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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days/1night hike

Cusco, Perú


The Short Inca Trail to Machu picchu 2 days is a shorter alternative to the classic 4-day trek and is designed for those with limited time or those who prefer a less strenuous hike. is a popular option for travelers who want to experience the beauty and history of the Inca Trail but have limited time or physical capabilities.

This shorter trek is less physically demanding than the full 4-day Inca Trail, making it accessible to a wider range of travelers. It still offers a taste of the stunning Andean landscape and the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu. This Inca Trail Express is rich in flora and fauna and rich in history. The 1-day hike is 12 kilometers long, starting at 2,000 meters/6,560 feet and topping out at 2,720 meters/8,924 feet.

When you embark on our 1-day Inca Trail trek, you will experience a train journey along the Urubamba River through the foothills of the Andes to the start of the trek, known as km 104. Then hike the short Inca Trail and visit the citadel of Machu Picchu! The trail passes through the national park, the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site, and enters through the Puerta del Sol (Sun gate) for unforgettable views of the majestic Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, take a private guided tour to see all the hidden corners of the Inca monument.

Important details about the hike:

  • FREQUENCY: This tour is run during the whole year.( except February becuase inca Trail is closed due to the Maintenance )
  • Type of Service: Small group tour ( 10 hikers max ), If you are hoping to book a Private, is available as well, check with our sales team.
  • Availability: everyday (We ONLY need to check Inca Trail permits availability at booking time)
  • Difficulty: moderate, Inca trail is about 6h hike, the first section is way up which makes adventure the hike.
  • Permits: It's important to note that permits for the Short Inca Trail to Machu picchu 2 days are limited and must be obtained well in advance. Additionally, while this trek is shorter and less physically demanding than the 4-day version, it still involves hiking at high altitudes, so it's essential to be adequately prepared and acclimatized to the altitude in Cusco before embarking on the trek.

Here are some of the highlights you can expect on this trek:

Inca Ruins: While the 2-Day Inca Trail covers a shorter distance than the 4-Day trek, it still includes visits to several impressive Inca ruins. You'll have the opportunity to explore sites like Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna, which is a well-preserved Inca archaeological site with terraces, temples, and stunning views. and get Machu Picchu through Sungate

Beautiful Scenery: The trail offers breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains, lush cloud forests, and the Urubamba River valley. The scenery is especially stunning as you approach the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), which provides the classic postcard view of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu: The 2-Day Inca Trail ends at Machu Picchu, one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world. You'll enter the site through the Sun Gate, just as the Incas did centuries ago, and have the chance to explore the ancient city, including its temples, terraces, and plazas.

Sunrise at Machu Picchu: On our second day we will take early bus up in order to witness the sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is a magical and unforgettable experience as the sun gradually illuminates the ancient ruins, casting a golden glow over the site.

Why Travel with Qoricancha Expeditions?

  • Expertise and Excellence: Qoricancha Expeditions is renowned for its commitment to excellence in guiding and customer service. With their experienced team, you're in the hands of professionals who will ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Peru. Qoricancha Expeditions provides expert guides who will share their deep knowledge of the region, offering insights into the ancient Inca civilization and local traditions.
  • Small Group Advantage: Smaller tour group sizes allow for a more intimate experience, increased interaction with guides, and the opportunity to form connections with fellow travelers.
  • Memories for a Lifetime: Traveling with Qoricancha Expeditions guarantees not only an unforgettable adventure but also memories that will stay with you forever. It's a journey that promises to leave you with a profound appreciation for the wonders of Peru.

Weather: Cusco experiences a distinct wet and dry season, with the dry season (May to September) being the most popular time for tourists due to its clear skies and pleasant temperatures. The wet season (October to April) sees more rain but is still visited by travelers. Regardless of the season, it's important to be prepared for altitude-related challenges and potential weather fluctuations when visiting Cusco and its nearby attractions.

What ou need to take for this tour:

  • Original Passport.
  • Small day pack,.
  • Insect repellent (Machu picchu is located at begining of jungle)
  • Sun hat . sun screen.
  • Rain gear (from November to April is wet season )
  • Camara.
  • Wáter
  • Snack.
  • Trekking cloth
  • Hiking shoes


  • Briefing the night before of the tour at 6pm
  • Experienced english speaking tour guide
  • Round trip Expeditions tourist class train
  • A 3 *** hotel in Aguas Calientes. (can be upgrade to luxury ones with extra cost)
  • Hotel includes breakfast
  • Snack, Lunch and dinner on day 1.
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu picchu.
  • Inca Trail and Machu picchu entry fee
  • Fully guided tour.
  • Taxes.
  • Oxigen tang and first aid kid


  • Hotel before and after the tour.
  • Some meals on the tour
  • Gratitudes: you can do to your guide and driver (optional)
  • Insurance: Advisible but not mandatory.
  • Vistadome Train: the package includes Expeditions tourist clas train, but this can be update to the nicer one.


Day 1: Hike short Inca Trail to Machu picchu.

Morning Departure: Our trekking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4am, then is 2h driving to Ollantaytambo train station, from there we will take a train to Km 104, which is where your hike on the Inca Trail begins. there is an oficial check point where rangers from National park are veriryfing the passport details, you must take your original passport.

Hike to Wiñay Wayna: The hike starts with a visit to the archaeological site of Chachabamba. From there, you'll continue along the trail, passing through beautiful scenery and Inca ruins. Your final destination for the day is Wiñay Wayna, a stunning Inca site nestled in the mountains. You'll have time to explore the ruins and learn about their history, after that that you will enjoy the lunch.

Hike to Sun Gate (Inti Punku): After visiting Wiñay Wayna, you'll continue along the trail until you reach the Sun Gate, also known as Inti Punku. This is where you'll get your first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu from above.

Descend to Machu Picchu: From the Sun Gate, you'll descend into Machu Picchu itself. You'll have the opportunity to see and enjoy the best views to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the guide will give you a fully introduction about the history and significance of this ancient Inca citadel.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes: After you enjoy the best views to Machu Picchu, you'll take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, the town located at the base of Machu Picchu. Here, you'll check into your accommodation for the night. then we will have dinner in one of the nice restaurnt in the town.

  • Acomodation. Tierra Viva Machu Picchu *** or similar
  • Tickets: Included
  • Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Machu picchu and back to Cusco.

Today marks the pinnacle of our journey, and it begins with an early breakfast. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel, and together, you'll catch one of the early buses that ascend to Machu Picchu. Upon arriving at Machu Picchu, your guide will lead you to the upper part of the citadel, where you'll have the privilege of witnessing the sunrise (season-dependent). This moment offers the perfect opportunity to capture some of the most breathtaking photographs of Machu Picchu. Take your time to soak in the magic and majesty that this New Wonder of the World has to offer.

Following the sunrise experience, our walking tour begins. Led by your expert guide, you'll explore the most significant sectors and palaces within the Machu Picchu complex. This guided tour typically lasts around 2.5 hours, providing you with invaluable insights into the history and architecture of this ancient site.

If you've secured a Huayna Picchu ticket, you'll have the option to embark on the renowned Huayna Picchu hike. This challenging but rewarding trek takes approximately 2 hours to complete, offering unparalleled views and a unique perspective of Machu Picchu. Please note that Huayna Picchu tickets need to be booked in advance and cost $75 each.

For those without a Huayna Picchu ticket, you can bid farewell to the Lost City of the Incas until your next visit. Afterward, you'll descend by bus to Aguas Calientes town. Here, you'll enjoy your final group lunch (not included) before taking an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. Our driver will be waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to safely transport you back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel around 8 pm. This day promises a culmination of unforgettable experiences and memories.

  • Accomodation. No include.
  • Tickets. Include.
  • Meals: Only breakfast at hotel.


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