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Short Trail to Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu 2D/1N

Hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the so-called Lost City of the Incas. There are many well-preserved ruins along the way, ecosystems & great views.

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Today, hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the so-called «Lost City of the Incas». There are many well-preserved ruins along the way, variety of eco-systems and dazzling scenery. The Inca trail is one of the world’s most important trekking and camping routes and is possible to get there in 2 days/1 night or 4 days/3 nights and find the altitude between minimum 2600m – 8528ft; maximum 4200m – 13776ft…Our classical 2 days group service trek is the most popular trek to Machu Picchu. With this trek service you can join one of our groups and find variety of like-minded people from all over the world. This service is perfect for couples and small groups of friends.

  • Length :12Km / 7,45645 Miles
  • Length per Day :Day01: 12 Km Day02: Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Min elevation :2000 Meters high /6561.679 Ft
  • Max elevation :2750 Meters / 9022.309 Ft.

The short inca trail, or.  2 days inca trail is a fantastic short trekking trail to machu picchu. a fantastic trail which is a sort of sacred dream path. Walking by this short inca trail, from the other treks to machu picchu, in the 2 days inca trail, you can enjoy the pure nature of the machu picchu sanctuary park, the 2 days inca trail, is a challenge trek enables to people to taste a little bit the inca trail, to those hikers that they don´t have much time to walk the longer inca trail, it´s advised to people who finds very hard altitude acclimatizing, because in this short inca trail the maximum elevation is 2.720 masl. Great hike for slow trekkers, for those who nature but not spend the night in tents, in the short version of inca trail we use a hostel or a hotel, so the short inca trail is fantastic because combines nature and contort. An impressive trail with fabulous landscape, valley, the fantastic urubamba or Willcamayu river, inca archaeological places along the trail, a great example of the inca culture knowledge, in architecture, and the respect to nature, many flowers including lots of variety if orchids, birds like in a nature theater will play fantastic harmonic music. To explain the trail, is just difficult, a lot to say, and a lot words, but still not enough sufficient, but maybe if I tell you that when you walk this 2 days inca trail what really amazes people is.

New information from the peruvian autorithies:

If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu beware that there are new regulations and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permits to climb Huayna Picchu is $65 extra and you need to indicate yes to this in your web reservation at the time of your booking….There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am. The guide will organize the tour of Machu Picchu around people’s climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits. Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferable and non refundable.


Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the Trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly. Note: that the Trail is closed every February for cleaning.

If you are a group of 2 – 3 or more people and there is still enough Permits Available in the Park (Cultural National Institute INC), then we can open a new departure date according to your required date as long as it is not alongside another group departure date. * If for any reason you miss out on a trek permit you can still visit Machu Picchu by train. See the many options into our web site such as : 1 Day or 2 Day trip to Machu Picchu / 2 Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu / 2 and 3 Day hike to Huchuy Qosqo with Machu Picchu so I suggest you get further information from each and let us know which one is great option for you !!

Important new trail regulation INC (Instituto Nacional De Cultura)  Please note the INC has confirmed a 50% increase on the Inca trail fee for trekkers and porters but from August not January 2007 as previously indicated…(1) Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 People per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.(2) Your passport details and ISIC student card if applicable must be presented to the UGM park control to obtain a permit. You most scan / fax your valid ISIC card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk losing your permit. YOUTH TRAVEL CARD or ISTC is not accepted by the control. (3) We have daily departures for the 4 day Inca trail (except in all February) and from May to October (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 3 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date.( (4) For lower season dates November to April there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.


The path continues descend to cloud forest crossing a nice waterfall and then arrive to the impressive Wyñay Wayna ruin, where you will have completely guided tour. Next to Wyñay Wayna ruins are facilities to use toilets and buy drinking water and short rest on the urban area of terraces. We walk slow following the ancient Inca Trail and getting the best view of the Urubamba Canyon and passing the cloud forest up to the final pass named Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From here you will have unforgettable scenery of Machu Picchu ruin and Wayna Picchu Mountain. At 3/4pm we arrive to Machu Picchu gate, if you like we can wait out or inside the ruins for nice sunset over the ruins…This is an outstanding mini-trip for those wanting «a taste» of the Inca Trail, but either lack the interest or the time for the full 4-day Inca Trail. There is one day of hiking; second day is at Machu Picchu.


Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 People per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.


  • Fantastic trip along the Sacred Valley until KM104 ( starting point of the Inca Trail )
  • Inca ruins at Wiñayhuyna and Machu Picchu.
  • Awesome views along the hike on the first day.
  • Machu Picchu & HuaynaPicchu.
  • Stay one night at the comfortable hotel in Aguas calientes.
  • Hot springs in the town


Important new trail regulation INC (Instituto Nacional De Cultura):

Please note the INC has confirmed a 50% increase on the Inca trail fee for trekkers and porters but from August not January 2007 as previously indicated…
(1) A Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 People per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.
(2) Your passport details and ISIC student card if applicable must be presented to the UGM park control to obtain a permit. You most scan / fax your valid ISIC card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk losing your permit. YOUTH TRAVEL CARD or ISTC is not accepted by the control.
(3) We have daily departures for the 4 day Inca trail (except in all February) and from May to October (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 3 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date.
(4) For lower season dates November to April there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.

  • Length :12Km / 7,45645 Miles
  • Length per Day :Day01: 12 Km Day02: Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Min elevation :2000 Meters high /6561.679 Ft
  • Max elevation :2750 Meters / 9022.309 Ft.

Day 1: 2D/1N Inca Trail – Urubamba – Km104 – Aguas Calientes by INKA RAIL Overnight at comfortable Hotel (Box lunch and D)

Important note: Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to the 2 Day Inca Trail, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu montaña even to MACHU PICCHU, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out… (For 4 Day Inca Trail 500 available entrances) (For Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu montaña only 400 available entrances) Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 65 each) Note: The tickets cannot be modified, exchanged or refunded once confirmed!!!In February: the 2 Days & 4 Days Inca Trail are closed for maintenance

After your buffet breakfast at the hotel, picked up and transfer to the train station of Poroy (It takes 25 minutes) where you will have fantastic journey through the sacred valley of the Incas and the remote canyon of Vilcanota to Aguas Calientes village. You will enjoy an amazing cloud forest journey of just over 3 and half hours till kilometer 104 (starting point of our trek). As soon as we arrive to this point , we will cross a bridge to the check point and show your passports and student cards ( If is applicable ) then we will start a soft walk into the other side of the Vilcanota River the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit this impressive Inca ruins with buildings on stone, we`ll continue the trail road most of it on stone steps, heads south and begin climbing the mountain, great views around of the high jungle area and mountains, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall.

After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñay Huayna, steps to climb to reach the superior edifications described as temples. We will have plenty of time for a guided exploration sorted by our experienced guide and time to explore and pictures in our own. By the time we arrive to this complex it won’t be crowded, because most trekkers headed to the Sun gate and Machu Picchu. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 liters of water. After lunch in Wiñay Huayna ruins we continue through a cloud forest full of bromeliads, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features stone steps and tambos, resting places, and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the Inti Punku or “Sun`s Gate”. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe this marvelous place, last 45 minutes to be on front of this wonder, where you can feel an inner peace. Spend a short time for pictures and views then we prepare our mind for the next early morning, time to take a bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Hot springs pools are optional or just free time to chill out at this small village….Tips: After your dinner, try to sleep early and be ready for the glorious day in Machu Picchu the next day … No alcohol & discos for now!!!

Day 2: Private Guided tour to the WONDER of the world “Machu Picchu “& Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu Montaña: Optional) (B)

This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, you will be picked up from your Hotel very early (BEFORE the BIRDS SING) our guide will meet you at your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00am to aboard the first touristic and shared bus to drop off you at the main door where you have to show your original PASSPORTS and ISIC Cards ( if applicable ) at the check point , and then try to be the first visitors inside of the wonder of the world Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture.

After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain http://localhost/p1/difference-between-huayna-picchu-machu-picchu-mountain/ from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel. Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 15 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel.


  • Original passport to be showed in the park control of the trail (Day 1).
  • Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof) for the rainy season.
  • Long pants or slacks & Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
  • T-shirts & Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
  • Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December – April
  • Camera with extra batteries.
  • Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna or in Aguas Calientes
  • Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
  • Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Inca Trail
  • Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
  • Personal toilette ítems.
  • First Aid kit aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness).
  • Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
  • Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
  • Optional:Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No Damage the Inca Trail) without rubber covers you CAN’T use them.
  • Optional:Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the Inca route.
  • Optional:GPS to map the campsites, the ruins and the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU



Cost .P.P Hotel Hatun Inti Classic or La Cabaña US$ 495 (based on DWB or TWIN STANDARD room)

Cost .P.P Hotel Hatun Inti boutique or La Cabaña US$ 535 (based on DWB or TWIN SUPERIOR room)

With Hotel Casa Andina / El Mapi In / Taipikala US$ / Tierra Viva US$ 580 ( DWB or TWIN standard room)

With Hotel Casa Andina / El Mapi In / Taipikala US$ / Tierra Viva US$ 595 ( DWB or TWIN Superior room)

If you are student (International green ISIC Card ) you will pay minus US$ 15 off

Our Price Included:

  • Private transp. Hotel – Train station – Hotel
  • Train tickets Cusco – Km104 – Cusco
  • Inca Trail permits and Machu Picchu
  • English speaking guide ( Licensed in tourism )
  • Picnic lunch on Day 1 with plenty of snack / water)
  • Overnight at the comfortable hotel in Aguas C.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu on Day2
  • Bus tickets to Aguas C–Machu Picchu–Aguas C.
  • Breakfast at the Hotel on Day2
  • Meals according the tour itinerary
  • First Aid Kit & Oxygen bottle
  • Personalized service
  • Government sales ( 19% know as IGV)

Our Price does not include:

  • Breakfast on Day01 ( you will have at Hotel )
  • Entrance to Huaynapicchu ( $65 per person)
  • Entrance to the Hot springs ( S/10 Soles )
  • Tips for your guide, driver, transfer agent.
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals on Day2 such as lunch & dinner
  • Bus down Machu Picchu to Aguas C since is 45 mins walk

What to bring / carry:

  • Original passport to be showed in the park
  • Original and valid International Student Card

The Inca Trail FAQ


How do I book a trek?

How do I book a trek? If you do wish to book an Inca Trail trip, we will need to confirm availability of the Inca Trail at the time of your enquiry. This will normally take no longer than 2 hours but please allow for 4 hours. If your enquiry is made after 5PM EST, we will only be able to confirm availability the next day. When availability has been confirmed, we can confirm the space for no longer than 24 hours after which time a new availability check will have to be made. If you wish to proceed and book your Inca trail trip, we strongly advise you do so within 4 hours of receiving availability confirmation but not after 24 hours. To book your trip, we shall require all your personal details such as : Name and last name / Passport number / Nationality and Age (otherwise no booking can be made) along with the completed booking form and the non refundable deposit payment. If these are not received within 24 hours of the availability check, the spaces will be automatically released and a new availability check will have to be made. We advise you book your Inca trail trek at least three months in advance. For treks between May and August, we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance. For certain treks such as the Salkantay, Lares, and other hikes, also is required booking in advance because we must buy the entrance to Machu Picchu—before—sold–out.

Is it true that they will close the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail will be closed during the month of February each year. The last group will depart on 31 January and the next group will start on 01 March. The closure is to allow conservation projects to take place, give an opportunity for camping facilities to be improved and to allow the vegetation to grow back. February is also the height of the wet season. The ruins of Machu Picchu will remain open as normal as will the train services between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. During February we can offer an alternative 4 day trek that starts from km82 and follows the Urubamba River until km104 where it climbs up to Wiñay Wayna and then on to Machu Picchu. This trek is picturesque but does not include visits to the Inca ruins at Runkurakay, Sayacmarka or Phuyupatamarca .

Can I trek the Inca Trail alone?

No. Trekkers have to trek using the services of a licensed tour operator.

Should I make a reservation for the trek in advance or wait until arriving in Cuzco?

Because of the numbers of persons permitted on the trek has been dramatically reduced it is advisable to make a reservation at least 3 months in advance for most months and at least 6 months in advance if wishing to trek between the months of May and August.

When is the best time to go?

The dry season from April to October is probably the most comfortable period as far as the weather is concerned. Even during these months you can still get a little rain. Ideally the month of May is perfect since there is little rain but the vegetation is still rich and lush. June, July and August are the 3 busy months and the numbers of trekkers has been limited so book well in advance. Although the weather is sunny during these months the temperature at night can drop considerably, falling to below freezing so be prepared. The months of November and December can still be very enjoyable with fewer trekkers. Expect at least one day of rain during this period. January and March can be very wet at times. However most of the rain falls late in the afternoon and at night so ensuring you have a good waterproof tent is all important. These months also correspond to Summer in Peru so the sun can be very strong and the nights generally mild. The Inca Trail for the entire duration of February.

Weather on the Inca Trail Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Maximum Temperature °C 19 19 19 20 20 20 19 20 20 21 21 21
Minimum Temperature °C 7 7 6 5 3 0 0 2 4 6 6 6
Rainy Days 18 13 11 8 3 2 2 2 7 8 12 16

How safe is it on the Inca Trail?

Theft is very uncommon on the trail provided that you take basic precautions. Do not take any valuables with you that you don’t need for the trek. Leave jewelers, large sums of money in your hotel safe (However you need to take your passport on the trek with some money for tips). Take plenty of plastic bags to wrap socks, boots, underwear and wet clothes in. Do not leave them outside of your tent at night (no matter how much they may smell!) or they may not be there in the morning. Carry your valuables in a money belt or neck pouch and keep items such as cameras and passports with you at all times especially at meal times.

What kind of drinking water is available?

You will come across a small stream or mountain spring every 90 minutes or so along the trail where you can fill up your water bottle. Take a bottle of at least 1.5 liter capacities per person. Although the water is clear always use sterilizing tablets and follow the instructions. The sterilizing tablets ‘MicroPur’ can be bought in most pharmacies in Cuzco. With these tablets you have to wait at least 60 minutes before drinking. Also, we will boil water for you in the morning and at meal times. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cuzco or bought from local people at several places along the Inca Trail.

What are the toilets like along the trail?

Toilets have improved considerably in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have flush toilets and running water. We also provide our own chemical toilets for private use for your group only. On our Superior, Premium and Luxury treks we also provide portable showers.

How fit do I need to be to do the Inca Trail?

In brief, in good shape. It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail then it must be easy … it isn’t. The trail is 45km (26 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. On the second day you climb nearly 1200m (about 4000 ft) in the morning. Combined with high altitude (lack of oxygen) and extreme weather (you can easily burn in the high altitude sun during the day and temperatures can drop to below freezing at night) the trek can be hard work. However all this suffering can make the final arrival at Machu Picchu all the more enjoyable In general if you take regular exercise and spend a few days acclimatizing to the altitude (which our programmers allow for) then you should be fine. If you are a regular walker and comfortable being on your feet for 7 hours per day, then you should complete the trek with nothing more than a few blisters and a great sense of achievement.

How much should I tip?

Deciding how much to tip the porters, the cook and guide is always a difficult moment at the end of the trek. In general, however, we would recommend taking an extra US$25-30 per person to cover tips. Try to take this amount in low denomination Peruvian Soles bills so that it can easily be divided amongst the porters, cook and guides. Remember the above figures are just a guide line.

Inca Trail Preparations

The maximum altitude reached is 4200m above sea level. On the second day of the trek you will climb nearly 1200m. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. Try walking 15km in a day or go to the gym in the months leading up to the trek. The good news is that virtually everyone who starts the trek finishes it!.

Altitude Effects

At higher altitudes the air pressure becomes less and the air becomes thinner. This creates a shortage of oxygen for your body. This effect is noticeable at altitudes of over 3000m above sea level. Cuzco is at an altitude of 3400m and the highest point on the Inca trail is at 4200m. At this height a lungful gives you about 50% less oxygen than at sea level. To help compensate for this reduced amount of oxygen you have to breathe twice as fast and your heart has to work much harder to pump the oxygen around your body. Your body also tries to concentrate the number of red blood cells (which carry the oxygen). This is done by getting rid of excess fluid (urinating more frequently) and by producing more red blood cells although the latter process may take a week. On reaching heights above 3000m, heart pounding and shortness of breath are a normal response to the lack of oxygen in the air. However, for some visitors these symptoms can deteriorate into a conditions known as Soroche (or acute mountain sickness) when you can start to experience headaches, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness, sleeplessness and often nausea. Symptoms usually develop within the first day or two at altitude, but may be delayed by up to 2 weeks. To prevent Soroche, try to take things easy as soon as you arrive. Once settled in your hotel room has a lie down for a while and drinks plenty of fluids. Don’t plan any strenuous treks until you’ve acclimatized for a few days. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. Drinking mate de coca (an infusion of coca leaves) may help. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. On recovery one can re-ascend slowly or in stages. The drug Diamox is often used by many visitors to speed the acclimatization process and counter the symptoms of Soroche. It can now be purchased in most pharmacies in Cuzco.

What to Bring (Packing List)

Backpack (we will provide one if you forgot to bring it), sleeping bag (included on all superior, premium and luxury treks), rain jacket, strong footwear such as hiking boots with ankle support, one complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cuzco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunglasses and high factor sun protection, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper (we also provide this), camera and spare batteries (there is nowhere to charge your camera during the trek). We recommend that you buy a walking stick/trekking pole at the start of the trek which can also be taken with you as a memento. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek. Photocopies are not acceptable.

What does the company provide?

The company provides all camping equipment, communication equipment, chemical toilets, individual tents, dining tents, dining chairs, mattresses, all fresh food, cooking equipment, cooking gas, drinking water and portable showers. Sleeping bags and pillows are provided on all superior, premium and luxury treks along with a personal masseuse and yoga instructor. We also provide a cook, cook’s assistant, and all porters to carry all equipment. A qualified English speaking guide who is trained in first aid with a portable oxygen tank will be the leader of the trek. On all Luxury treks, a company assistant will also be present to assure that a very high level of service is given. Please note that the personal tents are not in the same style as African safari tents due to the size and weight limitations that porters are allowed to carry. Everything available to you on this adventure will have been carried by the team of porters.

Porter’s conditions

The working conditions of our porters are very important to us. We select porters who are not only reliable, hard working and honest but also who can play musical instruments, recite Quechua stories and sing Quechua songs. It is important that our porters are happy working for us and are committed to staying with the company for long term. To ensure this, we provide amongst the highest porter’s salaries in the industry, we also provide comfortable working conditions, their own sleeping tent, individual mattresses and very good food, not the left- over’s of the group. Our porters have recognized this and are the most company loyal porters in the entire region. We are proud of this and will continue to provide superior conditions for our porters, amongst the most hard working and diligent people we have ever come across.


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