short Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu 2 Days

CUSCO- OLLANTAYTAMBO - KM 104 - CHACHABAMBA - WIÑAY HUAYNA - INTI PUNKU - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

Overview

You have the possibility of entering a natural environment, made up of vegetation, Inca ruins, fresh and clean air, and an exuberant panorama that will provide you with an unprecedented and somewhat express experience. Where is this possible? During the 2-day trek to Machu Picchu along the short Inca trail, which also includes hotel accommodation. This short 2-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu offers the possibility to adventurers, hikers, naturalists, or people who do not have much time to travel the 4-day Inca trail, an expedition to an interesting, majestic, sacred, and full of history.

During this short Inca trail to one of the 7 wonders of the world, you will board the Ollantaytambo train until km 104, where the trip begins, you can also visit the archaeological center of Chachabamba, Urubamba River and learn about Inca history

Next, we will visit the iconic archaeological site of Wiñay Huayna, which means “forever young” and occupies the entire slope of the mountain, with 2 waterfalls that make it a very magical place.

In ancient times it was used as a center of agricultural production, as well as accommodation and warehouses for abundant harvests. Almost at the end of the tour, you will be able to see the Intipunku or the sun gate, a ceremonial structure from where you will be able to see our final destination, the archaeological zone of Machu Picchu. As you can see, despite being only a 2-day tour, the short Inca trail is full of interesting and beautiful sites that will give you an experience that you cannot miss, so don’t think twice and book now with us to live an unforgettable adventure!

SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU INTINERARY

  1. DAY 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Inca trail – machu picchu -aguas calientes
  2. DAY 2: Machu Picchu – Cusco

2 DAY INCA TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tourist train: Experience and enjoy an incredible trip with impressive views of the mountains along the Urubamba River before the short 2-day Inca trail trip
  • Inca Ruins: You will visit Inca centers such as Chachabamba, Wiñay Huayna, Intipata, Puerta del Sol, and Machu Picchu, the guide will explain about these Inca sites and you will learn more about Inca history
  • Beautiful views: The Inca trail is full of microclimates from lush forests, and rain forests, and also the Andes mountain range and the Sacred River of the Incas Urubamba, in general, will surprise you
  • Machu Picchu: This is one of the reasons why you want to visit this place since it will be possible to appreciate the first day of the short path through the Puerta del Sol and enter Machu Picchu to take incredible photos, the second day you will be able to appreciate the different Inca enclosures for around 2 hours
  • Walking the original Inca trail: You will be amazed when you enter the different archaeological centers along the short Inca trail through the gate of the sun and ending at Machu Picchu

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$ 370 per Person
Group SizeUp 8
Activity LevelMODERATE
Trip StylesHIKING
Lodging TypeHOTEL

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO- OLLANTAYTAMBO - KM 104 - CHACHABAMBA - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES

SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS ITINERARY

Ready for an exciting day in the valleys of Cusco? If so, day 1 begins at 4 am, which is the time at which we will pick you up at the hotel to take you to Ollantaytambo. From this point, we will take the train that passes through the Urubamba river and we will stay at km 104, which is a wooded and foggy place called Chachabamba.

Once there, we will enter the Chachabamba control point for which you must present your original passport and thus be able to begin the journey inside.

Chachabamba is an extremely beautiful archaeological site about which our guide will tell you about it and give you details of the Inca history and the place. After a while of exploring the site, we will advance to the first section of the old Inca trail. This section is inclined and the route lasts 3 hours to finally reach Wiñay Wayna.

Wiñay Wayna offers a wonderful view of the mountains, its surroundings, as well as the archaeological zone since it has a granite stone building and an altitude of 8694 feet. Once we reach this point we will take a break for lunch, enjoy some snacks and continue the walk towards Puerta del Sol.

From the Puerta del Sol, we will hike downhill for an hour, to show you the city of Machu Picchu more closely so that you can take photos.

Finally, on day 1, we will go to Aguas Calientes by bus to have dinner at a local restaurant and rest for the short Inca trail tour on day 2.

  • Highlight:
  • Trekking the Inca Trail, enjoying the views from the Sun Gate, and sunset views from Machu Picchu.
  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 8 miles
  • Meals: B + L
  • Elevations: Trek starting point is 2,000 m, the highest point is Sun Gate at 2,720 m, and the hotel is at 2,000 m
  • Weather: Hot and humid

Accommodation: Hotel night in Aguas Calientes

DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES - OLLANTAYTAMBO - CUSCO

The next day we will wake up very early to have breakfast at the hotel and then head to the bus station to board the bus. The trip will be 30 minutes to the archaeological center of Machu Picchu, once there we will show the passport and the ticket at the control then we will enter and go to the viewpoint where you can fully appreciate this fascinating place and also have a chance to take some pictures.

Then we will have a 2 hours tour where you will visit the most important places such as houses, storehouses, fountains, stone quarries and much more, ending the tour we will board the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will have your last lunch with the group (not included) and in the afternoon we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.

You will be in Cusco at approximately 7 pm, depending on the availability of the train and we will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Highlight: Arrive early to Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise
  • Temperature: Warm and humid
  • Meals: Breakfast Only

Train: Expedition tourist class at 14:30 or 14:55

Tour Inclusions

Inclusions Inca trail 2 Days

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Transfer from Cusco to the train station of Ollantaytambo
  • A professional tour guide prepared in first aid and experienced in the route and history
  • Second guide for groups of more than 9 people
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to kilometer 104 which is the trailhead
  • Entrance ticket for the Inca trail 2 days
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu for the first and second day
  • 1 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes 3 stars Andino Machu Picchu
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 1 and 2 day
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle for emergencies
  • 01 breakfast, 01 lunch, 01 dinner
  • Return train from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo Station to your hotel in Cusco

Not Included Short Inca Trail 2 Days

  • Breakfasts on the first day
  • Lunch on the second day
  • Extra expenses
  • Tips
Starting at
$ 370 USD
Per person (Group service)

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PACKING LIST TO INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS

A bag pack: Preferably a bag for the trips which is lightweight and big enough to carry all the essentials you need for the trip.

Light clothes; The clothes should be such that they can easily absorb moisture and help in the trekking. For the

Hat and sunglasses: As you will likely be in the sun a lot so you need to have a hat and sunglasses for the trip.

Umbrella: the likeliness of rain is really low but you should always have an umbrella as it can be used for multiple purposes.

Hiking shoes: The trek can be long and tiring for some so you need to be prepared to have good hiking shoes with a solid grip so that you do not get left behind.

Socks; The socks should be of good quality so that you do not get bugs or rocks in your shoes and protect your feet from all of the debris.

Eatables: You should have snacks and a water bottle always with you. These are the essentials of any trip, but for a trek these are mandatory.

Sunscreen; Some people have very sensitive skin so there should always be sunscreen to protect from the long exposure to the sun.

Warm clothes; at night there could be very cold to sleep, so you should have a pair of blankets or jacket to keep you warm at night.

Medicines: You should have insect repellents as there is a forest so there would be insects.

Camera or Mobile: To take photos of the stunning views it is preferable to have a good camera but the pictures could also be taken with a phone having a decent camera.

 

PRICE OF SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS – 1 NIGHT

Government regulations: The Peruvian government regulates the number of visitors and the prices for permits charged for the Inca Trail also, the Government regulates the salary of the porters and guides. Tour operators should comply with these regulations to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of permits and fees. That is why the prices we charge for the Inca Trail 2 days are fair and reasonable to cover all the needs to operate the Inca Trail 2 days.

PRICES

PRICES: SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU  + HOTEL NIGHT IN AGUAS CALIENTES

Group service – Season 2023

  • ADULT: 399 US Dollars per person
  • STUDENT: 370 US Dollars per person

ADDITIONAL OPTION THAT YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR INCA TRAIL TOUR

HUAYNAPICCHU MONTAÑA:65 US Dollars CHECK AVAILABILITY HERE https://reservas.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio

MACHU PICCHU MONTAÑA: 65 US Dollars CHECK AVAILABILITY HERE https://reservas.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio

UPGRADE TO VISTADOME TRAIN: – PANORAMIC TRAIN – ONE WAY: 35 US Dollars

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STUDENT PRICE:

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE:

The student price is available for all students around the world, provided that they meet the requirements set by the Peruvian government. This discount is applicable when purchasing Machu Picchu tickets from the Peruvian government.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE, YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

Your student ID must be an original ID issued by your university, made of PVC material.

The student ID must have the following information printed on it.

University information.

Student name.

Student picture.

The student ID must have a valid expiration date printed on it, which is only valid for one year. For instance, if you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the expiration date on your ID must be 2023 or 2024. If you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the maximum expiration date allowed is 2024.

The student discount is available only for students who are not more than 25 years old.

The International Student Identification Card (ISIC) is Not valid for the discount, even if it meets the requirements mentioned above.

The only valid document for the student price is the original student ID that meets the requirements set by the Peruvian government. No other documents such as certifications or virtual cards are accepted as proof of student status.

To apply for the student price, send us a photo of both sides of your student ID to reservas@inca-trail.net when you book the tour. If you send it later, you will not be eligible for the student discount.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS

What exactly is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is one of the most beautiful ruins in Peru where you can see the mountains and the ancient beauty of the trail. There are several ways to complete this trail and the trail can be seen in 4 days and if you are short on time you can do the Inca Trail in 2 days.

Is the duration of 2 days enough to complete the Inca Trail?

Yes, 2 days is enough to do all the important sightseeing on this trail. You can see almost all the important parts of the civilization.

Is any official document required to do the route?

A permit is required for this route. It must be prepared before starting the route. You can easily obtain it from your tour guide.

Is the Inca Trail difficult for a normal person?

For a person without medical problems, the Inca Trail is quite easy. You can do it easily, but keep in mind that you should exercise and also acclimatize in Cusco for a few days.

Do I have to do the trek on my own?

No, you should always have a tour guide for a more efficient and safe experience and also hire a travel agency that is up to standard with the necessary paperwork from the Peruvian government.

What is the best time of the year to do the Inca Trail?

Mainly from April to September, as this is the dry season. The trail is usually closed in winter, exactly in the month of February because there is a lot of rain.

What is the maximum altitude of the trail?

The highest point of the trail is at 2700 meters and is located at the famous gate of the sun.

How much does it cost to do the 2-day trek?

The cost depends on the tour guide and the length of the trail. The 2-day trek usually costs less than the 4-day trek.
A range of $380 to $900 will depend on your budget and there are also many options.

Do I have to tip the guides and baggage carriers?

Although it is not mandatory, it is always good to tip the people who do all these tasks for you. It is a sign of goodwill and helps the locals.

Where are we going to sleep?

You will sleep in a hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes. It depends on your preferences and availability.

What will happen if an emergency medical situation arises for a hiker?

Don’t worry. The guides will have a first aid kit and are trained in first aid. In case of an emergency, we carry satellite phones to call an ambulance or doctor.

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