Up to 8
Group or private
Trekking, adventure, self-guided
from $477 per person
The short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days is the best short trek to Machu Picchu. You still get to experience the beauty and the mystery of arriving at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. The 2 day trek still offers a combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. The trekker gets the undescribable experience of entering Machu Picchu Citadel on the same trail the Incas did before them and experience the unforgettable views of the mountain peaks around Machu Picchu and passing different archeological sites that played a variety of important roles during the height of the reign of the Incas, ending at the magnificent wonder of the world, Machu Picchu Citadel.
THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS IS ALMOST ALWAYS AVAILABLE !
You will be picked up in your hotel lobby at either 4am from Cusco or 5:30am from Ollantaytambo, for your tranfer in our private van to the train station in Ollantaytambo, and then we take our train for 1.5 hours to km104(2,100m/6,927ft) where you begin your Inca Trail trek passing the first check point. From there we begin a moderate climb for the next three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana (2,650m/8747ft). When we arrive you will get to enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba canyon, incredible Inca sites and the connection of the traditional four day Inca Trail. After some time to enjoy these amazing sites, we continue our hike towards the Sun Gate (2,730mts/9,007ft), from here we will have the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu Citadel in all its brilliance and majesty. From there we walk downhill for one hour to the citadel of Machu Picchu at the guards house. After time to take some photos, we will take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.
With an exciting day ahead, we leave our hotel early to take the shuttle bus at 5:30am for the journey up to the Machu Picchu ruins, just in time for the sunrise over the Citadel. Upon arrival our professional guide will provide a 3.5 hour guided tour which will make the history around this mysterious and charming ruin come alive. After that you will have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and and climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain if you choose (needs to be booked in advance), before you return to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon we take the 4:22pm Expedition train to Ollantaytambo with a private van connection to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening at around 8pm.
Your entrance into Machu Picchu is the first session for 6am to 12pm. If you hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains you receive 2 hours extra at Machu Picchu.
***** Single supplement USD $40 for 3*** (other 3* upgrades $60 USD) Hotel, US$110 for 4**** hotel like el Mapi or $75 USD for 4**** hotel like Tierra Viva superior room
“Please read the following information carefully; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and aout the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days”
You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding an orange board INCA TRAIL HIKE at the arrival terminal. You must exit the terminal in order to find our representative (they cannot enter inside) It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!
It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm in our office which is located at Garcilaso Street 210 , Office Nº:213 (2nd Floor) in the la CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.
Of course! During the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase a Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu permit without the following information:
SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of email@example.com.
Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. The Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
If you cancel your Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu, the deposit is strictly not refundable!
Yes for sure! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu permit. The rangers will check every day and when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the new passport number as soon as possible. Fees apply, please check with the office.
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. BUT you will have varietied weather conditions as you pass through the numerous microclimates, it will be dependet on your location. We highly recommend that you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.
In general if you exercise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatisation to the altitude, you may be fine.
The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. See our detailed information about Altitude Sickness under FAQS.
We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimatizing. Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.
The maximum group size is 8 people. Usually our groups are between 2-6 people. INCA TRAIL HIKE specializes in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provides a personalised service.
It could get a bit crowded but with the regulations in place by the government to limit the amount of people per day, there is enough space for everyone. To improve your experience on the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu, we have small groups with expert guides.
Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel upon return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up from there.
It will depend on the trains´ availability but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and also a chance to enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore you will take the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu
You may upgrade to the Vistadome train which has slightly nicer seats, as well as panoramic windows and ceilings. You will be offered some snacks and a dance show will take place on board. The price is US$67 per person which includes the transfer from Poroy (Cusco) train station to your hotel in Cusco. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to the Vistadome Train, the trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco), takes 3.5 hours, and then 25mins by taxi to your hotel. Usually our clients are back at their hotel by 8pm. If you plan to take the bus to Puno the same night, that is totally possible.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many INCA TRAIL HIKE destinations. Of course you are free to tip what you feel is appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator in that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and it´s people.