Details of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Where Can I Start the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?


To begin the 1 day or 2 day Short Inca Trail, you can be picked up at your hotel from Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. The trek starts from the Ollantaytambo Train Station in Ollantaytambo Sacred Valley. If your hotel is in Cusco you will be picked up at about 4 AM, if you are in Urubamba 5 AM and in  Ollantaytambo at 5:30 AM. The train leaves at 6:10 AM to KM104 where you begin the trek.  It will take about an hour and 10 minutes for the train to reach KM104 with your guide. From there you pass through the check point to start the Inca Trail.

Note: You cannot begin the Short Inca Trail from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu).  The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo does not stop at KM 104 to let off passengers to start the Short Inca Trail.  You must take the train from the Ollantaytambo station only to begin the trek!