Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


The sacred Inca trail takes this name, because it is made along the Vilcanota River, the Inca road is famous all over the world; the reasons are many: A fantastic Andean nature with green valleys, and a great variety of plants and birds, so come to enjoy this Wonder.

Option hike, for those who want to have a perfect hike, for families with children, friends group, or a special occasions with the love of our lives. The Sacred Inca trail covers a distance trek, of just 10 km / 6.3 miles (it is not too challenging)

Why take the Inca Short Trail 2 Days

  • Take advantage of this great opportunity to know Machu Picchu on your vacations. With your friends. Travel as a family in 2018 to Peru and have a break from the routine. These are the advantages offered by taking the Inca Corto tour with TOUR IN PERU.
  • You will have the possibility to see Machu Picchu twice. First, at the end of the walk, at the Puerta del Sol Intipunku and for the second time during the guided tour.
    Assistance 24 hours a day. Our team will be attentive to any question or concern on your part by our means of contact.
    Ideal for beginners. If you do not have much experience in walking or do not have several days in 2018, the Inca Corto Trail will allow you to enjoy nature on a two-day tour.
  • The best guides for your trip. Our guides are trained to provide you with the best explanation of Inca history and geography. Everyone has a friendly treatment that will get more than a smile.
  • Rest in Aguas Calientes. Unlike the 4 day tour, you will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town next to Machu Picchu.
  • Commitment on the part of all our team. The reservations team, the guides and porters and the transport service want your trip to be the best. We will all be at your disposal.


Summary of the Short Inca Trail 2d

Day 1: The Sacred Inca trail /Cuzco – The Km 104 to Machu Picchu

  • Pick you up from your hotel and transfer to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Train service to KM 104; the starting point of the trek to Machu Picchu
  • Explore by trek 3 Incan sites Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Inti Punku
  • PM first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the San Gate and the Inca guard house
  • PM bus service to Aguas Calientes village (last bus at 5:20PM)
  • Walking distance 10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Trailhead elevation: 2000 m /6550 ft
  • Highest point elevation Inti Punku (the sun gate) 2720 m / 8920 ft
  • Machu Picchu elevation: 2400 m / 7875 ft
  • Estimated duration 06 hours trek
  • Difficulty Acclivity: 546 m / 1791 ft. – Descent: 315 m / 1033 ft. – Moderate and Easy.
  • Accommodation Aguas Calientes village overnight
  • At Aguas Calientes village you will recover and gather strength for the second day in Machu Picchu

Day 2: Machu Picchu Tour

  • Early breakfast at your hotel
  • Bus, or hiking up to Machu Picchu (by bus 25 minutes, by foot 1.5 hours)
  • 2 hours tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide, and then a free time for you
  • Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional – book in advance with us) 7 AM or 10 AM
  • PM back by bus to Aguas Calientes village
  • PM train back service from Machu Picchu train station to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Train times: at 2:55 PM, 4:45 PM, or 6:45 PM depending on availability at Peru Rail / Inca rail
  • PM or night transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco city by car
  • Difficulty: Mountain Spirit Machu Picchu


  • Duration: 2 Day / 1 Nights
  • When to go: The best time to visit is April through October, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season.
  • Difficulty: The trek is rated moderate; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
  • Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC / 39° Fahrenheit to 82° Fahrenheit
  • Note that the Inca Trail is closed on February.

Itinerary of the Short Inca Trail 2d


We leave Cuzco city early in the morning by private transport towards Ollantaytambo village, to catch the train. The train service is taking us to the Km 104 (2169 m / 7116 ft). Upon arrival, we have to cross a hanging bridge to the check point, and show your passports (very important document, do not forget it hikers), then we will start to walk towards Chachabamba ruins, after the visit of the impressive Inca ruins with the temple of ceremonies dedicated to Pachamama (mother earth), buildings on stones, and the agricultural area; we carry on, climbing the Andes Mountain (with the great views of the high jungle), and before entering the cloud forest; the trail leaves an open grassland (No shadows, bring plenty water, hat, and the best sunblock with you). After hiking in the sun; for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded and tropical Andean forest, with its leafy trees, singing creeks flow amid the trees, also we can see stone stairways wooden and bridges suspended almost over the air, also it is waiting for us an unexpected cascade of fresh water (we will be able to refresh in their water). After a brief walk; suddenly appears the Inca group of Wiñaywayna suspended between the mountains, the Inca place has Inca houses, a terracing system, Inca fountains, and temples; Wiñaywayna means “always young” that means, it is the time to explore around there to rejuvenate everybody. Then we head straight to Wiñaywayna checkpoint, the rest of the road gets by a spread path, almost plane being alternated, from time to time, with steps carved in the rock or with stairways, that seems to go to the sky. The presence of the nature is overwhelming by the abundance of dense vegetation, and the wooden bridges with those, that unfathomable abysses are conquered. The Vilcanota River, that you see in the bottom like a thin creek increases our emotion to be in Machu Picchu. Already at the Sun Gate “Inti Punku”, we are overlooking Machu Picchu, in its entire splendor.

The last part of Inca trail (50 minutes of downhill) goes directly to the Guardian houses, place where, it is taken the best picture of Machu Picchu! With a fewer tourists, it is just a perfect time to relax a moment in this magical place, then we have to line up, to catch the touristic shared bus service to Aguas Calientes village (half an hour of ride) towards the Hostel, to recover and gather strength for the second day in Machu Picchu.

The accommodation is in a private room, with private bathroom in a Hostel.

  • Accommodation: Aguas Calientes overnight
  • Total distance: 10 km (6, 2 miles)
  • Estimated duration: 06 hours Trek
  • Highest point: Intipunku (sun gate) 2,715 Masl / 8,907.46 Ft.
  • Altitude Campsite: Aguas Calientes Village 2000 Masl / 6,561 Ft.
  • Difficulty: Acclivity: 546 m / 1,791ft. – Descent: 315 m / 1,033 ft. – Moderate and Easy.


Today it is the time to visit one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture known as “The Lost City of the Incas”

Early in the morning; we go back towards Machu Picchu Park by bus. The Guided tour begins at the natural viewpoint of Casa del Vigilante (Inca Guard house). Place where you will have the best views of Machu Picchu, in all its glory. the guided tour takes three hours visiting the Sun Temple, the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Condor Temple, and various burial grounds, after all the explanation, you have a free time to stroll around some Inca places at your leisure.

Please ask in advance for the Waynapicchu or Montaña Mountains.

Later on; in the afternoon we have to return to Machu Picchu Pueblo, to board our train service to Ollantaytambo Village, then by transport to Cuzco City to your Hotel (1 hour and half by train & 1 hour and forty minutes by transport).

  • Highest point: Machu Picchu 2400 m / 7,874 ft.

The Short Inca Trail Includes

  • The sacred Inca trail to Machu Picchu 2D
  • Trek briefing with your Guide.
  • Professional guide (on trek and Machu Picchu).
  • Second tour guide for groups of 9+.
  • Inca trail permit and entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
  • Private Transport and professional driver (round trip transfer from hotel to train station).
  • Train Service to Machu Picchu round trip (Expedition Tourist Train).
  • 3 bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
  • All entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Park.
  • 1 night Hostel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom, hot water and breakfast / Upgrade to Hotel at extra cost.
  • Meals as indicated (1 Box Lunch, 1 Breakfast). Vegetarian box-lunch we can provide “Just let us know”.
  • Oxygen tank & First aid kit.
  • All local taxes.

The Short Inca Trail Does Not Include

  • Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu Mountain (walk to top without a guide, the trail is well marked)
  • Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 1, and Lunch on Day 2
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Tips: Guide

For the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Bring

  • Original passport
  • You only need to carry a small day backpack
  • Water to drink on hike (2 liters)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
  • Trekking shoes (sneakers or sturdy shoes)
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Comfortable trousers / Sun hat or cap “essential”
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended) / Insect repellent.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel-back
  • Personal medication
  • Basic toiletries
  • Camera and film
  • Cash in local currency to purchase items
  • *Optional items to Bring: Bandages or moleskin / Sandal

The Short Inca Trail 2d – Private Service Prices

  • 2 people: US$ 520 per person
  • 3 people: US$ 490 per person
  • 4 people: US$ 470 per person
  • 5 people: US$ 450 per person
  • 6 people: US$ 430 per person
  • 7+ people: US$ 410 per person


Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)

Upgrade options:

  • La Cabana: +$40 US pp shared (+$110 for a single)
  • Casa Andina: +$40 US pp shared ($110 for a single)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee +S$ 65 (book in advance this extra option)
  • Vistadome Train (One Way): +$65 per person
  • Vistadome Train (Round Trip): +$100 per person.

Optional Extras:

  • Walking Pole US$10 (rent for 2 days)
  • Personal Porter to carry 7 kg of personal items (US$50)
  • Full Porter to carry 14 kg of personal items US$95

Important Notes

NEED A PERMIT: In order to book your Inca Trail treks to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian authorities cap the number of Inca Trail trekking permits to 500 people per day; everyone enters the trail needs a permit including the trekker, guide, porters and other support staff. Permits often sell out several months in advance (5 to 8 month in advance), and you must book well ahead to secure your place. When you fill in our booking form you must fill in alternative start dates that are possible for you to begin the trek and these have to valid. If your preferred date is sold out we will use one of these alternative dates for your permit. Once we purchase your permit from the National Park office (INC & UGM), you are 100% confirmed to start this day, this date cannot be changed. Permits are completely non-refundable or transferable, so please make sure the date you booked is a good date to start this adventure. Your permit is linked to your name and passport number. If you change your passport after booking your Inca Trail trek permit or you plan to travel with a different passport, you MUST also bring the passport you used to book your permit, or you will not be able to trek the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people can climb this mountain, so it needs to be booked in advanced, and the price is $65 per person. It is recommended to climb Huayna Picchu at 10-11AM time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. It is recommended to have this booked about 2 to 3 months in advance to secure your permit.

All tours WILL NOT BE CONFIRMED without a completed booking form and deposit sent to All deposits are $200 per person and are non-refundable. We accept payments through PayPal and should be sent to We will email you, your booking invoice and confirmation once your details and deposit are received.