This short version of the Inca Trail starts from Km 104, located at 2,200 m/7,2600 ft above sea level. In just two days, you will be able to explore the amazing Andes as you walk ten kilometers to Machu Picchu, which you will get to see both at sunset the first day and sunrise the second day.
This tour includes accommodation at a hotel in Aguas Calientes, which is lower in elevation than the Machu Picchu complex and in such a remote area that it may only be reached by train. The short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is not very challenging, which makes it perfect for families with children and travelers on a tight time schedule. However, we still recommend that you be well prepared, moderately fit, and healthy prior to starting the trek. To prepare, try walking 10km a day or start going to the gym a month before the trek.
Please note that Inti Sun Trek will provide a delicious boxed lunch (2 kg/4 lbs) for the first day of this tour, which you will have to carry in your daypack—be sure to leave a little extra space!
- Hike the historic Inca Trail in only six hours
- Visit the amazing Wiñay Wayna ruins at lunchtime
- Walk through the Sun Gate to see your first view of Machu Picchu
- Watch the sunset over the ruins
- Enjoy a hot shower at your hotel before visiting Machu Picchu on Day 2
- Overnight in hotel in Aguas Calientes (no camping).
Day 1: Cusco – Km 104 – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
On the first day, we will pick you up from your hotel/hostel in Cusco. You will then have a one and a half hour bus journey to the town of Ollantaytambo. From here, you will take an early morning train through the picturesque valleys to the trailhead at Km 104, located at an elevation of 2,200m/7,2600ft. To begin our trek, we will cross over the Vilcanota River via a beautiful bridge and arrive at the Inca ruins at Chachabamba.
After Chachabamba, the trail ascends through a forest until you reach a magnificent waterfall and the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna soon after. Wiñay Wayna means “forever young” and is considered one of the Inca Trail´s most beautiful archeological sites. You will have lunch among the ruins before continuing to Inti Punku, the “Sun Gate”, where you will have your first impressive view of Machu Picchu at 2,700m/8,858ft. After taking in the spectacular view, you will board a bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night.
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hostel/hotel and lead you to the bus station, where you will board a bus back up to Machu Picchu for a two-hour walking tour of this mysterious city, followed by free time for your own exploration. In this time, you can also choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have booked a ticket in advance. Once you have completed your tour of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes, where you can stop for lunch. Finally, after an amazing two days, you will go to the train station to board your return train to Cusco.
US $394.99 per person
We can depart any day of the week, as long as permits are available. Please remember, permits are only needed for your start
Student Discount with valid student ID card $20
Children under the age of 18 years old $20
Children under the age of 7 years old $50
Important Notice Regarding Student Discounts:
The ISIC card is no longer valid for purchasing Machu Picchu or Inca Trail tickets with a student discount.
Students can still obtain this discount with their student identification card issued by the university where they study, which is the only valid document for this end at this time. For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/items/estudiantes.html
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu and can be seen in most photos of the ruins. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. While this hike is done on your own, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. This requires a separate entrance ticket that we can secure for you with advance notice, for an additional $80 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers even more stunning views than Huayna Picchu, but takes an hour and a half of steep climbing to reach the top. This also requires a separate entrance ticket that we can secure for you with advance notice, for an additional $80 per person.
The Vistadome train is an upgraded train, that offers slightly larger seats, windows, and even some entertainment! Normally, the Vistadome train is booked at 3:20 p.m. and travels to Poroy, a train station closer to Cusco (we will still include your transportation back to your hotel.) This train is $75 per person.
Walking Poles (Sticks) $10
Small daypacks $10
Please notice: Pick up and drop off from your accommodation is included in all our tours.
Returning train Included in the cost of this tour/trek is the Expedition train, which departs either at 6:20 pm or 7:00 pm and 8:20 p.m. DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.
Can I get an early train ticket?
We can also book an afternoon train that departs 2:55 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. at an extra cost of US $35 per person the train we will book DEPENDS ON AVAILABILITY.
Please, notice that 35 dollars extra you will pay also will cover your private transportation to bring you back from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
There is also an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is the extra US $75 per person. Please let us know your preference at the time of booking the tour. Unfortunately, none of the trains go straight to Cusco—they run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. In either case, we will transfer you back by bus to Cusco.
Can I change my return train ticket by myself?
At the time of your tour, it may be possible to make changes to your return train ticket if you don’t want to take the 18:20 p.m train. You will have to take your train ticket personally to the train station in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return ticket for an early one. You will probably be asked to pay an extra administration fee, which will depend on the train service and departure time. Please notice that once you will change your returning train you will responsible to cover your own transportation back to Cusco
How long is the journey back to Cusco?
You will be traveling for approximately 3 hours before you arrive back in Cusco. First, you will travel for 1.5 hours by train to the Ollantaytambo train station. Then you will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there will be no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for another 1.5 hours in a private van/car to your hotel/hostel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco will depend on train availability. You will receive your return train tickets once your guide has finished your walking tour of Machu Picchu.
Storage during your Inca Trail : Most of our trekkers leave their belongings that they do not want to bring on the trek in the hostel they were previously staying in. These hostels/hotels usually have a secure, locked room where you can securely store your belongings. If you do not trust your hostel, we would be more than happy to store your belongings for you.
- One night of basic hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Pick up from your hotel
- Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
- Transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station
- Expedition train to head of trail (Km 104) on the first day
- Inca Trail entrance fee
- Machu Picchu entrance fees
- Box lunch on the first day
- Dinner on the first day
- Breakfast on the second day in Aguas Calientes
- Roundtrip bus tickets for Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
- Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Breakfast on the first morning
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the second day
- Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 soles)
- Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
- Third bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the second day
- Tips for the guide
What to Bring:
- Original passport
- For students: student ID card
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Two t-shirts
- Hand sanitizer
- Comfortable trousers
- Insect repellent
- We strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and water canteen due to that government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Inca trail and in Machu Picchu.
- Toiletries and toilet paper
Optional Items to Bring:
- Walking stick
- Basic first aid kit
- Extra money (We recommend that you bring some extra soles to cover expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and drinks)
- Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
Are all bus tickets between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu included?
No, the first two bus trips (from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the afternoon of the first day; from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on the morning of the second day) are included, but a bus ticket for your final descent from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the second day is not included. This ticket costs approximately $15.00. It is also possible to hike down to town, which takes about an hour.
Can you pick us up in the Sacred Valley?
Ollantaytambo is the best place to stay other than Cusco. By staying in Ollantaytambo, you actually get a little more sleep because we will be picking you up about 1.5 hours after the Cusco pick up time. However, please be aware that the pre-trip briefing can only be done in Cusco.
Is the 2 Day Inca Trail hike difficult?
The 2 Day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu features only six hours of walking, which makes it perfect for hikers of all fitness levels or active families. However, we still recommend that you be well prepared, healthy, and at a moderate level of fitness prior to starting the trek. To prepare, try walking 10km a day or start going to the gym a month before the trek. Also try to spend a few days in Cusco adjusting to the high altitude before you start the Inca Trail.
Which part of the Inca Trail does the 2 Day hike go through?
This trail starts at the Km 104 train stop and ascends to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu. Since we arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon, you will not have much time at the site on the first day. We will spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes and return to Machu Picchu for more exploration the following day.
How many kilometers will we walk on the trek?
We will walk a total of 10 km / 6.3 miles.
At what altitude will the trek start and finish?
We will start the trek at Km 104, located at 2,200m/7,2600ft above sea level. The highest point of the trek is the Sun Gate, located at 2,700m/8,858ft. Aguas Calientes, where we will stay overnight, is located at an elevation of 2,040m/6,690ft.
What type of hostal does Inti Sun Trek use for Inca trek?
At Inti Sun Trek, we always book through El Tambo or Machu Picchu hostals which offer private, double rooms. These hostals offer comfortable beds, hot water for showering, WiFi, and breakfast.
NOTE: We guarantee these hostels will be reserved as per the itinerary if you book your trek at least two months in advance; otherwise, we may be forced to offer substitutes.
Can I book my own accommodation in Aguas Calientes?
You can choose any hotel to stay in Aguas Calientes—it´s a very small town—and absolutely can book on your own. This will reduce the price of your trek by $10 per person. If you choose to book your own hotel, make sure you tell us where you plan on staying so we can get you there safely.
Can I spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes?
Of course. If you are ok with taking the same train out of Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is typically at 6:20pm or 7:00.p.m that evening, than there is no additional charge to simply move the train back a day.
Will we have porters on this trek? How much should I carry on the trek?
For the 2 Day Inca Trail hike we do not employ the services of Porters. You should bring with you only the essentials: passport, rain poncho, camera, water, and a change of clothes. Your pack should not weigh more than 6 kg.
Important: This trail is subject to the Inca Trail regulations and trek permits must be reserved in advance.