Short Inca Trail 2 Days


The Ultimate Guide to the Short Inca Trail 2 Days 
Everything You Need to Know

Are you ready to embark on a magical journey through the Andes to the legendary Machu Picchu? 

The Short Inca Trail 2 Days is the perfect adventure for those with limited time who still want to experience the wonders of this ancient path. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the Short Inca Trail 2 Days, from what to expect on the trail to booking your tour with SAP Adventures. Read on to discover why this 2-day trek is the ideal choice for your next Peruvian adventure!

What is the Short Inca Trail 2 Days?

The Short Inca Trail 2 Days is a condensed version of the classic Inca Trail, designed for travelers who want to experience the beauty and history of the Inca Trail without committing to a longer trek. This 2-day hike covers approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) of the historic trail, leading you through stunning landscapes and past significant archaeological sites, culminating in your arrival at Machu Picchu.

Why Choose the Short Inca Trail 2 Days?

  • Time-Efficient: Perfect for those with limited time who still want to experience the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Scenic Beauty: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes, lush cloud forests, and well-preserved Inca ruins.
  • Accessible: Ideal for trekkers of all fitness levels, with a moderate level of difficulty.

Short Inca Trail 2 Days at a Glance


Cusco | KM 104 - Chachabamba - Wiñay Wayna - Sun Gate (Inti Punku) - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

Hike through the historic Inca Trail within breathtaking scenery, accompanied by massive peaks and diverse flora. Explore Inca archeological sites and have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu before resting the evening in Aguas Calientes.


Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Before returning to Aguas Calientes, discover the incredible Machu Picchu with your personal guide and hear about its mysteries. Afterwards you’ll catch the train to Ollantaytambo, where our private transportation will transport you to the inca capital Cusco.


  • Explore the inca trail hiking routes utilized by the inca.
  • Learn about Andean culture and fauna.
  • Experience a camping night and delicious Andean camp food.
  • Be the first group at Machu Picchu.
  • More time to explore about Inca ruins. 
  • Explore and shop around Aguas Calientes. 



Cusco | KM 104 - Chachabamba - Wiñay Wayna - Sun Gate (Inti Punku) - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

Early Morning Departure from Cusco

Your adventure begins with an early morning departure from Cusco. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where you’ll catch a scenic train ride to KM 104, the starting point of your hike.

Starting the Hike at KM 104

At KM 104, you’ll meet your guide and begin your trek. The trail starts with a gradual ascent, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Urubamba River below.

Exploring Chachabamba

Your first stop is the archaeological site of Chachabamba, an ancient Inca checkpoint that once controlled access to Machu Picchu. Here, you’ll learn about the site’s historical significance and marvel at its well-preserved structures.

Hiking to Wiñay Wayna

Continuing on the trail, you’ll hike through lush cloud forests and climb a series of stone steps. After a few hours, you’ll reach the magnificent ruins of Wiñay Wayna, an impressive site featuring agricultural terraces, fountains, and temples.

Lunch with a View

Enjoy a packed lunch with a panoramic view of Wiñay Wayna and the surrounding landscape. This is the perfect spot to rest and refuel before continuing your hike.

Arrival at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku)

After lunch, you’ll hike the final stretch to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), the ancient entrance to Machu Picchu. As you approach, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the iconic citadel, a moment you’ll never forget.

Descent to Aguas Calientes

From the Sun Gate, you’ll descend to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you’ll check into your hotel and have dinner, with the rest of the evening free to explore the town.


Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Early Morning Visit to Machu Picchu

Wake up early for a short bus ride up to Machu Picchu. Arriving early allows you to experience the site before the crowds and watch the sunrise over the ancient citadel.

Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Your guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of Machu Picchu, explaining the history and significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll visit key areas such as the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana stone, and the Room of the Three Windows.

Free Time to Explore

After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You can hike up to the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for stunning views of the site and the surrounding landscape.

Return to Aguas Calientes

In the afternoon, you’ll return to Aguas Calientes by bus. Here, you can have lunch and do some last-minute shopping before catching your train back to Ollantaytambo.

Transfer Back to Cusco

From Ollantaytambo, you’ll be driven back to Cusco, arriving in the evening. Reflect on your incredible journey as you return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

What’s Included?

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Permits and ticket for Inca Trail
  • Entry to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site (Circuit 3)
  • High Quality Service & Safety

Pre – departure Briefing

  • Attend our full briefing at 6:00 p.m. the day before your departure at the Sap Adventures office to ensure you’re trekking-ready. Can’t make it in-person? Not an issue. Simply contact us via WhatsApp at +51960827076 to schedule a virtual briefing. To ensure a smooth setup, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance to schedule a bespoke session with your tour guide.

Experienced Guides

  • Our trips are guided by certified bilingual (English and Spanish) tourism guides. All guides working with SAP  are Peruvian government-licensed and have graduated from recognized Peruvian colleges or tourist schools. This guarantees that you receive informed and expert advice throughout your trip.

Medical Kit

  • SAP guides have specific training in first aid and CPR. They also carry a first aid package for situations including altitude sickness, travelers’ diarrhea, and scrapes. In addition, if required, we will promptly evacuate you off the path and transport you to a clinic for treatment.

24/7 Customer Service

  • Our WhatsApp and local phone services are accessible 24 hours a day.
  • In any emergency, our guides can reach us via satellite phone.


  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes


  • Day 1: Box Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast


  • Transfers and bus tickets
  • Day 1: Transport from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Day 1: Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Day 2: Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (One-way only)
  • Day 2: Transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco Train Tickets
  • Day 1: From Ollantaytambo to KM 104 (Starting point of the trek)
  • Day 2: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

Preparing for Your Short Inca Trail 2 Days Hike What’to Pack?

  • Comfortable Hiking Gear: Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing, sturdy hiking boots, and a hat for sun protection.
  • Backpack: A small daypack to carry essentials like water, snacks, and a camera.
  • Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated and energized with plenty of water and nutritious snacks.
  • Rain Gear: A waterproof jacket and poncho in case of rain.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect against the strong Andean sun.
  • Personal Medications: Any medications you may need, including altitude sickness tablets if necessary.

Physical Preparation

  • The Short Inca Trail 2 Days is a moderate hike, but it’s important to be in good physical condition. Regular exercise and some training hikes in the weeks leading up to your trip will help you prepare for the trek.


  • Cusco is located at a high altitude, so it’s important to spend a few days acclimatizing before your hike. Drink plenty of water, eat light meals, and avoid strenuous activity to help your body adjust.

Price for Inca Trail 2 days hotel in aguas calientes

Price per person:


Hotel upgrades, such as shared rooms, single rooms, or 2- to 4-star hotels, are available for an additional cost. We recommend that you request for additional information.

  • ADULT: USD $ 430.00 Pp
  • STUDENT: USD $ 400.00 Pp (A Valid student ID is required)
  • CHILD (Minor): USD $ 400.00 Pp, Applies for all age 3 to 17 years
  • Required pre Payment – US$ 200 (you can do the payments in cusco after the Briefing )

NOTE-  Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when

  • Traveler is older than 25.
  • Expired ID.
  • Student ID without expiration date.
  • ISIC cards are not eligible 


  • Huayna Picchu – US$ 60.00.
  • 360 Train ( aguas calientes – Ollantaytambo ) US$ 70.00.
  • Extra night in Aguas Caliente –  US$ 50.00.
  • Walking Poles (Pair) US$ 10.00 (You can Rent by SAP).

Frequently Asked Questions

How Difficult is the Short Inca Trail 2 Days?


The Short Inca Trail 2 Days is considered a moderate hike. While it involves some uphill sections and stone steps, it is accessible to most people with a reasonable level of fitness.


What is the Best Time to Hike the Short Inca Trail 2 Days?


The best time to hike the Short Inca Trail 2 Days is during the dry season, from May to September. During this time, you can expect clear skies and pleasant temperatures. The wet season, from November to March, can bring heavy rains and muddy trails.


Can I Hike the Short Inca Trail 2 Days on My Own?


Permits are required to hike the Inca Trail, and these can only be obtained through a licensed tour operator. Independent trekking is not allowed, so you’ll need to book your trek with a reputable company like SAP Adventures.


What Should I Do if I Experience Altitude Sickness?


Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of fitness level. Symptoms include headache, nausea, and shortness of breath. If you experience altitude sickness, it’s important to rest, stay hydrated, and descend to a lower altitude if symptoms persist. Consult with your guide for assistance.


Is There a Limit on the Number of People Who Can Hike the Short Inca Trail 2 Days?


Yes, there is a daily limit on the number of permits issued for the Inca Trail to protect the environment and preserve the trail. It’s important to book your trek well in advance to secure your spot.

Why Book with SAP Adventures?

Experienced Guides

At SAP Adventures, we pride ourselves on our experienced and knowledgeable guides. Our team is passionate about sharing the history and culture of the Inca Trail with you, ensuring a safe and memorable experience.

Comprehensive Service

From transportation and accommodation to meals and permits, we take care of all the details so you can focus on enjoying your trek. Our comprehensive service ensures a hassle-free adventure from start to finish.

Commitment to Sustainability

We are committed to sustainable tourism practices, ensuring that our tours have a minimal impact on the environment and local communities. By choosing SAP Adventures, you’re supporting responsible travel in Peru.

Booking Your Short Inca Trail 2 Days with SAP Adventures

How to Book

Booking your Short Inca Trail 2 Days trek with SAP Adventures is easy. Visit our website, select your preferred dates, and complete the booking form. Our team will confirm your reservation and provide all the information you need for your adventure.


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