The Short Inca Trail 2D/1N. An easy but amazing trek!

  • Tour Description


    If you are short on time (or energy!), you can still experience part of the Inca Trail and visit Winay Wayna, the most beautiful Inca site of the whole trail. You will arrive at Machu Picchu on foot to witness to the same breathtaking view of trekkers on longer hikes.

    Please Note: Difficulty level is highly dependent on your fitness level and how you acclimate to the altitude.

    Day 1: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu
    We pick you up from your hotel and take you to the train station in Cusco. We travel by train, on a very picturesque route, for 4 hours until we reach kilometer 104 – the start of the trail for us. Alternatively, we may transport you to Ollantaytambo and take the train from there to Km.104.

    From here, we have a walk of approximately 4 hours up to the Inca site Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') (2680m/8792ft). You have joined the path in time to see the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail!!
    We will continue on to ‘Inti Punku” (‘Sun gate’-2730m/8792 ft)from where you will have your first dramatic, panoramic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873 ft.). We will hike down the last part of the Inca trail toward the ancient city itself. Then we will walk through Machu Picchu and get a preview of tomorrow’s formal guided tour.

    We will finish the day by descending by bus to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town, where we will check into our hotel and enjoy dinner.

    Day 2: Machu Picchu Tour
    After breakfast we will ascend to Machu Picchu on the first bus of the day (6 a.m.). Your guide will give you a walking tour (approx. 3 hours). Then you are free to explore this mysterious city on your own. If you have enough energy, you might also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft).

    We recommend that you return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then catch your train back to Cusco. The train usually leaves at 3:55 p.m. and arrives back in Cusco at about 8:45 p.m.

    If desired, you may arrange an extra night’s stay in Aguas Calientes. This is a very popular option, as it allows you additional time the next day to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes – a real treat after finishing the trail! If you plan to go to the thermal springs, remember to bring your swim suit.

    Note. It is no longer possible to stay a night on the Inca Trail for the 2 day, 1 night trek. All people on this tour spend the night in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest Machu Picchu.

    Trek Difficulty level:

    Easy Moderate Moderately Difficult Very Difficult Impossible...nothing
    is impossible!

    Please Note: Difficulty level is highly dependent on your fitness level and how you acclimate to the altitude.


    • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide (the guide will wait for you at the starting point)
    • Transfer from your hotel to the train station and vice versa
    • Transfer from your hotel to the train station and back.
    • Round-trip train journey to Machu Picchu (Expedition service)
    • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
    • 1 box- lunch, (breakfast on day 1 and lunch in Aguas Calientes are not included)
    • 1 Bus ticket from Machu Picchu citadel down to Aguas Calientes town first day.
    • 2 UP and DOWN Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes town second day
    1 round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on the second day.
    • Oxygen bottle
    • First Aid kit

    Importatnt: Hotel in Aguas Calientes is not included in the price.

    What you need to take:
    • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
    • Travel Insurance is essential
    • Walking boots
    • Walking stick (with rubber tip) - optional
    • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
    • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
    • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
    • Insect repellent
    • Water while hiking
    • Toiletries
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and films
    Camera and film

    *To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card

    Optional items to take:
    • Shorts
    • Plasters and bandages
    • Extra money
    • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)

    Prices 2017: Consult

    Important: Prices depend on the number of people in your party.

    Please note, if you can be flexible with your dates (giving 1 or 2 days either side of preferred date), you have more possibility of securing your place (availability for specific dates can change rapidly as there are only 500 places on the Inca Trail per day.

    Trekking Tips !!!.