Inca civilization. Join us for an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.


Short Inca Trail Tour in 2 days

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Our two-day Inca Trail starts with the ideal early start. Afterward, we get by private transportation to Ollantaytambo, where the train takes us from Ollantaytambo to the starting point of the 2-day trekking route, Km 104. We leave and pass a checkpoint at a short Hike to Machu Picchu for an early walk through lush green foliage in cloud forests while being greeted in the afternoon by native exotic birds like the Andean guan, swans, and Giant Hummingbird. We can also spot a variety of wild orchids and bromeliads on the way through forests. Our tour guides tell us about the discovery of Wiñaywayna, Inti Punku, and Chachabamba in 1940. In the vicinity of the Wiñaywayna ruin, we have our box lunch. The next day after the fantastic 02-Day Machu Picchu Hike, we have a lovely walking guided tour into Machu Picchu Inca Citadel.

Informative note of the classic view of Machu Picchu from the viewpoint of the Inca guardian’s house

On day 01 of the short Inca Trail, after the spectacular walk, “world wonder,” we have the classic panoramic view of Machu Picchu from the Inca guardian’s house for about 15 minutes. “This viewpoint is exclusive for Inca Trail walkers.

On day 02, we cannot return to the viewpoint of the Inca guardian’s house! That is, we have a guided tour of the interior of Machu Picchu through circuit number 5, an exclusive circuit for walkers of the Inca Trail, which consists of a guided tour through the central part of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.



Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo. 2-Day Short Inca Trail from km 104

Would you like to hike the Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu?

Short Inca Trail At a Glance

  • Pick up from your Hotel at 05:15 on private transport to Ollantaytambo Train Station (two hours of travel).
  • Train service: Expedition by Perurail – Route: OLLANTAYTAMBO to KM 104.
    • Train service information: [Outbound Journey]
      • Train company: PERU RAIL
      • Service: OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104 ( Starting point of the Short walk of the Inca Trail 2 Days)
      • Class: EXPEDITION 83
      • Departure: 07:45 
      • At Station: 07:15 – Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
      • KM 104 Arrival: 08:55
  • Explore three Inca sites:
    • Chachabamba
    • Wiñaywayna
    • Inti Punku
      • Get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Inti Punku (Sun Gate).
    • Get the classic view of Machu Picchu from the Inca guardian house “The group can stay for about 15 minutes taking pictures; then they have to leave Machu Picchu.”
  • Hiking distance: 11 km / 6.14 miles.
  • Trail elevation: KM 104 2,000 meters / 6,550 feet.
  • Beginning altitude: 2.250mt /7f,240 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 2700mt /8540 ft
  • Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) is the highest point elevation, 2,720 meters /8,920 feet.
  • Physical grading: Moderate to Challenging
  • Hiking hours: 05-hour
  • Hike difficulty: Moderate-easy.
  • Meals: Box lunch.
  • 01 bus ticket.
  • Hotel***: At Aguas Calientes.

Day 2: Explore and visit Machu Picchu for two hours in the morning

Visitors select the time to visit Machu Picchu with their tour guide. Only Inca Trail walkers can choose to visit Machu Picchu. Once selected, visitors can stay inside Machu Picchu for 02 hours. “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.”

  • At 07:00, a bus service from Aguas Calientes to the Machu Picchu Inca site.
  • At 8:00, a 02-hour guided tour –
    • The hikers of the network of Inca Trails of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu carry out the guided tour of Machu Picchu through Circuit 5.
      Two-hour guided tour inside Machu Picchu. NOTE: NO FREE TIME according to the new regulations of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary since 2015.
  • At 10:30 or 11:30, take the bus to Aguas Calientes village.
  • PM: Train return to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.
Train service information: [Inbound Journey]
  • Train company: PERU RAIL
  • Service: MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO (1 hour and 40 minutes of train ride).
  • Class: EXPEDITION 74
  • Departure: 14:55
  • At Station: 14:25 – Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
  • Ollantaytambo arrival: 16:31
  • Cusco arrival by transport: 18:20
When you get to the OLLANTAYTAMBO train station, Meet at the train arrivals area. Just look for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name.” Group name: Chewbacca & Citripio 
CUSCO HOTEL: By customers.

2-day Inca Trail hike from km 104 to Machu Picchu HIGHLIGHTS

Why you will love this experience.

  • Discover the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and marvel at its beauty.
  • Short Inca Trail is the legendary path of the Incas, winding through the spectacular scenery of the Peruvian Andes.
  • Enjoy one of the most fantastic hiking trails that will give you an unforgettable experience.
  • Discover the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and marvel at its beauty.
  • Experience the Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu on an incredible two-day adventure.


Incas Trail 2 Days Itinerary

The Short Inca Trail allows travelers to experience the majesty of the Peruvian mountains. See the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and explore the surrounding area.

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Short Inca Trail Private Tour – Inti Punku – Aguas Calientes

Hike the Short Inca trail until you reach Machu Picchu and spend the night in Aguas-Calientes.

Our tour guide will arrive at your Hotel at 05:10 am to travel to Ollantaytambo; the route is via Izcuchaca, Huarocondo, and Pachar. In Ollantaytambo, we will board our train. Generally, it is the Peru Rail train company. After traveling by train, we got off at kilometer 104 of the railway line to start our hike.

At the beginning of the hike, we have some welcome signs of the express Inca trail; When crossing the wooden suspension bridge, the ranger command awaits us. At the checkpoint, we present our original passports with entrance tickets to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu and the official Inca Trail network.

During the Short Inca Trail, we will visit the ruins of Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, and Intipunku. During the 2-Day trek, we have several natural viewpoints to observe the scenic landscapes of the Andes and the Andes jungle. The walking circuit is well marked to reach our goal, Machu Picchu; from Intipunku, we have the best views of Machu Picchu since we are at the top of the Inca citadel with a privileged view. In the afternoon, we board the bus service that takes us to Aguas Calientes to stay at our Hotel.

Day 2: After the brief experience of the Short Inca Trail Hike, explore Machu Picchu on a 02-hour tour.

We chose one of the best two-day short routes for a spectacular little hike that goes directly to the lost citadel of the Incas.

In the morning, We will make the ascent by bus to Machu Picchu and have our two-hour guided tour; Enough time to visit the entire Inca citadel.

In the afternoon, we board our train service to return to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we board our private Kondor Path Tours vehicle to Cusco and drop off the walkers at their hotels.

Regulations of the 2-Day Inca Trail Hike

  • Travelers can re-enter Machupicchu for the second time with a new ticket
  • Huayna Picchu, it is necessary to buy a new key for Machupicchu plus Huayna Picchu
    • The first group of visitors enters at 07:00 am.
    • The second group of visitors enters at 10:00 am.
  • Prices for 2023 are subject to the provisions of the Inca Trail network “INC Peru and Sernanp.”
  • The start date of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the start date of the activities; there are no changes to the dates, and the spaces are not transferable.
  • The Historical Sanctuary is home to 450 bird species; please do not feed them.
  • The new regulation; is Tour guides can only enter the archaeological group 3 times a day.

Short Inca Trail recommendations:

  • For groups of 9 to 16 people, there are two professional guides.
  • There is no water service on the adventure trail; bring extra water, like three small bottles of 700 milliliters.
  • Bus service.
    • The Short Inca Trail tour starts at 5 am


Includes the best Short Inca Trail 02 days / 01 night

  • Personalized tours
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features.
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide.
    • Pick up from your Hotel at 05:15. Private transport to Ollantaytambo to the Train Station (the trip lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes.)
    • Peru Rail Train from Ollantaytambo to  KM 104
      • Outbound Journey: Class: Expedition 81, 83, 33, the guide travels on the same train as the visitors.
    • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
    • Admission fee to the Inka Trail by SERNANP “National Service of Natural Protected Areas.”
    • Our tour guides carry 01 oxygen bottle plus 01 first aid kit for our group of explorers for any eventuality.”
    • Box lunch per client + guide, Short Inca Trail “clients load their box lunch.”
      • Note: Hikers will carry their belongings along the short Inca Trail “it is recommended to take what is necessary.”
    • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu site to Aguas Calientes (one-way).
    • 01 night in a Hotel 03 star in Aguas Calientes (HOTELS: Santuario Machupicchu, Waman Hotel Machu Picchu, or Hotel Retama Machu Picchu based on a DOUBLE or Matrimonial room). The rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers, Wi-Fi, buffet breakfast. Check-In: 11:00 Hrs | Check-Out: 10:00 Hrs.
    • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu site – Aguas Calientes
    • 02 hours of a guided tour in Machu Picchu. CIRCUIT NUMBER 05. Valid exclusively for the printed date, route, and time. The ticket is personal and non-transferable.
    • Customers train – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo, by Peru Rail
      • Inbound Journey: Class: Expedition (Expedition 74, 34)
    • Private transport service from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco
    • All local taxes.

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  • Breakfast and Dinner on the 1st day, Lunch on the 2nd day.
  • Other services that do not describe in the itinerary.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Excess baggage charges – Train Advice: Luggage Policies and Identity Requirements by Inca Rail & Peru Rail changed its policies regarding luggage: 01 bags or backpacks must not exceed 05 kg/11 pounds or 62 inches/157 cm (length + height + width). You can leave your main luggage in your Hotel. The Train service will require each passenger boarding a train service to submit their train ticket + original passport. Without this, the passenger will not be able to board the train for the safety of the passengers.
  • Tip for your guide(s) and driver.


  1. Original passport!
  2. A backpack that can hold all your belongings, preferably with a belt for more comfort on short hikes and explorations
  3. A rain cover for your backpack is a must, especially when traveling in the rainy season, to keep your clothes and personal items from getting wet.
  4. Pack enough padlocks for each double zipper to keep your hands from running around and lock your essentials, even in your hotel room.
  5. Bottle of water. Plastic disposal is a real issue, so we recommend buying large bottles and transferring the water to a Reusable bottle – Plastic bottles do forbid in Machu Picchu.
  6. A good pair of walking or hiking shoes, steps, and uneven cobblestone surfaces abound, and stones can become slippery in the rain.
  7. Rainstorm poncho. Time changes very fast here. An ideal solution is to carry a good-quality Poncho in your backpack, especially during the December/March rainy season.
  8. A warm jacket. Nights and mornings can get quite cold, especially between June and September, so an excellent waterproof and windproof jacket is ideal.
  9. Another good option is to wear a warm fleece under a lightweight waterproof, windproof jacket.
  10. Bring clothes that you can layer. Cool mornings mean you may need to pack before heading out; however, you may want to take your t-shirt and shorts off before 11:00. Great for warm layers and pants that unzip into shorts. You only need to change a few clothes because you can wash them cheaply anywhere.
  11. Good sunscreen and sun hat; due to Peru’s high altitude and proximity to the equator, regular sunscreen recommends avoiding unpleasant sunburns. Beware; even if it’s cloudy here, you’ll get burned badly.
  12. Insect protection, especially for this outdoor trip
  13. Small first aid kits – In Cusco and other small towns, there are pharmacies where you can buy basic first aid and medical supplies “for superficial cuts, bruises, upset stomachs.” However, please bring enough prescription medicines, as some brands and types of drugs may not be available in Peru. A good rule of thumb is to carry enough prescription medication to cover your travel time, plus an extra week if you delay.
  14. Use earplugs when you’re stuck in a noisy room or want to sleep on a bus or plane.
  15. Pack your toiletries in a zippered bag. The altitude can cause shampoo and other bottles to burst, leaving a mess in your bag. Keep all toiletries in airtight bags to avoid unnecessary clutter.
  16. A camera with lots of memory and a battery takes all the great photos you want!
  17. Cash in local currency to purchase items.

Travel Guide

2 Days Short Inca Trail Frequently Asked Questions

The Short Inca Trail is a hike with a distance of 09 miles from the Urubamba River to Machu Picchu, passing through the beautiful ruins of Wiñay Wayna.

On this hike, you can walk through some sectors done in the Classic Inca Trail for 04 days; the last part of the hike is the same as the Inca Trail of 4 days. The trail is well maintained and preserved along the paths the Chasquis (Incan runners) used.

The first hours of hiking are a constant uphill; then the trail becomes more accessible; in some sections of the hike, it has a certain degree of difficulty but is manageable. The total hiking distance is 13 km / 8,08 miles, with a 06 –  07 hours hiking duration, with a maximum altitude of 2,650 m / 8,694 ft.

Is the Short Inca Trail worth it? Yes, the Short Inca Trail is the most popular hike in Peru and the world. This Inca trek is considered the most beautiful in Peru. The walk is part of the Inca route of the Qhapaq Ñam. The Short Inca Trail begins when you arrive in Cusco.

The Short Inca Trail is a truly breathtaking experience. Each day the tour goes deep into the cloud forest, the high jungle. Exploring a hilltop Inca settlement is a mystical experience while watching the clouds spread below us.

The hike, accompanied by llamas with the valley below covered by clouds, was an atmospheric and magical moment to enjoy. At the end of the trek, we will make the entrance to Machu Pichu a majestic lot to an unforgettable experience.

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 carry out that month to take the closure.

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.

Short Inca Trail Distance: 11 km / 6.14 miles. Five hours of walking, “03 hours of ascent and two hours of semi-plane and descent”.

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


Short Inca Trail Tour Cost PER PERSON 2023 [USD] We carry out this outdoor hiking circuit through the Andes of Machu Picchu and have the best prices.


$485 per person

Group Service / AVAILABLE PERMITS in 2023 “OPEN”
DAILY DEPARTURES! 🙂 (Min 3 people) is required to open a new departure group. Trek with the KONDOR PATH TOURS!


02 participants $655.
03 participants $565.
04 participants $535.
05 participants $520.
06 participants $510.
07 participants $505.
08 or more participants + $485

Private tours are available and priced based on group size.

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Naturally, we have selected the best-recommended hotels for tourist services. Aguas Calientes hotels offer convenient locations, superior service, and the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. The hotels in the town of Machupicchu have space for your visit after touring the Inca trail network, accommodating you comfortably to explore the beautiful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu the next day, a wonder of the world.


-$30 Book on your own “It is possible to reserve this excursion without a hotel.”

Gringo Bill’s Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$25. DBL/MATRIMONIAL | +$43 Suite

Inti Punku Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$25. Standard | +$33. Superior | +$39. Junior Suite | +$63. Senior Suite

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$29. Traditional | +$35. Superior | +$45. Suite

Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$35. Standard SGL/DBL | +$80 Suite

Jaya Suite Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel

El MaPi ByInkaterra – 4-Star Hotel
+$69. Superior Deluxe SGL or DBL | +$91. Suite SGL o DBL

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel – 5-Star Hotel
+$244. Superior | +$271. Superior Deluxe |+$298. Junior Suite | +$389. Junior Suite Deluxe | +$488. Suite | +$555. Inkaterra Suite


By PeruRail / PER PERSON

+ $35 Vistadome train (one way: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHUPICCHU) Outbound Journey
+ $55.00 Vistadome train (round trip: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHUPICCHU – POROY)
+ $65.00 Vistadome train (back and forth: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO) + Transfer to Cusco from Ollantaytambo
+ $445.00 Hiram Bingham train (Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY) Inbound Journey


+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$75 Montaña


This applies to the following services
Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu Fee

College students$20 off


  • Due to the new regulation, the entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu, remember that from January 01, 2023, the tickets have a specific entry time: From 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, and 14:00.
  • Tickets can only be used once a day from the chosen time.

* The company operates the 2 day Short Inca Trail hike.


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