Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

2 Days

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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2 Days / 1 Night

This trek is ideal for those who don’t have much time but still like to explore part of the Inca Trail and get to Machu Picchu through the famous Sun Gate. On the first day board the train to the start of our trek to Machu Picchu (known as KM 104). We hike to Wiñay Wayna where we have lunch. When walking through the Sun Gate we can see Machu Picchu. Although we are not going inside until the next day, you can take pictures of Machu Picchu. we travel to Aguas Calientes and stay the night before we visit Machu Picchu the next day.

Like this trek? Check out our other multi-day hikes such as Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu by Train and Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley and Inca Trail and Classic Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu and Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

Hike Peru is a 100% Peruvian business run by 3 Cusco brothers, Rolando, Edwin and Nilton. Hike Peru is affiliated with Hike Peru (Aus), and Australian-based business which provides email and phone support to anyone who’s interested in hiking the beautiful region of Cusco and Machu Picchu.


Day 1 Cusco Pickup :

  • We pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 AM in the morning.

6 hours
Lunch, Dinner
Day 1 Cusco to Machu Picchu :

  • We drive to Ollantaytambo and have breakfast on the way.
  • At Ollantaytambo we get ready to board the train to the start of our trek to Machu Picchu (KM 104).
  • We visit the Inca ruins of Chachabamba along the way.
  • Next we hike for about 3 hours and visit the Inca Ruins of Wiñay Wayna.
  • We have a break for lunch before walking through the Sun Gate where we get our first view of Machu Picchu.
  • We finally descent into Machu Picchu where we have the oportunity to take some pictures of Machu Picchu from nearby.
  • Next we take the bus down to our hotel in Aguas Calientes where we have dinner.
  • You can explore town and have a good rest before returning to Cusco the next day.

11 hours
Day 2 Aguas Calientes to Cusco :

  • Wake up early and enjoy a beautiful healthy breakfast in your hotel.
  • We either hike or take the bus up to Machu Picchu.
  • We explore one of the world’s most spectacular world heritage sites Machu Picchu (~2.5hrs).
  • Those who have booked Huayna Picchu can explore this magnificent site.
  • We take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to get ready to take the train back to Ollantaytambo.
  • From Ollantaytambo we drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.


Inclusions / Exclusions


  • Pre-briefing session the night before the trek (location TBA)
  • Pick up from and drop oof to your hotel in Cusco
  • Professional and experienced Tour Guide(s) (English and Spanish speaking)
  • Train and Bus ticket(s)
  • Meals (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (incl. dinner and breakfast)
  • Inca trail tickets
  • Ticket for the Machu Picchu Citadel
  • Guided tour at Machu Picchu


  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Machu Picchu Mountain (can be booked at checkout)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain (can be booked at checkout)
  • Extra porter to carry all your belongings (can be booked at checkout)
  • Sleeping bag(s) (can be booked at checkout)
  • Hiking poles (can be booked at checkout)
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Tips for our crew members (Guide, Chef, Porters)
Do I need insect repellent?

Yes, you should bring your own insect repellent in particular for mosquitos.

Should I prepare for altitude sickness?

Yes, before arriving in Cusco you should get altitude medication (unless told otherwise by your GP). Ideally, you should arrive n Cusco at least 24-48 hours before starting any treks at altitude.

Should I bring any anti-diarrhea tablets?

Yes, if you are taking any altitude sickness medication, you should bring anti-diarrhea tables (unless told otherwise by your GP).

Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 3 travel reviews
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  1. Attentive crew who worked hard to ensure we were well cared for.
    By Jennine B January 1, 2024
    Nilton and his team of porters were fantastic! I traveled with my three young adult children. The hike was strenuous for me. Nilton was quite attentive to ensure I was not left behind— my kids were much quicker than me. The chef prepared incredible food. The porters are quick and efficient. We had the trip of a lifetime!
  2. Memories for life
    By Louise K September 6, 2023
    If you want memories for life you have to take the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! We booked the four day hike as part of our honeymoon and we will never forget these four days. Rolando was our guide and together with the greatest team, he made sure that we had everything we needed out in the mountains. We got amazing peruvian food every single day, Rolando told us so many interesting stories about everything we saw on our way and about the history of Peru and its people. Thank you again for the best experience in Peru so far! Best regards Rasmus & Louise
  3. Great Experience
    By L G November 12, 2021
    We had an amazing experience touring Sacred Valley and doing the Machu Picchu 2-day hike. Edwin, our tour guide was great! He was friendly, informative and very helpful when navigating unexpected changes in plans. We had great fun getting a glimpse into the Inca history, local traditions and just enjoying the beautiful surroundings. We will relish this immersion in nature and good company for a long time.

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Important Information

  • Bring your passport or ID card
  • Consider anti-diarrhea tablets as this is a common side effect of altitude sickness (consult with your doctor if necessary)
  • Take insect repellant to Machu Picchu

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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
From US$495
/ Adult
From US$495
/ Adolescent
From US$399
/ Child (20% Off)
  • 3399
  • Cusco
  • Apr - Oct (Dry Months)
  • Hiking
  • Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
  • English, Spanish
  • Moderate
  • 2-12
  • 1
  • 70

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