7 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru

    Upon arrival to Lima, you will be greeted and driven to your selected hotel. If staying at the Lima airport Costa del Sol Ramada, you will only need to walk out the airport exit and across the street to your evening accommodations.

  • Day 2 - Lima to the Sacred Valley

    In the morning, you will just need to walk back across the street to check in for your flight to Cuzco. Your guide will meet you when you arrive to bring you through spectacular scenery to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. On the way, you will visit the town of Pisac and the Inca ruins in perched on the hillside above the valley. Relax in the peaceful surroundings of your country hotel and enjoy the property’s gardens and facilities as you settle in and acclimatize to the altitude.

  • Day 3 Private Sacred Valley Tour

    The Sacred Valley is a land lost in time. This agricultural region once fed the Inca Empire, and today families farm using ancient techniques. In private transport your guide will take you into this mountain-ringed valley to visit Moray, a circular terraced agricultural site, and the Salinas salt pans. In the afternoon, you'll explore Ollantaytambo with its massive ruins and charming town before returning to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

  • Day 4 - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    In the morning, you’ll set off on a train to KM104, where you’ll begin hiking along the rail line. You will first approach Chachabamba at 7,380 feet (2,250 meters) and then will gradually ascend for approximately three hours, towards the fascinating archaeological Winay Wayna at 8,690 feet (2,650m). Following lunch, you will continue through the semi-tropical forest towards Intipunku (the Sun Gate), where we will enter and enjoy the first panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Spend the evening relaxing in your hotel, ready to more extensive explorations tomorrow.

  • Day 5 - Private Machu Picchu Tour

    Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided tour of this Incan citadel. You’ll visit the most important parts of the ruins to learn how and why they were constructed. After the tour, you’ll have time to further explore the ruins or sit back and enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird’s eye view of the ruins. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. Departing from Machu Picchu town, enjoy a train ride to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cuzco hotel.

  • Day 6 - Private Half Day Cuzco City Tour

    During your tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, you’ll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with impressive stonework; Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!); and Cuzco’s Cathedral where you’ll learn about the Cuzco School of Art.

  • Day 7 - International Departure

    Enjoy a final morning waking to the Andean sun before meeting your transfer to the Cuzco airport. You’ll fly back to Lima, where you will connect to your international flight home. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.

Travel along the final portion of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as the Incas did hundreds of years ago. This shorter version of the Inca Trail is a great option for families and those with time constraints.

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu town, 2 nights in Cuzco

  • Privately guided daily tours
  • Fresh mountain air and stunning valley views
  • Full-day hike to the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu

Day Tour from $2,290 per person


  • 6 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
  • Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver (outside Inca Trail)
  • All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance (outside Inca Trail)
  • A full day guided, small-group hike on the Inca Trail
    • Nutritious meals, snacks and water
    • Option Upgrade: Porter assistance to carry your personal belongings
  • Roundtrip train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and the bus to ruins
  • All required entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
  • 24hr support
  • All taxes

When to Visit Machu Picchu

Some would call this the shoulder season, yet we call it the ideal; The blend between weather, crowds and local happenings. As the Andes mountains comes out of its wet season (December to February), the green fields come alive with large families harvesting Andean potatoes and corn. The vacation season for North America has not yet arrived during this time, so the visitors to the region are a fraction of what they are in June through August. While tolerating some sporatdic showers in March and maybe early April, the days are sunny and crisp, and the landscape is green.

Peru Gastronomy

Millenia of Agricultural domestication by early Pre-colombian societies of the Andes created tubers and grains that continue to power modern societies. Earth would not be able to sustain seven billion people without the achievemennts of Andean agriculturalists. The Andes were also blessed to border the Amazon basin and the bountiful Peruvian coast where sophisticated trading routes allowed for kingdoms high in the mountains to enjoy the rich variety of fruits, nuts and seafood from far off lands. Today, traditional Andean cuisine is being continued by humble indigenous families, while the young modern chefs of Peru's urban centers are taking it to international acclaim.

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