Short Inca Trail 2 Days 

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Short Inca Trail 2 Days Details

During the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you may discover stunning Inca ruins, vast mountain views, lush tropical vegetation, and remarkable biological diversity. This ancient Inca road traverses the most beautiful views of the Sacred Valley and leads to the Sun Gate, a stone structure that marks the entrance to Machu Picchu citadel. 

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city located 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Cusco, Peru. At a height of 2,350 meters (7,710 feet), it is situated above the Urubamba River valley in a small depression between two peaks known as Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain

The Inca city of Machu Picchu was not discovered by the Spanish after the fall of the Inca Empire. It was not until 1911 when Hiram Bingham found the citadel after being directed there by a local Quechua-speaking inhabitant named Melchor Arteaga

The Short Inca Trail is a great alternative to the Classic Inca Trail. On the first day of the tour, you will have a short hike to Machu Picchu. The next day is spent visiting the Machu Picchu ruins, with the option to climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain.

Why travel with Machu Picchu Peru Luxury?

We are a local tour operator specialized in providing luxury tours to Cusco. We have years of experience planning tours and treks. Our tour guides are professionals authorized by the local government to provide their services. 

We also offer guided tours to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Humantay Lake, and the Salkantay Trek. Explore the incredible Inca sites of South America with us.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer.

Departure Time

4:00 am


  • Cusco hotel transfer.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo Train Station to Km 104 (Expedition train tickets).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Train Station (Expedition train tickets).
  • Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Lunch on the first day.
  • Dinner on the first day.
  • Breakfast on the second day.
  • 1 night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus trip from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the first day.
  • Round bus trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on the second day.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • First aid kit.

Not included

  • Hotel in Cusco.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Lunch on the second day.
  • Dinner on the second day.
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Aguas Calientes hot springs (optional).
  • Vistadome train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Hiram Bingham train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Any private expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips.

Recommended to carry

  • Original passport.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses.
  • Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Water bottle and snacks.
  • Camera.

Day 1Day 1: Cusco - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes

We will pick you up from your hotel room in Cusco city around 4:00 am. Then, we will drive to Ollantaytambo town, located in the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once we arrive at Ollantaytambo, we will board a train to Km 104 on the nearby station.

We will leave the train at Km 104. Then, we will pass a security checkpoint before entering the Inca Trail. After that, we will hike for around 2 hours to the Wiñay Wayna Inca ruins. This place served as a resting place for the Inca nobility before entering Machu Picchu. You will have a short guided tour of this magnificent Inca place. Then, we will stop to have lunch.

After lunch, we will head towards Inti Punku. This stone structure is the gateway to Machu Picchu. Once we cross Inti Punku, we will get astonishing views of Machu Picchu during the sunset. Then, we will board a bus to go to Aguas Calientes.

Once in Aguas Calientes, our staff will transfer you to your hotel room. After leaving your things there, you will have free time to explore this cozy Andean town and its famous hot springs.

Day 2Day 2: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will wake up early in the morning. After having breakfast, we will board a bus to Machu Picchu citadel. The bus trip takes around 45 minutes to complete. Then, we will pass a security checkpoint before entering Machu Picchu.

Afterwards, you will get a complete guided tour of Machu Picchu citadel. You will visit the most famous Inca monuments of the city, including the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows, and the Intihuatana. If you have a ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain, our staff will guide you to the respective trailheads. After the tour, we will board a bus to return to Aguas Calientes.

Once in Aguas Calientes, you will have time to have lunch at a local restaurant. The lunch is not included in the tour price. In the afternoon, we will catch a train to Ollantaytambo. Once we arrive there, our personnel will transfer you back to Cusco city. You will be arriving there around 9:00 pm. 

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The luxurious touches, including comfortable accommodations and gourmet meals, added an extra layer of indulgence to the adventure. The highlight, of course, was reaching the breathtaking Machu Picchu and exploring its wonders. It was a truly unforgettable journey that I highly recommend. Thank you, Machu Picchu Luxury Travel, for an extraordinary tour experience!

December 16, 2022