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Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu – 2 days

Short 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Pie Experiences / Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu – 2 days

Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu – 2 days


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Our 2 Day Inca trail itinerary is perfect for those who are short on time. Your 2 day hike to Machu Picchu includes a full day of trekking along the classic route, a guided tour of the citadel itself and accommodation in a hotel, rather than a tent! Your trek will take you through the cloud forest, past fascinating archaeological sites, and finishes at the Sun Gate for that much-anticipated first glimpse of Machu Picchu.


Your 2 day Inca trail will take you along the world-famous trekking route, through some of the most wonderful scenery the Sacred Valley has to offer.

See the exquisitely carved sacred site of Chachabamba.

Visit the beautiful ruin of Wiñaywinya, and admire its imposing architecture and spectacular setting.

Walk through the famous Sun Gate for that once in a lifetime first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

Marvel at magnificent Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world.

2 Day Inca Trail Itinerary Overview:

Click through to “Tour Plan” to see the full itinerary for the  Short 2 Day  Inca Trail

Day 1 | Cusco to  Km 104 – Aguas Calientes : 

Your 2 day Inca trail begins with a private transfer to  Ollantaytambo, followed by a nice train journey through the beautiful Sacred Valley to the starting point of your short Machu Picchu hike at Km 104.

From here, you truly begin your Inca trail to Machu Picchu! You will hike through the cloud forest and visit the fascinating Inca sites of  Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna. You will approach Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate for that classic first glimpse, and then continue to Aguas Calientes for dinner and a well-earned night’s rest!

Day 2 | Machu – Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco:

You’ll begin the day bright and early so that you can beat the crowds to the city and enjoy the culminating point of your 2 day Inca trail: the majestic  Machu Picchu! Your expert guide will take you around the key points of the site and explain their history, before allowing you to spend some free time exploring the city at your own pace.

In the afternoon, you will travel by bus and train to Ollantaytambo and then by private transfer back to Cusco, full of the wonderful memories of your once in a lifetime tour!


Important information:

  • We recommend you book this tour at least 3 weeks  in advance.
  • These prices are in private services. If you would like to join a small group , please contact us.
  • Please note that due to restrictions upon the number of hikers allowed on the Inca trail per day, the reservation system requires the full passport details of each visitor, and full payment in advance. For this reason, to guarantee your place on the 2 day Inca trail, you will need to provide a scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit. You will also need to inform us of any change to your passport number, or your Entrance ticket will be invalid. We will fully confirm your reservation only once we have bought your entrance ticket and can therefore guarantee your place.
  • Please also note that you will need to carry your original passport with you whilst hiking the trail.

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Travel voucher & contact details:

You will receive an electronic voucher via e-mail once your booking is confirmed.

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  • Departure
    Cusco / Cusco
  • Departure Time
    7:00 am
  • Include
    Activities described in the itinerary
    Tour guide
  • Not Included
    Domestic flights
    Travel Insurance


inca trail tours Your adventure will begin bright and early with a private transfer to the town of Ollantaytambo, the gateway to the Inca trail. From here, you will take the train to the trek starting point at Km 104. The train journey is quite a treat in itself: you will travel in a beautiful old-fashioned locomotive featuring panoramic windows, so that you can enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains and traditional Andean villages as the train winds its way though the Sacred Valley towards the “Ceja de Selva” (edge of the jungle) and the Urubamba river. Upon arriving at Km 104, you’ll check in at the trail control point and set off on your hike! Shortly after crossing the Urubamba river, you’ll arrive at your first archaeological site: the fascinating ruin of Chachabamba, located at 2050m above sea level. The fine architectural style of the site suggests that Chachabamba was once a sacred centre, possibly dedicated to water. Next, the you will climb slowly through the cloud forest for about three hours until you reach your next archaeological site (and lunch spot!): the beautiful ruin of Wiñaywayna, located at 2650m above sea level. This imposing site is structured around steep terraces laid out in graceful curves, and commands one of the most spectacular views in the Sacred Valley. After lunch, you will continue your hike to the Intipuku (Sun Gate), the official end to the Inca trail. Walking through the Sun Gate is the stuff of daydreams: it is from here that you will catch your first glimpse of the awe-inspiring citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and a bucket-list destination for many travellers. Machu Picchu’s setting is no less breathtaking than the city itself: surrounded by forested mountains clothed in wispy clouds, the valley has a truly magical air. You’ll descend for another thirty minutes towards the city, at which point you’ll have the opportunity to take those all-important photos! You’ll then take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you can check into your hotel, have a hearty dinner and maybe even take a restorative dip in the town’s eponymous hot springs.  
  • Walking distance: 11 km.
  • Walking hours: 6 - 7 hours
  • Low point: 2'030 m./6'658 ft.
  • High point: 2'650 m./8'692 ft.
  • Accommodation altitude: 2'030 m./6'658 ft.
  • Included
    • Private transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
    • Train from Ollantaytambo to km. 104
    • Private english-speaking guide
    • Gourmet picnic lunch
    • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Gourmet dinner
    • Hotel Tierra Viva *** in Aguas Calientes or an establishment of the same standard


Inca trail in 2 days

Tourist photographing Machu Picchu illuminated by the last sunlight from above with smartphone. Scenic sky with clouds and sun rays.

You’ll begin the day with an early breakfast, so that you can catch the first bus to Machu Picchu and beat the crowds to enjoy the mysterious, ruined city at its best. Wander through the magnificently-preserved ruins, and discover the city with your expert guide: how it was lost for centuries, only to be rediscovered by Hiram Bingham; how the buildings were constructed in perfect harmony with the surrounding mountains; how the beautiful architecture blends aesthetic and utility. After your tour, you’ll have some time to visit the city at your own pace, contemplating the magnificent, ruined buildings and admiring the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon, you'll take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and catch the train to Ollantaytambo, with your head and camera full of lifelong memories of the awe-inspiring wonder of the world, Machu Picchu. From Ollantaytambo, your private transportation will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.  
  • Included
    • Breakfast
    • Bus to and from Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes
    • Entrance to Machu Picchu
    • Private, English-speaking guide
    • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
    • Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco

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