Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D/1N – Group Service - Orange Nation Peru

2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Group Service


When you hike the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will see impressive Inca ruins, expansive mountain views, lush subtropical vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties. The Ancient Inca Road goes through the National Park and takes you through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu! We will pass through cloud forest and finally into subtropical vegetation. People hiking the short Inca Trail Trek will have the privilege of seeing the famous Machu Picchu Citadel in the afternoon on the first day and also visiting it the next morning! This trek was designed for those with little travel time who would like to experience a part of the Historic Inca Trail and walk to the New 7 Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu!


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Service Level: Standard-comfortable mid-tier accommodation. Modern vehicles with private driver.
Physical Rating: Moderate hike, with minimal prep required before hike . Perfect for families with small children and mature adults.
Travel Style: Hiking, trekking and mid-tier hotel accommodation (option to upgrade).
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.



Your Inca Trail Trek Begins!

Your pick-up is the crack of dawn, at 4 am, ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Catch up on sleep or just enjoy the views in our comfortable, private transportation to Ollantaytambo.

On arrival at the train station, take some time to grab a quick cup of coffee before your guide hands you your lunch to add to your daypack. Your train departs Ollantaytambo at 6:10am and you will have just over an hour on the train to enjoy the scenery and have breakfast (not included).

(Ask your hotel to pack you a picnic breakfast, this complimentary service is included in many hotels. Or you can pack your own breakfast.)

We then disembark at the famous Km104 where your trek begins, at (2,000m/6,560 ft) above sea level). After crossing the Urubamba River on a picturesque foot bridge, you will show your passport at the checkpoint and visit your first Inca site just a few feet away.

The first hour and a half is a gentle uphill climb. Along the way, you will stop at several outlooks for an expansive view of the Urubamba river and valley. You also pass through several microclimates, including cloud forest, so be ready for damp or even rain at any time of the year. The next hour and a half is a slightly steeper climb with a beautiful waterfall as your reward at the end of the section!

From the waterfall, find yourself gazing up at the spectacular Wiñay Wayna at (2,600m/8,500ft) above sea level. These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history with some parts still hidden by the dense jungle.

This close to Machu Picchu, you are hiking through lush sub-tropical jungle. Your guide will tell you all about the ruins, plus the incredible flora and fauna unique to the Inca Trail and answer any questions you might have.

A short walk later, you will have lunch at a covered shelter at the Wiñay Wayna campground. This is the last campground for those hiking the Classic Inca Trail. The campsite has camping toilets and sinks with running water to wash your hands.

Take your time enjoying your hearty, gourmet lunch and admiring the tropical flowers around the campground. Be sure to notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions at the time of booking!

After lunch, you have a mostly flat hour-long walk before reaching a short but very steep set of Inca stairs that are directly carved into the rock. Once this section is conquered, you will arrive at the Sun Gate where you will be faced with the most jaw dropping and expansive view of the great citadel of Machu Picchu.

Seize this opportunity and take plenty of pictures from this unique vintage point- after all, you’ve earned it. There are also a couple more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu, so make sure to go slowly, enjoy your time walking on the Royal Inca Path.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, you will have time to take more photos from the viewing platforms above the site (where you will visit the iconic Guard House), and you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu Picchu.

You will arrive to Machu Picchu in the afternoon, just as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists. This gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light as the crowds begin to thin.

Take your time and enjoy this magical experience, before taking the bus down to Aguas Calientes and checking into your hotel. Your will have a delicious dinner, then enjoy some free time to walk around this picturesque little town, visit the hot springs or just go to your hotel to rest after such an exciting day.

  • Meals included: Box Lunch, dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • Distance: 12 kms/7.5 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • 3* Accommodations: Ferre Hotel Machu Picchu or similar
  • 4* Accommodation: El Mapi or Tierra Viva Machu Picchu upgrade (superior room)
  • Difficulty: moderate

***You can leave an overnight bag at the Ollantaytambo train station to be sent by train directly to Aguas Calientes (Up to 5 kilos per person).

The Full Machu Picchu Experience!

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, we’ll take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu so that we can witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss!

You will enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu, which takes about two hours. You will see many of the most important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel and your guide will share plenty of information about the site.

After your tour, those who have an advanced booking for the extra hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have time to enjoy the climb and incredible views on their own.

Once everyone has had their fill of the exceptional history and scenery that is so iconic of Machu Picchu, we will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater.

You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 7:00pm.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel


  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $57 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized by requested and it has to be done by booking time.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on availability and let us know if you wish to take the hike at the time of booking.
  • OPTIONAL extra tickets for Machu Picchu (Circuit #1 or #2 ) will cost US$55



The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on almost any day that suits your schedule! We only need a minimum of two people in order to book!


Price Per Person

Without Hotel 3* Hotel (Included) 3* Hotel (Others) 4* Hotel
$427 USD $447 USD By request US$577

Hotel Options:

  • 3* Hotel: Ferre Hotel Machu Picchu (Included)
  • 4*: El Mapi (1st option)or Tierra Viva Hotel (As 2nd option) – They depend on availability!
  • **Single supplement  USD $35 for 3*(other 3* upgrades $60 USD) Hotel, US$110 for 4* hotel like el Mapi or $75 USD for 4*hotel like Tierra Viva superior room


  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike: $75 USD per person
  • Vistadome Train: $57 USD per person – (RETURN ONLY)
  • Hotel single supplement $35 USD per night for Ferre´ Hotel (for solo travelers with single room)
  • Duffel bag (5 kilos or 11 lbs): sent to your hotel in Aguas Calientes for those staying extra days
**Huayna Picchu is optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.


  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40USD  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
*** The 2 day short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year round, except when it is closed in February for maintenance — This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in the ancient times, you will explore some amazing Inca ruins along the way like Wiñay Wayna.



  • Hotel pick up
  • Private transportation from your hotel to the train station
  • Permits for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • 3 Bus tickets: from Machu Pichu down to Aguas Calientes, the next morning from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu, and the afternoon return down to Aguas Calientes
  • Licensed guide experienced in trekking and fluent in English
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to KM104 – Ollantaytambo with private van connection to Cusco
  • Admission tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
  • 3* One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (hot shower, bathroom, private room and breakfast included)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Taxes


  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
  • Walking Poles: $10 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • First breakfast (Usually served at your hotel) and last lunch at Aguas Calientes
  • Hotels before and  after your trek
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Flights
  • VISTADOME Trains – $57
  • Tips for your staff (Orange Nation Peru staff receive a fair wage immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but they do greatly appreciate them)


**Huayna Picchu is optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.


  • Original  Passport: (Must be the same you used for booking your trek)
  • Valid, University Card: (Only if you booked as a student)
  • Good Daypack: One with extra room for a box lunch (the smaller, the better)
  • Water: 2-3L (Camelbak bladders are encouraged)
  • Boots: Comfortable broken in hiking boots or shoes (Boots with ankle support recommended).
  • Sleeping Bag: 4 season bag (can be rented from ORANGE NATION)
  • Headlamp or flashlight: Headlamp frees up hands (Back-up flashlight & batteries are recommended)
  • Toilet paper: Make sure to bring your own.


As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15 lbs. Including your 2kg sleeping bag.

  • Warm clothes
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer your own
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us for $20USD


  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit


We highly recommend a small backpack 30 – 40 Liters for hiking. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Drinking Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal. Please bring your canteens or bottles
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, ice cream, cereal bars, protein bars
  • Coca leaves
  • Rain plastic poncho
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Group Service
From USD $447

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Letty C

Excellent worker

Jun. 2023

Joaquín excellent 👍 Very Caballero helped me with my 🎒 offered me oxygen does very well His work ⁇ in singing to Subme to the 🐎 And what a beautiful mountain it cost me to Climb but with the Joaquín's help I did!

Mariana D

A great adventure!

May. 2023

We made 4D / 3N of the Inka Trail. The experience was challenging, but it was worth it. Chef Fortunato's meals and explanations of Jony and David's places were very complete. Tmb the patience to make sure we all get there on time.


Fast and friendly service

Dec. 2022

We did not get to specify the service due to the political situation in the country, however the company quickly and carefully proceeded with the return. Very good service and when the situation calms down we will resume service with them.

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