2 Day Inca Trail Hike To Machu Picchu

Short Inca trail tour is Ideal for families short in time, this adventure allows you to immerse yourself in the wonders of Machu Picchu twice sunset and sunrise.

Hike The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Only in 2 days

This Short Inca Trail is an exciting and moderate trek, offering breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains, lush forests, and gorgeous Inca ruins. This 2-day adventure covers a distance of approximately 12 km on the first day and around 4 km on the second day.

On the first day, kick off your trek at Kilometer 104, and after a 3-4-hour hike, you’ll be rewarded with the awe-inspiring ruins of Wiñay Wayna. Situated at about 2,650 meters above sea level, Wiñay Wayna boasts impressive agricultural terraces and lush greenery. As you trek, prepare for an unforgettable moment at the Sun Gate, where the magnificent Machu Picchu is unveiled.

Rise and shine on the second day as you make your way up to Machu Picchu, ahead of the crowds. Take in the ancient ruins during a guided tour, including must-see spots like the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana Stone, and the Temple of the Condor. Once you’ve explored Machu Picchu, you’ll back to Aguas Calientes to catch your train back to Cusco.

The 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an ideal choice for those seeking an immersive experience of the Inca Trail and the wonders of Machu Picchu while making the most of limited time. Get ready for an unforgettable journey filled with beauty, adventure, and history!

NOTE: Kindly Contact us ASAP if you are interested in booking the Short Inca Trail in Peru. The 2 days Inca hike allows only few tourists per day, including guides, as regulated by the National parks authorities. For optimal availability, during the peak season of June/July/August, we suggest securing your Inca Trail permit at least six months in advance. During the remaining months, we recommend securing your Machu Picchu entrance and Huaynapicchu Ticket at least three months ahead.

Private Service Price

From $610 Pp

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Itinerary highlights

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Exploring the colonial city of Cusco, Discover Hidden Places with our experts tour Leaders in Peru

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Get ready to Explore in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley of the Incas and level up your hiking skills!

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Embark on an epic adventure, tracing the sacred Inca Trail of the Incas along the legendary pilgraming Path!

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Rediscover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu

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Visit The Most Colorful Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

What’s included

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Private guide, leading you to the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu.

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Hotel accommodations in Cusco & Sacred Valley, for every budget.

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Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge
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Door to Door service
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Meet and greet airport service

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We offer personalized tours to Peru tailored to your schedule! Let us create an unforgettable experience that perfectly matches your desired number of days.

Highlights

How to Get Peru - Cusco & Shor Inca Trail

How To Get To Cusco City?

Currently, the airport in Cusco Avelardo Velasco Astete serves exclusively domestic flights. As a result, all international travelers arriving by plane must disembark in Lima and proceed through Customs.

Travel Flight

Even if your flight to Cusco is scheduled on the same day with the same airline carrier, it is necessary to retrieve your luggage in Lima and check it in again.

The best way to reach Cusco is by air, and luckily there are several options from different airlines. Start Peru or LATAM are highly recommended, although they can be a bit pricey. They offer the most flights and flexibility.

Just keep in mind that delays or cancellations may occur. We Highly Recommend You Travel Insurance. If You do have one we work with Allianz.com we can help you create your package just contact us.

Travel by Bus

The high altitude of Cusco makes landing a bit challenging, especially in bad weather conditions. If you’re up for an adventure, bus travel is always an option.

Although it can be a long journey, the buses in Peru are well-maintained and quite comfortable. This option is particularly encouraged if you’re coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno. If you’re traveling from Lima, be prepared for a 21-hour bus ride. Safe travels!

How To Treat The Elevation In Cusco Peru

Treating elevation (altitude) sickness in a place like Cusco, Peru, which sits at a high elevation of about 3,400 meters (11,150 feet), requires some precautions and strategies to help your body acclimate to the thin air.

Altitude sickness can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms, so it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s how you can treat elevation sickness:

1. Acclimatization:

Gradual Ascent: If possible, try to gradually ascend to higher altitudes over a few days rather than going directly from sea level to Cusco’s altitude.
– Take Breaks: Plan for rest days or shorter activities upon arrival to allow your body to adjust.

2. Hydration:

– Drink Plenty of Water: Staying well-hydrated helps your body cope with altitude. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.

3. Rest:

– Allow for Rest: Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep during the first few days at high altitude. Avoid overexertion.

4. Diet:

– Eat Lightly: Consume easily digestible foods and avoid heavy, greasy meals that can stress your digestive system.

5. Medications:

Diamox (Acetazolamide): This prescription medication can help prevent and alleviate altitude sickness Please consult a doctor before using it and discuss potential side effects.

6. Supplemental Oxygen:

– In severe cases, supplemental oxygen might be necessary. Some hotels in high-altitude areas offer oxygen tanks for guests.

7. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:

– Alcohol and smoking can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. It’s best to avoid them while acclimating.

8. Listen to Your Body:

– Pay attention to any symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness. If symptoms worsen, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude.

9. Natural Remedies:

– Some people find relief from altitude sickness by drinking coca tea, a traditional remedy in the Andes. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive consumption could have negative effects.

10. Consult a Doctor:

– If you have a history of heart or lung problems, or if you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult a doctor before traveling to high altitudes.

Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to altitude, and there’s no way to completely avoid altitude sickness. It’s essential to be prepared, give your body time to acclimate, and seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.

How Is The Weather In Cusco?

Cusco, Peru, has a temperate and relatively mild climate due to its elevation in the Andes Mountains. The city’s high altitude of around 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) influences its weather patterns. The climate is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the weather in Cusco:

1. Dry Season (May to September):

– This is considered the best time to visit Cusco, as it experiences less rainfall and generally clearer skies.
– Daytime temperatures are mild, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
– Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
– It’s the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds, especially around popular attractions like Machu Picchu.

2. Wet Season (October to April):

– The wet season in Cusco coincides with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and is characterized by more frequent rainfall.
– Daytime temperatures during this period are similar to the dry season, but nights might be slightly warmer.
– Rainfall is heaviest from November to March, with January and February being the rainiest months.
– Rain showers can be intense but are often followed by periods of sunshine.
– This season is considered the low tourist season, so there might be fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations and tours.

Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, even during the dry season, due to the city’s high elevation. It’s a good idea to pack layers, including warm clothing for the nights, as well as waterproof gear for potential rain showers. Additionally, the weather in Cusco can vary based on the specific month and even week, so checking a reliable weather forecast before your trip is recommended.

Bring Travel Insurance

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Comparison Between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain in terms of time, distance, and location

Machu Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain usually takes about 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on your pace.
– Distance: The trail is approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) one way, making it a total hike of about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
– Location: Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the northwest of the Machu Picchu archaeological site itself. It offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area.

Huayna Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu generally takes around 2 to 3 hours round trip.
– Distance: The trail is shorter but steeper, with a distance of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) each way, making it a total hike of around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
– Location: Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain that rises directly behind Machu Picchu. It offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River valley.

Both mountains require a separate entrance ticket and have limited daily slots due to conservation efforts and the preservation of the sites. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and involve steep ascents, uneven terrain, and sections with stairs and narrow pathways. It’s important to consider your fitness level and any altitude-related factors before attempting either hike.

Machu Picchu entrance Times and Circuits

As of our last update in September 2023, Machu Picchu has specific entrance time slots to manage the flow of visitors and preserve the site. These times may vary, so it’s important to confirm the current entrance times with our office before your visit. Here’s a general idea of the entrance times:

There are typically two entrance time slots for Machu Picchu:

1. Morning Entrance:

– The morning entrance allows you to enter Machu Picchu early in the day.
– It often starts around 6:00 AM and lasts until around noon.
– This entrance time is popular for visitors who want to experience Machu Picchu in the cooler morning hours and have more time to explore the site.

2. Afternoon Entrance:

– The afternoon entrance is usually from around 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
– This time slot is often less crowded than the morning entrance and can be a good option if you prefer a quieter experience.

It’s also important to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred entrance time.

Pre Departure Briefing

We kindly request you to join us at our office for the pre-trek briefing, which takes place at 7:00 PM on the evening before your trek. If you are unable to attend at this time, we would be more than happy to arrange an alternative time that suits you. The briefing session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, during which you will also be provided with your duffel bags for the Inca Trail, spanning 4 days.

The 2D/1N Short Inca Trail Trek with HOTEL package does not include a briefing session. However, our friendly office staff will be more than happy to assist you and review all the necessary details during your check-in time at the hotel. Rest assured, we are dedicated to providing you with a seamless and enjoyable experience throughout your trek.

Pick-Up Time For The Inca Trail Trek

Tour Leaders Peru stands out as one of the few companies that offers hotel pick-up services. If your accommodation is located within Cusco City’s central area, your Tour Guide will arrange the pick-up time during the briefing session. Please note that pick-up times may vary by 30 – 45 minutes due to traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco, a city steeped in history, boasts charming cobblestoned streets and narrow passageways. However, it’s important to note that smaller hotels and Airbnb options are often nestled in car-inaccessible streets, sometimes located on hilly terrains. As a result, hauling luggage could pose a challenge. For a more convenient stay, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with improved accessibility. We have curated a list of comfortable hotels that are easily reachable for both pick-up and drop-off purposes.

Certain treks offer the convenience of pickups in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley, as described in detail below.

The List below outlines potential pickup locations for the start of our tour.

Trek Possible Starting Locations
  1. Inca Trails Cusco, Urubamba, Yunahuara & Ollantaytambo
  2. Salkantay Treks – Only Cusco
  3. Lares Trek – Only Cusco
  4. Huchuy Qosqo Trek – Only Cusco
  5. Ausangate and Rainbow Trek – Only Cusco
  6. Day Tours Cusco, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo

Return To Cusco After Your Hike

Returning From Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.

From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours

Once you arrive at the train station, look for a gentleman wearing our Logo sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco Square, Cusco

* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco Square is 2 hours Aprox.

* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco Square is 30 minutes

Once you arrive near San Francisco Square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and be driven back to your hotel.

SHORT INCA TRAIL INFORMATION

Inca Trail Travel Information

Hike along the 2 days  Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an awe-inspiring adventure that ranks among the most breathtaking Destinations in South America! Constructed by the Incas during the 15th century, these paths, known as the Qhapac Nan or Inca Trails, formed an extensive network that played a crucial role in connecting their vast empire, spanning across Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

As the capital of the Great Inca Empire, Cusco held unparalleled significance. Not only did it serve as the epicenter of all Inca Trails, but it also facilitated connections with various destinations throughout the Amazon Jungle as well as South America, spanning an astonishing distance of over 40,000 kilometers.

Location

The journey commences at Kilometer 104 – Cochabamba. Nestled within the Machu Pichcu Canyon of Cusco, Peru, this trail showcases the allure of the picturesque Ollantaytambo district in the Urubamba Province.

History

The Incas built the Iconic Classic Machu Picchu Inca Trail in the 15th century. It is thought that the same people who built Machu Picchu also built the Inca Trail. The trail was used for trading between Cusco and the area around the Amazon region.

Following the Spanish invasion, this trail remained lost for several years alongside Machu Picchu, until it was rediscovered in 1915 by Hiram Bingham III, an American explorer on his quest for the Lost City of the Incas in Peru. Today, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu stand as renowned tourist attractions, epitomizing the splendor of Peru destinations.

Weather

Weather conditions along the Inca Trail can be highly unpredictable and constantly changing. While there are two distinct seasons, it is crucial to be adequately prepared for all possible weather scenarios when embarking on a hike to magnificent Machu Picchu.

The wet season runs from November to March
The dry season runs from April to October
The temperature during the Machu Picchu Trek varies significantly depending on the altitude and season; temperatures can reach as high as 80°F (27°C) during the day and drop below freezing at night, so hikers must come prepared for hot and cold weather conditions.

Difficulty

Hiking the short Inca Trail can be Moderate last part challenging due to its length and high altitudes; however, its rewards make the experience worthwhile; Its breathtaking scenery will impress anyone while feeling great satisfaction from having accomplished something big!

Inca Trail permits

For those seeking to embark on the iconic short Inca trail Trek, securing permits well in advance is crucial. With a daily limit of just 500 permits planning is essential.

Classic Inca Trail vs. Short Inca Trail hike

The iconic Classic Inca Trail is renowned for its 4-day trek, the test of endurance, and immersive experience. However, an alternative option, the Short Inca Trail, offers a shorter yet equally captivating journey. Now, the question arises: which one is the perfect choice for you?

The awe-inspiring Classic Machu Picchu Inca Trail covers a 26-mile (42-kilometer) journey that spans four days. Commencing at Km 82, nestled within the Sacred Valley, the trail culminates at the renowned Machu Picchu. Along the path, trekkers will be treated to breathtaking vistas of alpine forests, picturesque mountain valleys, and vibrant jungles. Brace yourself for traversing high-altitude passes, gracing the pinnacle of 13,829 feet (4,215 meters) above sea level.

The Short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu spans a mere 10 miles (16 kilometers) and can be accomplished within a single day. Commencing at Km 104 and culminating at Machu Picchu, this route, although not as diverse in scenery as its lengthier counterpart, still traverses breathtaking landscapes, encompassing captivating cloud forests.

Inca Trail Reservations

If you’re considering embarking on the renowned Classic Machu Picchu Trek, it is crucial to secure a reservation well in advance. This trail is globally celebrated as one of the most sought-after hiking experiences, and obtaining a spot can prove to be quite challenging.

To secure a reservation for the trail, it is imperative to book through an accredited tour company such as Tour Leaders Peru. When making your reservation, ensure you provide your passport information and select a preferred start date for your hike. Please note that the Inca Trail ceased operation in February.

For optimal chances of securing a spot, it is advisable to make your booking at least six months in advance as availability tends to diminish swiftly. Once your reservation is confirmed, all that remains is to pack for your upcoming adventure!

The Sun Gate or Intipunku

Sungate, also known as Intipunku, serves as the official entrance to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail. The vistas from the Sun Gate are truly awe-inspiring, and standing atop Machu Picchu, absorbing it all is an indescribable experience of grandeur and beauty.

Inca Bridge in Machu Picchu

Constructed by the Incas during the 15th century, the Inca Bridge spans a deep gorge with a towering height of approximately 60 meters (200 feet). While its exact purpose remains ambiguous, it is widely speculated that this remarkable structure served as a convenient means for the Incas to traverse the gorge, bypassing the need to descend into the valley below.

The construction of the bridge suggests its primary purpose was defensive, serving to impede enemy access to the citadel. The Inca Bridge located at Machu Picchu stands as a remarkable testament to the ingenuity of engineering, leaving a lasting impression on all who behold its splendor.

Training for Inca Trail

Getting ready for the Machu Picchu Inca Trail can be quite challenging. Here are some helpful suggestions to fully relish this extraordinary trek.

Once’ve confirmed your tour booking, it’s time to kickstart your training and embrace regular hikes. Gradually increase your physical activities and aim for a 30-minute walk or run three to five days a week to enhance your overall health. Remember, robust leg muscles are crucial for navigating Vietnam’s hilly terrain, so incorporate squats, lunges, or venture on mountain hikes from home to prepare for your upcoming adventure.

When planning your excursion to Machu Picchu, allocate ample time to acclimatize to the high altitude of Cusco. The trail guides you to heights of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), making progressive acclimatization essential to prevent altitude sickness. Prioritize your well-being by acclimating gradually and embracing the breathtaking journey that awaits you.

Inca Trail facts

The Inca Trails form a historic network of pathways and roads, stretching over 4,000 miles across the magnificent Andes Mountains. Among these trails, the renowned Classic Inca Trail gracefully links the charming city of Cusco with the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.
Over 500 years ago, the Incas constructed the legendary Inca Trail, which still stands as one of the world’s finest hiking trails today.

Stretching across 26 miles and spanning four days of awe-inspiring trekking, this remarkable trail is nestled in the majestic Andes Mountains of Peru, at an elevation of 13,000 feet.
The Inca Trail offers a gratifying hiking experience, presenting breathtaking panoramic vistas of majestic mountains, lush valleys, meandering rivers, and awe-inspiring ancient ruins. However, this trail presents numerous challenges for trekkers, including narrow paths with steep ascents and descents, as well as unpredictable weather conditions.

Typically, adventurers invest four days traversing this magnificent trail, although shorter or longer options may also be available.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN THE INCA TRAIL?

The Inca Trail is a world-renowned trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Along this trail, trekkers have the opportunity to explore a variety of archaeological sites, experience diverse flora and fauna, and delve into the historical significance of the region.

2-Days Inca Trail Highlights

Inca ruins: The trail passes through several Inca ruins, including Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna, where you can see impressive agricultural terraces, ceremonial sites, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Scenery: The trail offers breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains, lush forests, and the Urubamba River. You will also hike through different ecosystems, from cloud forests to high-altitude plains.

The Sun Gate: The Sun Gate, also known as Intipunku, is the entrance to Machu Picchu and offers stunning panoramic views of the ancient ruins and the surrounding landscape.

Machu Picchu: Visiting Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the highlight of the trek. This incredible archaeological site is one of the most impressive and important in the world, offering a glimpse into the ancient Inca civilization and its impressive architectural and engineering skills.

WHY YOU SHOULD HIKE WITH TOUR LEADERS IN PERU?

LOCALLY OWNED COMPANY.

Founded by former Inca Trail Tour Guide Cesar Conde, founder of www.blissfultravelescapes.comTOUR LEADERS PERU is a locally-owned company in Cusco, Peru. It proudly stands as the sole tour operator and agency with deep roots in the region, offering unparalleled expertise and insider knowledge.

OUR CAMPING EQUIPMENT.

With its dedication to utilizing top-of-the-line equipment like HALF DOME REI tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, Tour Leaders Peru has established itself as a trailblazer in the industry, driving impactful change.

FOOD IN EACH TRAIL.

With Tour Leaders Peru, indulging in culinary delights is almost guaranteed. Our talented chefs undergo specialized training annually to craft exquisite meals throughout the journey. Prepared with fresh ingredients, our buffet-style food selection includes delectable options spanning breakfast, snacks, and lunches complete with soup, main courses, and hot Drinks.

To welcome you at each campsite, we’ll treat you to a delightful hot drink during our happy hours.

PORTABLE TOILETS.

At Tour Leaders Peru, we prioritize the comfort and convenience of our valued clients. That’s why we offer exclusive access to portable ecological toilets at all of our campsites. Rest assured, these facilities are available solely for the private use of our esteemed clientele, ensuring a seamless and eco-friendly experience for everyone involved.

PERSONAL PORTER.

Our hiking services encompass porter assistance, allowing travelers to bring along 6 kg (13 pounds) of personal belongings while on the trail. Our dedicated porters will shoulder the responsibility of carrying all your belongings, ensuring your trek is hassle-free and enjoyable.

HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE.

Tour Leaders Peru provides convenient hotel-to-hotel service for all our travelers. Our comprehensive services start by offering direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel accommodation and conclude with a seamless drop-off in Cusco. Experience seamless and hassle-free transportation throughout your journey with us.

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE.

At Tour Leaders Peru, we go the extra mile to provide exceptional service. That’s why we offer complimentary luggage storage for all your extra bags and personal belongings. So, whether you’re exploring the city or catching a flight, you can trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your journey worry-free. Experience hassle-free travel with Tour Leaders In Peru!

TOP QUALITY SERVICE.

We are the only company that prides itself on consistently receiving excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR. Our satisfied customers have raved about our exceptional services, describing the unforgettable experiences they’ve had on our tours. With us, you can expect nothing less than a remarkable journey filled with immersive adventures, knowledgeable guides, and delightful discoveries. Join us for a Private tour along the Inca Trail that will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Beginning of The Hike Day 1: KM 104 MACHU PICCHU

Inca Trail - KM-82
Fig.1 – Highlight picture of the 2-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year-round.
Except for February when it is closed for maintenance. This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in ancient times.

You will explore amazing Inca ruins along the way, including the little Machu Picchu – Wiñay Wayna Inca ruin. Inca Trail 2 days 1 night is a great alternative for those who want to hike the Shortest Hike to Machu Picchu, but don’t have the time for the four-day trek.

The first day of the two-day Inca Trail starts at km 104 of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad. You will hike for about six hours through the lush jungle to reach the last campsite of the classic Inca trail for 4 Days. At Wiñay Wayna, you will have a break to eat your lunchbox and then continue walking 6k till you reach the sun gate and Machu Picchu.

On the second day, you will wake up early to take your shuttle to get back to Machu Picchu. You will have plenty of time to explore this amazing archaeological site before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes and then to Cusco City

ITINERARY

At 4 am you will be picked up from your hotel and go on a 2-hour drive towards Ollantaytambo. Here you will board the Machupicchu Train but we will get off from the train on Km 104 this is before Aguas Calientes town’s last stop of the Peru Rail Train Station KM 104. You will pass the control center and start walking gradually up onto the Inka trail towards the Wiñayhuayna Inca site.

You’ll have a chance to explore the Inka remains and your Tour leader will explain to you valuable information about the area afterward you will make a stop at Winay-Huayna campsite to enjoy your lunch and use the facilities.

You will continue walking the Inca Trail for 2 more hours until the Sun Gate is reached. This is the main entrance to Machupicchu. You’ll be able to take plenty of photographs here.

Please note that only a portion of Machu Picchu is open to you at this point. You will have access to the full archeological site the next day. After you’ve taken your dream pictures you’ll take the Bus to Aguas Calientes town and enjoy a nice hot shower at your hotel before dinner.

Difficulty and Distance

The first hours of walking are a constant climb, but then the trail becomes easier. Although there are sections with certain degrees that can be difficult at times- it’s nothing compared to what you’ll experience on your hike! Once again acclimatization comes into play: for those who want less difficulty they should wait until after 2 days in Cusco (or even 1 week) when their bodies have had time to adjust; while others might find themselves fine right away but want more oxygen available around them due either lack or too much consumption during exercise. The highest point on the short Inca trail is at Dead Woman’s Pass (2,650 m / 8,694 ft).

Total Distance 13 km / 8,08 miles
Approximate hike time 6 – 7 hours
Maximum altitude 2,650 m / 8,694 ft
Minimum altitude 2,400 m / 7,874 ft

Day 2: Machu Picchu City Tour - Back to Cusco
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City

Fig.2 – Machu Picchu Sun Rise.

After your adventure on this best two-day hiking tour, We strongly recommend you wake up early in the morning for many reasons. We want you to avoid long lines at the bus station so you can catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. It will truly be a beautiful and spectacular view. After two hours of a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the site on your own.

If you have purchased the optional entrance to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain your tour leader will drop you off at the entrance while you go and explore on your own. You’ll be informed by what time to return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, depending on your schedule.

Your Tour Leader is going to make sure about your transportation, We will be waiting for you at the site of the Peru rail train Station take you back to Cusco, and drop you off at your respective hotel.

*Optional:

If you would like to spend more time at Machu Picchu, this package can be customized to include an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, allowing for a second visit to the ruins — with an optional hike to Huayna Picchu — on the following day. Please let your Travel Advisor know if you’d like to add this to your itinerary.

PACKING LIST

Recomended Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu Packing List

To prepare your Machu Picchu packing list, you’ll need to understand some basics about the logistics of the hike, weather seasons by month, Day of Hike, and what tour companies provide you. here at Tour Leaders Peru, we work with top-of-the-line equipment. Before you purchase any gear, research carefully and also find out what the tour you’ve booked (or are considering) includes.

Daypack:

You will need a daypack for the Machu Picchu trek; this must be small, light, and comfortable. For Machu Picchu, backpacks should not be larger than 25 liters; Osprey Day Pack Amazon, or you can find DayPacks for Hiking REI.COM however, if yours is bigger is ok; you can make it look smaller or store it on the last day of your trek.

Duffle Bags:

The Tour Leaders Peru office will have a special treat for you the day before your tour begins: a handy duffle bag. This bag is super convenient because you can stow all the essential equipment needed during the exciting adventure.

And guess what? The amazing porters will carry these bags for you! This applies for the log day trek, Remember the weight limit is 6 kilos, including your cozy sleeping bags and comfy air mats.

Passports:

On the epic Inca Trail adventure, don’t forget your original passport! Make sure it’s valid for at least 6 months from your visit to the country. And, if you’re booking as a student, remember to bring along your student card. 
Recommendation:
Bring a waterproof neck wallet travel pouch and passport holder

Sleeping Bags:

Make sure to bring high-quality sleeping bags rated for temperatures as low as -10°C. During winter, mountain temperatures can drop to 0°C below. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can rent a sleeping bag from us for just $25 for the entire trip! our recommendation is to buy down sleeping bags 0 degree

Inflatable mattresses:

We provide foam mattresses for the Inca Trail; if you want more comfort, you can bring an inflatable mattress or rent it from the Tour Leaders Office for 25$ for the whole trip or buy your inflatable mattress pad online

Trekking poles:

REI.COM Trekking poles are incredibly useful when conquering mountainous terrains—helping you tackle both ascents and descents with ease!

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with them; our knowledgeable tour leader will provide a thorough explanation of how to use them effectively. You have the option to bring your own trekking poles for hiking Online or rent a pair from us for just $15 for the entire trip. So, gear up and get ready for an exhilarating hiking adventure!

Hiking Boots:

waterproof hiking boots are a must-have for this hike. Prioritize their use before embarking on the Inca Trail, as they provide crucial ankle and toe support.

Hiking Socks:

Make sure to pack 4 – 5 pairs of hiking socks for your adventure! Opt for thick wool hiking socks to keep those blisters away and enjoy your hike to the fullest!

Sandals or Sneakers:

After an exhausting day of hiking, it’s time to free your feet from the confines of your boots. Instead, slip into some comfortable, lightweight footwear as you wander around the campsite. Remember to bring along camp sandals or light Hiking shoes for both the camping and hotel in Aguas Calientes. Your tired feet will thank you!

Rain Gear:

You must always bring rain gear; even during the dry season, rain can occur anytime. We will provide you with rain plastic for your duffle bags during the Inca Trail.
Bring:
1. Waterproof Jackets.
2. Gloves.
3. Rain Hiking Pants. You will need to get some waterproof bags to keep your clothes dry.

Warm Clothes:

Please Make Sure to have warm clothes with you at all times in your daypack while hiking!
Don’t forget to bring
1. Down jacket
2. Hats for hiking.
3. Thermal hiking gear
As temperatures might drop below freezing at night. Stay prepared and enjoy the winter season in Peru!

Toilet Paper:

Carry toilet paper in your daypack. Additionally, it’s advisable to bring wet wipes antibacterial or tissues for added convenience.

Water Container:

Ensure you bring water bottles, bladders (Camelbak water bladder), or any reusable containers with at least a 2-liter capacity. Kindly note that single-use plastic bottles are strictly prohibited on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu.

Toiletries:

Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, dry shampoo, moisturizers, small Travel towel

Personal Medication:

Headache pills, pain killers, Pepto, Imodium, Diamox, band-aids, hand sanitizer, and a basic first aid kit travel.

Cameras:

Cellphones, GoPro, and travel cameras must be comfortable and not very heavy. Note that to use tripods need special permission. During The Inca Trail tour, we camp in the mountains, and at some campsites, we don’t have electricity; you need to bring extra batteries or a portable power bank.

Headlamp:

Headlamps are essential for the Inca Trail; you will need them to go to the restrooms at night, during dinner time, and if you are late on the trail walking in the dark is always good to prevent always carry in your daypack.

Sun Protection:

Sun hats, long sleeves for hiking, and sunscreen are always with you.

Insect repellent:

Don’t forget to pack bug spray for people – something with feet works wonders! If you’re hiking the Inca Trail between July and October, we highly recommend the mosquito net for head and face. Stay protected and enjoy your adventure to the fullest!

Snacks:

Pack energy bars, chocolates, candies, crackers, and granola. While we do provide daily snacks, it’s always great to have some extras on hand! Let’s keep the energy high and the snacking game strong!

Extra Money:

Bring extra money in Soles to the Inca Trail; you will need them to buy water, use toilets during the first and last day, buy souvenirs, or tip.

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Price Per Person From:

Adult

Child
Under 17 Discount – $30

Adult (18-70)

8+ $580
7 Pax: $ 605
6 Pax: $ 635

5 Pax: $720
4 Pax: $770
3 Pax: $910
2 Pax: $1100

Tour

Private Inca Trail 2 day For 2 People Price $610.00 PP

Hiking Gear

Trekking Poles – Rent at Office $10 or bring you own

Availability

Huayna Picchu Mountain $80.00 (if available)
Machu Picchu Mountain $80.00 (if available)
*Kindly take note that the prices indicated above are solely valid for the year 2024. The rates may differ based on the scheduled departure dates. We suggest that you reach out to one of our Travel Advisors for a Free quotation and additional details. Best Regards Tour Leaders Peru.

DEPARTURE FROM

The Group Service Inca Trail Tours depart From Cusco City and the Sacred Valley Of Cusco

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DEPARTURE TIME

4: am Pick Up time from Cusco Hotels

RETURN TIME

Usually, we are going to return to Cusco by 8: 30 PM Approximately & drop you up to your respective hotels

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All tours are stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides.
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Ground transportation and entrance fees  

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Bus Suttle from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
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Breakfast at all hotels
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Budget tours are designed to offer the best value and comfort possible, and have some variations compared to our 3, 4, and 5-star packages. Speak with your Travel Advisor to learn more about our Budget tours.
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Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)
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If you want to learn more Visit Inca Trail F&Qs

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Airfare – In case you need help with your flight ticket to Peru Contact us at (408) 898 – 8724

Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
Airport taxes
Tips

Sleeping Bag, You must Bring your own or You can rent one from our office

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Frequently Asked Questions

Inca Trail Trek & Tours FAQs: Usually before booking the Inca Trail, you will have questions, such as the best time to go to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Trek.

How long is the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Experience the Shortest Inca Trail starting from Km 104. The trail entails a gradual ascent in the initial section on a well-maintained path, followed by undulating terrain post Wiñaywayna, occasionally becoming steep.

Covering a total distance of 13 km (8.08 miles), expect a walking duration of approximately 6 to 7 hours on Day 02. Reaching a maximum altitude of 2,650 m (8,694 ft) and a minimum altitude of 2,400 m (7,874 ft), this trail promises a rewarding trek filled with varying landscapes and challenges.

Is Short Inca Trail worth it?

Yes, the one-day Inca Trail hike begins at KM 104. It climbs towards the Incan site of Wiñay Wayna, where it joins the classic Inca Trail trek.
From there, it continues towards Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), which leads into Machu Picchu.

How hard is the Short Inca Trail?

The 2-day Short Inca Trail offers a moderately challenging 10-mile (16 km) trek that is accessible for kids and families alike.

How much does it cost to do the Short Inca Trail 2024?

The price of the short Inca trek tour falls between 500 and 600 USD per person for group tours, which includes a hotel night. For private tours with a camping option, the cost ranges from 750 to 950 USD.

Is Machu Picchu physically demanding?

The Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu presents a hiking experience of moderate complexity.

While it includes challenging mountainous stretches, it also features effortless descents set amidst breathtaking natural landscapes. This trail appeals to a wide range of visitors, even those with limited physical fitness.

Is The Inca Trail Dangerous?

Like anything in life, the Inca Trail does have risks. But you are far more likely to have an accident on the roads back home, than trekking on the Inca Trail.

Read Related Article: Is The Inca Trail Dangerous?

There is always a risk of landslides in any mountains. The lifecycle of a mountain involves it gradually eroding and making its way downhill to the sea via the rivers. It is what mountains do. But some parts of a mountain are more prone to landslides than others. In the same way that you are more likely to get mugged in certain areas of California, New York, or the Alpes than others, the key lies in understanding and managing the risks.

Part of managing the risk is making sure everyone involved is aware of the risks, including you or anyone in our groups. You can read more about our Risk and Safety policies at the bottom of each tour on our websites, is an “F&Q” section, with further details about the risks involved in a particular trip.

Is this the first time someone has died on the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu?

No, this is not the first time someone has died either on the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu. But the figures are very low when you consider up to 7000 people per day visiting Machu Picchu and 750 per day trek the Inca Trail (500 on the complete Inca Trail, 250 on Shor Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu).

  • 2004 A tourist was struck by lightning on Huayna Picchu and died
  • 2010 2 people died in a landslide at Wiñay Wayna campsite
  • 2013 A tourist fell and died, on a lower part of Machu Picchu
  • 2016 A tourist fell from Machu Picchu Mountain, having crossed the safety barrier to take a jumping selfie
  • 2020 A porter was killed in a landslide at Pacamayo campsite

Add Ons

Ance your Peru experience by exploring the beautiful city of Cusco. Taking tours in this vibrant destination not only helps with acclimatization but also sets the perfect tone before embarking on the classic trail hike. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

RELATED TOURS

Are you a traveler looking for new adventures? A photographer in search of stunning landscapes? A hiker or camper who loves the outdoors? If so, you’re going to want to check out our new hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu post. But hurry – restrictions are now in place due to Covid19 which may limit access in the near future. So don’t miss your chance to experience this unique and amazing journey!

Hiking Trail To Machu Picchu

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Total distance: 26 miles/23km
Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require

Machu Picchu Ina Trail Hike

Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Moderate hike. The trek starts at 2100m (KM 104) and climbs to 2700m (Wiñay Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu). Since the trek is carried out at a much lower you do not need to worry about acclimatization.

Salkantay Trekking Tour 5 Days

Inca Trail Salkantay Trek 7D

Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
This is all-inclusive Tour

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Lares Valley – Inca Trail 4D

Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Elevation: 4,700m/15,419ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
Mysticism Hike

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