Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail 2 Days Hike, See Machu Picchu Twice!
Short Inca Trail 2 days–Hike Peru’s famous Inca Trail to the iconic Machu Picchu witnessing mind-blowing highland vistas and living a unique experience as you embark on this once-in-a-lifetime 2-day trek, make your first sights of the ethereal city of the Incas from the Gate of the Sun.
This Short Inca Trail 2 days hike to Machu Picchu is a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of Machu Picchu in a condensed yet equally fulfilling way. As one of the greatest ancient sites in the world, Machu Picchu offers a breathtaking glimpse into the ancient cultures and natural beauty of this part of Peru.
This unique 2 day Short Inca Trail hike winds its way past towering hilltop temples such as Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, and Gate of the Sun, ending in the awe-inspiring “lost city of the Incas–Machu Picchu”. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the impressive Inca stonework of temples, terraces, and dwellings still standing, this includes Wiñaywayna clinging to a mountain and the Gate of the Sun over a mountain spur that only the Inca Trail hikers have access to.
As you approach Machu Picchu, the anticipation builds as you arrive at the astounding Gate of the Sun. Here, you’ll be rewarded with your first glimpse of this unique and sacred citadel of the Incas, perched among the tall Andes mountains like an otherworldly construction, of course, a perfect moment to get your best snapshots.
After a day of unforgettable sights and experiences, we’ll end our 2 day Short Inca Trail hike by reaching a stunning viewpoint inside the Inca citadel where you’ll have the perfect backdrop for a memorable photo of Machu Picchu. We’ll then enjoy a cozy overnight stay at a hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Our cultural connections in the region, particularly in Cusco, span decades, and our knowledgeable Trek Leaders are exceptionally natural and cultural teachers. We even speak Quechua, the Inca language that was our first language. So, get ready to embark on a truly unforgettable adventure through the sacred lands of the Incas!
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime in Short Inca Trail 2 Days Hike to Machu Picchu – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or book your spot today!
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MODERATE: Designed for travelers who have some experience in hiking and have a regular physical condition. Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our day-hikes adventures.
Hiking, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Cozy and lovely hotels.
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
Minimum of 02 people is needed to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our trips. Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services as well as semi-private service; however, if you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
YES, to protect the historical Inca trail, the number of people allowed to hike the Short Inca Trail each day is limited to 250. That is why you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.
DAY 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Machu Picchu
Early wake-up, train journey, Inca Trail, gaze out stunning Inca sites and the unique Machu Picchu will make this first-day hike an unforgettable day.
At 3:45 AM, our private guide will come to your hotel in Cusco City to pick you up to drive for about 2 hours to reach the train station of Ollantaytambo. The scheduled train for this 2 day Short Inca Trail is at 6:10 AM (Expedition Class Train), the reason we opt for this schedule is to have enough time for the hike and beat the crowds.
From Ollantaytambo to the trailhead (KM 104) you will have a train ride for 1 hour and 30 minutes, the railway follows the banks of the roaring Urubamba river, from the train, you will scan amazing views of the Urubamba mountain range, Incan ruins, and as you go farther and farther you will reach the high jungle (very lush forest), the views are just stunning! and it’s how we will reach the trailhead where the train will stop briefly to get out.
Once at the checkpoint of KM 104, we will register ourselves and for this, you must bring your original passport as the rangers will review all information on the permits and passports. After this checkpoint, we will begin our hike towards Machu Picchu for about 7 hours, right after the trailhead we will arrive at the first Incan site, which is a small archaeological site whose name is Chachabamba, this is an Inca site from the 15th century that today still showcases great constructions in rocks and sculptures on granite rocks that most likely were religious constructions and other as dwellings for people who lived here. At this place, your guide will deliver great information about the Incas and their development in the Andes of Peru and you will learn a lot about the Inca history through these Inca sites along the trail until Machu Picchu.
After enjoying the history of the Incas at the Chachabamba Inca site, we will continue walking gradually uphill enjoying the spectacular landscape until reaching the Wiñaywayna Incan temple whose meaning is “forever young” where you will have an opportunity to learn more about the Inca civilization. This section of the trail to Wiñaywayna is very scenic, you will soak up stunning vistas of the Urubamba mountain range in further directions, the lush Urubamba Valley with the roaring river, and the trail goes through slope parts of the mountain that makes the hike more challenging and interesting. Wiñaywayna is rated as the most beautiful Inca site along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and this place makes justice for it as the site has outstanding constructions, temples, water fountains, terraces, and dwellings, all of these constructions overlooking or oriented to the mountains around.
Walking about 5 minutes from Wiñaywayna, we will arrive at the official campsite for the 4-day Inca Trail hikers where we will have our lunch box (packed lunch) and have a break before heading out to Machu Picchu. From Wiñaywayna, we’ll continue hiking for 1 hour to reach Sun Gate, this part of the trail is mostly flatter and the trail goes through the forest, upon arrival at Sun Gate, we’ll have the first views of the famed Incan city, and you will take your time to make great pictures, this place is very touching and exciting for most hikers since the iconic city of the Incas is finally uncovered after hiking for several hours.
From the Sun Gate, we will still hike for 1 more hour to get to Machu Picchu, this part of the trail is a gentle downhill. Once we arrive at Machu Picchu, we will reach the official viewpoint from where we will have the classic views of this wonder of the world (as seen in the magazines) because the afternoon is usually with fewer people, the visit to this lookout point is a must since the following day you are not going back to this place, otherwise, you will visit the middle part of the citadel. We’ll then take the bus to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes town) where we’ll have an overnight stay at a hotel, and have dinner at the restaurant (this last dinner is not included).
- Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles.
- Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.
- Lowest elevation: 2,150 m / 7,052 ft.
- Highest elevation: 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.
- Physical rating: Moderate.
- Highlight: Original section of Inca Trail, exploration of two Incan ruins before Machu Picchu, first views of Machu Picchu from the Gate of the Sun, and gaze out Machu Picchu in the late afternoon.
DAY 2: Guided Tour at Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today a nutritious breakfast will make us ready at the hotel for our tour of Machu Picchu, after breakfast and picking you up from the hotel, we will walk to the bus station to take the bus back to Machu Picchu, once at Machu Picchu, we will visit the middle and lower part of this citadel because the Inca Trail ticket allows us to visit this part of Machu Picchu (Circuit 3, see the circuit map here) where our guide will deliver great information of this unique site and you will take plenty of time to enjoy the views and take amazing pictures. The tour will be for about 2 hours, 2 hours of enjoying the history and seeing unique spots like temples, granaries, dwellings, terraces, plazas, aqueducts, and the fascinating views that surround this impressive Inca citadel.
If you have booked an extra ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain, you’ll climb up the mountain after the tour; however, spaces are subject to availability. In the unlikely event that Huayna Picchu permits are not available for your tour date, you will climb up Machu Picchu Mountain instead. This hike to the mountain would be unguided.
After having a great time at the Incan emperor’s palace, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes Town) where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station, where our driver will be waiting for you to transfer back to your hotel in Cusco City. (this transfer service from the train station to your hotel is included).
Note on Machu Picchu Ticket: Since the Inca trail tickets grant you to visit Circuit 3 (middle part of the citadel), you can purchase an extra ticket only for Machu Picchu, a ticket that allows you to visit the full of Machu Picchu, if so, please refer to your travel expert or travel designer at the moment of inquiry to see the ticket availability, the ticket cost for a regular ticket for Machu Picchu is $65.00 USD.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
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