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2 Day Short Inca Trail with camping (2)


The 2 Day Short Inca Trail with camping is the best option if you are looking for a short trip but don´t want the typical night in a Hotel. In this route we will find valleys that contain wildlife, between the stretches of the Puna and cloud forests, passing through several Inca archaeological sites that offers stunning views to Machu Picchu. Dare to experiment another way of the Classic Inca Trail or the Classical Short Version of it.


Duration 2 days and 1 night
Season From January to December except February for maintenance
Departure Daily
Return Back Packer Train

Please keep in mind that Short Inca Trail permits are limited to just 500 persons per day, and this includes all the staff such as tour guides, porters, and cooks. This option is also very good for families with small children who wish to experience a walk along the Inca Trail. Along the route there are beautiful views of mountains and valleys and Machu Picchu is entered by the same place as the walkers of 4 or 5 days with the advantage of visiting Machu Picchu and experience an outdoor camp.

More information: Here some interesting tips for your 2 Day Inca Trail trip!!!


DAY 01: Cusco - KM 104 - Inti Punku - Machu Picchu.

Les't start the adventure my friends!

We will pass by your hotel very early in the morning, and travel for 1 hour and 40 minutes to Ollantaytambo train station, then travel by train for 1 hour to KM 104 where we get off our train to start our walk Once we pass the control, our chef will be waiting for us with our porters who will have our breakfast ready. After breakfast we will start our walk and just 5 minutes away is our first stop called Chichu Bamba, a beautiful archaeological center with water fountains and ceremonial places, our guide will give us the introduction to the road and tell us the history and use of this place . From this place our path will be a gradual ascent with stops along the way to enjoy beautiful panoramic views, we will arrive at a beautiful waterfall where we can enjoy our snack, then we will continue our walk to visit a beautiful archaeological site called Wiñay Wayna, this is one of the most beautiful places that if you visit even on the longest routes of the Inca Trail. After that we will continue our walk to enjoy our delicious lunch prepared by the chef. After finishing our lunch we will continue for 1 more hour until we reach the Sun Gate or Inti Punku, from this point we will have the first view to Machu Picchu, we will take some time to rest and enjoy this beautiful view, then we will continue our walk 50 minutes more until you reach this magical sacred city of the Incas. The advantage of doing this walk is that we will arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon so there will be no people visiting the place, we will be almost the only ones and we will be able to take beautiful pictures of the place without people. Once finished with our photos we must leave Machu Picchu and take our bus down to the valley and we will arrive at our camp where our walking team awaits us with everything ready. After dinner we will say goodbye to them because the next morning we will leave very early.

  • Walking distance: 12 km (miles)
  • Estimated time on foot: 07 hours
  • Altitude Machu Picchu Village: 2,050 meters
  • Climate: Warm and Humid

DAY 02: Machu Picchu (World Wonder) - Return to Cusco.

Ready my friends? Explore the beauty and take some energy of Machu Picchu!!!

This is one of the most important day!!! After a beautiful hike the day before, we will finally visit the world wonder, the sacred city of the Incas, Unesco's cultural and natural heritage; Machu Picchu!!!. Our recommendation is to get up early to appreciate the sunrise in Machu Picchu (subject to weather conditions) and take the energies of this sacred place. Your guide will pass through the campsite and will go to the bus station, it will be a 25 minute trip to the entrance gate of Machu Picchu. Once there, do not forget to use the toilets for the last time since there are no toilets inside Machu Picchu.


You will have a guided tour of approximately 3 hours touring the temple of the sun, temple of the pacha mama, inca house, chacana temple, the Intihuatana, the temple of the condor, etc. In our Tour to Machu Picchu, we made the most complete route so you do not miss any place, you will have time to take your pictures, enjoy beautiful views, etc. If another extra walk is encouraged you can request the entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huaynapicchu (not included), however, this will be confirmed according to the availability of space at the time of booking, this mountain is quite popular and the income is limited to 200 people by schedule, in seasons from June to September is required to book at least 3 months in advance. In case we get space for this extra walk, your guide will show you the way you should take to make this hike.


Whatever the case may be, once you have finished your Machu Picchu Tour, you must go down to Machu Picchu Town, then we will embark on our train that will depart  on the way to Ollantaytambo, once you arrive there our staff will be waiting for you with your mobility to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.


  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Bilingual and professional tour guide
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office
  • Expedition train tickets from Ollantaytambo to the Km.104
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Two-hour guided tour upon your arrival in Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (1B, 1L, 1D).
  • Vegetarian food available upon request for no extra charge
  • Accommodations in Aguas Calientes the first night (campsite)
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • First aid equipment

What is not included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Last lunch
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment



  • Original passport - It must be the same one you sent us in the reservation.
  • Current student card. - (if you have booked as a student)
  • Good backpack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water bottle: a water tank like the Camelback is recommended, enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable mountain boots (light with good soles).


  • Sunscreen. Very important, use it every day.
  • Facial moisturizer. The climate in the Andes is quite dry.
  • Insect repellent. In all walks we always pass through the jungle where there are mosquitoes.
  • Hand sanitizer. We will provide one, but you can bring yours.
  • Wet wipes. They are very relaxing, some even bring exfoliating wipes.
  • Toothbrush and paste. Very important for the walk.
  • Personal medication Do not forget to bring them with you, especially if they are medicines for daily use.


  • Backpacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller ones. Inside Machu Picchu, the entrance of backpacks larger than 25L will not be allowed. If it is larger, you must leave it at the door of the citadel.
  • Water: You are responsible for your first water morning alone, as we will not have time to filter the water until your first lunch. From then on we will provide you with water every day. Except the last day. (day of visit to Machu Picchu)
  • 1 sun hat Radiation at high altitudes is much higher, the cap helps protect.
  • Rain clothes. Especially lightweight waterproofs.
  • Camera. With the battery fully charged as there will be no place to charge.
  • Music (iPhone).
  • Toilet paper and small plastic waste bag. In each camp we will put a plastic bag to collect the waste.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips. If it is in suns much better.
  • Ear plugs. Very essential to rest calm and without any noise around.



Places to visit:

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


The climate in Cusco and Machu Picchu is unpredictable. In general, the dry season in Cusco is from April to October, but this does not prevent the rain from falling in June or the sun coming out in December, just prepare for any weather. No matter which month you take the hike or excursion, or which tour you are on, make sure you have adequate clothing that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.

Also prepare for four seasons in a day. Many of the excursions through the Andes involve many microclimates and you will have to be prepared for all seasons. The layers are always key because they are easy to adjust to different temperatures. And the nights will always be cold, so get ready with a warm jacket.

Altitude Sickness:

As soon as many travelers book their trip to Peru, specifically to Cusco, they begin to wonder about altitude sickness. Air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. For several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the least amount of oxygen in the air.

The first symptoms of altitude sickness can be; headache, fatigue, followed by loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, difficulty breathing during exercise. If any of these effects worsen, please contact with us and we will help you get to a doctor, and our staff that is accompanied is trained to help you in first aid.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend activities and walks slowly, allowing your body to adapt. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness.


Don't worry about this item, this trek is the ideal to avoid altitude sickness since it it not hard and also you will enjoy incredible views without any problems!

Inca Trail Programs

We organize tours for small groups, including families, friends, students and volunteers. Our tour leaders speak English, Spanish & Quechua (Andean Language) and will dedicate themselves to giving you the best independent tours in Cusco as well as Machu Picchu.

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