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Short Inca Trail (2D/1N)


The Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is the most important two day hike that takes you into Machu Picchu. Despite the shorter trek time you will nonetheless experience all of the main highlights of the real  2 day Inca Trail Peru.

Duration 2 days and 1 night
Season From January to December except February for maintenance
Departure Daily
Return Back Packer Train

The Short Inca Trail permits are limited to just 500 persons per day, and this includes all the staff such as tour guides, porters, and cooks. The government have announced that trek permits for departures in 2019 (from March 2019 ) will go on sale from the beginning of October which is earlier than previous years. The months April, May, and June will sell out very quickly. Last year the entire month of May sold out in a couple of hours if you are thinking to hike the Inca trail you must need to book in advance

More information: Inca Trail vs Salkantay Hike


Day 1: Cusco - Km 104 - Wi├▒ayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas calientes

Pick up from the hotel at 05:30 am., transfer to train station of Ollantaytambo. We will take the train until km 104 of the railway line Cusco – Machu Picchu, point of beginning the trek, where we will arrive on 10.00am.
We will visit the archaeological complex of Chachabamba (2150 masl), located next to the control post and will initiate a long walk of the ascent of 8 km during 4h, towards the archaeological complex of Wiñay Wayna (2700 masl), that is an impressive archaeological set composed of an agricultural sector with numerous platforms, a religious sector, and an urban sector.
In the way, we will have magnificent views of the valley of the Urubamba River and the archaeological complex of Choquesuysuy, located in the left margin of the river, like also of a beautiful water cascade located to few minutes of Wiñay Wayna. Later, we will continue towards the Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol, after approximately 1 hour of a long walk on the brink of madness precipices in a landscape of forest eyebrow we will see for the first time the sacred city of Machu Picchu (2450 m.a.s.l.). We will descend in approximately 40 minutes, arriving by the superior part to the "House of the Guardians." Then we will get the bus to Aguas Calientes (25 minutes).

Day 2: Aguas calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will leave our hotel towards Machu Picchu after breakfast at about 5:30 am by bus. We are leaving that early because at this time the setting is less crowded, we take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site; Guided Tour of Machupicchu. This enigmatic city is explored for Approx. 3 hrs and their mysteries and archaeological information will be explained by your TOUR guide; you have approx. 6 hrs. extra free time but depends on train time.
The train departs from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon, then 2-hour transport to Cusco arriving between 8- 9:00 pm. approx.)

What is included?

  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Bilingual and professional tour guide
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office
  • Expedition train tickets from Ollantaytambo to the Km. 104
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Two-hour guided tour upon your arrival in Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (1B, 1L, 1D).
  • Vegetarian food available upon request for no extra charge
  • Accommodations in Aguas Calientes the first night
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • First aid equipment
  • Airfare and hotel advice upon request as well as booking

What is not included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Last lunch
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment


  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
  • A Daypack
  • Sun block
  • Sun Glasses
  • Insect Repellent
  • Extra money

Prices per Person 100% inc. Tour + Hotel

Accomodation (Category) Price per Traveler USD$
Aguas Calientes Single Double/Triple
Presidente / Wiracocha / Hatun Samay (**) 530 450
Inti punku /La cabaña / Santuario (***) 590 470
El Mapi / Tierra Viva / Casa de Sol (****) 690 540
Inkaterra / Sumaq (*****) 890 740
If the option chosen is sold out, we will book another one of the same category, price, and service previous customer's approval.

Optional services

  • 55 USDTrain Vistadome roud trip
  • 90 USD Personal porter (15 kl or 33 lb)
  • 80 USD Huayna Picchu entrance ticket or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance ticket
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes (check the details with your account executive)

Inca Trail Programs

We organize tours for small groups, including families, friends, students and volunteers. Our tour leaders speak English, Spanish & Quechua (Andean Language) and will dedicate themselves to giving you the best independent tours in Cusco as well as Machu Picchu.

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