Short Inca Trail - 4 Days

Day 1

Today’s adventure will take us along the most impressive part of the Inca Trail, visit astonishing Inca sites, wild vegetation incredible scenery trekking about 11km.

Our journey begins in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, we board the train to Chachabamba km 104, the starting point of our trek, after visiting the Inca site near by, we will begin the 3 hours of slightly uphill toward Winayhuayna 8.747ft./2.650m from where we will have a spectacular panoramic view of the valley, after a brief tour at Winayhuayna, we will go to enjoy our lunch near by the Inca site.

In the afternoon after lunch, we continue on our trek to the Sun Gate 8.977ft./2.720m, 2.5 hours of beautiful trail and exotic wild vegetation along the way. Intupunku (the sun gate) is an Inca site located on the saddle of the mountain, place where we can have the first pictures of Machu Picchu city, from here we continue on to the exit of the park to catch the bus which will take us to Aguas Calientes town, where we will stay in the hotel.

Meals: Snacks, Box lunch, Dinner in restaurant at Aguas Calientes town.

Accommodation: 3 stars Hotel provided by Viajes LA.

Estimated walking time: about 6 – 7 hours

Walking distance: 8.3 Miles / 13.5km.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 2

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will take the bus up to visit Machu Picchu citadel. Make sure you are carrying your passport the one you have booked with, once in the citadel, your guide will give you a background information about the Inca city, then he will show you the most important sectors in the citadel, after 2 hours guided tour you will have plenty of time for further exploring.

Note: If you purchased the admission tickets to climb Waynapicchu Mt or Machupicchu Mt, your guide will give you some instructions to know where and when you should leave, it could take 1.5 to 2 hours back and forth for Waynapicchu and 3 hours for Machupicchu mountain.

Our guide will meet us at Aguas Calientes town for lunch. Afterward, we take our return train to Ollantaytambo, where our private transportation will be waiting for us. Finally, we will drive 2 hours back to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast provided at the Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cuzco.

Estimated walking time: Exploring Machupicchu

Walking distance: Exploration only.

Difficulty: Easy.

Considered an alternative option to visit Machu Picchu, for people on a tight schedule and families with children. The short Inca trail demands few efforts, on its 11 km of length is possible to enjoy the most beautiful part of the four-days Inca trail, archeological sites, great scenery, entering through the sun gate to reach Machu Picchu citadel. Don’t miss the opportunity of experience the magic of the Inca trail even though you don’t have enough time.


  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 8+
  • Pick up from hotel
  • Private transportation to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Train tickets to Km 104
  • Entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Train tickets back to ollantaytambo and Private bus back to Cusco.
  • Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at the town. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • 3 Star Hotel in aguas calientes town.
  • First aid kit and extra oxigen bottle for emergency
  • Back and forth Bus tickets to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes town

Not Included

  • Breakfast on Day 1, lunch and dinner on Day 2
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Extra porter.
  • Tips

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