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Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu Hike w/Hotel

2 day Inca Trail tour | Starting From: $ 650.00 per person

Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Chachabamba - Wiñaywayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu Hike w/Hotel

Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu Hike w/Hotel

2 day Inca Trail tour

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Activity Type
Hiking, Archaeology & Cultural
Max Altitude
2,720 m / 8,924 ft
Activity Level
Group Size
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl

Short Inca Trail Trek - 2 Day Inca Trek to Machu Picchu

Hike ancient footsteps along the original Inca Trail from KM104 to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail 2 days – Embark on a short Inca Trail hike experience or 2 day Inca Trail tour, also called as Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and hike Peru’s famous Inca Trail to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu with our knowledgeable Trek Leaders and live a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you embark on an exciting Inca Trail Express trek, which offers the best sections of the wonderful four-day trek into a couple of days.

The Inca Trail is the ultimate hike to walk in ancient footsteps to the magical, mystical Machu Picchu, and discover the most famous trek in South America. Short on time? Not problem! The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a great way to get a taste of Peru’s most famous hike even if you’re short on time, are not up to a multi-day camping trip, or if the 4-day hike is sold out.

Besides, this Inca Trail short trek is perfect for those looking for adventure, excitement, and a greater understanding of Peruvian history and culture in a short amount of time. Also perfect for those with limited time but a strong desire to hike to Machu Picchu or for those visitors who wish to arrive to the awe-inspiring “lost city” of Machu Picchu by foot through Inti Punku “The Sun Gate”, and see Machu Picchu in all its majesty and grandeur, and live a unique experience in a lifetime.

Embark on this once in a lifetime trek along the 2 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with a 100% Local Peruvian Tour Operator! Get a taste of the Classic Inca Trail, visit Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna and walk through Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate, into the wonder of Machu Picchu, the most famous archaeological site in Peru and, arguably, all of South America.

Enjoy the sunset in Machu Picchu on the first day with a few visitors around, spend the night in the charming Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) and arrive early on the second day to beat the crowds at the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and witness the amazing sunrise surrounded by majestic Andean peaks like Machu Picchu Mountain and Wayna Picchu Mountain.

Despite the short trek time, when you hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, you’ll experience a train journey trip and all the highlights of the real Inca trail with unique beautiful scenery and archaeological complexes, and have the privilege of seeing the new 7th wonder of the world “Machu Picchu” in the Afternoon and also visiting it the next morning.

In addition, this trek includes lodging at a nice hotel in Aguas Calientes before waking up for the bid day, and enjoy a rewarding dinner at the best restaurant in the town after your day of trekking before heading a good night’s sleep.

Trip Details for Short Inca Trail Hike 2 Days

Service Level – Upgraded Comfort

Experience our comfort trips or premium short Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu led by Peru Spirit Adventure experts, an experienced crew at your side, or top trip leaders/guides. This short 2-day/1-night Inca Trail itinerary are carefully crafted and fully planned, with plenty of free time to roam, to let you hike at your own pace, with a private tour guide to support you.

Short Inca Trail Difficulty

The short Inca trail 2 days difficulty is classified as an easy-moderate ★★★☆☆ trek with minimal altitude gain and is recommended for travellers in a good physical state. If you are fairly fit, take regular exercise and do not have weight problems or problems with your knees or ankles so, this Inca trail short trek is perfect for you.

Limited Spaces

Yes. To protect the historical trail, or trail network of Inca footpaths called Qhapaq Ñan, meaning “Royal Road,” and because of the high demand of the route, the limit of spaces for the Inca Trail 2 day trek is 250 per day. That is why you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up 2 to 3 months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.

Group Size – Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl

Minimum of 02 passengers is required for trek departure. We are happy to arrange private/customized treks and itineraries for family groups, couple travelers, friends, or solo travelers – please email us for more details at, you are welcome to our trips! Maximum trekkers per group: 08 people (special, private party groups can exceed maximum).


Private Transfer by Car/ Van from Cusco to Train Station, Ride on the Train to Km 104 “Inca Trail Entrance,” Hiking/Trekking, Archaeological Site Tours, Nature, Cultural Adventures.


Since the short Inca Trail trek is carried out at a much lower altitude than the classic 4-day Inca Trail; you do not need to worry about acclimatization as much, although many people still find themselves short of breath when arriving at Wiñay Wayna so this trek should certainly not be considered an easy option. We recommend 1-day in Cusco before embarking on the Sacred Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


This 2-day Inca Trail tour or 2-day hike to Machu Picchu includes one night accommodation in a nice and comfortable 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes (based on double occupancy and triple occupancy in case of families or friends) with breakfast included and private bathroom, hot shower, Wi-Fi, breakfast, as well as luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu. You can also book the tour without hotel, if you prefer to book it on your own. Just let us know.

Important Note

While we expect the Short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company. Force Majeure is any event that Peru Spirit Adventure cannot even with all due care foresee, control or avoid.

What's it like

With this short 2-day/1-night Inca Trail adventure or 2-day Machu Picchu hike with a hotel, See the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu Twice!

Enjoy a gorgeous 2-day hike to Machu Picchu along the original Inca Trail without missing out on any beautiful views with our 2 day Inca Trail tour – short version!

Discover Peru’s iconic Machu Picchu by embarking on the awe-inspiring journey of a lifetime along the ancient Inca Trail and witness expansive mountain views, lush subtropical vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties, and explore some impressive Incan archaeological sites along the way, and enjoying beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks, natural streams, and waterfall.

The two-day Inca trail Tour to Machu Picchu is a unique opportunity for those who may not have as much time to hike the entire Inca Trail. Short on time but want to experience the Inca Trail?? No worries… Peru Spirit Adventure can work with you and your schedule to ensure an amazing experience in a short time frame.

This 2-day trek is not very challenging, which makes it perfect for families with children and travelers on a tight time schedule. However, we still recommend that you be well prepared and healthy prior to starting the trek. This is a non-camping trip, and the hike is available for all ages with an adventurous spirit.

Come and embark on our Short Inca Trail tour of 2 days and 1 night to Machu Picchu and have an unforgettable trip experience with the 2 day Inca Trail tour operator.

Highlights 2-Day Short Inca Trail

  • Embark on a 2-day Inca Trail hike and explore the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in a 2-day hike and visit Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Sun Gate (Intipunku), and Machu Picchu.
  • Travel to the heart of the ancient Incan Empire and trek to the iconic Machu Picchu in just two days and experience everything wonderful about the last stretch of the classic 4-day trek in a couple of days.
  • Venture into the Andes mountains in the Cusco region of Southern Peru and experience the famous Inca Trail and the magic of Machu Picchu with our exclusive 2-day Short Inca Trail tour.
  • Hike the short version of the Inca Trail at your own pace with an exclusive tour guide and visit really beautiful ruins on the Inca Trail, like Winaywayna, and then have the unforgettable tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Discover the best of the famous Inca Trail in a shorter timeframe, witness all the beauty of our flora and fauna and experience both sunset and sunrise views at Machu Picchu on this 2-Day Guided Tour with hotel accommodations.
  • Soak in views of snow-capped Andean peaks and awe-inspiring ruins sites as you embark on an Andean trekking adventure to Machu Picchu with an authentic Local Tour Operator from Cusco city.
  • Enter Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun, as Inca emperors and nobles once did and get the most spectacular first well-earned view of the Lost City of the Incas from above.
  • Experience our Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu in a Private Tour or Small Group Tour for a personalized service with your own private tour guide, learn the history of Machu Picchu and hike at your pace.

Itinerary At a Glance

  • DAY
    Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 104 – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

    Start in Cusco around 4:00 am and drive to Ollantaytambo to take the first train to the Short Inca Trail – Km 104. Hike along the original Inca Trail through gorgeous landscapes surrounded by gigantic mountains and lush vegetation for about 7 hours to Machu Picchu.

    Explore fascinating Inca archaeological sites like Chachabamba, astounding Wiñay Wayna, which means “Eternal Youth” and and learn all about the ancient culture of the Incas from our expert local guide, and then you’ll have time to connect with nature and Mother Earth in the most stunning landscape.

    After hiking about 4 hours, enjoy your packed lunch in the middle of the rolling hills before walking up to the Inti Punku or “The Sun Gate” and get your first impressive view of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

    The view from the Sun Gate, or “Inti Punku” in Quechua, it’s a dreamy landscape without a doubt, so make sure you soak it up before you hike down toward the iconic Machu Picchu Citadel, taking in magnificent panoramic views along the way, arrive in the afternoon and enjoy Machu Picchu almost empty.

    Later, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Dinner in a local restaurant, and spend the night in a hotel before waking up early to beat the crowd at the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

  • DAY
    Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

    On the last day, you will wake up early. have breakfast at the hotel, and take the first buses to Machu Picchu for 25 minutes and then see the stunning sunrise at Machu Picchu surrounded by gigantic mountains and lush subtropical vegetation – an awesomely magical experience!

    Then, explore the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu – one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World and Latin America’s top touristic destination, with your private local guide and learn its history, secrets, and the importance of the fortress before coming back to Aguas Calientes.

    After enjoying a 2.5-hour guided tour at remarkable temples and plazas in this magical and sacred wonder of Machu Picchu —Peru’s top tourist destination. Take more time by yourself to see as much as possible and venture on an additional hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain.

    Make the most of your time here before going down to have lunch in the town of Aguas Calientes, and in the afternoon board the train to return to Ollantaytambo and then our private transportation will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Arrive in Cusco around 07:00 pm.

    This trip of a lifetime is a must and doable when you don’t have long in Cusco

Full Itinerary of the Short Inca Trail Tour

Pre-departure briefing: We’ll meet you at your hotel in Cusco for an orientation the night before your 2-day Inca Trail tour or 2 day hike to Machu Picchu to go over the itinerary and you can take this opportunity to ask final questions and make any final preparations. The meeting will be at 5:30 pm the evening before the trip begins. In case you can´t at this time “please let us know” to coordinate another time.

DAY 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Sun Gate/ Inti Punku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

To begin your adventure of 2-day Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco around 4:00 am. You’ll then drive for around one and a half hours to the Ollantaytambo train station. If your hotel is located in the Sacred Valley or Ollantaytambo, the pick-up could be around 5.00 am or 5:30 am.

For all travelers hiking the Short Inca Trail, we recommend staying the day before somewhere closer to the train station in Ollantaytambo; you can save 1.5 hours of travel from Cusco. If you participate in a tour like Sacred Valley the day before, you can request the drop-off in Ollantaytambo and spend the night in a hotel.

Peru Spirit Adventure will pick you up from any location in Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo or Cusco. The pickup times will be confirmed at your briefing, as they might fluctuate based on where you are staying.

After driving in a conformable private transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, you’ll have a few minutes to make any last-minute purchases and then before boarding the Expedition Class Train at 6:10 am, we will provide your box lunch, which you carry in your daypack to enjoy later on.

You will then enjoy a 1 hour and 20 minute leisurely train ride along the Urubamba River and through the Peruvian Andes, with phenomenal views of snow-capped mountains to the lush jungle, brimming with orchids and ferns until the beginning of the 2-day Short Inca Trail hike, called KM 104 – Chachabamba, located in the cloud forest at 2,100m/6,927ft!

Once we disembark after a train journey, we will cross the Urubamba River over a picturesque footbridge and head straight to the checkpoint at Chachabamba to start your Short Inca trail Trek.

Please note that you will need the original passport to pass the checkpoint. Just make sure to carry your passport and (we take care of all the necessary paperwork at the time of booking and all these documents will be carried by your tour guide).

Once you and your tour guide pass through an Inca Trail checkpoint, your tour guide will tell you a brief orientation about the details of the trail, and have time to prepare for the hike, use the restrooms, apply Sunscreen, bug spray/repellent, and warm up.

Our first stop on the trek will be at the beautiful Inca site of Chachabamba, that consists in having temples, the main patio, sacred rock, etc. In addition, you will be immersed in the stunning landscape as you’re surrounded by lush vegetation and towering mountains watching over you.

After learning the history of the archaeological site of Chachabamba from your guide and exploring the beautiful Inca site, we continue the hike along an ancient Inca Trail abandoned in the 16th century, with stops at several outlooks to enjoy an expansive view of the Urubamba River.

Afterwards, we will continue walking the first section of the Short Inca Trail is a gradual uphill hike for 4 hours with some flat parts, spectacular scenery, waterfalls, and lovely views of the Sacred Valley abound as we rise up the mountainside, until we arrive at Wiñay Wayna (2,650m / 8,695ft), which means ‘forever young or the place that never gets old;’ this is one of the most beautiful Inca sites on the Classic Inca Trail.

At the archeological site of Wiñay Wayna, we will take some time to explore this stunning Incan complex and learn the fascinating history of this amazing Inca ruins and discover a ritual water fountain, a temple dedicated to the forces of nature and the beautiful agricultural platforms while enjoying spectacular views of the Andes.

Also, take some time to relax, unwind in peace, and connect to Mother Nature through birdsong and soft whisper of the wind. A little further on, we’ll spot the campsite where those doing the Classic Inca Trail spend the night. Here, you’ll have time to enjoy the tasty box lunch we’ve prepared for you and chill out.

Once fed, we’ll continue our gentle hike for about for about 1 hour and 20 minutes to the Sun Gate / Inti Punku (2,700m / 8,858ft) to catch your first glimpse of the Lost City of the Incas – a truly unforgettable sight; from where you get your first outstanding view of Machu Picchu, with all its incredible architecture, and beautiful mountains surrounding the area.

We will arrive at Sun Gate around 3 pm when the crowds from Machu Picchu have left; allowing you time to gaze on Machu Picchu and get the perfect picture. After taking photos and exploring the area, it’s another one-hour downhill walk from the Sun Gate to the ancient Inca citadel, with breathtaking views, and you’ll also able to watch the magical golden light of the sun setting on the immerse stone walls for some tranquility.

Once we arrive at Machu Picchu – Wonder of the World, we will take our time to take more pictures from the viewing platforms above the site, as the afternoon is usually less crowded. After taking photos, we’ll then take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town and head to your hotel, have dinner in a local restaurant, and spend the night in a 3-star hotel.

Dinner is served in top-rated restaurants in the town, following dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.

  • Highest elevation: 2,720m / 8,924 ft
  • Lowest elevation: 2,100m/6,927ft
  • Total Walking Distance: 12 km /7.5 miles
  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, and dinner
  • Accommodation: La Cabaña (or similar)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

After a well-deserved night’s rest, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Today, you’ll be wandering the mysterious streets of the majestic historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World and an unmatched sample of the Inca Culture in America!

On our final day of the Short Inca Trail tour, we will get up very early to have breakfast at your hotel and then take a short walk from your hotel to catch a bus that’ll take us on a 25-minute drive to the entrance of the Machu Picchu Inca citadel. We’ll enter juts before the sun comes up and paints the fortress with a gorgeous golden hue.

After passing the Machu Picchu checkpoint, you’ll walk for a few minutes to watch the spectacular sunrise over Machu Picchu on a clear day. This is truly an unforgettable sight. After soaking it all in and taking your first few photographs. Onward, your tour guide will take you on a 2-hour private guided tour of the amazing Inca site by the CIRCUIT #3.

You’ll be visiting the most important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel, with a private exclusive Peru Spirit Adventure’s tour guide, including the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of the Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the Houses of the Inca and learn the history of Machu Picchu from your local expert.

Once the tour is up, before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore, or climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña (tickets must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your tour guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included).

Those who have tickets to Huayna Picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half round-trip, and you’ll need up to 3 hours for Machu Picchu Mountain and will experience more stunning views of the whole Inca city.

When you’re ready to leave, it’ll be time to head back down to Aguas Calientes. You will have time to explore the town, choose the restaurant of your preference, and buy souvenirs in the local market.

Optional: After the Machu Picchu tour, you can hike down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes using the Hiram Bingham original trail; on the way, you can visit the Machu Picchu museum, butterfly station and enjoy the fantastic views.

Later in the afternoon, you will board the Expedition Class Train at 14:55 pm or 15:20 pm (subject to availability) for return trip to Ollantaytambo, and then a private transport will be there to pick you up and take you back to your hotel. The arrival time to Cusco is around 07:00 pm.

  • Altitude: 2400 m / 7874 ft
  • Duration:2-3 hours tour in Machu Picchu
  • Meals: Breakfast (hotel)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On the 2-day Inca Trail hike, we will be doing the CIRCUIT #3 and there is no way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • OPTIONAL extra tickets for Machu Picchu (Circuit #1 or #2) will cost $55 USD per person
  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 14:55pm or 15:20pm, 16:22pm, or 16:43pm. The cost is $70 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized by requested and it has to be done by booking time.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on availability and let us know about it at booking time

Now it’s time to enjoy a thoroughly deserved rest and put your feet up. Your trip might be over, but your heart will be thumping for many years to come as you look back fondly on your incredible adventure.


Included in the Short Inca Trail

Pre-Trek briefing: Your trekking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby in Cusco the night before the trek to go over the itinerary and you’ll able to take this opportunity to ask final questions and make any final preparations. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins. In case you can´t at this time “please let us know” to coordinate another time.

Professional & Experienced Guide: Our expert guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Our local guides are chosen for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. Some of them with more than 10 years of experience leading travelers in the mountains of Machu Picchu are here to take you to explore the Short Inca Trail Trek and get the most out of Machu Picchu. They will keep you safe and comfortable on your trek so you can enjoy your time along the Inca path and will ensure that you are safe and happy.

Permits & Entrance Tickets: As soon as we receive your complete information and the deposit that secures your reservation, we’ll purchase all the necessary permits (subject to availability). These permits are issued for a specific date and will be in your name. They cannot be changed once confirmed. Change of passport number is only allowed for renewal reasons. In that case, you must bring both your old and new passport. The permit includes an entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site.

Transportation: You’ll be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco around 4 am in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Ollantaytambo Train Station to board the Expedition Class Train at 6:10 am and brought to KM 104 (Starting point of the trek). The train back from Machu Picchu town “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo will be on the Expedition Class Train at 14:55 pm or 15:20 pm (subject to availability). You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome train for $75 per person for the same time, 14:55 pm or 15:20 pm. Once you arrive at the train station, we’ll pick you up and drive to Cusco in our private van, arriving to your hotel in Cusco at 19:00 pm – 19:30 pm. Additionally, your Short Inca Trail 2 days trek includes bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 1, and round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu ruins on day 2.

Hotel: This trek includes one-night accommodation in a nice and comfortable three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy) with private bathroom, hot shower, Wi-Fi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu. You can also book the tour without hotel, if you prefer to book hotel on your own. Just let us know

Meals: We will provide 1 box lunch to enjoy on the way to Machu Picchu, 1 dinner at the best restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes called Indio Feliz, 1 breakfast at your hotel in Aguas Calientes. Please be in mind (Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 2 after Machu Picchu is not included)

Medical Kit & Oxygen bottle: Your trekking guide will carry a first-aid kit, including an emergency oxygen bottle to face basic emergencies. If something does happen, which is rare.

No Included in the Short Inca Trail

  • Hotel before/after the trek
  • 1st breakfast and last lunch after Machu Picchu on 2nd day of the trek is not included
  • Hiking poles: You can rent a set from our company if you would like
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required): Recommended for those who live at sea-level, landing in Cusco will take an adjustment period. Most people need one or two days to adjust. In case you have a hard time adjusting to the altitude, it is suggested to have protection for missed tours.
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It’s a 45-minute hike to the top of Huayna Picchu. The views of Machu Picchu from the top are incredible. However, if you’re afraid of heights you need to be warned that coming back down the path is quite steep. If you decide to take this hike then you would it after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75 per person and arrangements need to be made at least one or two months in advance due to popularity. Huayna Picchu mountain has a 400 permit per day limit which is divided into two groups of 200-person, the first group between 7:00 am to 8:00 am, and the second group between 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
  • Gratuities: Tipping is usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering their hard work. Please feel free to tip or not as you wish, and should be based completely on your satisfaction.
  • Flights: Flights to Cusco are a bit complicated because delays often occur and it is not uncommon for flights to be canceled. LATAM Peru the most reliable of airlines, AVIANCA, and Peruvian Airlines are acceptable companies.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control: Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy change, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

Packing List for the Short Inca Trail 2 days tour

During the Short Inca Trail, remember there will be no porters to help you carry your belongings, so you should try and pack as lightly as possible. A light packpack is a key to feeling great and enjoy this emazing hike. The box lunch also will be carried by each tourist.

We recommend you bring a good quality daypack that is light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger packs can not be taken into Machu Picchu; you must store them outside the gates.

If you require a personal porter, this can be requested when booking for an extra charge. However, we do not recommend it as we can even send some of your belonging directly to the hotel by train.

What do you need to take for the Short Inca Trail 2 days?
  • Original passport (a copy will not be accepted), passports must be valid for 6 months beyond the date the traveler will enter Peru (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both).
  • Valid Student Card (if you booked as a student), the original student card must be issued by the university up to the age of 25, containing the following: university information, personal information of the student, photo of the student, and a valid date no greater than December 31 of the current year.
  • Hiking boots for the Short Inca trail, you’ll need to ensure comfortable shoes/flip-flops or Sturdy Hiking boots.
  • A good quality daypack, lightweight and comfortable, with enough room to carry water, snacks, and a few other essentials (if not waterproof bring waterproof backpack cover or a poncho that will cover your backpack)
  • Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s); 1-liter water bottles work very well, 2 of them to have the 2 liters recommended. Plastic disposable bottles are prohibited in Machu Picchu; make sure you have reusable containers.
  • 2 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts work best) and one pair of hiking pants/trousers
  • A change of clothes for walking around Machu Picchu
  • Toiletries, sunscreen, lip balm, and bug spray
  • Rain gear and warm layers
Others for the Short Inca Trail
  • Sun protection (Hat, bandana, and sunglasses)
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent sunburn
  • Hand sanitizer, Toilet paper
  • Plenty of socks
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medication
  • Band-aids, moleskin
  • Camera, extra batteries for Machu Picchu
  • Additional snacks, power bars, chocolates, dry fruits
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, and tips during the Short Inca Trail
  • Swimsuit for hot springs in Machu Picchu Pueblo (optional)


Price of the “Short Inca Trail hike 2 days to Machu Picchu”

The “short Inca Trail trek or Inca Trail 2 Days Hike to Machu Picchu” can leave any day of the week as long as permits are available, from March through January. We don’t run this trek in February because of the rainy season & maintenance.

Prices per person in USD, based on the group size, the larger the group the lower the price per person.

The Short Inca Trail 2 days, 1-night tour to Machu Picchu is organized in a small group travel service and custom private trips, fully supported by private experienced staff. Please take a look below and choose one of them and select your travel date and join our upcoming amazing journeys.

  • $650 USD per person

*** With one-night accommodation in a nice and comfortable three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes (based on double occupancy and triple occupancy in case of families or friends) with private bathroom, hot shower, Wi-Fi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu. If you wish to have a single room, there is a $60 surcharge for a single room (prices vary by hotel). It is also possible to book this tour without a hotel for $60 off our price (per person)

*** Our small group tour or trek depart with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 8 guests. We only need a minimum of two people in order to book! No problem if your date does not match with other listed fixed departures, we can open a new departure just with you on any date you wish. Feel free to email us or call us at +51 957 326998 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

  • Price for 6-8 trekkers: 650 USD per person
  • Price for 3-5 trekkers: 690 USD per person
  • Price for 2 trekkers: 750 USD per person

Why Private? If you choose “private”, no additional people will be joining your group, no matter the size. Private Tour – Only You and Your Party

Advantages of booking this trip in Private Service

  • Flexibility on travel dates (you decide when to start your journey)
  • Make stops at your will.
  • Take your time to take pictures.
  • Go at your own pace.
  • Totally customizable.
How to make reservations?

Please contact us through this page by filling out the ENQUIRY form, ask first for availability, and we will give you all the information on how to book “the Short Inca Trail, a One Day Inca Trail Hike” and once we agree, you will book the requested tour, otherwise we cannot assure availability.

When you contact us, to check the availability of Inca Trail and Permits 2023 and 2024. Please specify: trekking program, number of people in the trek, departure date, and if you want to book in group tour service (Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl) or go in private tour (Only you and your group).

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Equipment Available for Rent
  • Walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
Service Upgrades
  • Aguas Calientes Hotel Upgrade
  • If you’d like more flexibility in your return travel to Cusco, consider upgrading to the Vistadome train (Executive Class). This upgrade must be requested at time of booking.
Optional Activities
  • Extra Day at Machu Picchu
  • If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
    • Huayna Picchu is optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.
  • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
  • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
  • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.


Thank you for your interest in having and adventure travel experience on the Short Inca Trail hike or 2 Day Hike to Machu Picchu curated by Peru Spirit Adventure, a local 100% Peruvian Tour Operator, based in the imperial city of Cusco.

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    Peru Spirit Adventure is a family owned travel agency and a local tour operator based in Cusco, Peru, in the Ancient Capital of the Inca Empire! Peru Spirit Adventure was founded by a Peruvian with over many years of guiding experience, and is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.

    We are an agency with a great spirit of adventure and passionate about travel, dedicated to offer the best tourist services, to take you to discover the vast riches, natural and archaeological of each corner of the country.

    We provide high quality service as well as focusing on having small groups to enhance the travel experience and customize any tour or trek to suit your travel, fitness, budget, and time preferences. This is what makes us stand out from other tour operators.

    We create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE. Our guides in Peru are hand selected by the owners of Peru Spirit Adventure. All guides for our tours and treks are native to Peru and speak fluent English to ensure excellent communication and a positive experience overall.

    We pride ourselves on providing 5 star service before, during, and after your trip. Peru Spirit Adventure is dedicated to excellent customer service and adventure experiences. We have been awarded from Trip Advisor the Certificate of Excellence for the last three years. Please check out our reviews and certificates of excellence on, TRIPADVISOR for yourself!

    We are direct operators of all the tours and treks we offer, from family trips, honeymoon trips and luxury travel, including adventure tours to Peruvian Andes. Please email us to customize your trip in Peru.

    Our tours & treks are operated in private service with a mínimum of 2 people to confirm the departure – Max 8 / Average 4 guests, ensuring a small group feel and specialized attention.

    We are a responsible and sustainable tour operator – Our mission is to provide exceptional tours, treks, and adventure trips. During our trips, we make every effort to minimize negative impacts and maximize the benefits to the local people and natural environments we visit. We pay fair, livable wages, ensuring we hire and maintain the absolute best guides and support staff. We are proud of our team without them, we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clie

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    Thank you for booking and/or traveling on a Peru Spirit Adventure tour with Peru Spirit Adventure. We are 100% local Cusqueñan company and legally recognized by Peruvian law. These Terms and Conditions apply to any travel products and/or services purchased from Peru Spirit Adventure. A contract is entered into once PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE receives your booking form and deposit, and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE. All Peru Spirit Adventure based treks and tours are operated by Peru Spirit Adventure.


    To reserve any of our tours and treks services, the customer must submit his or her personal information and a deposit. The personal information we require is the following: Full name (as appears on passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Gender, and Passport number.

    • A picture of their passport photo page. A camera phone picture or similar is acceptable.

    Once the customer confirms their reservation, we will send an email within 24 hours with a confirmation of their tour or trek and the deposit amount and also, details of the services included and not included in the service price. Once we send this information to the customer, if we do not receive any response from the customer it will be assumed by the company that the customer has accepted all terms and conditions. We provide a full pre-tour briefing at your hotel in Cusco. This gives the customer the chance to ask any questions they may have about the tour or trek itinerary.— ABOUT THE BRIEFING: The night before your tour or trek, there will be a pre-tour talk (briefing) at your hotel in Cusco at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. (exact time will be confirmed by email). Once you receive your briefing time, if we do not hear back we will assume it is confirmed by you. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing. If your tour or trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

    • Please note that it is difficult to change the briefing time and date at short notice. Therefore, if we receive a request for a briefing change less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled briefing, we most likely will not be able to change the briefing time or date. We will, however, do everything we can to change to try and accommodate the schedule change.


    We use PayPal for sending deposits, that way you can use your credit card. There is a 6% fee for deposits using PayPal (for the international transfer). We also use Western Union for sending deposits, Deposits through Western Union have variable fees. The deposit amount depends on the type of itinerary you will book, as follows;

    • For all trek and multi-day tours, we require a deposit of $250 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For the Rainbow Mountain tours & hikes we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For the Humantay Lake Day Trip, we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For the Sacred Valley Tours & Trips, we require a deposit of $100 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For the Cusco Half Day Tours, we require a deposit of $50 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For large groups, we accept wire transfer for deposits and final balances due. If you would like more information about the wire transfer option, please email us at

    FINAL PAYMENTS: We accept cash and PayPal for final payments. A client may not depart for the tour or trek until payment in full is received, either in cash or by PayPal.

    • Cash payments are due the day before tour or trek departure and can be paid at the pre-tour or trek briefing. We accept US dollars and Peruvian soles for cash payments. If you will pay in US dollars. Take note. The Peruvian banks are extremely strict about the “quality” of dollars they will accept. Therefore, we have to request that your bills are what they call “unbroken”. Broken bills will not be accepted. Broken means — any tear (even as small as 3 mm) or excessive wrinkling
    • PayPal payments are due one week before the tour or trek departure. a) There is an 8% fee on balance due payments using PayPal. b) If the balance via PayPal is not paid by 3 days prior to trek departure, the PayPal fee will be 10%. Our PayPal email is:
    • All banking fees will be covered by the client



    • Notification of cancellation must always be made in writing by the person that made the booking and paid the deposit to


    • Your deposit for the tours and treks are 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are no exceptions due to the fact, that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE expends a great deal of expense purchasing permits, entrance tickets, and making deposits for reservations or services, most of which are non-changeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable by government regulation. We also do not accept medical notes of any kind, as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.


    • Cancellations made 30 days in advance have no charge (with the exception of the non-refundable deposit) with the following exception:
    • Inca Trail treks
    • In the case of cancellation, the customer will not receive a refund of their deposit
    • If the customer cancels between 30 and 10 days before their trek, they must pay 50% of the total trip cost.
    • If the customer cancels between 10 and 3 days before their trek, they must pay 80% of the total cost.
    • If the customer cancels 2 days or less before their trek, they must pay 100% of the total cost.
    • In the exceptional case that a customer decides to leave once they have started the trek, no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional expenses they incur such as food, lodging, and transportation. On the last day, the customer will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
    • If after the tour has started a client cannot participate in the trek or tour (due to sickness, physical problems, etc.) no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional costs they incur for transportation, lodging, and food. On the last day, the tourist will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
    • In the case of natural disaster that prevents a service being completed, the customer will receive a 50% refund.
    • In the case of a natural disaster that requires a change in the trek route, but the trek is still completed, there will be no refund.
    • In the very unlikely circumstance that your service is not completed due to a fault of Peru Spirit Adventure, you will receive a full refund (including your deposit).


    • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Peru Spirit Adventure (or any agency).
    • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
    • Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.


    • Please note that for the Inca Trail, permits are not-changeable, not-transferable, and not-refundable. Dates can never be changed by government policy.

    With the exception of the Inca Trail treks, we are generally able to change a trek date.

    • To change the date of your non-Inca Trail trek, there is a fee of US $75 per person if the change occurs more than 30 days prior to trek departure.
    • If the change occurs 21 to 30 days prior to trek departure, the fee is US $100 per person.
    • If the change occurs 10 to 20 days before trek departure, the fee is US $150 per person.
    • Changes less than 10 days prior to trek departure will have varying fees, which can be discussed at the time the change is being made.
    • Changes made must be to another group trek for a minimum of 2 individuals. If a single traveler needs to change dates, and there is not an existing option for that date, the change will not be possible.


    • We highly recommend travel insurance for all of our customers.
    • Coverage should include baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance should reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as covering any medical or emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during your trip.
    • In the case of illness or injury on one of our treks or tours, we are trained to provide emergency first aid and arrange transportation to a proper medical facility. However, we are not responsible for the cost of those transportation services or the cost of medical care.


    • Once you book your tour, we send your information immediately to “Machu Picchu Park” in order for permits to be issued as soon as possible.
    • You will need to bring your actual passport for all services. A photocopy will not be accepted.
    • The information we will to Machu Picchu Park includes your full name, passport number, nationality, gender, and age. That information cannot be modified.
      • The only exception is in the case of a changed passport number due to renewal.
        • If your passport number changes between reserving your spot and the start of your trek, you will need to bring your old as well as your new passport to the start of the Trek.
      • If any of the information on your passport does not match the information we were previously provided, you won’t be able to start the trek.
    • If you arrive in Cusco and did not advise us that you have a new passport number, and that your information has changed, Peru Spirit Adventure will not be held responsible. In this situation it will be the responsibility of the customer to pay the extra expense of returning to Cusco or Machu Picchu (transportation, food and other expenses).

    TRAVEL IN PERU: Peru Spirit Adventure operates in regions, where standards of accommodation can vary. Transportation and other services might not be like those you would normally have back home. However, we strive with all due care and skill, to provide the best service for our clients. Traveling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humor and an understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances or occurrences beyond our control. For example: a strike, protest, landslide, bad weather, etc. (Force Majeure). By booking any of our tours & treks, you agree to allow Peru Spirit Adventure to make necessary changes without liability.


    Force Majeure is any event that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE cannot with all due care foresee, control or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat of war, riot, civil strike, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel trips. (This is a last option, of course!)


    By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequirao, Rainbow Mountain trek and more) you assume the risks associated with personal accidents, medical emergencies, air travel problems etc. For these treks, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE Agency accepts no responsibility.


    • You must advise Peru Spirit Adventure of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
    • You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
    • All balances need to be paid in either cash or PayPal (see “FINAL PAYMENTS” section above).
    • In order to receive a student discount, you must send your valid University ID to Peru Spirit Adventure at the time of booking. ID must have your name, photo and valid expiration date. Any card without an expiration date will not be accepted. You will then be required to bring your student card with you on the trek – they will not allow you to pass through the checkpoint without this original card.
    • You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
    • Cancellations: Your deposit is 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are absolutely no exceptions (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us (see “CANCELLATION FEES” section above).
    • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE (or any agency).
    • All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
    • If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter airlifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment.
    • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Peru Spirit Adventure cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
    • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
    • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.


    • We strongly suggest spending time at high altitude (above 3000 meters / 9842 feet)- in Cusco or another high altitude area for a minimum of 2- 4 days before undertaking your trip. This is in order to minimize the possible effects of altitude sickness. By drinking plenty of fluids, adding sugar to your drinks, eating food high in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drinking coca tea (ancient traditional leaf) will help your body acclimatize.
    • We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure because occasionally we need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see ‘Force Majeure’ section below)


    You accept and grant to Peru Spirit Adventure – Tour Operator the right to use your images, photos, and videos that show or describe during your participation in any tour, trekking or adventure, in any advertising of any type, without payment of any additional consideration.

    Thanks again for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you in Cusco!

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