The 2 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu has long been a dream destination for explorers and adventurers. The 2 day inca trail hike can be challenging at times, but priceless rewards await you along the way. For bird enthusiasts, the famous 2 day inca trail hike to Machu Picchu takes this already amazing experience to a whole new level. The exceptionally unique environment of the Amazon rainforest offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for bird watching, making the trail worthwhile. In the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, around 400 species of birds were discovered, of which 50% can be seen while doing the 2 day inca trail hike to Machu Picchu.

The birds of the 2 day hike to Machu Picchu are very picturesque and showy birds. Since, we can find many species of low jungle and high jungle of Peru. For this reason, they are mostly birds of beautiful colors and shapes. Those who live in the “Cloud Forest” of the 2 day Inca trail hike to machu picchu. However, let us remember that this area has a considerable concentration of clouds and fogs. As a consequence, we will find ecosystems with a lot of epiphytism. In the internal forests of the 2 day  Inca trail hike we will find humid montane forests with trees less than 20 meters high. Also, the branches and trunks of many trees are covered by mosses, bromeliads, orchids, ferns, and other epiphytes. They also have areas where Chusquea-type shrubs and bamboo predominate.

Basic Tour Information

Tour duration: 2 days

Travel Difficulty: moderate

Maximum altitude: 2700 m

Trek distance: 11 km


Reservation from $520

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring the 2 day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu will take you to the most sacred citadel of the Inca Empire “Machu Picchu”.
  • Take the best postcards of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, and the next day early in the morning, watch the sunrise from the guardian’s house.
  • Visit the citadel of Machu Picchu in small groups, along the longest circuit, with the best local guides  of the short inca trail who will explain everything about Machu Picchu and its mysteries.
  • Enjoy the best landscapes of the cloud forest that hide Inca constructions of great beauty as the real residence of “Wiñayhuayna”.
  • Travel on one of the most beautiful train journeys in Peru, from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes the landscape offers you an infinite number of beautiful agricultural landscapes, snow mountains and typical villages of the Andes.
  • Connect your senses with nature in the short inca trail, and enjoy the beautiful flowers of orchids, waterfalls and the aroma of pure air.
  • Bird watching on the 2 day  Inca Trail hike is very special, it is something unique. Since then, very few places in the world can generate these emotions.
  • The great variety of colors and shapes that we see. Certainly, they create experiences that captivate all those who take a break to enjoy the richness of the 2 day  Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.
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This trip is rated Moderate Plus. Participants should enjoy hiking/walking and arrive in good physical condition.  Daily hikes/walks will be on-trail and may include some short, steep ascents and descents and climbing numerous flights of stairs at various ruins complexes. We highly recommend a conditioning regimen consisting of activities such as hiking, jogging, stair climbing or cycling beginning several months prior to departure to get in shape for the adventure. The better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy all this trip has to offer!. The altitude is not an aspect that will hinder your trip during the short Inca trail to Machu Picchu, since in this path the maximum elevation will be 8,858 ft. And the weather is hotter with a higher concentration of humidity, than the city of Cusco.


We work with the following Hotels, at the time of your reservation you will be indicated the hotel where you will spend the night, since there are days when there are not enough spaces, and you will be assigned another hotel but of the same category.


Located in Machu Picchu, 300 meters from Machu Picchu Thermal Baths, Seven Machupicchu offers a shared lounge, hypoallergenic rooms, and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel offers a concierge service and a tour desk. The accommodation has a 24-hour reception, room service and a currency exchange service. All rooms in the hotel include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All rooms have wardrobe.
Seven Machupicchu serves a buffet breakfast. There are several popular attractions near the accommodation, such as the Handicraft Market, Wiñaywayna Park and the bus stop.


Andino Hotel offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free Wi-Fi, a short distance from Machu Picchu hot springs, the bus stop and Wiñaywayna Park. The units come with a balcony, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. There is also a dishwasher, microwave and kettle.
The bed and breakfast offers a continental or buffet breakfast.


The Hotel Hotel Retama Machupicchu is located, 700 meters from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, it is the most beautiful and quiet area of ​​the town, in the Wiñaywayna Park located three blocks from the Peru Rail station, overlooking the river and the moutains; It offers free WiFi and a tour desk. The accommodation offers luggage storage and a currency exchange service. Room service, 45-inch plasma AOC TV, 24-hour hot water, Hair dryer, Towels for thermal baths, Buffet breakfast.



  • Meals:  Box Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Distance: 11 km /6.8 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 6 hours
  • Highest Elevation: 2,700 m / 8,858 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/6,560 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Windy


  • Estimated walking time: 4  hours
  • Highest Elevation:2,400 m / 7,870 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,560 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet
Day 1


Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 11 km

Altitude: 2700 m

short Inca Trail 2 day begins : We left at 4.00 am from Cusco by bus to Ollantaytambo train station.The  train departs  from Ollantaytambo  at 6.40
am, following the Sacred Valley and the Vilcanota River ariving after 1 hour to KM 104 to begin our Inca Trail. It will begin with a short walk to the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2270 meters).

We continue our hike with beautiful views of the Urubamba River. We can observe different species of orchids. After 2 hours, we will see the site Wiñayhuayna Ruins (2,650 meters), this fabulous archeological site  is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the valley of Urubamba and dominated by a broad set of terraces. The ruins on the way are amazing, we continue our journey and reach the Sun Gate at 3:00 pm. Where we have the first  view of Machu Picchu, enjoying a fantastic sunset . Then we descend to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2400 meters), which only pass this day. After to have some selfis, we  will continue to the village of Aguas Calientes, by Bus where we will stay in the Hotel.

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Day 2


Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 0 km

Altitude: 2400 m

We left our hotel at 5: 00 am after breakfast and, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu the journey takes  (30 min),
you will enjoy an unforgettable view with the sun rising on the site. Then we will do the check in of our tickets and passport. We will have 2 hours tour guiding in Machu Picchu, our guide explains what life was like in the citadel, cults and ceremonies that the Incas in many temples and shrines on the site conducted. After 2 hours guided tour you can enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu at your own pace. If you have a reservation for any Mountain, you  can climb  up.In the afternoon, you will return to Aguas Calientes,  then you have to take the train usually at 14.30 pm, that goes until Ollantaytambo. After 1 hour 20 minutes  you will  get the train station in ollantaytambo, there waits your transfer with your names  to take the Bus  to Cusco, arriving to the small plaza of San Francisco at 6.45 pm.



  • Pick up from the hotel in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo
  • Private transportation Cusco to train station round trip
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo to Start of the hike, and the return
  • Permits for the short inca trail and Machupicchu
  • English tour guide
  • 01 box lunch, 01 dinner,01 breakfast
  • Bus ticket from Machupichcu to Aguas calientes one way
  • 01 night hotel in Aguas Calientes ( Machupicchu Lodging)


  • First day breakfast
  • Last day lunch
  • Second day bus tickets to machupicchu
  • Huaynapicchu mountain ( consult the availability and cost)
  • Trekking poles
  • Tips for the guide
  • Others not mencionated


  • Hiking pants
  • Rain coat and rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Original passport
  • If you are student, you have to bring a valid and original student card of the college
  • Backapack witha capacity of 3o-40 lts, becuase iti necesary to carry all your stuff
  • 2 Lts of water, because on the way there isn’t a stores to buy bottles of water
  • Sun glasses
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Your personal items
  • Personal medication in case
  • Extra money , much better in peruvian soles


Responses to most FAQs related to the  Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  by Eco Path Trek.

  • Where is the pick up for the short inca trail hike?

The pick up from your hotel will be at 4:00 am, please provide clear contact information of your place of residence at check-in at the Cusco office.

  • Where to pay the remaining amount of the Short Inca Trail?

We assume most people try to get to Cusco 2-3 days before the trek to give enough time for acclimatization. Once you have settled in and rested you should come to the Cusco office to see and confirm the information we have pertinent to your short inca trail tour, personal needs and sign the conditions (even if you have already paid in full.) There are occasions in Local festivities or discomfort may require last minute changes to departure times or some additional information and that is why we have a brief briefing  before your trip.

  • Where can I store my luggage while I’m on the Short Inca Trail?

For the short inca trail  you just have to take with you the things you really want / need and leave the rest of your things in your hotel in Cusco.  Eco Path Trek offers free luggage storage for all our guests. If you have luggage, you should leave it at the office the day before, and after your tour you can pick it up.

  • What should I pack for the Short Inca Trail?

The most important things, for a day of trekking like:

  • 1 trekking pants
  • small backpack
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Has ample
  • Bottle of water
  • appetizers
  • walking shoes
  • raincoat
  • Original passport
  • Am I going to need any extra money on the short inca trail?

Yes, so you can buy: for example, a bottle of water / drinks, hot springs in Aguas Calientes , souvenirs, snacks in Machu Picchu, etc. Bring at least 400 soles as emergency money.

  • How many people will be in my group on the short inca trail?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, dates indicated in the availability of the web, are open groups in which you are invited to join. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and a 9 -16 hikers sheet we have 2 licensed trekking guides on the short inca trail. During the low season groups are more likely to be small and during peak season groups will probably be large. The Ministry of Culture has a rule in place made limited the amount of passengers by 2 guides for 16 people.


  • I am not very experienced hiker in? What if I can not keep up? How difficult is the Short Inca Trail?

Most people have that concern, but they do not care. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to return before. Just remember what made you are able to go at a speed made it comfortable for you. Take your time, your own pace, and enjoy. The Short Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. It is not a technical hike but there are plenty of Inca steps, up and down, and altitude can affect some individuals by value. It is recommended to use a trekking poles and have them in the early evening before the trek.

  • Are trekking poles really necessary on the short inca trail ?

For the short inca trail  we recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known problems of the knee. There are several times during the short inca trail hike  the need for its use, whether ascending a mountain or walking through immense sets of ladder of the short inca trail. It will help you with your balance and reduce the impact on your knees. Park rangers only allow trekking poles with rubber tips, because if it is metal it damages the road. You can purchase rubber tips for metal tips from any local store in Cusco.

  • Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Short  Inca Trail?

It is impossible to predict that they will be affected by altitude. Its ability to adapt to high altitude is deterministic undermined by its genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problem as long as they take the time to acclimate properly.

  • Can ECO PATH TREK meet my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

Not to worry, ECO PATH TREK is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs on request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or can not eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem for us.

  • I’m going to have to carry the water on the short inca trail?

Yes you must carry your own water, be it in a canteen or a bag to carry water. Since  2018, the entry of plastic bottles to the Inca Trail networks and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary is no longer allowed. So we beg you to take that detail into account. On the other hand you must be wondering how much water you should carry, the answer is, that you will evaluate it according to your need to want to drink, on the short Inca trail you usually have the first two hours a very hot temperature so Surely you should drink more than a liter of water, and to continue the journey you must have another equal volume of water. We do not recommend the idea of carrying water tablets for you to take from the streams and can purify, since many of them are not suitable for human consumption.

  • Are there any bathrooms along the way?

Along the short inca  trail there are 3 places with toilet facilities. First at the hiking start, then after 3 hours, and in Machu Picchu. Please bring a roll of toilet paper. As for another type of trash going, please take your own trash to each camp. Do not leave a trace or throw away the trash.

  • Is there a possibility to cancel my hike of short inca trail?

There isn’t a chance of  cancellation the short inca trail. Even in extreme climatic conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Ministry of Culture or ECO PATH TREK can not change the date of a walk if there is a general strike. We will make every effort to ensure that you get to the beginning of the short inca trail to start the walk by the date of the permit, on some dates if there is a strike will be communicated by the mail, where you will be informed the time and date of departure, Sometimes you must go a day earlier to prevent the road from being blocked. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel the trip for any reason, he will lose his trip; You would only have the option of going to Machu Picchu, on your own and do not lose your return train ticket, entrance to machu picchu.

  • Is the short  Inca trail good during the rainy season? It is safe?

The trail is perfectly safe during the rainy season. In fact, some people like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists. If you are one that does not mind the rain then it says’ ok for it! “You’ll just have to bring good rain gear and water boots.

  • What kind of weather can I expect on the Short Inca Trail? The temperatures?

During the “rainy season” (Dec 1 – May 1), you could have some rain at any time, but you can not expect it to rain every day. Often in December and January you may only get some continuous light rains or you could be fine and then a splendid afternoon, but in reality you could have days of good weather. At the same station, therefore, it will be noticeably hotter at night. The times of the day will get up to about 25 C° degrees Celsius. On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Dec) the days seem surprisingly like spring, with a bright and sunny sky, but it will be much colder at night. During the day you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 C° to 30 C° degrees Celsius and at night it will be 10 C°to 8 C° degrees Celsius. It is always better to dress in layers at any time of the year, really. As you walk, change the poles, since if you walk with the garment wet, it is dangerous since it could catch a flu.

  • How many hikers are there per group?

We work with a group size of 2 to 8 people, for which it is assigned: 01 guide. If the group is 8 or  more, you will have two guides

  • What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips?

The tips for the trekking staff mentioned above are not included in the price of the trek. Gratuities are optional but not mandatory. Tips for the guide: The guide will accompany the group along the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend you tip the guide after the tour in Machu Picchu, a reasonable amount is 80 usd.

  • Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?

This depends on the station that is going to visit the citadel, for example in the rainy season it is almost impossible to appreciate a sunrise, since machu picchu always dawns cloudy. In the dry season, if there is the opportunity to see an impressive sunrise in Machu Picchu.

  • Will I be able to climb the Huayna Picchu?

If you are interested in the mountain Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, it is mandatory to have a special permit which is reserved, at least 6 months in advance of your visit to Peru. This income has an additional cost of $ 80 usd.

  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?

The visits to Machu Picchu have been divided into two schedules, the first is (6:00 am to 8:00 am), those ticket has a one-time validity, with a duration of only two hours with the guide, then you can stay a prudent time until the midday. This system has been implemented for reasons of care and protection of the world wonder. To came back to aguas calientes town you can do by walk wich is 45 minutes or by the local buses.

  • What time will I be back in Cusco?

You generally arrive back to Cusco at 18:45 pm. The final place will be your hotel adress in Cusco.


  • Student discount? How can you use it to get a discount?

  • A.- For the students of the school: With the passport or national ID – original ones, from 8 to 17 years old
  • B.- For the students of the University:With the original student ID gives from the university in PVC material and it must have the follow requirements:
  • university information,
  • personal student information
  • student picture
  • expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.
  • Is it possible to change the dates after the initial reservation?

You can only make the change of dates, if we have not yet bought the permits for the Inca trail, but if everything is already organized it is very unlikely to change the date of travel, otherwise you may lose your reservation.

  • What if I do not have my passport at this time?

The Ministry of Culture requires a valid passport issued, the best case is to organize your new passport in advance if you did is the case. There is the possibility, due to the limits of the spaces on the requested date of reservation with your old passport number, and change it when you have the new passport. So we recommend bringing both documents.

  • Can I pay for the full tour in advance?

Generally, we only charge the deposit of your Inca Trail to confirm your reservation. This deposit and full details on the booking form are used as a guarantee for income and other excursions. The balance is payable upon arrival in Cusco in cash. If you choose to pay by credit card you need to pay 10% commission. The prices of the tours are cash payment.


Inca Trail Expeditions has developed a great diversity of Treks in the city of Cusco. This is how we offer the alternative treks to Machupicchu, if in case you could not get a space for the classic Inca trail. In the same way we organize the best treks in the Vilcanota mountain range like the Lares trek. Hiking to the Ausangate mountain, Choquequirao. All our activities are guaranteed, because we work with small groups and guides well trained in safety, and quality of service. Our chefs prepare the best gourmet food in Peru, with the freshest ingredients in the region. And the camping equipment are of the best outdoor brands.


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Why book with us


Inca Trail Expeditions strives in the best service to all our clients. You will take the Best memories of our city of Cusco.


The food is one of the most important things on the trek, we bring balance, and nutritive food along the trail, most of our meals are buffet with.


We are proud to contribute to the care and protection of the environment, in all our trails, we leave the environment without waste.


Our staff are very committed to their work, we are passionate about working with you and show you the rich history and tradition of the Incas.


In all the tours and walks offered by our company, we always think in your comfort, we work do best camping equipment.


Ease to make your reservation with our sales department you can, secure your tour, design your trip to your suit whit the best budget.