Short Inca Trail

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The Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is the most amazing two day hike desing thinking on those adventurers who doesn’t have many time for a trip but want to see the incredible Inca Trail trek and its inca remains that can be only seen by this path and also for those who want to explore more incredible routes in Cusco. Despite the shorter trek time you will nonetheless experience all of the main highlights of the real Inca Trail Peru.

Travel Program

To start our Short Inca Trail Trip,we will pick up from the hotel at 05:30 am, transfering you to Ollantaytambo train Station. You will enjoy a beauty and comfort trip until km 104 of the railway line Cusco – Machu Picchu, this is our start point of our trek, where we will be arriving at 10.00am approx.

What will I Enjoy on this day?
We will visit the archaeological complex of Chachabamba (2150 masl), located just next to the control post (please don’t forget your documents there are so important to entry in the inca road) and will initiate a long walk of the ascent of 8 km during 4h, towards the archaeological complex of Wiñay Wayna (2700 masl), that is an impressive archaeological set composed of an agricultural sector with numerous platforms, a religious sector, and an urban sector.

Also in the way, we will have the opportunity to enjoy magnificent views of the valley of the Urubamba River and the archaeological complex of Choquesuysuy, located in the left margin of the river, and the best? A beautiful waterfall located to few minutes of Wiñay Wayna. Then, we will continue towards the Inti Punku or Sun Gate, after approximately 1 hour of a long walk on the brink of madness precipices in a landscape of forest eyebrow we will see for the first time the wonder of world, sacred city of Machu Picchu!!. But wait you will enjoy everything of this majestic wonder on the next day. After the incredible entry through the Sun Gate, and see for first time Machu Picchu, we will descend in approximately 40 minutes, arriving by the superior part to the “House of the Guardians.” Then we will get the bus down to Aguas Calientes (25 minutes), where we will stay over.

On this second day, we will leave our hotel towards Machu Picchu after an exquisite breakfast at about 5:30 am. by bus. We will start ecry early because at this time the setting is less crowded and you will enjoy more the Machu Picchu Tour, so we will take an advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site; Then you will have a guided Tour of Machupicchu exploring it for about 3 hrs, know their mysteries and archaeological information that will be explained by your TOUR guide; you have approx. 6 hrs. extra free time but please it depends on train time availability. The train departs from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon, then 2-hour you will be transport in a tourist bus to Cusco arriving between 8- 9:00 pm. approx.

And after the effort comes the calm you know , you did it!!
Today’s hike is very beautiful know why? because we will pass the ruins of Runkuraqay; Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna and we enjoy dramatic views of Aobamba Valley. We will start with a steady ascent to the second highest pass at Runkuracay reaching 12400 feet above sea level (3780 m.a.s.l) and passing through a circular Inca control point that occupies a commanding position overlooking the spectacular Vilcabamba mountain range below. Catch your breath, and the rest of the Inca trail is mostly downhill. Be careful with your knees as the descent from the pass to the ruins of Sayacmarca is very steep and you may feel the strain at the end of the day.

Once in Sayacmarca, you will enjoy the histery that your tour guide will explain. The name Sayacmarca means “inaccessible town” and describes the position of the site, awesome perched on the rocks. The one of a kind Inca trail, now a great structure of granite stones, continues through ever-changing layers of cloud forest full of rare orchids, hanging mosses, bromeliads, and tree ferns. Past the Inca tunnel, a gentle climb will take you to the third pass at 12139 feet above sea level (3700 m.a.s.l), offering incredible views of several snow-capped peaks including the most famous Salkantay (20574 ft./6271m) and Veronica (18865 ft./5750m).

Close to the pass you will find the impressive ruins of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town) where you will feel in the clouds. A brief explanation of the mysteries of Inca architecture, before continuing along splendid Inca road to the important agricultural site of Intipata and go up to the third and our last campsite at Wiñayhuayna (forever young) located at 8856 feet above sea level (2700 m.a.s.l). Wiñayhuayna, named after a variety of pink orchid that grows here, is the last official campsite before our destiny the wonder Machu Picchu!!. Tea time and Dinner.

Ready?? Today is our big day!!!
We will get up very early around 4:00 am – to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), we say very early to be those luckies that will see Machu Picchu whit the first rays of the sun. To reach there, we will hike for about 1 or 2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be walking in darkness, so a headlight is strongly recommended. The trail is marked and takes about 1½ hours.

The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu. A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with 2 hours guided tour and some more exploring on your own. The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included, departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you descend to Aguas Calientes town. Remember this is one of the best rewards for your effort during the 4 Day hiking Inca Trail, so enjoy full the most amazing adventure and feel all the energy of Machu Picchu!

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Bilingual and professional tour guide
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office
  • Expedition train tickets from Ollantaytambo to the Km. 104
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Two-hour guided tour upon your arrival in Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (1B, 1L, 1D).
  • Vegetarian food available upon request for no extra charge
  • Accommodations in Aguas Calientes the first night
  • Emergency oxygen bottle First aid equipment
  • Airfare and hotel advice upon request as well as booking

Not included:

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Last lunch
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment


  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
  • A Daypack
  • Sun block
  • Sun Glasses
  • Insect Repellent
  • Extra money

Prices & Dates


Season: From January to December except February for maintenance
Difficulty: Moderate

Dates & Prices:
From USD $530

More information about dates and prices upon request.

Eric Raul Albino Lliuya

Expert guide certified AGOMP
General Sales Manager, Peru Expeditions
Telephone: (+51) 943081066
E-Mail: [email protected]