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2 Day Inca Trail vs 4 Day

Are you planning your Vacation to Machu Picchu, and don´t know to choose the 2 Day Inca Trail or 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 

Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views. 

Although indisputably a very fine hike, the Inca Trail Tours 2020 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 popular, is a fabulous treasure at the end - Machu Picchu.

It is important to choose your season for hike the Inca Trail. Between March to January, on February is closed for the maintenance. If you travel in June, we recommend you to book the Inti Raymi 2020 Tour that takes place in June 24th, and also hike the Palcoyo Mountain Tour, which is an incredible Rainbow Mountain located in the Andes. 

It is very important to book your short or long hike in advance, to secure your Machu Picchu Tickets Entrance.


What is the difference between the long with the 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 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.

Is 4 day Inca Trail worth it?

Yes, the Classic Inca Trail is the most popular hike in Peru and in the world and this Inca Path is considered the most beautiful trail in Peru, It is part of the Qhapaq Ñam Inca route. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco, where this route starts. These are conecting with several other trail networks of lesser hierarchy, integrating towns, villages and rural areas into a single grid.


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

The 2 day Inca Trail Tour 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!

Is 2 day Inca Trail worth it?

Yes, its part of the classic trail and you will visit three Inca archeological sites and the last day, you will arrive to Machu Picchu. Its most beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna


How long is the 2 day Inca Trail?


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

  • Chachabamba Inka site
  • Camp and Archaeological Site of Wiñay Huayna
  • Intipata
  • Inti Punku or Sun Gate

Inca Trail Alternative Routes

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