Everyone want to take the Inca Trail, it truly is one of those bucket list items for anyone planning a trip to Machu Picchu. Newbie travelers should note that there are a lot of different trek options out there for anyone considering the Inca Trail, among them you have the 2-day Inca Trail, the standard 4-day Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek (alternative to the Inca Trail) and even a 10-day hike if you want to tack on Choquequirao, which is considered to be Machu Picchu’s lesser known and far more isolated sister city. Let’s break down the two most sought-after trails, the 4 day Inca Trail vs the 2 day Inca Trail.
Since the 2-day Inca Trail only requires one full day of walking, I think it’s a good option for people who are relatively fit but don’t want to commit to the longer treks out there. It’s a beautiful hike with some impressive ruins, including Wiñay Wayna, and you get to see some cool changes in vegetation along the way. Note that you will be trekking for a full day, so prepare accordingly. We include your trip up to Machu Picchu as well as a guided tour and your train ride back at the end. We are currently selling the 2-day Inca Trail for $575 per person.
The 4-day Inca Trail is for travelers that want to take in the full experience, trekking through mountains, valleys, jungle, taking in all the flora and fauna along the way. Just as with the 2-day trail you will take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo early in the morning. Once there, you will meet up with your guides and start on the first leg of the trek. Note that you will travel between 7-9 miles a day, all along varying degrees of altitude and vegetation. The biggest difference with the 2-day trail is that you will be camping out under the stars, getting in touch with nature. Our 4-day Inca trail also includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) provided by personal chefs for the group, professional bilingual guides, camping equipment, all permits and necessary passes as well as train tickets on your way back. Our 4-day Inca Trail is currently going for $720 per person
It all really comes down to how much time you have, either way you’ll have an incredible time. If you want to know anything more about Peru, Cusco and Machu Picchu Travel, check out the rest of our blog posts at Peru Travel Blog and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our special packages.