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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes you to very close to the natural and Cultural landscape. Trek the short Inca Trail also gives you unique chance to explore the culture of the Incas in Peru!… Reserve in advance

Short Inca Trail is a trek to Machu Picchu in Peru where all trekkers must hike with a licensed Travel agency; and where there is a limit of 250 people per day. The Short Inca Trail or the Sacred Inca Trail is for customers with altitude difficulties; it’s great option for families with the aim of trekking to Machu Picchu in two days.  A wonderful landscape dominates this region. This popular trekking package with full of amazing landscape, diverse culture and series of beautiful mountain range is operating by “Sunrise Peru Trek”.

The Short Inca Trail will reward you with a stunning combination of the region’s mountains views, Inca ruins and cloud wonderful forests where a large quantity of wild live lives like different varieties of birds and hummingbirds. Our organized Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts in the zone of Chachabamba known as the km.104; then, you’re going to trek gradually up to “Inti Punku” or Sungate (2,750m – the highest point); from where you can see Machu Picchu, from here the walk continues for 30 minutes down to Machu Picchu.

Furthermore, the Vilcabamba mountain range is famous for trekking in Peru; and The Short Inca Trail lies in the Heart of this picturesque range. This trek is famous by saying the Short Inca Trail among the nature and culture lovers; it’s an adventure and a unique, famous and wonderful experience for the trekkers both by cultural and natural point of view. The Short Inca Trail offers the sunrise and sunset with magical as you watch the sun dance on the iconic Machu Picchu. The trail up is often steep and the trek is perhaps one of the moderate treks. If you allow the time to ascend at your own pace; this trek is open to the moderately fit.

During the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu we include hotel of 3-stars category near the Machu Picchu Inca Sanctuary.

Short Inca Trail


Short Inca Trail Overview

Duration: 2 days and 1 night.
Starting and Ending Point: Cusco Hotel
Type of Tour: Adventure and Cultural.
Transport: Bus, trekking and train.
Hotel Options: We use basic hotels that includes breakfast, hot showers and private bathrooms; if you would like higher level, please let us know.
When to go: Best from April to October.
Altitude: From 2,100 masl to 2,750 masl.
Difficulty: Easy –  Moderate.
Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 26 ºC.
Important: We recommend that you stay in the town of Ollantaytambo, the night before the trek, because the train leaves from this place.


Two-day or Short Inca Trail is our most popular adventure program in the region of Cusco Peru. If you are short on time (or energy!!!) you can still enjoy part of the Inca Trail , visit  the most beautiful Inca site of the complete Inca trail Wiñayhuayna and arrive to MACHU PICCHU for the sunset.

The Short Inca Trail starts at Km 104 (104 kilometers along the railway from Cusco to Machu Picchu) and involves a four-hour hike uphill to Wiñay Wayna and two hours further to Machu Picchu making it ideal for trekkers wanting to experience at least a part of the Inca Trail but haven’t got the time (or energy) to complete the full 4-day trek. The Short Inca Trail offers stunning a mountain scenery and wonderful cloud forest; in this trek, you will visit the Inca ruins of Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna and the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.

VERY IMPORTANT: Making a booking 3 or 4 months in advance.
You must check that permits are available for the date you start the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Short Inca Trail Brief itinerary

DAY 1: Aguas Calientes town

  • Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Two-hour train to Chachamabamba or km 104.
  • 6-7 hour Guided Inca Trail
  • Explore Wiñaywayna Inca ruins.
  • Arrival to Machu Picchu and 25-minute bus journey to the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Hotel accommodation in the town of “Aguas Calientes”.

DAY 2: Machu Picchu

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • Bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu.
  • 2-3 hour tour within Machu Picchu.
  • Extra free time to explore alone.
  • Return to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel.


Short Inca Trail itinerary

Our Trek  itinerary, have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


Short Inca Trail

The first walking day to Machu Picchu – Short Inca Trail

The trek begins once we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 04:00 a.m (from the town of Ollantaytambo at 06:00 a.m) and transfer you for 1:45 hour by private van to the train Station of Ollantaytambo, then we’ll board the tourist train for 1 hour and 45 minutes to Chachabamba zone known as the kilometer 104 starting point of the trek.

As soon we arrive to this point, we will cross a bridge and arrive to the checkpoint, here you must show your passports and the entrance; then, we will start a soft hike to the other side of the Urubamba River; the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a guided tour to Chachabamba, we’ll continue 3-4 hours gentle up toward Wiñaywayna, here lunch will be served.

After lunch at Wiñaywayna, we’ll continue for 1 hour and 1/2 through the cloud forest to Inti Punku or “Sun’s Gate”. From this point, you will be able to contemplate and observe the sunset at Machu Picchu. From the Sungate, the trail descends half hour gently down to Machu Picchu but we cannot visit so, we’ll take a bus down to the town of “Aguas Calientes” where you will have hotel accommodations.

In the evening, you can go to relax in the natural hot springs which is situated at 15-minute walk from the hotel; if not, you can take a shower in your hotel and rest until the dinner time. Rest early because tomorrow will be an early wake-up.

Meals: L & D.
Accommodation: Hotel in the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
Maximum Altitude: 2,680 masl /8,792 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2,100 masl /6,888 ft.
Distance Travelled: 7 Km aprox.
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 Hours.


Short Inca Trail

Short Inca Trail

Early for breakfast and leave your belongs in the reception of the hotel, then we’ll take the bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu; Once we arrive to Machu Picchu, we’ll pass through the control point, where we’ll show the entrance tickets and your passport then the guided tour will start explaining all about Machu Picchu.

We’ll visit the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Watch, the Royal Rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries; the tour will last for around two hours. Afterwards, you’ll be given enough time to take a walk around the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu and have your meals at any restaurant in “Aguas Calientes” or if you wish at Sanctuary Lodge (this is not included).

In the afternoon, at around 03:30 p.m and 05:00 p.m, we’ll return by train to Ollantaytambo where our staff will be waiting for you at the train station and then, we’ll take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals: B
Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco
Maximum Altitude: 2,400 masl (Machu Picchu Inca Citadel)
Minimum Altitude: 2,000 masl (Town of “Aguas Calientes”)
Distance Travelled: 25 minutes by bus.


The Short Inca Trail includes:

Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and transfer to the train station.
Round-trip tourist train (Cusco to Km. 104 starting point of the trek – “Aguas Calientes” to Cusco).
Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees.
Bus tickets up and down from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes”.
Professional English-speaking guide.
Meals (1 lunchbox, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast).
Overnight accommodation in basic hotel at “Aguas Calientes”.
Transfer to your hotel.
First aid kit.


Breakfast on the first day, some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, you can have it on the train, and lunch on the last day. You should consider a budget from 15 to $25 USD for each meal as average in a restaurant. We will assist you with all local matters.
Entrance to the thermal springs in “Aguas Calientes” $3 USD; this is optional.
Tips for your guide are not mandatory.

What you need to bring?

Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars).
Comfortable foot wear.
Sweater and jacket (something warm).
Flashlight and batteries.
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
Sun block (sun protection cream).
Insect repellent.
Towel and toiletpaper.
Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc.
Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at “Aguas Calientes” after the trek).
You also need to bring your original passport on the trail.

When making a trek reservation:

The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4-day Inca trail). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible we recommend 4 months in advance. We recommended to book the tour “Inca trail” in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reservation for the Inca trail at INC and PERU RAIL (train Tickets). To book our Short Inca Trail group service, just click on the link of reservations below.

Tour payment facts

For Short Inca Trail, we require a non-refundable trek deposit of $200 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. The money transfer should be in the name of “SUNRISE  PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L”. Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

Tour importnat info

The night before your Short Inca Trail trek, there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 06:00 or 07:00 p.m (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).

Price Info

The Price

 Expedition class  US$ 450
 Vistadome class  US$
 Hiram Bimgham class

* The price is Based on Double / Triple accommodation.


2 People $550 USD pp.
3 People $510 USD pp.
4 People $480 USD pp.
5 People $450 USD pp


  • We can hire the following to you.
  • Porter to carry your personal things 6 kilos ($30 USD per day)
  • “Aguas Calientes” Upgrade – comfortable 3-star hotel, restaurants and Vistadome train upgrade $115 per person.
  • Please note: If you hire equipment and break it you are responsible for price of replacement /or repair (Please do the right thing!).

AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS (these discounts are not cumulative):

  • Students: $25.00 USD (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid).
  • Teenagers: $20.00 USD (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
  • Children: $30.00 USD (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).


Address: Agua Calientes town – Cusco
Rating: 3 star

Short Inca Trail

Short Inca Trail


Restaurant (open to public for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Telephones with international and national dial up
Fax services
Luggage porters
Laundry service

Tour facts

Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the trek to Machu Picchu”

Questions and answers that will help on Thort Inca Trail


It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm or 7pm at our office or in your hotel; it will be confirmed by our staff on your arrival time to Cusco.


Of course! During the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel in Cusco, both are for free.


To book your trek Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT):
Personal information (name, last name, same as on your passport);Gender;Passport number;D.O.B (dd / mm / yyyy);Nationality.We then request a deposit: In order to confirm a space (Permit) for the Inca Trail, a deposit of USD $250.00 per person is required. Please add the transfer fee which is the 5% ($12).The deposit can be sent via PAYPAL… The linck you’ll find in our website.


Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are neither transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!


OF COURSE! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number that you sent to us to book your Inca Trail permit. The rangers check each day and also when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, we can make the changes when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the new passport number as soon as possible.


The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-8 persons. SUNRISE PEREU TREK Specializes in SMALL; PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.


You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.


The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 6kg/12p. Your team of porters will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.


The Inca Trail is a 45km (26mile) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 4,200m/13,907ft.On the second day of the trek we climb two mountains. The Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise.

In preparation: try walking 15kms a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.


Toilets have improved a lot in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have toilet blocks with flush toilets and running water.


In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, SUNRISE PERU TREK will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems in extreme cases; a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if recover quickly.  They then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.


Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!

If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, for sure we will pick you up!


It will depend on the train’s availability BUT the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore you will take the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours for Machu Picchu


The Inca Trail is the only trek that leads you directly up to the Sun Gate, having the first amazing view of Machu Picchu. This trail has also a historical significance because along the Inca Trail, you will explore many religious Inca Cities and it will take you through many different microclimates, offering amazing views of the Andes, the valleys, the waterfalls, the flora and fauna.


It is really important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We do recommend that you arrive in Cuzco at least 2 days before the trek departs to help you become acclimatized to the altitude and avoid possible problems with altitude illness while on trek.

It is advisable to have two full days in Cuzco to recover from your travel and to do at least one day hike to higher altitudes help with acclimatization. We can organize day hikes & other tours around Cuzco for you. If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cuzco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cuzco to rest, recover from your travel and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cuzco before departing for the trek. To avoid altitude sickness on the trek, we recommend that you spend time in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. If you have never been in high altitude, we recommend that you spend a day in the Sacred Valley because it is at lower altitude than Cusco city.

Essential info


The Inca trail group

The maximum group size is 8 passengers. Passengers come from a range of countries worldwide (average of 3 nationalities per group) and many will be solo travellers. You will find you have many things in common with your fellow travellers, including a passion for discovery and a strong interest in exploring the National Parks. “SUNRISE PERU TREK” is designed for adults over 18 years old. While most passengers are aged 25-55, every year we get many people both above and below this age range.

All travellers over the age of 70 will be requested to complete a self-declaration of fitness form prior to travel. Our tours are a unique holiday experience and much of your enjoyment will come from the team spirit of your group and the fun you’ll have together, as well as from the local setting. We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of bringing a positive attitude with you on tour; a sure guarantee to enjoying each and every moment, even in the adversity of the odd rainstorm!

Responsible and sustainable travel

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit t the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a ‘Travellers’ Code of Conduct’ to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic; this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimize the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Our tour Guide will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

Guides and Porters

Once on the Mountain, your well-equipped guides and porters will rank second only to your mental determination, in terms of important factors contributing to a successful Machu Picchu attempt. For the duration of your Inca Trail trek, your guide will be your advisor, he will lead you through the Inca trail , and he will bring you very safely. It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.

Important Points
  • Qualified and experienced guides
    Guides are compulsory for all routes on Machu Picchu. All our treks up the mountain are led by highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the Machu Picchu National Parks Board. Each of our guides has been selected over years, based on experience, safety record and through feedback from previous clients. Over the years they made a major contribution to our proud success rate of 96%+ and have safely guided in excess of 14 000 successful Trekking Inca Trail clients to the stunning Inca settlement of Machu Picchu.

Useful tips:

  • Something good Vaseline or Vicks Vaporub are good on the summit attempt.
  • Moist air coming from your noise or on your lips will freeze and become very uncomfortable
  • Sound travel at night and many people snore on the Inca Trail – bring some ear plugs to sleep with.
  • At the beginning the trail is very dusty and sinus congestion is a problem with many hikers. Bring a good decongestant spray or tablet.
  • For Short Inca Trail, travel with your most important gear as hand luggage – e.g. wear your hiking boots in the plane – missing luggage is a common problem.
  • For Short Inca Trail, bring some blister plasters, Vaseline and liner socks. If you start to get blisters it will help a lot.


Should you encounter any difficulties meeting your transfer from the airport to the starting hotel, depending on which country you are in you can contact a SUNRISE PERU TREK representative on the following:

  • Mauro Pedraza – Operations Manager
    Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
  • Henrry Chauca – Operations
    Mobile: +(51) 950 313131
  • Sharon Ovalle – SUNRISE PERU TREK Representatives Supervisor
    Mobile: +(51) 974 359484

While we hope you never have to use it, if for any reason you need to contact someone from SUNRISE PERU TREK, whether it be that you have missed a trip departure meeting, have become separated from your trip on the road or any other unforeseeable problem, the following options are available to you.

  • Cusco Office
    Your best recourse to assistance during the day is to call our team between 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-4pm.
    Telf: +51 84 237404
  • Emergency Contact
    If you need to contact SUNRISE PERU TREK outside of the above hours the following number is available:
    Mobile: +(51) 984 734633

Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours. Thank you.

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