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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Our 2 day Inca Trail starts idyllic by a wake-up early. Then we are taken by our private transport to the railway station at Ollantaytambo to board a train taking us to the starting point of the 2 day trek - so called Km 104. Then we pass through an Inca Trail checking point and start hiking through lush vegetation of a cloud forest while greeeted by local exotic birds such as Andean guan, grey-breasted mountain tucan, etc. and since we can see various wild orchids and bromelias along the path too. Our Tour Guide explains us about the Chachabamba ruins that were rediscovered in 1940. Lunch. Our next stop is in Wiñay Wayna, an Inca complex neighboring to Machu Picchu. The complex, which name means "Eternal Youth, can boosts with a stunning view down at the Urubamba River. In late afternoon, we have descended to the entrance of Machu Picchu - Inti Punku (Sun´s Gate), we continue down to our hotel in Aguas Calientes Town where we have a rest. The following early morning adventure starts with Machu Picchu hiking tour for two hours. Then we enter to the "Lost City of the Incas" and enjoy its guided tour. Hiking the Inca Trail is an unforgettable experience so do not hesitate joining our group.

Quick Itinerary: 

Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes

Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco


Highlights of the Inca Trail 2 Days:

  • 2 day hike on the cloud forest of the lost city of the Incas
  • Enjoy the landscapes, flora and Fauna of the trail
  • Trekking the Inca Trail only for 2 days enjoying explanations of a professional Tour Guide,
  • Visit of Wiñay Wayna citadel,
  • Walk through the Sun Gate,
  • Exploration of the mystical Machu Picchu.

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

Departure Time: 05:00

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 - 12 km / 7.46 miles

Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character, tourist train 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.

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

Short Inca Trail Operator: Tierras Vivas travel 

Crew: A profesional Tour Guide on the Short Inca Trail.

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

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

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night). These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your 2 day Inca Trail tour: Mapi Seven Machu Picchu Hotel, Wiracocha Hotel and Renato House. Once booked, our booking department will confirm your accommodation. If you would like to upgrade your hotel, visit our website ESSENTIAL INFO on the Short Inca Trail page. 


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2 day Inca Trail Permits 2019

You can check the Inca Trail Permits Real-time Availability for 2019 by yourself and Book Online! Please click on Short Inca Trail 2019. Chose the best month and day for your 2 day Machu Picchu Trek. We recommend to book in advance.

On October 1st 2018, the Ministerio de Cultura (Peruvian goverment) opened the Inca Trail permits for the 2019


2 Day Inca Trail Camping

If you would like to do the 2 day hike with camping, Choose the 2 Day Inca Trail Hike with Camping 


IMPORTANT NOTE: THAT FEE OF THESE MONEY TRANSFER COMPANIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TOUR ! THIS SERVICE INCLUDED ALL EQUIPMENT AND SERVICE. On the first payment included the fee. If you pay the 50% pre-payment include the fee and the second payment (other 50%) you need to pay in Cusco in cash please


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Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 (Inca Trail) - Aguas Calientes

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to transfer you during a 2 hour ride to the Ollantaytambo´s railway station. There, we get on a train and continue until Km 104, where a checking point of the Inca Trail is located. We pass through to the Vilcanota River (bridge) and start the Inca Trail Trekking! The first archaeological site to visit is Chachabamba, guided tour. Then we continue through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site - Wiñay Wayna. But before we reach it, we enjoy a refresh in a local waterfall! Where you have lunch and a rest. Later on, we can admire the sunset above Machu Picchu when we get to the Sun´s Gate (Inti Punku) before entering the Inka citadel. However, today is too late to have a guided tour of this overwhelming Incan city so we descend slowly to Aguas Calientes Town enjoying beautiful surrounding scenery on the way! We spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes. 

Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early morning breakfast, we continue hiking the Inca Trail for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own.

The 2 day Inca Trail ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.

Machu Picchu
 is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists can not do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechuan farmers had known about Machu Picchu for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in a search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence. However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.



  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the railway station at Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x Box lunch + Snack bag, 1x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • A train round trip (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.  

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the second day
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (U$ 12 one way or U$ 24 a round trip)
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • 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 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 2 day hike the Inca Trail. 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.


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.


Tierras Vivas is tour operator for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu since 2006. 

Accommodation in Machu Picchu

Accommodation during the 2 day Inca Trail
These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:


Hotel Wiracocha Machu Picchu

Hotel Mapi Seven Machu Picchu

Hotel Renato House Machu Picchu


We spend a night in small locally owned hotel with private bathrooms and breakfast facilities (Double or Matrimonial room). All of the hotels we use in Aguas Calientes are located within walking distance of the train stations.


We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single accommodation can be arranged for a supplement, subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.



If you would like to upgrade your accommodation, the discount is U$ 20 per person (Double or Single room). We can recommend the following hotel in Machu Picchu or you can choose and book the hotel by yourself and you will have a discount for your accommodation:


    Accommodation Accommodation
Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu 5 Star   U$ 1500.00 U$ 1500.00  
Casa Andina Machu Picchu 3 Star U$ 218.50  U$ 218.50 
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu 3 Star U$ 110.00 U$ 150.00 
Ferre Machu Picchu 3 Star U$ 230.00  U$ 230.00


Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Patio

Casa Andina Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Traditional

Tierra Viva Hotel Machu Picchu: The accommodation is Standard

Ferre Machu Picchu Hotel: The accommodation is Standard



Machu Picchu & Wayna Picchu Mountain

The Machu Picchu Mountain, also known as 'Old Mountain', is the mountain on which the Inca Citadel was built. It is located at 3082 meters above sea level at almost 600 meters higher than the Inca City. The Inca citadel was denominated Machu Picchu to be located exactly in this mountain.

Today, the Machu Picchu Mountain is able to receive 800 daily tourists. These ascend the wide mountain roads from where you can see breathtaking views of the entire geography of the place. Its trails are ideal for traveling as a family. Unlike the Huayna Picchu mountain, the Machu Picchu Mountain roads are not as steep or have vertiginous gorges.


The Huayna Picchu or 'Young Mountain' is the mountain that is located to the north of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It is the summit that stands out in the classic postcard of the Wonder of the World. It is located at 2693 meters above sea level, 300 meters higher than the Inca City. On its roads is the Temple of the Moon, a religious site carved on stone in a cave.

The Waynapicchu is one of the most requested adventures by the visitor. From the top you can see all the splendor of the Wonder of the World. It is the ideal place to take a selfie or the best photo. To reach it, you must ascend a narrow path to the margin of vertigo cliffs. It is considered one of the most incredible short walks in the world. However, only 400 people can enter it daily. For this they must acquire the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket.

Luggage Storage

If you have extra luggage, you can be left safely in your hotel in Cusco, in the Ollantaytambo train station or Tierras Vivas store luggage. if you decided in our store luggage, in the morning our driver will pick your luggage and He leave in our office and we will save 2 days and when you will return to Cusco, you can pick your luggage..

Backpacker for your Trekking

Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible.you will carry your luggage from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb (included personal clothes). You will need to carry daypack. You don´t take the sleeping bag, because you will spend a night in the hotel in Machu Picchu


If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Inca Trail is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to putting your clothes and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.


Appropriate clothing along this hike

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

Short Inca Trail Suggest Items

  • Original passport,
  • Original ISIC (an international student card if applicable)
  • Travel insurance,
  • Pocket money in Nuevos Soles,
  • A small rucksack,
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
  • Insect repellent – recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria cases have been reported during this trip!),
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refill.
  • Optional: walking sticks; you can also rent it from us,
  • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during the entire trek, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.

2 day Inca Trail Hike with Camping

2 day Inca Trail Hike with Camping

2 day Inca Trail hike with camping is one of hike list experience for anyone planning a trip to Machu Picchu. It gives you a taste of the Classic Inca Trail hike but takes half the time and requires less than half the physical exertion This hike involves 2 day hike on the Short trail to Machu Picchu and 1 night camping in the Puente ruinas. Visit our Inca Trail Hike 2 day with Camping

Luxury Inca Trail Hike 2 Days/1 Night

Luxury Inca Trail Hike 2 Days/1 Night

The Luxury Inca trail hike 2 day is one of the most comfort hiking to Machu Picchu. In this hike are inclusion the luxury hotel in Machu Picchu, luxury train, proffesional guide, chef and porters. Taste the buffet lunch in Wiñaywayna. In the night see the stars of the sky of the Machu Picchu from your hotel and wake up early morning and view the sunrise from your hotel. Have a breakfast near to mystical citadel. Explore the lost city of the Incas and the mountains. Book Online the Luxury Inca Trail Hike

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2 Days

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2 Days

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour involves the experience of visiting the famous Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo archeological site. Then you will take the train to Machu Picchu and spend one night in Aguas Calientes before visiting the site the next day. The next day you will wake up early and take the bus up to Machu Picchu. There, you will visit the Machu Picchu city and have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (must be purchased in advance) or walk around the ruins. Book Online the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu overnight 2 days

Machu Picchu overnight  2 days

For a more relaxed travel style, this trip includes transportation to and from Ollantaytambo station, the train to and from Aguas Calientes, a bus to and from Machu Picchu, and a guided tour of the ancient city. There is also free time for a variety of optional activities, including hiking Huayna Picchu, visiting the hot springs, and exploring Machu Picchu individually. This is the most no-nonsense Machu Picchu trip, and is a good option those who are unable to or uninterested in taking the Inca trail.
Machu Picchu 2 Days

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 days

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 days

This world famous trek to the even more widely known Wonder of the World, the lost Incan city, passes through the variety of climates and ecosystems that are in such close proximity in Peru. It includes visits to a multitude of other Incan sites along the path, and from 4,200 meters above sea level to 2, 680. This trek begins at Km 82. The final day of hiking is a very early morning, in order to see Machu Picchu at sunrise. Unlike other, longer trips along the Inca trail, there is no night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, and travelers instead return home via train on the third day.

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Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail 3 days

Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail 3 days

The 3 day Sacred Valley to Short Inca Trail was created for the all adventure travellers.  This tour involve the traditional Sacred Valley tour (Pisac Market, Pisac and Ollantaytambo) and the part of the Inca Trail, Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Intipunko (Sungate) and Machu Picchu. If you want, you can add the camping in Aguas Calientes town. Book Online the Sacred Valley to Short Inca Trail tour.

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