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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D/1N

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From 477 USD
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2 Days

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Group size

Up to 8 People

Travel Style

Adventure, self-guided




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When you hike the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will see impressive Inca ruins, expansive mountain views, lush subtropical vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties. The Ancient Inca Road goes through the National Park and takes you through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu! We will pass through cloud forests and finally into subtropical vegetation. People hiking the short Inca Trail Trek will have the privilege of seeing the famous Machu Picchu Citadel in the afternoon on the first day and also visiting it again the next morning! This trek was designed for those with little travel time or prefer hotel rooms to camping, but still want to experience a part of the Historic Inca Trail and walk to the New 7 Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu!

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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D/1N

Itinerary For The Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 days

Day 1: Cusco – Km 104 – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu

Your Inca Trail Trek Begins!

You will wake up early for your adventure of a lifetime! Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 4am. Enjoy some shut eye in our comfortable, private transportation on the way to Ollantaytambo. When you arrive at the train station, your guide will give you your lunch to add to your daypack. Your train departs Ollantaytambo at 6:10 and you will have just over an hour on the train to enjoy the scenery and have breakfast (not included). Your hotel can provide you a picnic breakfast to take with you or you can pack your own breakfast.

From there we disembark at KM 104, the starting point of the Inca Trail. After crossing the Urubamba River on a picturesque foot bridge, you need to show your passport at the checkpoint. The Inca site of Chachabamba is a short walk from the check point. After exploring this site for a few minutes, we begin our 3-hour trek to Wiñay Wayna archaeological site (2,650/8,747ft) also known as Forever Young in Quechua.

The first hour and a half is a gentle hike upward. Along the way, we stop at several outlooks where you have an expansive view of the Urubamba River and pass through several microclimates, including a cloud forest. Before facing our steepest challenge of the trek so far, we stop at a waterfall to refresh take some pics and collect ourselves. The Wiñay Wanay is built on the mountain side, the climb to the top is broken into sections, stopping for interesting information about this fascinating Inca site. The guide stops as each section to share how, when and why it was built, when it was discovered and what it was used for. With some sites still hidden under the dense jungle.

Once we concur this steep incline, we stop at the campsite of the same name to enjoy our gourmet box lunch.  The pace on this hike is fast, so that we can make it on a reasonable time at Machu Picchu, to enjoy a fully guided tour inside the citadel.

After having our well-deserved rest, just one last one hour trek before reaching the Sun Gate (2,730m/9,00ft). We know we are close to the Sun Gate when we experience our last challenge with a final set of steep stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca Trail. These steps are usually referred to as the ¨gringo killer steps¨ or ¨monkey steps¨. Once you walk through the Sun Gate the first full view of Machu Picchu, stand in front of you. It’s absolutely stunning and will leave you speechless. It is just an hour hike down the flat rock stairs to Machu Picchu. Be sure to have your camera ready to take all of the incredible views of Machu Picchu Citadel along the way.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, you will have time to take more photos from the viewing platforms above the site (Guard House), where you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu Picchu. You will arrive in the afternoon, as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists, which gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light with fewer people in your shots. Take your time to enjoy this magical experience before you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to check into your hotel. Your will have a delicious dinner, then have time to walk around this picturesque little town, visit the hot springs or just go to your hotel to rest after such an exciting day.

  • Meals included: Box Lunch, dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • Distance: 12 kms/7.5 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • 3* Accommodations: Ferre Hotel Machu Picchu or similar (included)
  • 4* Accommodation: El Mapi or Tierra Viva Machu Picchu upgrade (superior room) ( udgrade needed)
  • Difficulty: moderate

***You can leave an overnight bag at the Ollantaytambo train station to be sent by train directly to Aguas Calientes (Up to 5 kilos per person).

**** This unique hike can start in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo.

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

The Full Machu Picchu Experience!

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide will give you a guided tour of Machu Picchu, which takes about two hours. You will see many of the most important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel.

After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hike up Huayna Picchu will have time to enjoy those views on their own. When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 7:00pm.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel


  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $67 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized by requested and it has to be done by booking time.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on availability and let us know about it at booking time.
    OPTIONAL extra tickets for Machu Picchu (Circuit #1 or #2 ) will cost US$55

What Is Included 2 Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu?


  • Hotel pick up
  • Private transportation from your hotel to the train station
  • Permits for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and entrance ticket into Machu Picchu archeological site.
  • 3 Bus tickets: from Machu Pichu down to Aguas Calientes, the next morning from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu, and the afternoon return down to Aguas Calientes
  • Licensed guide experienced in trekking and fluent in English
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to KM104 – Ollantaytambo with private van connection to Cusco
  • 3* One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (hot shower, bathroom, private room and breakfast included)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank

Not Included?

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
  • First breakfast (Usually served at your hotel) and last lunch at Aguas Calientes
  • VISTADOME Trains – $67
  • Tips for your staff (Sam Travel Peru staff receive a fair payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but greatly appreciated)

**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour. 

Best Price For The 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on almost any day that suits your schedule! We only need a minimum of two people to guarantee departure! 


Price per person      
Without Hotel 3* Hotel (Included) 3* Hotel (Others) 4* Hotel
$477 USD  $507 USD $540 US$597

Hotel Options:

  • 3*** Hotel: Ferre Hotel Machu Picchu (Included)
  • 4****: El Mapi (1st option)or Tierra Viva Hotel (2nd option) – They depend on availability!

*****  Single supplement  USD $40 for 3*** (other 3* upgrades $60 USD) Hotel, US$110 for 4**** hotel like el Mapi or $75 USD for 4**** hotel like Tierra Viva superior room


  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike: $75 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike: $75 USD per person
  • Vistadome Train: $67 USD per person – (RETURN ONLY)
  • Hotel single supplement $40 USD per night for Ferre´ Hotel (for solo travelers with single room)
  • Duffel bag (7 kilos or 15 lbs): sent to your hotel in Aguas Calientes for those staying extra days


  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40USD  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

*** The 2 day short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year round, except when it is closed in February for maintenance — This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in the ancient times, you will explore some amazing Inca ruins along the way like Wiñay Wayna.


  • SMALL GROUPS: average 4 to 6 people, with a maximum of 8 hikers
  • AFTERNOON TRAIN: We give you enough time to explore Machu Picchu and have a relaxing lunch at Aguas Calientes.  Your train back to Ollantaytambo is at 14:55 or 15:20, and when you arrive in Ollantaytambo you  catch your private van to Cusco, arriving in Cusco by 7:00 PM.
  • HOTEL AT AGUAS CALIENTES: includes a private bathroom, hot shower, buffet breakfast, and wifi, etc.


Please read the following information carefully as it will help answer all of your questions about our services and the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek below:


Your briefing will take place the night before your trek. It will be held at our office at 6 or 6:30pm, depending on your confirmation email details. The office is located at Calle Garcialzo 210, office 213 second floor, La Abuela shopping center.


Of course! During the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you. Please pack things you will only need during your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


FIRST, to book your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here this link: BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permits without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

***We need copies of everyone’s passport because they are required when purchasing permits.

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase a permit for the Short Inca Trail. You can make your deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page or click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.


If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address: to complete the payment


Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permits have been bought the Peruvian government does not allow any changes so we can’t change any dates after the permits have been bought. The Short Inca Trail permits are not transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the deposit is non-refundable!


Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport you sent us to book your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit. Passports will be checked when you enter Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and board the train. In case, you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us a copy of your old passport to secure your permits and we can change it when you get your new passport. Please send a copy of your new passport as soon as possible.

In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, please send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we can change it when we receive a COPY of your new passport for a fee of $25 per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport, keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee, you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport, but you will need to show both passports, old and new to enter Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both, you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train.

Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into Peru. Peruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.


The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you plan to always dress in layers to facilitate adjusting to the quickly changing weather conditions.


The maximum group size is of 8 people. Our groups are often between 2-6 people. Sam Corporations specialized in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.


Absolutely!! Hotel pick ups and drop offs are included with all of our packages! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you off there and vice versa.


The Vistadome train service has leather seats that conform to your body, panoramic windows and ceilings. You will be offered snacks and a dance show will take place on board. You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for $67 USD. These trains run from Aguas Calientes to Poroy. We will pick you up in Poroy and drive you back to Cusco, which takes about 25 minutes. Please request in advance.


If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it is of great significance for the staff who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Corporation destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you would like, depending on your perception on the quality of service and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.


Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.


The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE an extra porter. Your duffel bag will be sent by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas calientes. Please try to pack as light as possible, which is key to enjoying this amazing trek.

In your daypack, or on the first day’s hike you will need:

  • Original Passport ( the same as the one you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (25 to 30L)
  • Water 1 to 2 liters of water
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Polar or sweater for early mornings and evenings
  • Rain jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
  • Camera
  • Valuables
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer

In your duffel, you should pack

  • A change of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the next day
  • Face moisturizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Battery chargers

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