Short Inca Trail to Machu picchu

Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Day 1
Day 2
Day 1

Km 104 - Chachabamba

Visit the archeological sites of Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna.

Day 2

Machu picchu

Impressive Inca city of Machu Picchu.

  • Type: Trekking
  • Duration: 2D/1N
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Season:From March to January
  • Departure: Check Availabilit
  • Minimum of Passengers: 3 people

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best option for visitors who do regular exercise and offers a wonderful 2 days walking along a path built by our ancestors.

The journey starts at 2 100m (6 890 feet), climbing up to 2 700m (8 829 feet) to sun gate, the highest point on the walk, and ends at 2 400m (7 874 feet), so there is no reason to worry about acclimatization or altitude sickness.

Inca trail 2 days is an alternative path to Machu Picchu, as well as the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, They are beautiful and challenging routes, but the most challenging route in Cusco is Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

This is the shorter version of the famous and stunning Classic Inca trail 4 days for those who have less time but do not want to miss out on this unique trek.

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Short Inca Trail Map

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

We will pick you up at the hotel to take a two-hour train journey, getting off at the start of the 2 day 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 Machu picchu.

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.

  • Total distance: 13 km
  • Estimated walking time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,858 ft)
  • Lodging altitude: 2,040 m (6,692 ft)

Day 2: Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu - Cusco

We wake up early and eat breakfast at the hotel, then returning by bus to Machu picchu, (2,400 m - 7,474 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. In the afternoon we take an exciting train ride along the Urubamba valley, arriving back in Cusco after four hours.


  • 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 Guide
  • Meals (1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)
  • Entrance fee to Inca Trail 2 days and Machu picchu
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu picchu, round trip)
  • First aid kit and oxygen

Not included

  • Breakfast the first day
  • Lunch and dinner on the second day
  • Entrance to Huaynapicchu mountain and Machu picchu mountain
  • Services not mentioned.

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

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