The Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is the most important two day hike that takes you into Machu Picchu. Despite the shorter trek time you will nonetheless experience all of the main highlights of the real 2 days Inca Trail.These include walking through the lush forest of the Amazon, hiking the 2 day hike to Machu Picchu on the Peruvian Andes and enjoying the beautiful views of snow-capped peaks and natural streams. You will see Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, the same entrance used by the Incas on their spiritual pilgrimages to the sacred site of Machu Picchu – Peru. You will enjoy a guided tour and explore the ruins of this wonderous archaeological site as well as an optional hike up to the peak of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best option for those who have limited time in cusco or for those who did not have enough time to complete the Inca trail 4 days but still you want to experience the small portion of the Inca Trail, Hiking the Short Inca Trail Trek in Peru allow you to enjoy the sunset and the next day in the morning sunrise, this Short Inca Trail in Cusco 2 Days is the only hike that makes you have those two opportunities to enjoy the wonder of the world.
NOTA, if you want to experience our the Short Inca Trail with Camping you can request and for us will be more than pleasure to organize your 1 night camping. The Short Inca Trail Trek 2 Days with hotel or with camping is definitely the best alternative option for those who want to explore and amazed the Sun Gate and lost city of Machu Picchu.
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Highlights
2 Days Short Inca Trail Trek Pre- Briefing
The Short Inca Trail 2 days briefing is usually 1 day or 2 days before your actually departure where you will meet with your expert tour guide and you can ask final question that you may have before your Inca Trail Experience 2 Days.
Day 1: Cusco – km104 – Wiñay huayna- Machu Picchu (Meals: /L/D)
Day 2: Aguas Calientes Town Pueblo – Machu Picchu– Cusco (Meals: B/)
We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel early in the morning (about 5:00am) and then drive to the train station in Ollantaytambo and take the train to Kilometer (Km) 104, which takes about three hours. Km 104 is an unscheduled train stop so you will probably feel a twinge of satisfaction that the train is stopping especially for you – and by knowing you are about to see things that no one else will get to! At Km 104 we will get off the train and pass the Inca Trail checkpoint where we will see our first archaeological center called Chachabamba (2,170 m / 7,170 ft). These ruins were one of the last shelters that the Incas used before they reached Machu Picchu. This site was also used as a religious and administrative center, and features several buildings.
Then, we will gradually ascend for about 2-3 hours climbing Inca stone steps while our guide points out different flora and fauna along the trail. We will then pass a tall waterfall before arriving at the archaeological site called Wiñay Wayna at (2,650 m / 8,700 ft), which is named after an orchid and means Forever Young in Quechua. We will climb to the top of the ruins and enjoy lunch with an incredible view of the Urubamba River and the Sacred Valley. This large site sits on a mountainside and features experimental terraces that the Incas used to grow different crops. We will visit an important temple with 7 windows that was dedicated to the rainbow as well as observe the amazing engineering of water channels that still function today.
Once we finish our tour here, we will continue our hike for about 1 ½ hours on a part of the Inca Trail which is relatively flat, with small ascents and descents along the way. At about 5:00 pm we will reach the Sun Gate (2,720 m / 8,920 ft), which is called Intipunku in Quechua. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu and from there we will head down to the ruins. From Machu Picchu, we take the bus to Aguas Calientes and have a short walk to our camp at Puente Ruinas. Our porter will have the tents completely set up for us.
We will have happy hour with tea when we arrive at the camp. Then our chef will prepare us an incredible, hearty dinner. After dinner we can relax at camp and get a good sleep so we will be up early for the sunrise.
Meals: Box Lunch / Dinner
Accommodations: Camping at Puente Ruinas
Maximum altitude: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
Distance to walk: 13 km / 8 miles
Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
We will get up early and have a marvelous breakfast, prepared by our chef. Then we will catch the bus to Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes. We will want to be at Machu Picchu by six AM to see the sunrise. Once we reach Machu Picchu you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.
If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (the price for this is not included in your tour price) you will begin the hike at 10 AM. If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the expedition train to ollantaytambo ( train station). From ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.
Maximum altitude: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
Minimum altitude: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
Group Service for Two Day Inca Trail
Private Group Price
Private family trek US$ 500. 00 per person
Solo Traveler US$ 560
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