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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Private

2 days / 1 nights
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If you don’t feel like doing the full Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, or you simply don’t have the time, then our short Inca Trail trek (two days and one night) could be a great option for you. Physically speaking, it’s a far less strenuous trek than the classic four-day hike, but it still gives you a taste of what it’s like on the Inca Trail. 

You’ll also be able to experience some of the main highlights of the Inca Trail, including the beautiful Wiñay Wayna archaeological site with its spectacular series of agricultural terraces, as well as Inti Punku, Machu Picchu’s famous Sun Gate. And then, of course, there’s Machu Picchu itself, one of the most sublime sights on the planet. 


Our Machu Picchu adventure begins in Cusco, as we pick you up from your hotel in the morning (the exact time will depend on the train schedule). We then head to the train station and board the train for a scenic 2.5-hour journey to a point known as Kilometer 104. This is where we start our short Inca Trail trek. 

From here, we have a walk of about four hours up to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young'), at about 2,680 meters ...

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    To best appreciated Machu Picchu, we’ll wake up early in the morning so we can get to the citadel in good time. You’ll have time for breakfast first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 5:40 a.m. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu. 

    We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you&rsq...

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      • Briefing to the tour one day before the trek at 19h00. 
      • Transport: Share or private 
      • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Inca Trail to Machupicchu 
      • Accommodation: Hotels 1 night Aguas Calientes 
      • Meals: 1 box lunch, 1 dinner 
      • Professional guide who speaks English 
      • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to km. 104 
      • Back train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy 
      • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu 
      • First aid kit 
      • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back on the second day 
      • 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary. 


      • Minimum medical and emergency evacuation insurance 
      • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance 
      • Any activity not described in What's Included 
      • Gratuities 
      • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary 
      • Personal equipment such as trekking equipment  


      These poles are designed to help you endure long treks into rugged, remote areas with a heavy pack. If you need a little extra support when walking, an adjustable folding walking stick is ideal. It has an aluminium body with plastic handles and base, it folds away neatly for easy storage when not in use.


      • Material: Aluminium
      • Length: 67–135cm
      • Shaft diameter: 16/14/12mm
      • SpeedLock Adjustment System
      • Flextip with interchangeable basket
      • Weight: 528g-650g (Pair)


      Inca Trail Porters Protection Law No. 27607(Dec 6th 2001). Decreed Laws Numbers 19990 and 25897 Article 3 Conditions of work:

      • Transport up to the point of departure to the end of the trip.
      • Limit of load up of 20 kilograms.
      • Warm equipment and accommodation
      • Special belts to protect their backs from injuries
      • Appropriate rest and sleep during the trip
      • Provision of sufficient food, and appropriate clothing
      • (warm jacket, rain ponchos, walking boots and backpacks)
      • Fair and decent Payment on time on Day 4 at 10am
      • Life / Accident Insurance the Social Security of Health
      • Social Assistance to our Porter`s families not only in Christmas.


      Porters are indigenous Cusqueñian people who have lived in Cusco, at 4,000 meters high, all of their lives relying on the land of the Andes. Due to economic problems, it is important for these local indigenous people to continue working in the mountains they know so well, rather than give up their jobs in the country to move to the city. They prefer to stay in their local villages and support the education of their children by working as porters on tours.

      Sadly, many tour operators don't give them the recognition they deserve. Often tour operators do NOT provide porters with adequate clothing or gear for carrying things while paying them very low salaries. Because of this, you will see thirsty, hungry porters with a low morale along the Inca Trail. Our government has created the Law of the Porter, which requires tour agencies to treat porters better and provide necessary resources for them, but sadly, many of these regulations are not met. Please make sure that the agency you book through respects the Porter Law and be sure to ask for proof of this. Otherwise you could be contributing to the ill treatment of these hard-working porters.



      • Size: LZ to RZ
      • Total Weight: 1,8kg/65oz
      • Fill Weight: 280g/10oz
      • Packed Size: 16cm x 25cm

      Temperature Specifications:

      • Extreme: -15°C/5°F
      • Comfort Limit: 2°C/36°F
      • Comfort: 6°C/43°F
      • Good Nights Sleep: 0°C/-5&32;F

      Important Note:

      Note that our sleeping bags are feather for those that are allergic



      Now featuring our exclusive Atmos Foam to further reduce weight and boost compressibility, the ProLite is the lightest and most compact three-season mattress available. Self-inflation keeps set-up super-easy and its die-cut foam packs small, easily fitting inside the most ultralight packs. It's ideal for high-mileage, high-speed journeys where every gram counts. Stuff sack included.


      • Lightweight: The lightest self-inflating mattress available.
      • Compact Warmth: Diagonal-cut foam and tapered shape provides efficient warmth withlimited bulk.
      • Highly Packable: Our exclusive Atmos Foam and a tapered shape keep the ProLite mattressextremely pack friendly.
      • Self-Inflating: Expanding foam core self-inflates; top off with just a few breaths forpersonalized firmness.
      • Lightweight: The lightest self-inflating mattress available
      • Compact Warmth: Diagonal-cut foam and tapered shape provides efficient warmth with


      • 20 x 72 x 1.5 in

      Packed Size:

      • 11 x 4.8 in

      Claimed Weight:

      • 1 lb 4 oz



      Related Overview

      This trip allows a taste of the Short Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping. One of our shortest treks to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. The best time to take a tour to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail is during our dry season between May through September. However, you can definitely hike from March and April and then from October through January. This does not mean that there is no possibility of getting rains or showers because they simply are unforeseeable even by this season.

      Related Itinerary

      We pick you up from your hotel early (depending on train time) and take you to the train station. We travel by train, on a very picturesque route for two and a half hours until we reach kilometer 104 – the start of the trail for us. From here, we have a walk of about 4 hours up to the Incan site Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') (2680m/8792ft). You have joined the path in time to see the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail!!


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      We have breakfast and then take the first bus (5:30am) up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! (It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top.)

      You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and be given your train tickets ba...

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