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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Group Service)

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a spectacular hike with beautiful scenery, a wide variety of flora and fauna with fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains on the way to the lost citadel of the Incas. See our short Inca trail reviews on TripAdvisor, ask for Inka tours permits and check the best inca trail tours itinerary below.

Important Note: The 2-Day Inca Trail starts in Cusco and finishes in Cusco.

→ Let’s take a great adventure before arriving Machu Picchu; with our group service and enjoying at the same time a light hike through many archaeological sites. Arrive to Sun’s Gate (Inti Punku), prepare yourself to be amazed with the best panoramic view of the city.

Why Hike 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Cusco has a lot of hiking routes which lead us to Inca Citadel MachuPicchu; but only in this route you will have the chance to visit Machu Picchu for 2 consecutive days! Therefore, it is ideal for those whom do not have much time. During the hike our clients will enjoy a short ride in a comfortable touristic train with service on board crossing the Sacred Valley which offers impressive flora and fauna and also unrealistic views of the Andes, arriving to tropical jungle of the Natural Reserve of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

2-Day Inca Trail starts on kilometer 104 of the train route from Cusco to Machu Picchu. This route has a total of 16 kilometers of cobbled and authentic road, through all of this adventure we will visit some archaeological sites as Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna, Intipata and Inti Punku. We will also connect with the classic inca trail and finally with Machu Picchu ruins. Upon our arrival our hikers is going to have the opportunity to have a visit to the Citadel on day one in the afternoon. Upon completion of the hike, our service includes a 3 stars hotel.

On day two – Coordinating previously with your guide, you will have the chance to appreciate the impressive Sunrise at Machu Picchu, and also our walking tour included the inca bridge at Machu Picchu. If you made your booking of Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Montaña entrance tickets then you will have time to make these extra hikes from. In fact, you get to see the best panoramic views (Please ask about Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain tickets at the moment of booking).

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Overview on the 2 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This short Inca tours hike is a spectacular chance for those who don’t have plenty of time or desire to walk the full length of the Inca path tour. With beautiful scenery, a wide variety of flora and fauna on display and a visit to the  most beautiful sites «Wiñay Wayna«, you get to enjoy all the best bits of the inca trail tours condensed into a one day hike. Covering a distance 16 KM / 10 miles, the 2 day trek to machu picchu is not too challenging which makes it perfect for families with children and those on a tight schedule.

The short inca trail trek is offered with daily departures except February is excluded, because the road is closed the whole month (very rainy month). It is highly recommended to reserve your short inca trail at least 2 months in advance as permits can be sold out very quickly. book inca trail to machu picchu in advance!.

Useful Information:

Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture.

Good For: Moderate physical fitness.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Starting Altitude: 2100 m – 6900 ft.

Highest Altitude: 2730 m – 8,792ft.

Hiking Distance: 16-km – 10 miles.

Accommodation: Hotel.

Recommendation: Permit required.

Day 1
Itinerary on the 2 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

A short hike to see the amazing site on the best 2 day inca trail tour to machu picchu. The walk is really worth!


We start very early in the morning by bus from your Cusco hotel to Ollantaytambo, then we take the train at 07:45 am from Ollanta to Km-104, where you start hiking. We visit amazing Inca site, see a variety of flora, fauna and get to see fantastic views. Covering 16 km of the trail, our journey starts off in the Sacred Valley and works its way up along an original Inca trail to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna and the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), the first viewpoint of Machu Picchu ruins. Along the way we’ll hike through the lush greenery of the cloud forest which is covering the mountain and variety of birds.

Day 2

We will pick you up early in the morning from your Hotel to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu, so that we can see the sunrise. Once we get to the Citadel you’ll have a 2 hour guided tour with your private English speaking guide. After the walking tour, you will have a lot of time to explore, take pictures and enjoy Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have Huayna Picchu tickets will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately 2 hours round-trip. When done exploring, you will take a bus or walk down to Machu Picchu Pueblo for lunch (not included). Finally in the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

Inclusions on the 2 day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Pick-up from your Hotel.
  • Train to Km-104.
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.1 Breakfast, 1 Boxed Lunch and 1 Dinner. please let us know If you have special dietary requirement.
  • Hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo.
  • Oxygen bottle.First aid kit.
  • Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • 2 Bus journeys between Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Exclusions on the 2 day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Water.
  • Breakfast on Day 1, lunch and dinner on Day 2.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Montaña.
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your Machu Picchu hike.

What you need to take for 2 day Inca Trail?

What to pack for short inca trail?

✔ Original Passport.
✔ Student card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount).
✔ Water.
✔ Walking boots.
✔ Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
✔ T-shirts.
✔ Comfortable Trousers.
✔ Sun hat.
✔ Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
✔ Insect repellent.
✔ Toiletries and hand sanitiser.
✔ Personal medication.
✔ Camera and film.
✔ Torch with spare batteries (Just in case)

Short Inca Trail Map

2 day inca trail map & elevation to machu picchu showing the Inca ruins Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna, Sun Gate and finally Machu Picchu.

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Price From USD 530 USD $ 475/person
Total $ 475 USD