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Last update: August 18, 2021

Difference between the 2 and 4-day trek

The Inca Trail can be done in 2 days or in 4 days. Both start in Cuzco and finish with the visit to Machu Picchu, then back to Cusco in train. Everything else is different, it's what we compare in this page.

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  2-Day and 4-Day Inca Trails
Summary Both treks starts in Cuzco, where we pick you up at your hotel. Then we transfer you to the starting point of the corresponding trek. On the last day after the guided tour of Machu Picchu, you go down by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then leave to Cusco in the afternoon by train and then by bus.
Departure point Cuzco
Arrival point of the trek Machu Picchu (dernier days)
Visit of Machu Picchu
Return to Cuzco by train
Availability Every day of the year except in February, subject to availability


  2-Day Inca Trail 4-Day Inca Trail
Summary Some Inca ruins to visit, authentic or even spiritual, easy trek, moderate altitude, arrival through the Sun Gate, choice of accommodation, more of a hike than a trek, no porters. Many Inca ruins to visit, authentic or even spiritual, large crew staff, trekking with camping, arrival at Machu Picchu by the Sun Gate at sunrise.
Duration 2 days 4 days
Price US$ 565 all included except accommodation US$ 789 all included
Deposit to book US$ 129 US$ 129
Trek departure point Km 104 Km 82
Trek arrival point Aguas Calientes (Day 1) Machu Picchu (Day 4)
Total walking distance
Total walking duration
Maximal altitude
7 mi/12km - 6h - 8694 ft/2650m 28mi/45km - 25h - 13858ft/4224m
Equipment porters - Porters
Accommodation Day 1: Campsite or hotel (Aguas Calientes)
Day 1: Campsite
Day 2: Campsite
Day 3: Campsite
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