2 Days


Explore the 2-Day Inca Trail: Your Gateway to Machu Picchu

Embark on the renowned Short Inca Trail, a captivating journey to Machu Picchu that unveils the essence of Andean Traditions and Peruvian history through its revered Inca sites.

While the iconic four-day Classic Inca Trail remains a popular choice, its escalating demand led to the introduction of restricted Inca Trail permits. With only 500 permits issued per day, including guides, porters, cooks, and visitors, securing these permits—often sold out six months in advance—can be challenging. Opting for the 2-Day Inca Trail becomes a compelling alternative, ensuring an unforgettable exploration of the lost Inca heritage.

The 2-Day Trail Experience: Offering an accessible option, the Short Inca Trail avoids high altitudes and remote camping, making it ideal for families with young children.

Spanning 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) to the ancient Inca city, this trail reveals three prominent Inca sites: Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna, and Intipunku (Sungate). Witness breathtaking vistas of the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes while traversing diverse flora and fauna unique to the region.

At Salkantay Expeditions Peru, a local tour company, our English-speaking guides, well-versed in the trail’s history and traditions, have traversed it extensively and possess comprehensive knowledge, along with first aid training.

Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple, or a small group, join us on this immersive 2-Day Inca Trail journey to Machu Picchu, retracing the footsteps of the Incas.

Important Considerations: While the 2-Day Trail avoids extreme altitudes, we strongly advise spending 2-3 days acclimatizing in Cusco to mitigate altitude sickness.

Plan your trek between March and November, the optimal dry season, for the best experience on the 2-Day Inca Trail.


Your Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu begins with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo. Here we will be boarding the Aguas Calientes bound train. The 1.5 hours train ride to Km.104 which marks as the trailhead for Short Inca Trail, is a picturesque ride. The train snakes through highland villages and farmlands along the course of Urubamba river. Km 104 is the name given to the trail head after its distance when traveling from Cusco to Machu Picchu. We will be arriving there by 10:00 AM. Your Short Inca Trail permit along with the original passport will be verified here by the local authorities. We will begin the Short Inca Trail hike by crossing a small bridge with a short uphill hike to a lesser known yet a prominent Inca site, Chachabamba.
Chachabamba nestles at 2150 meters above sea level (7053 ft.). It is home to a stone altar which the Incas used to worship their supreme God, Inti (Sun) and Apus (Mountain Peaks). Using the sacred coca leaves they used to express their gratitude to mother nature and other entities. Locals here continue the practice following the footsteps of their ancestors. Our local expert will be demonstrating the process during our visit here.
Wiñay Wayna:
After touring Chachabamba, we will continue with the hike for roughly four hours up the hill to Wiñay Wayna. The archaeological site is the most beautiful one on the trail. Wiñay Wayna sits at 2650 meters (8694 ft) above sea level. The complex was built as an administrative center to Machu Picchu. It houses 20 urban areas, farming zones and ceremonial sites. The most prominent part of the complex is the 7 Window temple which was built in honor of the Rainbow. Our local expert will be giving you an immersive tour here. After the tour, we will be stopping at the campsite to unbox our lunch. The campsite is clean and well maintained. You can refill your water bottle here and also use the restrooms before we continue the 2 Day Inca Trail hike to our next stop, Intipunku (Sungate).
It takes an hour to reach Intipunku from Wiñay Wayna. This section of the trek will take us through lush tropical jungle. From the Sungate, you will get the first view of Machu Picchu citadel snuggled by Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. Only those hiking the Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail enter the citadel through Sun gate. We will have a brief stop here so you can contemplate the view. Once you have had your fill of the sight of Machu Picchu, we will be exiting the citadel and taking a bus down to Aguas Calientes town where we will be accommodating you in a hotel for the night. Aguas Calientes, as the name suggests, is home to hot springs. You can spend the evening soaking in the natural thermal waters. It is the perfect way to relax your muscles after a full day tour. The town also has plenty of shops where you can possibly shop for souvenirs.

Early in the morning, we will be taking the touristic bus for a ride up the hill to Machu Picchu. Once again, your Machu Picchu tickets will be verified against your original passport. As we enter the citadel, you will witness the golden rays of the rising sun beaming on the walls of Machu Picchu. We will begin the tour with a brief introduction to Inca civilization. We will be visiting the main areas of the citadel like the main plaza, farming terraces and more. After the tour, if you have booked to climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain, our tour guide will be directing you to the respective entrance. Once you have enjoyed Machu Picchu, we will be taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. You will have some free time here so you can have lunch or explore the town. Later in the evening, we will be boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo train station. Our representative will meet you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be reaching by 10:00 PM.


2 Day Inca Trail Includes:

  • Private Tourist transportation Cusco – Ollantaytambo and then Train to KM 104 (The Trailhead) (We never share Bus service with other companies as most agencies do here to minimize costs) and Please, Note. we always use the same tourist transportation for our porters.
  • Tourist Expeditions train Round Trip ticket from Ollantaytambo to km 104 and Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then bus back to Cusco and we will drop you off at the hotel.
  • English – Spanish speaking guide for 2 days of the Inca Trail and Machupicchu.(All our Guides work for us only) All of them speak Fluent English & Second Guide Over 08 people Group(Large Group Service)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • FOOD
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast
  • Vegetarian and free Gluten menu at no extra cost (Please let us know at the time of booking)
  • Visit to Machu Picchu on the 2nd day (2 hours guide tour to explore the whole incan site)
  • Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters as well as adecuate clothing like: (Sleeping bag, Mat, Jacket, T-shirt, pant, rain poncho, shoes, hat, belts, proper backpack to carry the equipment and all of them are limited to carry 20kg only).
  • Private Transportation from the train station of Ollantaytambo to Cusco (2 hours drive) and drop off at the hotel.(we only use our Private Transportation. so you will never wait at the train station till the bus of 30 ppl gets full)
  • First-aid kit (Our Guide will carry while on the Inca Trail) Please, note all our Guides are trained every year in first-aid)
  • Emergency oxygen bottle (Our guide will carry while on the Inca Trail)
  • Rain waterproof cover for your day backpacks as well as Rain poncho
  • Pre trek Orientation – briefing (Hotel or Office) Let us know once you are at the office or by email.
  • Water bottle for refilling with water along the inca trail WE DONT WANT YOU TO USE PLASTIC BOTTLES) Get one once you are at our office!!!
  • Free “I survived ” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!!)

2 Day Inca Trail Does not Include:

  • Breakfast – Day 1
  • Lunch and dinner – Day 2
  • Tips (optional)
  • Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please): Salkantay Expeditions Peru highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.
From $480
/ Adult