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
2DAY 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 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.