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Luxury Short Inca Trail

Luxury Short Inca Trail

The Luxury Inca trail hike is one of the excursions for those lovers of adventure without losing the comforts of a 5 star hotel, walking to Machu Picchu with a quality service , taste the buffet lunch in Wiñaywayna, in the night, view the stars from your room of the lost city of the Incas and wake up early and see the sunrise of Machu Picchu from your Luxury hotel. Tierras Vivas is one of the tour operator that offer luxury excursions in the Peruvian Andes, considered places mystics as they direct the imposing Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail is considered one of the most important hiking trails in the world. The Inca Trail is one of the greatest feats of the Andes. We offer you the possibility to experience this adventure trip while enjoying a maximum level of comfort. Along the Inca Trail you can enjoy the Inca Trail Luxury lodges as well as enjoy a gourmet cuisine prepared by the chef. You will be provided with all the essential elements for the walk, as well as a professional guide.

This version of the Inca Trail, 2 Days 1 Night, leaves from 104 km, located at 2,100 meters above sea level. (departing by train from Ollantaytambo). It is a 16-kilometer hike to Machu Picchu, where you will appreciate spectacular views of high Andean landscapes and the Amazon jungle eyebrow visiting Inca constructions on the route (Chachabamba, Choquesuysuy).

Quick Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - km104 - Wiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu

Day 2: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco


Highlights of the Luxury Inca Trail 2 days:

  • 2 day Luxury hiking to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the sub tropical climate
  • Appreciate the flora and fauna in the trail
  • View of the Llama and Alpaca animals along the Inca Path
  • Enjoying explanations of a professional Tour Guide,
  • Taste the Peruvian cuise of your chef
  • Take the Luxury train to Machu Picchu - Vistadome
  • Stay a night the best hotel - Santuary lodge Machu Picchu
  • Wake up early and see the sunrise from your hotel
  • Luxury Hotel in Machu Picchu accommodation
  • Visit of Wiñay Wayna citadel,
  • Walk through the Inti Punko or Sun Gate,
  • Get the first sight of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku (the Sun Gate)
  • Walk around the mystical Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour of the ruins along the Machu Picchu luxury tours

Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.

Departure Time: 06:00

Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek 

Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00

Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel, hostel or Airbnb department

Starting Altitude: 2100m / 6900ft.
Highest Altitude: 2730m / 8,792ft.
Walking Distance - 8 km / 7.46 miles

Service Level: Luxury Hike and Accommodation, Luxury train to Machu Picchu and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 - Moderate - Some low-altitude hikes, but accessible to most healthy travellers

Age requirement: 4+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Luxury Inca Trail Operator: Tierras Vivas travel 

Crew: A profesional Tour Guide on the Inca Trail, chef, waiter and porters

Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner.

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train (VISTADOME train).

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night). These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your Luxury Inca Trail 2 days: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge - Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu Hotel the only hotel located next to Machu Picchu, offering its guests easy access.  Visit the ESSENTIAL INFO for more information about your hotel Luxury in Machu Picchu and Luxury train service. 

 Inca Trail Permits: It is included in your hike. In the peak season the trail is booked months in advance

More Information about the Short Inca Trail

Machu Picchu luxury tours:

Luxury Train to the Short Inca Trail

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Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - km104 - WiƱay Huayna - Machu Picchu

Pick up from your hotels at 6:00 a.m. to transfer it for a 40 minutes trip, with private transportation to the train station in Poroy. We will board the Vistadome train, travel by train for an hour and 45 minutes to Km 104 (Start of our luxury Inca Trail hike). It is worth the effort to get up early and go with this train, which allows us to enter and start our walk early. At Km 104 after presenting passports at the control, we started to walk gently to meters of the Vilcanota River. Starting the road we will see the ruins of Chachabamba, an in-situ stone altar that served to worship the sun and the mountains, still venerated by the local people. After visiting Chachabamba, we will continue the path to the south and begin a gradual climb to the mountain, before entering a cloud forest and with lots of vegetation, then the trail goes to the forest and goes west, while we continue uphill in an open meadow. After walking 3 hours, the path descends into an amazing forest. Here we will find a beautiful waterfall, then we will reach the lower part of the ruins of Wiñaywayna. We will appreciate the beauty of this place, complemented by the information of our expert guide. After having lunch in Wiñaywayna, we will continue in the afternoon in the cloud forest, full of bromeliads, orchids, and fern trees. While we walk this last part of the road, we will pass through many impressive features such as stone stairs and tambos ("resting places"). You climb 60 stairs before arriving at Inti Punku ("the door of the sun"). From this point, you can contemplate and observe this wonderful place. Then descend for 45 minutes until you reach the famous viewpoint, from here you can observe the sunset. Descend to the entrance of Machupicchu and then to our hotel, located at the entrance of the citadel. Dinner included, rest, plans and arrangements for tomorrow.


Meals: Box Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu.

Maximum Altitude: 2680 meters / 8792 feet

Minimum Altitude: 2100 meters / 6888 feet

Distance Travelled: 7 kilometers approximately

Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 2: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Breakfast from 05:00 am, then we will go to Machu Picchu, the park opens at 6:00 am. We have a guided tour of Machupicchu, this enigmatic and mysterious city is explored for approximately 2-3 hours explained by your expert guide, you can visit the most impressive places like the Royal Mausoleum, the temple of the 3 windows, the main temple, the Plaza sacred, the famous Intihuatana where the wise Inkas moored the sun on the winter solstice in June, stairways, squares, fountains, etc. (You will usually have then about 5-6 extra hours of free time). After finishing our masterful visit, we can go down to Aguas Calientes by bus and have free time to explore this picturesque town before boarding our train back to Cusco. The Vistadome train leaves Aguas Calientes in the afternoon at 16:43 pm (In high season train schedules may vary.) And arrives in Cusco (Poroy train station) at 8:23 pm, then we move it through 25 minutes to Cusco. You will arrive to Cusco at approximately 9:00 p.m.


Meals: Breakfast

Maximum Altitude: 2100m / 6888 feet

Minimum Altitude: 2400m / 7872 feet

Distance Travelled: 9 km approximately

Approximate Walking Time: Walking: 3-4 hours



  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide;
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the railway station at Poroy or Ollantaytambo;
  • Accommodation: Hotel Luxury Machu Picchu (01 night) - Belmond Sanctuary Lodge;
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain
  • Meals: 01x breakfast, 01x buffet lunch, 01x dinner, 1x Snack bag  (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
  • Snack;
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide;
  • Chef and waiter;
  • Porters: The porter will carry your personal belonging;
  • Water on the trail;
  • Hiking poles for this trail;
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes;
  • A VISTADOME train ticket round trip to Machu Picchu (Starting point of the luxury Inca Trail hike and back to Cusco);
  • Private transportation from Poroy to Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Cusco;

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the second day
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)
  • Travel Insurance

Meal budget: Please allow USD 10 for meals not included.

Solo Traveller: If you like a single room for this trek, please choose the "Solo Traveller" option during your booking.

Local flights: No local flight is included in the trek´s price!

Tierras Vivas Representative and Professional Guide

Our guide will visit your a day before the trek and He/ She will give you a briefing and more information about your Luxury Inca Trail Hike. It very important, let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco, our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek for your briefing.


Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and Our driver and guide will take to the train station. Once arrived, you will take the train to Km104, the point to enter of the Inca Trail. It is very important to present your passport original in the head trail. Then you will start the hike to Machu Picchu and Our guide will drop off in the Luxury Hotel Machu Picchu. The second day, guided tour in Machu Picchu, in the afternoon you will return with your guide to Cusco and he/ she will drop off in your hotel.  


All Tierras Vivas trekkers are accompanied by a Tierras Vivas Tour Guide. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.



Inca Trail Luxury Lodges (Accommodation)

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located next to the ancient Inca citadel, offering its guests easy access. This charming refuge is the perfect place to relax and rest in the shadow of the Lost City.

As part of the Cusco region of Peru, it is located approximately 2,500 meters above sea level. The hotel and the citadel are within walking distance or by bus from the town of Aguas Calientes and 80 km from Cusco.


Standard rooms

Each room is a cozy sanctuary, with a king to welcome you after a day of sightseeing.



  • King-size bed or two single beds
  • Marble bathroom (with shower only)
  • Size: from 15 m2 / 161 square feet


  • LCD TV with satellite and DVD player
  • Clock radio with connection station
  • Minibar Wireless
  • Internet

Superior Rooms with Terrace

Upon leaving you will find a furnished terrace from which to admire the lush landscape and the surrounding mountains. It is the ideal place to have a drink under the stars.



  • Two individual beds
  • Private bathroom (with shower only)
  • Furnished terrace
  • Size: from 17 m2 / 183 square feet


  • LCD TV with satellite
  • Clock radio with connection station
  • Minibar Wireless
  • Internet

Deluxe Rooms

Curl up in a luxurious king bed for a well-deserved rest. Living fabrics and rich wood details reflect the impressive exterior landscape. Rest on the furnished terrace and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. It is the perfect place to have a drink under the stars.



  • King-size bed or two single beds
  • Marble bathroom (with shower only)
  • Panoramic view
  • Size: from 15 m2 / 161 square feet


  • LCD TV with satellite
  • Clock radio with connection station
  • Minibar Wireless
  • Internet

One Room Suite

The bedroom is next to a cozy social area. The space continues towards a large furnished terrace: an ideal place to enjoy the fascinating views of the mountain.



  • King size bed
  • Separate room
  • Furnished terrace
  • Marble bathroom (with shower only)
  • Mountain View Size: from 35 m2 / 376 square feet


  • LCD TV with satellite and DVD player
  • Clock radio with connection station
  • Minibar Wireless
  • Internet

Luxury Train Service to Machu Picchu

The following Train, you will use in the Luxury Inca Trail hike


Vistadome Machu Picchu Train- Perurail

Live an unforgettable experience of magic connection with nature on the Cusco – Machu Picchu route on the PeruRail Vistadome train. Its cars have 90% panoramic windows, which allows to appreciate the beautiful scenery along the route.

 Route: from Poroy (Cusco), Ollantaytambo, Urubamba to Machu Picchu


The 360° Machu Picchu Train - Inca Rail


Experience a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu, exploring the Andean landscape like never before with wider and taller panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage including a bar. The only train in Peru with an entertainment app on board which will allow you to learn more about the train journey and the Inca civilization.

Enjoy our appetizing selection of cold and warm drinks, prepared using fruit juices and Andean herbs, and our delicious gourmet and organic delights made with products from the Sacred Valley.

Packing List

  • A lightweight backpack exclusively for your clothes that will carry for the entire trip.
  • Rain jacket or a rain poncho.
  • Hiking shoes, waterproof clothing for the tour, additional socks, warm clothes, a coat, gloves, scarf, warm clothes are recommended especially for the nights.
  • Camera, enough memory, batteries (the batteries are consumed quickly in a cold place)
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun.
  • Sunscreen
  • Rehydrating cream for the face and body.
  • Repellent for mosquitoes.
  • Toilet paper
  • Snack: biscuits, chocolates, energy bars, raw fruits, nuts.
  • Cash enough for your last day's lunch in Machu Picchu for tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport and ISIC (International Student Indentify Card) if you have one.
  • Canes

Optional extras

  • Porter to carry your things ($ 30 per day)
  • Walking stick lightweight aluminum ($ 2.00 per day, per stick), two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
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