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  1. Peru
  2. Cusco Region
  3. Cusco
  4. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Short Version

Product ID: 183377
Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience a shorter version of the full Inca Trail that features its main attractions. The trek combines highlights from the original Inca Trail and a sunset and sunrise visit to Machu Pichu.
About this activity
Duration: 2 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Your hotel or the airport in Cusco.
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.

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  • Return to Machu Picchu twice - for the sunset and for the sunrise
  • Interact and learn with experienced tour guides
  • Visit the cloud forest around Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna
  • Learn about the history of the Incas with a live commentary
  • Travel in the Vistadome train on the way back to Cusco
Full description
Day 1: Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo

Start your adventure bright and early and meet your guide at your accomodation at 4:00 AM. After a short drive to Ollantaytambo, you will set off on a 1.5-hour train ride to Chachabamba, taking in the scenery of the Urubamba river along the way. From the checkpoint at Chachabamba you will start your trekking experience. Visit the archaeological sites of Chachabamba and Wiñay Huayna and take in the variety of flora and fauna. Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, and from here you can take in one of the most spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. Arrive in Machu Picchu late in the afternoon and have the unique opportunity to see the city almost empty. After a short bus ride to your hotel you can enjoy a relaxed end to the day with dinner and a comfortable sleep.  

Day 2: Machu Picchu to Cusco

After another early start you will prepare to visit Machu Picchu, the highlight of the tour. Board your bus at 5:30 AM, just as the sun rises. Take a picturesque walk up to the Sun Gate with beautiful views of the city along the way. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own. You also have the option to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes and then take the train and bus back to Cusco. After a full day of sightseeing you will be conveniently shuttled back to your accomodation for a relaxing end to your Inca exploring adventure. 
  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel or the airport
  • Pre-departure briefing on the night prior to your trek at 6:00 PM
  • All transportation including train tickets
  • One night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Return Vistadome train journey to Cusco
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • A second guide for groups of larger than 8 people
  • All entrance tickets and permits
  • First aid kit
  • All taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Trekking poles ($15 to rent)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets (must be booked in advance)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain tickets (must be booked in advance)
  • Tips for guides
  • Travel Insurance
  • Porters
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Know before you go
• Dietary options available
• Children must be acompanied by and adult
• Passport details needed at the time of Booking
• Your backpack must not exceed 25L due to local regulations at the site of Machu Picchu. Backpacks that exceed this limit will not be allowed in
• Hiking boots (light, comfortable and broken in), good quality daypack, 2-litre water storage, hiking pants/trousers, a change of clothes for Machu Picchu, undergarments, hiking socks, rain gear and a warm layer is recommended
• A valid passport must be shown at the Chachabamba checkpoint for entry (copies will not be accepted)
• An immigration card will be given to you on the plane as you enter Peru
• You must possess a valid student card if you booked as a student
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From US$ 698 US$ 558.40 per person

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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The best way to see the Machu Picchu for the very first time is through the Sun Gate! Unforgettable! The first-day treck is wonderful, not too hard, with amazing sights, very well organized. The second day is very cool with all the time needed to visit the Machu Picchu. A great time!

August 26, 2019

Amazing experience from end-to-end. The first day was all about hiking the Inca trail with magnificent views and historic ruins along the route. After 7 hours of hiking we step into the Machi Picchu through the Sun Gate which is the very first gateway to the city. This is a very special entry which huge crowds can not make. The second day is more relaxing in the town below and Machi Picchu. The tour was very well organized, our guide was very knowledgable and a good english speaker.

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July 28, 2019

Unforgettable experience

Good organization, we had a great time and Americo was an excellent guide that made the experience entertaining and enjoyable. We feel all the time in very good hands.

June 10, 2019

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