Short Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days/ 1 Night

  • Destination: Cusco, Machu Picchu
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Price per person: $480
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As we operate the Short Classic Inca Trail ourselves, we have available departure dates for the whole year. Indeed if you prefer to join a group, here our confirmed reservations for departure dates:

The scenery of the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is well renowned! You will experiment with the cloud forests as well as the rainforest which will provide an unforgettable experience for you – whilst also showcasing the ancient Inca way of life! The trail winds through areas of protected natural beauty passing by the archaeological site of Wiayhuyna, where one can appreciate the rich variety of flora and fauna of the forest, and finally leads to the great sanctuary of Machu Picchu.





Day 1

Cusco – Km 104 – Wiayhuayna – Aguas Calientes

Our journey starts early in the morning. After our arrival at km 104 by train, the Royal Inca Trail begins with a hike to Chachabamba (2270 m/7448ft), where our guide will inform us about the ancient function of this archaeological site. After this, we will reach Wiayhuayna (2650 m/8694ft), the most important archaeological site besides Machu Picchu. Continuing our trail, the Sun Gate Inti Punku provides a nice viewpoint from which we can enjoy the nightfall on Machu Picchu (2400 m/7874ft). Since we have to continue our walk to our hotel in Aguas Calientes, we will only spend a little time in the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu on the first day.

Accommodation: Hostel in Aguas Calientes
Hiking time: 06 hours
Total distance: 12 km

Day 2

Aguas Calientes – Sanctuary of Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at about 05:30 am by bus, continuing our journey to the Inca Citadel Machu Picchu. The reason for leaving this early is because at this time the site will be less crowded and the morning is a good time to appreciate the tranquillity and ancient spirit of the best-known archaeological site on the continent. After our arrival at the citadel around 06:00 am, our guide will give us a detailed tour of Machu Picchu and the  Inca’s history and culture. After this, you will have enough free time to enjoy and explore the site on your own (for example you can go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings, or climb Wayna Picchu for an amazing panoramic view). When leaving the site, a bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes, where you have the option to relax in the town’s own hot springs (10 Soles). We leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.

Climate: Warm with mosquitos
Hiking time: 02 hours total
Distance: 4 km


(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu: The entrance ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain is required to be booked a long time in advance. For an additional US$ 75, we’ll guarantee your entrance to Huayna Picchu.

(2) Tips for the guides are always welcome.

Please read the Terms & Conditions for the Inca Trail:

Please note that the program’s deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is used to purchase the entrance ticket to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and once a ticket is purchased it cannot be resold.

Green Peru Adventures will not give any refunds if a participant decides to cancel the trip prior to departure or during the trip. We will give you the tickets to the archaeological sites, the bus, and the train.

If Green Peru Adventures doesn’t confirm the reservation, your payment will be fully refunded. All participants have to carry their own backpacks

A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medication.
All participants must bring their original passport and, if available, their original ISIC student card.

It is mandatory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects, and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, or injury occurring to the client. Green Peru Adventures shall not be held accountable for any accident or loss of personal belongings of the customer.

In case force majeure occurs, such as an impossibility to operate the program or trek due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside of Green Peru Adventure’s control like extreme weather conditions, landslides, strikes not allowing operation or putting it at risk, sudden inaccessibility of route, etc., Green Peru Adventures will propose viable solutions to operate the program within the available dates, or if impossible, will then propose an alternative program. If the alternative program chosen by the client is of lower value than that originally booked one, then the client is entitled to a refund of the price difference. All cost overages will be at the client’s expense. In case none of these would be feasible, Green Peru Adventures will refund all the paid money except already incurred expenses.

Altitude: 2050 – 2650 m. / 6726 / 9350
High Season: March – January
Duration: 2 days – 1 night
Level of Difficulty: Normal (Easy)
Route: Closed in February
Comments: 2 days of altitude acclimatization required

Due to its popularity, permits for the Classic Inca Trail are sometimes sold out. However don’t despair, there are other equally spectacular trails leading to Machu Picchu such as the Lares Trek and the Salkantay Jungle Trek.


  • Pre-departure Inca Trail informative presentation by your tour guide
  • 24-hour-support from the company owner
  • Tourist train to km 104
  • Accommodation at a 3-star hostel (single persons pays +US$ 40)
  • Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual licensed guide for up to 8 trekkers (Spanish and English)
  • 2.5 hours guided visit and explanation in Machu Picchu
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunchbox, and 1 dinner (vegetarian food and specialized diets by request)
  • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Transfer to your hotel in Cusco
  • First-aid-kit and oxygen bottle
Not Included:
  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Trekking poles (10 Soles each to rent), wood walking stick (5-10 Soles to buy)
  • Energy snacks such as chocolate bars or dried fruits will be very useful
  • Entrance to hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 Soles)
  • Extra drinks
  • Tips for the trekking crew (not mandatory!)
  • Insurance of any kind
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Backpack with rain shelter
  • Clothing for warm and cold climates
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants
  • Trekking shoes
  • Trekking poles (poles with metal tips are not allowed on the trail)
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for a comfortable day walk
  • Rain gear, a rain poncho, and a hat
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol, and gel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Toiletries/ toilet paper /small towel
  • 2-liter water bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), a flashlight, and batteries
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruits
  • Original passport, and original student card if you book your tour as a student
  • Extra money for drinks, tips, and souvenirs (Soles or Dollars) – emergency money of at least 200 extra Soles
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scanned copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan a copy of your student card (if you have one, it’s $18 US less)
  • Trail departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland

GROUP SIZE: 2-8 (Maximum 8 persons with 1 tour guide – minimum 2 persons in a group)
PACKAGE PRICESUS$ 480 per person
-US$ 18 pp., presenting your student card

Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.

Terms and Conditions

Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We are looking forward to creating an unforgettable experience for you.