min 2 / max 10
2430 m / 7932 ft
If you find yourself in Peru and have a couple of days for an adventure but still short on time, then the Short 2 day Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu is the perfect trek. On this majestic hike, you’ll see impressive and ancient Inca ruins, panoramic mountain views, and also extraordinary subtropical vegetation and ecosystems you won’t find anywhere else in Peru.
This “Ancient” Inca Road will take your travels through a National Park and have you entering Machu Picchu through the legendary Sun Gate. Here you’ll be greeted by unforgettable views of the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. You’ll pass through subtropical vegetations and forests amongst the clouds. This Short 2 day Inca Trail will not only have you seeing the city in the afternoon but also allow you to visit it in the morning.
On day one, you’ll start your journey from the Ollantaytambo train station for a short trip to where you’ll start your hike (km 104). You’ll then have a three-hour hike to the Inca terraces and visit the Winay Wayna archaeological site. Be sure to take a camera as you’ll witness fountains that have flowed for years as they plunge down the mountainside into the Urubamba river.
You’ll continue to the Sun Gate, and follow a historic footpath that has been laid by the Inca to get your first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu in all its majesty. After a night in Aguas Calientes, you’ll take a bus to Machu Picchu for an unforgettable and immersive experience of Machu Picchu. You’ll see the local sites before heading back to Agua Calientes for a quick lunch and a train trip back to Ollantaytambo. This is the perfect getaway for those short on time and wants to see the majestic wonder that is Machu Picchu.
We will pick you up at your hotel at 5am, from there, we will drive to the town of Ollantaytambo for breakfast and then board the train to km 104, this is where the real adventure begins!
The trail runs for approximately 4 hours through gradual and very steep climbs until we get to the top of the beautiful archeological called Wiñayhuayna (known as forever young) reaching up to 8746/2666m. We will have time to explore and learn more of its history and origins. After lunch, we will be ascending through mountains and a further 2 hours through terrain fields. With spectacular views and unforgettable memories along the Inca trail, you will have every chance to take incredible pictures of the sunset overlooking Machu Picchu.
Mission accomplished, we arrive at Machu Picchu! Have your camera ready for some great pictures! We make our way to Aguas Calientes via bus and stay overnight at one of our recommended hotels!
Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will welcome you with a 2 hours and half guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own.
In the afternoon, we will be departing Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) and arrive to Cusco at roughly 7:00 p.m
At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip. If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.
Your luggage is limited due to the train restrictions, even if its an overnight tour. All bags that you bring to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) should be carry-on only. All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours & Treks office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek. We’ll take them from you on the morning of your journey and return them once you’re back in Cusco. Make sure your bags are appropriately identified, so it’s easy to locate them.
Please note any type of bag or bagged when visiting Machu Picchu. A bag can be no bigger than 40cm, or 157 inches high X 35cm or 14 inches wide X 20cm or 8 inches deep as anything bigger won’t be permitted into the citadel. There is storage near the citadel. Even if your bags are already tagged with ID tags, please use any Machu Picchu Tours & Treks luggage tags. This makes it easier for Machu Picchu Tours & Treks staff to find and manage your luggage for you.
The rules and regulations that control the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are always changing. You must be aware of any issues that are detailed in this document before you embark on your adventure to Peru.
Keep in mind that only 250 people per day are allowed to start on the 2 day Inca Trail trek at km. 104. This number includes all the support staff and is controlled. Once this limit is reached, the trail is closed off for the day, and no other bookings can be made. No reservations are held on the trail, and all permits to trek must be bought as far in advance as possible with you complete and correct passport information. No modifications can or will be made. Any attempts to modify your permit will result in its loss and money paid.
The name and passport number that is submitted to Machu Picchu Tours at the confirmation time will be used to purchase the permit for the Inca Trail and entrance to Machu Picchu. This number and name will be used to identify yourself as you enter the checkpoint at the start of the trail and throughout the hike. If any of this information doesn’t match what has been submitted initially at confirmation, changes and correction can be subject to fees as discrepancies can lead to you being denied admission to the 2 day Inca Trail.
Please take note that these rules and regulations are strictly enforced by the governing bodies of the Inca Trail in Peru. They are out of the control of Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, and no exceptions can or will be made. If you are denied access to the Inca Trail due to providing incorrect or invalid information, the cost of accommodation and other services during this time will be your responsibility and not Machu Picchu Tours & Treks.
At times, portions of the short 2 day Inca Trail will be closed down for general maintenance. This is usually during February each year. Closures can occur at various times throughout the year due to weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods of closures, any tour affected will hike the alternative one—for example, the 3-day Huchuy Qosqo trek or 4-day Lares Trek
Yes! Please bring your original passport. It must be the same passport number information you sent us when you booked your entrance into Machu Picchu, train ticket(s), and other entrances or reservations. The site rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also do the same before you board.
If you do happen to renew your passport, you can send us your old passport information to secure your permit. Once you get the new one, we change it for a nominal USD$10 fee per person. Keep in mind, and we need an old copy of your passport and the new one to make any changes. Before you make any changes, keep your old one.
Note: If you don’t want to pay this fee, bring both passports to Peru. You can enter Peru with your most recent passport but will need to show both to be allowed entrance into Machu Picchu or on the train. If you don’t have both, then you won’t be allowed access. This is a strict policy that must always be adhered to.
This trail is easily achievable by anyone of average fitness level. It is suitable for any child aged eight years and older. The hike is only 12 km or 7.4564 miles in distance. It can take from 5 – 6 hours for most people. In some parts, there are steep Inca steps. You’ll ascend 550m or 1800 ft, then descend 250m or 820 ft.
Altitude sickness shouldn’t be an issue as the maximum height is only 2650 m or 8700 ft. This is lower than the Sacred Valley and much lower than Cusco. However, you may notice that breathing harder in the steep sections.
This is dependent on the exact location. La Paz experiences a much drier climate than Cusco. In the jungle areas, it’s more-than-likely to rain daily, but the rain showers will fall in short heavy bursts. If you’re in the mountains, most showers are short-lived but can be cumbersome and usually in the afternoon or overnight. Rain is interspersed with periods of sunshine, but it has been known to rain all day, especially in February. It can also remain overcast all day.
Yes, you can. It does depend on the child and if they have any hiking experience. This will give them an idea of what to expect. Some touring agencies will recommend that a child be at least 8-10 years old minimum. Children do enjoy hiking more and cope with the challenge better than most adults. You know your child(ren) the best. If they are active and love to hike, then these options will make them happy.
Technically, you won’t be allowed to bring them into Machu Picchu as they aren’t allowed. If you’re over 65 or have a doctor’s note to say you need them for your mobility, then you can do so, but they must have a rubber tip.
To do this impressive climb, you should be at least at average fitness. More importantly, it is a positive mental attitude to enjoy this challenge. It is a tough climb, but you can make it to the top if you take it easy. It takes roughly an hour, and if you’re afraid of heights, this may not be the best hike to take.
Reviewed August 2019 207calumh
John is a brilliant tour guide and did an excellent job showing us Cusco, Short 2 day Inca Trail, Machu Picchu etc. Lots of knowledge, anecdotes plus great food recommendations and lots of fun! He’s very passionate about his country and history and this clearly comes across in his enthusiasm for his tours. I can highly recommend!
Reviewed August 2019 Juliah1988
I highly recommend this amazing tour guide for your next trip! I went to Peru for my 30th birthday as a solo traveller and John made sure I had a fantastic time. He knew all the best places to eat and take photos. He had so much knowledge and passion about South America, amazing person and really did everything possible to make my trip a once in a lifetime experience. My first view of Machu Picchu at sunset is one that I will truly never forget and I am so grateful to John for makign that possible! 🙂
Reviewed September 2019 Tellierose
You will not believe your eyes when you climb all the way to the top. I took the Inca Day Trail back in April. I took a solo trip out there and was greeted by the most amazing tour guide, who made me feel at ease before the 12 km hike. If you aren’t much of a hiker, challenge yourself. I did! You won’t regret it. You get to see waterfalls, llamas, beautiful mountains in the distance.. and you’re so high up, the clouds are also in the distance and surrounding you. It’s breathtaking. You feel like you can conquer anything after a hike like that. It was so rewarding in the end. When the clouds part and you get a glimpse of Machu Picchu your heart will skip a beat. Absolutely incredible. Worth every penny. You must go!
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