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2 day Inca Trail with Camping

2 day Inca Trail with Camping

Let's see the following situation: You are very anxious to explore the most famous path in Cusco, hiking the Classic Inca Trail, but Ops! You forget to book the trek and there are not more available spots for this trek!! Don't worry, there are many travelers who forget to book Inca Trail in advance, but there are many alternative treks too. Here is the one that has become the favorite of those trekkers who don't want to miss the opportunity to go trought the original path of the Incas. 2 day Inca Trail hike with camping is one of the best option 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 Bridge.  This version of the Short Inca Trail, 2 Day 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 Machu Picchu, 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 uphill gradually to the most important Inca Complex of Wiñaywayna "Always Young" (5 kilometers), located at 2,700 meters above sea level. The agricultural terraces called "Andenes" where incas cultivate their supplies surround the entire mountain, decorating this ancient Inca castle with temples, shrines, buildings, and water channels. Imagine to listen the sounds of hummingbirds, quetzals and roosters of the rocks since you wake up. Really it is one of the best thing during the trip! Finally you will see that few people wake up early and you will be one of those first luckies trekkers that will reach to the famous Sun Gate or "Inti-Punku". Discover the best views of Machu Picchu through those 2 Day Short Inca Trail!.

Starting Point: We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco.

Starting Time: 05:00 hrs

Pre-trip Information Point: The proffesional guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the departure day at 05:00 pm or 06:00 pm 

Returning Point: Our transfer will drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb department in Cusco.


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Type of Service: Superior Service, All inclusive comfortable camping equipment, tourist train and private transport.

Fitness Level: Moderate - Some low-altitude hikes, but accessible to most healthy travelers. Punctuation number 2 from 1 to 5.

Age requirement: 4+ / All travellers 18 younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Professional Team: Bilingual Tourist Guide, Professional High Mountain Chef, Professional Tourist Transfer.

Accommodation: Camping (1 night).

Meals Included: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner, 1x afternoon tea.

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train tickets (Expedition train).


Quick Itinerary:

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


Highlights Short Inca Trail Trek:

  • This Short Inca Trail tour is designed for single people, large and small groups.
  • We have groups for the Short Inca Trail every day of the year!!. Less February, when the Inca Trail is closed throughout the month, but you can visit Machu Picchu by train. 
  • Only 250 people are allowed for entrance to 2 Day Inca Trail.  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

2 Day Inca Trail With Camping Availability

The Ministery of Culture is the only office that control and authorize access to the Inca Trail. Remember the unique way to buy your Inca Trail permit is through an authorized tourism agency.


Access to the Inca Trail is limited to 250 people per day. For this reason, the Inca trail must be booked 2 or 3 weeks in advance, especially during the high tourist season (from April to October).


Unfortunately, if there is no availability for a specific date, you can only search for spaces on a different date. It is recommended to make the reservation months in advance.


The Inca Trail is closed every year in February for maintenance; So, that month is not available.


2 Day Inca Trail Permits on 2021

As we have already mentioned, February brings with it the heaviest rains of the season. So, it is impossible to climb the Inca Trail in February.


During this month, conservation and maintenance work is carried out, damaged parts of the road are fixed, as well as terraces and camp sites.


However, at the end of January, the Deconcentrated Directorate of Culture of Cusco (DDCC) and the Headquarters of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (SHM) announced that they will advance the closure of the Inca Road Network since January 23, 2020 Later the same Directorate of Culture announced that, the tourist operations in the Inca Road Network would resume from March 16.


The surprising announcement is due to the increase in rainfall in the area of the Inca road network, which has led to the fall of rocks in different sections, so it seeks to safeguard the integrity of visitors.


You can check the Inca Trail Availability for 2021 in real time by clicking on Book Online!

2 day Inca Trail Itinerary


More Information about the 2 Inca Trail Camping

2 Day Inca Trail FAQs

2 day inca trail altitud


Maximum Altitude: 2680 Mts / 8792 ft

Minimum Altitude: 2100 Mts / 6888 ft



Maximum Altitude: 2100 Mts / 6888 ft

Minimum Altitude: 2400 Mts / 7872 ft


How difficult is 2 day Inca Trail?

The trek is slightly difficult. If you have a physical preparation before, it will seem not so difficult or heavy.

For example, one of the difficulties is having to go up and down stone bleachers that are all along the route. It is NOT a dangerous tour, but you must walk through the places assigned by the authorities and the guide and you must NOT be impertinent or want to go or go through places not due as you could suffer an accident; Remember that this tour is part of our vacation, therefore it is better to be careful and careful.


How long is the 2 day Inca Trail?

The trek lasts approximately 6 to 7 hours until you reach the Puerta del Sol known as Inti Punku, where you can get the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu.


Day 1:Cusco - Km 104 - Ruins Bridge (Camping)

Ready to star this new adventure?So, early at morning we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, to transfer 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, farmlands and majestic snowcapped mountains; in Ollantaymtambo we will board the train that will take you to km. 104 the trip is about 1 hour and this is the point where we will start with our hikking adventure.


Once in km. 104, 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 minutes, 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. 


Then 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 path, 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  "Ruins Bridge" 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 "Ruins Bridge".


Day 2: Ruins Bridge - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

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
  • Eco-friendly service during the hike to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu,
  • Biosecurity in the Inca Trail: Our guide, cook and porters will take to security equipment.
  • 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.

Camping Equipment

Camping Equipment

Salkantay Trek Machu Tour Operator will provide you the camping equipment for your adventure. Our tents are of the brand EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide a 3 people capacity tents; however, just 2 people use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort.


In case of a single traveller, we provide a 2 people capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary!

Also, we will provide you a sleeping bag, inflatable pillow and blanket. Once arrived to each campsite, you will find inside your belongings and camping equipment

Personal Equipment Included

  • Sleeping Bag
  • An Inflatable roll mattress - Therma-rest
  • An Inflatable Pillow
  • A Blanket

Salkantay Trek Machu Professional Guide and Representative

The guide will visit you a day before the trek in your hotel for the briefing. So, it is important let us know the exactly address of your hotel or Airbnb department.


All passengers are accompanied by a Professional Tour Guide. They are trained to provide you information about the visited places, offer suggestions of what to see and do, and translate any conversation with native people. Also, every representative are trained to solve your questions and attend any of your requirements, you can call us to +51 984004472 and we will solve your doubts.


  • 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!

Service Train on the Inca Trail

On the Inca Trail Trek with Camping is included the following train service:


PeruRail - Expedition Train


Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu



Arrival to Inca Trail

Expedition 81



Expedition 83




Machu Picchu to Cusco



Arrival to Ollantaytambo

Arrival to Cusco

Expedition 74




Expedition 84




Expedition 86







IncaRail - The Voyager Train


Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu



Arrival to Inca Trail

The Voyager



The Voyager




Machu Picchu to Cusco



Arrival to Ollantaytambo

Arrival to Cusco

The Voyager




The Voyager




The Voyager





On the Expedition and The Voyager is not included extra service inside the train. Our transfer will pick you up from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.


UP GRADING Train service:

If you prefer Vistadome train or Machu Picchu Train 360 for this trek, the extra price is U$ 65 dollars. You must let us know every requirement when you are booking your trek.


Vistadome Luxury Train Machu Picchu - Perurail

The Vistadome train service includes the following services: 

  • Long Stretch (from the Poroy Station, Cusco):
  • Outbound: Snack Service
  • Inbound: Snack Service
  • Short Stretch (from the Ollantaytambo Station):
  • Outbound: Light Snack Service
  • Inbound: Light Snack Service
  • Selection of hot or cold non-alcoholic drinks (one hot drink and one cold drink per person)

The 360° Train Machu Picchu - Inca Rail

The 360° train service includes the following services: 

  • Comfortable seats with tables in front
  • Bigger and wider panoramic windows
  • Outdoor carriage including a bar to enjoy the landscape
  • Gourmet and organic delights made with products from the Sacred Valley
  • InTrain entertainment system.

Starting point

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. Also, if your accommodation is located in Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Urubamba or Yanahuara. Nevertheless if your accommodation is located outside this towns you must tell us the location with anticipation.


Important Note: In case you will spend night in Ollantaytambo, Our guide can pick you up from your hotel and you can have a U$ 10 discount per person.

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