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2 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu –  Short Inca Trail Tour

  • Trekking
  • Cultural
  • 1 Night hotel
  • 1 Breakfast
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner
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U$: 500 USD

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Take this chance of an adventure of a lifetime with Pacha Expedition. Hop on our 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This short Inca Trail tour offers a compact yet breathtaking experience. We will guide you through ancient paths and stunning landscapes, culminating in the iconic Machu Picchu.

Our journey begins in Ollantaytambo of the Sacred Valley. The starting point sets the stage for an unforgettable hike. The train tickets whisks us closer to the trail’s beginning.

With our tour guides with years of experience leading the way. We will navigate the scenic route with ease.

The hike to Machu Picchu on the short Inca Trail covers approximately 12 kilometers (about 7.5 miles). We will traverse cloud forests, revealing the area’s natural beauty and diversity. Along the way, we’ll encounter several Inca sites, each with its own story and significance.

Discovering Inca Marvels: Wiñay Wayna and Beyond

One of the highlights is the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna, an ancient marvel not to miss. We will explore terraces that once nourished an Incan community. The site offers panoramic views of the valley below, a perfect spot for photos.

As we near Machu Picchu, the anticipation builds. Arriving at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate offers a unique perspective. Views of Machu Picchu at sunrise are simply unmatched, making for an extraordinary arrival.

On the second day, we will dedicate our time to exploring Machu Picchu. A guided tour will unveil the mysteries of this archaeological wonder. We will learn about its construction, significance, and the people who once lived here.

Packing for the hike requires careful consideration. Our packing list ensures you’re ready for altitude sickness and the varied climates. We handle the Inca Trail permits, so you can focus on the experience.

Hike the Inca Trail with Pacha Expeditions and discover the magic of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is among the most rewarding day hikes you can undertake. Let’s create memories that will last a lifetime, with views and insights into the Inca civilization that few get to see.

We offer daily departures: Check The Inca Trail Availability Here.

Useful Information.

  • Starting Altitude – 2,100m / 6889.ft.
  • Highest Altitude – 2,600m / 8530.ft.
  • Hiking Distance – 11,km / 7. ml
  • Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Acomodation – Hotel
  • Overall Difficulty – Moderate

Overview Day to Day

  • Day 01: Cusco – Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu.
  • Day 02: Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco

The availability of the Inca road of 2 days, is very different, from the availability of the classic inca trail 4 days, we offer daily availability with small groups, minimum 2 tourists. We wait for you, make your reservation with us.


First Day of the Short Inca Trail

Get ready for the thrill of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Pacha Expeditions. On the first day of our adventure, excitement buzzes as we pick you up from your hotel early. Next, we zip you to the train station in our private transport.

A scenic train ride awaits, offering picturesque views. We’ll journey along a route rich with vistas until we hit kilometer 104. This marks the start of our trek on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Once we disembark, we gear up for a 3-hour hike to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna. Known as “Forever Young,” this site steals the show on the Inca Trail (2680m / 8792ft above the sea level). Here, amidst ancient ruins, we’ll enjoy a cold lunch, soaking in the history.

After lunch, our journey leads us to ‘Inti Punku’, the ‘Sun Gate’ (2730m/8792ft a.s.l.). Brace yourselves for the first breathtaking, panoramic view of Machu Picchu. This moment, seeing the ancient city from above, is unforgettable.

We descend the final stretch of the trail, stepping foot into Machu Picchu itself. While today is just a taste, the excitement of exploring more tomorrow hangs in the air. We cap off our day by heading down to Aguas Calientes. Here, we’ll enjoy dinner and well-deserved rest, prepping for day two.

First Day Highlights:

  • Distance Traveled: Approximately 12 km (7.5 miles)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,650 meters (8,692 feet)
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040 meters (6,692 feet)
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

This introduction to the ancient paths and breathtaking landscapes sets the stage for a deeper exploration tomorrow. Sleep tight in Aguas Calientes; tomorrow, we dive deeper into the heart of Machu Picchu!

Second Day of the Short Inca Trail

Rise and shine for the grand finale of our Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Pacha Expeditions. Day two kicks off early, as we catch the first bus at 6am up to Machu Picchu. Breakfast fuels us for the day ahead, brimming with exploration and awe.

Upon arrival, a walking tour guided by our knowledgeable guide brings the ancient city to life. You’ll uncover secrets and stories of this mysterious city. After the tour, freedom is yours to wander and soak in the wonder of Machu Picchu.

Feeling adventurous? Take on the climb to Huayna Picchu. It’s a 45-minute ascent, but the views are worth every step. Remember, this climb is optional but highly recommendable for the daring.

After a morning of exploration, we reconvene in Aguas Calientes. Here, we enjoy lunch and collect our train tickets for the return journey. The train departs at 3:55 pm, gently winding back to Cusco where we arrive around 8:45 pm.

Return to Cusco in the evening, marking the end of our journey. This day offers a blend of guided insights and personal discovery within the iconic Machu Picchu. With hearts full and cameras loaded with memories, we’ll make our way back to Cusco, where our adventure began.

For those wanting more, an extra night in Aguas Calientes is an option. It’s a chance to dive deeper into Machu Picchu or unwind in the thermal springs. A perfect end to an unforgettable journey.

Final Day Highlights:

  • Distance Traveled: Approximately 4 to 6 kilometers (about 2.5 to 3.7 miles). This does not include the optional Huayna Picchu climb which adds about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) round trip.
  • Maximum Altitude: Machu Picchu itself sits at an altitude of 2,430 meters (7,972 feet) above sea level. If you choose to climb Huayna Picchu, you’ll reach an elevation of approximately 2,720 meters (8,920 feet).
  • Minimum Altitude: The town of Aguas Calientes lies at about 2,040 meters (6,690 feet) above sea level.
  • Difficulty: Easy

* Difficulty level (Easy) depends very much on your fitness and acclimatization.


Our Service Includes:

  • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide: Accompanies you from the train to the trail’s starting point, ensuring an enriching journey.
  • Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off: We manage your transport to and from the train station, making your travel seamless.
  • Round-Trip Train Tickets: Expedition service tickets are in the package, offering scenic views on your way to and from the trail.
  • All Necessary Entrance Fees: We cover your access to both the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. This is for a hassle-free experience.
  • Meals: Enjoy 1 breakfast, 1 box-lunch, and 1 dinner provided by us. (Note: Day 1 breakfast and lunch in Aguas Calientes are not in the tour price)
  • Bus Tickets: Two bus tickets are in the price. One from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and another back up to Machu Picchu.
  • Accommodation: Spend a comfortable night in Aguas Calientes with comfortable amenities.
  • Oxygen Bottle: For your safety and comfort, an oxygen bottle is available if needed.
  • First Aid Kit: We’re prepared for any minor medical needs with a well-stocked first aid kit.

IMPORTANT: The accommodation in Aguas Calientes includes all necessary comforts. It has a hot shower, private bathroom, and breakfast, or a similar standard. Should you desire an upgrade for your stay, is for an additional cost.


  • Hiking Poles: These are not in the package. But, you can rent them from us for additional support during your hike.
  • Meals: Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch on Day 2 are not in the package.
  • Tip for Your Guide: Gratuity for your guide is at your discretion. This shows appreciation for their expertise and assistance.
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: Access to this optional climb is not in the base package. It requires an additional fee of USD 60.
  • Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. It is not in our package.

IMPORTANT: The hotel to use in Aguas Calientes is with all the comforts (hot shower + private bathroom + breakfast) or another similar; this can be upgraded if you wish, with an increase in price

More Information


  • Valid Passport: Essential for entry to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • ISIC Card (if applicable): For students who might be eligible for discounts.
  • Hiking Boots: Comfortable, well-worn footwear with good grip.
  • Waterproof Jacket/Rain Poncho: Be ready for rain, regardless of the season.
  • Warm Layers: Temperatures can vary dramatically, so pack layers including fleece or a lightweight down jacket.
  • Casual Clothes for Evening: Comfortable outfits for relaxing in Aguas Calientes.
  • Sun Protection: Hat, sunglasses, and sunblock to protect against UV rays.
  • Insect Repellent: Especially important in the warmer months and lower elevations.
  • Personal Medications: Include any prescribed medications and personal first aid items.
  • Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Items: Keep them lightweight and eco-friendly if possible.
  • Camera or Smartphone: For capturing the breathtaking scenery and memorable moments.
  • Portable Charger/Power Bank: To keep your electronic devices with battery.
  • Flashlight or Headlamp: Useful for early mornings or exploring.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated and minimize plastic use.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, fruit, or nuts to keep you fueled on the trail.
  • Daypack: A comfortable backpack to carry your essentials during the day.
  • Cash: For tipping, snacks, and souvenirs along the trail and in Aguas Calientes.
  • Swimsuit: If you plan to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Towel: A small, quick-dry towel is useful for the hot springs or wiping sweat.

* To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a university card, with current and updated date

* If desired train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+U$.65)


  • Extra money
  • Swimsuit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)


  • Extra porter (U$: 150)


1. Do I need a permit for the 2-Day Short Inca Trail?

Yes, you need a permit for the Short Inca Trail. Permits are under limitation and can sell out months in advance. Booking early is crucial.

2. What is the difficulty level of the 2-Day Short Inca Trail?

The trail is moderate. It involves about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) of hiking, with some steep sections. Good physical condition is recommendable.

3. Can I hike the Short Inca Trail without a guide?

No, hiking the Inca Trail without a guide is not okay. You must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.

4. What should I do if the Short Inca Trail permits are out?

If permits are sold out, consider alternative treks such as the Salkantay Trek or day trips to Machu Picchu by train.

5. How far in advance should I book the 2-Day Short Inca Trail?

Booking 3-6 months in advance is advisable, especially during the high season (May to September) when permits quickly sell out.

6. What is in the 2-Day Short Inca Trail package?

The package typically includes professional guide services, entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Also includes transportation (train and bus), one night’s accommodation in Aguas Calientes, and some meals.

7. Are meals provided during the hike?

Yes, meals are provided during the hike, usually one breakfast, one box-lunch, and one dinner. Be sure to check your specific package details.

8. What kind of accommodation can I expect in Aguas Calientes?

Accommodation in Aguas Calientes typically includes comfortable hotels. They have private bathrooms, hot showers, and breakfast. Upgrades are available at additional costs.

9. Is it possible to climb Huayna Picchu as part of the tour?

Yes, climbing Huayna Picchu can be included but requires an additional permit and fee. It’s recommendable to book this well in advance due to limited availability.

10. What should I pack for the 2-Day Short Inca Trail?

Pack light and include essentials such as a valid passport, comfortable hiking boots, rain gear, warm layers, sun protection, personal medications, a water bottle, snacks, and a camera.


IMPORTANT: Prices depend on the service you hire and the number of people. You have to be flexible with your travel dates (giving alternatives of 1 or 2 days on each side of the preferred date), the availability for specific dates can change quickly since there are only 500 spaces on the Inca Trail per day

Price & Add – ons

Group: U$: 500
Private: U$: 550

Group versus Private Treks: What’s the difference?

  • Depending on the number of people in your booking, additional people may join the trek to make a full group.
  • If you choose “private”, no additional people will be joining your group, no matter the size.
  • Minimum booking size is two people; one person may book a group trek if Pacha Expeditions Travel Peru, is able to join that person with additional groups.


  • Under 18 years Discount: U$: 20
  • Under 07 years Discount: U$: 35


  • Walking stick: U$: 15
  • Day Pack U$: 20


  • Return Vistadome train – U$: 65 per person
  • Return Hiram Bingham train– U$: 380 per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (5-star hotel) – U$: 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – U$: 50 Per person

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