Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 7 days

Machu Picchu

48 reviews
Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 16
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 7 days
Machu Picchu

48 reviews

Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip


Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  7 days


Overview of the tour 

Enjoy the highlights of Cusco, Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu, and the Rainbow Mountain in a 7-day adventure. This tour is an unforgettable experience for any visitor who wants to dive deep into our culture and history. Available every day in Private tours.                  

Highlights of the Trek:

  • Book with Confidence and Flexibility
  • Explore Cusco, Sacred Valley’s Inca Sites, and Local markets
  • Hike the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley with picnic meals
  • Support our social projects by booking with us.

Itinerary of the Short Inca Trail

Day 1: Arrival at Cusco (April 8th)
We will collect you from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.  

  • Book a hotel in Cusco (Hilton Garden, Costa del Sol Ramada, Novotel )
  • Meals not included

 Day 2: Cusco - Chinchero - Moray - Salineras  - Ollantaytambo  (April 9th)
Pick up at 8:00 am from your hotel in Cusco, explore the center of Cusco, San Pedro Market, then drive to visit the "Land of Weavers" in Chinchero, explore the circular ruins of Moray and the amazing Salt ponds of Salineras. After lunch in Urubamba, we will drive to Ollantaytambo to explore the town and the archaeological site. Spend the night in Ollantaytambo 

  • Lunch and dinner included in local restaurants
  • Entrance fees to all places we visit
  • Profesional Tour guide
  • Book a hotel In Ollantaytambo (El Albergue, Sauce, Pakaritampku)

 Day 3: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Machu Picchu  (April 10th)
7:00 am Pick up after breakfast in the hotel and 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
  • You can book a hotel in Aguas Calientes (Tierra Viva, El Mapi, Sumaq, Susanna INN)

 Day 4: Machu Picchu - Cusco (April 11th)
Wake up early in the hotel and take the early buses to Machu Picchu, this time we will explore the citadel in a 3-hour guided tour, after exploring Machu Picchu you will take the Panoramic train back to Cusco arriving back to Cusco around 6.30 pm. 

  • Panoramic Train train back to Cusco (VTD or 360°)
  • Meals not included
  • Book a hotel in Cusco (Hilton Garden, Costa del Sol Ramada, Novotel )

 Day 5: Rainbow Mountain (April 12th)
Early pick up from your hotel in Cusco (5.00 am) and drive for 3 hours to the trailhead, where your chef will prepare a picnic breakfast. Then, you will start ascending to the top of Rainbow Mountain and visit Red Valley. After a picnic lunch with amazing views of the Mountains, we will return to Cusco. 

  • All entrance fees include
  • Professional tour Guide
  • Picnic breakfast and lunch
  • Book a hotel in Cusco (Hilton Garden, Costa del Sol Ramada, Novotel )

 Day 6: Humantay Lake  (April 13th)
We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4.30 am and drive you for 3.5 hours to Soraypamapa. After breakfast below the Humantay and Salkantay Mountain, you will start hiking for 2 hours to the Humantay lake; then it's a similar time back the same route to lunch. In the afternoon, drive back to Cusco. 

  • All entrance fees include
  • Professional tour Guide
  • Picnic: breakfast and lunch
  • Book a hotel in Cusco (Hilton Garden, Costa del Sol Ramada, Novotel )

 Day 7: Transfer Out
After breakfast in the hotel, we will transfer you back to the airport.                  


  • Airport transfers in Cusco
  • All Transportation during 7 days.
  • Entrance ticket to all places we visit
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Bus up and down to from Machu Pichu
  • Train tickets to Inca Trail (Expedition or Voyager)
  • Panoramic Trains to return (Vistadome or 360)
  • First Aid, Satellite Phone, Oxygen tank
  • All taxes Included

Not Included 

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Hotels
  • Huayna Picchu or Montaña entrances
  • Tips for staff

Price per person: USD$ 890

 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

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


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
We took the luxury inca trail trek with Trexperience mid April 2022. We always try to search for a local operator based on fellow travellers reviews. It was rather easy in the case of Trexperience as they seem to benefit from numerous positive reviews on the web and they were one of the few companies able also to offer a more pampering version of the treck with better food, tents, beds, shower/wc. The owner Carlos was responsive, informative, reliable and professional from start to finish and the team that helped us through the trek was great. I especially wish to mention Miguel, the guide, who was knolwgeable, helpful and supportive, responsible and more than anything, a great guy to have next to you on such a jurney. The trek was amazing and the views are unforgetable. I can wholeheqrtedly reccomend Trexxperience and take this opportunity to thank them again.
By gil m for Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5D/4N on 08 May, 2022
Thanks to Carlos Ccolcca, we have lived a wonderful experience. He helped us to recognize and see hummingbirds. The staff was good and brave to carry on stuff. The cook was very good. An amazing time.
By Jean-Sébastien B for Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days with Camping on 07 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