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short inca trail

2 days

Join us for the short Inca trail; a journey that covers the final stretch of the Inca Trail, where you will have a taste of the famous longer Inca Trail hike, and the thrill of entering Machu Picchu through Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun. Our trail begins at Chachabamba (Km 104 of the railroad), where we briefly explore charming ruins in a cloud forest setting. Then we will ascend to the Wiñay Wayna (“Forever Young”) Ruins, and make our stunning descent to Machu Picchu, entering the citadel through the Sun Gate. We’ll spend a relaxing night at a hotel in the Village of Machu Picchu, and return to Cusco the following day, after a guided tour of the majestic citadel.

2 day short inca trail

The 2 day short Inca Trail will give you a taste of the trail, climbing to Wiñay Wayna ruins and descending through the Sun Gate to enter mysterious Machu Picchu.

seasonMarch - January
group departuresEvery Thursday and Saturday
mininum: 2 passengers
maximum: 12 passengers
shared plan
private plan
shared plan:You will travel with other adventurers heading to the same destination.

We’ll depart from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo, depending on available seats and schedule. The train will chug alongside the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley; we’ll see a noticeable change in our surroundings as we enter the verdant and misty cloud forest of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We’ll disembark and cross a hanging bridge that spans the mighty river, and visit the ruins of Chachabamba, which is believed to have been a spiritual center dedicated to water deities. Now it’s a 3-hour ascent to a second important spiritual center, Wiñay Wayna. These ruins are built into a steep slope on the way up to the Sun Gate. After we explore for a bit, we’ll cut across the ridge above Machu Picchu to reach Inti Punku, Gate of the Sun. This is a dramatic moment, as we look down on the magnificent Machu Picchu ruins spread out far below, gaining a glimpse into a mystical, forgotten world. We’ll spend the night in a hotel in the village of Machu Picchu. Dinner on your own.

Trekking distance: 11.7 km (7.27 mi)
Time: 6 hours
Train ride: 37 km (22.99 mi)
Time: 1:10 hours

After an early breakfast, we’ll hop on board the bus up to the ruins, a half-hour ascending ride. Your English-speaking guide will accompany you as you explore the breath-taking ruins and learn about the various structures and buildings and the lifestyles of its former inhabitants. You’ll be immersed in the sheer beauty of the complex and its verdant surroundings, as you breathe in the rarefied air of the cloud forest. Return to the village below in the afternoon, where you’ll board a train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo. (Hotel overnight and dinner on your own).

Train ride: 43 km (26.72 mi)
Time: 1:45 hours
Our safety standards are the best in the business
  • Transportation
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo
  • Hotel in Machu Picchu Village
  • Inca Trail Express Permit... keep reading
no included
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Dinner at Machu Picchu Pueblo day 1
  • Laundry service
  • Air tickets
  • Personal equipment... keep reading
what to take
  • T-shirt or short-sleeved shirt, breathable, made of nylon and/or polyester
  • Light jacket
  • Waterproof jacket (in the rainy season it is also advisable to bring rain pants)
  • Hiking pants and shorts preferably made of QuickDry material
  • Cap... keep reading
Personal First-Aid Kit
On each trip we carry a medical kit, but we suggest you bring a small personal First-Aid Kit for bruises and blisters. Knee and ankle braces are sometimes useful especially if you suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any special medication your doctor might suggest for you.

Book short inca trail

$740.00/2 days and 1 nights
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