The Inca trail is well known in Cusco Peru is a must-hike if you are planning to visit Cusco and Visit Machu Picchu, this is the unique trek that takes you straight to Machu Picchu through the sun gate, we have the classic Inca trail 4 days, Inca trail 5 days and the short Inca trail 2 days in this tour you will hike only one day for about 8 hours or 16 kilometers and the second day you will have the chance to explore again Machu Picchu so you will see twice Machu Picchu!

The starting point of the short Inca Trail

To hike this 2-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu you can stay in Cusco or in the sacred valley the tour operator will pick you in your hotel, and if you are in Cusco you will drive to Ollantaytambo for 2 hours here you will take the train to Machu Picchu 30 minutes before you arrive to Machu Picchu town you will get off from the train exactly in the kilometer 104 here is where the 2 day Inca trail starts here is the checkpoint where you have to show your Inca trail permits and your original passports then you are in time to enjoy your tour to Machu Picchu.

How to book a 2-day Inca trail?

This tour needs to be booked in advance and only you can do it with a travel agency the travel agencies need to be certified by the ministry of culture only these companies can get the tickets for the Inca trail tours there are only 200 people allowed per day so the trail is not packed with hikers and you can enjoy better your tour and all the groups will go with a tour guide so no one hikes alone

Inca trail 2 days Distance

The total distance of the hike is 16 kilometers from kilometer 104 all the way to Machu Picchu you will hike only the first day and on the second day, you will come back by bus to Machu Picchu so you will see twice Machu Picchu! In the afternoon and in the morning.

What to expect along the trail?

After you get off the train you will cross a Urubamba river or Wilcamayu  in this river on a lucky day you can see otters and torrent ducks then we will pass the check point 5 minutes after we will see small Inca ruins called Chacabamba we will see religious sectors with small plaza and water fountain after this place you will start the hike the first section of the hike is uphill and exposes to the sun in a sunny day can be very hot but the views are great especially when you turn back you will see the valley and the veronica glacier along the way you will see some orchids and bromeliads after 3 or 4 hours of hike you will finish the uphill and you will arrive to one of the most incredible in ruins along the classic Inca trail called Wiñahuayna or forever young you will have time to explore with a tour guide then we will move to the campsite with the same name where we will enjoy our box lunch after the lunch the hike will be a breeze most flat with some ups and downs until you arrive to the sun gate this is a especial place from where you will have the first view of Machu Picchu you will have 360 view with all the mountain surrounded after you enjoy these view we will start going down for like 40 more minutes till Machu Picchu we will see the citadel from the top but you won’t visit the place this day because we will come back the second day to explore the most important places at Machu Picchu!

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