Day 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO-KM 104-WIÑAYHUYNA-PUENTE RUINAS BASE CAMP
Highlight of the day: VISIT THE MOST STUNNING INCA SITE ALONG THE ORIGINAL INCA TRAIL .
Start with Short Inca Trail with camp 2 day
Our adventure begins with a pick-up at your hotel (4:30 a.m.) where we’ll drive to Ollantaytambo (part of the sacred valley of the Incas) to the train station, (to catch our train) to “Kilometer 104”.is 1 hour and 30 minutes ruffly. Once there we Will pass the control, and our trekking of the Short Inca Trail begins. Our first hike is approximately 4 hours to reach the “wiñayhuayna” archaeological complex. Afterward, lunch will be served. (actually, I will have a box lunch) if you are vegetarian let me know,
Following lunch, you’ll continue hiking towards the (Intipunku-Sungate), one hour and a half then Will have time to take some pictures (THE FIRST STUNNING LOOKOUT OF MACHUPICCHU), and then gonna be just 40 minutes to Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world and enigmatic place after a whole, Will have 2 options: the first option is hiking to our base camp called Puente Ruinas-the second option is take the bus actually is up to you and Will have dinner in the camp prepared with our cook
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner in the base camp
- Distance: 12 kms/7.5 miles
- Time: 6hrs approximately
- Hot shower,
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Highlights: Hiking Short Inca Trail with Camping, enjoying the views from the Sun Gate, sunset views from Machu Picchu camping at the foot of Machu Picchu.
Day 2: PUENTE RUINAS – MACHU PICCHU (THE SACRED CITY OF THE INCAS) – CUSCO
Highlight of the day: enyoy the magical place of machu picchu .
Finishing Short Inca Trail with Camping 2 day
After a delicious early breakfast, we will board the bus transporting us to the Majestic Lost City of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”.or the other option is hiking takes 1-hour approx. The trek leader will impart the history of this mystical place. We will have the opportunity to visit the “Temple of the Sun”, the “Royal Palace”, the “Main Temple”, the “Temple of the Three Windows” and the “Sun Dial”. Here, we promise an unforgettable experience. After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to do your own exploring.
If you have reserved your visit to “Huaynapicchu” (tickets limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Tour Guide for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.
There are many more activities that you can do. These activities are optional (not included with the package) for example The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hour hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different viewpoint.
In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train (4:20 p.m.) to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco (2 hours Approx.).
Depends on the ability of the train back to Ollantaytambo
- Highlight: Arrive early to Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise
- Temperature: Warm and humid
- Meals: Breakfast
- Train: Expedition tourist class
All included for Short Inca trail with camping to Machu Picchu 2 days
- Short Inca Trail with Camping Pre-departure briefing.
- Inca Trail permits and Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
- Admission document to the Inca Road System by SERNANP – INCA TRAIL “National Service of Natural Protected Areas.”
- Detailed explanations by your guide in a briefing 1 or 2 days prior to your tour that included maps related to the trek
- HIKING POLES
- SLEEPING BAG
- Pick-up from your hotel on your departure: touristic private transport from your hotel to the train station
- Entrance tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Local Professional English guide for the entire tour
- Assistant or 2nd Guide when there are groups over 8
- Meals according to program + snack at the beginning of the trek
- Water bottle and Box lunch in Wiñayhuayna
- Vegetarian meals at no extra charge (also allergy-related menus can be accommodated)
- Visit the following Inca archaeological sites (Kanabamba, Wiñay Wayna, Sungate & Machu Picchu)
- Bus tickets down to Aguas Calientes town
- 1-night Hostel in Aguas Calientes town, Breakfast on the second day at Hotel
- Second bus tickets Aguas Calientes /Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes
- 2 hour private guided tour by your English speaking tour guide (plenty of free time to enjoy Machu Picchu on your own)
- Tourism class train ticket until km 104 (Chachabamba)
- Return ticket in Touristic class train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
- First Aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
- Touristic class transport from Train / Hotel
- All local taxes
What is not included in 2 day Short Inca trail
- Tips (Tipping is 100% optional depending on the service you received)
- Travel Insurance.
- Last lunch
Passport information to book a permit for short Inca Trail
For this Short Inca Trail with camping, you will need to send us your passport details such as full name, passport number, nationality, and date of birth in order to process it.
If you do not send the correct data, you will be denied entry to the Inca Trail!!!!
If you still want to enter the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, you will have to pay a new permit ($100.00).
The starting point for the Short Inca Trail with camping
The Short Inca Trail starts in Cusco, but if you are spending a night outside of Cusco, then please check the table below for possible starting and pick-up points.
Luggage storage for the Short Inca Trail with camping
If you have extra luggage, it can be safely stored at your hotel in Cusco or at the train station in Ollantaytambo. If you choose the latter, our driver picks up your luggage on the day of the trail departure and drops it off at our office.
Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain, also known as the “Old Mountain”, is the mountain on which the Inca citadel was built. It is located at an altitude of 3,082 meters, that is, almost 600 meters above the Inca city.
Machu Picchu Mountain has the capacity to receive 800 tourists a day, who ascend the mountain’s wide path while experiencing breathtaking views of the entire geography of the place.
In order to visit the mountain, it is necessary to purchase in advance the Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket.
Huayna Picchu, or the “Young Mountain”, is a mountain located north of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It is the summit that stands out in the classic postcard of the Wonders of the World and is 2,693 meters high, 300 meters higher than the Inca city.
The climb to Huayna Picchu is requested by most adventurous visitors as they enjoy taking selfies there. To reach its summit, one must ascend a narrow trail to the edge of vertiginous cliffs to be rewarded by splendid views of the New Wonder of the World at the end. The climb is considered one of the most incredible short walks in the world. However, it is only accessible to 400 visitors a day.
To climb Huayna Picchu, it is necessary to previously buy the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket (80 USD/person).
In case it is sold out, Tierras Vivas reserves the Machu Picchu mountain for you.
What to pack for the Short Inca Trail with camping
You should pack as light as possible as you will be carrying your luggage from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb (including personal clothing).
Don’t forget to bring a cover for your backpack.
Short Inca Trail with Camping Weather
The high mountain region of Cusco has well-defined winter and summer seasons. Winter days (June to August) are very sunny, dry and warm, but the temperature drops to near freezing at night. Summer (January to March) is characterized by rainfall.
The heaviest rains usually occur between January and March.
October is still dry, but colder, with temperatures dropping to 0 degrees at night.
Short Inca Trail with camping Weather
The rainy season from November to April gives the feeling of a tropical downpour. It rains a lot, but the showers usually do not last long or the rain is usually overnight.
From May to September (which is the high tourist season), temperatures along the Short Inca Trail range from 20 – 35º C during the day when it is sunny and 10 – 20º C during the day if it is cloudy and 5 – 15º C at night.
February – the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during the entire month which falls in the so-called “low season”.
Landslides are an occasional problem. Although rare, it has happened that visitors get stuck in Machu Picchu or between Aguas Calientes and Cusco because a driver blocked the road.
How to dress for the Short Inca Trail
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very necessary to have light rain gear in the backpack (poncho or rain jacket and/or rain pants), as the weather changes easily and sudden showers can occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, as well as a fleece sweatshirt and jacket.
Prices: Short Inca Trail with Camp 2 day
Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2023 through January 2024. All prices quoted are $USD
- group service: $490 per person
Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).
Discounts: Short Inca Trail with camping
- Student Discount 20$ dollars
- Those under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00
Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):
- Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
Trip Details Short Inca Trail with Camping 2 Days
- Tour Name: Short Inca trail hike with camping to Machu Picchu 2 days,
- Tour/Trek Duration: 2 Days/1 Nights
- Location/Terrain: along the Inca trail, Inca sites
- Accommodation: beautiful campsite
- Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 1 day in Cusco before embarking on our Short Inca trail hike with camping to Machu Picchu 2 days,
- Adventure Rating Strenuous trek
- Activities: Trekking/ Camping
- Altitude: 2900m/9,139ft
- Departures: every day with 2 or more people
- Customizable: Yes!
- Sustainable Tourism: At Sullpayky Experiences, We have responsible practices in tourism by being environmentally friendly and supporting local communities.
- Service Level: At Sullpayky Experienciences we have the experience to organize trips with the maximum comfort for our travelers, achieving unique experiences.
- Trek’s Difficulty: This tour is level 2/5 and considered for all types of persons in good health.
- Age Requirement: This tour can be done by children from 4 years old and up, remember that minors must be accompanied by an adult.
- Inca Trail Permits: It is included in your Short Inca Trail. Please note: the trail is fully booked months in advance during the high season.
- Crew: A professional Tour Guide.
- Meals: 01 breakfast, 01 lunch, 01 dinner, 01fin bag of snacks.
- Transportation: Private van, 2x train (Expedition train service).
- Accommodation: Campsite, During the 2-day Inca Trail tour.
2 Day Inca Trail Hike Camping Availability
Choose the best month and day for your hiking to Machu Picchu! You can check the Inca Trail Permits Real-time Availability with us and Book Online! Please contact by WhatsApp +51 928886576 and Our staff will reply to the availability for your Hike to Machu Picchu with camping immediately. We recommend booking in advance the Short Inca Trail for 2 days.
What to Pack
Travel Guide Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Camping 2 Days
Extra information Short Inca Trail
Briefing: On the 2nd or 1st day before your trek, the guide will visit you at your hotel for the briefing.
Transportation Short Inca Trail: All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco around 4:30 am. – 05:30 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and taken to Ollantaytambo, to take a train to km 104, the starting point of the trek.
Professional Guides Short Inca Trail: All our guides have studied English and tourism. They all grew up in this region and have a real passion for teaching others about their heritage. They are fun but professional and will make sure you are safe and happy.
Permits Short Inca Trail: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits. These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They cannot be changed, once confirmed. You are only allowed to update your passport number. The permit includes an entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
Food on the Short Inca Trail: You will be provided with a snack on the first day to enjoy along the trek. You will also enjoy dinner in the town of Aguas Calientes and breakfast the following morning. Lunch on the last day is not included.
Water on The Short Inca Trail: A 500 mL bottle of water is included in the lunch box. You must provide your own water bottles or camelback. We recommend bringing about 3L worth of water.
First Aid: Each guide has been trained in first aid by a doctor. Your tour guide will always have a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the road as quickly and comfortably as possible, if necessary, and make sure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
Accommodation on the Short Inca Trail: We spend the night in a small locally owned hotel with private bathroom and breakfast facilities (Double or Twin room). All the hotels we use in Aguas Calientes are located within walking distance of the train stations. If you wish to upgrade your accommodation or have your own hotel reservation in Aguas Calientes, the discount is U$ 20 per person (Double or Single room).
The use of Hotel in Machu Picchu is: Susana Inn Hotel
We recommend advance booking of individual supplements and accommodation before and after the tour. Single accommodation can be arranged for a supplement, subject to availability. Please request at the time of booking.
Extra Tickets for the Short Inca Trail:
As you can see, there are several optional upgrades that you can include on this trip. Below is a quick list of prices:
Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
Huayna Picchu Entrance Fees + Circuit 4
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that rises next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. While this hike is done on your own, your guide will tell you where this hike begins. This is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you with advance notice. The Huayna Picchu ticket costs $80 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain + Circuit 3 Tickets
Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that towers over the ruins of Machu Picchu. It offers even more impressive views than Huayna Picchu, but it takes an hour and a half to reach the top. This is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you. This ticket costs $80 per person.
What To Bring
- A good daypack.
- Original passport.
- Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
- Three pairs of trekking pants.
- One rain jacket: The first night, the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit.
- One warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights).
- Four shirts.
- Two long-sleeve shirts.
- One good sleeping bag.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
- Bug spray.
- Digital Camera and film
- A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
- Bandages or moleskin.
- Flip flops. Your toes will thank you!
- Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
- Something to read in the evenings
- Extra money.
FAQS Short Inca Trail with Camp
Can you camp on the Inca Trail?
It would not be safe for the group and the place would be predated. Trekking companies are pre-assigned campsites by the governing body that controls the Inca Trail (Ministery of Culture). There is only a limited capacity for campers so it all has to be pre-arranged and agreed upon in advance.
Where do you camp on the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu lasts 4 days and 3 nights. Because the route is protected by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, everything is regulated within the route. There are three established camps where you spend the night: Huayllabamba, Pacaymayo and Wiñayhuayna (or Puyupatamarca).
Can you do the Short Inca Trail without a guide?
Can anyone buy permits and hike the Inca Trail on their own? No. Access to the Inca Trail is controlled by licensed tour operators who employ licensed Peruvian tour guides to accompany hikers beginning in Cusco to the trailhead of the Inca Trail until you arrive in Machu Picchu National Park.
How difficult is the Short Inca Trail?
The short Inca Trail difficulty is moderate. This hike will take you to enjoy beautiful landscapes, to know beautiful Inca constructions nestled in beautiful and spectacular natural scenes, and to know the famous Sun Gate or the Inti Punku.
Why is it called the Short Inca Trail?
The Short Inca Trail is the fastest route to Machu Picchu of the Inca Trail network.
This route is ideal for passengers who have less time to visit Machu Picchu, or those who do not have the physical condition necessary to tackle the other routes of the Inca Trail.
What are the differences with the Traditional Inca Trail?
The Traditional Inca Trail has a duration of 4 days. It has a medium level of difficulty and includes camps along the route. We visit around 6 Inca archaeological remains, and we will visit the citadel of Machu Picchu on the last day. It is usually done in groups of several passengers.
The Short Inca Trail lasts 2 days. Being a private tour, the groups are small. In addition, the difficulty of this route is much lower and does not include camping outdoors, staying overnight in the town of Aguas Calientes.
What should I bring for the Short Inca Trail?
The climates you will experience are not as extreme as the traditional route, however we recommend always packing warm clothing such as jackets, gloves, warm pants, and more.
How many days last the Short Inca Trail?
The Short Inca Trail has a duration of 2 days.
During the first day we will walk the route from Chachabamba, Wayllabamba and Intipunku. You will be able to appreciate the wonder of Machu Picchu from the first day. You will spend the night in Aguas Calientes.
On the second day, you will visit the wonder of Machu Picchu with a professional guide. You will learn all the secrets of the citadel and have free time to explore at your leisure before returning to Cusco.
You can review the detailed itinerary on the Short Inca Trail tour page.
What places will I visit in the Short Inca Trail with camp?
We will see the ruins of Chachabamba. Then we will pass through Wayllabamba. Finally, we will arrive at the entrance gate to Machu Picchu: Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate, from where you will be able to appreciate the first views of the Inca citadel.
What is the best time to go on the Short Inca Trail?
We recommend hiking the Short Inca Trail during the dry season, from April to November. During these months the sunshine is appropriate for the best photographs of the Andean landscapes.
Do not forget to check the availability of spaces before making your reservation. We recommend that you reserve your space at least 4 months in advance.
Is there an age limit?
No. People of any age can do the Short Inca Trail. Happy families or groups of friends walk step by step this adventure without problems.
Is physical preparation or acclimatization necessary?
Yes, if you live in a low-altitude area, we recommend you do previous training to be able to complete the route without complications. We suggest hiking for half an hour or more in order to increase your endurance as well as cardiovascular exercise training.
Don’t forget to ask your doctor about special indications for the Short Inca Trail and review more suggestions for your health on the 2-day Inca Trail.
Will we spend the night in the camps?
No. During the 2-day Short Inca Trail, on the first day you will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. On the second day you will return to Cusco.
How is the food In the Inca Trail 2 Days?
On the first day, you will receive a box lunch. You will eat with your fellow travelers with a view of the ruins of Wiñaywayna. In Aguas Calientes, you will have a delicious dinner.
Is there drinking water and electricity on the route?
We recommend that you bring a bottle of water to hydrate yourself during the hike. Drinking water and electricity are available in the town of Aguas Calientes at the end of the first day.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM ALTITUDE OF THE INCA TRAIL?
Another of the frequently asked questions for the Short Inca Trail with Camp is to have knowledge of the altitudes at which the adventurous travelers will find themselves and in this way perhaps choose the right tour, Short Inca Trail or Classic Inca Trail. In that understanding, the maximum altitude will depend a lot on the type of trek you hire, since there are routes of 2, 4, 5, and 7 days.
2 Day Trek Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
Maximum altitude is 2730m.a.s.l/8956 ft.
The activity level for the trek is easy and can be done privately or in groups.
The service is quality and the decision is yours.
Trekking 04 Days Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
Maximum altitude is 4200m.a.s.l/13 779ft.
The activity level for this trek is moderate.
Private and group service.
05 Days Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu:
Maximum altitude on the is 4200m.a.s.l/13779 ft.
The activity level for this trek is moderate.
07 Day Trek Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Altitude of the hike is 5,200m.a.s.l/17060 ft.
The activity level for this trek is difficult
It is necessary to be in good physical condition.