Cheapest 2 Day Inca Trail tour or the Short Inca Trail Peru is an extended version of our 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
This Cheapest 2 Day Inca Trail Tour begins at Km 104. From here, you will begin to hike the Inca Trail through the cloud forests with stops at different Inca sites. At Wiñay Wayna Campsite, we will be stopping for lunch before touring the archaeological remains.
The tour then takes you to the iconic Sun Gate or Inti Punku. This is the point through which those on Inca Trail Trek enter the citadel.
Accompanied by our local tour guide, you will get a complete insight to Inca civilization.
The four days Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most preferred hike for most to visit Machu Picchu. However, the hike involves a lot of challenges and the most of it is obtaining the Inca Trail permit.
In order to protect the authenticity of the trail, local authorities restrict the access to just 500 trekkers a day. This includes porters, chefs and guides. Often the permit tends to sell out six months in advance
Unlike the Inca Trail where you will be hiking to high mountain passes and camping in the wilderness, the Short Inca Trail is relatively easier. The 2 Day Inca Trail Peru does not involve camping, instead you will spend the night in a comfortable ensuite hotel room in Aguas Calientes town. This makes it a family friendly trek to Machu Picchu.
Happy Gringo Tours is a local tour operating company founded by a local guide who has hiked the Inca Trail over 500 times. All our guides are locals and passionate hikers. We have years of experience in tourism. Our guides have extensive training in providing aid to altitude sickness.
We operate the Cheapest 2 Day Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu both as a private guided tour and in small groups.
Do take a moment to check our reviews on Tripadvisor.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
Here we will be boarding an Aguas Calientes bound tourist train at 0610 AM. We will be getting down at Km.104. The trail begins amidst the cloud forest where you will get to see different flora and fauna.
We will be visiting many Inca ruins on this 10 kilometres stretch. Then we will reach Wiñay Wayna. This is one of the prominent Inca sites here. After a guided tour of the complex, we will be visiting Sun gate (Intipunku). From here you will get the first view of Machu Picchu citadel.
From here, we will be taking a bus down to Aguas Calientes where we will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room.
Early in the morning, we will be taking a bus to Machu Picchu citadel. It will be a 30 minutes drive up the hill. Our guide will assist you in clearing the security control and entering the citadel.
Once inside the citadel, you will be rewarded with a spectacular sight of the citadel while the clouds clearing by and the golden rays of the sun shimmering on the walls of Machu Picchu.
We will be giving you a two hours guided tour. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains, our guide will be directing you to the trail head.
Alternatively, you can hike to Sun gate or Intipunku. This is the entrance to the citadel for those on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
After exploring Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here we will be serving lunch at a local restaurant. At around 04:00 PM, we will be taking a train back to Ollantaytambo.
Our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be returning to Cusco by 09:30 PM.
Short Inca Trail is the easiest option to visit Machu Picchu. The trail involves no arduous climbs at high altitudes but also takes you through some of the iconic Inca ruins like Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku (Sun gate). Short Inca Trail is infact ideal for families with young children as you won’t even be camping.
The Short Inca Trail is a two day experience. On the first day, you will be hiking from the trail head at Km.104 to Machu Picchu. This is a 10 kilometres stretch that can be hiked in 4-5 hours. Along the way, you will be visiting some Inca ruins like Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku (Sun gate). On the second day, you will be visiting Machu Picchu in the morning before returning to Cusco by train.
If you could not get a permit to hike the 4 day Inca Trail then the Short Inca Trail is totally worth it. You will be visiting the main Inca ruins and will be hiking on the actual trail before reaching Machu Picchu. Moreover, you will be entering the citadel through Intipunku (Sungate).
It is recommended to spend atleast 3 days in Cusco and acclimate to the high altitude before hiking the Short Inca Trail. Most tours begin from Cusco with a drive to Ollantaytambo and then an onward train journey to the trailhead.