Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an excellent option for travellers who don’t have time and energy to hike the renowned Classic Inca Trail of 4 Days to Machu Picchu.
The 2 days trail rewards with stunning vistas and different types of flora and fauna. You will experience views from snow capped Andean peaks to Cloud Forests.
On this two days Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu you will be visiting many Inca sites including Wiñay Wayna. It is considered to be the most be the most beautiful site on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Wiñay Wayna is an important Incan ruin as well, traversing through this incredible construction we will reach Sun Gate, the views of Machu Picchu from here is absolutely jaw dropping.
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu covers a distance of 16 kilometres (10 miles) in two days. The first day of the trail allows you to experience some of Incan civilisations secrets without the need to spend the night camping in remote places. This makes the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu a perfect option for families travelling with children and travellers on tight schedule.
Often travellers opt to see just the emblematic Incan site, Machu Picchu. They miss out on the beauty of the magic of the Incan site that this Short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu offers from the start and in depth.
On any treks or hikes with us, the one thing that will stand out is our passion for outdoors. We only employ certified local travel experts as guide. They have an extensive knowledge and are passionate about history of Incas. You will be having a fun-filled, safe and a memorable experience with us.
On all tours, safety is of an utmost importance to us. We operate tours in small groups. This would let our guide be focused and explain things efficiently. Do check out our reviews on Trip Advisor.
We offer both group tours and private tours.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
Early in the morning we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will be then driving for an hour and half to Ollantaytambo train station. From here, we will be boarding the train to Km.104 station. Km.104 is the trail head of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Once in Km.104 station, we will stop by the check point where all visitors have to register before starting the trail. Our first stop will be at an Incan site called Chachabamba. Chachabamba is known to have had many Incan temples. The site has patio and sacred rock among others, our guide would give you a detailed tour of this site which would give you an understanding of the following sites you will be visiting on the Short Inca Trail.
From here, we will start a gradual ascend along the Urubamba river to the site considered as the most beautiful site, Wiñay Wana. Wiñay Wana in Quechua means “forever young”. Our guide would give another detailed tour of this Incan temple. After sauntering through the temple, we will stop for lunch (packed lunch) at the checkpoint of Wiñay Wana.
From here we will hike for two hours to Machu Picchu. We will be entering the Incan citadel through the Sun Gate. From the Sun Gate, you would get the first glimpse of the Incan citadel, Machu Picchu. After witnessing the Incan citadel from distance, we will descend to Machu Picchu archaeological site. We will then take a bus down to Aguas Calientes town where we will accommodate you in a hotel with an ensuite room.
Hiking Time: 6-7 Hours (approx.) | Hiking Distance: 12 Kms/7.46 Miles | Highest Point 2,650 m/8,692 ft. | Lowest Point: 2,150m/7,052 ft. |
The hotel crew will be handing you a snack box early morning. You will then be taking a tourist bus from Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu. It is a short 25 minutes uphill drive. We will try to enter in the first group so that you will get to see the sunrise at the citadel.
Our tour guides will give you a two hours guided tour of Machu Picchu. On this tour you will be visiting sites like the royal quarters, ruins of temples, temple of the sun, main plaza, ceremonial centre, farming terraces and more. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you have booked your hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our local expert will direct you to the entrance.
Alternatively, you can walk up to the sun gate. It offers a captivating view of the citadel. This view at dawn is exclusive for those on Inca Trail. After the tour, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will have some free time. You can have lunch if desired.
You will the be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo train station. Our representative will be meeting you upon arrival and will be transferring you back to Cusco.
You will have the option of upgrading to Vistadome Train at an extra cost.
We went as a family to make CAMINO DEL INCA, the guide, the chef and the porters were very aware of us. The whole camp was great and the guide was not far behind CARLOS was also impressive in his knowledge of the INCA culture, the tour was very complete, we enjoyed spending these days with family.