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2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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2 Day Inca Trail Overview

The 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is perfect for those who don’t have much time to do the traditional 4-day Inca Trail. This 2 day Inca Trail hike is just as beautiful as the traditional trek as you will also visit the Inca ruins in the dense Winay Wayna cloud forest. You will arrive at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the afternoon when it is not crowded.

This 2 day Inca Trail Hike is perfect for all types of travelers as it does not require perfect physical conditions as the 4 day Inca Trail, you can do it as a couple, group of friends, with children, etc as the hike itself will be only 1 day, day 2 is completely exploring Machu Picchu.

We are a 100% 2 Day Inca trail tour operator in small groups with experienced guides, and we have the best prices of the market because we do not subcontract, we are a direct tour operator. Guarantee a magical and headache-free trip with our team.

2 Day Inca Trail Tour plan

Day 1: Csuco – Kilometer 104 to Wiñay Wayna
Depart from Cusco early morning to Kilometer 104, explore the Chachabamba archaeological site and Wiñay Wayna.
Reach Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, where the first captivating views of Machu Picchu unfold, descend to Machu Picchu, and conclude the day in Aguas Calientes.

Day 2: Machu Picchu Sunrise and Exploration
Rise early to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu, guided tour of Machu Picchu, later descend to Aguas Calientes for a leisurely lunch before returning to Cusco, concluding this condensed yet impactful 2 day Inca Trail tour.


  • 1 night at hotel
  • Tour guide for all excursions
  • All entrance fees
  • All necessary transportation for the tours.

Full Itinerary of 2 Day Inca Trail

Day 1Cusco – Ollantaytambo / Train to Km 104 – Inca trail to Machu Picchu

5:00 AM: Depart from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, where you catch the train to Km 104, the starting point of the 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

9:00 AM: Begin the trek showing the 2 Day Inca Trail permits and then visit to the archaeological site of Chachabamba, where our guide will give historical lessons, then ascend towards the spectacular Winay Wayna Inca ruins. Marvel at the terraced fields and intricate Inca structures.

12:00 PM: Enjoy a picnic lunch with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Urubamba River.

1:00 PM: Continue the 2 day Inca trail trek to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, where your first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu awaits.

2:30 PM: Descend to Machu Picchu an take the first photos with the sunset, and without the crowds of tourists, it is an opportunity to feel the tranquility of Machu Picchu and to imagine how it was in those times. and take a short bus ride to Aguas Calientes. Check into your accommodation and unwind after a day of exploration. finally, we will have dinner in a local restaurant before to go bed.

Day 2Visit Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

6:00 AM: Begin your day with a bus ride to Machu picchu gate, with the purpose to have an intimate and serene experience with the morning sun bathing the ruins in a golden glow.

6:30 AM: Your expert guide will commence the tour with an introduction to the history of the Inca civilization, providing insights into their ingenious architectural techniques and urban planning.
Also will visit the main attractions, including the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana stone (Hitching Post of the Sun), and the Room of the Three Windows. Each site holds a unique significance, and your guide will unravel the stories behind these ancient structures.

After a guided tour for the adventurous if you booked, an optional hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is available. Each trek offers unique perspectives and a closer connection to the natural beauty that surrounds Machu Picchu.

Lunch and Leisure Time:
After the guided tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch in Aguas Calientes by your own. Reflect on the morning’s discoveries, and if time permits, explore the town’s markets and hot springs. Later at 15:00 PM: Board the return train to Ollantaytambo and then by car to Cusco with a heart full of memories and a deeper understanding of Machu Picchu’s cultural and historical significance.

End of the Short 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Included in a 2 Day Inca Trail Package:

✓ Free walking tour around the city of Cusco (optional)
Expeditions Train Tickets: Round-trip train tickets from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to the starting point of the trek (Kilometer 104) and back from Aguas Calientes.
Inca Trail Permits: Permits for the 2 day Inca Trail, allowing access to the trail and Machu Picchu.
Professional Guide: An experienced and knowledgeable guide to lead the trek and provide insights into the history and culture of the region.

Meals: Packed lunch for day 1, dinner in Aguas Calientes on Day 1, and breakfast in Aguas Calientes on Day 2.
Accommodation: One night’s accommodation in Aguas Calientes, typically in a comfortable hotel or lodge.
Entrance to Machu Picchu: Entrance fees to Machu Picchu, including a guided tour of the archaeological site.

Bus Tickets: 3 Bus tickets for the transfer between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
First Aid Kit: A well-equipped first aid kit to address any minor health concerns during the trek.

Not Included

Meals in Aguas Calientes: Apart from dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2, additional meals in Aguas Calientes are typically not included (lunch).
Optional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Tickets: Entrance tickets to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain are not usually included but can be added for (US $ 70).
Optional Vistadone train Ticket: this a panoramic train , usually recommended for way back, can be included for (US $ 75).

Personal Expenses: Expenses for personal items, souvenirs, or additional snacks are not included.
Tips: Gratuities for the guide, porters (if applicable), and other staff are usually not included but are customary.
✘ Porter Service: On some tours, porter service is included to carry a portion of the trekking gear, easing the load for participants.


Prices in shared service

Price ↓
$ 490,00 per person
$ 395,00 per person

 -Hotel included: Retama Inn, Hatun Samay or Similar.

– A group trip means that it is open for other trekkers to join in.
– 100% guaranteed departures. This tour can be done at any time of the year.
– Prices are per person in American Dollars.
– For tours in private service contact us, it has another cost.

– 40 dollars discount for travelers under 17 years old.
– 40 dollars discount for CAN member countries: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia.
– Groups, with more than 6 members also have a discount. Please inform us at the time of booking so that we can apply the discount.

How to Book and Pay ?

First Check Availability: Due to the limited number of permits for the Inca Trail, check the availability for your desired dates with our team and then request your booking via email sending us the required information, names and passport details of all participants. This information is crucial for securing the 2 day Inca Trail permits..

Booking Payment:  To confirm the booking, a payment of US$ 200 of the total cost of the package per participant is required. This payment can be made by any method offered by the agency (online with debit/credit card, or with transfer, etc.)

Payment methods

Balance: The balance amount will be paid upon arrival at Cusco, in cash before the tour start with no extra charges. Or you can pay with card with an extra charge of 7%.
Note: We use the exchange rate of the dollar on the day of payment.


2 day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu FAQs

Can you do the Inca Trail in 2 days?

There is a two-day version for people who can not do the classic 4-day trek due to lack of time or lack of physical conditions, this 2-day tour also passes through wonderful places and enters Machu Picchu through the famous Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

How far is the 2 Day Inca Trail ?

this version of the Inca Trail 2 days has a total distance of 16 kilometers, 10 miles. the trail mainly includes steep stretches mostly the first stretch until lunch time, then it is almost flat with short and slight climbs.

How much is the 2 day Inca Trail?

The price will always depend on the type of service you are looking for, whether in shared, private and what category of hotel you want. you can see the prices listed above with their characteristics.

Is the Inca Trail 4 days or 2 days?

The inca trail for tourism we have different versions of 5 days, 4 days and 2 days. it is the same route used by the Incas in those times.

How difficult is the Short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail is classified as being of moderate difficulty. It is 16 kilometers long (10 miles) and has an elevation gain of 600 meters. The trail includes several steep uphill stretches mainly in the first section until lunch and some stairs, but in general it is in good condition and is not as difficult and strenuous as the 4-day trail. Most people can complete it without problems.

Of course, as in any hike, there is always some risk. Be well prepared for the hike by bringing water, necessary snacks, and proper hiking shoes. Also, be conscious of your environment and don’t take any unnecessary risks.

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