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    Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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    Our 2-day Inca Trail begins with an idyllic early awakening. 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. We get off there and pass through an Inca Trail checkpoint to start hiking through the lush vegetation of a cloud forest while greeted by local exotic birds such as the Andean guan, the grey-breasted mountain tucan, etc. In the forest, we can see various wild orchids and bromeliads along the path too. Our Tour Guide explains to us about the Chachabamba Ruins that were re-discovered in 1940. Near the ruins, we have lunch. Our next stop is in Wiñay Wayna, an Inca complex neighboring Machu Picchu. The complex, which name means “Eternal Youth, can boast a stunning view down the Urubamba River. Later in the afternoon, we descend to Inti Punku (the Sun´s Gate) which is the gateway of Machu Picchu. From there, we keep descending until we reach our hotel in Aguas Calientes (a small town below the historic Inca citadel) where we have a rest. The following early morning adventure begins with the Machu Picchu hiking tour for two hours. Once we get up the hill, we enter the “Lost City of the Incas” to enjoy its guided tour.

    Hiking the Inca Trail is an unforgettable experience, so do not hesitate to join our group!

    By saving time doing the Short Inca Trail, you will have extra days off to explore the beautiful city of Cusco and its surrounding attractions, Titicaca Lake and the Puno Region, or cities full of history and beautiful nature such as Lima and Arequipa. Take a look at some of our other packages involving these sites.


    Short Inca Trail Tour Overview

    Sustainable Tourism: At Tierras Vivas, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities.

    If you book this trip, you will sponsor the reforestation of native plants in the community in Cusco

    Short Inca Trail Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel

    Service Level: Comfortable, tourist-class accommodation, tourist-class train, and private transport.

    Trek’s Difficulty: 2 – moderate; a low-altitude hike, accessible to healthy travelers.

    Age Requirement: 4+. Please note: all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Tickets & Permits: It is included the Inca Trail permits and Machu Picchu ticket in your hike.

    Crew: A professional Tour Guide.

    Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner, 1x bag of snacks.

    Transportation: Private van, 2x train.

    Accommodation: Hotel, 1 night. During the 2-day Inca Trail tour, you will spend a night in a comfortable hotel with a private bathroom (see the Essential Info bookmark).


    Quick Itinerary:

    Day 01: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Aguas Calientes town

    Day 02: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco 

    Highlights of the 2-Day Inca Trail:

    • A hike passing through the cloud forest around the Lost City of the Incas.
    • Enjoyment of the surrounding landscapes, flora, and fauna.
    • Trekking the Inca Trail for 2 days only.
    • Explanations of a professional Tour Guide.
    • Visit of Wiñay Wayna Inca site.
    • Walking through the Sun Gate.
    • Exploration of the mystical Machu Picchu.

    Meeting Point before the Short Inca Trail

    Departure Point: We pick you up from your hotel (please check the Starting Point & Pick-Up section under the Essential Info bookmark).

    Briefing Point: Our guide will be meeting in your hotel 2 or 1 day prior to the trek.

    Briefing Time: Between 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

    Return Point: Cusco – our driver will drop-off at your hotel/hostel/Airbnb apartment.

    Short Inca Trail Availability

    Click on the “Book Now” button (quite on top or quite below) and pick out the best month and day for your hike. Complete your personal details.

    2-Day Inca Trail Permits 2023

    You might check the 2-day Inca Trail Permits Real-Time Availability for 2023 by yourself. It is very important that you complete all details correctly to obtain your Inca Trail permits and Machu Picchu tickets! Once arrived at the trailhead, you need to present your original passport and Inca Trail permits. In case, any details are incorrect, you must book and buy a new ticket to the trail!

    Short Inca Trail Camping

    If you would like to experience more adventure, you can book the 2 Day Inca Trail Hike with Camping, and spend the night observing stars at the campsite “Puente Ruinas”.

    What can you see during the 2-day hike?


    Is the Short Inca Trail Worth It?

    Yes, the 2-day Inca Trail is the best option for those with limited time to do the 4-day Inca Trail. You can view a part of the traditional Inca path.

    BOOK ONLINE with a hotel or camping. Choose the best option for you!

    Minimum Altitude: 2,100 m / 6,900 ft.
    Highest Altitude: 2,730 m / 8,792 ft.
    Walking Distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles

    How Hard Is to Hike the 2 Day Inca Trail?

    How hard is the Inca Trail to hike?

    Extra Information


    Tierras Vivas is a fully licensed tour operator and has 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor. The copy of our 2 Day Inca Trail Tripadvisor reviews below proves our experience and enthusiasm to offer our customers the best trip to Machu Picchu.

    Check our Short Inca Trail Tripadvisor comments below:

    2 day Inca Trail with Washington

    May 2023 • Couples
    Brett W Wrote: “I did this hike with my wife, it was fantastic. My wife had some trouble with the heights at first, but once she got her feet under her we had a great time. Our guide, Washington, was incredible. He shared all kinds of interesting info as we walked, and once he heard that I like flowers and birds, he went out of his way to point out any interesting specimens we passed. My favorite part was actually Wiñay Wina, there were only a few people there at the same time as us so we really got to soak in the scenery. Altogether a wonderful and unforgettable experience.”

    2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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    Definitely worth it!

    May 2023 • Couples
    Kalina T Wrote: “Definitely worth it!
    My husband and I did the 2-days/1-night Inca tour with Tierras Vivas and our guide Nico, in May.
    It is a 12km hike from 104km to the entras of the highest part of the Machu Picchu ruins.
    After that there is an option to get the bus down to Aguas Calientes for $12 or walk down the stairs another 4km.

    The hike itself is challenging but very doable for many levels of ability. Nico was giving us plenty of breaks (we are early 30ies with an average fitness level) while pointing out to different plant varieties and giving more information about them, telling us stories and facts about the surroundings and taking beautiful pictures at all the spots he knew were best. There were many other groups, doing the same hike, different ages and different abilities. There are indeed many of stairs up and down, but some would go slower, others faster and all would get to the end.

    The hike itself is beautiful – you are enveloped 360 degrees by mountains. Stunning views ALL the way to the Sun Gate where the view to Machu Picchu is the cherry on top. There are also a couple of sites to see on the way – the Winay Wayna being quite stunning.

    Midway through the day (just after Winay Wayna) we had lunch at the final base for the people doing the 4-day hike (that’s where our roads crossed). The lunch, provided by the tour was delicious. There were 3 meal options and 2 salads plus soups to choose from. We just a had to try everything but still not get stuffed.

    After lunch was the easier part of the hike. Only at the end you need to climb up the “monkey stairs”, but they are not too long.
    After that you are rewarded with an amazing view of Machu Picchu.
    From there, it’s downhill to the highest part of the Machu Picchu site, where you have yet another stunning view, this time of the whole site, surrounded by all the mountains.

    Thoughout the whole hike Nico was also a wonderful guide – very knowledgeable. All the information he gave us, was backed up by scientific research that he has done at university. It was quite interesting and he could answer ALL our questions (even random ones) very thoroughly. He has a passion for his subject and you can definitely tell.

    On the second day of the tour we entered the lower part of Machu Picchu ahead of all the queuing groups as having done part of the inka trail, we had an advance ticket. In the site we learned a lot from Nico – he delivered a lot of quality information. Plus, the bonus of being there before a big groups – we got to have pictures from the best spots without interruptions.

    All in all a great experience – everything was running smoothly – picking up from the hotel and getting to 104km and then back to Cusco on the second day. The day before the tour we also met Nico and had a breefing by him, which made us feel more secure about the upcoming adventure.

    Short Inca Trail TripAdvisor


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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 Short Inca Trail is located. We get over the bridge of the Vilcanota River and start the Inca Trail trekking! The first archaeological site to visit is Chachabamba, where you received a guided tour. Then, we continue through a mixture of cacti vegetation and cloud forest. On the way, we enjoy a refreshing dip in a local waterfall! Then, we have lunch and a rest before we continue towards another Incan significant site – Wiñay Wayna. Later on, we keep hiking until we get to the Sun´s Gate (Inti Punku) to admire the sunset above Machu Picchu. 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. Places to Visit in this day

    • Chachabamba
    • Wiñaywayna
    • Intipata
    • Intipunko (Sungate)

    Day 02:Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

    After an early morning breakfast, we take a bus up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu. There, our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains to us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, you have free time which is the best opportunity to take more pictures and walk through the Lost City of the Incas by yourself. You can see some animals there such as llamas and birds. If you like to make the most of your experience, book either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu) well in advance. This gives you an opportunity to climb up for either 45 minutes (Huayna Picchu) or 1 and a half hours (Machu Picchu Mountain) to take some panoramic photos of the Inka citadel.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.

    After exploring Machu Picchu, you come back to Aguas Calientes descending. 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.


    What is included in this hike?

    • Pre-trek briefing with a Tour Guide;
    • Transfer by private vehicle to the railway station at Ollantaytambo;
    • Accommodation: a hotel in Aguas Calientes Town (1 night);
    • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
    • Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x box lunch + 1x bag of snacks, 1x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO additional cost);
    • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide;
    • A shuttle bus round trip to Machu Picchu on the second day;
    • A train round trip (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu);
    • Private transportation (a van or a small car) from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
    • A Short Inca Trail T-shirt.

    What is included in the Snack Bag?

    • Small bottled water (500 ml);
    • A small bottle of Gatorade (a sports drink used for rehydration);
    • Cusco’s cereals or Granola (it consist of kiwicha, quinoa, raisins, honey, and grated coconut);
    • Small fruit-juice drink;
    • 1x apple;consists
    • 1x tangerine;
    • 10x lemon candy;
    • Raisins with peanuts.

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    Not Included:

    • Breakfast on the first day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the second day;
    • 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);
    • Peru Travel Insurance.

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

    Solo Traveller: If you like a single room for the trek, please choose the “Solo Traveller” option during your booking.
    Local flights: No local flight is included in the trek´s price!. If you need the local flight, let us know please, we can get the best price for you!

    Tierras Vivas Professional Tour Guide

    Our guide will visit you a day prior to the trek in your hotel to brief you about the 2-day hike. For this reason, it is very important to let us know in advance where you stay in Cusco.

    All Tierras Vivas trekkers are accompanied by our Tour Guide. The objective of our guides is to take the hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The guides provide details on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat, and introduce his/her colleagues. Our guides have a broad general knowledge of each place visited during the tour, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.

    Tierras Vivas is operating the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu since 2006!

    Accommodation in Machu Picchu

    Accommodation During the Short Inca Trail
    The following hotels are used to accommodate our customers during the tour:

    Hotel Casa de Luz

    Short Inca Trail tour

    You spend a night in a small locally owned hotel where you will have a room (twin or matrimonial) with a private bathroom and breakfast. All of the hotels we use in Aguas Calientes are located within walking distance of the railway station.

    Single Accommodation: If you are traveling on your own, we pair you with another trekker of the same gender, so there is no extra cost. In case, you prefer a single room for yourself, there is a surcharge of USD 50 that needs to be paid in advance.

    If you like to upgrade any service of train or accommodation or you prefer to stay an extra night in Machu Picchu, please contact us directly at info@tierrasvivas.com and await our confirmation.


    You must present your passport including the TAM immigration slip (copy) at every hotel! The national sales tax (18%) is charged to all Peruvian citizens and foreigners staying over 60 consecutive days. In case the room is shared by both a taxable and non-taxable guest at the same time, the sales tax will be applied to the whole room. So please take every caution to not lose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to our Cusco office for your check.

    MACHU PICCHU HIKE UPGRADE HOTEL: If you would like to stay in a 3* hotel or higher, you have to pay extra.

     Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

    5 Stars Hotel

    Single: U$ 1,500

    Double: U$ 1,500

    Casa Andina Machu Picchu

    3 Stars Hotel

    Single: U$ 218.5

    Double: U$ 218.5


    Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

    3 Stars Hotel

    Single: U$ 110

    Double: U$ 150

    Ferre Machu Picchu

    3 Stars Hotel

    Single: U$ 230

    Double: U$ 230

    Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu: The above prices correspond to the “Standard Patio” type of accommodation.

    Casa Andina Machu Picchu: The above prices correspond to “Standard Traditional”

    Tierra Viva Hotel Machu Picchu: The above prices are for “Standard”

    Ferre Machu Picchu Hotel: The above prices are for “Standard”.

    Train Service & Transfer Included

    The following train services are included in the trail:

    PeruRail – Expedition Train

    Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu

    Expedition 81 06:10 am
    Expedition 83 7:45 am

    Machu Picchu – Cusco

      Departure Arrival to Ollantaytambo
    Expedition 74 2:55 pm 4:31 pm
    Expedition 84 6:20 pm 8:05 pm
    Expedition 86 8:50 pm 10:50 pm


    IncaRail – The Voyager Train

    Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu

    The Voyager 06:40 am
    The Voyager 07:40 am

    Machu Picchu – Cusco

      Departure Arrival to Ollantaytambo
    The Voyager 2:30 pm 3:56 pm
    The Voyager 7:00 pm 8:41 pm
    The Voyager 8:20 pm 9:59 pm
    • On the Expedition and The Voyager, an extra service inside the train is not included.
    • Our driver will drop you off at your hotel.

    Train Service Upgrade:

    If you prefer a “Vistadome” train service or a “Machu Picchu Train 360” service during the trek, it is US$ 50 extra. Let us know before booking your service please.

    Vistadome – PeruRail:

    The Vistadome train has panoramic windows allowing you to appreciate the beautiful scenery along the route. Live an unforgettable experience of magic connection with nature along the Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo route.

    Vistadome Service Includes: 

    a) Long-distance (from Poroy, Cusco):

    • Panoramic windows;
    • Outbound: snack;
    • Inbound: snack;
    • Hot or cold non-alcoholic beverage upon your choice (one hot drink and one cold drink per person).

    b) Short distance (from Ollantaytambo):

    • Panoramic windows;
    • Outbound: Light snack;
    • Inbound: Light snack;
    • Hot or cold non-alcoholic beverage upon your choice (one hot drink and one cold drink per person).

    Machu Picchu Train 360 – Inca Rail

    The only train in Peru having an entertainment app aboard allowing you to learn more about the train journey and the Inca civilization. Experience a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu exploring the Andean landscape like never before with wider and higher panoramic windows. Its observation outdoor carriage includes even a bar. Treat yourself with their appetizing selection of cold and warm drinks, prepared using fruit juices and Andean herbs, as well as delicious and organic goodies made of products originating from the Sacred Valley.

    Machu Picchu Train 360 Service Includes: 

    • Comfortable seats with front tables;
    • Higher and wider panoramic windows;
    • Outdoor carriage to enjoy the landscape, having a bar;
    • Delicious and organic goodies made of products originating from the Sacred Valley;
    • Train entertainment app.


    Passport Details to Book a Permit

    If you like to go ahead and book the Short Inca Trail, you will need to send us your passport details such as full name, passport number, nationality, and date of birth in order to be able to process it. Once you arrive at the trailhead, the archaeological park rangers check your Inca Trail permit along with your original passport and compare your personal details.

    Important notice: if you fail to send correct details, you will be denied entrance to the Inca Trail!!!

    If you still like to get on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, you would need to pay a new permit (US$ 100.00). So, we would like to kindly ask you to be very careful when sending us your personal information.

    Can you use your old passport to book the permit and then exchange it with your new passport?

    Yes, it is possible, BUT it is very important to bring a copy of your old passport with you too! When on the Inca Trail, you can present your current passport along with a copy of your old passport.

    Starting Point & Pick-Up

    The Short Inca Trail starts in Cusco, but if you spend a night outside of Cusco, then please check the below table to see possible starting points and pick-ups.

    Trip/ Hiking Starting Point & Pick-Up
    Inca Trail  Cusco, Chinchero, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo
    Salkantay Trek  Cusco
    Lares Trek  Cusco, Pisac
    Rainbow Mountain  Cusco
    Ausagante Trek  Cusco
    Choquequirao Trek  Cusco
    Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu  Cusco, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo
    Inca Quarry Trail  Cusco, Urubambam Yanahuara
    Daily tours  Only Cusco

    Luggage Storage

    If you have extra luggage, it can be store safely in your hotel in Cusco or at the Ollantaytambo railway station or at our Tierras Vivas luggage storage. When you decide for the latter, our driver picks your luggage on the day of your trail departure and leaves it at our office. When you return to Cusco, we give you your luggage back.

    Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu Mountains

    The Machu Picchu Mountain, also known as the ‘Old Mountain’, is the mountain on which the Inca citadel was built. It is located at an altitude of 3,082 meters, which almost 600 metres above the Inca city. Machu Picchu was denominated after this mountain.


    At present, the Machu Picchu Mountain is able to receive 800 tourists daily, who ascend the wide mountain path while experiencing breathtaking views of the entire geography of the place. The path is ideal for family visitors since it is neither steep nor has vertiginous gorges, unlike Huayna Picchu.


    To be able to visit the mountain, you need to acquire a Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket in advance!


    Huayna Picchu, or the ‘Young Mountain’, is a mountain situated north of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It is the summit that stands out in the classic postcard of the Wonders of the World and lies at an altitude of 2,693 metres, 300 metres higher than the Inca city. On the way up, there is the Temple of the Moon, Temple of the Moon, a religious site carved in the stone of a cave.

    The Huayna Picchu climb is requested by most of the adventurous visitors as they enjoy taking selfies there. To reach its top, one must ascend a narrow path till the margins of vertigo cliffs to be rewarded by splendid views of the New Wonder of the World at the end. The climb is considered one of the most incredible short walks in the world. However, only 400 visitors can enter it daily.

    In order to hike Huayna Picchu, you need to buy a Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket (USD 80/person) beforehand!

    In case, it is sold out, Tierras Vivas books the Machu Picchu Mountain for you.

    Pack for Your Trek

    Generally speaking, you should pack as lightly as possible since you will carry your luggage from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Town. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb (including personal clothes). Remember that you take your daypack with you. As you spend a night at a hotel in Machu Picchu, you do not need to bring a sleeping bag.

    Do not forget to bring a cover for your backpack, because the weather on Inca Trail is changeable a lot, so it is hard to predict rain. If you do not have any, we recommend putting your clothes and other belongings inside a plastic bag.

    Inca Trail Weather

    Cusco’s Weather

    The high-mountain region of Cusco has well-defined winter and summer seasons. Winter days (June – August) are very sunny, dry, and warm, but the temperature drops to near freezing at night. Summer (January to March) is characterized by rain. December and January are two of the nicest months for trekking with only occasional rain shower while observing blooming flowers.

    The heaviest rainfalls usually occur between January and March.

    October is still dry, but colder, with temperatures dropping to 0 degrees at night.

    Inca Trail Weather

    The rainy season from November to April gives the feeling of a tropical downpour. Heavy rain, but rain showers usually do not last long or rain is often at night.

    From May to September (which is the high tourist season), temperatures alongside the Short Inca Trail range from 20 – 35º C during the day when is sunny to 10 – 20º C during the day if it is cloudy and 5 – 15º C at night (either spend in the Aguas Calientes Town or the Puente Ruinas campsite). At Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu, where altitudes are lower, temperatures are usually warmer (warm clothes are still recommended at night, anyway).

    February – the Inca Trail is closed due to maintenance all the month which falls into the so-called “low season”. At that time, you can still enjoy hiking to Machu Picchu though. For instance, you might do the Salkantay Trek, Short Salkantay trek, or the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu without struggling with crowds of hikers.

    Landslides are an occasional problem. Although this was rare, it happened that visitors got stuck on Machu Picchu or between Aguas Calientes and Cusco, because a driver blocked the road. However, the mud was quickly removed and travel continues without further problems.

    Appropriate Clothing

    Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, completed by sweaters, fleeces, and waterproof jackets. It is very necessary to have light raingear available at your 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 as well as a fleece sweatshirt and a jacket. During the day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are handy as they can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. For more complete advice, please see the below section “Short Inca Trail – Suggested Items”.

    Short Inca Trail – Suggested Items

    • Original passport;
    • Original ISIC (an international student card if applicable);
    • Travel insurance;
    • Pocket money in Nuevos Soles;
    • A small rucksack;
    • Raingear (a rain-jacket and waterproof trousers);
    • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended;
    • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a hotel/campsite);
    • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights in case of camping);
    • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold);
    • Sunscreen or sunblock;
    • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body;
    • Insect repellent – a recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria cases have been reported during this trip!);
    • Mobile phone/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 provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taking your own snack applies only to customers who like a specific snack that might not be on our menu.
    • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refilled;
    • Optional: walking sticks; you can also rent it from us;
    • Please note: we provide 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.


    • Daily departures (except for the month of February, when maintenance of the Inca Trail takes place).
    • At the time of booking, all of the personal details must match with those in your passport or identification document!
    • It is mandatory to take with you the original passport (identification document) which you made the booking with, during the entire Inca Trail!
    • If you are a student, it is mandatory to carry the original ISIC card along with the passport during the Inca Trail.
    • In case of finding a fraudulent and/or expired ISIC card, the entrance to the Inca Trail will be denied without any refund!
    • The return train schedule may vary according to availability.
    • Tips for Guides, Cooks, and Porters are not included in the tour price.

    Book Short Inca Trail 2022

    Book your space now for the Short Inca Trail 2022! Remember that the famous  Inca Trail has only 300 spaces per day. The beginning of the sale of spaces for March, AprilMay, JuneJuly 2022 begins in March 2022. Take advantage of the Inca Trail experience now! Or, book 5 months in advance. Email at: info@tierrasvivas.com


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    2 day Inca Trail


    Perfect split of hiking/touring Macchu Picchu

    Review of: 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Flyer360715 wrote:  The entire excursion was wonderful. Pickup coordination was clearly explained, with all tickets handled for us at every step of the journey. The trail was incredible. We had amazing weather for some truly breathtaking views, and our tour guide Daniel was 100% pure quality. Super…

    Machu Picchu 2 day hike

    Amazing experience

    Review of: 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Yadira V comment: Our experience was amazing! Our guide Ana Maria was so knowledgeable and she answered all of our questions. She also made sure to go at our pace and was very patient. We will definitely be booking again with this agency in the future. They took care of all the tickets for us which made our vacation even more relaxing.

    2 day Inca Trail hike


    2 Day Inca Trail Hike with Camping

    The 2 Day Inca Trail Hike with Camping is one of the highlights for everybody planning a trip to Machu Picchu. It gives you a taste of the Classic Inca Trail hike, but it takes half the time and requires less than half the physical effort. This hike involves 2 days of hiking on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and 1 night of camping in Puente Ruinas. Enjoy our 2 Day Inca Trail Hike with Camping!

    2 Day Inca Trail Hike with Camping

    2 Day Luxury Inca Trail

    The 2 Day Luxury Inca Trail is one of the most comfortable hiking to Machu Picchu. This hike includes a luxury hotel in Machu Picchu, a luxury train service, a proffesional Tour Guide, Chef, and Porters. Taste the buffet lunch in Wiñaywayna. See the stars of the sky of the Machu Picchu from your hotel at night. Wake up early morning and view the sunrise from the hotel. Have breakfast near the mystical citadel. Explore the Lost City of the Incas and the surrounding mountains. Book Online the 2 Day Luxury Inca Trail.

    2 Day Luxury Inca Trail

    2 Day Machu Picchu Tour

    For a more relaxed travel style, this trip involves transportation from/to the Ollantaytambo train station to/from Aguas Calientes, a shuttle bus to and from Machu Picchu, and a guided tour of the ancient citadel. There is also free time for a variety of optional activities, including hiking Huayna Picchu, visiting the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, and exploring Machu Picchu individually. This is the most meaningful Machu Picchu trip and is a great option for those who are unable to or not interested in hiking the Inca Trail.

    Machu Picchu tours from Cusco

    Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2 Days

    Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2 Days tour involves the experience of visiting the famous Pisac Market, the Pisac Inca complex, and the Ollantaytambo archeological site. Moreover, you get to Aguas Calientes by train and spend a night there. The next day, you wake up early and take a shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu. There, you explore the Inca city during a guided tour. Afterwards, you got a chance to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (please note that any of them must be purchased in advance) or walk around the ruins at your pace. Book Online the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2 Day tour.

    Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2 Days

    Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 Days

    This world-famous trek to the even more widely known New Wonder of the World! It leads through the variety of climates and ecosystems that are placed in such close proximity only in Peru. The trail involves visits to a multitude of other Incan sites along the path ranging from 2, 680 to 4,200 meters above sea level. Its trailhead lies at Km 82. The final day starts very early in the morning to enable you to see Machu Picchu at sunrise. Unlike others, longer trips along the Inca trail, there is no night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes included as travelers instead return home (to their hotels) by train on the third day. Experience Inca Trail Machu Picchu 3 Days with us!

    3 Day Inca Trail Challenge

    Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail 3 Days

    This 3-day tour is created for every traveller. It includes touring of the traditional sights of the Sacred Valley (the Pisac market, the Inca sites at Pisac and Ollantaytambo) and a part of the Inca Trail taking you to the remote Inca sites of Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Intipunko (Sun Gate) plus the highlight of Machu Picchu. If you like, you can add camping near the town of Aguas Calientes. Book Online the Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail 3 Days tour.


    Sacred Valle to Short Inca Trail 3 Days
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    April 3, 2023
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