Short Inca Trail 2 days – Camping

Short Inca Trail with camping to Machu Picchu is the perfect option for travelers searching for a short adventure. Hike along the ancient Inca Trail, reach the Sun Gate (Intipunku), and camp right below Machu Picchu. Enjoy our Glamping experience with walk-in tents, camping cots, sleeping bags, hot showers, and panoramic trains to return. Available every day with a minimum of 2 participants. 

Hike the Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu and camp right below Machu Picchu Mountain with comfortable walk-in tents, camping cots, hot showers, picnic meals, and an exclusive team of porters, chefs, and tour guides.

This trek features the main attractions of the original Inca Trail and allows you to arrive at Machu Picchu twice. Start in Cusco or Ollantaytambo, hike the short version of the Classic Inca Trail in one day, arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon through the Sun Gate (Intipunku),  and camp below Machu Picchu nest to the Urubamba River with comfortable equipment.

Visit Machu Picchu for a second time early in the morning the following day with an exclusive tour guide.

Tour details:

  • Distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 days, 1 night
  • Depart: In Cusco or the Sacred Valley
  • Destination: Machu Picchu
  • Considered: Moderate
  • Accommodation: Glamping with wal
  • Type: Adventure – Cultural

Highlights:

Price per person: 590.USD    

To book the Inca Trail 2 days hike with camping, you need to make an initial payment of 200.USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments, or Cusco with any credit card at no booking fees at all.

This tour can be booked as a private service as well!

This tour needs 2 people minimum per booking; if you are a solo traveler, please get in touch with us to verify group availability. 

Student Discount:
All travelers under 17 will have a $40 discount. If you are 25 years old or under when traveling, you can get a 40$ discount with a valid Student ID. Would you please advise by email to give you a code for the discount?


Day By Day Summary:

 Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Machu Picchu (16km, 8 hrs)
Pick up from your hotel around 4.00 am, and drive to Ollantaytambo to take the train to Km 104, the beginning of the Inca Trail. After a delicious breakfast prepared by your chef, you will start hiking for around 6 to 7 hours until you arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon. You will visit different Inca sites, pass the Sungate (Intipunku), and see Machu Picchu almost empty in the afternoon. Camp is right below Machu Picchu Mountain and near the Vilcanota river.

Day 2: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of The Incas) (4 hrs)
Wake up early with a cup of coffee in your tent, enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by your trekking chef, and take the bus to Machu Picchu. The tour guide will take you to explore the most famous buildings, plazas, and streets. After the guided tour, you will have free time for yourself or hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (different from Machu Picchu Citadel and not included). Later take the panoramic train to Ollantaytambo and the bus back to Cusco. Finish back at your hotel around 7.30 pm.


Included:

  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel.
  • All Transportation included (door-to-door service)
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Bus up and down to from Machu Pichu
  • Exclusive professional tour guide
  • One-way standard train (Expedition or Voyager)
  • One-way panoramic train (Vistadome or 360)
  • Picnic meals (2B, 1L, 1D)
  • 1-night camping with comfortable equipment
  • Walk-in tents, camping cots, chairs, tables, dining tent, and hot showers.
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats
  • First Aid, Satellite Phone, Oxygen tank
  • All taxes & Booking fees Included

Not Included:


Optional Hikes:

Huayna Picchu mountain – The cost of this ticket is $75 per person. It takes 2 hours roundtrip; you need to book far in Advance.

Montaña Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu Mountain is the highest mountain; climbing takes almost 3 hours, costing $75 per person.


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The full itinerary of the Inca Trail 2 days with Camping

Day 1: Cusco – Km104 – Machu Picchu – Puente Ruinas

Start your adventure in Cusco (4:00 am) or Ollantaytambo (5:30 am) and drive to the train station to board the first train to the Inca Trail; the train ride starts in Ollantaytambo and takes 1.5 hours until you arrive at Chachabamba, the beginning of the Inca Trail, also called Km 104. Upon arrival, you must show the original passport to enter the Short Inca Trail.

Breakfast will be served right at the beginning of the hike; your trekking chef will prepare it with fresh products. Lunch will be served at Wiñaywayna, and dinner will be at the campsite. All meals are picnic-style with different options.

First, you will visit the Chachabamba Inca site and start hiking the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for about 6-7 hours. Visit the Inca Trail’s most remarkable sites, such as Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna and enjoy the fantastic views and the variety of flora and fauna. You will arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Intipunku) and take the first glimpse of this stunning archeological site. After arriving at Machu Picchu in the afternoon, you will have the chance to see this place with fewer people when everybody is leaving, then take the bus to Puente Ruinas, where your chef and porters will be waiting for dinner and spend the night with our Glamping Experience.

When you arrive at the campsite, the tents will be ready; you can take a refreshing hot shower, enjoy tea time with your tour guide, have dinner and sleep in the comfortable walk-in tents. The equipment we provide is dining tents, kitchen tents, shower tents, toilet tents, chairs, tables, sleeping tents, camping cots, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and hot showers. 

  • Highest altitude: 2700m / 8858ft
  •  Distance: 15km / 8 miles
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Glamping Experience
  • Considered: Moderate

Day 2: Explore Machupicchu (Lost City of the Incas)

The most important day of this TreXperience is visiting Machu Picchu; You will wake up in your tent with a cup of coffee, pack, have a delicious breakfast, and drive the early buses up to Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise. This makes this tour a unique experience; it will allow you to arrive twice at Machu Picchu, 1 for the sunset and 1 for the sunrise the next day.

The guided tour takes about 2 to 3 hours to visit the most important temples and palaces. You will have free time to explore the area or take optional hikes to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (Which is different from Machu Picchu citadel). After finishing with the city, you will be instructed on how to go back by bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch (not included), and take the panoramic trains back to Ollantaytambo and a van back to Cusco. TreXperience will transfer you back to your hotel around 7.30 pm.

  • Duration: 2 – 3 hours (Guided tour)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy

Packing List for the Short Inca Trail with Glamping Experience

During the Inca Trail 2 days with camping to Machu Picchu, you are responsible for carrying a small backpack with you; you must bring a comfortable daypack to put all the necessary equipment for the day. 

We will provide you with a duffle bag where you can put up to 5 kilos of your stuff, and this bag goes directly to the campsite. 

  • Original Passport

Original passports are required for this tour; you must show them when boarding the trains, entering the Inca Trail, boarding the buses to Machu Picchu, and boarding the trains. The passport number must match the number you provided at the time of booking; if you have renewed the passport after the booking, please let us know to update the numbers.

  • Comfortable hiking shoes for a 1-day hiking

Comfortable shoes for hiking, hiking boots are not extremely necessary but are preferred. Take some light shoes or sandals for the campsite.

  • Warm clothing for the early morning

The weather in Cusco and Ollantaytambo is cold early in the morning and late at night; the temperature in the Short Inca Trail and  Machu Picchu is warmer: make sure you have clothes for all types of weather, including rain gear. 

  • Light, comfortable hiking clothing

Hiking pants must be light and comfortable for the warm weather of the Inca Trail; long-sleeved t-shirts work better.

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, sun hat

Sun protection is essential; you will need a sun hat, glasses, and mosquito repellent.

  • 2 liters of water in a reusable container

During the Short Inca Trail for 2 days, you need to provide 2 liters of water during day 1 and 1 liter during day 2. Single-use plastic bottles are not allowed on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

  • Extra snacks for a day of hiking

We provide a snack during day 1. However, we recommend taking extra chocolates, power bars, granola, and candies for the long day of hiking during the Inca Trail and visiting Machu Picchu.

  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, and tips

Taking extra money is very important during this trip; you will need to buy water, souvenirs, pay for lunch on the second day or give tips to your staff.

  • Swimsuit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes (optional)

A bathing suit is optional for Aguas Calientes; there are hot springs in the upper of the town, but you need to go by yourself, and there is an extra fee to pay.

 

Inca Trail 2 days FAQs

What is the Inca Trail 2 days tour?

The Inca Trail is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Peru. The Inca Trail 2 days tour is a shortened version of the traditional four-day hike. This tour includes the same highlights as the longer hike but is compressed into two days. This makes it a great option for travelers who are short on time or not confident in their hiking abilities.

The first day of the tour begins with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. The first section of the trail is relatively easy, and it follows along the Urubamba River. After about 4 hours, you will reach your first stop, Winay Wayna. This site includes a series of terraces and temples built by the Incas. After exploring Winay Wayna, you will continue hiking for another 3 hours until you finally Machu Picchu. 

Where is Inca Trail 2 days Located?

The world-famous Classic Inca Trail is located in the Urubamba Province, Cusco – Peru, and starts the Km 82 of the railroad to Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail 2 days Short version starts at km 104 (Chachabamba) of the railroad to Machu Picchu. This trail is considered the royal Inca Trail and is believed to that been used by the Real Panacas during the Inca Period.

How long in the Inca Trail 2 days?

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 2-day, 1-night tour with a total distance of 16 kilometers or 9.9 miles; you will hike for about 7 to 8 hours until you reach Machu Picchu. The first part of the trail is relatively easy, but it does get more challenging as you approach Wiñaywayna.

What is the average altitude of the Short Inca Trail?

  • Cusco city is located at 3,399 m or 11151 ft.
  • The start point of the Short Inca Trail is KM 104 at 2170 m or 7120 ft.
  • The average altitude of the Inca Trail is 2600 m or 8530 ft.
  • The highest point is Sungate at 2708 m  or 8884 ft.
  • Machu Picchu, where the Inca Trail ends, is 2,430 m 7972 ft.
  • Aguas Calientes town, where we take the train back to Cusco, is 2,040 m or 6692 ft.

When is the best time to hike the Short Inca Trail?

The best time to hike the Short Inca Trail is in the dry season, from April to October. During this time, the weather is generally stable, and there is less chance of rain. However, the trail is also less crowded during the Rainy season.

  • The Best time to visit Machu Picchu is from April to October.
  • The driest months on the Inca Trail are May, June, July, and August. However, these are the busiest day in Machu Picchu.
  • The rainy season starts in November and until March; however, it is possible to have complete weeks without rain.
  • February is always closed due to heavy rains and maintenance.

When was the Inca Trail Built?

The Incas built the Inca trail in the 15th century. It is a network of stone paths and roads that lead from the sacred city of Cusco to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The Incas used the trail to transport goods and people between the two cities. It is believed that Inca Trail and Machu Picchu were built by the ninth Inca king Pachacuteq. At the height of this civilization, the Inca Trail was used as a pilgrimage route to Machu Picchu.

Why is the Inca Trail Important?

After rediscovering the Inca Trail in 1915, archaeologists explored this ancient route. They discovered many Inca temples, religious sites, and administrative areas, such as Llaqtapata, Llaqtapata, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamrca, Initipata, Wiñaywayna, and Intipunku.

Numerous well-preserved ancient sites in secluded areas, diverse landscapes, breathtaking scenery, unique flora, and fauna are several reasons why the Inca Trail is one of the most important hikes in South America.

The Inca Trail is important because it is a physical link to the past. The Incas used it to access Machu Picchu and other parts of the empire. The trail is also a great way to see some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru.

How many days in advance do I have to arrive in Cusco before the Short Inca Trail with Camping?

You must arrive in Cusco at least two days before your Short Inca Trail with Camping trip begins. This will give you time to adjust to the altitude and get acclimated. You'll also want to spend some time exploring the city and getting to know your way around before embarking on your hike.

When is the Inca Trail Closed?

The Inca Trail is closed every year all February for maintenance. It might also be closed during bad weather, such as the rainy season. If you are planning on hiking the Inca Trail, check the trail's status before you go.

Which Inca Trail Tour is the Best

There are many factors to consider, such as fitness level, budget, and time frame. Here's a look at some of the most popular Inca Trail tours to help you decide: 

  • The Classic Inca Trail 4 days and 3 nights are the most popular, and 90% of travelers will choose this option. Only camping.
  • The Inca Trail Slow Version 5 days and 4 nights, 3 nights camping, 1-night hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • The Shorter version of the Inca Trail, 1 day hiking the last part of the Inca Trail and the next day visiting Machu Picchu.

This trek has other extensions, such as the Salkantay Inca Trail; however, it is always based on the above.

Where do I have to book Inca Trail?

Authorized registered travel agencies (such as TreXperience) can only book the Inca Trail Permits in Cusco. You cannot book a permit yourself.

Food during the Short Inca Trail?

This trip does not include the first breakfast, we will depart from Cusco or Sacred Valley early, and you need to request a boxed breakfast from the hotel.

Box Lunch is included on the first day, and dinner will be in a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

Breakfast on the second day is included in the hotel. After the Machu Picchu tour, lunch is not included on the second day. Before taking the train back to Cusco, you will have time to explore the town and have lunch.

What do I need to carry for the Short Inca Trail for 2 days?

We will provide you with a duffle bag to pack your clothes on the second day of the trip and everything you need for the 2-day trip. You will also need a backpack to travel for a long time.

The duffel bag will arrive directly at the hotel in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu pueblo; the maximum per person cannot exceed 5 kg.

During the Inca Trail hike, your backpack must travel with you. Please remember that we have no porters on this trip, and your duffel bag will be waiting for you at the hotel.

In your backpack, you must bring water, sunscreen, snacks, the box lunch provided by TreXperience, rain gear, a passport, insect repellent, toilet paper, a camera, and space for clothes.

Are porters included in the Short Inca Trail with Camping?

The Short Inca Trail 2-day with camping includes porters and chefs. The porters are included to carry the duffel bags.

How to Book Inca Trek?

TreXperience makes it easy to book the Inca Trail; click the Book Now button, select your departure date, fill in the form with all the required details, including passport information, and finally submit the initial payment to book the Inca Trail.

Since the Peruvian government imposes a strict permit booking policy for the Inca Trail, all reservations must be manually confirmed.

Is Inca Trek Dangerous?

Any adventure you take will always involve risks. The dangerous situation of the Inca Trail may have been caused by negligence or natural forces. The best way to ensure the safety of the Inca Trail is always to follow the guide’s instructions.

Can I hike The Inca Trek Without A Guide?

If you do not hire a registered travel company, you will not be able to enter the Inca Trail. You must hike the Inca Trail with your guide always.

 

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