Inca Trail Classic 2 Days/ 1 Night

Cusco,Wiñayhuayna, Machu Picchu

  • Time 2 Days/ 1 Night
  • Tour Type Hike
  • Altitude 4215 m.a.s.l.
  • Place Cusco
  • Difficulty Moderate
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Description of the Trip

The short version of the 2-day Inca Trail is designed for those short on time, but who wish to experience the local flora and fauna and enjoy a breathtaking arrival at Machu Picchu. During this trek, you will be able to enjoy a part of the 4-day Inca Trail, which will give you an incredible feeling as you ascend to the top of the mountain and have a spectacular entrance to Machu Picchu.

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit Wiñay Huayna, which is one of the most beautiful ruins on the way to Machu Picchu. Then, you will continue to the Sun Gate, where you will have your first view of the Lost City of the Incas.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – km104 – Chachabamba – Wiñaywayna -Aguas Calientes

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the train station. We will take the train to km 104 to begin our trek. We will pass through Chachabamba and Wiñayhuayna. Then we will arrive at Intipunku, from where you can see Machupicchu. We will descend to Aguas Calientes, where we will stay in a hotel for the night.

Day 02: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

In the morning, we will have breakfast at the hotel and take the bus to Machu Picchu. The trip lasts 30 minutes. Our guide will show us the history and architecture of the Inca city. In the afternoon, we will take the train back to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 1 Day 2
Departure point Km 104 Aguas Calientes
Arrival point Puerta del Sol – Machu Pichu Pueblo – Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu
Activities Transfer from Cusco to the Inca Trail and hike Visit of Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Distance / duration  11 Km. / 8 h.

Full itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Puerta del Sol – Machu Picchu

Cusco (3,400 m.a.s.l): I will pick you up at the hotel and take you to Ollantaytambo, from where we will board the train until we reach Km.104. Our abbreviated version of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts at your hotel, where we will pick you up around 5:00 a.m.

Ollantaytambo Station (2,870 m.a.s.l): Starting from the hotel, you will have a journey of approximately 1 to 1.5 hours with your guide until you reach the town of Ollantaytambo. At that point, we will board the Expedition train to our starting point known as KM 104, also called “Chacha bamba”.

Km 104 Chacha bamba (2,100 m.a.s.l): At the starting point, you must show your Inca Trail permit, original passport and, if you have one, your ISIC card. This is where the Inca Trail begins and we will walk for 3.5 to 4 hours until we reach Wiñayhuayna, where we will enjoy a snack. The tour to Wiñayhuayna is a beautiful walk with an incredible flora and landscapes around us.

Inti Punku (2,700 m.a.s.l): After lunch, we go on a two-hour excursion to Intipunku, also known as “Puerta del Sol”. From there, we will enjoy magnificent views of Machu Picchu and the nearby mountains. We will have about 20 minutes to rest and admire the beautiful landscape.

Machu Picchu (2,430 m.a.s.l): After, we will go to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu.

Aguas Calientes (2,040 m.a.s.l): Afterwards, we take the bus to Aguas Calientes and transfer to the hotel. We will arrive there around 16:00 to 17:00 hours to get some rest, then you can enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the recommended restaurants.

  • Distance: 7 miles / 11 km (6 hours)
  • Highest point Altitude: 2,870 meters above sea level (cold climate)
  • Considered: Easy
  • Zone: High Cloud Forest
  • Climate: Hot and very humid
  • Night: Hotel Aguas Calientes
  • Meals included: Lunch (box lunch) and Dinner

Day 02: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Cusco

Machu Picchu: On the last day, we will have breakfast at 5 am at the hotel and then we will go by bus to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. To enter, you will need to show your passport, entrance ticket and, if you have one, the ISIC card. After a tour of about 2 hours with a guide, you will visit the different ruins and temples. Then you will have free time to explore the city and take all the photos you want. Once you have enjoyed the magnificent Inca city, you will use the bus ticket to descend to Aguas Calientes and then take the train back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo. The “Expedition” train leaves at 6:30 in the afternoon and arrives in Ollantaytambo after 2 hours. In Ollantaytambo, a bus will be waiting to take you back to Cusco. Here your trip will end, around 10:30 at night.

  • Highest point Altitude: 2,650 meters above sea level (cold climate)
  • Considered: Easy
  • Zone: High Cloud Forest
  • Climate: Hot and very humid
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Which Includes

Which Includes The Inca Trail:

  • Pick up from your hotel on departure
  • Transfer to the train station of Ollantaytambo
  • The train tickets to the hike (together with your guide)
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail
  • Lunch (box lunch) in Wiñay Wayna
  • Visit the following Inca archaeological sites (Wiñay Wayna, Inti Punku and Machu Picchu)
  • Bus tickets to the city of Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel 3* Aguas Calientes.
  • Breakfast on the second day at the hotel
  • Bus back to Machu Picchu on Day 2
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • 2 hours private guided tour by your guide
  • Expedition tourist train round trip
  • Tourist bus back to Cusco
  • Transfer back to your hotel
  • All the entrance to the places to visit
  • Taxes included



  • Original passport
  • ISIC (student discount card), if you have it
  • Small backpack
  • Poncho for the Rain
  • The good hiking pants, hiking boots, sun, hat and sunglasses
  • Camera batteries and extra
  • 2 liters of water
  • Extra money
  • Insect repellent
  • Trekking poles
  • Snacks

Extras for your 2-Day Inca Trail:

  • Canes ($10 a pair of sticks)
  • Extra porter for personal belongings (60 $ for 7 Kilos -. Max 7 Kilos)
  • Upgrade to Single Room in Aguas Calientes ($35)
  • Upgrade to Train Vistadome ($80)
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu ($65) – There is only a limited space at Huayna Picchu (400 people per day), so it is a good idea to book in advance.
  • We can help you to book hotels (standard and luxury) if you prefer.



Tour Inca Trail 2D 1N to Machu Picchu


Minimum 02 people

Tour Summary

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel (only Cusco and is optional)
  • Informative talk in our office
  • Day 01: Cusco – km104 – Chachabamba – Wiñaywayna -Aguas Calientes
  • Day 02: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

What is included in the tour

  • Pick up from your hotel at departure
  • Transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo
  • Train tickets to the trek (along with your guide)
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail
  • Lunch ( box lunch) at Wiñay Wayna
  • Visit the following Inca archaeological sites (Wiñay Wayna, Inti Punku and Machu Picchu)
  • Bus tickets to the city of Aguas Calientes.
  • Hotel 3* Aguas Calientes.
  • Breakfast on the second day at the hotel
  • Bus back to Machu Picchu on Day 2
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • 2 hours private guided tour by your guide
  • Tourist train expedition round trip
  • Tourist bus back to Cusco
  • Transfer back to your hotel
  • All entrance fees to the places to visit
  • Taxes included


  • Departure and Return: Expedition or Voyager

Important note:

THE VOYAGER – Inca Rail or EXPEDITION Train – Peru Rail service is available. If you prefer to add the VISTADOME train service, there will be an additional cost of US$ 45.00 per person for the round trip.

There are special prices for students, children and infants.


Frequently Asked Questions from travelers

Is it necessary to hire the service of a travel agency?

It is important to understand that the Inca Trail is a special situation in many ways, as it can only be done through a formal travel agency that has a valid contract with the Machu Picchu authorities. We are one of the few companies that can currently provide the service without the need to subcontract to a second or third party company.

What is the best travel season for Inca Trail?

Cusco offers a wide variety of climates that will surprise us at every moment. There are two distinct seasons:

  1. The dry season runs from early April through September. During this season, rains are infrequent, giving us sunny days and pleasant weather to enjoy the scenery. It is the preferred season for many travelers.
  2. The rainy season is the second option, from late September to March. Here, the rains are more frequent, but also provide an unforgettable experience. The vegetation of the sanctuary and its surroundings is shown in more intense colors due to the frequency of rainfall. Also, this season is not chosen by many travelers, which means that the visiting spaces are more free and available for us.

Can I change the departure date after the permits have been purchased?

Unfortunately NO. Once permits have been purchased, the Peruvian government does not allow changes or modifications to the departure date after purchase. Permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. In case of cancellation of the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the deposit will not be refunded at all.

Do I need my original passport on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days?

Yes! You must bring your original passport and make sure it is the same one you used to book your 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit. Passports will be verified upon entering Machu Picchu, during the Inca Trail tour and when boarding the train. If you are renewing your passport, please send us a copy of your old passport to guarantee your permit and we can make the change when you get the new passport. Please send the new passport as soon as possible.

How easy is the Short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail is less demanding than the traditional trail, but still involves hiking through mountainous terrain. A moderate level of fitness is advised.

How long does it take to complete the Short Inca Trail?

The estimated time to complete the Short Inca Trail is around 6 hours.

How demanding is the physical trekking of the Short Inca Trail?

The physical hike on the Short Inca Trail is of moderate level, but still involves physical exertion.

What do you need to bring to hike the Short Inca Trail?

It is advisable to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking, as well as water and food, extra clothing, a raincoat and sunscreen.

What are the differences between the Short Inca Trail and the Traditional Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail is a shorter and less physically challenging version compared to the Traditional Inca Trail. Both options offer a breathtaking experience, but the short trail may be more suitable for people with time or fitness limitations.

What are the highlights of the short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail, which takes approximately 2 days to complete, passes several points of interest along the route. Some of these points include:

  1. Chachabamba: This is the starting point of the Short Inca Trail. Here is an archaeological site consisting of agricultural terraces and Inca constructions.
  2. Wiñay Wayna: This is one of the most important archaeological sites on the trail. Wiñay Wayna has terraces, water fountains, terraces and an impressive panoramic view.
  3. Intipunku (Sun Gate): It is a structure located at the entrance of Machu Picchu. From here, you get a magnificent view of the Inca citadel.
  4. Machu Picchu: The final destination of the short Inca Trail. Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca citadel considered a wonder of the world. Here you can explore the ruins, temples, agricultural terraces and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views.

In addition to these points of interest, the trail itself offers spectacular scenery, mountain views and the opportunity to enjoy the nature and history of the Andean region.

Is there an age limit?

There are no age restrictions to do the Short Inca Trail. Both young people and adults of any age are suitable to undertake this experience. It is common to see happy families and groups of friends enjoying this adventure together, walking step by step without difficulties. The trek provides the opportunity to create unforgettable memories and share special moments amidst the natural beauty and history of the route.

Is previous hiking experience necessary to do the Inca Trail?

No previous hiking experience is necessary, but good physical condition is recommended. Challenging terrain, preparation and consult health professional if necessary.

Is it dangerous?

The Inca Trail may have risks associated with it, such as variable weather conditions and uneven terrain, but with proper planning and following the necessary precautions, it can be done safely.

Are there restrooms along the trail?

Along the Inca Trail, restrooms are available at designated campsites, although they may be simple and shared. Outside the campsites, there may not be restrooms, so it is advisable to bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

Is it mandatory to have travel insurance to do the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail itself does not have travel insurance, as it is considered a safe route. However, it is recommended that tourists purchase separate travel insurance. This type of insurance can be useful in situations of medical emergency or other unforeseen events during the trek.

Is there electricity on the trail?

There is no electricity on the Inca Trail. Carrying portable batteries is recommended due to the lack of electrical outlets and charging points. The availability of electricity is limited, as services and accommodations rely on solar power or generators. It is advisable to conserve energy and be conscious of consumption to avoid depleting the limited energy resources on the route.

Does it cost the entrance to the site museum 'Manuel Chávez Ballón'?

The Machu Picchu Museum is a must-see for those who wish to deepen their knowledge about the ancient Inca city and its history. This museum exhibits an extensive collection of archaeological artifacts and objects found in the area, providing a fascinating insight into the Inca culture and its relationship with Machu Picchu.

Entrance prices to the Machu Picchu Museum can vary, so I would recommend checking for updated prices before your visit. Generally, prices range around 22 soles for adult tourists and 11 soles for Peruvian tourists (free with the Machu Picchu entrance ticket).


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