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Visiting Cusco, not only includes knowing its typical squares, or the tour of the sacred valley in buses, we show you another type of experience to discover new Inca trails, which are hidden from the crowds, and that only our expert guides do. The tour to the Inka city of Huchuy Qosqo is a sample of this, since during the tour you pass through the legendary town of Chincheros, very famous for its textile art that is practiced with ancestral techniques. Then you ascend to the mountains of the Apu Senqa, from where you can see almost all the sacred mountains of the Inkas, such as Ausangate, Salkantay, Pitusiray, Veronica. At sunset you go down an inka road very well preserved to the archeological sector of Huchuy Qosqo, a very privileged site for the spectacular views of the sacred valley of the Inkas. Continuing with the tour then you descend to the valleys of Ollantaytambo and the cloud forest of the famous short Inca trail, which hides many temples and palaces Inkas. We culminate with the visit to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. All our guides are trained in high mountain trekking, with a wide cultural and historical background. The most important thing is that we organize everything in Private service.

Basic Tour Information

Tour duration: 4 days

Travel Difficulty: challenging

Maximum altitude: 4300 m

Trek distance: 33 km

Reservation from $780



  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny/Dry / Windy / Cold


  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch –Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 5 km /3.1 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,700 m / 8,858 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,500 m / 11,480 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny/Dry / Windy / Cold


  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel Machu Picchu Lodging
  • Distance: 11 km /6.8 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 5 – 6  hours
  • Highest Elevation:2,700 m / 8,858 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,560 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet


  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Estimated walking time: 3  hours
  • Highest Elevation:2,400 m / 7,854 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,560 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet


Day 1


Difficulty: challenging

Distance: 14

Altitude: 4300

We pick you up from your hotel at 5 a.m. Then we will go to the village of Piuray, over there we will have a breakfast. We will begin hiking gently, uphill for an hour and a half until we get to the first pass (4,100 meters), where we’ll have spectacular views of the lake Huaypo and Piuray, with stunning mountains surrounding it. Your tour guide will tell you about how and where the Incas arrived to this area, and about the conquest of the Spaniards. From the pass, we will follow along the side of the valley, making our way towards the top, to cross over to the other side. It’s about a 45 minute walk to the top where starts a beautiful inka trail, during the walk we will see the Quelloqocha Lake is  possible to see a variety of bird life, such as Andean Geese, Lapwings, Partridges, among others. Then we will go down to the community of Pumamarca. It’s about a two and a half hour walk to the village, where we’ll be greeted by groups of locals who are always happy to welcome us into their community, in this point we will have our lunch, we’ll visit one of the local families to learn about their way of life. If you have brought any gifts with you, you can share them with the family at this time. After our lunch, we’ll continue.Then we continue our walk to the archeological site of Huchuy Qosqo, during the journey you will go through two Inca bridges over a canyon, and you will also enjoy an original Inca trail that is still preserved. Today we culminate our day at 5:00 pm, there will be dinner and tea time with a fabulous sunset view over the pitusiray mountains.

Huchuy qosqo by inka trail trek
Day 2


Difficulty: challenging

Distance: 5

Altitude: 3500

You will be awakened with a cup of hot coca tea. When you are packed, we will enjoy a tasty breakfast. We begin walk  to the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo. This valley is a beautiful micro-climate, full of lush vegetation. There are many small birds that can be seen, including a variety of hummingbirds that feed off of the flowers. As we make our way down the valley, we will be able to see snow-capped mountains and the famous Urubamba mountain range. There will be ample time to take advantage of the many pictures. Here, you will see amazing Inca buildings, like sacred temples, storehouses, Inca terraces for agriculture and an Inca reservoir used to store water in the dry season. Your tour guide will take you on a tour of the site. From here, we will begin our walk downhill to the Sacred Valley. It takes about two hours to get to the village of Lamay (2,800 meters) on the Urubamba River, where a bus will be waiting to take you to the Inca ruins of Unu Urqo, and the museum of Inkarry, at midday we will have our buffet lunch in a nice restaurant in Urubamba. We will continue our trip to the salt mines of  Maras, and in the afternoon we will arrive to the hotel in Ollantaytambo, where we spend the night.

minas de sal cusco by inka trail trek
Day 3


Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 10

Altitude: 2700

We left at 6.00 am our hotel in Ollantaytambo, so we will take the train at  6.40 am, following the Sacred Valley and the Vilcanota River ariving after 1 hour to KM 104 to begin our Inca Trail. It will begin with a short walk to the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2270 meters).

We continue our hike with beautiful views of the Urubamba River. We can observe different species of orchids. After 2 hours, we will see the site Wiñayhuayna Ruins (2,650 meters), this fabulous archeological site  is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the valley of Urubamba and dominated by a broad set of terraces. The ruins on the way are amazing, we continue our journey and reach the Sun Gate at 3:00 pm. Where we have the first  view of Machu Picchu, enjoying a fantastic sunset . Then we descend to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2400 meters), which only pass this day. After to have some selfis, we  will continue to the village of Aguas Calientes, by Bus where we will stay in the Hotel Machupicchu Lodging.

Day 4


Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 4

Altitude: 2400

This day is one of the most important as you will have the opportunity to visit the fabulous temples and sacred sites of the Incas. You should get up at 5:00 am, and then take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu at 5:30 am. Our Machu Picchu tickets are authorized to enter the first time 6:00 am; Within the citadel you will have a guided tour of the most important sites for an hour and a half, then you can stay a little longer and explore on your own. Since the Machu Picchu ticket is valid only for one use, if a person goes out to use the hygienic services for example, he will not be able to re-enter the sanctuary, we recommend going down to the town of Aguas Calientes  at 11:00 am, since that the 5 hours inside Machu Picchu are enough to know and take all the possible photos.

The return train is scheduled at 14:30 pm, bound for the Ollantaytambo station, this trip takes approximately 1h 45m. Then you will be picked up by our condutor and will be arriving at your hotel in the city of Cusco at 18:45 pm approx.

machupicchu ruins by inka trail trek


  • Private transportation Cusco to Piuray
  • Private transportation Lamay  to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transportation Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Professional English – Spanish tour guide
  • Camping tents
  • Foam matress
  • Meals: 3 dinners, 3 lunchs, 3 breakfast
  • First aid kit and oxigen tank
  • Entrance for the Huchuy Qosqo Ruins
  • Entrance to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • 01 way bus ticekt Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets round trip


  • Sleeping bag: $ 15 usd
  • Trekking Poles: $ 15 usd
  • Inflatable air mattress: $20
  • Bus to go and dow to Machu Picchu second day
  • First day breakfast and last day lunch
  • Extra drinks
  • Personal porter to carry your stuff ( $ 120 usd)
  • Tips for the staff ( is voluntary)


  • Day pack
  • Original passport
  • Good hiking gear: warm jackets, gloves, hat warm fleece and socks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm clothes: layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun screen
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic/metal water container, or camel bags
  • Water for the first four hours of the trek, then we will provide you with drinking, previously boiled water
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Walking stick
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Extra money in soles ( 500 soles is ok)


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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