Short inca trail

Short inca trail hike

Short inca trail, is a fantastic 1 days trip, where you cover, 12 kilometer of sacred path, visiting archeological sites, enjoying nature, river and waterfalls, this is the small version, because the longer versions takes more than 4 days, and we connect to the last section of the classic 4 days and 3 nights hike.

Hike that is recommended for visitors who do not have much time for longer programs, or can’t reach high elevation, on this path 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.

Short inca trail, 1 day hike to machu picchu

The Short inca trail hike to machu picchu, 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 program 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 several impressive archaeological sites along the trail, places with unique and amazing architecture, duties that shows that the builders, were ahead of many culture in architecture engineering, they also were respectful with the nature.

On the second day, you will visit the MP city, and have the possibility of walking to the Inca Bridge.

There is a nice hike, considered a medium challenge path? this is not included in the itinerary, but we can include it.

But if you are looking for something more challenging, we can suggest you other activities, we also have other trips that can fit perfectly to what you are looking for, program such as: Salkantay Trek, ancascocha trek, Lares valley hike, vilcabamba trek, and many other adventure activities.

Daily Departures in private service.


Day 01: Cusco – km 104: The short inca path hiking, 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, we will pass the 2nd control, we continue the hike to the Gate of sun, from here we’ll have an incredible  view of MP, then walk the last section of the path which is short, at the end of the walk, check it out, and catch bus to aguas calientes and spend the night.

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

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

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

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


  • Transfer from your hotel to the train station in ollantaytambo.
  • Train to KM 104 Where the hike begins.
  • Fee for the hike and the city.
  • 01 Box lunch, 01 dinner, 01 breakfast and water on the day 01.
  • Bus from the park to aguas calientes (day 01).
  • English speaking professional tour guide.
  • 01 Night Hotel.
  • Bus up and down (day 02).
  • Train 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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