The 2-Day Inca Trail Hike

By shortinca
July 13, 2022
Two Days Inca Trail


The two day Inca Trail allows you to walk at a  slightly slower, more relaxed pace than the 1 day Inca Trail. This means that you can immerse yourself in your  surroundings and  fully appreciate  the  magic of  the  moment without the pressure to rush to your destination.

You will experience the  most  incredible views  of  Machu Picchu and the surrounding valley over both  days. Your arrival to Machu Picchu will be later in the day (what time exactly depends on how fast you walk).

The afternoon is a great time to visit Machu Picchu as there are fewer tourists. This makes for the best  time of day to snap your pictures without hundreds of people clouding your shot. By 5pm we will leave Machu Picchu so that you can head to your hotel for some much needed rest.

On day two you will have time for a hot shower and breakfast in your hotel before we return to Machu Picchu to explore circuit 3. Your guide will share all kinds of facts and stories about where you are visiting, so prepare some questions!

PLEASE NOTE : The new updated regulations for Machu Picchu require you to purchase an additional circuit ticket if you want to see all of Machu Picchu Citadel. Please check out new circuits for more information.


DAY 1: Cusco – 104 Km – Wiñayhuayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu

As with the 1 day Inca Trail trek.

The adventure of a lifetime begins today. Your driver will pick you up at the crack of dawn (around 4am). We then drive to Ollantaytambo. It is still dark at this time so why not catch up on sleep with a nap before arriving to the train station in Ollantaytambo (pickups also available from Ollantaytambo).

We will arrive at the train station just as the sky begins to brighten. The train ride itself is magical, so grab a coffee while you’re waiting. The adventure is beginning.

On your left, the Urubamba River winds its way through the peaceful valley, and on your right rugged mountains guard you. Before you know it the mountains give way to thick, lush trees as the highland scenery transforms into thick jungle.

The Expedition Train takes you to KM104 (elevation 2,100m/6,927ft), the first checkpoint and starting point of your trek. Once you cross over the Urubamba River you will be surrounded by hikers all with the same goal as you.

At the checkpoint take the opportunity to use the restrooms, apply (and reapply) insect repellent and sunscreen, pack your box lunch, purchase any extra snacks you fancy, and fill up on water.

The first archeological site we will pass is just a few steps past the checkpoint. Learn the history and thriving culture of the Incas from your local guide as we pass by flora and fauna unique to the Inca trail. We continue our gentle uphill walk for three hours.

After these three hours we arrive at a waterfall, where we can stop for a break. Grab some photos or use this opportunity wash your face or to soak your feet in these calming, healing waters.

The waterfall represents the end of the easy part of the trek. From here, the path begins to steepen before our first steep climb. This climb is worth it though, as we come out at the archaeological site of Wiñayhuana, (2,650m/8747 ft).

The views from Wiñay Wayna are absolutely spectacular and the history is equally as fascinating, so take a moment to revel in your achievement and learn about the different areas from your guide. After you have learned your fill we continue to the campsite of Wiñay Wayna, where we stop to rest and enjoy our lunch.

The rest of the trip undulates with the mountain- right up until we reach the monkey stairs. These stairs demand climbers summit them while using their hands as well as their feet. This is the final challenge before we arrive to the Sun Gate and our first view of Machu Picchu.

From the Sun Gate you will have the chance to take as many photos as you like while overlooking the citadel. This is a really special place so make sure that you take a moment to soak in the atmosphere before continuing your hike down to the citadel.

As we arrive in Machu Picchu in the afternoon there will be less tourists than there is earlier in the day. Enjoy the view from the famous viewing platform by the guardhouse, basking in the glory of your achievement and the incredible location you find yourself in.

At around 4pm we will exit the citadel and take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. This bus journey is one of the best bus routes I have ever taken, so try to get a window seat! Once in Aguas Calientes you can explore the cobbled streets, hunting out some food and picking up some souveniers.

  • Meals: Box Lunch & Dinner (Included)
  • Accommodation: Ferre Hotel  Machu Picchu

DAY 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

On day 2, you will be able to explore Machu Picchu in little more depth than the day previously. Refreshed and invigorated, we aim to be on the bus to the summit by 5:30am. This means that you will be able to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu- a truly magical moment.

Your guide will then take you around the ruins, pointing out interesting nooks and crannies of this incredible citadel. You will also have the option to climb an additional peak: Huayna Picchu, Huchuy Picchu, or Machu Picchu Mountain. All of these peaks come at an additional cost and need to be booked in advance, so if you would like to do one, let us know at the time of booking.

At the conclusion of the tour, the group will head back down to Aguas Calientes for a final lunch together and a last minute browse of the markets. Our train leaves from the station at 4:22pm, arriving back in Ollantaytambo at roughly 6pm where a private van is waiting to whisk you back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving at around 8pm.

Meal: Breakfast (Included)

Huayna Picchu mt & Machu Picchu mt Price

Huayna Picchu mountain ($75) and Machu Picchu mountain ($70) are available with the 2 day Inca Trail hike but need to be booked in advance and will depend on availability.


2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Map

short inca trail to machu picchu map


Packing Checklist for the 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The 2 day Inca Trail hike does not include a porter to carry your belongings, so you will need to pack as light as possible to make sure you are able to carry your bag for the whole journey.

  • Original passport (this has to match the passport used for booking)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Reusable water bottle (in an effort to reduce plastic waste, disposable bottles are not allowed)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet paper
  • Windbreaker or warm jacket
  • Layers – so you are able to remove a layer or two if you become too hot during the hike.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Personal medication
  • Sun hat or woolen hat (depending on the season) and sunscreen
  • Rain gear (if it’s rainy season)
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain plastic poncho
  • Camera
  • Extra money for souvenirs and tips


Dry Season

May through November is dry season. That does not mean that it never rains, but it is mostly dry with an occasional light shower.

Rainy Season

The rainy season begins usually in December and last until April. In the rainy season, there are frequent heavy tropical showers.

In the Cusco region, high altitude means rapidly changing weather – it can go from sunshine to rain showers within minutes. During dry season, if it does rain, the rain rarely lasts long. During the rainy season however it can rain all day. Just because it’s raining in one part of Cusco, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s raining in other parts of Cusco.

On the Inca Trail, weather conditions vary depending on whether its dry season or wet season . The route for the 1 day Inca Trail, the altitude is 1000 meters or 3000 feet lower than Cusco. Therefore, it tends to be a bit warmer.

The trail is tropical, so it is more humid than Cusco. There is always a chance of rain, especially in the cloud forest areas. In the rainy season, these showers will last longer and may become intense tropical rain. The Inca Trail is made of stones laid on the ground, so it can be more slippery to walk on in the rainy season.


Photos of The Inca Trail Photos 2 Days

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