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Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu

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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best option for visitors who do regular exercise and offers a wonderful days walking along a path built by our ancestors.

The journey starts at 2100m (6890 feet), climbing up to 2700m (8829 feet) to sun gate, the highest point on the walk, and ends at 2400m (7874 feet), so there is no reason to worry about acclimatization or altitude sickness, This is the shorter version of the famous and stunning Inca trail for those who have less time but do not want to miss out on this unique trek.

  • Duration of the trek: 02 Days /01 Night
  • Distance of the trek: 12 kilometers
  • Season: From January to December (not available on February)
  • Maximum height: 2,700m (8690 feet) (Wiñaywuayna)

Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu, 2 day Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Aguas Calientes

We will pick you up at the hotel to take a two-hour train journey, getting off at the start of the Inca trail. Crossing the Urubamba River we reach Chachabamba, a small archeological site, well worth visiting. After trekking uphill for another two hours we reach a large archaeological site located in a beautiful natural mountain setting, called Wiñaywayna, at 2,650m (8,690 ft). Next we walk on to Intipunku (Sun Gate) 2,700m (8,829 ft), where we get our first views of Machupicchu. We then continue walking on down to Aguas Calientes, which is at 2,040m (6,692 ft), where we can enjoy the hot springs and one night in a comfortable hotel.

Day 2: Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu / Cusco

We wake up early and eat breakfast at the hotel, then returning by bus to Machupicchu, (2,430m, 7,970 ft) in time for sunrise, a truly magical experience. There is then an extensive guided tour for two hours, after which you will have time to explore the city for yourself. And if you wish, you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2750m, 9,022 ft), the neighboring mountain. In the afternoon we take an exciting train ride along the Urubamba valley, arriving back in Cusco after four hours.

Included / Not included


  • Collection from your hotel and transfer to the train station
  • Train ticket from from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (round trip)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Professional Bilingual tour leader (two leaders for group over 8 people)
  • Meals (1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)
  • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machupicchu
  • First aid kit and oxygen
  • 2 bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu, round trip)

Not included

  • Backpack
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Warm clothes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block, sun glasses and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Flash light and knife
  • Towel and toilet paper
  • Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra national currency (soles)
  • Passport
  • Student card for students (ISIC Card)

We recommend bringing:

  • Small backpack
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Rain coat and poncho
  • Warmth clothes for first day
  • Light clothes for hiking
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block, sun glasses and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Flash light and knife
  • Towel and toilet paper
  • Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra national currency (soles)
  • Original passport
  • ISI


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