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Short Inca Trail Trek

to Machu Picchu

2 Days / 1 Night

Peak Elevation :

3,400 m / 11,150 ft

Low Altitude:

2,040 m / 6,690 ft


Overall Difficulty:



Please note that all distances and elevations are approximate. Trek times are estimated; various factors -- such as weather conditions, individual fitness levels, and how each trekker manages at altitude -- may affect the time it takes to reach each point.


The evening before your trek, you will meet with your tour guide at your hotel. Your guide will give you an overview of your trek to help you prepare and pace yourself for the physical and mental challenges that lie ahead. You'll have the opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have regarding the trek. Your guide can advise you on where you may rent or purchase last-minute supplies. Your pick up time will be confirmed. 




Cusco | Ollantaytambo | Km 104 | Wiñay Wayna | Inti Punku (Sungate) | Aguas Calientes

You will be picked-up at your hotel in Cusco around 5 am. You will travel in a private vehicle for about 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo (where you'll have the opportunity to purchase last-minute supplies). From here, you will board the train to Km 104 (duration: approximately 1 hour 15 minutes). Once you pass the control point, where you will present your Inca Trail Permit (to be carried by your guide) and passport, you will begin your trek! You will ascend gradually for about 3.5 hours until you reach Wiñay Wayna Incan Complex. You'll be given a guided tour, have a bit of time to explore, and break for a boxed lunch. For the next 2 hours, you'll continue along a mostly flat path, until it becomes a steep climb about 20 minutes before you reach the Sungate. You'll stop to enjoy the beautiful views before you descend for about 1 hour to the upper terraces of Machu Picchu Citadel. This will be your brief preview of this Wonder of the World before your guided tour tomorrow morning. You will then proceed to the exit where you'll catch your 25-minute bus ride down to Aguas Calientes. You'll check into your hotel, then have some free time before you meet up with your guide at 7 pm to enjoy a fabulous dinner. Dulces sueños.



Hours of Trekking


Elevations for the Day

Cusco - 3,400 m / 11,150 ft  highest

Ollantaytambo - 2,790 m / 9,150 ft 

Km 104 - 2,060 m / 6,760 ft

Wiñay Wayna - 2,620 m / 8,595 ft  

Inti Punku (Sungate) - 2,720 m / 8,925 ft

Aguas Calientes - 2,040 m / 6,690 ft  lowest


Meals Served

Boxed Lunch / Dinner at a Restaurant


★★★ Hotel in Aguas Calientes


-Though it's just one day of trekking, you'll still enjoy breathtaking views along this stretch of the Inca Trail.

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Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu Citadel | Ollantaytambo | Cusco

You should be up by 4:45 to have breakfast at the hotel and meet up with your guide to catch the early bus to Machu Picchu at 5:30. You'll be among the first to enter the park after it opens at 6 am. Enjoy your comprehensive guided tour of the citadel!

[If you pre-purchased a ticket, you would complete your

Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain hike

before the citadel tour.

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You will then take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, grab lunch on your own, retrieve your gear at the hotel, and wait for your return train to Ollantaytambo. Private transport will await you there to take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Thank you!


Hours of Trekking

2-3 hour guided walking tour at Machu Picchu Citadel

Elevations for the Day

Aguas Calientes - 2,040 m / 6,690 ft  lowest

Machu Picchu Citadel - 2,400 m / 7,875 ft 

[optional: Huayna Picchu Mountain - 2,720 m / 8,925 ft]

[optional: Machu Picchu Mountain - 3,082 m / 10,110 ft]

Ollantaytambo - 2,790 m / 9,150 ft

Cusco - 3,400 m / 11,150 ft  highest


Meals Served

Breakfast at hotel


Final Day - No Overnight Accommodations


- Machu Picchu!

-You'll only be permitted to carry a small daypack no larger than 20 liters into the citadel. The rest of your gear may be placed in storage at the hotel. You may also rent a locker for S/5 (US $1.50) by the entrance of Machu Picchu.

- Trekking poles are allowed inside the citadel only under special circumstances.

- After your guided tour, you'll have several hours to explore the citadel, grab lunch and walk around town on your own before you head back to Cusco via train and private transport.

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prices per person in USD

Group of 2: $705*

 Group of 3: $665 

Group of 4: $635

Group of 5: $605

please inquire about pricing for larger groups

* a solo traveler would pay for two = $1,410

- $25 USD discount for minors (17 and under) and University students with valid ID aged 25 and under

What is Included

What is Included


- Experienced, Professional Tour Guide

- Responsive, U.S.-Style Customer Service


       - Safe, Responsible Drivers


- Inca Trail Permit / Ticket

- Machu Picchu Ticket


From hotel pick-up on Day 1 to hotel drop-off on Day 2:

- Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Ollantaytambo

- Train tickets (service may be on either PeruRail or IncaRail):

     - From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

     - From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

- Consettur bus tickets

       - One-way from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on Day 1

       - Roundtrip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on Day 2

- Private transport from Ollantaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco


Day 1:

- A boxed lunch

- Dinner on will be at one of Aguas Calientes' top-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor (e.g., Mapacho or a comparable restaurant

Day 2:

- Breakfast will be provided by the hotel


Day 1

       - Private room (double occupancy) at a top-rated hotel in Aguas Calientes (e.g., Panorama B&B, La Cabaña, El Quetzal or one on par with these hotels)


What is NOT IncludeD


- Ticket to climb either Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain on Day 2. It may be purchased through us for $70 USD. Please let us know as soon as you book if you wish to purchase a ticket as they are subject to availability.  

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- Trekking Poles (rubber-tipped, per pair) $5 USD


(Not applicable to solo travelers)

- For your own hotel room based on availability $85 to 95 USD


- Lunch on Day 2

(you will have many restaurants and cafes to choose from in Aguas Calientes)


Inca Trail Permit

In an effort to preserve the Inca Trail (Qhapaq Ñan) -- designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983 -- the Peruvian Ministry of Culture limits the number of trekkers entering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to 500 per day. This number includes visitors as well as support staff (guides, cooks, and porters). A non-transferable / non-refundable permit with the trekkers name and passport information is required to enter the Trail and must be purchased in advance -- sometimes as far as six months. Please note: the Inca Trail is closed the entire month of February for maintenance. 


Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains

During your visit to Machu Picchu Citadel, you'll have the option to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. We prefer that you decide upon booking your trek as entrance tickets are limited to 400 per day per mountain. Tickets for each mountain cost $70 USD. Both are moderately challenging hikes with stunning views from the top. Climbing and descending Huayna Picchu, on average, takes 2 to 2.5 hours; Machu Picchu can take 3 to 3.5 hours. Tickets to Huayna Picchu tend to sell out quickly, but don’t be discouraged if they’re sold out during your visit; Machu Picchu mountain may not be as popular to climb, but it is less crowded, and the views are just as beautiful, if not more. 

Huayna Picchu
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