Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days

Machu Picchu

50 reviews
Duration: 4 days
Group size: 1 - 16
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days
Machu Picchu

50 reviews

Duration: 4 days
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip


Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days                              

Overview of the tour 

Travel from Cusco to the Sacred Valley exploring the best archeological sites and markets, then hike the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, arriving at the Sungate, from where you will have the 1st and most amazing view of Machu Picchu during the sunset. On the second day, we visit the great citadel with an expert tour guide. you will finish the tour by visiting the Humantay lake with picnic meals.                   

Highlights of the Trek:

  • Travel with an authentic Local Tour Operator from Cusco city
  • Explore the best of the Sacred Valley
  • Hike the last part of the Iconic Inca Trail
  • Arrive at Machu Picchu twice
  • Visit Humantay lake and enjoy picnic meals
  • Come back to Cusco on the Panoramic trains

Itinerary of the Short Inca Trail

After a delicious lunch, we will continue to Moray to learn about the ancient Inca farming technology, visit Maras and Salineras to later drive to Ollantaytambo – “The Last Living Inca Town,” an old Inca fortified village where we will observe some of the best examples of Inca architecture in the region. Book a hotel in Ollantaytambo

Day 1: Sacred Valley + Maras Moray (Full day) 

After breakfast in the hotel, you’ll get picked up from the hotel at 8.00 a.m. Then, drive to Awana Cancha, where we can see Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas, and Guanacos. Next, visit Mirador of Taray, the local market of Pisaq, and continue the journey through the Sacred Valley until Urubamba, where we have a buffet lunch in a local restaurant.

  • Duration: Full day
  • Meals: Buffet lunch in Urubamba
  • Hotel: You must book in Ollantaytambo

Day 2: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Machu Picchu (16km, 8 hrs)
After breakfast in your hotel in Ollantaytambo, we will drive to the train station where we take the first trains to Km 104, we hike for about 7 to 8 hours to Machu Picchu. We arrive in the afternoon through the Sungate, which gives us a unique chance to see Machu Picchu almost empty. Later we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. 

  • Box lunch, dinner in a local restaurant (Mapacho Restaurant)
  • Bus from Machu Picchu
  • 3-star hotel (Waman, Susanna INN, Intipunku or similar)

Day 3: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of The Incas) (3 hrs)
On the last day we will wake up early in the hotel and take the early buses to Machu Picchu, this time we will explore the citadel inside in a 3-hour guided tour, after exploring Machu Picchu you will take the Panoramic train back to Cusco arriving back to Cusco around 7.30 to 8:pm.  

  • Breakfast in hotel, other meals not included
  • Machu Picchu tour
  • Panoramic Train train back to Cusco (VTD or 360°)

Day 4: Humantay Lake
Depart at 5:am from your hotel and drive to Humanatay lake. Enjoy our picnic breakfast and picnic lunch prepared by our trekking chef.  

  • Picnic breakfast and lunch
  • Entry tickets included
  • Professional tour guide
  • Round trip transportation


  • Pick up from hotel for all tours
  • All transportation during the duration of the tour
  • Professional tour guides
  • 1 night 3-star hotel in Agua Calientes
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance ticket to all places we visit
  • Bus up and down from Machu Picchu
  • Panoramic Exclusive train to come back (Vistadcome or 360°)

Not Included 

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Huayna Picchu or Montaña entrances
  • Tips for staff

Price per person: USD$ 720 

To Book a tour you only need 200.USD initial payment, the remaining balance can be paid in Cusco with any credit card with no additional charges at all, or you can pay online in installments. 

Available Packages

Group Service
Deposit: $200
Private Service
Deposit: $200

Your Organizer

50 reviews
We are a responsible local tour operator based in the city of Cusco


Our group of four adults had the most memorable experience with Trexperience. We couldn't have asked for better guides -- JJ and Filio. Without them and their amazing team we wouldn't have felt more at ease on this trip. We had nightly massages followed by wine and incredible gourmet food. The tents and the accommodations were 5-star! We were definitely glamping to say the least but it was worth every penny. Although our hike to Machu Picchu was fogged in along the route, when we reached Machu Picchu the fog drifted away and we were left with incredible unforgettable views! TreXperience responded promptly to our emails and communicated to us in a timely manner. The company is trustworthy and worth investing in. It's a trip of a lifetime so don't skimp on the opportunity to do it luxury style!
By Kim S for Luxury Inca Trail Tour 4 days and 3 nights on 20 May, 2022
This was one of the best experiences of my life! I am seventy years old and have had many wonderful experiences but this one rate very high in comparison. The organization of TreXperience was outstanding, the porters very good, the cooks exceptional, and the two guides were very friendly, knowledgeable, compassionate and were focused on the needs of every individual in the group.
By Hannelie K for 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 20 May, 2022
We had an amazing time on our 4 day inca trail hike. JJ was a great guide and the entire company worked incredibly hard to make us feel comfortable. Would fully recommend this trip.
By Aaron A for 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 15 May, 2022
Alex our guide was amazing! He tailored the trek to our needs and interests. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
By Jyoti P for Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days on 11 May, 2022
First-time Peru travellers, we were drawn to Trexperience because of their good reviews and because they’re locally-owned. We went with the 2D/1N camping option because we wanted the hiking experience but because we were also unsure of the physical toll (recently-problematic knee) of the 4-day trek. As it turns out, the 2D/1N hiking experience is very doable (12km on a mostly gradual ascent). Makes me want to come back for the 4D trek! Good up-front communication with the details of the trip clearly laid out in English. Our guide, Sonya, was fantastic. Warm, friendly, and all-knowing with respect to Inca history. The pace was easy, as was the conversation along the way. For people trying to decide between the camping option and the slightly cheaper hotel option, the difference - as far as I can make out - is that the camping option means travelling with porters who lay out mind-blowing & stomach-filling spreads along the way (2B, 1L, 1D). It was far more lavish than we imagined and made us wonder how we’d be able to continue hiking with such full stomachs! We’re normally accustomed to a ‘pack your own lunch’ approach to hiking. The camping location is at the valley bottom alongside the sacred Urubamba River. Tents, sleeping bags, deluxe mattresses all provided. It was pretty cool waking up to coca tea and a vertical view up through the clouds to Machu Picchu high above. Short walk back to nearby Aguas Calientes to catch the bus back up to Machu Picchu. You definitely want to arrive early (and we did) because the crowds filing their way through Machu Picchu can get quite long. One of the things we really appreciated about this package was that we got to see Machu Picchu twice, once at the end of the first day (at the end of the Inca Trail) and once more the second day when we had ample time (2-3hrs) to leisurely explore the site. This worked out to our advantage because the first day was sunny and clear while the second day was misty (and mysterious). Truly, the best of both experiences. Another thing we really enjoyed about the 2D option was that it was a very personal experience. Given the popularity of the 4-day trek, the groups can get large (a dozen or so?). For the 2D trek, it was just the two of us and our guide. There was room for more, but we were the only ones that day. Same for the next trek after us. The result was a very personalized experience. We set our own pace, stopped when we wanted, and had easy, direct access to our guide, Sonya. It felt like a private tour even though we didn’t pay for one. The only reason I didn’t give this 5/5 stars (apart from being a hard marker!) is that there were a few (very) minor hiccups with some logistical pieces that Sonya and the porters were adeptly able to manage in the moment. Overall, we felt like we were in very good hands from start to finish. I recommend Trexperience and would definitely consider using them again if/when we return for the 4-day trek. For context, we’re a father-son travel duo, ages 50 & 18. We both exercise regularly and enjoy being outdoors. All aspects of the trip were within our physical limits and comfort level.
By Adam C for Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days with Camping on 09 May, 2022
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By Christopher N on 31 Mar, 2022
Our tour guide was amazing!!! i will cherish these memories forever!!!
By Gerardo G on 24 Mar, 2020