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2 Day Inca Trail Hike

The challenge of the Inca Trail in 2 days and 1 night from Cusco

(8 reviews)

🚨 The availability of tickets to Machu Picchu is limited ≫ Book in advance 🚨

2 days
English & Spanish
Starts: From your hotel in Cuzco at 4:00 a.m.
Ends: To the center of Cuzco between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Flexible cancellation policy


During the two days of the 2-Day Inca Trail Hike you will hike the most legendary trekking route in Latin America: a trail more than 500 years old. During the hike you will enjoy a unique environment and your steps will take you, among other places, to the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna and the Sun Gate, the entrance to the sacred precinct of the Inca citadel. The next morning, you will finish your Inka Trail, with a guided tour of the archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu.

🗻 Difficulty: moderate

👩‍👩‍👦‍👦 Group: 2 to 8 travelers

Tour details


  • Pick up and transfers Cuzco - train station (round trip)
  • Tourist class train (round trip)
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Official tour guide
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • First aid kit
  • *One-night accommodation in Aguas Calientes + breakfast (*according to selected option).
  • Tour briefing the day before

Not included

  • Day 1 Breakfast
  • Day 2 lunch and dinner
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips

Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 7 days in advance we will refund 75%. If you cancel more than 48 hours in advance we will refund 50%. If you cancel with less time, arrive late or no-show, no refund will be offered.

Tour itinerary


The day before the tour starts, you will meet with the guide and the rest of your fellow adventurers to prepare for the tour. You will be given the indications you need and any questions will be answered so that you can enjoy the experience to the fullest. Now yes, let's start!

Machu Picchu views from above

DAY 1 Cusco - Km. 104 - Aguas Calientes

4:00 AM

Pick up in Cuzco

You will be picked up early in the morning and transferred to Ollantaytambo station, where you will take the 6:10 AM train that will take you to km 104, where the 2-day Inca Trail Hike tour begins.

howlanders boy climbing stairs

Archaeological Zone of Wiñaywayna and Sun Gate

At km 104 begins your three-hour hike to the Wiñaywayna Archaeological Zone, which is at an altitude of 2,600 meters and is believed to have been the home of the ancient priests of Machu Picchu. You will have lunch and rest for a while and continue walking along the Inca Trail until you reach the Sun Gate, the entrance to the sacred site of Machu Picchu.

You will then descend by bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will stay in the type of accommodation selected during your reservation and have free time to visit the hot springs, dine at one of the many restaurants in Aguas Calientes and explore the area.

howlanders boy looking at the Puerta del Sol

DAY 2 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

4:00 am

Visit to Machu Picchu

You will wake up very early and get your strength back with breakfast at the hostel. You will take the first bus at 5:30 AM, to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.

Once inside the Inca citadel, you will enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the archaeological site, with plenty of time to enjoy it on your own until it's time to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes.

howlanders girl at machu picchu

Return to Cusco

From there, you will take the 14:55 train to Ollantaytambo, where a minibus will be waiting for you to take you to the center of Cuzco where your 2-day Inca Trail Hike tour ends.

peru rail blue train bound for cusco

What to bring to 2 Day Inca Trail Hike

  • Passport
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm clothing
  • Comfortable footwear (if possible waterproof sneakers)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Raincoat
  • Swimwear and towel (for the thermal waters of Aguas Calientes)
  • Personal hygiene products and medications
  • Flashlight
  • Medication to avoid altitude sickness (in case you consider it necessary)

Where does the tour 2 Day Inca Trail Hike start

Cusco is the main tourist city in Peru and is very well connected.

If your starting point is Lima you can arrive by bus, which will take about 24 hours of travel, or take a plane which takes about an hour. The flight offer is very varied, you can choose between low cost airlines such as Peruvian Airlines, LCP or StarPeru or other superior airlines such as Latam Airlines or Avianca. 

If you arrive from Arequipa, the bus ride takes ten hours. You can also choose to make the trip by plane, in this case the only airline that offers direct flights is Latam Airlines. 

If you arrive from Puno the best option is to do it by bus, a journey of six and a half hours. We also offer the possibility of making this journey in a tourist bus that makes stops at the most important places along the route → Ruta del Sol. Departure is at 7:00 a.m. and arrival in Cuzco at 5:00 p.m.

Questions & Answers

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