Group Size maximum 15 people
Max altitude 2,430 m
Difficulty Moderate
Travel Style culture, adventure

Short Inca Trail Tour 2 days

Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu,

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itinerary: Short Inca Trail Tour 2 days

Day 01: Cusco -Ollantaytambo- Km 104 – WiñAy Wayna – Aguas Calientes.

Pick up from your hotels at 4:00 am to take you on a two-hour trip, with a private transport to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Here we will board the Expedition train, we will travel by train in one hour and 45 minutes to Km 104 (beginning of our Short Inca Trail). (It’s worth the effort to get up early and go with this train, which allows you to get in and start our walk early, if we expect the normal train to start at noon.

At km 104, after submitting passport control, we begin to walk gently. Along the way, we will see the ruins of Chachabamba, a stone altar that was used to worship the sun and mountains, still revered by the population. local. After visiting Chachabamba, continue the path to the south and gradually start climbing. up the mountain, before entering a cloud forest, overgrown, then the trail exits the forest and heads west as it continues uphill in an open meadow. After walking for 3 hours, the path descends into an amazing forest. Here you will find a beautiful waterfall. then reach the bottom of the Winaywayna ruins. Appreciate the beauty of this place, complemented by the information of our expert guide. After lunch in Winaywayna, we will continue in the afternoon in the cloud forest, built with bromeliads, orchids and tree ferns.

As we walk the last part of the way, we pass many impressive features, such as the stone stairs and drums (“resting places”). You climb 60 steps before reaching Inti Punku (“Gate of the Sun”). From this point, you will be able to see and observe this wonderful place. Then descend for 45 minutes to reach the viewpoint of the famous place, from here you can watch the sunset. We descend to the entrance of Machupicchu where we will board the bus to Aguas Calientes. Accommodation and dinner included, rest, plans and arrangements for tomorrow. The thermal baths are a good option (bring your bathing suit and 10 soles. Overnight at the Charming Hotel or superior category lodging if requested..

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  • Aguas Calientes

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machupichu – Wayna Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Breakfast from 04:30 am, then board the first bus to Machu Picchu at 05:20, the park opens at 6:00 am. We have a guided visit to Machu Picchu, this enigmatic and mysterious city is explored for approximately 2 to 3 hours. Explained by your expert guide, you can visit the most amazing places such as the Royal Mausoleum, the Temple of the three windows, the main temple. , the Sacred Plaza, the famous Intihuatana where the wise Inkas tied themselves to the sun on the winter solstice in June, stairs, squares, fountains, etc. (Usually you have about 5-6 hours after some extra time.) In high season the train schedules may vary. )

After finishing our master visit, we walk to Aguas Calientes for 1 hour (option with the bus to pay $10 usd pp). We then have free time to explore this quaint town before boarding our train back to Cusco.

The train leaves Aguas Calientes in the afternoon at 2:30 p.m. to Ollantaytambo and the bus to Cusco at 6:30 p.m., or 7:00 p.m. back to Cusco at 10:30 p.m.

In high season there are other train alternatives from April to August.

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  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office.
  • Pick up from your hotel at 04:00 am
  • Private transportation to the Ollantaytambo train station (2 hours)
  • Expedition train or Inca train to km 104 (starting point of the walk)
  • Tickets to the trail and the sanctuary of Machupicchu.
  • Permits and fees for the 2-day Inca Trail Park.
  • Walk with an excellent English-speaking guide
  • Guided tour of Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna and Choquesuysuy.
  • Guided tour of Machupicchu on the second day.
  • 1 Box Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast.
  • 1 appetizer and soft drink for the 1st day.
  • Overnight at the Charming Hotel.
  • 2 bus tickets (Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu)
  • Expedition train – Ollanta and transportation to Cusco.
  • Free and secure storage in Cusco in our office while you are walking.
  • Walk through the sun gate, Intipunku or towards the Inca Bridge after your tour. (Optional)

Not Included

  • Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes on the second day, 10 USD (or a 45-minute walk downhill to Aguas Calientes)
  • Lunch, Dinner on the 2nd day, drinks, snacks or water.
  • Hot springs for pools of 10 soles. (Optional)
  • Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu $60.00 (Optional).

What you should bring:


  • Your original passport
  • Student card from your university (if applicable).
  • You only need to carry a small backpack.
  • Drinking water (2 liters)
  • camera, binoculars
  • Raincoat in rainy season -Dec to January
  • Climate change in rainy season -Dec to January
  • Basic toiletries
  • Hat or cap for the sun, essential.
  • Sun cream with sun protection.
  • Insect repellent for mosquitoes (malaria and yellow fever have not been reported)
  • Comfortable hiking boots, sneakers or sturdy shoes.
  • Money in soles or dollars. ATMs or ATMs in Aguas Calientes are more expensive to change.


shared tours

  • Hostel 3 * 498 USD Arcángel, Amaru Inca and Colonial or similar
  • 3 * Hotel 550 USD Garcilazo, San Agustin Internacional, or similar
  • 4 * Hotel 653 USD Plaza San Agustín, Sonesta Cusco or similar
  • 5* Hotel 953 USD Marriott Hotel


  • Under 18 years old: US$20 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Children under 11 years: US$30 Send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$20. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time


  • Vistadome Train USD 25 (one way) per person (panoramic cars)
  • Vistadome Train USD 40 (round trip) per person (panoramic cars)
  • Machupicchu or Huaynapicchu mountains 15 USD

EXTRAS that we can organize for you.

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu. $20
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain. $20
  • Ascent train to Vistadome – Panoramic train. USD 25 each way (check availability).

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Optional walks in Machu Picchu.

Huaynapicchu Mountain (Young Mountain): located north of the citadel at 2,693 meters above sea level. Its access is from the Inca citadel itself and it is a moderate walk of approximately 300 meters. The trekking is done through a steep path with steep steps that take you to the top of the mountain, where you can see constructions and agricultural terraces perfectly attached to the mountain.

From the top of this mountain, you have a privileged and complete view of the entire Inca citadel, for these reasons an astronomical religious function is attributed to it and at the same time a control point. There are 2 entrance shifts, the first from 7 to 8 am and the second from 9 to 10 am, each of them has 200 spaces that must be reserved in advance.

Machu Picchu Mountain (Old Mountain): located to the south of the Inca citadel (3,082 masl). Its access is from the Inca citadel itself through a wide and less steep path.

The trek to this mountain demands a good physical condition and reaching the top is a challenge. The walk is a gradual ascent with the presence of flat sections and steps. From the top of this mountain you have an impressive view not only of the Inca citadel but also of the surrounding mountains, such as the Salkantay, and in the same way you can see part of the Inca trail.

There are 2 shifts to start the walk from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Private tours!

Choose your private tour and enjoy the most fascinating history of the city of Cusco, the capital of the Incas Land and Machu Picchu. We will organize everything based on your interest, receive the most personalized service, avoid the crowd and try to have the place just for you! . Request your private tour now!

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