>Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This is an excellent alternative for those who can not do the Inca Classic Inca Trail (5 days / 4 nights), this one-day treks starts in the Chachabamba area (KM-104 from the train route from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu). We recommend this route for those who do not have time to complete the longer trip, or for those who do not like outdoor camping.

You will enjoy a beautiful day, on a moderate hike, passing through areas of average elevation, crossing cloud forest, with spectacular views of the Vilcanota River. After a night in a hotel of your choice, you spend your second day touring the Machu Picchu citadel, then return to the Incas Sacred Valley or the Cusco city, depending on your choice.

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You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Walking paths used by the Incas. 
  • Explore a short but very beautiful part of the Inca Trail. 
  • Explore the citadel of Machu Picchu. 
  • Discover vast and beautiful landscapes. 
  • Discover the flora and fauna. 
  • Excellent option for those who prefer not to walk the longer Inca Trail

Dayly distance in km/miles in the Short Inca Trail

Day 1: 9.6km/5 miles   

Number of days walking: 1

Pace: Approximately 6-8 hours walking per day

Terrain: Moderate altitude (800 metes/ 2624 feet); good paths, lots of steps

Service Overview:

  • 1 night in a hotel of your choise. 
  • 1 day of moderate hiking. 
  • 1 day at the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Explore the paths used by the incas

You will enjoy a beautiful day of moderate hiking, passing through zones of relatively low altitude, walking through cloud forests with spectacular views of the Vilcanota River and on the second day we will tour the famous ruins named as one of the wonders of the modern world.

Rates per person:

Number of Hikers 1 2 4 5-6 7-9 9-15
With 2 days guiding $ 729 $ 507 $ 433 $ 379 $ 368 $ 362
With 1 day guiding $ 574 $ 430 $ 382 $ 349 $ 348 $ 345
Transfer Cuzco/Ollantaytambo or v/v $106 $53 $36 $34 $28 $25

Inca Trail Permit Fee $90

We separate the permit fee from the trek cost since the rate fluctuates. You prepay the $90 fee to us and we purchase the permit for you. It is good for one (1) day site entrance to Machu Picchu ruins in addition to access to the route from km. 104 to Machu Picchu. Children under the age of 8 years are not required to purchase a trail ticket. We collect this as part of the prepaid services. The park fee is subject to change.

Included in the trip cost: train return tickets (using the preferred configuration of Inca Rail return service (tourist-class) between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu; private guiding for either one or two days according to the program you select, box lunch on the hiking day, 3 Machu Picchu shuttle bus tickets. We provide porters for on-trail assistance as follows: 5-8 passengers: 1 porter; 9-11 passengers: 2 porters; 12+ passengers: 3 porters.

Not included: hotel in Aguas Calientes or elsewhere (see hotel rates below,) meals other than box lunch, train transportation from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo and Ollantaytambo to Cuzco (we can arrange train tranport for you at additional cost, see rate above); tips to guide and staff. 

The Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary trail ticket is billed separately from the trail services, at current rates (*see above.) You must limit your carry-on luggage to a small overnight bag in addition to your daypack. We arrange portage ($38 for up to 25 kg.) from the Km 104 trailhead to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Hotels 2017 - 2018 in Aguas Calientes:

Hotel name Single Twin Triple Suite Type of Room

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
(Include three meals per day)

$ 1126 $ 639 N/A N/A Superior Room
$ 1126 $ 739 $ Req $ Req $ Deluxe with Mountain view
$ 1660 $ 880 Deluxe with Mountain view & terrace
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
(Incl. Breakfast & Dinner)
$ 445 $ 345 $ 331 Junior Suite
$ 401 $ 249 $ 213 Superior Deluxe
$ 358 $ 226 $ 198 Superior Room
El MAPI Hotel (Include Breakfast) $ 160 $ 80 $ 70 Superior
$ 200 $ 100 $ 80 Suite
Hatun Inti Classic (Include Breakfast) $ 165 $ 83 $ 83 Suite double, single or Matrimonial
Hotel Andina (Include Breakfast) $ 87 $ 44 $ 35
Hostal Presidente (Include Breakfast) $ 53 $ 30 $ 28
La Pequeña Casita (Include Breakfast) $ 55 $ 33 $ 28

Chachabamba Chachabamba

Day 1

You will be picked up from your hotel at around 4:30 a.m. for the drive to the village of Ollantaytambo. Alternatively, if you are staying in a hotel in Ollantaytambo, you will be picked up at 6:30 a.m. and transferred to the local train station. You will board the train between 6:40 and 8:00 a.m. for the trip to Chachabamba (Km 104) for the start of the hike. About two and a half hours, the trail enters an area of cloud forest, then we will arrive at the lower section of the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna. Following a long stone stairway, we will climb to the archaeological complex.

Citadel of Machu Picchu Citadel of Machu Picchu

Day 2

Visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu: Those who would like to experience the sunrise over the Inca citadel can opt to take the bus up to the ruins at 6:00 a.m. It is best to begin the visit to the ruins as early as possible. This will enable you to avoid the crowds produced when the train arrives bringing other travelers from Cusco. After a guided visit lasting approximately two hours, you will have plenty of free time to explore the site independently and enjoy (optional) visits to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains.

At the end of our visit, we will return to Aguas Calientes in time for a meal, before boarding the train for the return trip to Cusco. It is possible to travel by train as far as the village of Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley, from where buses leave for Cusco, or continue by train to Poroy, where buses ferry passengers to the city. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel. 

Map Map
Day 1
Day 2
Support Team
9 or more
Assistant Guide
Assistant Guide
Kitchen Assistant
Kitchen Assistant
Kitchen Assistant
Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Machu Picchu - Poroy
Poroy - Cusco

Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Personal items for treks, sleeping bags


While no vaccinations are required by law when entering Peru, we recommend that you consult your physician to check whether or not any type of protection is required before your trip. In general, we recommend vaccinations or booster shots for tetanus, typhoid / diphtheria, hepatitis A and polio.

If you are traveling to the rainforest (including Tambopata Reserve and Manu National Park), although the risk is not great, we advise you to take anti-malarial precautions and strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. You should also be aware that Dengue Fever is present in the Amazon region - this is a non-preventable disease caused by daytime biting mosquitoes. You should always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten

Important information for vegetarians, participants with allergies or other dietary restrictions:

In major cities vegetarian food is readily available in most restaurants. A variety of dishes prepared with fresh ingredients are offered. During the trek, we will have all the ingredients needed to meet the food requirements of all participants, whatever their dietary needs may be.

However, those participants with particularly strict dietary restrictions may have to bring certain dietary supplements with them from home, particularly in the case of products which are not available in South America. 

If you are allergic to certain foodstuffs, you must provide us with detailed information when you make your booking and register for the trek. This type of information must be communicated to the guide and operations personnel during the orientation meeting.

Trip notes:

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