Short Inca Trail 2 Days

2-Day Short Inca Trail

2 Day 1 Nights Multi-day hike

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Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu – 2 Days

Cusco - KM 104 Inca Trail - Chachabamba - WiñayWayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
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Inca trail 2 Days is one of the most beutiful treks to Machu Picchu for those tight on time but still want to the energy of Qhapac Ñan (Inca Trail) and glimpse Machu Picchu from the heights of the sun gate, you can partake in the 2-day Inca Trail Trek. You’ll hike along 12 kilometers of this alternative Inca trail where you will discover archaeological remains, dense forests, waterfalls, and native flora and fauna all without the usual crowds along the 4-day trek. The 2-Day Short Inca Trail is a generally peaceful trek for those who like tranquility and nature.

We’ll start the trek in the ruins of Cochabamba, hiking uphill for 3 hours to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna and another two hours to Machu Picchu. After taking in our first views of Machu Picchu, we descend to the remote town of Aguas Calientes where we will rest and recharge before our guided visit to Machu Picchu on Day 2. If you are tight on time and are in good physical condition to do so, you may also choose to complete this entire trek in a single day, completing your trek and exploring Machu Picchu in the same day.

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This short inca trail 2 days with a hotel allows you to visit the most magnificent ruins such as: Chachabamba and Winawayna, and then enter on foot through the Sun Gate as the Incas did. You are going to take a bus down to Aguas Calientes town and have an unforgettable dinner with your tour guide. This will be at a nice restaurant in village before heading to your hotel, and the next day spent at Machu Picchu (Seven Wonders of the Modern World) with a private guide.


We start the day by picking you up from your hotel between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. to transfer you to the train station of Ollantaytambo for 1.5 hours, from where you will boar the train around 6:00 am. towards km 104 of the railway line where the Inca trail 2 days stars where you will also meet your tour guide and pass a control point of the Inca Trail.

We’ll begin with a 3-hour uphill hike towards to archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna, where you will have time to explore and listen to a guided explanation of the ruins.

Afterward, you will eat lunch and walk for another 2 hours to the Intipunku Sun Gate, from where you will have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu after we will continue walking for about 45 minutes toward Machu Picchu and spend time taking pictures and enjoying the magic of the ancient city.

Afterwards you will take a bus for 30 minutes to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes where you will spend a night in the hotel also enjoy a delicius dinner in one of the restautants of the town

On day 2, we will get an early start to Machu Picchu. You need to wake up around 4:00 am to get ready, grab your packed breakfast and begin the 30-minute walk to the Puente Ruinas checkpoint, where you will have to show your passport and Machu Picchu tickets.

After the first checkpoint, we will climb stairs for about one hour until we arrive at the Machu Picchu main gate, where we will again show our passports and tickets before entering the site. Once everyone is at the gate, we begin the 2.5-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu, learning everything about The Lost City of the Incas. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the Inca city of Machu Picchu on your own before walking back to Aguas Calientes for your 14:55 train departure back to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you will transfer to a shuttle and finish the route to Cusco, arriving at the main square around 6:00 pm.


At Ausangate Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.


  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Transfer from Cusco to the train station of Ollantaytambo
  • A professional tour guide prepared in first aid and experienced in the route and history
  • Second guide for groups of more than 9 people
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to kilometer 104 which is the trailhead
  • Intrance ticket for the Inca trail 2 days
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu for the first and second day
  • 1 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 1
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle for emergencies
  • 01 breakfast, 01 lunch, 01 dinner
  • Return train from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo Station to your hotel in Cusco


  • Breakfasts of the first day
  • Lunch of the second day
  • Extra expenses
  • Tips

Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Ausangate Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

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  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • A coat
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking Shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Personal medicines suggested by your doctor
  • Original Passports
  • Your student ID — this is important, you will need to prove your student status at the Machu Picchu checkpoint!

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Ausangate Trekking office.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Ausangate Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurant. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.




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At Ausangate Trekking we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Ausangate Trekking we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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