Short Inca Trail 2 days
2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Short Inca trail Tour 2 days
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail Tour 2 Days

Short Inca Trail Tour 2 days from Cusco is a beautiful and scenic hike to Machu Picchu. Some of the highlights seen in the classic Inca Trail are also in the short version Inca Trail. Explore the archaeological sites of Wiñaywayna and Sun gate on the way to the lost city of the incas. Additionally, the 2 day Inca Trail let you walk the same trail the incas used five hundred years ago to get to Machu Picchu.

This Short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu starts at Km 104 and takes a five-hour hike. You’ll walk about 12 kilometres of the Inca trail, where you also enjoy lush sub-tropical jungle and stunning Andean landscapes. At the end of the day, take a twenty minutes bus ride to Machu Picchu town, where you stay the night.

With this 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you can visit the Inca citadel twice. So, you will have the privilege to see the sunset and sunrise over this wonder of the world. The Short Inca trail ends with a private tour of Machu Picchu.  And during which you visit all important groups as you learn the history of the incas.



  • Tour Service: Private Short Inca Trail Tour 2 days
  • Pick up & Drop off Location: Cusco or Sacred Valley hotels
  •  Short Inca Trail distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles.
  • Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 2,150 m / 7,053 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 2,720 m / 8,923 ft.
  • Dietary Options: Vegetarian food upon request.
  • Storage: Free luggage storage in Cusco.


Embark on this incredible adventure, hiking the short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu. The 2 day Inca Trail tour is perfect for those short on time and enjoy adventure, history and nature. This is also an excellent choice for people who don’t like long walks and campings. Besides that, the inca trail permits are almost always available year round which is a plus for any traveler.

There is no other like the 2 day inca trail to Machu Picchu. The ancient Inca road passes the national park, extensive historical sites and enters through the sun gate to the sanctuary of the legendary Incas.

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Short Inca Trail Tour 2 Days

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    The Short Inca Trail Tour 2 days to Machu Picchu begins when we pick you up from the hotel in Cusco or Ollantaytambo. Our private vehicle will transfer you to Ollantaytambo train station. Here we board the train and travel for one hour to KM.104. As soon as we cross the bridge, we find the check point and show our Inca trail tickets. Only five minutes walking from here, we visit the first Inca site of Chachabamba.

    From here, we start a gentle ascend to the second Inca site. This short Inca Trail Hike of 2 days offers a great chance to see orchids, rivers and spectacular vistas. After three hours, we reach the Wiñaywayna Inca ruins. This is a beautiful ancient construction with a cascade and gorgeous landscapes. You will have a history lesson as you visit different parts of the Inca dwelling. From here, continue your hike for about twenty minutes to the campsite and use this spot to eat your lunch box.

    After our lunch we will continue for another 2 hours to Machu Picchu. This part of the trail is flatter and less sunny in comparison to the first section. After one hour, we go through the sun gate and walk down to Machu Picchu. Most part of this section is downhill and on arrival to the main gate of Machu Picchu, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Here you stay in a hotel.


    After your breakfast, we will take the bus for 25 minutes to Machu Picchu and start the guided tour. Your guide will explain the history of the Incas as you visit all groups of interest. During this private tour of Machu Picchu, you have plenty of time to take photographs or breaks. Also, if you booked the tickets, you can climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain (based on availability).

    Later, you take the bus to return to Aguas calientes and eat your lunch (on your own) before you board the train. Your guide will not be with you, but you will be provided with all the necessary information one day before. So, you take the train to Ollantaytambo on time, and from there our private vehicle picks you up and transfers you to your hotel in Cusco. This is how our Short Inca Trail Tour ends.


    Short Inca Trail Includes:

    • Private transport from your hotel to the train station.
    • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
    • English speaking tour guide.
    • Train tickets from/to Ollantaytambo.
    • One night hotel in Aguas Calientes (3 star hotel).
    • Transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
    • Permits for the Inca trail, Machu Picchu, and box lunch day 1.

    Inca Trail Tour Excludes:

    • Dinner or proper lunch on day 1.
    • Lunch. Dinner on day 2.
    • Personal Porter.
    • Personal Insurance.
    • Tipping your staff is customary.

    Inca Trail Packing List:

    • Original Passport (the same you have used for booking your trek)
    • Good day pack (25 to 30L)
    • Water 1 to 2 liters of water
    • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
    • Polar or sweater for early mornings and evenings.
    • A change of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the next day.
    • Rain jacket
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen and insect repellent
    • Camera
    • Toiletries kit
    • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
    • Personal Medication (we carry a Basic first Aid kit).


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    Can you do the Inca Trail in 2 days?

    Yes, you can. The first day of Inca Trail tour takes from Cusco to KM- 104 trail head. The second day, enjoy our Machu Picchu guided tour and return by train to Cusco.

    How long is the short Inca Trail?

    The short Inca Trail version takes 2 day and 1 night. And 12 kilometers which you complete it in about 5 hours until you arrive in Machu Picchu.

    Do you camp with the short Inca Trail?

    No, we don’t.  Most groups frequently stay at the hotels in Aguas Calientes. However, some companies offer this hike with camping.

    Does Inca Trail to Machu Picchu let me visit all sectors?

    No, it doesn’t. Unfortunately, the rules to visit Machu Picchu have changed a lot. Trekkers can only visit the upper part on the first day and the lower groups on the next day.