• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Experiential Inca Trail tour
  • Max. Elevation: 3500 meters above sea level

Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour 3D/2N

550 USD Per person

Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour 3D/2N

The short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful and popular trails in the world. This trail allows the hiker to enjoy spectacular landscapes of the cloud forest, imposing Inca ruins and hike on an ancient trail that connected the sacred city of Cusco with the world wonder Machu Picchu. Our 3-day premium program called Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour, allows you to combine the best of the conventional short Inca trail with a royal Inca trail that connects Chinchero with Urquillos, a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Plant and harvest agricultural products in a local farm in the sacred valley. Feed guinea pigs and enjoy a typical Andean lunch: Pachamanca, a delicious barbecue cooked with hot stones underground.

On the 1st day you will hike downhill for 4 hours on a 600 year old paved Inca trail and visit a 40-meter waterfall called Poc Poc. For lunch you will arrive at Urquillos, a beautiful agricultural town in the sacred valley. Here you will visit a local farm where you will harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables, in addition to feeding alfalfa to the guinea pigs that live in the kitchens of the houses. In the afternoon you will taste an exquisite Andean barbecue called Pachamanca and you will sleep in the town of Ollantaytambo. On the second day, you will tour the short Inca trail and visit the imposing Inca ruins of Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna. You will also be able to observe many types of endemic birds and orchids of the Inca Trail. In the afternoon you will contemplate Machu Picchu from the sun gate and then you will hike to the viewpoints of Machu Picchu to take your memorable postcard photos. At night you will sleep in the picturesque town of Aguas Calientes. On the third day you will return by bus to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to explore it from corner to corner on a 3-hour guided tour. In the afternoon you will return by train to Cusco, where you will arrive around 7 at night.

Highlights of our Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour

  • We wish to give you the best experience on this 3-day Inca Trail.
  • We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
  • Be part of our social and environmental projects.
  • Hike an imperial Inca trail that will take you to a local farm in the sacred valley of the Incas.
  • Harvest and plant fruits and vegetables on a farm and learns about the local way of life.
  • Harvest alfalfa and feed guinea pigs.
  • Enjoy a Pachamanca, an Andean barbecue cooked with hot stones and underground.
  • With our unique itinerary, have the wonderful opportunity to see the citadel of Machu Picchu twice. For sunrise and sunset.
  • Take a shower and rest in a suitable bed to fully explore and enjoy the lost city of the Incas the next day.
  • Our short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with hotel has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.
  • In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.

3-day Inca Trail Trip Overview

  • Trek Type: Hiking on an Inca Trail, paved 500 years ago, cultural, historical, scenic and informative
  • Good for: Those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Season: From March 1st to February 28th
  • Consideration: Inca Trail permits required

Day 1. Cusco – Chinchero – Urquillos – Ollantaytambo. 

  • Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (4 hours)
  • Hotel altitude: 2.750 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult (there is not altitude sickness issues)
  • Meals: Snacks, lunch, ¡dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather:  Chilly and warm

This incredible experiential hike on the Inca Trail will start at 6 in the morning. Your tour guide will approach the hotel reception, from where you will be driven in a private car for 40 minutes to the textile capital of Cusco, the picturesque town of Chinchero. From there you will hike for 1 hour through a 3-meter-wide cobbled Inca trail, until you reach the imposing Poc Poc waterfall. The Inca trails are not only those that went from Cusco to Machu Picchu and that are currently used on the Inca Trail tours to Machu Picchu, but the Inca empire had more than 30 thousand kilometers of Inca trails used to articulate each town and region of the vast Inca empire. Poc Poc is a waterfall of 40 meters of fall and that has glacial origin. Throughout the descent to the Poc Poc waterfall you will see fields of potato crops, broad beans and medicinal plants such as Muña and aromatic plants such as Huacatay (the main ingredient in the preparation of guinea pig).

Then you will hike downhill for 3 hours through a path surrounded by beautiful views of the Urquillos Valley, eucalyptus trees and huge giant grain corn plantations. Once you arrive in Urquillos, a family will be waiting for you with a fruit drink. In this local farm, you will harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables, they can be: strawberries, peaches, apples, medlars, lucumas, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, potatoes or corn. You will also learn to plant Andean products with local and ancestral techniques. Then you will be part of the preparation and cooking of the most important traditional Andean dish. The Pachamanca is a traditional way of preparing food and a typical dish of Peruvian cuisine, made by cooking, in the heat of preheated stones, beef, pork, chicken and guinea pig previously seasoned with ingredients such as chincho, huacatay, chili and other spices, along with additional indigenous Andean products, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broad bean pods and, eventually, cassava. Beyond a meal, it is a community ritual in the Peruvian Andes.

While this Peruvian flagship dish is being cooked, you will go to cut barley and alfalfa to feed the adorable guinea pigs that live in the kitchens of the locals. You will also learn about the process of making Chicha, the most consumed craft corn beer in the Peruvian Andes since time immemorial. In the afternoon, after tasting the Pachamanca, you will be driven for 1 hour to Ollantaytambo, where you will spend the night. At night you will have dinner and talk with your guide about the plan to travel the short Inca trail the next day.

** Magical day, you will hike on an imperial Inca trail and combine it, with the visit to a beautiful waterfall and you will also have an experiential tour in a local farm.

Day 2. Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes. 

  • Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (4 hours)
  • Hotel altitude: 2000 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult (there is not altitude sickness issues)
  • Meals: Snacks, lunch, ¡dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather:  Warm

At 6 in the morning, you will go with your guide to the station and board the train that leaves Ollantaytambo at 6:40 am. This section is considered one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world. In this 1 hour and 10-minute train tour you will observe the beautiful crop fields of the Sacred Valley, the imposing snow-capped La Veronica and the beginning of the 4-day classic Inca Trail trek. Finally, you will arrive at km 104, also known as Chachabamba, from where the short Inca trail trek begins. After presenting your passport and tickets for the Inca trail, you will walk for about 10 minutes to the first archeological center of the day. Chachabamba is located on the banks of the Urubamba River and according to archaeological studies in the Inca era it was a shrine for the waters. Later you will enter a tropical cloud forest, where you will be able to observe many species of orchids endemic to Machu Picchu. This 4-hour ascent to Wiñaywayna, has majestic panoramic views of the upper Urubamba valley and the imposing Amazonian Andean foothills.

Upon arrival in Wiñaywayna, your tour guide will give you a detailed explanation of the Inca citadel and its important relationship with the citadel of Machu Picchu 600 years ago. You will walk 10 more minutes to the second checkpoint of the short Inca trail. In this place you will have a delicious and nutritious lunch. Later you will hike for 1 hour and 30 minutes through a path surrounded by beautiful begonias and medicinal ferns, until you reach the famous Puerta del Sol. Place from where you can see Machu Picchu in the distance. At this point you will be for a certain time, while your guide takes photos for the memory of you and your loved ones. After having contemplated Machu Picchu from the sun gate for a few minutes, you will walk downhill for 45 minutes to the guardian’s house, the main observation point of Machu Picchu and the place from where the postcard photos of Machu Picchu are taken. Then you will board a tourist bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night. After dinner, your tour guide will inform you about the plan to visit the world wonder of Machu Picchu the next day.

** Explore the best parts of the Inca trail and reach Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.


Second day map of our 3-day experiential short Inca trail tour


Day 2. Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • Meals Included: Breakfast Only

In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and guided tour at Machu Picchu; we suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will be a ride of 30 minutes until reaching the Inca citadel at 6:15 am. more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnificent location. Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu.

Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. Down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your tour guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2-hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy, our IncaGo Expedition driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if there is not car access until your accommodation. You will arrive to your hotel in Cusco around 6:30 pm.


Map of the visit to Machu Picchu


Included on the Experiential Short Inca trail Tour

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our short inca trail

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the 2 day Inca trail that also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu

Hotel: This short inca trail  includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.

Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this inca trail 3 days. You will be picked up from your hotel around 4 am, (unless you are staying in the sacred valley ) and brought to KM 104 to begin your short Inca Trail. The train back from Aguas Calientes will be on the train called Expedition Class and will be included in your trip. You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome class train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. In addition included is your round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Food: Our 2 day Inca Trail includes expert hiking chefs who will will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know . Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: Arriving to the trailhead of the short Inca Trail We will give you a bottle of water for your morning hike and another bottle after lunch. We advice you to bring extra on your own, as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.

Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; Very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the dead woman´s pass on your 4 day Inca trail or from the Salkantay Trek mountain pass or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Inca Trail, which every  Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour 

Rentals: Due there is no camping on this short Inca Trail, the only possible needs would be an extra porter or hiking sticks. The items are listed below:

Trekking poles (Pair): $10

Porters: Because this is just a short inca trail hike without camping, there will not be porters. Your day pack should include anything you need for the evening and the next day at Machu Picchu. It is your responsibility to carry it yourself. If you prefer to have a porter, we can organize it for a price based on how much your daypack weighs. You must add this at the time of your booking since the porter will also need a permit for the Inca Trail.

Additional options

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.

Vistadome Train  Our 2 day Inca Trail includes the ExpeditionTrain class. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $75 per person.

Extra day at Machu Picchu

You will have from 6 am to 12 pm to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.

The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.

The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.

We would love to tour the experiential Inca trail with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January while Inca Trail permits are still available in the   Inca Trail government booking system. 

Group Price (2022)

$550 per person

Private Tours are based on Group Size (2022):

2 Trekkers: $610 per person

3 Trekkers: $600 per person

4 Trekkers: $590 per person

5 Trekkers: $580 per person

6 Trekkers: $570 per person

7 Trekkers: $560 per person

8 or more Trekkers: $550 per person


We include a three (3) star hotel and We utilize, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers,breakfast and wifi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of  potential upgrade choices, If you want any other hotel, just let us know

El Mapi:  +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)

Sumaq : +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)

Solo travelers:

+ $ 50 US per person

For those who want a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.

Student Discount:

– $ 25 discount per person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of the Inca Trail of the government.

Please send everything to info@cuscodigital.com

This 2 day Inca trail does NOT include porters. You will carry all your belongings while you hike. Due of this, it is important to pack as lightly as possible. A lightweight backpack is key to feeling good during the trail and at the lost city of the Incas; the great Machu Picchu.


Original Passport ,

STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)

Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)

Good daypack (the smaller, the better)

Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.

Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the short Inca Trail is entirely made of stones


  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25 litters will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside in the Machupicchu check point. Some items are listed below

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

Pick up will be from your hotel at approximately 6:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount of the 3-day Inca trail?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the short Inca trail hike for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your short Inca Trail hike.

Reserve for the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the short Inca trail permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

Only tour operators licensed by the Inca Trail, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Inca Trail permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

No, due the driving route does not pass via the sacred valley

Can I stay an additional night in Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes?

Of course, if you agree to take the same train from Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is usually at 3.20 or 4:22 pm, then there is no additional charge for the train to be booked one day. after. If you need us to insure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this will have an additional cost. If you decide to spend another night in Aguas Calientes, be sure to inform the Incas Path office at least one month in advance, so that your train ticket is purchased for the correct day.

Can I book my hotel on my own in Aguas Calientes?

You can choose any hotel to stay in Aguas Calientes. It is a small and very safe town. If you decide to book your hotel, be sure to tell us where you plan to stay so we can take you there safely.

During the trip, how challenging is the 3-day short Inca trail?

Remember that although this tour is the 2 day Inca trail, it can be of medium intensity because it will only walk during the first for six hours in total, including some stops. The first day in the morning is mostly gradually uphill, a bit humid and hot all the time, so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at Wiñay Wayna (mini Machu Picchu) for lunch time. After lunch, it will be another hour of hiking to the sungate from where you will observe Machu Picchu for the first time. After being completely satisfied with the view and the photographs in Machu Picchu, we will descend by bus to Aguas Calientes to our hotel

Will I need extra money on the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, reminders in the citadel of Machu Picchu or go to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes, take about 200 soles or if you do not want to take cash with you there are ATMs in Aguas Calientes and You can also make almost any payment using your credit or debit card.

How many people will be in my group on the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the short Inca trail. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

What should l pack for the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

Probably the most important question you should ask when preparing for your trip. While you will find a complete packing list on our website, remember that on this particular 2 day Inca trail, it is located within the tropics between 2000 and 2650 m.a.s.l. because in the dry season from April to October the temperatures oscillate during the day between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius and at night between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius we recommend you to wear clothes that are not very warm for the hike during the morning and a warm jacket for the night, on the other hand in the rainy season (it does not rain all day but there is more incidence of rainfall) temperatures during the day are between 14 and 17 degrees Celsius and during the night between 8 and 14 degrees celsius so we recommend you bring a warm jacket for the hike and a down jacket for the night.

Do you need hiking boots for the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

We always recommend light hiking boots, since if it rains a little the 2 day Inca trail can become a bit slippery. Please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

For the short Inca trail we recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the stone steps made by the Incas 500 years ago. the park rangers of the Inca trail and Machu Picchu only allow the use of hiking sticks with rubber tips so as not to damage the paved stone section many years ago.

Are there any toilets along the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

Along the short inca  trail there are 3 places that has toilet. Firstly at the hiking start, then after 4 hours in our lunch spot and finally at Machu Picchu. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

Can I use plastic botles during the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

Due to New government regulations for the Inca Trail it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER  BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the Inca Trail and in the Machu Picchu citadel.

Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square. 

If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your Inca trail we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage

What should I expect from the weather on the Experiential Short Inca Trail Tour?

Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the short Inca trail and Machu Picchu, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the 2 day Inca trail. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Machu Picchu and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machupicchu?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output. UU. And also that of South America.

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to Machu Picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, participants in a group show their personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.