It is a new trek that is made crossing the landscapes and sacred mountains for the Incas, described by the chronicler guaman poma de ayala. Like the Sawasiray, Pitusiray and Ausangate. We recommend to do this one in case you couldn’t book the classical inca trail to Machu Picchu, this tour combines andean mountains, inca temples and the short inca trail to machu picchu. We go into trails no one else goes.


Sacred Inca trail 4 days Trip Overview

Difficulty of the hike: Challenging

KmDistance hike: 34 Kilometers

Elevation max: 4120m

Group: 2-8

Price from $595 per person



Trip Highlights

Enjoy and share a great Inca experience accompanied by an expert guide.

Walk through ancient buildings full of history and mystery.

Delight yourself with the best cuisine that Peru has through a delicious dish prepared by our expert chef.

Meet local people with picturesque costumes that keep the culture of the places where they live alive.

Experience the beauty of beautiful gorges, mountains surrounded by plants and animals of various varieties.


The great short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has a challenging level of walking, hikers must have a favorable physical condition prior to the walk, they must practice some sport, ride a bike, to face the trails that this route has climbing paths, stairs and descents and avoid numbness and muscle aches. Facing constant changes of weather (cold-hot) that vary from 16 degrees to 27 degrees. Cross the cloud forest that will take you to Machu Picchu.


Day 1


Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 4120 m
Hiked distance: 7 km
Approximate walking time: 5 h

We will pick you up at 5:00 am from your hotel, this day we will visit the beautiful landscapes of the sacred valley, we will also enter the market of Pisac to enjoy the typical bread ovens, and from there we will go to the town of URCO, where Visit the agricultural platforms and temples of water worship, after the visit we will have lunch in Huayoccari in the Sacred Valley. Here we meet the porters and start our hike up the hill towards Yanacocha, it takes about 3 and a half hours. During the walk we can see hummingbirds, ducks, gallaretas, eagles, condors, hawks, also walks through its typical Polylepis forest, which are the highest forests in the world. We arrive at the lagoon Yanacocha and spend the night in tents in the vicinity of it.

Day 2


Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 4000 m
Hiked distance: 10 km
Approximate walking time: 8 h

After breakfast we walk about 45 minutes to a viewpoint from which we can enjoy the view of the Sacred Valley. We can also see the mountains of Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Veronica, Ausangate. After a short rest we begin the descent to the town of Yucay. On the way we can also see the Urubamba valley. At around noon we will have lunch in the town of San Juan, and after that it is lowered to the town of YUCAY. Our bus waits for us and will take us to Ollantaytambo old Inca city that still maintains its streets, squares and temples, that in 500 years has not changed, after two hours of guiding, we will go to dinner and sleep in a very comfortable hotel.

Day 3


Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 2700 m
Hiked distance: 11 km
Approximate walking time: 6 h

The adventure continues, we will get up at 5.00 am for breakfast, and travel by train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104, Chachabamba sector; Here we must go down to cross the river Vilcanota. At 8:00 am we will pass the tourist control, to start the trekking in the cloud forest for 6 hours. The first archaeological rest to explore is Chachabamba, which is dedicated to Mother Earth or Pachamama. From here you will start an ascent along the Inca trail to the Wiñayhuayna área. During the journey you will be able to enjoy beautiful orchids, views of the Vilcanota river, Verónica mountain. After a tour of the ruins of Wiñayhuayna, we will continue trekking to the door of the sun, from where it is possible to see the wonder of the Machu Picchu world. At dusk we will descend to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel and have dinner.

Day 4


Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 2400 m
Hiked distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 4 h

We left our hotel at 4:30 am, after breakfast and took the bus to Machu Picchu (30 minutes), to enjoy the unforgettable view with the rising sun on the site. Then we will do the check in of the tickets and passport. We will have 2 hours guided tour, our guide explains how was life in the citadel, cults and ceremonies made by the Incas in many temples and shrines. After 2 guided hours you can enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu on your own. If you have a reservation for any mountain, you can do so until 13:00 pm. In the afternoon you will return to Aguas Calientes, so you can have lunch and take your train at 14:30 pm, which goes to Ollantaytambo. Once you reach the train station in Ollantaytambo, at the train station you will be picked up by  our transport, to bring you back to the square of Cusco  at 6:30 pm.


  • Transportation Cusco-Huayoccari
  • Transportation Yucay-Ollantaytambo
  • Camping tent
  • Sleeping mats
  • 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfast
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to Sacred Valley
  • Entry ticket to Inca Trail
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Km 104
  • Aguas Calientes Train Ticket – Ollantaytambo
  • 1 night hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • First aid kit


  • First breakfast
  • Last lunch
  • Extra drinks such as coffee, beer, pisco sour
  • Mountain Huaynapicchu
  • Personal Porter
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles


  • The original passport
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and Gloves
  • 2-4 t-shirts
  • 2 pants (1 for hiking, 1 sleeping)
  • Long Underwear sleeping / thermal underwear
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water tablets and / or water purification
  • Toiletries / toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and batteries
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Peruvian Money in cash ( 400 Soles recomed)


Responses to most FAQs related to the  Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  by Eco Path Trek.

  • Where is the pick up for the short inca trail hike?

The pick up from your hotel will be at 4:00 am, please provide clear contact information of your place of residence at check-in at the Cusco office.

  • Where to pay the remaining amount of the Short Inca Trail?

We assume most people try to get to Cusco 2-3 days before the trek to give enough time for acclimatization. Once you have settled in and rested you should come to the Cusco office to see and confirm the information we have pertinent to your short inca trail tour, personal needs and sign the conditions (even if you have already paid in full.) There are occasions in Local festivities or discomfort may require last minute changes to departure times or some additional information and that is why we have a brief briefing  before your trip.

  • Where can I store my luggage while I’m on the Short Inca Trail?

For the short inca trail  you just have to take with you the things you really want / need and leave the rest of your things in your hotel in Cusco.  Eco Path Trek offers free luggage storage for all our guests. If you have luggage, you should leave it at the office the day before, and after your tour you can pick it up.

  • What should I pack for the Short Inca Trail?

The most important things, for a day of trekking like:

  • 1 trekking pants
  • small backpack
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Has ample
  • Bottle of water
  • appetizers
  • walking shoes
  • raincoat
  • Original passport


  • Am I going to need any extra money on the short inca trail?

Yes, so you can buy: for example, a bottle of water / drinks, hot springs in Aguas Calientes , souvenirs, snacks in Machu Picchu, etc. Bring at least 400 soles as emergency money.

  • How many people will be in my group on the short inca trail?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, dates indicated in the availability of the web, are open groups in which you are invited to join. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and a 9 -16 hikers sheet we have 2 licensed trekking guides on the short inca trail. During the low season groups are more likely to be small and during peak season groups will probably be large. The Ministry of Culture has a rule in place made limited the amount of passengers by 2 guides for 16 people.


  • I am not very experienced hiker in? What if I can not keep up? How difficult is the Short Inca Trail?

Most people have that concern, but they do not care. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to return before. Just remember what made you are able to go at a speed made it comfortable for you. Take your time, your own pace, and enjoy. The Short Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. It is not a technical hike but there are plenty of Inca steps, up and down, and altitude can affect some individuals by value. It is recommended to use a trekking poles and have them in the early evening before the trek.

  • Are trekking poles really necessary on the short inca trail ?

For the short inca trail  we recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known problems of the knee. There are several times during the short inca trail hike  the need for its use, whether ascending a mountain or walking through immense sets of ladder of the short inca trail. It will help you with your balance and reduce the impact on your knees. Park rangers only allow trekking poles with rubber tips, because if it is metal it damages the road. You can purchase rubber tips for metal tips from any local store in Cusco.

  • Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Short  Inca Trail?

It is impossible to predict that they will be affected by altitude. Its ability to adapt to high altitude is deterministic undermined by its genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problem as long as they take the time to acclimate properly.

  • Can ECO PATH TREK meet my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

Not to worry, ECO PATH TREK is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs on request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or can not eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem for us.

  • I’m going to have to carry the water on the short inca trail?

Yes you must carry your own water, be it in a canteen or a bag to carry water. Since  2018, the entry of plastic bottles to the Inca Trail networks and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary is no longer allowed. So we beg you to take that detail into account. On the other hand you must be wondering how much water you should carry, the answer is, that you will evaluate it according to your need to want to drink, on the short Inca trail you usually have the first two hours a very hot temperature so Surely you should drink more than a liter of water, and to continue the journey you must have another equal volume of water. We do not recommend the idea of carrying water tablets for you to take from the streams and can purify, since many of them are not suitable for human consumption.

  • Are there any bathrooms along the way?

Along the short inca  trail there are 3 places with toilet facilities. First at the hiking start, then after 3 hours, and in Machu Picchu. Please bring a roll of toilet paper. As for another type of trash going, please take your own trash to each camp. Do not leave a trace or throw away the trash.

  • Is there a possibility to cancel my hike of short inca trail?

There isn’t a chance of  cancellation the short inca trail. Even in extreme climatic conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Ministry of Culture or ECO PATH TREK can not change the date of a walk if there is a general strike. We will make every effort to ensure that you get to the beginning of the short inca trail to start the walk by the date of the permit, on some dates if there is a strike will be communicated by the mail, where you will be informed the time and date of departure, Sometimes you must go a day earlier to prevent the road from being blocked. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel the trip for any reason, he will lose his trip; You would only have the option of going to Machu Picchu, on your own and do not lose your return train ticket, entrance to machu picchu.

  • Is the short  Inca trail good during the rainy season? It is safe?

The trail is perfectly safe during the rainy season. In fact, some people like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists. If you are one that does not mind the rain then it says’ ok for it! “You’ll just have to bring good rain gear and water boots.

  • What kind of weather can I expect on the Short Inca Trail? The temperatures?

During the “rainy season” (Dec 1 – May 1), you could have some rain at any time, but you can not expect it to rain every day. Often in December and January you may only get some continuous light rains or you could be fine and then a splendid afternoon, but in reality you could have days of good weather. At the same station, therefore, it will be noticeably hotter at night. The times of the day will get up to about 25 C° degrees Celsius. On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Dec) the days seem surprisingly like spring, with a bright and sunny sky, but it will be much colder at night. During the day you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 C° to 30 C° degrees Celsius and at night it will be 10 C°to 8 C° degrees Celsius. It is always better to dress in layers at any time of the year, really. As you walk, change the poles, since if you walk with the garment wet, it is dangerous since it could catch a flu.

  • How many hikers are there per group?

We work with a group size of 2 to 8 people, for which it is assigned: 01 guide. If the group is 8 or  more, you will have two guides

  • What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips?

The tips for the trekking staff mentioned above are not included in the price of the trek. Gratuities are optional but not mandatory. Tips for the guide: The guide will accompany the group along the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend you tip the guide after the tour in Machu Picchu, a reasonable amount is 80 usd.

  • Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?

This depends on the station that is going to visit the citadel, for example in the rainy season it is almost impossible to appreciate a sunrise, since machu picchu always dawns cloudy. In the dry season, if there is the opportunity to see an impressive sunrise in Machu Picchu.

  • Will I be able to climb the Huayna Picchu?

If you are interested in the mountain Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, it is mandatory to have a special permit which is reserved, at least 6 months in advance of your visit to Peru. This income has an additional cost of $ 80 usd.

  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?

The visits to Machu Picchu have been divided into two schedules, the first is (6:00 am to 8:00 am), those ticket has a one-time validity, with a duration of only two hours with the guide, then you can stay a prudent time until the midday. This system has been implemented for reasons of care and protection of the world wonder. To came back to aguas calientes town you can do by walk wich is 45 minutes or by the local buses.

  • What time will I be back in Cusco?

You generally arrive back to Cusco at 18:45 pm. The final place will be your hotel adress in Cusco.


  • Student discount? How can you use it to get a discount?

  • A.- For the students of the school: With the passport or national ID – original ones, from 8 to 17 years old
  • B.- For the students of the University:With the original student ID gives from the university in PVC material and it must have the follow requirements:
  • university information,
  • personal student information
  • student picture
  • expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.


  • Is it possible to change the dates after the initial reservation?

You can only make the change of dates, if we have not yet bought the permits for the Inca trail, but if everything is already organized it is very unlikely to change the date of travel, otherwise you may lose your reservation.

  • What if I do not have my passport at this time?

The Ministry of Culture requires a valid passport issued, the best case is to organize your new passport in advance if you did is the case. There is the possibility, due to the limits of the spaces on the requested date of reservation with your old passport number, and change it when you have the new passport. So we recommend bringing both documents.

  • Can I pay for the full tour in advance?

Generally, we only charge the deposit of your Inca Trail to confirm your reservation. This deposit and full details on the booking form are used as a guarantee for income and other excursions. The balance is payable upon arrival in Cusco in cash. If you choose to pay by credit card you need to pay 10% commission. The prices of the tours are cash payment.



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