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2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

2-Day from $ USD 489.00

2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

"Experience the Legendary Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu"

Start at:
Cusco
Ends at:
Cusco
Duration:
2-Day
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 10
Physical Level
Easy
Style
Hiking / Culture

Visit Machupicchu by The 2-Day Short Inca Trail Hike. A spectacular 10.5 km/ 6.5 miles trek, this legendary Inca trail, rich in History, Culture and Nature, will transport you through time and reveal many secrets and Inca empire’s wonders.

A unique opportunity to experience and appreciate the greatness of Tahuantinsuyo, an ancient culture.

Would you like this adventure to Machupicchu on the Short Inca Trail trek to be part of your experience?

2-Day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu.

With 2-day Machu Picchu Trek Tour. Experience the thrill of trekking along the legendary Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu, the wonder of the world and the Peru’s and Latin America’s iconic tourist destination. As you hike through a breathtaking trail with stone steps, discover beautiful and enigmatic Inca archaeological sites strategically located with stunning views of the Urubamba River Valley, Machupicchu Inca city and surrounding snow-capped mountains. Also admire the exuberant biodiversity.

Would you like to experience this adventure? You only need 2 days and you don’t need much physical preparation. It is recommended for couples and families traveling with children. Doing The Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu, undoubtedly, for many who have already done it is a unique experience.

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Highlights

  • Explore 2 Day Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu.
  • Discover amazing Inca archaeological sites hidden among tropical rainforest.
  • Enjoy the rich biodiversity and scenic beauty.
  • From the Sun Gate, marvel at the breathtaking Machu Picchu panoramic view.
  • Visit Machu Picchu in a different way.
  • Venture out with your family and children.
  • Join our premium groups or take a private tour escorted by a local English-speaking tour guide.
  • Book your 2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike with Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours. Travel and tourism agency officially authorized by the Peruvian government to organize excursions along the Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy your nights in an excellent hotel in Aguas Calientes.

2-Day Inka Trail Trek to Machu Picchu Summary

Immerse yourself in The 2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu, discover the lost city of the Incas in a way different from the crowd and live a challenging but rewarding experience.

DAY 1

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Short Inca Trail Hike – Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) (L&D)*
  • At 3:45 am, transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • At 6:10 am, train depart from Ollantaytambo to km-104, Inca Trail checkpoint.
  • At 8:00 am, Short Inca Trail hiking start.
  • At 11:30 am, short break for lunch.
  • At 3:00 pm, Arrival at the Machu Picchu lookout point.
  • At 3:30 pm, bus ride down to Aguas Calientes.
  • At 6:30 pm, dinner in a good restaurant.
  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes town in a 3-Star hotel.

DAY 2

Tour to Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)*.
  • Breakfast at the hotel and visit to Machu Picchu in the early hours of the morning to see the magical sunrise.
  • At 14:55, 15:20 or 18:00 hours, return by train to Ollantaytambo – Cusco.

*B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner.

2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu Full Itinerary.

DAY 1

Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Short Inca Trail Hike - Aguas Calientes

Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu, Short Inca Trail Trek

Km-104, starting point of the 2-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

2 Day Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu hiking tour

Scenic beauty of the snow-capped Veronica from the 2-day Inca Trail.

Begin your unforgettable adventure on the legendary Short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

You will be picked up from your Cusco hotel at 3:45 a.m., or other pre-arranged time. We will then transfer you in a tourist van to the Ollantaytambo train station. Board your train and begin an epic journey to Km-104, the 2-Day Inca Trail hike checkpoint.

Pass the checkpoint escorted by a professional Guide authorized to lead 2 day Machu Picchu Hiking Tours. Start enjoying your trek by visiting the mysterious Chachabamba archaeological site, then continue on an ascending stone path until you reach Wiñaywayna, a stunning archaeological center strategically located with beautiful panoramic views. Here, takes a short break to delight your lunch and then continue hiking through the rainforest enjoying the abundance of biodiversity (flora and fauna) until you reach the Short Inca Trail Highest Point, The Sun Gate (2,720 meters / 8,922 feet).

From the Sun Gate, marvel at the breathtaking Machu Picchu panoramic views in perfect harmony with the scenic beauty. Then descend to the guardian’s house or also known as the lookout point and capture the Machu Picchu classic and postcard photos. After the photographic session, take the bus to Aguas Calientes, at 6:30 p.m., together with your tour guide visit the best restaurant and enjoy your delicious dinner and finally spend the night in Machu Picchu town.

Food

1L & 1D

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Distance Hiked

10.5 Km/6.5 miles

Tour Length

6-7 hours

Starting Altitude

3350 masl / 10990 ft Cusco

Min Altitude

2050 masl/6,726ft, Aguas Calientes

Max Altitude

2720 masl / 8,922, Sun Gate

DAY 2

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu tour - Ollantaytambo - Cusco.

Machu Picchu 2 Day Trek tour, 2 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Wonderfull 2 Day hort Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu.

Rediscover Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas and Peru’s greatest tourist icon.

After breakfast, together with an excellent professional trekking tour guide, take the bus to Machu Picchu (25 minutes), the Wonder of the World. Passing the checkpoint, stroll through the urban area and visit the sun’s temple, the Inca’s house, water mirrors and other highlights. After your tour, bid farewell to the “Lost City of the Incas”, board a bus to Aguas Calientes town and have lunch on your own. Later (14:55, 15:20, or 18:20 hours), board your return train to Ollantaytambo, upon arrival be greeted by our staff, and continue your trip back in a tourist minibus to Cusco city.

Note: If you have booked the ticket to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, go up after visiting Machu Picchu Citadel, it will take you 3 to 4-hour up and down.

“It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times”.

Food

1B

Physical Level

1, Easy

Tour Length

2-hour Tour

Starting Altitude

2050 masl/6,726ft, Aguas Calientes

Max Altitude

2450 masl / 8.038 ft, Machu Picchu

Notes

Doing The 2-Day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu requires a lot of flexibility, patience, open-mindedness, good humor, and the understanding that changes can be made without prior notice due to force majeure circumstances that “Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours” cannot control. These are incidents such as wars, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activities, labor conflicts, illness, adverse natural disasters, fires, or similar events. Also, cancellations or rescheduling by airlines and railway companies.

In this case, “Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours” reserves the right to offer the best alternative, modify the original itinerary, postpone or even resort to our last option, the cancellation of the tour. This decision is to safeguard our clients and if any extra expense is generated, it will be covered in its totality by the client.

The 2-Day Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu tickets, once purchased, do not have the option to change names, dates, and refunds. Please note that if you cancel your trip, you will automatically lose 100% of the cost of your ticket. if you wish to resume or change the date of your Short Inca Trail Hike ticket, you will have to purchase a new ticket.

Packing list

Packing lists to do Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu.

  • A small personal backpack for the hike (max. 25 liters).
  • All tickets that will be given to you in Cusco (tourist tickets of the places to visit. Also train and Consettur bus tickets).
  • Personal document with which you made the tour reservation (passport, ID card, student card or other).
  • Raincoat or poncho for the rainy season (November to April).
  • Hat and cap for the cold and the sun.
  • Sunscreen (April to October)
  • Mosquito repellent (Machupicchu).
  • Water in a canteen or Camelback.
  • Personal medication and pills for altitude sickness (soroche).
  • Appropriate footwear and clothing for the hike.
  • A pair of socks, polo shirts and other personal items to change at the hotel.
  • A pair of hiking poles (optional).
  • Extra money (PEN)
  • Cameras and others

Recomendations

To do the 2 day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu, we recommend the following:

  • Book the 2-Day Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu at least 2 months in advance, especially if you plan to do the trek between May and September which is the high season, therefore, the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Train tickets tend to sell out.
  • If you want to make your short Inca Trail booking at the last moment. Peruvian government system allows us to do it 3 days before the tour, if it is 2 days before, it will not be possible and it will also depend on the availabilities.
  • Be sure to arrive in the city of Cusco two or one day before the trek.
  • Before and upon arrival in Cusco, take pills for altitude sickness (soroche). In your hotel in Cusco also drink the coca leaves infusion, it will help you to acclimatize better and not to feel much the annoying headache, dizziness and vomiting. Avoid coffee, alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, as they prevent the good oxygen assimilation.
  • In Cusco, in the early morning and at night, wear warm clothes. Especially on the second and third day of the itinerary.
  • To travel by train to Machu Picchu, leave your heavy suitcases at the hotel in Cusco. The train company only allows you to travel with personal luggage. If you wish to travel with your heavy luggage, you will have to pay a supplement to the train company and go through a long process to send it by freight train.

About Short 2 day Inca Trail Price.

The price is expressed in US dollars (US$), per person and in double or triple room. If you want a single room, you will have to add a supplement or you may prefer to stay in 4 or 5-star hotels. Please contact our travel advisors.

Price List

First Option: 2 Day Inca Trail hike in Regular Tour.

2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu Group Tour. Join our already formed small groups and together with your new friends experience the 2-Day Inca Trail Trek and visit Machu Picchu in a different way.

We have daily departures and 11 months a year, except February. We open groups with a minimum of 2 people.

Pax number Price per person
2 or more people $ USD 489.00 Inquiry Now
Second Option: 2 Day Inca Trail Hike in Private Tour.

2 Day Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu Private Tour. This option is exclusive for you who prefer to do the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu with your couple, family, children or friends and do not want to meet strangers. You can start the hike any day of the year. The price varies according to the number of people booking together.

Pax number Price per person
1 Persons $ USD 729.00 Inquiry Now
2 Persons $ USD 549.00 Inquiry Now
3 Persons $ USD 525.00 Inquiry Now
4 Persons $ USD 510.00 Inquiry Now
5 Persons $ USD 499.00 Inquiry Now
6 + Persons $ USD 489.00 Inquiry Now

Optional Services

Enhance your 2 Day Machu Picchu Trek Tour by adding these optional services

These services are not included in the 2 day Inca Trail Hike package price; you can add them if you wish.

  • $ 70 USD. Ascent to Huayna Picchu Mountain. It is an incredible mountain located north of the Machu Picchu citadel. If you want to explore more places, you can climb this mountain from Machu Picchu citadel, it will take you about 45 minutes, but you must buy another ticket 3 or 4 month before, the availability is limited.
  • $ 70 USD. Ascent to Machu Picchu Mountain. It is another incredible mountain located south of the Machu Picchu citadel. If you want to explore more places, you can climb this mountain from Machu Picchu citadel, it will take you about 1.40 hours, but you must buy another ticket 2 or 3 month before, the availability is limited.
  • $ 75 USD. Travel on the Vistadome panoramic train. It superior-class train that has cars with large windows on the wall and on the roof that allow you to enjoy the scenic view. It also offers typical dances and fashion shows on board.
  • $ 43 USD. Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant by Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, located at the main entrance of the Machu Picchu citadel.
  • $ 23 USD. Buffet lunch. El Mapi restaurant in Machu Picchu village.
  • $ 25 USD. For a single room in a 3-star hotel
  • If you want to spend the nights in a superior or luxury hotel (4 or 5-Star hotel), ask for our confidential rates.
We offer discounts.
  • $ 30 USD. For students from 9 to 17 years old and for university students under 25 years old who have a student ID. The credential must be valid for a maximum of one year.
  • $ 60 USD. For children under 8 years old.
  • Special discounts for groups of 5 or more people booking together.

Packing list

Packing lists to do Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu.

  • A small personal backpack for the hike (max. 25 liters).
  • All tickets that will be given to you in Cusco (tourist tickets of the places to visit. Also train and Consettur bus tickets).
  • Personal document with which you made the tour reservation (passport, ID card, student card or other).
  • Raincoat or poncho for the rainy season (November to April).
  • Hat and cap for the cold and the sun.
  • Sunscreen (April to October)
  • Mosquito repellent (Machupicchu).
  • Water in a canteen or Camelback.
  • Personal medication and pills for altitude sickness (soroche).
  • Appropriate footwear and clothing for the hike.
  • A pair of socks, polo shirts and other personal items to change at the hotel.
  • A pair of hiking poles (optional).
  • Extra money (PEN)
  • Cameras and others

Travel Guide

Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail (The Qhapaq Ñan or Great Inca Trail). The Incas built more than 45 thousand kilometers of roads that articulated and facilitated the better administration of the Inca empire’s territory. This great royal road was built with stones and mud mortars, tunnels, vegetable fiber bridges (Qeswachaca), resting places (Wayranas and tambos) and others. It crossed almost the entire South American continent joining the current countries of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. The starting point was the great temple of the sun (Qorikancha = Golden enclosure) located in the Cusco city center, the Inca empire capital.

Most of this trail is still in use today. The royal road that linked Cusco, the capital of the empire with Machu Picchu, today has become very popular all over the world for trekking enthusiasts. Every year, thousands of trekking enthusiasts hike the 2-day Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu.

FAQS2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

How long does one walk per day on the 2-Day Short Inca Trail Hike To Machu Picchu?

Hiking time during the 2-day short Inca Trail trek will depend a lot on how your group progresses. But normally, it is between 6 and 7 hours of hiking to Machupicchu. You will only hike the first day and on the second day you will visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu.

How many kilometers or miles is the Short Inca Trail trek?

The 2-Day Machu Picchu Hike Tour is a total of 10.5 km/ 6.5 miles. Most of the route is flat and quiet, with slight ascents and descents composed of stone steps.

How can I book the 2-day Short Inca Trail Trek to Machupicchu?

You can book the 2-day Inka Trail Hike through travel and tourism companies authorized to operate the Inca Trail by Peruvian governmental entities such as Mincetur, Sernanp and the Ministry of Culture. Company name: Machupicchu Andes Tours E.I.R.L.; trade name: Matours E.I.R.L. is a local travel and tourism agency in Cusco, authorized to organize tours on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

How many 2-Day Short Inca Trail Hike tickets are available per day?

Due to the environmental protections of the Peruvian State. The 2-Day Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu has a limit of 250 people. These spaces are per day and allocated for tourists and support staff such as guides, cooks and porters. This is the reason why the available spaces are sold out quickly.

Is the 2-Day Short Inca Trail Hike open all year round?

No, the 2-day short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is only open 11 months of the year. In February it is closed by order of the Peruvian government for maintenance.

Can I do the 2-Day Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu with children?

Yes, you can do it. At the moment, there are no minimum age restrictions to do the 2-day short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Moreover, Machu Picchu 2-day hike tour is the most recommended trek to do with children, even with children under 5 years old.

Can I do the 2 Day Short Inca Trail Trek on my own?

No, the only way to hike the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is through a travel and tourism agency authorized by the Peruvian government, such as “Machupicchu Andes Tours or Matours E.I.R.L” and you must be accompanied by a professional tour guide.

Where does the Short Inca Trail Hike end?

The main destination of the 2 Day Inca Trail hike Tour is Machu Picchu, the wonder of the world. The entrance to Machu Picchu is already included in the Short Inca Trail ticket.

What is the Short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu difficulty rating?

The 2-day Short Inca Trail Hike difficulty rating is easy to moderate. The first part will be easy and near the highest point (Sun Gate), it will be a bit steep. The trail is wide and the perfectly constructed stone steps help to reduce difficulty rating.

What is the highest point of the 2 Day Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu?

The highest point of the short Inca Trail hike is the Inti punku (Sun Gate), 2720 masl / 8,924 ft.

What is the 2 Day Inka Trail Trek climate?

The entire 2-day short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is in the tropical rainforest. Therefore, the climate is temperate and also unpredictable. It rains here most of the year, but there are 2 distinct seasons: dry (April-October) and rainy (November-March). The temperature varies throughout the year between 12°C / 54°F and 22°C / 72°F.

Is there an age limit to do the Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu?

No, any age can do the Inca Trail as long as they are able to complete the route. But it is not recommended for children under 5 years old and adults over 65 years old. If you wish to do the trek with your baby, you will have to carry him/her in a baby carrier or hire an extra porter to carry him/her.

Are there bathrooms on the 2-Day Short Inca Trail Tour?

Yes, there are. There are restrooms at the checkpoint or Short Inca Trail hike starting point, Wiñaywayna lunch place and the second checkpoint and at Machu Picchu.

Where do you sleep on the Short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu?

On the 2-day short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, you will spend the night in Aguas Calientes town’s hotels. On this trek, camping is not allowed on the trail. If you wish to spend the night camping, you can do so in the Aguas Calientes town, there are suitable places.

How much luggage should I carry on the 2 Day Short Inca Trail hike?

To do the short 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is recommended to carry only a personal backpack, in which you will carry your camera, water, snacks, personal belongings and underwear to change in the hotel. If you prefer to carry more luggage, you will need to hire a porter (maximum 18 kilos).

Why does the 2-Day Inka Trail hike sell out so quickly?

It is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world. That is why tourists from all over the world book many months in advance. It is the only way to get tickets and that is why availabilities sell out quickly.

The 2-day short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the second option of the famous 4-day Inca Trail Trek, when this is sold out, the 2-day short Inca Trail starts to run out.

How far in advance should I book the ticket for the 2 Day Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu?

It is recommended to book the ticket for the Short Inca Trail hike One or two months in advance, and if it is more months in advance it will be better. The last time to make a reservation is 4 days before the tour, subject to availability.

Do I need to have a good physical preparation to do the Short Inca trail Trek?

To live this experience, it is not necessary to be an athlete or anything like that. A short practice hike at home before the Machu Picchu 2-day Inca Trail Tour will be enough. Doing this trekking is not a competition, you will go at your own pace and your professional guide will escort you at all times and will make your journey a unique experience.

What can I do if the 2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike is sold out?

Normally the classic 4-day Inca Trail is the one that sells out the fastest. When this happens, you have as a second option the 2-day Short Inca Trail, which is the one that always has availability. When both are sold out, you have the following alternative treks to Machupicchu: Salkantay, Lares, Huchuy Qosqo, Choquequirao and Ausangate.

Is it necessary to have travel insurance to do the Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu?

The 2-Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu is an outdoor activity; therefore, no one is free from any accident. We recommend that you contract your travel insurance with reliable insurance companies in your country, covering hospitalization, medicines, even repatriation to your country, among others.

Where do I leave my heavy suitcases while I do the 2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike?

We recommend that you leave your luggage at the hotel in Cusco. All lodging establishments have luggage storage facilities.

At the end of the Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu, can I climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain?

Yes, you can explore more places after the 2-Day Short Inca Trail hike and the Machu Picchu tour. But to climb either of the two mountains, you must book your ticket 2 or 3 months in advance. Especially for Huaynapicchu, it is the one that sells out the fastest and both mountains have limited spaces.

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