Duration:2 Days


An adventure hike of about 6 hours, the best leg of the Classic Inca Trail, for people who still want to do the Inca trail to Machu Picchu without camping.  A great experience hiking the Short Inca Trail, while taking in the beauty of the surrounding nature admiring the ruins of Wiñay Wayna and continuing to Sun Gate (Inti Punku) for the first brilliant views of the heavenly Machu Picchu. The following day relish in a wonderful tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.


  • Day 1
    Depart Cusco or Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo train station – train to Km104 – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Sungate (Inti Punku) – Bus to Aguas Calientes or stay at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu (BL)
  • Day 2
    Bus to Machu Picchu – Tour – Bus back to Aguas Calientes – Train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station – Transfer to Cusco (B)


Day 1 Train ride to km104 – Short Inca Trail – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Transfer from your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley to the Ollantaytambo station for the train to Km104 Chachabamba (2150m/7,053ft). Disembark with your guide and walk to the check point to present your passports and permit. Then the excitement begins ascending at your pace observing the lovely Vilcanota River and cloud forest. We pass a pristine waterfall in route to the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2650m/8,694ft). This site is set on a steep hillside overlooking the Vilcanota River, consisting of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures. Here we will enjoy a box lunch in nature. After lunch we continue for about 1 to 2 hours through cloud forest hiking upwards to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the sacred entrance to Machu Picchu. Soak up the experience and take some pictures of the citadel below before hiking for about 50 minutes there and exiting to take the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night in a comfortable hotel.
Aguas CalientesHotel
Box lunch included

Day 2 Machu Picchu – Train ride to Ollantaytambo or Poroy Station – Cusco

This morning at the agreed time with your guide set off to the nearby bus station and wait on line for your turn to board the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu, 25-minute ride. Inhale and exhale as you finally reach the breath taking Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. At last you say. Enjoy a fantastic historical fun walking tour with your guide of this impressive citadel. Visit the guard house, main temples, royal tomb, sacred plaza and more. After a fabulous time return to town and have lunch on your own before boarding the train to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station. Return to your hotel in Cusco.
Breakfast included

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Optional extra cost

  • Add extra day at Machu Picchu (consult us for price)
  • Add Huayna Picchu or Montaña Hike extra US$90.00 per person
  • Upgrade from Expedition train to Vistadome or Hiram Bingham or First Class train with Inca Rail on return (consult us for price)
  • Upgrade hotel category to 3*, 4* or 5* (consult us for price)


  • Briefing at your hotel before the trek
  • Transfer to the train station
  • Private transport + Driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Permit for short Inca Trail includes entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist Train to Km104
  • Box lunch day 1 on the trail
  • Aguas Calientes Hotel 1 night with breakfast
  • Private tour as per program
  • Bus Tickets: One-way bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes day 1, Round trip day 2 from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back to town
  • Tourist train to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station
  • Transfer from the train station to Cusco in private transport

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (highly recommend it)
  • Lunch on day 2
  • Huayna Picchu or Montaña hike
  • Anything not mentioned in program
  • Tips

What to bring

  • Physical Passport
  • Daypack
  • Carryon luggage per person for one night up to 6 kilos (rest of luggage you will leave in hotel storage)
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable broken-in walking shoes with good sole grip
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer
  • Light jacket for cool morning or night
  • Rain poncho in case of rain
  • Canteen to refill water
  • Camera
  • Wet wipes
  • Small towel
  • Snacks
  • Personal medicines and first aid items
  • Cash for tipping etc



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