2day Traditional Inca Trail

2 Day

The Short Inca Trail its a 2day Tour to Machu Picchu is a relatively short but challenging trek that offers stunning views of the Andes Mountains, lush forests, and Inca ruins along the way. The trek covers a distance of about 12 km (7.5 miles) on the first day and around 4 km (2.3 miles) on the second day.


On the first day of the 2day Inca Trail , you will start the trek at Kilometer 104 and hike for about 3-4 hours to reach the stunning ruins of Wiñay Wayna, located at an altitude of around 2,650 meters (8,690 feet) above sea level. The trail is mostly uphill, passing through lush forests and several Inca ruins, including the impressive agricultural terraces of Wiñay Wayna. From there, you will continue hiking towards the Sun Gate, from where you will get your first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu.

On the second day, you will wake up early and walk up to Machu Picchu to explore the ruins before the crowds arrive. You will have a guided tour. Some of the must-see sites in Machu Picchu include the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana Stone, and the Temple of the Condor. After exploring Machu Picchu, you will walk back to Aguas Calientes to catch your train back to Cusco.

Overall, the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a great option for those with limited time but still want to experience the beauty and history of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

2-Days Inca Trail Summary

  • Start Point: Cusco – Hotel pick-up at 4:00 AM
  • End Point: Cusco – Hotel drop-off around 6:30 PM
  • Pick-up & Drop-off: Sacred Valley (Urubamba, Ollantaytambo) availability
  • Duration: 2 days, 1 night
  • Service Type: Guided tour
  • Departure: Daily departures, open for booking on any date
  • Group Size: Up to 10 participants
  • Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Tickets: Included in the package
  • Dietary Options: Vegetarian/Vegan food available upon request at no extra charge
  • Meals Included: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Storage: Free storage available
  • High Season: April to October


  • 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 their impressive architectural and engineering skills.
  • Local culture: Along the way, you will have the opportunity to interact with local communities and learn about their culture and traditions, including their use of medicinal plants and natural remedies.


We will start the day by picking you up from your hotel between 3:45 to 4:00 a.m. to transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where you will board the train at around 6:10 a.m. The train will take you to km 104 of the railway line, where you will start your 2-day Inca Trail trek. Here, you will meet your tour guide and pass the control point for the Inca Trail.

On the first day, we will begin with a 3-hour uphill hike to the Wiñaywayna archaeological complex, where you will have time to explore and listen to a guided explanation of the ruins. Afterward, you will have lunch and continue walking for another 2 hours to the Intipunku Sun Gate, from where you will have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu. We will then continue walking for about 45 minutes to Machu Picchu, where you will have time to take pictures and explore the ancient city.

After your visit to Machu Picchu, you will take a bus for 30 minutes to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the town’s restaurants.

Highlight: Trekking the Inca Trail, enjoying the views from the Sun Gate, sunset views from Machu Picchu.

- Walking Distance: 15 km / 8 miles
- Meals: B + L
- Elevations: Trek starting point 2,000 m, the highest point is Sun Gate 2,720 m, the camp is at 1,900 m
- Weather: Hot and humid
- Accommodation: Hotel night in Aguas Calientes

On day 2, we will start early to visit Machu Picchu. You’ll need to wake up around 4:00 am to have breakfast in the hotel and start the 30-minute walk to the Puente Ruinas checkpoint where you must show your passport and Machu Picchu tickets at the checkpoint.

After passing the checkpoint, we will climb stairs for about an hour until we reach the Machu Picchu main gate. Here, we will again show our passports and tickets before entering the site. Once everyone is at the gate, we will begin the 2.5-hour tour of Machu Picchu, where you will learn about the Lost City of the Incas. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own before returning to Aguas Calientes for your 14:55 train departure back to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you will transfer to a shuttle and complete the route to Cusco, arriving at the main square around 6:30 pm.

- Highlight: Arrive early to Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise
- Temperature: Warm and humid
- Meals: Breakfast Only
- Train: Expedition tourist class at 14:30 or 14:55

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Inclusions for Inca Trail 2 Days:
  • Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Transfer from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo
  • Professional tour guide trained in first aid and experienced in the route and history
  • Second guide for groups with more than 9 people
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Kilometer 104, which is the trailhead
  • Entrance ticket for the Inca Trail 2 Days
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu for the first and second day
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 1
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle for emergencies
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
  • Return train ticket from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo. TRAIN at 14:30 or 14:55
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo Station to your hotel in Cusco

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Breakfasts of the first day
  • Lunch of the second day
  • Extra expenses

Frequently asked Questions


In total, the Short Inca Trail covers only 11 kilometers on foot to Machu Picchu. However, this route is uphill which requires some physical effort.


The Short Inca Trail (2 days) includes the service of a tour guide in English, Spanish, French or German (the last two must be requested in advance). If you require the service in another language you can request a private guide.


The months of April to October are the best months to do the Short Inca Trail (2 days). The rest of the year is the rainy season so precautions should be taken. Remember that the Inca Trail is closed in February.


No, according to the rules of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, this tour does not allow cancellations or refunds. The same applies to all tour agencies.


Yes, the tour is recommended for children or older adults. It is recommended that the child is older than 8 years old and likes hiking. Older adults must be in good health.


It is recommended to purchase the tour two to three weeks in advance. Availability is limited.


Our cooks can prepare vegetarian meals without any problem. Just let us know your dietary needs when booking your trip.

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2day Traditional Inca Trail