USD $ 567

This shorter route to Machu Picchu will allow you to experience the magnificent legacy of the Incas. Your first encounter with Machu Picchu will be from the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), and it becomes even more exciting as you get closer to the Inca citadel! Contact your Travel Advisor now and embark on this incredible adventure!

Price per person based on 2 people in private service only. Includes transfers, Expedition trains, adventure guide, boxed lunch, entrance fees & bus tickets. Overnight in Aguas Calientes is not included.

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    2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    The 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is for trekkers who are short on time or for the ones that do not wish to walk the traditional 4-day trek, yet are eager to live the one-in-a-lifetime experience of hiking to Machu Picchu while accessing it through the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and admire the first glimpse of this architectonic marvel from the distance.

    Right from the beginning of the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will be startled by the changing landscape and climates as you reach Wiñay Wayna, a superb site because of its capricious structure, yet with a very specific function: to take as much advantage of the land as possible. Built on a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River, it comprises an upper and lower house structure surrounded by agricultural terraces.

    From Wiñay Wayna, you will continue along a splendid and colorful trail. And right before you lose your breath climbing up a steep flight of stairs on the last bit of the trail, you will have reached  the Intipunku (Sun Gate) and Machu Picchu will majestically reveal itself right in front of your eyes. A short downhill walk will lead you to the citadel, and you will begin your Machu Picchu Tour.

    If you are looking for a complete experience in Cusco, you can add this hike to our:

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    1. DAY 1 Cusco / Sacred Valley – Km 104 – Intipunku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

      We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Ollantaytambo station to board the *Expedition train (tourist class), that will take us to Km 104 (the starting point of the trek). During the train journey, you will witness a dramatic change in the scenery, as you go lower from the Sacred Valley to the beginning of the jungle.

      Upon arrival at Km 104, we will start visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex (altitude: 2150 m/7052 ft), located very close to the checkpoint, to then embark on an 8-km ascending trail (5 miles), that after four hours will bring you to the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (altitude: 2650 m/8692 ft).

      As you walk up the hill to Wiñaywayna, you will enjoy a pleasant warm weather with breezes of fresh air and the magnificent landscape unwinding in front of you. You will also admire a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. You might even see ”viscachas” (rabbit-like chinchillas) and spectacled bears (if lucky). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. On the way up, you will enjoy magnificent views of the Urubamba river valley and the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex located on the other side of the river. You will also see a beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes away from Wiñaywayna.

      A few hours later in the afternoon, you will have reached the Inti Punku (Sun Gate), which is the entrance to Machu Picchu (2430 m / 7970 ft). The view from the Inti Punku at this time of the day will truly allow you to admire the impressive construction right in the middle of the mountains that form a natural boundary between the Andes and the jungle. This is the perfect time for an amazing photoshoot.  Once you are down at the architectural compound of Machu Picchu, you will find it peaceful and easy to connect with the past and for a brief moment imagine what it was like in the time of the Incas.

      Then, you will exit the site and take your bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will check in at your hotel booked on your own. You may enjoy a free evening to relax and reminisce about your trek to Machu Picchu.

      *Upgrade to Vistadome train (superior class) available upon request.

      Informative facts for the Trek to Machu Picchu
      Altitude of Km 104: 2145 m/7037 ft
      Vertical variation: +232 m / +761 ft
      Altitude of Inti Punku: 2732 m / 8964 ft
      Vertical variation -644 m / -2112 ft (bus)
      Altitude of Aguas Calientes: 2040 m / 6692 ft
      Distance:  10.79 km / 6.67 ml (to Inti Punku)
      Approximate walking time:

      07 hours

      Evening free.

      Overnight in Aguas Calientes (not included).


    2. DAY 2 Machu Picchu full-day Tour and Transfer back to Cusco

      You will meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby in the early morning to take the bus up to the imposing Machu Picchu complex. You will learn about its history, its many functions and its social and mystical meaning within the Andean society.

      Note: For dramatic views of the landscape that surrounds Machu Picchu, you can hike on your own either the Huayna Picchu Mountain for about 2 hours (entrance schedules: 7:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.), the Machu Picchu Mountain for 3–4 hours (entrance schedules: 7:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.), or the Huchuy Picchu Mountain for 1 hour (entrance schedules: 10:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.). These treks are optional and not included in the price.

      After the guided tour, you will take the bus down (buses depart every 5 minutes) to Aguas Calientes and explore the town on your own. Then, you will head to the train station to board the Expedition train, departing at 15:20 hours and arriving at 17:08 hrs at Ollantaytambo station, where your transfer will be waiting for you to take you back to Cusco (a 2-hour ride).

      Meals: NONE

    B Breakfast
    S Snack
    L Lunch
    D Dinner
    BL Boxed Lunch
    Private Service: 2 travelers US$ 567
    Private Service: 3 travelers US$ 473
    Private Service: 4-5 travelers US$ 425
    Private Service: 6 travelers US$ 381
    Private Service: 7 travelers US$ 369
    Private Service: 8 travelers US$ 359



    The 2-Day Express Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is customizable. If you prefer to add destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form. You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.

    • This 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available every day of the year, except in February because it closes for maintenance.
    • The recommended season to do the Express Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is from mid-April to mid-October (dry season).
    • We only offer the 2-Day Express Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in private service.
    • For more Andean trek options, please visit Peru Treks.
    • Price does not include local sales taxes, as foreign travelers are tax exempt as per Peruvian Law.
    • If you are looking for a complete experience in Cusco, you can add this hike to our 4-Day Machu Picchu Tour.
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Pre-departure briefing.
    • Transfer to the Ollantaytambo train stations from Cusco or the Sacred Valley.
    • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo station to Km 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    • Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees.
    • English, Italian or Spanish-speaking private adventure guide.
    • Boxed lunch on day 1.
    • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the first day and round trip bus ticket the next day.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • International and domestic flights.
    • Visas required for entry.
    • Airport taxes.
    • Drinks.
    • Tips.
    • Breakfast and dinner on day 1.
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day 2.
    • Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
    • Processing and wire transfer fees.

    The Express Inca Trail begins at km 104 of the Cusco-Machupicchu railroad. You will hike part of the Inca trail, passing through Wiñaywayna  complex and then to the Inti Punku (it means “Sun gate” and is the entrance to Machu Picchu).

    Besides of hiking the Inca Trail from Km 104, the ticket includes a panoramic view of the citadel of Machupicchu from the upper part on the first day, and a short visit of the lower part on the second day, which is the circuit #3.

    If you want a guided visit of the upper part on the second day, you need to buy another entrance ticket to Machu Picchu that corresponds to circuits #1 or #2.

    From mid-April to mid-October – this period is called the “dry season”. These months are peak season and of highest contrasts, being very hot and dry during the day and very cold with occasional frosting and dry at nights and early mornings.

    The “rainy season” is from mid-October to mid-April, temperatures are mild during the day with only a small fall overnight. Although it doesn’t rain every day, you can definitely expect a decent amount of rain on your hike., particularly from December to February. During this season, you can take advantage of warmer temperatures and fewer crowds at Machu Picchu.

    The Inca trail is closed in February for maintenance and preservation of the trail.

    The difficulty level of this hike is moderate because it includes climbing stairs and walking steep inclines. The duration of the trek is about 7 hours. We highly recommend acclimating to the altitude a couple of days before the trail.

    This trek includes the train rides aboard the Expedition (tourist class), which features panoramic windows and comfortable seats. Snacks are not included. However, you can request an upgrade to the following trains to enhance your experience in Machu Picchu:

    -The Vistadome train (superior class). It has wider panoramic windows, the seats are more comfortable and spacious, plus it offers snacks on board and informative audio. There is a live cultural performance and a fashion show of alpaca garments if you are traveling from Machu Picchu.

    -The PeruRail Vistadome Observatory train. It features an observatory car with live music and typical dances and snacks on board, that will provide you with a unique and relaxing experience.

    -The Belmond Hiram Bingham Train. It is a luxury train modeled on the Pullman cars of the 1920s. It features a dining car, a bar car, an observatory car, and it includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, gourmet lunch or dinner, live music show, VIP lounge, private bus to/from Aguas Calientes and tea time at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

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