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2 day Inca Trail with Camping

2 day Inca Trail with Camping

2 day Inca Trail hike with camping is one of hike list experience  for anyone planning to reach Machu Picchu. It gives you a sample of the Classic Inca Trail hike but it requires less time and less physical effort. This hike includes 2 days of hiking to the Inca Trail and 1 night of camping in the ruins of Puente. The service offered by Salkantay Trek Machu is private and for people of all ages.

This version of the Short Inca Trail, 2 Days 1 Night Short Inca Trail with camping, leaves from 104 km, located at 2,100 meters above sea level. (departing by train from Ollantaytambo). It is a 16-kilometer hike to Machupicchu, where you will appreciate spectacular views of high Andean landscapes and the Amazon jungle eyebrow visiting Inca constructions on the route (Chachabamba, Choquesuysuy). We will 5 kilometers uphill gradually to the Inca Complex of Wiñaywayna, located at 2,700 meters above sea level. (impressive Inca citadel, Wiñaywayna means "Always Young or eternally young" in Quechua). The agricultural terraces called "Andenes" surround the entire mountain, decorating this ancient Inca castle with temples, shrines, buildings, and water channels. in quality and its masonry is fine, its 15 ritual water sources descend as one advances, it was a religious center, probably associated with the ritual worship of water, plants, nature, life. 3 hours on the way to Machu Picchu you will pass through a spectacular forest of clouds and white granite road, hidden between the beauty of the mountains and the lower part of the sub-tropical valley. We listen to the sounds of hummingbirds, quetzals and roosters of the rocks. Few people at this time until you reach the famous Sun Gate or "Inti-Punku".Discover the best views of Machu Picchu through our best alternative 2 Day Short Inca Trail.

Quick Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 - Puente Ruinas (Camping) 
  • Day 02: Puente Ruins - Machu Picchu - Cusco

  • Highlights Short Inca Trail Trek:

    • This Short Inca Trail tour is designed for single people, large and small groups; The tour is in private service and for people of all ages.
    • We have groups for the Short Inca Trail every day of the year. Less February, when the Inca Trail is closed throughout the month. The month of February you can visit Machu Picchu by train. More is not possible to do the Inca Trail.
    • For 2 Day Inca Trail only 250 people per day are allowed. This figure includes tourists, guides, porters and cooks. The quotas are for all the people who wish to carry out the Inca Trail. So to make the Short Inca Trail it is essential to book months in advance. The availability of seats for the Inca Trail is the same for all agencies. Therefore before making your reservation, please check availability by contacting with us.
    • You have to get to Cusco at least the eve of the Short Inca Trail trek because the departures are very early in the morning, before the arrival of the first flights.
    • There is no need to organize anything for the day of the return of the trek, because the arrival in Cusco is late at night. Do not plan to take a bus or flight that day because you run the risk of losing it in case of delay.

    Details of 2 Day Short Inca Trail:

    Places to visit:

    • Km 104 Chachabamba
    • Wiñayhuayna
    • Sun Gate
    • Macchu Picchu
    • Aguas Calientes


    The main problem that the hiker may encounter is due to the height. The famous Inca Trail passes over 4000 m in height and some basic rules are de rigueur:
    • It is best to arrive at least 2 days before the trek so that your body gets used to working properly at height. Rest for at least 1 hour at your hotel upon arrival, walk slowly and do not hesitate to take a taxi even when the trip is short.
    • We recommend taking coca leaf infusions (mate de coca) when arriving in Cusco. All public places and hotels offer it and some hotels give it free to their customers.
    • If you like to smoke, try to reduce your consumption as much as possible.
    • Eat lightly, without excess fat or heavy meals for digestion.
    • Although water is potable in almost all of Peru, its chemical and bacteriological composition changes according to the place. To avoid problems, we recommend drinking bottled water.
    • During the Short Inca Trail Trek, walk slowly the first day and avoid making useless efforts.
    • Drink enough during walks.
    • Do not hesitate to stop and rest if you feel that you lack oxygen.
    • Notify your guide if you have any discomfort; He is trained and can help you or take the necessary measures.

    Interesting Info:

    Day 1:Cusco - Km 104 - Puente Ruinas (Camping)

    Early at morning we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, to transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and start  our Short Inca Trail hike during the tour you will be able to observe the Sacred Valley of the Incas, farmland, majestic snowcapped mountains; in Ollantaymtambo we will board the train that will take you to km. 104 the trip is about 1 hour. It is here at Km 104 (2,200 m / 7,217 ft) where we will start the walk, we will pass by the bridge that is on the Urubamba or Willkamayuc River which translated from Quechua means Sacred River, which was very important for them. When you arrive at the control point you have to show the identification documents, either Passport or  Registration Card or National Identity Document. After walking 15 minute, we will have the opportunity to see the archeological center of Chachabamba and Choquesuysuy that are hidden in the semi-tropical forest, after your visit we will begin the walk through tiers upwards until we reach the next place on the way we will observe the sacred valley , waterfalls and different types of orchids of the semi-tropical forest, after 3 hours of walking we will arrive at Wiñaywayna (2,650 m / 8,694 ft) it shows a perfect example of what agriculture was in the time of the Incas, since along its skirts lie a large number of circular terraces, where the Incas cultivated different agricultural products. The name Wiñaywayna comes from a beautiful orchid that abounds in the area and that has as meaning in Spanish "Eternally young" and has more than 20 buildings, one of them the Temple of the Rainbow also called Temple of Fertility, the visit will be 1 hour on average, then you will enjoy the box lunch to replenish energy and continue until you reach the Wiñaywayna control. In this second part of the tour we will walk for 2 hours through an Andean plan, stone stairs and tambos ("resting places") until we reach the Inti Punku - Sun gate (2,720 m / 8,923 ft) that during the Incas functioned as control of entry to the Citadel of Machu Picchu; From here you have an impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the entire surrounding valley, then descend for approximately 30 minutes to the wonder of the Machu Picchu world (2,490 m / 8,169 ft) and finally take the bus to our campsite (2,160 m / 7,086 ft) the trip lasts 15 minutes, here we will spend the night in  "Puente Ruinas" camp, located next to the Urubamba River. In the afternoon we will have tea time with hot drinks and some snacks, and then have a delicious dinner that will be prepared by our specialized cook. 


    •  Night camp "Puente Ruinas".



    In the second day of our Short Inca Trail Hike we will get up early and have a wonderful breakfast Then we will make a walk of about 30 minutes, to reach the Citadel of Machu Picchu at 06:00 am and be able to appreciate the majestic sunrise. We will have a guided tour of 2 hours and 30 minutes to know the most important places of Machupicchu, you can visit the most amazing places like the Royal Mausoleum, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Main Temple, the Sacred Plaza, the famous Intihuatana where the wise Incas tied the sun on the winter solstice in June, steps, squares, fountains, etc. After the tour you have a free time to visit Machu Picchu on your own and take some amazing pictures. At opportune time we will board the bus from Machu Picchu to the town of "Aguas Calientes" to board the train back to Cusco.

    2 Day Inca Trail INCLUDES:

    • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide
    • Transfer by private vehicle to the railway station at Ollantaytambo
    • Accommodation: Camping (1 night)
    • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
    • Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
    • Snack on the first and second day
    • Water on the first and second day (Excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
    • Professional bilingual Tour Guide (a group of up to 8 participants receives 1 Guide, a group over 8 persons receives 2 Guides);
    • Professional Chef;
    • Porter will carry your camping equipment and your duffel bag 5 kg. per person
    • Sleeping bag (feather) 
    • Inflatable sleeping therma-rest mattress
    • Inflatable pillow
    • A blanket
    • A duffel bag for your personal clothes, this duffel bag, our porter will carry
    • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
    • A train round trip (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
    • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.


    • Breakfast on the first day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the second day
    • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu (U$ 12 one way or U$ 24 a round trip)
    • Travel insurance
    • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80)
    • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)

    Meal budget: Please allow USD 10 for meals not included on the last day Aguas Calientes town.

    Solo Traveller: If you like a single room for this trek, please choose the "Solo Traveller" option during your booking.

    Local flights: No local flight is included in the trek´s price!

    What to bring during Short Inca Trail?

    Backpack - Daypack for 2 Day Inca Trail

    • The backpack will accompany you for two (2) days Inca Trail so it is better if you try to make it spacious. You can choose a padded backpack for comfort on the back. If it has adjustable cords that fit the body is a good choice. However, remember that you will only take it on the first day of the tour (day 1) and the next day you can leave it at the hotel's luggage storage, so there is NO need for this backpack to be a specialized one for hikes (a backpack from day is enough and also remember that you only have to take what is necessary). 

    Clothing for the 2 Day Inca Trail Hike

    • The road sometimes becomes a bit harder, especially if we are not properly prepared, so in your list of things to wear you should include quick-drying shirts (polos), long-sleeved shirts are a good option for enjoy the way as they avoid the bite of some sporadic mosquitoes. For more versatility, you should also pack trekking pants with zippers (these pants are very useful since sometimes the humid heat of the jungle seam makes our adventure uncomfortable). You can also use them in both hot and cold climates and, above all, they are very light.  

    Trekking shoes 

    • Try to pack some good walking shoes to avoid inconvenience during the walk; preferably wear a pair of trekking shoes that you have already used (that are not new) for comfort; Remember the most recommended shoes to wear for the Short Inca Trail are not new shoes because them usually cause blisters on your feet, so avoid them

    A light hat for the sun. 

    • Some hours of the day have a radiant sun that can be annoying for some and a hat may be the solution. That yes, that is light and does not occupy much space. In rainy season it is highly recommended to bring a poncho to avoid getting wet and not having to carry an umbrella. The walk will demand the best of you, so a 2-liter water bottle should be in your backpack. 

    Personal documents  

    • To be able to enter the route, you have to carry the document with which the reservation was generated. In the case of Peruvians, their ID, and for foreigners, their identity document or passport, as the case may be. In case of having an ISIC card we also recommend having it at hand. 

    Camera and binoculars 

    • The route of the Short Inca Trail offers dazzling landscapes that will remain in your memory thanks to a camera. But you can share your trip with friends and family with some amazing photos. Do not forget the binoculars too! With a little patience you will see exotic birds and other unique details. 

    Personal articles 

    • Do not forget to bring insect repellent and sun block for the midday sun in our Short Inca Trail Hike. Personal medications should also be included in the list of what to carry your backpack.


    • Mosquitoes can be a problem for an unsuspecting traveler, but for a traveler who does pack, a repellent of at least 40% DEET is the best solution. Also, we recommend you to wear long sleeves and legs to avoid stings. 

    Extra items to bring  

    • And finally do not forget the additional items: a small towel, gloves if you have sensitivity to the cold, and optionally a pair of sandals to walk in the low jungle area.


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