Short Inca Trail 2 Day to Machu Picchu & Humantay Lake Hike 3 Days / 2 Nights

Short Inca Trail 2 Day to Machu Picchu & Humantay Lake Hike 3 Days / 2 Nights. This tour combines the beauty of the  turquoise waters of the Laguana Humantay the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 3 unforgettable days. Being the best alternative for people who do not have much time, families with small children, people who are not used to long walks and do not like camping. This option will also allow you the option of being able to see Machu Picchu twice, something that no other tour will offer you: The first at sunset on the second day and the other at sunrise on the third day.

If you are interested in booking the tour of the the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu we suggest you make your reservation at least a week in advance. Since the tickets for this impressive tour to Machu Picchu have a restricted limit of people, the income that is sold per day is only 250 income per day

It is important; that you know that there will be tourists with different walking paces and different languages ​​in your Inca Trail group. Our guides are highly experienced and will work to meet the needs of all of our tourists in a safe and friendly manner. However, if you and your friends or family have the same level of fitness and you prefer to hike in a private group, contact us today to book a private service for your Inca Trail adventure!

Please note; the second day of this trek includes a box lunch, which usually consists of a sandwich, fruits and some cookies, As part of our commitment to sustainability, your box lunch comes in a specially – designed, reusable cloth bag, which you may either keep at the end of your tour or return to your tour guide to be recycled. Please be aware you will be required to carry your own box lunch during the trek, The bags is ideal for fitting inside or over a daypack and weight no more than two kilos when is full

Please be aware this trek may not be suitable for travelers with vertigo. 

New Regulations

  • The new regulations of the Peruvian government regarding the Inca Trail indicate that the guided tour in Machu Picchu after your arrival at the Inca citadel will follow circuit number 3. Therefore, we recommend that you make the most of the opportunity to take all your photographs once you begin the descent from the Sun Gate and reach the viewpoint, where they will take the classic photograph of the entire Inca citadel. See the article on Machu Picchu and circuit 3 for more information.
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This package is the Short Inca Trail 2 Day to Machu Picchu & Humantay Lake Hike 3 Days / 2 Nights

What’s Included:

Dia 1: For the Humantay Lagoon tour:

  • professional guide
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Transportation from Cusco – Mollepata – Cusco
  • Breakfast- and Lunch –
  • Accredited professional guide in Spanish and English
  • First aid kit / oxygen
  • It is not included in the Laguna Humantay tour:
  • Entrance to the Humantay Lagoon (20 soles per person)
  • Tips for the guide and driver (optional)

Day 2: For the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • The Inka Trail Backpacker Team: Professional and certified tourism guides, university graduates and fluent in several languages, with knowledge of the Andean culture, prepared in first aid and rescue courses (trained to use the first aid kit, we have an oxygen balloon that they always carry with them).
  • Transportation; We will pick you up from your hotel and we will go to the Ollantaytambo train station. We use private buses and minivans; very comfortable and with all the security accessories according to the number of tourists, our driver has many years of experience and a transfer that will help you with whatever you need.
  • One-way train ticket to km 104, the place where you will start your walk
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; this is the only ticket that will allow you to walk the 2-day Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu. (Does not include the climb to Huayna Picchu).
  • A snack and drink on the second day. It will be served after our guided tour in Wiñay Wayna.
  • A private room for 2 people in Aguas Calientes (with shower and private bathroom.)
  • A bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Caliente on the 2nd day
  • A ticket to climb from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on the 3rd day
  • Expedition train ticket back from Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco on the 3rd day

Does not include you in the Short Inca Trail Tour:

  • Breakfast the second day. This is because we leave Cusco at 4:00 a.m. and many hotels/hotels in Cusco do not offer breakfast at that time.
  • water for the road
  • Dinner in Ollantaytambo
  • Lunch on the last day after visiting Machu Picchu.
  • Walking sticks (These can be rented at our office).
  • Income for the thermal baths, the cost is 20 soles (optional) (Bring swimwear and a towel.)
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the 3rd day. If you can buy the ticket if you want US$ 12.
  • Or walking back down takes 45 minutes and you will have a complete experience)
  • I have lunch on the third day.
  • Drinks, snacks, or water
  • Porter for this short Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  • Tips for your guide (optional)


  • Available every day with a min of 2 participants
  • Customized Tours for a Personalized Experience
  • This tour is not available during February

Starting at

$ 450.00USD

per person

Contact travel advisor +51 940 110 208

Day By Day

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata- Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon

The trip begins in the city of Cusco at approximately 4:30 in the morning (we will pick you up at your lodging). After two and a half hours by car we will arrive at the town of Mollepata, where we will have breakfast. The trip continues for about 45 minutes until reaching Soraypampa (3,870 meters), a place used as a camping area. From this place begins the walk of about an hour and a half until you reach the beautiful Laguna de Humantay.

You, without a doubt, will be impressed by the turquoise color of the Humantay lagoon, which is at an altitude of (4,200 meters). Even if you are a little short of breath, you will be very happy to be in this beautiful and impressive place. You can also see two great mountains such as Humantay and Salkantay, mountains considered sacred by the Incas.

After enjoying the tranquility and the beautiful landscapes of the place, we will begin the return to Soraypampa that will take us approximately an hour and a half walking. Then we will go back to the town of Mollepata to have lunch. On the way back to our final destination we will be able to see more beautiful landscapes and a beautiful sunset. Finally, tired but happy, we will arrive at the city of Cusco (6 in the afternoon) approximately

Day 2: Ollantaytambo – km 104 -Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes

The short Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu starts from the pick up at your hotel or hostel (4:00 am approx.) We will travel for an hour and a half to Ollantaytambo where we will stop for breakfast (not included in the price of the tour). After our stop we will drive you to the train station where you will board the train that leaves the Ollantaytambo train station heading to Km 104 (start of our walk). The train trip lasts an hour and a half, on that journey you will be able to appreciate beautiful landscapes and different ecosystems.

Upon reaching km 104 and then crossing a suspension bridge to reach the checkpoint, you must present your passport or document with which you made your reservation. At the end of the respective controls we will start with the walk uphill for 4 hours until we reach the Inca Wiñaywayna site, which in Quechua means (forever young) Wiñaywayna has a height of 2680 meters above sea level and is considered one of the most attractive sites of this tour. . After your guided tour we will stop to eat our box lunch or snack.

After recharging our energy we will continue our walk for an hour and a half until we reach the Intipunku (Puerta del Sol) where you can enjoy the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu.

Finally we will continue walking along the last section of the Inca trail until we reach the place where you can take the classic photo (postcard photo) with the ancient citadel. After this short break, we will go down to the main entrance, here we will get on the bus that will take us to Aguas Calientes to spend the night. Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will have some time to relax in the hotel before your dinner and then plan the tour in the citadel on the last day of the tour.

Day 3: Tour in Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco

We’ll start early with a bus ride to Machu Picchu. Our knowledgeable guide will take you on a tour of the citadel and share fascinating insights into the Inca culture and history. According to the new Inca Trail regulations, we will re-enter Machu Picchu using  circuit number 3.

While on the walking tour in Machu Picchu, it is recommended that you take advantage of the opportunity to take pictures in every location your tour guide takes you to. This is especially important because, under the new regulations, you will not be able to backtrack and revisit any locations on the same circuit.

Once you have finished your walking tour in Machu Picchu, your tour guide will provide you with your returning train ticket. You will then proceed to the main exit of Machu Picchu in order to catch one of the buses that will take you on a 25-minute drive down to Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes, there are many restaurants where you can take the opportunity to have lunch. After that, and depending on your returning train schedule, you will have to go to the Agua Calientes train station 30 minutes prior to your train’s departure.

Depending on your train’s departure time, you will have a 1.5-hour train journey back to Ollantaytambo train station. There, one of our company members will be waiting for you with a sign displaying your name, in order to take you to the place where our transportation is waiting for you. After that, you will have another 1.5-hour car or van drive before you arrive back in Cusco.


Price: $449.99 per person

The return train schedule at the end of the Tour/Trek: It is the Expedition Train at 18:20pm or 19:00pm DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.

If you prefer the earlier train return we can reserve it for an additional cost of 35 dollars per person; the times you can choose are: 14:55pm or 16:35pm. We also offer the option to reserve the 3:40pm Vistadome train for an additional cost of $65 per person. Please, tell us in advance what is the train schedule of your preference. We inform you that none of the reserved trains go directly to Cusco, the trains only arrive at the Ollantaytambo or Poroy stations. In any of the cases, we will always guarantee the shipment of a transport that will pick them up and bring them back to Cusco.

Can I exchange my return train ticket for an earlier one? in the same station of Aguas Calientes?

Yes, you can make this change in person at the Aguas Calientes train station. However, they will ask you to pay an additional fee to change the ticket and this change will be subject to the availability of spaces and schedules on the train.

How long does the return trip to Cusco take?

It’s about 3 hours. You will first board a train in Aguas Calientes to the train station in Ollantaytambo for 1h30m; then a transfer from our office will be waiting for you at the exit of the train station with a sign that will have your name on it to take you to our car/van back to Cusco for approximately 1h30m; finally it will take you to your hotel/hostel. You will receive your train tickets once your tour in Machu Picchu has finished.


For children under 18 years of age, the discount is $20 dollars per person
For children of 7 years the discount is $50 dollars per person

How do I get the student discount?

The ISIC Card IS NO LONGER VALID to buy the Ticket to Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail with a student discount.

Now students will be able to access this benefit with the UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD from the university where they study, this being the only valid document for this purpose. For more information visit the following link


what to bring

What you need to take to the Inca Trail:

We recommend that you bring only what is necessary to enjoy your tour and leave the rest of your things at the hotel.

  • The original passport or document with which you made the reservation of the tour, the authorities on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are very strict and will not allow you to enter if you do not carry them with you, you must bring the Original Passport or the Identity Document, ID, The authorities do not accept any type of photocopy of the aforementioned documents.
  • A personal backpack for the day, to carry all your belongings with you, we recommend about 20 to 30 liters
  • Appropriate clothing for walking: waterproof and comfortable shoes for long walks, shorts and long pants, dry fit sports shirts, rain jacket or rain poncho.
  • A canteen with water for the first day of the trek (2 liters)
  • A Water Bottle, because the use of a water bottle is mandatory along the Camino, the authorities will not allow the use or entry of plastic bottles in Machu Picchu
  • Personal hygiene items: a small towel, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, toilet paper, hand sanitizer gel. These last two items are very important.
  • Personal medications, within this list also includes muscle relaxants, pain tablets and blessed for scratches, blisters on the feet that can be generated after several hours of walking.
  • Items to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or caps for the sun and repellent.
  • Extra battery for the camera
  • Extra money in cash, for your personal expenses such as the first breakfast, lunch on the last day, those of the porters, cook, guide, and other eventualities.

What you need to bring to Laguna Humantay:

  • A light backpack with a change of clothes for the entire period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if you have them available)
  • A poncho for the rain. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for approximately $2.
  • Sturdy footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. The extra stockings can not miss.
  • Warm clothing, including a jacket, fleeces, gloves, a scarf and a hat. Thermal clothing is also recommended.
  • Camera with extra batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sunscreen
  • After sun cream or moisturizer for face and body.
  • Toilet paper, inside and outside the luggage.
  • Snack: cookies, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, granola, etc.
  • A Camtiplora with Water
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications you may need, SOROCHI PHILS, blister protection, etc.
  • Souvenir cash.
  • sBinoculars (if you have).

Why Us

Is Inka Trail Backpacker a certified company?

Inka Trail Backpacker is an adventure tour operator, traditional travel and Eco tourism that has been authorized to be an operator on the route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu since 2014.

All tourism companies that wish to be operators on the Inca Trail network to Machu Picchu must be certified and have an Inca Trail operator license granted by the government of Peru. This process is very rigorous and strict; not everyone who participates can be successful. This authorization is renewed every year in the month of December and at Inka Trail Backpacker we have the operator authorization of the Inca Trail valid until March 2025. We have a team that is only in charge of renewing our authorizations year after year and thus continue to be a company. authorized to carry out tours through the Inca Trail in its different versions.

Our license as an Official Travel and Tourism Agency in Peru is under the name of Inka Trail Backpacker E.I.R.L
Our authorization to organize tours through the Inca Trail is under the name of INKA TRAIL BACKPACKER E.I.R.L. We also work with the authorizations of the associated companies of which we are a part, such as INTI SUN TREK E.I.R.L and GRUPO CAMINOS DEL PERU E.I.R.L. Duly registered on the official website of the Peruvian Government:

Does Inka Trail Backpacker care about the well-being of its workers?

Yes, the fact of offering lower and accessible prices does not mean that we neglect the pay and well-being of our porters or the staff that work with us. Since the end of 2014, Inka Trail Backpacker has been paying the porters who work the Inca Trail a salary of 200 Soles per person for the 4-day trek plus their transportation cost and the cost of their food, we also provide them with adequate equipment for that they can carry out their work in the best way. That is almost 20% above the legally required minimum wage agreed with the Porters Union which makes Inka Trail Backpacker a competitive company that offers good treatment and good benefits for them. After conversations with our porters, they tell us that only a few trekking companies pay them the same as we do and that only two companies pay a little more (they charge their clients around US$150 per person more than we do). Of the other 170 operators authorized to operate the Inca Trail only 60% pay the legal salary and 40% pay less than the legal salary, this is difficult to prove as their porters receive a low salary, but they are asked sign receipts showing they get more!compared to we charge less for tourists who book with us Inka Trail Backpacker

Travel with like-minded travelers:

As a traveler, you know that one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of going to new places is the people you meet along the way. By booking a trek or tour with us, you can be sure that your group will have travelers looking for adventure similar to yours in the Peruvian Andes. Our groups offer a great opportunity to meet new people and network in a friendly environment. You never know who you’ll meet!

Our work with local Communities:

We are really proud of the work we do for our local communities. This is the main focus of our company. We have worked directly with the villages to help them meet their needs. All the products we buy for food on our walks come from local farmers and markets, so we guarantee that our food has fresh and organic ingredients.

100% guaranteed departures

At Inka Trail Backpacker, we like to think that we trek a little differently than our competitors. We stand by our clients and guarantee that we meet 100% of our departure dates on our trips, even if you are a solo traveler, you will always find a place within our groups that you can join.

Travel Info

Visa for Peru:

In general, if you are Latin American, North American or European, you will not need it. If you are a citizen of Mercosur, all members can enter Peru just by carrying your DNI or with a valid passport. If you are from a non-Mercosur country then you will need a valid passport and in some exceptional cases depending on your country of origin, a visa. Here the complete relationship.

If you are a minor you will need to pass in the company of your parents. If you are a father and you are traveling with children, you will need a marriage certificate, birth certificate of the child.


No vaccine is mandatory, but the Peruvian Ministry of Health “recommends” getting vaccinated against Yellow Fever to go to certain regions of the jungle. Normally nobody does, so it’s up to you if it’s worth the risk or not. In several countries this vaccine is free and when it costs, it is not expensive.

Climate and environment in Cusco

If you are Argentine, Ecuadorian, Chilean, Colombian or you come from a place where it is hot in summer as much as possible, in Cusco it is the opposite. Do not think that your summer is replicated in this region. The periods of intense and cold rain are between December and April while in the capital it is very hot. Be it summer or winter, in Cusco at some point of the day it is cold. Always wear a coat. It is typical that in sunny places you feel hot and in shady places cold. The sun is radiant, and with the climate of the place it can damage your skin. Bring sunscreen and/or buy cocoa paste pills at pharmacies, which are very cheap and useful. Machu Picchu, unlike the city of Cusco, is located on the edge of the jungle, that is, at a hybrid point where the mountains meet the jungle and the vegetation changes, showing characteristics of both regions at times. The best season to visit is usually between July and October (high season) when there is not much rain and always blue skies, however this place is visited all year round and it never disappoints.

Altitude Sickness

Perhaps you have never experienced a lack of oxygen. This is commonly felt in Cusco due to the height and makes everything cost triple the effort so you do not have your usual physical resistance which will be diminished. Your digestion will be a little slower and your sleep dense and deep. The ideal is to stay calm the first day to acclimatise. It is very normal that all pharmacies sell pills for altitude sickness. Coca tea also helps as well as candies.

Health and safety

The city of Cusco is safe in the places where you see yourself surrounded by tourists, the center, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu. Avoid walking alone in the night markets or too far from the center with things of value and tourist appearance. Be aware of your pockets at fairs or areas where you are very close to people. In one of the most touristic cities in the world, petty theft and scams are predictable. To avoid this, simply do not leave your valuables alone or trust free things. Do not trust the excesses of unjustified kindness of strangers who will usually always want something from you.

Hygiene is very important to maintain health. Try whenever possible to see how the food served to you is treated. It is common for tourists to get sick to their stomachs from trying everything. To avoid this, be careful, and avoid things that are sold on buses and street vendors, especially fried foods and artisanal cheeses that can be carriers of dangerous bacteria. Boiled, freshly cooked or well washed food will almost always be fine. Long walks on rocky terrain can make you easy prey to dislocations or similar injuries. Wear good shoes. Cusco has good health care places that cater specifically to tourists. To access them do not forget to have travel insurance. Compare them all here so you can choose the cheapest travel insurance.


If you are a student, it is convenient to get the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) that allows you to have discounts in hostels, in addition to getting the ticket to go up to Machu Picchu (it costs 152 soles) at half price as well as the tourist ticket in Cusco and other advantages.


Peru is one of the cheapest countries in South America so you can get rooms at ridiculously low prices. However, what you get is directly related to what you pay. You can review lodgings, see the photos and compare all the lodgings at so you will have a clearer idea


Food in the tours

Food in the Laguana Humantay: The first day of this trek includes breakfast and lunch in our restaurant in the Poblado de Mollepata

Food on the Short Inca Trail: The first day of this trek includes a Boxlunch (cold snack) that generally consists of a sandwich, fruits and some cookies. As part of our commitment to eco-sustainability, your box lunch comes in a specially designed reusable cloth bag, which you can store at the end of your tour or return to your tour guide for recycling. Please note that you must bring your own box lunch during the trek. The bags are ideal to be placed in or on a backpack and weigh no more than two kilos when full.

What type of Hostel is reserved for the 1st and 2nd. tour day?

For the first day of the tour we will reserve the hostel “Hanan Pacha” and for the second day “El tambo Machu Picchu” both hostels offer double rooms with private bathrooms, comfortable beds, hot water for the bathroom, Wi-Fi and breakfast.

NOTE: We guarantee the hostel reservation mentioned only if you make your reservation in advance. Otherwise, we may have to offer alternative accommodation.

Can I change the hostel for a hotel in Aguas Calientes?

Yes, each traveler has their own accommodation expectations, that is why we offer them the option of booking their own independent hostel.

If you wish to book your own hostel independently we will offer you a discount of 5 dollars per person on the price of the trip. You can use this money to pay for an alternative hostel.

What is the size of the group?

The maximum group size allowed per group is 16 tourists. The rest is the support staff (porters, cooks) If our groups reach the maximum size we will employ two guides for better group management

For reasons of confidentiality we will not be able to inform you who will be part of your online group, it is impossible for us to answer precisely. Generally, it is a group of hikers of different nationalities and ages. You will meet the members of your group the day we carry out the orientation or informative talk one night before the departure of the tour

Is there a minimum group size and what happens if Inka Trail Backpacker does not meet the minimum size requirement?

We require a minimum size of 4 people to start the trek. For the last few years Inka Trail Backpacker has always managed to meet the minimum group size for all of our departure dates and we have never had to cancel any groups. In the event that we do not reach the minimum number of people required for our outings, we reserve the right to combine our clients with another trekking company of similar cost.


are for the porters, cooks and guides, they are always welcome and are organized by the group on different days. They will also be very grateful for small gifts that can be for themselves or for their children. The suggested amount for tips is 40 to 50 soles for each porter and 80 to 90 soles for the cook and guide. We clarify that this amount is a suggestion and is not an obligation. Tips are collected from all members of the group and is not an individual contribution.


If we do not manage or fail to make your reservation for the Inca Trail, the payment of your deposit will be 100% refunded.

Health and Safety

All our participants must inform us if they have or have had any illness that may affect their personal or group progress during the walk. They will also need to bring their own medications. We recommend that you visit your doctor before making your reservation if you have any health problems.

Where to store your things:

You can leave or store the things that you will not take to the Inca Trail in the hotel or hostel where you are staying. Most of these establishments have warehouses where they will store your things. If you do not trust the place where you are staying, we will gladly store your belongings in our office.

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