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Overview of your 2-Day Short Inca Trail with Vistadome Tour
The Vistadome train is an amazing ride, with panoramic ceiling and windows, complete elegance and comfort, efficient and caring staff; moreover, the Vistadome allows you to have a unique view of the majestic Andean natural landscapes. Finally, there is a fashion show of fine alpaca clothes and a colorful typical Andean character. The Vistadome will take you on a wonderful journey until the Inca Trail’s starting point, and from there you will hike through the amazing Andean paths until the triumphant arrival to Machu Picchu. See our testimonials from TOUR IN PERU travelers for inspiration.
Itinerary at a glance!

Short 2-Day Inca Trail on Vistadome – Itinerary

Day 1:

  • 04:45 – 06:40: Transfer Hotel – Ollantaytambo train station
  • 08:08 – 09:30: Vistadome train ride Ollantaytambo – Km 104 (Inca Trail starting point)
  • Tour at the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2.150 meters)
  • Tour at the Winaywayna archaeological complex (2.650 meters)
  • Hike to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate)
  • 15:50 – 16:30: panoramic view of the Machu Picchu Inca citadel
  • 16:30 – 17:00: bus back to the Aguas Calientes village
  • Free time to visit the market, the museum, the hot springs, etc
  • 19:00 – 20:00: dinner at a touristic restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • Night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes (we can upgrade your accommodations if you like)

Day 2:

  • 05:30 – 06:30: Transfer Hotel – Bus station – Machu Picchu
  • 07:00 – 09:30: Professionally guided tour in Machu Picchu – Wonder of the World
  • Free time to continue exploring, taking pictures, have lunch, visit the market or the museum, etc
  • 16:22 – 18:10: Vistadome train ride back to Ollantaytambo
  • 18:20 – 20:10: Back to Cusco city on a touristic bus
  • Night at a Cusco hotel (you can book it yourself or through us)

Important: the night before the Short 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour, there will be a meeting at your hotel with our guide, on an agreed time. Schedules may vary. Train availability is controlled by PeruRail.

Short Inca Trail with Vistadome Train Tour in detail
Are you ready for a ride on the best Andean train and for a Machu Picchu adventure? The Short 2-Day Inca Trail tour with Vistadome includes a comfortable journey through amazing Andean landscapes and the major experience of the short hike to Machu Picchu. ITINERARY Day 1: Cusco – Km. 104 – Winayhuayna – Aguas Calientes The package begins with the pick up from your hotel at 06:00 a.m. Then an about an hour and a half journey by bus until you reach the Pachar train station. Next we take the Vistadome train at 08:08 am, which will take us to km 104, the starting point of the Short 2-Day Inca Trail. There is an initial uphill hike to arrive at the archaeological site of Winaywayna (Quechua for Always Young) after 4 hours. We will enjoy our lunch and the wonderful Andean landscape around us. The hike resumes after the break towards the famous sacred spot of Inti Punku or Sun Gate. Here, all the efforts of the hike will be rewarded. The Inti Punku offers a panoramic view of the amazing Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The end of first day’s adventure will be close to the citadel’s exit, to take the bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes, located next to the Inca citadel; then dinner and spend the night at the hotel of your choice.

  • Starting altitude 2.100 m – Ending altitude 2.730 m.
  • Overnight at hotel of your choice in Aguas Calientes (Altitude: 2.000 m, 6.500ft)

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (Food: D) We will have breakfast early and continue our adventure. Board the first bus at 6:00 a.m., which will take us to Machu Picchu, to see its splendid sunrise. After a short rest and relaxation time, we start with the Great Guided Tour of the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which takes approximately 2.5 hours. We will visit the most important places such as the Main Square, the Round Tower, the Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Royal Cemeteries and much more. After, you can continue exploring this wonder of the modern world at your leisure and take the best pictures. At the right time you should take the bus back to Aguas Calientes village for a quiet lunch in the restaurant of your choice (not included, but can be included in the package); then you can visit the thermal baths or visit  the market or the museum. Finally at 15:20 we will take the Vistadome return train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy and next we connect with the bus trip to Cusco city for arrival at around 19:30, finishing our 2-day adventure tour.

  • Initial Altitude 2.000 m – Final Altitude 2.400 m.

Important: the night before the Short 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour, there will be a meeting at your hotel with our guide, on an agreed time. Schedules may vary.

What your dream trip includes

The Short Inca Trail with Vistadome Train Tour Includes:

  • Free transfers in Cusco: Airport – Hotel – Airport
  • Professional touristic guide in English or Spanish
  • Vistadome train ride: Pachar – Km 104
  • Vistadome train ride: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Bus transfers: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (Day 1) and Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (Day 2)
  • Van transfer: Cusco – Pachar and Poroy – Cusco
  • Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • One night at an Aguas Calientes hotel
  • Meals (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch (box lunch), 1 Dinner)
  • Oxygen bottle, first-aid kit
  • Walking sticks

The Short Inca Trail with Vistadome Train Tour Does Not Include:

  • National or international flights
  • Tips or extra expenses
Tour Price The price may vary due to season, number of travelers or other conditions. Discounts and Offers

  • ISIC Card: Students with a valid ISIC card can apply to a discount of XX%.
  • Junior: People under 18 years old can get this tour for $XXUSD.
Aditional Services

You can enhance your experience with these aditional services:

  • Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain: an extra hike to the sacred mountains next to the citadel.
  • Vistadome Train: enjoy the landscape in a panoramic train during your trip to Machu Picchu.
  • Porters: hire an extra porter to get him carry your belongings and enjoy the rek at your best! You will support a Peruvian family too!
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What to bring for your Short Inca Trail with Vistadome Tour

What you need to take for this tour:

  • Original passport, International student Card (ISIC) if eligible for the 20 dollars discount
  • Sneakers or hiking boots, waterproof jacket, t-shirts, pants, rain poncho (from November to March)
  • Hat or cap, sunblock, insect repellent, cosmetics, hand sanitizer
  • Mineral water and personal medicines
  • Shorts, bandages, extra money, swimsuit
  • Cameras, lantern
  • We recommend you have travel insurance


  • To qualify as student, you need a valid ISIC card
  • Hotel service inclusions and train services upgrades must be booked in advance
Map of the tour
Upgrade options for your comfort
You can always ask for an upgrade for all of our services: Trains: you can ask for a high class train, the Hiram Bingham luxury service. Accomodation: If you feel like staying in a hotel during your stay in Cusco even for a couple of hours, we have plenty of options for you. Please check our hotel lists to find the best option for you. Guiding: Our guides are very knowledgeable and experienced, but if you want a specialized guiding you can ask us to a special guiding service.
Testimonials for inspiration
What is the best season to visit Machu Picchu? Machu Picchu weather is two seasons. You can enjoy fresh and vivid days in rainy seasons from November to March, or shiny and blue-sky days during the dry season, from April to October. When is Machu Picchu closed? Good news! Machu Picchu is NEVER closed. You can visit this wonder every day of the year. Should I book my permit in advance? We strongly encourage you to book your Machu Picchu permit in advance as they can be sold out easily.