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Short Inca Trail 2 Days


Short Inca Trail 2 days and 1 night is an exciting and adventurous trek that allows travelers to experience the mystic beauty of the majestic Andes mountains and reach the renowned archaeological site of Machu Picchu. This 2-day trek offers a condensed version of the classic 4-day Inca Trail, making it the perfect option for those who are short on time or not physically prepared for a longer trek.

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts at the Km 104 of the railway and covers approximately 12 kilometers of moderate hiking. The 2-day inca trail passes through a lush cloud forest, where trekkers can observe a variety of flora and fauna, including orchids, hummingbirds, and even the occasional llamas. Additionally, visit the archaeological sites of Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna. Take a short break for lunch and restart with a gentle ascent to the Sun gate.

From there, trekkers descend to the citadel of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the trek. As darkness falls on the first night, you’ll arrive at your hotel, nestled among the mountains. This unique accommodation offers a welcome break from the trail, with comfortable beds, hot showers, and delicious meals.

The next day, eat your breakfast and catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu for the sunrise. As the sun illuminates the ancient city, visitors will be in awe of the incredible and intricate stone structures that have stood the test of time. Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu to learn about the history and significance of this ancient Inca site. After exploring, trekkers board a bus to Aguas Calientes town.


The Short Inca Trail 2 days 1 night is the most accessible hiking route to Machu Picchu. Additionally, our private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is organized with expert tour guides from start to finish. So, don’t look further, follow the footsteps of the Incas trekking the famous Inca road network with locals.


  • Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 104 – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

In addition, we can pair the Short Inca Trail 2 days with the Huchuy Qosqo Trek or Sacred Valley Tour. If you want to include these tours to your hike, let us know clearly in your reservation email please.

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Itinerary & Map



Day 1.- Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes 

The Short Inca Trail 2 days and 1 night to Machu Picchu starts with a pick up from your hotel at 5:00 am in Cusco for your travel to Ollantaytambo train station. The Inca Trail hike can also start in Ollantaytambo, but let us know in your reservation e-mail. After an hour’s train ride, we arrive at Kilometer 104 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railway.

Afterwards, you begin your hike on the Short Inca Trail 2 days for about three hours to the impressive Inca site of Wiñay Wayna. Once there, you will enjoy the amazing landscapes of the Urubamba valley and the gorgeous ancient constructions. Not far from here, we find the last campsite of the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our team will have lunch at this spot with bathroom facilities and a tranquil environment.

Subsequently, we continue the Short Inca Trail to the Sun Gate. This place offers the best view of Machu Picchu and the surroundings. Take individual or group pictures and then you will descend for forty minutes to Machu Picchu. From here we take a bus to Aguas Calientes and head towards our hotel.

Day 2.-Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Enjoy your breakfast and take the first bus to Machu Picchu along with your guide. Once there, you will take your Machu Picchu Guided Tour.

Your expert guide of the Short Inca Trail will show all sectors of Machu Picchu for 2 hours. During this guided tour, you will know the fascinating history of the Incas and Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon, you will take the return train to Ollantaytambo and then a private vehicle to Cusco hotel.

Prices & Inclusions


Our private Short Inca Trail 2 days and 1 night is perfect for friends, couples, and families because you can leave on any date you wish. With our private tours, you can also set your pace to maximize your experience. You do not have to wait for anyone else, our Inca Trail Tour starts with only 02 passengers.
The total package cost is based on a hotel double occupancy.

Prices are per person, valid through 2022
2 3 – 4 5 – 6 7 – 8
$ 738 $ 660 $ 615 $ 585



  • Private transport from your hotel to the train station.
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • Expedition train tickets from/to Ollantaytambo.
  • One night hotel in Aguas Calientes(3star hotel).
  • Transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Permits for the Inca trail, Machu Picchu, and box lunch.


  • Meals and Drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal Porter.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Tipping your staff is customary.
  • Walking Stick (Available at an extra cost)


For this Hike, you need to pack a duffel bag that will be sent by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. Please try to pack as light as possible (Max. 5 Kilos /11 Pounds). Additionally, you need a day pack to carry during the hike.


  • Original Passport (the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good day pack (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 and insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Toiletries kit
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Personal Medication (we carry a Basic first Aid kit).


We will design a customized trip to connect you with our Country through your interests, you can modify a tour package on our website. you decide where to visit, how long would you like to spend in each place, what type of accommodation suits best for you, and more including:

  • Adding extra activities to your itinerary.
  • Assisting with planning a business Trip.
  • Getting hotel Upgrades.
  • Arranging any special packages to celebrate important
    occasions, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, retirement, honeymoon, or other milestones.

Contact us to help you in arranging the adventure of your dreams.



El Mapi Hotel 1

Day 1 (1 night).

At Machu Picchu Pueblo, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability:

3 star Hotel – El Mapi Hotel

Optional Hotel Upgrade to Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel.

Client Reviews

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Best Memorable Trip Ever!! Our experience with Mapi Tour Peru was terrific, incredible and first rate. We worked with David to set up the tours and hikes of Sacred Valley, Pisaq, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, other Inca sites near Cusco, Rainbow Mountain and Lake Titicaca. Every part of our tour was well thought out and memorable from cocktails at the San Cristobal Church belltower our first evening to lunch at the Hacienda Huayocari to the private home tour in Ollantaytambo and boat tour to the Uros and Taquile islands. We visited Peru during the Winter Solstice which is a very special time of year with many celebrations and much dancing in the streets. The accommodations chosen for us were first rate. We especially loved the Casa Andina in Cusco. Our tour guide, Catalina was a gem. She was my inspiration to keep hiking up the tall and narrow mountains and was so knowledgeable of the history of where we visited. I can't give enough great affirmations for this company. They were great to work with. Written July 18, 2023
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Mapi Tours exceeded expectations all the way right from the get go in Lima to cusco sacred valley Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle. Special thanks to Catalina for providing me a great organized private tour experience. Thanks to Joanna Davis and Omar!! This vacation was my best ever in 20 years of travel!! Way to go Mapi tours! 10 stars to this team for making my vacation so special!! I don't know if I will ever be able to get this experience with any other private tours anywhere else in the world!! Truly impressed and Amazing!
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Perfect Trip to Cusco & Machu Picchu! We had a fantastic experience using Mapi Tour. I reached out to a number of tour guides to help me plan my 1 week vacation to Lima/Cusco/Machu Picchu. I number of them where located in the United States so they seemed more like middlemen, but after interacting with David I felt the most comfortable working with him as a local tour operator with years of experience leading tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu. My wife and I did a tour of Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and added Rainbow mountain whilst we were in Cusco. David and his team - Karen, Freddy, and Eloy were very professional, friendly and supportive to our needs in making sure we were worry-free about our tours. I truly recommend using local tour guides and David if you are planning a trip to Peru. Written August 15, 2023
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Trip Level: Mapi Tours Peru

Trip Details:

Length: 2 days / 1 night
Tour Type: Private Service

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USD $: 738.00


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  • Hike the ancient Trail of the Incas.
  • Travel by train to Machu Picchu.
  • Exceptional private guided tour of Machu Picchu.