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Short 2-day Inca Trail



Walk the same path as the Incas once did over 500 years ago on this unforgettable 2-day hike!

The 2-day Inca trail is perfect for families and those who have limited time or hiking experience, but still want to enjoy a section of this famous hike.


Day 1: Hiking day | Km 104 to Machu Picchu
  • Transfer to train station, enjoy the scenic train journey to the hike’s trailhead “Km 104”.
  • Passports and Inca trail permits have to be shown at check points.
  • Three-hour hike up to Wiñaywayna, one of the nicest Inca ruins along the trail, learn about Inca history while exploring the area.
  • Two-hour walk from Wiñaywayna, reach the Sun Gate “Intipunku” and have the first view of Machu Picchu.
  • Head down to Aguas Calientes town (25-minute bus ride).
  • Overnight at chosen hotel (2000 meters / 6600 feet).
  • Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours (including lunch / snack break).
  • Today’s hiking level: Easy – Moderate.
  • Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles.
Day 2: Visiting Machu Picchu | Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • Early shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride).
  • We will take an introductory two-hour guided tour of the Inca site, learn about Machu Picchu while exploring it.
  • Climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain known as “Montaña” (ADVANCED BOOKING REQUIRED – Check availability).
  • Board the train back to either Ollantaytambo or Poroy town , then continue by bus to your hotel.


  • Pre-departure briefing of your tour.
  • Transfer to the hike’s trailhead “KM 104” & to your hotel on final day.
  • Round trip train tickets.
  • Inca trail permits and fees.
  • Machu Picchu entrance fees.
  • Bus tickets up (x1) to Machu Picchu and down (x2) to Aguas Calientes.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide (Additional tour guide for groups of 9+).
  • Support staff “Porters” (if requested only).
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 box lunch and 1 dinner (If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian or gluten free, PLEASE let us know).
  • Emergency First-Aid kit and oxygen bottle.

BRIEFING: Before the hike, you will meet your hiking guide and the other members of your group. Your guide will explain the details about the hike route and the necessary recommendations will be provided to you for a great hiking experience.

×Not Included:

  • Backpacks.
  • Hiking poles (You can bring your own from home or rent them locally in Cusco city).
  • Breakfast on Day 1, lunch and dinner on Day 2.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain known as “Montaña” (ADVANCED BOOKING REQUIRED – Check availability).
  • Tips for guides, drivers and porters.
  • Travel insurance (you are strongly recommended to take out a travel insurance for the duration of your trip).

NOTE: The itinerary above is a sample, hiking times and lunch spots are subject to change according to our guides’ criteria, weather conditions, availability, evolution of the group and on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian government.

Ξ Packing List:

  • Original Passport.
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for a discount).
  • An overnight backpack.
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
  • Hiking boots.
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (SPF 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Spare coins
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and chargers


  • Average temperature: 21C° / 70F° – warm and humid.
  • Climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain known as “Montaña” is a terrific add-on experience since they both offer outstanding views of the Inca citadel, but the entrance fees are limited (400 people a day) and at scheduled times. If you consider climbing either of them YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR A SPOT IN ADVANCE.
  • To ensure the Inca trail permits and the Machu Picchu entrance fees, government regulations require full and CURRENT PASSPORT INFORMATION of all the hikers.
  • Inca trail permits are non-transferable and are sold out months in advance. We recommend our clients book asap (at least 3 months in advance)
  • This hike is open to families, honeymooners and anyone who doesn’t have much hiking experience. The hiking level is not as demanding as the classic 4 day Inca Trail.
  • No mules for this hike. Make sure you leave room in your backpack for your box lunch and clothing (porters are available only if requested).Andean Children


Peru Machu Picchu Tours S.A. is committed to traveling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. With your participation we can help conserving the area we visit and bring positive benefits to our host communities.

What you need to know on how to be a responsible traveler:

  • The natural environment is very important. If in nature you need to go to the bathroom, be sure it is buried away from waterways. Burying or carrying out used toilet paper is a must. Tampons and sanitary pads must also be taken out of the area and disposed of appropriately. Minimize use of soap or shampoos in rivers and lakes – your local guide will let you know when using soap is unsuitable.
  • When hiking, many travelers take an extra plastic bag to pick up any rubbish that they see to improve the area and for their own rubbish. Rubbish may have to be carried until a suitable disposal opportunity in the next town.
  • Please try and minimize the waste of plastic water bottles. Consider using a water filter, camelbacks, or canteens.

Types of Service:

Our trekking programs are available in 2 types of services:

Group Service: This is a high quality, shared service with a maximum of twelve people (hikers) in the group. Groups up to eight people will have one guide, whilst over eight will have two — a great opportunity to have fun and make new friends. Our GROUP SERVICES have set departure dates.

Private Service: These services are arranged just for you and your party, and offer the possibility to choose the departure date, the group size and the duration of the trek. This not only has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means meeting fewer travelers along the route.

Hike duration2 days / 1 night
Hike levelEasy – Moderate
Hike styleActive
Type of hikeArchaeological, cultural and adventure
Distance12 kilometers / 7.5 miles
Hiking time6 – 7 hours
ElevationLowest point 2o00m (6600 feet) – highest point 2750m (9075 feet)
AccommodationHotel 1 night
Group sizeGroup service up to 12 hikers maximum / Private service (as requested)
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