Inca Trail To Machu Picchu is shorter than the four-day classic Inca trail. We designed the Short Inca Trail itinerary for those who have very few days, but still want to experience the world’s famous trail of the Incas. The best part of this trail comes when we go through the sun gate and see Machu Picchu at sunset. On this day, we will walk across Machu Picchu before we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and spend the night at the hotel.

Meeting Location: Cusco hotel
End Location: Machu Picchu
Tour Duration: Inca trail 2 days 1 night
Max. Elevation: 2,720m / 8,921ft


•Follow the ancient pathways of the Incas.
•Visit the Incan archaeological sites.
•Enjoy the spectacular views of the Sacred Valley river.
•Uncover the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu.



The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu begins with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 am. We will leave Cusco and travel in our private vehicle for two hours to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Our train journey takes us on a very picturesque route for one hour until we reach kilometer 104–the start of the trail for us.

From here, we have a walk of approximately 3 hours up to the Inca site of Wiñay Huayna (‘Forever Young’) (8792 ft.). You have joined the path in time to see the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail!!

The Short Inca Trail 2 days continue on to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) (8792 ft.) from where you will have your first dramatic, panoramic view of Machu Picchu (8036 ft.). We will walk down the last part of the trail towards the ancient city itself. On this day, we walk through Machu Picchu and finish the day going down to Aguas Calientes and rest.


We will enjoy your breakfast early in the morning and continue with the Inca Trail Tours to Machu Picchu. We will take the 6 am bus up to Machu Picchu. Once there, you will take a guided tour (approximately 2 hours). If you have the passes and the energy you can also climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain (8890 ft.).You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. The train usually leaves at 3:55 pm, and we will arrive back in Cusco at about 8:45 pm.

If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town – a real treat after finishing the Short Inca Trail Hike.

Note: All people on the Short Inca Trail spend the night in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest Machu Picchu.

What's included
  • Personalized service
  • Private Vehicle from/to Cusco hotel.
  • Inca Trail and Machu picchu Tickets.
  • Profesional English speaking local tour guide.
  • Round trip Train tickets.
  • Round trip bus tickets.
  • Box Lunch.
What's not included
  • Meals or beverages not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation
  • Tips or gratuities.
  • Hotel night.
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Entrance ticket $70 per person.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Entrance ticket $70 per person.
  • Walking sticks $10 per pair.

Min 2  PAX $395 


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IMPORTANT. Entrance tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable; therefore, once you/we purchase your tickets, we cannot change the name or date on the ticket, nor can you ask for a refund.

CHILD POLICY: Children between 7 and 17 years old are allowed on this tour at the rate listed above.

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