Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu

The Short Inca Trail 2 Days are the perfect way to experience the world-famous Inca Trail and visit the ancient city of Machu Picchu without committing to a longer trek. This shorter version of the classic Inca Trail hike can be completed in just two days, making it a great option for those with limited time or who want to avoid the crowds of the longer trail.

Short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu

What are the Inca Trails?

The Inca Trails are a series of ancient footpaths that crisscross the Andes Mountains in Peru, connecting the various regions of the Inca Empire. The most famous of these trails is the Camino Inca, or Inca Trail, which leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.

The Classic Inca Trail is a challenging hike, with many steep sections and several high-altitude passes. However, the rewards are great, as the trail takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru, including alpine meadows, cloud forests, and even glaciers. Hikers will also pass several Inca ruins along the way, providing a fascinating insight into this ancient civilization. The Inca Trail is open from April to November, with permits limited to 500 per day. As such, booking well in advance if you want to hike this trail is important.

There is also a short 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for those who don't want to participate in the long trek to Machu Picchu.

Why is the Inca Trail Short 2 Days very famous?

The Inca Trail Short 2 to Machu Picchu days is so popular because it gives hikers a unique opportunity to experience some of Peru’s most iconic ancient trails and natural wonders. Along the way, hikers will pass by several ancient Inca ruins, including the site of  Chachabamba, Winñaywayna, and Intipunku, and arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon, offering stunning views of the ancient citadel. The trail's final destination is Machu Picchu itself – one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.

The Short Inca Trail allows you to arrive at Machu Picchu twin, one in the afternoon of day 1 and the next day to enjoy the sunrise.

How to Prepare for the Inca Trail?

When preparing for the Inca Trail, being in the good moderate condition is important. This means being able to hike for around 6-7 hours in uneven terrain and carrying a backpack. It is also important to know the altitude; the trail goes from 2,000 meters above sea level to 2700 meters.

  • To acclimate to the altitude, spending a few days in Cusco before starting the hike is recommended.
  • It is also essential to be properly equipped.
  • The weather on the Inca Trail can be unpredictable, so it is important to pack layers that can be added or removed as needed.
  • Good hiking shoes are also necessary, as the trail can be slippery and muddy.
  • Finally, pack plenty of snacks and water for the day hike, as there are no places to buy food along the way.

By following these tips, you will be well on your way to an amazing Inca Trail experience.

What to Expect on the Inca Trail

There are a few things you can expect and consider:

  • The Inca Trail 2 days is a moderately challenging hike
  • The trail is about 8 miles long and includes some steep stairs
  • The Inca Trail offers stunning views of the mountain, the valley, and Machu Picchu.
  • There are no porters; you will hike with a tour guide and must carry your backpack.
  • The groups are typically small - around 10 people - which makes for a nice intimate experience
  • Be prepared for all kinds of weather
  • Be sure to pack accordingly

The Inca Trail is an incredible experience that will stay with you long after the hike.

Tips for Hiking the Inca Trail

  • Make sure you have the proper equipment. This includes comfortable shoes, a daypack, rain gear, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • Start your hike early in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks with you to keep your energy up.
  • Take your time and rest often if you need to. The Inca Trail can be challenging at times.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions. The trail can sometimes be wet and slippery, so be careful not to fall.
  • Stay on the trail, and don’t try to shortcut the path. If you wander off course, it is easy to get lost in the jungle.

How difficult is the Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu?

The Inca Trail, 2 days to Machu Picchu, is a Moderate to the challenging trail that will take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. The trail is not for the faint of heart. The terrain on the Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu is very rugged and includes short steep climbs and descents.

The weather on the Inca Trail for 2 days to Machu Picchu can be very unpredictable. There can be rain, snow, hail, and strong winds. This can make hiking the trail very difficult.

Why should you hike the Inca Trail 2-day trek?

There are several reasons why the Inca Trail 2-day trek to Machu Picchu.

  • It is a shorter trek that can be completed in a shorter time frame than the traditional 4-day Inca Trail hike.
  • This makes it a great option for those with limited time or who want to avoid spending multiple days on the trail.
  • The Inca Trail 2-day trek also offers stunning views of the Andes Mountains and passes by some incredible Inca ruins along the way.
  • Finally, hiking the Inca Trail is an amazing way to get some exercise and fresh air while also enjoying the beauty of nature.

Itinerary of the Short Inca Trail 2 days

If you plan to hike the shorter Inca Trail, here is an itinerary. Please note that this itinerary is based on starting the hike from Cusco.

  • Day 1: Take a bus or taxi from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, then take the train to KM 104; the train ride will take around 1.5 hours. Once you arrive at KM 104, you will begin your hike! The first day is relatively easy, as you will only be hiking for around 4 hours to Lunch place at Winaywayna. After Lunch, you will hike for 1 hour to the Sungate, where you will have the most amazing view of Machu Picchu with the sunset. We spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 2: Explore Machu Picchu early in the morning. Later in the afternoon, you will board the panoramic trains to return.

Packing list for the Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu

Here's a suggested packing list:

  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of shorts or hiking pants
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • 1 fleece or sweater
  • 1 rain jacket or windbreaker
  • 1 pair of gloves for the early morning
  • 1 hat or beanie
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 sunscreen
  • 1 insect repellent
  • 1 first aid kit, including supplies for blisters and headaches
  • 1 water bottle or CamelBak (at least 2 liters)
  • 1 set of earplugs (trust us, you'll want these!)
  • 1 headlamp or flashlight-2 days' worth of snacks such as energy bars, nuts, dried fruit, etc.

Of course, you'll also need your passport and other necessary documents. And don't forget to pack your camera to capture all the incredible views!

How to Book the Short Inca Trail 2 Days

If you want to book the Short Inca Trail 2 days, there are a few things that you need to do.

  • First, check availability. The best way to do this is by contacting a tour operator. There are many reputable companies that offer this service.
  • Once you have found an available date, book your tour and wait for final confirmation from the tour operator.
  • Finally, start packing! You must bring comfortable clothes, shoes, and any medications you may need.
  • Don’t forget your passport and other important documents.

Once everything is sorted out, just sit back and relax and you're all set for an amazing adventure!

What Circuit in Machu Picchu is Included after Hiking The Inca Trail for 2 Days?

On the first day, you will arrive in the afternoon at Sungate (Intipunku), where you will have the first and most amazing view of Machu Picchu. You will continue the hike until Machu Picchu and explore the upper part, where the viewpoints and classic photo spots are.

On the second day, you will explore Machu Picchu through Circuit 3; this route will take you to explore the very center of Machu Picchu, where are the temples, palaces, and most important buildings of Machu Picchu.

FAQs about the Short Inca Trail to TreXperience

Where is the pickup place for this tour?

We can pick you up at any hotel in Cusco City, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo. Pick-up in Sacred Valley is almost 2 hours later than usual time.

The normal pick-up time is from 4 am to 5 am, depending on the train schedule.

What schedule is the train tickets to Km 104??

The schedule of your train ticket will depend on the day you choose to start your journey. The earliest you can depart is 6:00 am, and the latest you can arrive is 8:30 am. The final time we book will depend on the date and how early you book. We will book the Expedition or Voyager train to the beginning of the Inca Trail.

What hotel is included in the tour?

We include a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu Pueblo); Susanna INN, Intipunku, Waman Machu Picchu, and Peruano Suizo are a few of the hotels we work with.

Hotels are booked depending on the time you book, group size, and availability.

Can I book my own hotel?

Yes, you can book your own hotel in Aguas Calientes. There are many hotels to choose from, ranging from budget-friendly to luxury.

The discount is 30$ per person from the tour if you book your own hotel.

When is the best time of the year to hike the Inca Trail 2 days?

The best time of the year to hike the Inca Trail is from April to September. The days are warmer, and the weather is more stable during this time. However, if you are looking for a more challenging hike, you can try hiking the trail during the wet season from November to March.

Where do the Inca Trail 2 days start?

The Inca Trail 2 days starts at Kilometer 104 - Chachabama. The first day covers a distance of approximately 15 kilometers, and on the second day, you will explore Machu Picchu.

What time do you arrive at Machu Picchu on day 1?

We arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon after almost 7 hours of the hike; the approximate arrival time is around 3 to 4 pm.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Yes, you can store your luggage at our office. We have a secure storage room where you can leave your things while on the trail.

How Do I get the student Discount?

You may be eligible for a discount on the Short Inca Trail if you are a student. To receive the discount, you must present a valid student ID at the time of purchase. The discount is available for full-time students under 25 years old when they enter Machu Picchu.