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 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 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!.
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.
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.
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!