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2 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

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Tour Details

The 2 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is the best alternative to the Classic 4 days Inca Trail

Popularly known as the Short Inca Trail, this is perfect for those wanting to experience the highlights of the 500 years old trail. It takes you to the prominent Inca sites on the trail, namely Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku (Sun Gate). 

This is also popular among families wanting to experience something a little different than the regular Machu Picchu tour. The trail involves no high altitude mountain passes, extensive hikes, or a need to camp at remote places. Instead, you will spend the night in an ensuite hotel room in Aguas Calientes. 

The Inca trail 2 day trek covers a total distance of 11 Kilometres (6.8 miles).  The whole trail is on Qhapaq Ñan which in Quechua means the Royal Road. During the Inca civilization this was the only route to reach the Inca citadel from Cusco.  

Although the trail involves no high mountain passes, we highly recommend you to spend at least three days in Cusco before the trail to avoid altitude sickness. 

Why Machu Picchu Peru Cusco?

We are a local tour operator based in Cusco. Travelling with us means adventure, fun and security. We maintain high safety standards. Our guides are trained on first aid and use of Oxygen cans. 

We believe that choosing the right travel company is important to determine your experience in Cusco. We aim to offer a seamless experience that would make your trip unforgettable. Check our reviews in TripAdvisor.

Please Note: To get the most enchanting views of the cloud forest, you may upgrade to the vistadome train for your way back at an extra cost. The train has panoramic windows that offers a 360 degrees view. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Round-trip private transfer
  • Overnight accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Professional Guide
  • 01 Breakfast
  • Bottled water

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Any Personal Expenses
  • Meals, except the second day's breakfast
  • Travel Insurance

Things To Carry

  • Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies)
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Camera
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us)
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Sun hat.
Trip Highlights
  • Trace the footsteps of an ancient civilisation as you walk the classic Inca trail.
  • Camp out and enjoy an authentic cultural experience, camping equipment is included!
  • English speaking and experienced guides.
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Km.104 - Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport we will be driving you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo train station. Here you will be boarding the train to the trailhead which is at Km 104. 

The trail head is named after its distance from Cusco enroute to Machu Picchu. On reaching Km 104, the local authorities will be verifying the details of your Short Inca Trail permit against your passport. So please ensure to carry your passport. 

We will then start the 2 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We will begin with a gradual uphill hike, against the course of Urubamba river to Winay Wayna. In Quechua, Winay Wayna means “forever young”. It is a notable archaeological site in the trail. 

Here we will be stopping for lunch. After lunch, our guide will give you a tour of the complex. Then we will be continuing the trail to Inti Punku (Sun Gate). 

This is a popular Inca site on the Inca Trail. From here you will get the first view of Machu Picchu citadel. 

You will be able to click some fantastic photos from here. This will be the best time of the day as there are normally less tourists in Machu Picchu in the afternoon. 

We will then take a bus to Aguas Calientes. Here, we will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room. 

Day 2Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

You will need to wake up early in the morning as you will be taking an early morning bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel. Once at the entrance of the citadel, our guide will assist you in clearing the security control. 

As you would walk-into the citadel, you will be witnessing the sun rising over the mortal walls of this emblematic Inca city. We will then give you a two hours guided tour of the citadel. On this tour, you will be visiting some of the prominent places like the main square, royal quarters, ceremonial centre and more. 

After the tour you will have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the respective entrance. 

Then you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes town. Here you will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be picking you up from the train station and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco.

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Chen Lu

Family Traveller

A dream come true, this was a fantastic tour and Karen and her team took good measures to organise this trip efficiently.

November 13, 2019