Simplified 2 Day – Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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    2 Day
    Cusco, Peru
    Machu Picchu
    Max People : 20

    Tour Details For Our Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek

    Hike the 2 Day short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Top Rated Tour includes; Hotel Pickup, Trains, Meals, Guided Tour, Inca Trail Permit, Admissions & More!

    If you don’t feel you can tackle the full Inca trail or you are short on time, then this Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek will be perfect for you.

    The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tours still takes you along part of the Inca trail and will still leave you amazed by the Inca trek and one of the seven wonders of the world Machu Picchu.

    Departure & Return Location

    Cusco, Peru

    Departure Time

    Early Morning

    Price Includes

    • Hostel/Hotel Pickup
    • Bus & Train Transfers to start of the trail
    • Inca Trail Permit
    • English Speaking Guide
    • Meals (1 Breakfast, 1 Box Lunch, 1 Dinner)
    • 1 Night Hostel Accommodations (Machu Picchu Hostel or Continental Hostel) - Can be Upgraded to 3 Star hotel or higher
    • 2 Hour Guided Machu Picchu Tour
    • Machu Picchu General Admission
    • First Aid & Oxygen
    • Bus Transport from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Return Expedition Train to Cusco from Aguas Calientes

    Price Excludes

    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Hikes - not included in base price, available at additional cost ($79)


    • Snacks
    • Water
    • Tea Time
    • Oxygen
    Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains
    Additional Information
    • Pricing is based on double occupancy, includes all taxes and fees. Single Occupancy available at additional cost.
    • Please ask us about special group discounts if travelling with 3 or more people
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 h​ours of booking
    • This tour begins in Cusco, Hostel/Hotel Pickup is included for Accomodation located in Cusco City Center
    • Tour does not have set departures, you can choose your own start date (subject to availabiity)
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Mountain Hike available at additional cost.
    • $20 off for students with Valid University/College Identification Card Must bring ID with you on Inca Trail.
    • We cater to all diets, please let us know your diets.
    • Equipment such as trekking poles can be rented at additional cost.

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    Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Itinerary

    Day 1

    The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts with a transfer from your hotel to KM104 by train where you will begin the trail by crossing the Vilcanota / Urubamba River. Along an Inca highway, we’ll climb away from the river and through floras and fauna that is home to hundreds of bird and orchid species. We’ll emerge from the cloud forest at Wiñay Wayna.

    Wiñay Wayna is a beautiful ceremonial site divided into two sectors and fashioned from finely-carved stones fit together with great precision. We’ll continue our hike to the Sun Gate, where we’ll get our first view of Machu Picchu. Here, the final stretch of the royal Inca highway will take us to the citadel itself, covered for four centuries by forest and now laid out for our appreciation. From the Sanctuary, we will take the bus to the town of Machu Picchu, where we will spend the night in our hostel / hotel.

    Day 2

    An early rise will give us ample time for our guided visit of the Machu Picchu citadel. After the tour, which will last for approximately 3 hours there is enough time to explore the citadel on your own. You could also choose to include Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain hikes to do during your free time. In the afternoon we will descend to the train station, where the train will be waiting to bring us back to Cusco. Your PeruRail Ticket back to Cusco is included and departs Aguas Calientes for Cusco at 6:20PM, there is also a 9:50PM departure subject to availability. The Route back to Cusco is 3 hours. This concludes your 2 day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour with Karikuy Tours Peru.
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    Sophie Davis

    Couple Traveller

    We just completed the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and wow. It was an incredible experience from start to finish. Our guide, Hector, was a gem. He was full of knowledge, passion, and he made the whole experience fun. The trail was challenging in parts, but the views and the history made it all worthwhile. And Machu Picchu? It’s something you have to see to believe. A big shout-out to Karikuy Tours for making this dream come true. A big thanks to Julio for helping us plan our itinerary. We couldn’t have asked for a better adventure.

    July 19, 2023

    Oliver Williams

    Solo Traveller

    I’ve done a lot of hikes in my time, but the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was something else. The trail was well-maintained, the scenery was spectacular, and our guide, Eduardo, was a legend. He knew the trail like the back of his hand, and he shared stories and insights that made the whole experience richer. The food was decent, the fellow hikers were friendly, and Machu Picchu was awe-inspiring. If you’re on the fence about this trek, just go for it. You won’t be disappointed.

    May 23, 2023

    Lucas Thompson

    Couple Traveller

    The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was everything we hoped for and more. It was our first time in Peru, and we were a bit nervous about the hike, but our guide, Julio, put us at ease. He was knowledgeable, funny, and he took great care of us. The trail itself was stunning, with breathtaking views and fascinating history. The highlight, of course, was Machu Picchu. Standing there, looking down at the ruins, we were speechless. It’s a moment we’ll cherish forever. Thank you, Karikuy Tours, for an unforgettable adventure.

    July 22, 2022

    Natalie Johnson

    Solo Traveller

    I just got back from the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and I’m still buzzing from the experience! The hike was challenging but doable, and the views were out of this world. Our guide, Oscar, was a rock star. He knew everything about the trail, the history, the plants, and he made the whole experience come alive. The food was good, the company was great, and Machu Picchu… well, it’s Machu Picchu. A dream come true. If you’re thinking about doing this trek, stop thinking and just do it. You won’t regret it.

    October 17, 2021

    Katie Aplis

    Solo Traveller

    There are so many tour companies out there for a short Inca Trail trek and it took a lot of research before I decided to go with Karikuy. And I’m so so happy I did. This tour company was so informed and kept me in the loop on every step of the process. Our guide Gilber was so fun and had amazing stories.

    December 25, 2019

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