short inca trail
2 Day Inca Trail trek is the best option for those lovers of walking, landscape and who want to travel the Inca Trail that do not have enough time to make the classic Inca road of 4 days. This Short Inca Trail gives you the option of traveling with us part of the Inca Trail visiting the most important Inca archaeological centers which were points of veneration and control to the former travelers who were going to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
- Day 01: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Aguas Calientes
- Day 02: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Highlights of the Inca Trail 2 Days:
- 2 day Inca Trail Hike on the cloud forest of the lost city of the Incas
- Enjoy the landscapes, flora and Fauna of the Inca Trail 2 Days
- Trekking the 2 Day 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.
DAY 1: Cusco – Km 104 -Aguas Calientes
We will pick you up from your hotel between 05.00 and 05.30 a.m., then go with our mobility to Ollantaytambo, where we will take the train to km 104. Upon arrival we will visit the archaeological sites of Chacha Bamba which is located at a height of 2250 meters above sea level. Here we will observe varieties of agricultural products that are currently taken to the town of Aguas calientes (Machu Picchu). Then we began our walk towards Wiñay Wayna.
On the way we will have a beautiful panoramic view of the Urubamba River (vilcamayu) and the varieties of the famous orchids family. In the middle of the whole journey we will make we will reach the Inca citadel of Wiñay Wayna (eternally young). We will stop to take a guided tour of this interesting and important Inca site.
Then we will walk 20 more minutes until we reach the “Trekker lodge”, where we will enjoy our lunch. After our lunch we will start the hike again until we reach the archaeological center of Inti Punku (Sun Gate), a place we will visit before making the descent to Machu Picchu and the town of Aguas Calientes. We spent the night in this beautiful city. Free afternoon to visit the thermal baths
DAY 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu- Cusco
This day we will get up very early to go to the lost citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu, being the first to board the bus that will take us to the archaeological complex, in the course of the route we will appreciate the first view of Machu Picchu between the mountains in its high chair over the Urubamba river.
Upon arrival to Machu Picchu visit we will have a guided tour of approximately 2 hours through the most important areas of this place. We will learn about the importance – religions and the history of the place, and we will be able to appreciate the beautiful architecture of the Incas. In the afternoon we meet in Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco.
- 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 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
- 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.
- Daily departures (except in the month of February, which maintain the Inca Trail route).
- At the time of booking all data must match those of your passport or identity document.
- It is mandatory to carry the passport or original document with which you made the reservation during the entire journey of the Short Inca Trail.
- In case of students, it is mandatory to carry the original ISIC Card along with the passport during the Inca Trail.
- In case of finding fraudulent and / or expired ISICs, the entrance to the Short Inca Trail network will be denied without claim or refund.
- The return train schedule may vary according to availability.
- Tips for guides, cooks and porters are not included in the price of the tour.
The surroundings are impressive and the balance achieved between nature and Inca architecture is amazing. The mountains of Vilcabamba have wide and high peaks that reach up to 6,000 meters as well as Salkantay and Humantay among others. The mixture of mountains, jungles and valleys create a fantastic world where dawn and sunset are shrouded in mystery.
It is abundant and varied. The existence of endangered species such as the spectacled bear (Tremarctos omatus), the Cock of the Andean Rocks (Rupicola peruviana), the dwarf deer (Pudu mephistopheles), was one of the reasons for the Peruvian government to decide to declare it a Conservation Unit.
The park includes species such as the puma, the Andean fox, the river otter, Taruka (Huemul deer), wild cat, ferret, etc. There are birds in Machupicchu like the Caracara of the mountain, hummingbirds, duck of the torrents, parrots, wild turkey and several small birds of colorful plumage.
There are also reptiles such as the pallet and the snake micrurus coral (lethal for its poison), lizards, toads and numerous fauna of the jungle and the Andes that inhabit the sanctuary. This abundant wildlife makes the Machupicchu sanctuary ideal for tourists and researchers who wish to watch or study animals.
The long natural areas are filled with a variety of forest species, which vary according to habitat. The vegetation of the forest is represented by trees such as: cedar, romerillo or intimpa, laurel, etc. There are also species such as Ocotea, Pedocarpus, Guarea, Weinmania, Clusia, Cedropia, Cinchena, Erythrina or Pisonay, and holm oaks among others.
Decorative plants have made the sanctuary famous. Experts have identified more than 90 species of orchids and several species of begonias and the puya cactus. The majority of the area is covered by grasses, shrubs, arboreal plants. The variety of conditions have created an ideal environment for the growth of diverse plants that go from the thick forest like the clouds of forest to the highest parts of the mountains.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best thing to do when you have doubts about the Short Inca Trail is to consult a travel expert. Here you will find every detail and information about the route.
What is the Short Inca Trail to
The Short Inca Trail is the fastest route to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail network. Unlike the Traditional Inca Trail, this route lasts just two days and is done as a private tour.
This route is ideal for passengers who have less time to visit Machu Picchu, or who wants to enjoy another inca remains in the city of Cusco.
Is there drinking water and
electricity on the route?
We recommend you to bring a bottle of water to hydrate during the walk. Please remember that we must protect the environment for this, it is recommended too to bring a canteen or water bottle but not of plastic. About the electricity, you will have this service at the town of Aguas Calientes, at the end of the first day.
Is physical preparation or
Yes. If you live in a low altitude place, it is recommended that you do some pre-training to complete the route without complications. We suggest you take walks of half an hour or more to increase your resistance as well as workouts with cardio vascular exercises.
Do not forget to ask your doctor about special indications for the Short Inca Trail.
Will we spend the night in
No. During the 2-day Inca Trail, the first day you will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. On the second day you will return to Cusco.
But if you want to experience Short Inca Trail with camping there, we can design a trip with cam for you! You just tell us and we will do the rest.
Is there an age limit to make
No. People of any age are suitable for the Short Inca Trail. Happy families or groups of friends walk step by step this adventure without problems.