Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu in 2D/1N

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2 days - Cusco

Type of Tour : Adventure, Cultural

Activity(s) Hiking, Tour, Guided Visits

Enjoy a full day Inka trail with a sunset experience in Machupicchu and next day be delight with the Machupicchu Sunrise guided tour. The Inca Trail with surrounded by the Andean mountains, primitive lush vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties. The trail goes through the Machupicchu National Park and enters through Inti Punku “The Sun Gate” with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu. Upon arriving to Machu Picchu, enjoy a Sunset free time in Machupicchu. Next day get a Sunrise guided tour in Machupicchu, with full of fresh energy and good Mother earth energy.

Inca trail 2D 1N to Machupicchu with a sunset experience in Machupicchu on our 1st day “with few people”; taking this adventure day trek we going to visit the most important Inca site of the famous Inca Trail, Wiñayhuayna “For Ever Young”, midday we going to arrive to The Sun Gate and in the Afternoon a beautiful sunset Machupicchu free time “with few people”, next day we going to enjoy a guided tour in Machupicchu.


Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2 days - Cusco map


DAY 1: Trekking Km 104 Chachabamba to Inti Punku ,the Sun Gate

Walking Distance – 16kms/10  miles
Starting Elevation – 2100 meters ASL / 6889feet ASL
Highest Elevation – 2700 meters ASL / 8858 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation 
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.
Meals:box lunch 

img-Trekking Km 104 Chachabamba to Inti Punku ,the Sun Gate

Today Our trek takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We'll visit the most  beautiful Incas sites , we will be able to see a variety of flora and fauna and  take Us  in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains. Covering 16km of the trail ,our journey begins in the Sacred Valley  it's way up along the  original Inca Trail to another  amaizing  Incas site named Winay Wayna(forever young), after that  continuing in our way to  Machu Picchu via  Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

 As we make our way to Machu Picchu we will pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a diversity of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some major mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and the  Spectacular Bears (if we are very lucky).

After a full day trekking we'll arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku)  later on in the  afternoon and finally have  our first  impressive views of the Archaeological place of  Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below.

The clarity  of the day at this time  is one of the best  for photos and is not to crowded with tourists  at all which make the  perfect time to take some pictures of the amazing place . After we have passed through the Sun Gate we will  carry on along the trail a little way before taking a side trail, that lead  us to the town  named Aguas Calientes in the below valley where we will  check in to our hotel.


img-Trekking Km 104 Chachabamba to Inti Punku ,the Sun Gate

DAY 2: Aguas calientes,Machupicchu,Cusco

Walking Distance – 
Starting Elevation – 2000 meters ASL / 6561feet ASL
Highest Elevation – 2400 meters ASL / 7874 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation – 
Difficulty: Easy

img-Aguas calientes,Machupicchu,Cusco

Waking up early at (04:00am) we will take one of the first buses back  to Machu Picchu to access in the site as soon as  it opens (06:00am) We are going to have  2 hours guided , during your guided tour  you will  learn about the Incas civilisation ,as well visit  the entire place and the  most important areas of the citadel.

After your tour finish you will  have some  free time to explore the place  by yourself and if you have your entrance ticket to climb the  Huayna Picchu mountain  (2 hours round trip) or Machu Picchu mountain (3 hours round trip).

You will also have time to indulge  your self in the following activities on your own if you choose (not included in the price)

  • Climb up to  Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains and have the most stunning views of Machu Picchu from the top of the it .
  • Another optional activities in Aguas Calientes,could be  visiting  the  new local museum or  indulge  yourself  with the relaxing bath in the hot springs .


    img-Aguas calientes,Machupicchu,Cusco

  • More Information


    Transfers In / Out.
    One day before “briefing about your trail with our staff at our office”.
    Pick up at your hotel by your guide, time will be confirmed at the day of your briefing.
    Transport from your hotel to the Ollantaytambo train station.
    Expedition Touristic Train from Ollantaytambo to 104 kilometer “Chachabamba
    English speaking professional guide experienced in trekking and degree in archaeology for Inca Trail and Machupicchu inca city.
    Admission Ticket to the Inca trail, it will be send to you at the time of your booking.
    Admission Ticket Machu Picchu Inca City.
    1 Box lunch.
    01 Dinner in a Machupicchu restaurant “please check menu”, vegetarian option is available at no extra cost.
    Sunset Free time in Machupicchu 1st day and Sunrise Guided Tour on 2nd day.
    Inca Trail safe first: First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank also an emergency radio and satellite phone is carried by your guide.
    1 night in a 3* hotel in Aguas Calientes.
    Train Back Expedition from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station.
    Transfer from Train station to Cusco.
    24-hour guest service: Telephone service available 24 hours/day.
    Free luggage store at ITEP Travel.
    Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes 1th and 2th day.

    CONFORT (All previus Classic service +)

    Return Train in Vistadome Panoramic service.
    Porter for personal items (for up to 5Kg)

    First breakfast before the transfer on the first day.
    Meals in Machupicchu village: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes. Approx. 20 usd to 25 usd, Price can vary according your selection.
    Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb entrance fees.
    Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits.
    Personal clothing and gear
    Travel Insurance
    Tips for the staff (Tips are optional but of great appreciation for them; ITEP Travel staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip).

    EXTRA Services to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Walking sticks (US$15 for a pair of sticks)
    Extra porter for personal items (US$150 for up to 15 Kg)
    Upgrade to Single room in Aguas Calientes (US$35)
    Upgrade to Vistadome train (US$50)
    Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (US$75) – There is only a limited space at Wayna Picchu (400 persons per day), so it is a good idea to book in advance.

      Machupicchu + Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Mountain Machupicchu + Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Mountain
    Inca Trail 2D - 2024 USD 479.00 + USD 75.00 USD 574.00 + USD 75.00

    Original passport and *Valid student identity card if applicable.
    Day Pack.
    Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
    Walking boots.
    Warm jacket, hat and gloves.
    Comfortable trousers.
    Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended).
    Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended).
    Insect repellent.
    Personal medication.
    Photo/video cameras and chargers.
    Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are the best).
    Optional Items to Take | Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu 2 Days.
    Walking stick (with rubber tip).
    Plasters and bandages.
    Extra money.
    Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes) where the entrance fee at the door is US$4.


    18 - 24 years old: We offer a $20 discount per student. To qualify as a student, you must have a valid student identity card and be under 25 years of age at the time of your trip. Scan and email us the copy at the time of booking.
    Under 17 years old: We offer a $20 discount per child. you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trip (you will need to scan and email us a copy of the passports).


    YES. To protect the historical trail of the Inkas, the number of people allowed to hike the Inca Trail each day is limited to 250. That is why, you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to six months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.

    We highly  recommended  to do your trekking to the Machupicchu or Huaynapicchu Mountains in order to have the most stunning views of the archaeological place(Machupicchu)


    Huayna Picchu is one of the mountains that stands next to Machu Picchu and has amazing views from above. This hike is done after your tour with  us and takes 45 minutes to reach  the top and 45 minutes to came back down. Great oportunity to take  lots of photos, because of the incredible views . 
    The Huayna Picchu Mountain is the one that you will see just  behind Machu Picchu on any postcard; the  Incas paths hidden alongside the mountain, it may frighten those  who have a fear of heights.

    For those of you who struggle with heights you may need to know that you will be steps away from hundred foot plummets into an abyss, and in some places the path can be very steep and narrow.

    There are times when you need to use security cables to support yourself; it is a challenge for anyone. If you suffer from vertigo or you have a hard time controlling your fear of heights we would recommend taking a different route. You will have to place reservations 6 months before if you would like one of the 400 available tickets to go up to the Huayna Picchu Mountain.


    Machu Picchu Mountain is an unforgettable and lesser-known hike above the Machu Picchu  with stunning panoramic view of the valley. Reaching the archaeological place which is only one part of the Machu Picchu experience.

    The other one is climbing the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain at 3,050 meters above sea level for dramatic views of the place and lush mountains separated by deep valleys and Urubamba River.

    As spectacular as seeing Machu Picchu is, the lost Incas city, tells us just little things  if you don’t see them in a perspective with the surrounding mountains. It is  when you can appreciate the enormous effort of Incas engineery to built their  citys 2,430 meters above sea level without using any  metal tools or  wheel. Why the city was initially built ?,still remains as mystery.


    We recommend that our guests spend at least 2 nights in Cusco prior to departure. This helps with acclimatization to the altitude and also provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Cusco.

    Travelers can feel the effects of higher altitudes as low as 6000 feet (2000 meters) above sea level. They differ in their tolerance for high altitude conditions and how their bodies react to the changes in air pressure and oxygen level. Therefore we encourage our guests to undergo appropriate preparation by regular cardio-vascular exercise, even if conduct- ed at low elevation, and to adopt a healthy, balanced diet prior to the trip.

    Without at least some pre-trip training, or a good basic level of fitness, trekking is hard work. Let’s be honest  – it’s very  hard work ,anyway the precie for a great trek is paid in sweat. Sore calves and aching quads are badges of honor, with blisters and lost toenails marks of pride.

    But in return, you get some of the most untouched, pristine and jaw-dropping scenery on the planet. And you know what? The more you train for your epic hike, the easier it’ll be. And you don’t have to be an Iron Woman/Man to climb to Andean Mountains or reach the top of  Machupicchu. Apart  from it. Trekking is available to anyone; you just have to be sensible and work a bit for it. There you have some of our pre top tips for your upcoming trek:

    1. Start walking now (it’s never too early to start training)

    This may seem like the most obvious step to start with (pardon the pun), but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it. The best way to prepare for a really long walk? Do some really long walks. You should start with small-ish distances and work up ,to the length that  you will  be trekking on your trip.

    When you start your training, leave a day in between each walk  to let your body recover. But as your body gets fitter, try to do back-to-back sessions each day – it’ll help you  build your stamina for the relentless nature of a ten-day trek, where you won’t have the luxury of rest days. Ideally, you want to be able to walk 4-6 hours – comfortably – before you leave.

    2. Make leg-based cardio part of your routine…

    As well as doing long walks, you should also work some leg-based cardio into your daily routine. Cycling is awesome for building up muscle in your legs, but soccer, football, squash and swimming are all great too. If you’re more into gym workouts, mix up your spin classes or cycling bursts with squats and lunges (the more weight, the better).

    3. …and take the stairs every chance you get

    Stair climbing is also a good one for building up calves and quads, so take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator when you’re at work or the train station.

    4. Make sure you’re walking properly

    You’ve been doing it since you were around one year old, but it’s super important to monitor how you’re walking and if you’re doing it correctly. Make sure you’re hitting the ground with your heel first, then rolling onto your toe, which propels you onto the next step (this will help reduce the risk of shin splints and tendon pulls – ouch). Walk with your head up, eyes forward and shoulders level.

    5. Mix up your training terrain…

    When you’re on your trek, it’s unlikely you’ll be walking on level footpaths and roads, so avoid training solely on level footpaths and roads. Instead, try to train on surfaces that will be similar to the trails on the trek. If you’re heading to Everest or Kili, aim to train on steep, rocky terrain and loose shale; if it’s Kokoda, try to find muddy paths. It’s really important you prepare your feet, ankles and knees for the stress they’ll experience on the trip.

    6. …and walk in all types of weather

    It’s also unlikely you’ll get ten straight days of perfect weather on your trek, so prepare yourself for all conditions by walking in cold, windy, rainy, warm and humid conditions (where possible, of course!).

    7. Try using walking poles

    When you’re navigating Kili’s gravel trails or lumbering down Dead Woman’s Pass on the Inca Trail, walking poles will become your two new best friends. They take the pressure off your knees on the downs, and give you extra support on the ups. Incorporate poles into your training sessions so you get used to walking with them.

    8. Train with a backpack

    On almost all of our trekking trips, you won’t be carrying your main pack, but you will need to carry a small daypack, packed with essentials like your camera, snacks, sunscreen, water and wet-weather gear. So with all your days/weeks/months of training, make sure you’re challenging yourself with a weighted bag. If you really want to push it, pack your bag with a few extras, so it’s a little heavier than what you’re planning to hike with on the trip – it’ll make the eventual trek feel like a walk in the park (chortle).

    9. Keep the tank fuelled

    It’s SO important you’re stocked with enough water and food during a trek (hydration is key!). Nuts, dried fruit, muesli bars and chocolate are all good, quick sources of energy and protein; keep a selection of these healthy snacks in your daypack. Also, bring along a reusable canteen;  alpine streams are usually a great source of fresh water, but our guides provide boiled (and cooled) water daily throughout your trek. While you’re in training-mode, try to eat and drink ‘on the go’ as much as you can, so your body can get used to digesting during strenuous exercise.

    10. Invest in a good pair of shoes

    Your feet are the  most  crucial part of your body on this  trek, and it doesn’t take much to keep them in toe-tappingly tip-top shape. First, invest in a pair of good-quality, water-resistant hiking boots; you want plenty of support and ventilation too. Then, wear them in. How do you do this? Wear ‘em everywhere. On your training runs, on walks to the shops, to work, to formal events (well, maybe not). You get the idea though; by wearing them in as much as possible in the weeks and months leading up to the trek, it’ll help avoid blisters, bunions and lost toenails. Then, stock up on a few pairs of really good hiking socks (preferably a wool/nylon blend), that will wick moisture and keep your feet dry. If you want to get a bit crazy, wear two pairs while walking to minimise your chance of blisters.

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