Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Altitude

Min: 2,430m/7,972 ft. Max: 4,231m/13,881 ft.

Duration

2 Days

Physical Level

Moderate

Tour Type

Archeological and Cultural

Group Size

Min 2 people, Max 16 people

Best Season

March to January

Description

The Short 2 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous hiking trails in Peru. It’s also the most popular trekking route in South America and perhaps in the entire world. Visited by thousands of tourists every year, the Inca Trail follows the original paved Inca trails and is one of the biggest attractions of your trip to Peru.

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Overview

Embark on an extraordinary 2-day journey along the ancient steps of the Incas, through breathtaking landscapes and archaeological marvels. Our meticulously designed itinerary of Short Inca Trail promises an immersive experience, allowing you to explore the heart of the Andes and culminating at the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.

  • Maximum altitude: 2730 m.a.s.l.
  • Group size: Up to 8 people
  • Services: Group
  • Transportation: Van, Bus, Train
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 days

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Itinerary

Inclusions

What to Bring?

Essential Clothing and Gear:

  • Sturdy hiking boots for support and grip.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for various weather conditions.
  • A reliable raincoat to combat unpredictable mountain weather.
  • Extra layers for warmth, including a fleece or sweater.
  • Lightweight, quick-drying pants and shirts.
  • Hat for sun protection.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Gloves (thin riding and warm gloves).
  • Hiking socks for comfort and to prevent blisters.
  • Undergarments for the duration of the trek.
  • Comfortable sleepwear for the night in Aguas Calientes.

Personal Items:

  • Backpack to carry your essentials during the trek.
  • Daypack for carrying personal items during Machu Picchu tour.
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended).
  • Personal medication and first aid kit.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen to protect your skin from high-altitude UV exposure.
  • Basic toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.).
  • Hand sanitizer and toilet paper (while some restrooms are available, it’s best to be prepared).

Optional Items:

  • Walking sticks (can be rented if needed).
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards.
  • Binoculars for taking in the stunning views.
  • Power bank for charging devices.
  • Journal or notebook for documenting your adventure.

Extras:

  • Passport and necessary identification.
  • Cash in local currency for any additional expenses.
  • Snacks and energy bars for extra fuel during the trek.

Recommendations:

  • Pack light, focusing on essentials.
  • Layer clothing for versatility in changing weather conditions.
  • Test and break in new hiking boots before the trek.
  • Consider packing items in waterproof bags or using waterproof covers.

Pricing

 Inca Trail 2 days

495 USD per person

Discounts:

  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD (valid student ID required)
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD (copy of passport required)

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO UPGRADE

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: It is $65USD
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:It is $65 USD
  • Vistadome Train: It is  $50 one way

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FAQs

What is the 2 day Inca Trail tour?

The 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour is a shorter version of the classic 4-day trek to Machu Picchu, it has a different starting point and joins the last part of the classic Inca trail. It covers a portion of the famous Inca Trail, allowing you to experience the beauty of the Andes and reach Machu Picchu on foot by the sungate.

How long is the 2-day short Inca Trail?

The 2-day Inca Trail covers approximately 12 kilometers of hiking, starting at km 104 and ending at Machu Picchu.

Do I need a permit to hike the Inca Trail 2 days?

Yes, you need a permit to hike the short Inca Trail. Permits are limited, so it is advisable to book your tour in advance.

How physically demanding is the Short Inca Trail?

The 2-day Inca Trail is considered moderately demanding. It involves walking uphill, navigating uneven terrain, and coping with high altitude. It is recommended to be in good physical condition and acclimatize to the altitude beforehand.

What should I pack for the 2-day Inca Trail?

Essentials include sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing, a waterproof jacket, a backpack, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, a refillable water bottle, and personal medication, if necessary.

Is camping necessary on the Short Inca Trail?

Camping is not necessary for the Short Inca Trail 2 days. You will hike during the day and spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town near Machu Picchu if you like to experience camping contact us for more information.

Are there restrooms along the trail?

There are basic toilets at the starting point (km 104) and also at Wiñay Wayna, a notable Inca site along the trail. However, it is advisable to bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

Is there a weight limit for backpacks on the Short Inca Trail?

There is no specific weight limit for backpacks, but it is recommended to pack light and carry only the essentials to make the hike more comfortable.

Will I have a guide during the Short Inca Trail 2 Days?

Yes, it is mandatory to have a licensed guide accompany you on the Inca Trail. The guide will provide you with information about the trail, Inca history and guide you to Machu Picchu.

Can I visit Machu Picchu on my own after the Short Inca Trail?

No, after completing the Short Inca Trail, you will enter Machu Picchu with your guide. The guide will provide you with a tour of the site, explaining its significance and history.

Are meals provided during the Short Inca Trail?

Yes, meals are usually provided during the Short Inca Trail 2 days, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The tour operator will take care of meals along the trail.

Can I book the 2-day Short Inca Trail at the last minute?

It is not recommended to book the 2-day Short Inca Trail tour at the last minute due to limited permits and high demand. It is best to book in advance to secure your spot.

Travel Guide

The 2-day short Inca Trail Trek is a shorter version of the classic 4-day hike, offering an exciting adventure through the Andes to the legendary Machu Picchu. This short Trail hike covers approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) and combines breathtaking scenery, Inca ruins (Wiñaywayna and Sun Gate), and allows you to visit twice the impressive citadel. Led by our experienced local guides, you will hike through diverse ecosystems, learn about Inca history and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Andean mountains.

Permits

Access to the short Inca Trail 2 days is limited to a maximum of 250 people per day, including support staff such as porters, cooks, and tour guides. The authorities strictly control this number. Once the limit of 250 is reached, the Trail is closed for the day or you can not get your tickets for that day, and no further reservations can be made, this is the reason why we ask for the backup day so we can book for this day. It is essential to book your permits for the trek well in advance, preferably a couple of months if possible.

What to know

  • Permits: A permit is required to hike the Short Inca Trail, so it is essential to book your tour in advance to secure your spot. Check the availability of the Inca Trail now.
  • Physical demands: The hike is moderately demanding, with uphill sections, uneven terrain, and high altitude. It is recommended to be in good physical condition and acclimatize beforehand.
  • Luggage: Bring the essentials, such as sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing, a raincoat, a backpack, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a refillable water bottle.
  • Accommodation: Unlike longer treks, there is no camping. You will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu.
  •  Experiences tour Guides: An authorized guide will accompany you throughout the hike, provide information about Inca history, guide you along the way, and give you a complete tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: Our tour does include lunch and dinner and breakfast on the second day, ensuring you have the necessary sustenance during your hike.
  • The 2-Day Short Inca Trail tour offers an unforgettable adventure, allowing you to experience the magic of the Andes and witness the grandeur of Machu Picchu in a shorter time. Prepare for a memorable journey filled with natural beauty and cultural immersion.

Read: Is inca trail worth it?

Strikes

In Peru, strikes and roadblocks are common and may affect our 2-day Inca Trail hike. We’ll do our best to stick to the plan, but there might be necessary adjustments. It’s advised to arrive 48 hours in advance. If there are disruptions, we’ll arrange for an early start and an extra hike to Km 104. If blockades occur on the last day, we’ll arrange transportation to Hidroelectrica. You may need to hike an additional 2 hours. Accommodation costs may apply. The return to Cusco from Hidroelectrica takes about 7 hours, with a drop-off at your hotel around 10:00 pm or later.

Travel insurance 

We highly recommend obtaining travel insurance that covers over 4:200 meters above sea level, as it can provide reimbursement for your pre-paid, non-refundable short Inca Trail permit in case of last-minute cancellations. Additionally, if you become sick or injured while away from home, the insurance can cover expenses for covered medical emergencies during your travel in Cusco Peru, or anywhere you go, if this happened on your Inca trail hike we will provide you a letter to certify that you lost your Inca trail hike so you can show to your insurance company.

Weather

We have two defined seasons in Cusco dry and wet our wet season in the Andes can be unpredictable. The dry season for the 2-day Inca Trail is from April to October, while the rainy season lasts from November to March. However, rain can still occur during the dry season, and sunny periods can happen during the rainy season, so it’s important to be prepared. Regardless of the season, it is advisable to bring rain gear such as a rain jacket, rain pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves or simply you can buy your plastic rain poncho in Cusco that works even better than a waterproof coat. Be prepared for potential temperature changes throughout the day, mornings are cool and at night especially in a dry season but during your hike can be hot so we have to be prepared for all conditions.

Back to Cusco

To come back from Machu Picchu to Cusco all these logistics are organized by the company you don’t have to worry about it so the service is door-to-door for our short Inca trail tour to Machu Picchu

  • Bus down from Machu Picchu Inca site to Aguas Calientes: it takes a 30-minute bus ride and Buses run every 15 minutes you can pick any bus you just need to be in line if there is a line or approach the bus and show your tickets.
  • from Aguas Calientes you will return on a train: your tour guide will provide your train tickets. you need to be 30 minutes prior to your train departure and there are two main train stations.
  •  The main one is from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo and takes 1 hour and a half
  • the second one is not that common usually the Vistadome trains use this station this run from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Poroy takes 3.5 hours

At the train station our transfer will be waiting for you with the Andean Soul Adventure badge. from here they will take you back to Cusco to your hotel the diving distance will depend on the train station. if your train arrives at Ollantaytambo, from Ollantaytambo to Cusco is 2 hours approx. in case your train arrives at Poroy, from Poroy to Cusco is 40 minutes Approx.

Lodging options

In our short Inca trail to Machu Picchu, 2 days are included 3-star hotel based on double accommodations so solo travelers will be paired with another traveler of the same sex to share a hotel room, while couples will have a room to themselves if you want a single room let us know in advance this will have extra cost.

Briefing

There is a mandatory pre-departure guidance at our Cusco Office one day before your departure for the Short Inca Trail 2 Days at 6 pm where you will meet your tour guide and he will give all the details about the tour.

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