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Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu 2D/1N

Short Inca Trail Hike 2 Days

The short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu covers 13 km of hike in the beautiful area of cloud forest rich in Andean flora and wildlife. This stunning 2 day trek is lower in altitude compare with the 4 day Classic trek and has different beginning point from the Classic Inca trail, but after the beautiful  site of Winaywayna, travelers will follow the same trail from the 4 day trek to Machupicchu.

This awesome 2 day hike is highly recommended for people seeking for short treks, hiking this short  trek you will be able to experience the spectacular Inca ruins, beautiful scenery and finally the magical feeling of arriving at the Sun gate and Machupicchu. This 2 day trek is the best option to visit Machupicchu in the wet season (December to March) because it allows you to see this great site twice.

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Short Inca Trail – Highlights:

  • Amazing mountain scenery
  • The mysterious cloud forest
  • Flora & wildlife
  • Visiting awesome ruins ( Chachabamba & Wiñaywayna)
  • Hiking the famous Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu the magical citadel.

2 Day  short Inca Trail Hike – Summary:

  • Day one. – Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – Short Inca Trail – Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 2. – Machu Picchu – Back to Cusco.


Detailed itinerary for short Inca Trail

Day one: Ollantaytambo – km 104 – Winaywayna – Machupicchu Town.

In the morning at the scheduled time, travelers will be picked up from their hotels in Cusco and transported for 1 hour and half to the train station at Ollantaytambo; the train ride is approx. 1 hour and half to arrive to km 104 the beginning of the 2 day trek to Machupicchu. After to cross the check point we will start hiking uphill for about 3 hours through the beautiful cloud forest until we reach the beautiful site of Wiñaywayna, this is an impressive site made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. We will be able to explore this charming  and marvelous Inca complex, which is considered as one the highlights of this two day trek, afterwards we will eat our box lunch.

The second part of this two day short hike is easier, we will hike towards the Gate of the Sun and Machupicchu;  at our arrival we will take pictures from the upper part of the ruin; we then drive down to Aguas Calientes town; to stay at the hotel.

  • Meals Included: box Lunch & dinner

Day two: Machupicchu – Back to Cusco.

In the morning after your breakfast at the hotel, our guide will pick you up from your hotel, then you will be transported to the citadel of Machupicchu. Where you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Sun Temple, the Sacred Sun Dial (Intihuatana), the Royal palace, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Main temple, Sacred Rock, warehouses, a large central square; and all the most interesting places. It will be a unique experience at this mysterious place, considered one of the new 7 wonders of the world. After the guided tour, free time to explore the zone on your own or you can take the hiking options:

  1. Climb to Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can observe the immensity of Machupicchu, even more amazing being high and distant (we suggest you to book in advance).
  2. Walk to the spectacular Inca bridge.

In the afternoon at the scheduled time we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, and then the Train ride back to Ollantaytambo and then you will be picked up by our transfer.

The journey by train takes approximately 1:40 Hours and 1:30 hours by car to get back to the hotel in Cusco.


What is included in the Short Inca Trail:

  • Transfer to the train station of Ollantaytambo
  • Train tickets round trip in expedition class
  • Box lunch
  • Entrance fee to the Short Inca Trail
  • Bus ticket up and down to Machu Picchu.
  • Professional fluent English speaking guide.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Transfer back to Ollanta to Cusco hotel

Not Included in the 2 Day hike:

  • Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu (70.00 US additional per person)
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Transfer out to the airport of Cusco.
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips (transfer, guide).
  • Breakfast in the first day morning and Lunch after Machupicchu.
  • Entrance fee to the Hot springs.

You should bring for the short Inca Trail hike:

  • Original passports
  • Rain gear, insect repellent and sunblock
  • Money in cash (soles or dollars)
  • Small backpack with essential items
  • one liter of water and sun hut
  • Walking poles with rubber tip for the hike

Note: The spaces for this Short Trek and Wayna Picchu Mountain are limited (View Inca Trail Regulations), we kindly suggest you to book it way in advance to assure your trek permits for this Short trek to Machupicchu

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