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Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu

Ollanta Train Station - Km 104 - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
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Activity type:
  • Hiking
  • Archaeology
  • Wildlife
  • Train journeys
  • Scenic Vistas
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Private Tour & Semi-Private Tour
Trip Length
2 Days
Starting from
$ 520
per person

Embark on a Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu – This is a perfect Experience for those willing to explore the best of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu on an amazing 2-day adventure, take the 7-hour Short Inca Trail hike which will bring you to unique Inca temples, and through the Sun Gate for your first look at Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is without a doubt the highlight of any traveler’s trip to Peru. But reaching the famed citadel by foot along the original Inca Trail brings a whole new perspective to this mystical experience. The Inca Trail is regarded as the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be one of the top 5 treks in the world.

There are 2 different trek options for anyone considering the Inca Trail; you have the Short Inca Trail 2 days and the standard 4-day Inca Trail. The Short Inca Trail 2 days program is perfect for those who are relatively fit but don’t want to commit to the longer treks out there.  as it is relatively easy (not quite!), plus you will have a comfortable hotel bed at the end of the walk rather than camping out in tents.

Why you will love this tour

  • Discover the best of the famous Inca Trail and see Machu Picchu Citadel twice.
  • Explore trail-side Incan ruins that only Short Inca Trail 2 days hikers have access to.
  • Hike the short version of the Inca Trail at your own pace with a professional tour guide from Cusco Local Friend.
  • Enter Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun, as the Incans once did.
  • Spend the last day exploring the Machu Picchu ruins with a private guide at your side.
  • Soak in views of snow-capped Andean peaks, cloud forest landscape, and awe-inspiring ruins sites.
  • Travel & Trek with an award-winning Tour Guide Company and Operator in Peru.

Trip Details

  • Tour Type: History, Culture, Hiking, and Adventure
  • Duration: 02 Days
  • Good For: Those who are willing to explore the Sacred Valley and take the 7-hour hike to Machu Picchu. Perfect for Families, couples, and Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape
  • Considerations: The hike itself on Day 01 will take about 6 – 7 hours; so we recommend being reasonably fit
  • Distance on the Inka Trail (Day 1): 11km/ 8 miles
  • Elevation: 2030m (6660ft) – 2650m (8690ft)
  • Departure Point: Customer’s Hotel in Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, or Cusco City
  • Ending Point: The Same or a different Hotel
  • Pick-up Times: To be Confirmed
  • Mode: Private Car, Train, Hiking as well as the Public shuttle bus
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (you should be able to walk stairs up and down)
  • Group Size: Private and Semi-private 2 – 8 travelers (Bigger groups, please contact us)


Day 1. Train ride to Km 104 / Hike to Machupicchu / Aguas Calientes Town

The trip starts in Hotels in Cusco, Ollantaytambo, or Urubamba Towns where you are picked up from your hotel early in the morning, then we proceed to drive to Ollantaytambo train station and board the Train which will take you to the start point of the trail (1.5 Hour approx.)

Our trek takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Short Inca Trail. Covering 10 km of the trail, our journey begins at the bottom of the valley and works its way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Winay Wayna. As we make our way to Machu Picchu we’ll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers, and birds along the way.

After a full day of trekking, we’ll arrive at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. After we’ve passed through the Sun Gate, we’ll carry on along the trail to Machupicchu citadel; The light at this time of day is great for photos; and with fewer tourists on the site, it’s a perfect time to take some pictures of the site. We are then catching the Shuttle Bus that takes us to Aguas Calientes Town in the valley below where we’ll check into our hotel.

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 3-Hour guided tour of the site during this time, you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After the guided tour you may have some free time to explore the site by yourself and – if booked in advance – You can climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains (Please confirm in advance so we can get these extra tickets to these Mountains) In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where you will be met by our driver and drive to your Hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.


  • Fluent English/Spanish-speaking local guide
  • Short Inca Trail Permits and Machu Picchu admission Tickets
  • Transfers from Hotel to the train station and vice-versa
  • Train ticket to Km. 104 and return train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco
  • 3 Way Shuttle bus Tickets Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu
  • Box Lunch on Day 1

Not Included

  • Day 1 Breakfast and day 1 dinner.
  • Accommodation on the first night (hotel can be booked by us, if so, please let us know the type of hotel you’re looking for)
  • Day 2 Lunch.
  • Entrance Ticket to Huaynapicchu Mountain (optional activity at extra cost)
  • Porters- you are responsible for carrying your own (small) backpack.

Prices per person

Group Size
(per person)
Start Date
31 May 2022
End Date
01 Jun 2022
Group size
Price per person
$ 495.00 USD
Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu


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What to Expect

Impressive views, mild to hot temperatures although kind of windy at some places in the afternoons; mostly sunny days during the months of May, June, July, and August; Stops at scenic spots en route; Friendly English speaking tour guide; Your journey your way!

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Trip Reviews

Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

Cat Z
Cat Z
January 26, 2022.
We love Cusco Local Friend! Lovely tour of Sacred Valley! We visited Chinchero, Moray, the Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo. Percy was extremely helpful and communicative, going above and beyond to make the best suggestions and be flexible with our travel situation. Our tour guide Hugo was super friendly, talkative and informative. He introduced us to a few unique and off the beaten path options like a stop to drink some homemade chicha, a casual 1-hour hike down the Maras Salt Mines that ended up in a small village near the Urubamba River, and many pit stops to see additional sites, photo ops and interesting history lessons. Our driver Edison was also very polite. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a private, detailed tour of anywhere in Cusco!
January 10, 2022.
A wonderful Sacred Valley day tour! Percy helped design a tour for us during the day including our transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. The price was very fair and we had an amazing day, including a memorable lunch at a little spot with llamas everywhere! Our guide Carlos was super knowledgeable, friendly and professional and I'd recommend Cusco Local Friend to anyone!
Scotty W
Scotty W
December 31, 2021.
Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour These guys are amazing! They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure I was always well taken care of. They were also reasonable on prices. Highly recommended!
December 6, 2021.
3rd trip with Cusco Local Friend exceeded expectations ! Last July / August I took my 3rd trip with Hugo from Cusco Local Friend. Just like my two previous trips with them, it completely exceeded all expectations. And I’m already planning a 4th trip with them this coming summer! Hugo and Cusco Local Friend are the reason we fell in love with Peru. Hugo is professional, flexible, very knowledgeable and most of all FUN! The first two trips ( 2017 and 2018) I traveled with my two very food allergic daughters (allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and sesame). Hugo and Mario asked a lot of questions, took the allergies very seriously, and found us some great restaurants. We even ate a pachamanca lunch with Hugo’s parents on their farm. So delicious. This time, I traveled alone. I texted Hugo my list of places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to do, and how long I wanted to spend in each location. He created the perfect itinerary and made the most of my time in Peru. We hiked for three days - Rainbow Mountain ( Vinicunca ), Seven Lakes ( Siete Lagunas ), and the alternative Rainbow Mountain - Palccoyo. The hikes were so stunningly beautiful. Hugo planned the hikes perfectly. He paid attention to health and safety and carried supplemental oxygen, snacks and water for me. And, he made them fun! We also visited the Potato Park ( Parque de la Papa ) , spent the night with a host family, and visited Pisac. We were supposed to do a food tour on my last day in Cusco, my my stomach was a bit upset. So he planned some alternative things to do. He also arranged my COVID test prior to my flight home. I can’t wait for my next trip with Cusco Local Friend! Call or text them with WhatsApp at +51 984 585 909 or +51 996 550 700. Email at . Have a great trip!
Ferhat D
Ferhat D
November 2, 2021.
Perfect 👍🏻 Hugo was a great and knowledgeable person. He was so friendly and very patient with our questions. As a group, we really enjoyed our trip. I highly recommend him!! Thank you very much for the great experience, Hugo!!
November 2, 2021.
nice Everything went well. The tour was organised as individually as possible and all our wishes were taken into account immediately. Good guys, I recommend them.
Ahram A
Ahram A
October 26, 2021.
Thank you Hugo! I want anyone to know that you can trust Hugo from Cusco Local Friends. My wife and I spent 4 different days with Hugo hiking into Machu Picho, Rainbow Mountain, and on a beautiful, secluded hike to the Sun Gate above Ollantayambo. Hugo made everything easy with private car pick ups from the airport, and he is very knowledgable about the history of every place. I would hire Hugo again anytime when I go back to Peru. Thank you my brother! Ahram + Jennie
Andrew De Donato
Andrew De Donato
October 14, 2021.
Fantastic Tour on Short Notice Hugo was a fantastic guide to spend the day with. He met us in the morning at our hostel in Aguas Calientes and helped us get set up for the day as we picked up some last minute items like snacks, water, and insect repellant. We took the bus to Machu Picchu together and once we got to the site, he provided a really in-depth and interesting tour. He had great answers to every follow up question we had, took fantastic photos throughout the day, and was generally just a really nice and helpful person! I learned so much and will definitely use Cusco Local Friend again next time I visit. I should also add that I originally reached out to him only two days before we were slated to be in Aguas Calientes and he was easy to work with on such short notice and able to source some hard-to-find entry tickets for the time we wanted to visit.
Jessica K
Jessica K
August 17, 2021.
MAGICAL TOUR DURING OUR AMAZING HONEYMOON!! Hugo was truly our Local Friend! We had an amazing tour of Machu Picchu that made our Honeymoon even more fantastic than it already was. He gave us some very interesting and amazing details about the ruins and Incan culture. We would love to return to Peru to learn more and hop on another one of his tours. On top of everything, he even met up with us the next day to help us in Cusco get our Covid Antigen tests so we could fly home (We originally didn't know we needed them to return). Absolutely fun and professional man. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
July 15, 2021.
Best tour experience ever! The best thing I can say about our 3 days touring with Hugo is that we left having made a great friend and look very forward to seeing him again. He led us on sensational tours of Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras, Chinchero, Pisca, Rainbow Mountains and gave us valuable advice, counsel, and information for our self guided tour of Machu Picchu. Every day seemed to exceed the grandeur and historical significance of the previous day. Each day, with Hugo's terrific guiding, we found ourselves more captivated with Peru and it's history. Hugo is incredibly well versed in the history and lore of the Cusco region and is thoughtful and engaging in sharing his knowledge. He adjusted our tours to meet our needs, interests, age and fitness levels. He was always gracious, thoughtful, kind and understanding. If we were ahead of schedule Hugo always had an additional archeological site or worthwhile additional "something" to see. Sarah and I have travelled throughout the US, Scandinavia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. This was the single greatest travel experience we've shared. And a great deal of the credit is due to Hugo's thoughtful, caring personality and his singular interest in making each of his participants have a fully developed, well organized, educational, and enjoyable experience. I can't make a stronger recommendation than to say using any other tour service in the Cusco region would diminish your experience compared to what Hugo and Cusco Local Friends would give you.

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