Short Inca Trail

short inca trail - 1 day prime hike to machu picchu

Short Inca Trail, is a fantastic 1 day hike to Machu Picchu, 12 kilometer of sacred path, visiting archeological sites, enjoying nature, river and waterfalls, this is the short version trail, and we connect to the last section of the classic 4 days Inca trail.

Trail that is recommended for visitors who do not have much time for longer programs, or can’t reach high elevation, on this trail you do not reach the altitude sickness elevation point, it is a walking by the Peruvian cloud forest, at the east part of the Andes mountains.

The trail begins at only 2.100 m, and reaches 2.720 m at the sun gate, which is much lower even than Cusco city; an ideal hike for slow walkers, for those who love nature but don’t like spending the night in tents, where you can get both of nature and contort.

Get impressive landscape, views of Urubamba River, see impressive several archaeological sites along the trail, places with unique architecture, duties that shows that the Incas were ahead of many culture in architecture engineering, they also were respectful with the nature.

On the second day, you can tour the Machu Picchu city, and have the possibility of walking to the Inca Bridge.

Is the short inca trail too easy for you? You may be looking for something more challenging, no worries, we also have other activities that leads to Machu Picchu such as: Salkantay Trek, ancascocha, Lares hike, vilcabamba trek, with possibility to connect to Machu Picchu.

Short Inca Trail, Daily Departures in private tour.


Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Day 01: Cusco – km 104 – Machu Picchu: The hike to Machu Picchu, begins with pick up at your hotel in Cusco or the sacred valley, and drive to the train station. (Poroy or Ollanta), upon arrival to the km 104 Chachabamba 2200m, we cross a nice bridge to the control and start it with a visit to Chachabamba archeological site.

We walk by gradual uphill path to Wiñayhuayna, it consists in a group terraces and houses built on a slope of a mountain, along the path we can see orchids, lush forest.

After lunch stop, we will pass 2nd control, then continue to the Gate of sun, from here we’ll have nice view of Machu Picchu, then walk the last section of the inca trail, and check it out, then catch bus to aguas calientes town and spend the night.

(Hike Info: Medium challenge, “6.21 miles” 10 Kilometers and 6 hours walking).

Day 02: Machu Picchu – Cusco: Early Morning, you’ll take bus to Machu Picchu with the guide; after entering in to the park, you’ll get the guide tour, the guide will provide you the history background of Machu Picchu, then will show you the most important sectors in about 03 hours tour.

The city has a fine architecture and natural beauty, photo opportunity at every corner, and previous “optional walking tour to the Inca Bridge”.

After tour, you take bus to aguas calientes, and have time for lunch, then catch train to Ollanta, where our transfer will wait you and take you back to Cusco, and end the short inca trail program.


  • Transfer from your hotel to the train station in ollantaytambo.
  • Train to KM 104 Where the trail begins.
  • Inca trail fee and machu picchu fee.
  • 01 Box lunch, 01 dinner, 01 breakfast and water on the day 01.
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to aguas calientes (day 01).
  • English speaking professional tour guide.
  • 01 Night Hotel.
  • Bus up and down to machu picchu (day 02).
  • Trail from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transport from ollanta to cusco city.


  • Extras not mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Flight or bus to Cajamarca.




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