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Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 2 Days

The 2-day short Inca Trail is the short version of the 4-day classic Inca Trail and the best Inca trail tour chosen by most tourists.

If you were left with the desire to do the classic Inca Trail tour of 4 days 3 nights and you were surprised that the quotas were exhausted. Doing the Inca Trail 2 days 1 night is the only tour that will allow you to travel part of what is covered in the route of 4 days 3 nights, and above all will allow you to reach Machu Picchu through the sungate (Inti Punku). In this tour you will combine the trip by train and walk where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery throughout the first day. and visit Machu Picchu the second day.

The 2 day Inca Trail starts at kilometer 104 passing through the cloud forest, along the way we will explore some Inca sites, such as Chachabamba and the amazing Wiñaywayna ruins.

After a few hours of hiking we will have lunch with amazing views of the Sacred Valley in the distance, the 2 day Inca trek culminates with the arrival at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.

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Short Inca Trail 2 Days Machu Picchu

Why Choose 2 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Unlike the classic 4-day Inca Trail, which involves hiking up high mountain passes and camping in the wilderness, the short Inca Trail is a relatively easier trek. The 2-day Inca Trail does not involve camping, but you will spend the night in a 3-star hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes. This makes it a family-friendly trek to Machu Picchu.

See Machu Picchu 2 Times!!

Combine your tour to Machu Picchu with a day hiking in the amazing landscape leading to it!

Not only that, see Machu Picchu 2 times with only 1 ticket, the 2 day Inca Trail has become the most preferred trek by many hikers and is even the best option after the classic 4 day Inca Trail. There are no excuses not to do it, book your 2 day Inca Trail tour with local experts and live the best experience visiting Machu Picchu twice in 2 days

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Get ready for this amazing adventure on the short 2 day Inca Trail 2022 to the Inca City of Machu Picchu. If you feel you are not physically prepared or out of shape you can take our training program for the inca trail. (special itinerary only offered by Come See Peru). With the best service, best price and with the best local expert guides.


  • One of the things that differentiates the short Inca Trail from the classic 4-day Inca Trail is that in the 2-day Inca Trail you visit twice as much Machu Picchu.
  • Our 2 day Inca Trail tour includes a tourist train with panoramic windows with an exclusive service on board.
  • On the short Inca Trail tour you enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
  • Unlike the classic Inca Trail, the highest point to be reached is 2,600m/8,500ft above sea level.
  • The 2-day Inca Trail does not require acclimatization as opposed to the 4-day Inca Trail where you need at least 4 days.
  • You will be able to see the sunset on day 1 and sunrise on day 2 at Machu Picchu.
  • When you arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes you will rest in a 3 star hotel with breakfast included.
  • Our English speaking guide will accompany you throughout the trip from start to finish.

Advantages of booking with us.- The all-inclusive tour to Short Inca Inca Trail 2 Days offers a safe and well-organized experience, transfer during the entire tour is in sprinter. The service also includes the tour guide service in English or Spanish.

What You Need to Know Before Booking  2 DAY INCA TRAIL?

You have to know that´s NOT a 2 day trek it’s actually only ONE hiking day on day 1.

The 2 day Inca trail is relatively easy compared to the 4 day inca trail. You need to take the train from Ollantaytambo to km 104 from where you start the trek to Machu Picchu after the trek you spend the night in Aguas Calientes in a Hotel

The Inca sites you will visit along the short Inca trail are the Inca site of Chachabamba and the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna. This trek offers you the best sections of the Inca trail condensed into a single day with a total distance of 10 km / 6.3 míles.

Weather in Short Inca Trail 2 Days 1 Night

The most important thing to know is there are only two seasons in Cusco: wet and dry season. The rainy season is from November until March and the dry season is April until October. It doesn’t rain every day or all day in the rainy season and of course rain can happen during any month – even during the height of the dry season.

Weather changes so much throughout the day, We wouldn’t recommend shorts for hiking the short Inca trail. You could wear trail pants that zip off into shorts, bring a fleece with you for the morning of your hike. This might be the only trek where you don’t need a down jacket as your one night will be in Aguas Calientes where it is considerably warmer.

Would you like to do the 2-day Inca Trail hike in 1 day?

Yes it is possible! if you are short of time even to do the 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu don’t worry, we offer you the option to do the 1 day short Inca Trail. Click on the link to know more about the 1 day Inca Trail. Inca Trail 1 day hike to Machu Picchu.

Detailed Itinerary of the Short 2-Day Inca Trail | The best 2 Day Inca Trail Tour

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At 3:40 am, our staff will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to take you to the Ollantaytambo train station. Then you will travel by train to the beginning of the Short Inca Trail 2 days, KM – 104 of the railroad, here your guide will be waiting for you.  You will pass the control accompanied by your authorized official guide for the Inca Trail.

Start enjoying your adventure by visiting the archaeological site of Chachabamba, then continue on an ascending path until you reach Wiñaywayna another beautiful archaeological center strategically located. Here, take a brief rest to enjoy your cold lunch and then continue through the rainforest appreciating the abundance of biodiversity (flora and fauna) until you reach the highest point of the route, Puerta de Sol (2,720 meters / 8,922 feet).

From the Sun Gate, appreciate the scenic beauty of the Andes, steep mountains covered with the green mantle and some white, deep valleys formed by the Urubamba River. Also, marvel at the first impact of the Inca city of Machupicchu.

After all, get off at the main gate of Machu Picchu to board the bus to Aguas Calientes. At 6:30 p.m., your guide will take you to an excellent restaurant to enjoy a comfortable dinner and finally settle into your 2-star hotel or another category.

  • Maximum altitude Inti Punku (Sun Gate): 2720 meters / 8922 feet
  • Minimum altitude: 2150 masl /7052 feet
  • Walking distance: 10.5 km approximately
  • Walking time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate


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Today, choose the time to leave your hotel. After breakfast, take the bus accompanied by your tour guide to the Inca city of Machu Picchu and explore every corner of the beautiful Inca city along with your expert guide. After 2 and a half hours of walking, on your own, you can climb Huaynapicchu or the mountain. To climb these mountains, you must make extra reservations in advance (optional).

Then, take the bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (on your own), and in the afternoon you must be at the train station 30 minutes before the time indicated on your train ticket back to Poroy or Ollantaytambo station. Where our staff will be waiting for you to take you to the city of Cusco – Hotel.

  • Aguas Calientes. 2,050 meters / 6725 feet.
  • Maximum altitude Machupicchu – 2,450 meters / 8040 feet.
  • Train Departure: 15:20 or 16:22 hours
  • arrival in Cusco: 19:40 hours
  • End of the journey Short Inca Trail 2 days and our service.

Trip Summary

Day 01: Wiñayhuayna – Aguas Calientes

  • 04:00 hrs. Pick up from hotel
  • 04:15 hrs. Departure by bus from Cusco – Train Station (Ollantaytambo)
  • 06:10 hrs. Travel by train to Km 104
  • 08:00 hrs. Walk of Km 104 – Wiñayhuayna
  • 11:45 hrs. Rest and Lunch
  • 15:00 hrs. Walk to Machu Picchu
  • 15:45 hrs. Descent by bus to Aguas Calientes 25 min.
  • 18:00 hrs. Dinner and Overnight

Day 02: Visit to Machu Picchu

  • 06:00 hrs. Breakfast
  • 07:00 hrs. Get on the bus to Machu Picchu 25 minutes aprox.
  • 08:00 hrs. Visit to Machu Picchu 2 hrs. approx.
  • 12:00 hrs. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch.
  • 14:55 hrs. Return by train to Ollantaytambo
  • 16:30 hrs. Transfer by bus, Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • 18:30 hrs. Arrival in Cusco

Trip Details

  • Starting point Hotel in Cusco
  • End point Hotel in Cusco
  • Destination Inca Trail & Machupicchu
  • Theme Walk & Cultural
  • Longetud 10.5 km / 6.5 miles
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min 2 / Max 16
  • Altitude Max 2720 meters / 8924 feet
  • Availability All year round
  • Closed only February
  • Recommended May to October Sunny
  • Good Physical preparation

2 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Map

Check out our 2 day Inca Trail map to know more about distances and how physically demanding this would be for you. To start the 2 day Inca Trail hike we need to get off the train at kilometer 104, this is where the whole adventure begins.


  • Professional English-Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Train to Km104
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Boxed Lunch. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Hotel based on a double room, if you wish a single room you have to pay $20.00 extra
  • Oxygen bottle for emergencies.
  • First aid kit for emergencies.
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu ruins.
  • 3 Bus tickets for the first and the second day (Aguas Calientes -Machu Picchu – Aguas Caliente).
  • Water.


  • Dinner (first night).
  • Entrance to the thermal baths 10 soles (optional). (Bring bathing clothes and towel.)
  • Dinner on the second day.
  • Drinks, snacks, or water
  • Lunch on the second day
  • Entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain $65.00 (subject to availability)
  • Tips


  • Original Passport
  • Student card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Water
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Small backpack with rain cover.
  • Clothes for warm and cold weather like a waterproof jacket.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and thermal baths) .
  • Synthetic or wool socks and a sweater .
  • Long or short sleeve polo shirt.
  • Plastic rain poncho and hat.
  • Bathing clothes (for the thermal waters in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, alcohol disinfectant gel and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), a flashlight and batteries.
  • Some snacks such as chocolate bars and nuts .
  • And extra money in soles .

 It is necessary to acclimatize in Cusco, one or two days before starting the tour. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, to eat little, to drink abundant liquid; specially the mate of coca that possesses known healing and digestive properties. An adequate acclimatization avoids that it affects the “soroche” or bad of height, that could cause numerous annoyances to the health.

When you hike the 2 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU you will see impressive Inca ruins over 600 years old, exotic mountain views, lush vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties. The 2 day Inca Trail tour” goes through the Machu Picchu National Park and enters through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu just like the classic 4 day Inca Trail. The great thing about the short Inca Trail tour is that you will visit Machu Picchu twice, on your first time you will visit the upper part of Machu Picchu right at the end of your 2 day Inca Trail with hotel and on your second visit will be on day 2, this day you will visit the lower part of Machu Picchu, having visited the 2 sectors of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, isn’t it great?

Between Andean mountains and tropical forest there is a great Inca Trail crossing the mountains and the Sacred Valley. The first archaeological site we will visit is Chachabamba (2,200 m / 7,218 ft) located next to the Urubamba River and at the top is Wiñaywayna (2650 m / 8,694 ft) then we will go to Intipunku (2,720 m / 8,924 ft) where we will have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu (2,490 m / 8,169 ft), you can also find a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as a diversity of birds.

The walk takes approximately 6 to 7 hours to reach the Puerta del Sol known as Inti Punku, where you can get the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu. Prior to the walk the guide will be presented at your hotel and will give precise information about the walk and recommendations of the things you should bring, you will also be given the tickets (entrance to the Inca Trail, train ticket, etc..) ideal time at which you can make your queries.

One of the main attractions along the route is the ancient network of settlements built on granite rock by the Incas such as Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca immersed in an overwhelming natural scenery. Hundreds of varieties of orchids, multicolored birds, and dream landscapes provide the ideal setting for a route that the walker should walk at least once.

What happens if you renew your passport or document?

If you renew or change the number or names of your passport or documents after booking the tour/walk, you must send us a photograph of the new passport or document; we will make the change with the authorities before you arrive in Cusco; the extra cost to make the change is $20 which will cover expenses for the change of Inca Trail Entry, MachuPicchu Entry and train tickets. If you do not wish to pay the $20 for the corresponding changes you must bring your new and old passport or document to show it to the authorities (Inca Trail, entrance to MachuPicchu, train tickets). If you don’t have the 2 passports you will have to buy a new entrance to the Inca Trail, MachuPicchu and by train on your own, the costs could be around $100.

What type of Hotel is reserved for this tour?

For the night in Aguas Calientes town we offer the following 3 star hotels: Golden Sunrise, IntiPunku all of them offer wifi, private bathroom, comfortable rooms, breakfast, hot shower and 24 hours attention.
If you wish you can change your hotel to one of your preference, just let us know at the time of booking.

NOTE: We guarantee the above mentioned hostel reservation only if you make your reservation in advance. Otherwise, we may have to offer alternative accommodation.

Can I exchange my hotel in Aguas Calientes?

Yes, each traveler has their own expectations of accommodations. That is why we offer you the option of reserving your own independent hostel.

Book it yourself or request that we book it for you.

If you wish to book your own independent hotel we will offer you a discount of 10 dollars per person on the price of the trip. You can use this money to pay for an alternative hotel.

The return train schedule: The return train that includes the package is the Expedition; the departure are: 2:55pm, DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY. If you prefer the earlier train return we can book it for an additional $25; the times are: 2:55pm or 4:35pm. You also have the option to reserve the Vistadome train for an additional cost of $65. Please let us know in advance which is the train schedule of your preference. It is important to know that none of the trains go directly to Cusco, trains only arrive at Ollantaytambo or Poroy stations. In any of the cases we will always guarantee a bus of return to Cusco.

Can I change my return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo for an earlier one?

Yes, you can make this change personally at the Aguas Calientes train station. However, they will ask you to pay an additional fee for changing the ticket and this change will be subject to the availability of spaces and timetables on the train. In this case you will be responsible for assuming the cost of your return transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

How long will it take to return to Cusco?

You will travel for about three and a half hours before returning to Cusco. And this is divided into a one-and-a-half hour train ride to the Ollantaytambo train station. From there our driver will pick you up outside the train station. Our driver will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it, so there will be no confusion. If you don’t see our driver initially you just have to wait for him outside the station. Once our driver has picked you up you will travel for another hour and a half before returning to Cusco.

Health and Safety: All of our participants must inform us if they have or have had any illness that may affect their personal or group progress during the walk. They must also bring their own medications. We recommend that you visit your doctor before making your reservation if you have any health problems.

Where to store your belongings: You can leave or store the things that you will not take to the Inca Trail in the hotel or hostel where you are staying. Most of these establishments have stores where they will keep their things. If you do not trust the place where you are staying, we will gladly store your belongings in our office.

When is the best time to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

From May to September (dry season) is the ideal time to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. These months are generally good for the crossing due to the low frequency of rains.

In the months of November to March the summer (rainy season) is present. This season is usually very rainy, which makes walking and access difficult. You will not even be able to walk the Inca Trail in February due to rainfall and maintenance work.

Useful Information

  • Starting Altitude – 2100m / 6900ft.
  • Highest Altitude – 2730m / 8,792ft.
  • Walking Distance – 10km / 6.3 miles

Overall Difficulty – Easy to Moderate difficult (depends on your level of fitness).

If you’re concerned about making it because you are relatively unfit, we recommend doing at least two long-distance (5km) mountain hikes in your home country before you undertake your Machu Picchu trek.

If you find you are out of breath you are pushing yourself too hard, reduce distance and intensity until you get to a comfortable pace and slowly build up your endurance. Make sure you go slowly on your trek, particularly on the ascents up. Breathe deep into your lungs and do not overexert yourself that´s it!! Now you´re ready!!

You must take into account that there are only 250 spaces available for the 2 day Inca Trail for 2022, these spaces include tour guides and porters in case there are any. Once the spaces are fully taken, the reservation system for the Inca Trail 2 day tour will close, so you should reserve the spaces as soon as possible, we suggest booking at least 4 months in advance.

Another very important thing you should know is that the 2-day Inca Trail trek cannot take place on your own, you must necessarily hire an authorized company.


Short Inca Trail: Availability

A very important factor that all our travelers must take into account is the reservation process for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; due to the high demand and also for the preservation of this tourist route, Peruvian regulations establish a daily maximum of 250 tickets for this package. Remember also that all Inca Trail tours are suspended in February each year for maintenance work.

Therefore, it is good that you begin to manage your reservation with adequate anticipation; as of today, there are still vacancies for the end of July and the rest of the season that goes until January 2018; we update the availability for the Short Inca Trail in real time on our website, and you can also contact our staff directly for any additional information and also to start your reservation process


Aditionals/Extras Not Included (Need to book in Advance):


Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. 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 is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you with an advance notice.

The ticket is $65 per person.


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 to reach the top. This is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you.

This ticket is $65 per person.

Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired.

Prices for 2 Days Short Inca Trail (Private Service)




We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed)

  • 2 people  $479 per person with 3* Hotel (Included)
  • 2 people  $449 per person without Hotel

Discount for students: less $10.00 (discount prices are available to students with proper ID)

Based on group size

IMPORTANT: The 2 day Inca trail Prices Depend on the final number of people in your group.  If there is a cancellation please note, the price per person will reflect the actual number of people going on the trek.

 Price is based on a double room accomodation.

NOTE: For this trip the client must assume ALL transaction fees or taxes.

To secure a booking with Come See Perú Tours, the client must deposit 50% of the entire price of the tour. You will receive a confirmation email for the tour that you made a deposit. The total balance must be paid in cash at your hotel before the start of your trip. 

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