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2 Day Inca Trail vs 4 Day

Why to choose the 2 Day Inca Trail vs 4 day? You are trying to decide between taking the Inca trail 4 day a 2 days and why is the different?.

The Inca Trail is a walking adventure that has as destination the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. There are two routes: Classic Inca Trail of 4 days and the Inca Short Trail of 2 days. While the Classic is more popular and more promoted, the short route also offers an unforgettable experience with less effort.

Here we show you the differences between the Classic Inca Trail and the Inca Short Trail.


The Inca Trail 

Although indisputably a very fine hike, the Inca Trail is just one of a multitude of paths across remote areas of the high Andes. What it does offer, though, and what makes it so popula, is a fabulous treasure at the end - Machu Picchu.

It is important to choose your season for the hiking the Inca Trail. Between March to January, on February is closed for the maintenance. 

It is very important to book your short or long hike in advance.


What is the difference the long to short Inca Trail?

The 4 day Inca Trail involves stay in the campsite (3 nights), you will hike 4 day with the professional guide, cook and porters. the cook will prepare the food during the hike and the porters will carry your camping equipment, dining tent, toilet tent, sleeping bag, etc. During to the hike, you will walk between 7 to 8 hrs every day and you will view beautiful mountains, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels.On the second day you walk up the high pass, the name is Warmiwañusca ( Dead Woman´s Pass)), the altitude is 4215m / 13,828 ft..

The Inca Trail hike is Difficult. Climb from 2300 m/17545 ft to 4215m/13828ft to the second highest point on the trail and then a steep descent to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca and then a further ascent to 3680m/12073ft.


How long is the 4 day inca trail?

The distance of the Inca Trail is 26 miles / 42 km. 

  • As far as preprations go, the most important thing is to acclimatise, preferably allowing at least two days in Cusco.

How long is the Inca Trail

The Classic Inca Trail route includes the following attractions:

  • Miskay camp
  • Archaeological Group of Patabamba
  • Ruins of Wayllabamba
  • Warmihuañusca Mountain, the highest point of the route.
  • Pacamayo, place of rest.
  • Archaeological Site of Runncurakay
  • Ruins of Sayaqmarca
  • Camp and Archaeological Site of Wiñay Huayna
  • Inti Punku or Sun Gate

The 2 day Inca Trail involves stay in the camping (Puente Ruinas) or hotel (Aguas Calientes) one night. The 2 day Inca Trail hike is moderate. A gentle ascent to Inti Punku and then a descent down to Machu Picchu 2400m/7873ft , then Aguas Calientes town 2300 m /7545 ft. During the hike, you will need to carry your equipment, it is very important to take only the necessary for your hike. On the first day you will walk 8 hrs and the second day you will walk up 1 hr 30 min. You will hike through lush vegetation of a cloud forest while greeted by local exotic birds such as Andean guan, grey-breasted mountain tucan, etc. and Since you can see various wild orchids and bromelias along the path too. you will visit the Wiñaywayna (Forever Young) and Chachabamba ruins.


How long is the 2 day Inca Trail?

The distance of the 2 day Inca Trail is 7 miles / 12 km.  

  • You don't need to acclimatize for this short hike, it is low altitude!

How long is the 2 day Inca Trail?


The route of the Inca Short Trail includes the following attractions:

  • Camp and Archaeological Site of Wiñay Huayna
  • Inti Punku or Sun Gate
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