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2-day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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2-day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
From £403
Duration 2 Days
From £403
Duration 2 Days
The Short Inca trail is designed for people who don’t have enough time or didn’t get the Classic Inca trail permit on Time.

This trek combines highlights from the original Inca Trail with some of the most beautiful Inca ruins nested in the dense vegetation of the cloud forest. You will visit archaeological sites such as Chachabamba and Wiñay Huayna (the place that never gets old). We enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and from here you can take in one of the most spectacular views of The Lost City of the Incas. We arrive in Machu Picchu late in the afternoon and therefore have the unique opportunity to see the city almost empty.


Day 1: Cusco – Km104 – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (15km 8hrs)
Day 2: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Incas) – 3 hours



We start the tour from your hotel around 4am and drive to Ollantaytambo. From here it’s a 1 hour 30 minute train ride along the Urubamba river from Ollantaytambo (in the highlands) to km 104 at Chachabamba (in the cloud forest). Where we start our hike to Machu Picchu. Our first stop is a beautiful Inca ruin called Chachabamba. After exploring the site we will hike for 4 hours until we arrive at Wiñay Huayna (the place that never gets old). A packed lunch and refreshments will be provided. Later we will continue our hike to the Sun Gate to catch your first glimpse of the Lost City of the Incas – a truly unforgettable sight. From the Sun Gate it’s a one hour downhill walk to the city.  We will arrive into Macchu Picchu in the afternoon and will therefore have the unique opportunity of experiencing the city almost empty. We will then take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where we will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel.

  • Campsite Altitude: 2000m / 6561ft
  • Highest altitude: 2700m / 8858ft
  • Distance: 15km / 8 miles
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals: Lunch, snacks & dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate


We will Wake up early to visit Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas. We will go straight to the line to wait for the first bus going up to Machu Picchu at 5:30 am. On a clear day you can watch the spectacular sun rise over Machu Picchu. This is truly an unforgettable sight. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3 hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (tickets must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and then take the train and bus back to Cusco. The Trexperience Team will meet you off the train and return you safely to your hotel.

  • Highest altitude: 2700m / 8858ft
  • Distance: 6km / 3 miles
  • Duration: 2 – 3 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast (hotel)
  • Difficulty: Easy


  • Airport pick up and drop-off
  • All transportation from beginning to end
  • Chef, porters, full camping equipment
  • Professional Native Tour Guides
  • All meals included
  • Entrance ticket to all places we visit


  • Free airport Pick up and drop off
  • Travel Assistance 24/7 for any questions or recommendations
  • Live history shows: our new way to teach you Inca history full of Fun
  • Meditation time at Machu Picchu
  • Arrive to Machu Picchu throgh the Sungate in the afternoon to wacht the Sunset
  • Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
  • We promote gender equality and Women´s empowerment
  • 2% of  the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects
Experience Tours
Region South America
Country Peru

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