• Av. el Sol 200, Cusco - Peru

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with hotel 2d/1n


2 days

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This 2 day / 1 night hike is perfect for explorers who want to experience this world-famous trail and one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Join us on the Classic Inca Trail built in 15th century to Machu Picchu! Along the way you will pass the beautiful Inca site Winay Wayna (forever young) and then hike through the Sun Gate as well as the lesser known ruins at Chachabamba, and past the most magnificent waterfall that this area has to offer. It truly is a short itinerary that packs a real punch!

***The Peruvian Tourism Authorities require permits for the Short Inca Trail. There are limited spots so reserve before the permits are booked***

Trip Overview

Tour Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture
Good For: Moderate physical fitness
Difficulty: Moderate
Considerations: Permit Required


  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek
  • Hotel pick up at approximately 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 104, to begin your trek
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes is included on the Expedition class (if you wish to upgrade to the Vistadome train it is an additional $75 per person)
  • Your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included
  • Drop off at Hotel
  • Hotel: This trek includes one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. We include a three star hotel. Your booked hotel will be listed on your confirmed invoice. Upgrades are always possible.
  • Lunch will be served around Wiñay Wayna ruins
  • Dinner will be in the best restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes, called Indio Feliz.
  • Breakfast at your hotel Lunch the last day is not included.
  • Water: We encourage you to bring extra water (2L per person). We will provide (1) bottle in your box lunch
  • First Aid: Every Panaka Adventure guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single Panaka Adventure guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
  • Rentals: Walking Sticks (Pair): $10
  • Day 2: Lunch
  • Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control.
  • Porters: As this is a 1 day hike, without camping, porters are not used. Your day pack should include anything you need for the evening and next day at Machu Picchu. It is your responsibility to carry that yourself.
  • Tips for your crew

Tour Plan

Day 01 Hiking to Machu Picchu

Your journey begins with your hotel pick up at 4 a.m. We will drive to the Ollantaytambo train station and depart on the 6:10am train. Along this hour and half train ride, you will see spectacular views of the farmlands, snow-capped mountains and the mighty Urubamba River, one of the sources of the Amazon River. At 104 km or trailhead (2,100 meters above sea level), we reach the starting point of our trek. Before we begin, we will take a group photo and pass out your box lunch which includes a bottle of water. The tour begin with the Inca site Chachabamba and then we will begin hiking upwards, as we head for the Classic Inca Trail. If the weather is clear, we'll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Sites.

After hiking for four hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2,650 m/8,500 ft. Most people do not get the opportunity to see an elaborate water fountain, temples and some agricultural terraces, which provide a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of the Incas. The backdrop of this site drops off a cliff, with beautiful mountains surrounding the area. From Wiñay Wayna, we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will walk to the Sun Gate, where we will see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views, we will begin our descent to Machu Picchu.

A big advantage of this hike, is that by the time we reach Machu Picchu, most of the day travelers will have returned home, so there are less people. After taking photos, we board the bus to Aguas Calientes so you can check into your hotel. Once you’ve checked into the hotel, we will go to dinner at Indio Feliz (included). This restaurant is considered to be the best food in Aguas Calientes. After dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.

Accommodations: Tierra Viva Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Box Lunch and Dinner

Day 02 Visit the “Lost City of the Incas”

We will wake up early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu. You will have a two hour guided tour by your private English speaking guide. After that, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have tickets to Huayna Picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half, round-trip. When you are done exploring, you can either take a bus, or walk, down to Aguas Calientes. You will have a few hours of free time in the afternoon before your train departs to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we will drive you back to Cusco.

Meals Included: Breakfast Only

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Deposit Option $200.00 Per item
Min - Max (Persons) Adult Price Children Price Baby Price
2 - 16 $545.00 $545.00 $525.00