2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Private Service

Short 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Private Service


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Our 2-Day Inca trail itinerary is perfect for those who are short on time. This 2-day hike to Machu Picchu includes a full day of trekking along the classic route, a guided tour of the citadel; plus accommodation in a hotel, instead of a tent! Your trek will take you through the Cloud Forest, past fascinating archaeological sites, and finishes at the Sun Gate with the much-anticipated first glimpse of Machu Picchu.
You can start from Cusco or any other town in the Sacred Valley. It will be the same price.

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Your private 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.

Visit the beautiful ruin of Wiñaywayna, 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:

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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!

Hiking time: 6.00 – 7.00 hours approx.

Kilometers covered: 11 km. (6.8 mi.) approx.

Low point: 2'030 m./6'658 ft. - High point: 2'650 m./8'692 ft. approx.

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!

Duration of your guided visit of Machu Picchu: 2.00 - 2.30 hours approx.

Kilometers covered: 2 km. (1.25 mi.) approx.


Entry ticket to Inca Trail

Entry ticket to Machupicchu

Pre departure briefing on the day before the trek

Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo

Train from Ollantaytambo to km. 104

Entrance to Inca trail and to Machu Picchu

Private bilingual professional guide (English and Spanish)

First Aid Kit

1 breakfast, 1 box lunch, 1 dinner

Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 1 and buses to and from Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes on day 2

3* accommodation in Aguas Calientes

Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on day 2

Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco


Last lunch in Aguas Calientes


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Important information:

We recommend you book this tour at least 3 weeks in advance.

If you have any extra question about this tour please contact us or send us a message by WhatsApp 0051 974 94 40 16.

Are you looking to join a group? Check out our  2 day Inca trail in group service

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Your adventure begins bright and early at 4:30 am. A private transfer will bring you to the town of Ollantaytambo, the gateway to the Inca trail. From here, hop on the 6:40 am train to KM 104, the trek's starting point. (If you are already in Ollantaytambo, your pickup time will be 6:00 am.) Riding this beautiful old-fashioned locomotive is quite a treat in itself. Gaze out your wide windows as you journey through the Sacred Valley towards the “Ceja de Selva” (edge of the jungle) and the Urubamba river, going past spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and traditional Andean villages. Upon arriving at Km 104, 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. These fascinating ruins of Chachabamba is 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, slowly ascend through the Cloud Forest for about three hours until you reach your next archaeological site. Enjoy your lunch at the beautiful ruins of Wiñaywayna, located 2650m above sea level. This ancient design is structured around steep terraces laid out in graceful curves, and commands one of the most spectacular views in the Sacred Valley. After lunch, continue your hike to the Intipuku (Sun Gate), officially ending your Inca trail. Take in every moment as this path leads you to your first glimpse of the awe-inspiring citadel of Machu Picchu. The setting of this valley is magical in itself as you're surrounded by forested mountains clothed in wispy clouds. From here, descend for another thirty minutes towards the city. Use this opportunity to take all the photos you like. The next bus brings you to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you'll check into your hotel, have a hearty dinner; and if you wish, take a relaxing and recuperating dip in the town’s eponymous hot springs.   Inclusions:
  • Transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
  • Train service from Ollantaytambo to KM 104. (45 minutes approximately)
  • Entry to Inca Trail
  • Gourmet & Ecologic box lunch
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Private English-speaking tour guide


Start your day with an early breakfast, then catch the first bus to Machu Picchu. 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. Get to know 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. Once the tour is complete, you’ll have some time to visit the city at your own pace, muse over the magnificent, ruined buildings, and admire the breathtaking views of Sacred Valley. Lastly, with your cameras full of photos, and heads filled with the wonder of Machu Picchu, return on the bus to Aguas Calientes and catch the train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, your private transportation will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Entrance to the trail leading on the top of mountain of Machu Picchu

  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
  • Entry to Machu Picchu
  • Private English speaking Tour guide
  • Train service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo . Time schedule can be 2:30 pm or 7:30 pm depending on availability
  • Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to your accommodation in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley.

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  • Alan Brown
    April 8, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I would highly recommend using Pie Experiences if you are planning to visit Peru. From the planning phase through to the holiday itself, everything was done in a quick and professional manner. We were a group of 6 ranging from 70 years old down to 7 years old and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the experience with ‘Pie’. Logistically, organizing a trip to Machu Pichu and other sites is challenging and Pie experiences removed all of the stress and everything went like clockwork. Our tour guide in the sacred valley, the 1 day Inka trail and Machu Pichu was Henry and he was excellent. He is very knowledgeable on a range of topics, and kept both the adults and children entertained throughout.
    Peru is a spectacular country and using Pie Experiences to see the incredible Machu Pichu is something we will remember for the rest of our lives.

  • Kathryn Linenger
    April 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    We had a wonderful 2 day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! The logistics were seamless – thank you so much for the excellent communication. Juan was an excellent tour guide – and our lunch along the trail was both delicious and plentiful!
    We hope to return to Peru for the 4 day trek. We will certainly keep PIE experiences in mind.
    Thank you again!

  • Alexandra Nugen
    April 9, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    A Wonderful Way to Get Up and Close to Peru’s Best Ruins and Plants

    My boyfriend and I had booked the 2-day Inca Trail excursion in order to explore Peru in an immersive way, and we were NOT let down!! PIE was great at communicating with us before the trip, and made our experience seamless. All paperwork and tickets were ready upon our arrival each day, as well as food. We didn’t need to worry about a lot of the preparation work that goes into these types of excursions.

    Our wonderful fearless guide made all the difference for us, shout-out to Rodrigo! He was so knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge with us, even teaching us some Quechua along the way. He made sure we were comfortable along the hikes, and made sure that we saw the prettiest flowers, coolest bugs, and got the best pictures of the trails along the way.

    Overall, this was a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we felt safe and prepared throughout the whole journey.

    Thank you PIE Experiences!!

  • Kristin Lohin
    April 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    We had such a great time! Our guide, Felipe, was great, the food was delicious, and the accommodations were perfect. What a wonderful experience!

  • Susana Goveia
    June 30, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    While looking for options online to do the 2-day Inca Trail, we came across Pie Experiences. The reviews were very good and we decided to contact them. Now that the trip is over, we can proudly say that all the expectations were met in the different steps of the trip:
    1 – The preparation: the communications with Katherine were always smooth, efficient and very informative. Once in Cusco, we had a very helpful briefing session with Katherine and Frederic (try any language you want: Spanish, Portuguese, English, French).
    2 – The logistical details: everything was handled in a very professional manner: the schedules, the tickets (bus, train, entrance to Machu Picchu), the delicious food (both the lunch box – try the quinoa wrap, the chicken sandwich or the fried cheese sandwich – and the dinner in Aguas Calientes) and the hotel in Aguas Calientes (very good hotel with friendly staff).
    3 – Last, but not least, Jair: our guide Jair met all the expectations and was key to make this a unique experience. Jair is kind, friendly, helpful, caring… and a great photographer!! He made sure that everything went perfect (the team blown the clouds away and the “pecadores” saw a sunny Machu Picchu) and we are sure that the trip would not be the same without him.
    Overall, an unforgettable experience, thanks to the management team and Jair.
    Thanks, guys!

  • Anonymus
    June 30, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 day Inca Trail hike with PIE Experiences. Katherine and Frederick were terrific at answering all of my (many) pre-trip emails and questions. Booking was easy, our vegetarian meal requests were honored and everything was exactly as planned. We felt great knowing who was picking us up, when/where and that every detail was well thought out and taken care of.

    Our tour guide Oscar was terrific. We had a private group with him and he let us set our own pace, was a great conversationalist and really informative. We really enjoyed him.

    The accommodations in Aquas Calientes were lovely and the dinner was great as well. We really could not have asked for a better experience.

    We highly recommend PIE EXPERIENCES for your Inca Trail hike or a visit to Machu Pichu.

  • Maria M
    June 30, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    After looking into visiting Machu Picchu we decided to get Pie Experience to help us plan our trip. We booked the 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with them back in December. Kathrine kept in touch with us prior to arriving in Cusco guiding us on what to have with us. We were picked up very early morning by our guide Henry who then took us to the train station where we were able to get breakfast & collected our preordered pack lunches , which when we stopped on the trail for our picnic lunch were of a very high standard & enjoyed by all . It was a bright sunny day and we were straight into the Inca trail hike once we arrived.Henry really made our trip for us feeding us with interesting information as we made the 13km hike . Getting to see the Machu Picchu once we got to the Sun Gate was absolutely amazing. Henry then took us to our hotel Tierra Viva which was superb and a great location to explore the town . Dinner was arranged around the corner later that evening for us at the Chullpi Machu Picchu . Plenty of choice on the menu and everything ordered was very tasty. Our second day started out very early and very wet. We were at the Machu Picchu for its opening time 6am , compared to the day before it was completely different . We could hardly see anything in the distance due to cloud cover but taking our time this soon moved on enabling us to enjoy the a leisurely walk through the Machu Picchu with Henry giving us very interesting details connected to the history . We were then given time to ourselves to do whatever we wanted along with our tickets and instructions for our return journey to Cusco. Everything was very well organised , of a superb standard and took all the hassle of trying to coordinate and organise everything ourselves .

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