2 Day Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Trek Package - Orange Nation Peru

2 Day Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Trek Package


This fantastic Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Trek Package covers the last section of the Classic Inca Trail and takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the Sun Gate, followed by the amazing trail to the world renowned Rainbow Mountain!

Two amazing trails that take you to the two most spectacular places in the world, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain respectively. Follow the “Ancient Inca Road” through lush subtropical vegetation, cloud forest. expansive mountain vistas and extraordinary ecological varieties. Enter through the Sun Gate for the most jaw dropping views of Machu Picchu.

On your penultimate day, hike to an amazing and eye-catching freak of nature that is Rainbow Mountain. Join the millions that have followed the path to this stunning piece of nature. Both hikes offer added hikes for even further discovery. From Machu Picchu hike to the top of Huayna Picchu Mountain for panoramic view of the citadel and its landscape. Also, venture to Red Valley from Rainbow Mountain to discover Mars right here on earth.

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Service Level: Standard-Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Physical Rating: Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
Travel Style: Aventure, Hiking, trekking
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 8, Avg 5.
short inca trail 2 days - Orange Nation Peru


We welcome you to the Imperial City of Cusco that sits at 3 400m / 11 155ft above see level. Cusco will take your break away in more ways than one. So, it’s a good idea to spend the day relaxing and acclimating to the high elevation.

If you are feeling okay, take the opportunity to explore the architectural wonder of the historical center. Spending time the picturesque Plaza De Armas, or bohemian neighborhood of San Blas. Try out some alpaca apparel, local Andean Cuisine, or a cup of coffee, cultivated locally.

  • 3* Accommodation: Maytaq Wasin or Waman Hotels
  • 4* Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel Hotels

We have an early pickup and a busy day today, so meet your guide in your hotel lobby at 4am. It won’t take long before we’re flying into the valley on our way to Ollantaytambo train station, arriving with plenty of time to grab a quick breakfast and cup of coffee (not included).

We catch the 6:10am train to KM104. Upon arrival at the trail head, we take a moment to check in for the hike (passports are essential for this process) and prepare for the day ahead, apply sunscreen, insect repellent and pack away our box lunches.

The first hour and a half of the hike is a gentle upward climb. Along the way, we will stop at several viewpoints where you have an expansive view of the Urubamba River and the surrounding valley. It starts out impressive, and just gets more and more beautiful the steeper we climb.

We also pass through several microclimates, including cloud forest, so be prepared for damp weather and even rain at any time of the year. The next hour and a half are a slightly steeper uphill with a beautiful waterfall as your reward.

Once at the waterfall, we have just one section of the hike remaining. After we cross over the bridge, we start a steep incline to the spectacular Wiñay Wayna! (2,600m/8,500ft above sea level).

From this vantage point in the ruins, the views of the valley are stunning. We will explore this well preserved site (only rediscovered in 1942) with our guide sharing plenty of information about the space.

We stop at a covered shelter at the Wiñay Wayna campground for our box lunch. This is the point were the Short Inca Trail and the Classic Inca Trail intersect.

Take advantage of the opportunity to use the restroom and enjoy the incredible flora and fauna of this subtropical microclimate that’s close to the jungle. Let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions at booking.

After lunch, you have an hour long walk that rolls gently up and down. Just before reaching the Sun Gate, we will climb a steep set of steps known as the Gringo Killer steps. Passing through the Sun Gate you will have your first jaw dropping view of the great Machu Picchu.

So, take some time to savor the moment be sure to take plenty of photos. The last hour down from the Sun Gate offers many opportunities to take more photos of Machu Picchu from this unique vantage point.

There are a couple more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu, so make sure to go slowly. Enjoy your time walking in the footsteps of the Inca on the Inca Trail and ask your guide all the questions you can think of about these historical places on the last stretch of your hike to Machu Picchu.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, you will have even more time to take photos from the viewing platform above the site. Today we will visit the Guard House, where you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu Picchu.

We will arrive at the citadel in the afternoon, just as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists. This gives you a great opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light as the crowds are dispersing.

Take your time soaking it all in. After all, you’ll never get another first glance of Machu Picchu again. As dusk begins to bite, we make our way down the mountain (via bus) to the town of Aguas Calientes, which sits nestled below.

Once you are checked into your hotel, we meet for a celebratory dinner over a job well done. You then have some free time to spend as you wish, whether it’s exploring the town or heading off for an early night.

  • Meals included: Box lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Accommodation: 3* Ferre Hotel Machu Picchu
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

You will leave an overnight bag at the Ollantaytambo train station to be sent by train directly to Aguas Calientes.

We don’t want to waste a moment of the day, so after an early breakfast we jump on the shuttle bus up to the citadel. We arrive in time to watch the sunrise from inside the citadel before our tour begins.

**Optional hike

**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. This is a self-guided climb that you will do after your guided tour of Machu Picchu. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this.

After the tour we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. If time permits than we get to explore the artisanal markets, stroll the cobbled streets, or even check out the hot springs.

Finally, we board our train back to Ollantaytambo where our private transportation will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time in Cusco is 7:00pm.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel
  • Hotel: 3* Maytaq Wasin or Waman Hotel


  • On the 2 day Inca Trail, we will be doing the circuit #3 and there is no way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $67 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 about it at booking time.

The day begins early, your guide will be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby at 4am, ready for the 3 hour drive to the trailhead that stretches out ahead of us. Along the way, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, traditional villages, valleys and high Andean peaks.

As you start your hike, you will have views of the Ausangate Mountain and other glaciers surrounding you. You can chat with the local people, who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive. Learn about their traditional clothes and the significance of the different hats worn by the men. Also, ask your guide to teach you a few phrases in Quechua!

After 1.5 hours of hiking, we finally reach the Rainbow Mountain. After taking a moment to admire the view, you will have a bit of time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the view.

Once you have had your fill of the Rainbow Mountain, there is an optional hike to the top of the Red Valley. This loop takes about 45 minutes, and it is completely worth the effort.

At this point, we hike back down the way we came. The hike takes 1 hour, then we enjoy our lunch which is prepared by our talented cook.

We will begin the 3-hour drive back to Cusco, dropping you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving at around 6:30pm.

  • Meals included: hot breakfast & lunch
  • Difficulty: moderate to challenging

At any time, we will drive you back to airport for you flight home or to your next destination. Coordinate your departure times with the office.

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***The 2 Day Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Trek Package is available on any date that its best for you (except February when it is closed for maintenance). Join in with our group and get the best deals.


$??USD per person without hotels
$?? USD per person with 2 nights 3* hotels
$?? USD per person with 2 nights 4* hotels

***Private service is available for $150 USD more per person.

***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people with a maximum of 12!


  • Transfer from the airport to hotel: (Cusco hotel only)
  • SMALL GROUPS: up to 8 hikers
  • EARLY TRAIN: for the return to Cusco from Aguas Caliente


  • 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 of discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
  • Vistadome: $57 USD per person
  • Hotel single supplement:  $35 USD

**Huayna Picchu Mountain is a optional trek 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.


What is included for the Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Trek Package?

  • Briefing at our office with your guide.
  • All Transfers
  • Professional guide for three days.
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Inca Trail permits
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation with private room, bathroom, wifi and breakfast (This applies if you are paying the price which include hotels)
  • Meals a indicated on the itinerary
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu -Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal assistance
  • Rainbow mountain trek with all entrances and meals included

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED for the Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Trek Package?

  • Hotel – optional upgrades to 4* or 5* hotels
  • Huayna Picchu Tickets: $75 USD per person
  • Upgrade to Vistadome: $57 USD per person (Return only Aguas Calientes to Poroy/Cusco)
  • Tips for your guide

**Huayna Picchu Mountain is a optional trek 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.

What you have to take with you for the Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Trek Package?

In your daypack for the Short Inca Trail, you should have:

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: 2-3 litre Camelbaks are encouraged.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet paper
  • Jacket if cold season
  • Waterproof gloves – rainy season
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Wool hat if cold season
  • Rain gear – rainy season
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
  • Rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Valuables

In your duffel that will be sent by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes:

  • A change of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the next day
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Battery chargers
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Why travel with Orange Nation Peru?

We have become the leaders in small group adventure travel over the past three decades by consistently listening to our travelers and delivering what they desire: adaptable itineraries, the freedom to explore, smaller group sizes, safety and peace of mind, and knowledgeable local guides who provide unique insights into the destination that would be missed through any other means of travel.

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ENVIRONMENTAL: Education and conservation are our passion. We aim to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of all wilderness areas.

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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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