Inca Trail and Machu Picchu 2D Extension

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2 Days
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What is the ultimate Peru trekking experience? An off-the-beaten-path alternative Andean trek PLUS the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu!

That’s right – add the famous Inca Trail and Machu Picchu to just about any of our alternative treks in Peru for the perfect mix of off-the-beaten-path adventure in Peru and no-miss classic experiences.

Who says you can’t have it all?

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu 2D Extension is available for the following treks:


Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. Apus Peru exclusively operates private groups, except by special request. Hiking the Inca Trail as a private group allows us to offer you a highly personalized experience, with more one-on-one time with your guide and a more tailored, off-the-beaten-path experience on the trail. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


3 people


4-6 people


7+ people


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru


What is Included?

  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  • Bus up and down between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket (Vistadome service) from Ollantaytambo to Km 104
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch on the last day
  • 1 night accommodation in Ollantaytambo in a Standard Hotel. This will be a good quality 3-star hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can also upgrade to a higher quality hotel.

What is Not Included?

  • Entry to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Entrance to the hot springs
  • Tips for the guide

You Should Bring

Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:

      • A light day pack to carry your things
      • Water bottle and snacks
      • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trip and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.


    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: 75% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group, but will be charged 25% of the per person price based on final group size. For example, a group of 4 adults and one child under 4: adults will be charged the full price per person based on a group size of 4 and the child will be charged 25% of the per person price for a group of 4. Children under 3 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.
  • 5% off the second trek, if you book two treks or two tours. 5% is discounted from the cheaper of the two treks or tours; only one trek is discounted.

Important Info

Information about hiking the Inca Trail

    • A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking an Inca Trail trek. This is due to government regulations which require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.
    • If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you will lose your booking. If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund. If your passport information changes, you must carry both your original passport and your new passport with you on the trail. A photocopy is not sufficient.
    • You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.
    • If you booked the Inca Trail at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation with you on the trail. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.

Visiting Machu Picchu

    • If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit. These permits sell out months in advance, and are only available for the morning entry.
    • This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on the Expedition service (Tourist Class), followed by bus transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. Train times are variable and according to availability. If you’d like more flexibility in your return travel to Cusco, consider upgrading your train for an extra cost. This upgrade must be requested at time of booking.

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.


The first part of this Inca Trail and Machu Picchu extension follows the same itinerary as is standard for your alternative trek. On the last day of your trek, instead of returning to Cusco, we will transfer you to the village of Ollantaytambo. You will spend the night in Ollantaytambo in a standard hotel. This will be a nice, clean and safe hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can also upgrade to a higher quality hotel.

The next day, Day 1 of your Inca Trail and Machu Picchu extension begins!

Extension Day 1Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu

    • Total Walking Distance: 13km
    • Total Walking Time: 7h
    • Minimum Altitude: 2,400m (7,874 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 2,670m / (8,759 ft)

We pick you up early this morning and head to the train station where we will catch the train to Km 104, the start of the Inca Trail for us. It’s a lovely 2 hour train ride on a very picturesque route. Before we begin the hike, we’ll cross the bridge over the Urubamba River to visit Chachabamba (2050m / 6725 ft), a lovely archaeological site known for its flowing water channels and fountains.

From this point, we hike uphill for about 3-4h until we reach Wiñay Wayna (“forever young” in Quechua), an amazing Inca agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector (2680m / 8792 ft). This is a tough stretch with lots of stone steps, so be prepared for a leg workout! We’ll take plenty of breaks to rest our weary legs and admire the vista stretching out before us. We’ll rest at Wiñay Wayna and enjoy our boxed lunch here. Many consider Wiñay Wayna the most impressive site along the entire Inca Trail!

After lunch, we continue another hour to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate (2730m / 8956 ft), from where we will have our first dramatic views of Machu Picchu (2400m / 7874 ft). As we will be arriving late in the day, you have the view all to yourself! After getting those classic shots of Machu Picchu, we will walk down the last part of the trail towards the site. We deviate to the side in order to walk down towards the area where we will catch the bus to Aguas Calientes below, where we will spend the night in order to have a full day at Machu Picchu on Day 2. We check into our accommodations and enjoy a celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes before hitting the hay in preparation for an early start tomorrow.

Extension Day 2Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early breakfast, we’ll take the first bus up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Your guide will give you a 2-3h walking tour of the historic citadel.

If you’re feeling adventurous you may wish to hike Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft) or Machu Picchu mountain, but take note: this requires an extra permit, and they can sell out well in advance! Be sure to tell us at booking if you would like to add one of these hikes. For more recommendations on what to see, check out our Visiting Machu Picchu page.

Want more time to explore? Consider our Extra Day Upgrades.

After an included boxed lunch, you will return by bus to Aguas Calientes in order to catch your train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private car will be waiting to return you to Cusco.


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