2 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Camping
This 2 Days Inca Trail with Camping is a very nice and popular hike for people who does not have enough time to hike the classic Inca trail, short inca trail is the best chance to taste the hike to Machu Picchu, even with one night compimg
Where still you have a chance to hike by the real inca trail that goes to Machu Picchu but on this hike you will have chance to see an Inca Site of Chachabamba and winaywuayna and also you will past through sun gate which is not seen on any other trek. You will also see a waterfall that is so gorgeous it can’t be described!
The 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu known as one of the routes most frequented by all travelers seeking adventure in a strictly protected ecological environment. This trek we are sure you will enjoy from start to finish. This inca trail is unique on the world, known for its natural environment where you can appreciate the most varied natural fauna and flora that will take you to an enigmatic world where you will appreciate the different ecological floors, adorned with imposing snow and rivers. , You can also find in the Inca Trail Short the most impressive Inca constructions.
This version of the trek includes one night camping at Puente Ruinas and two meals prepared by our gourmet chef.
2 Days Inca Trail with Camping – Overview
- Day 1: Cusco – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Puente Ruinas
- Day 2: Puente Ruinas – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Starting Altitude – 2,170 m / 7,170 ft
Highest Altitude – 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
Walking Distance – 13 km / 8 miles
2 Days Inca Trail – Pre-trek briefing:
You will have thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your trek. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.
2 Days Inca Trail – Itinerary
DAY 1: Cusco – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel early in the morning (about 5:00am) and then drive to the train station in Ollantaytambo and take the train to Kilometer (Km) 104, which takes about three hours. Km 104 is an unscheduled train stop so you will probably feel a twinge of satisfaction that the train is stopping especially for you – and by knowing you are about to see things that no one else will get to! At Km 104 we will get off the train and pass the Inca Trail checkpoint where we will see our first archaeological center called Chachabamba (2,170 m / 7,170 ft). These ruins were one of the last shelters that the Incas used before they reached Machu Picchu. This site was also used as a religious and administrative center, and features several buildings.
Then, we will gradually ascend for about 2-3 hours climbing Inca stone steps while our guide points out different flora and fauna along the trail. We will then pass a tall waterfall before arriving at the archaeological site called Wiñay Wayna at (2,650 m / 8,700 ft), which is named after an orchid and means Forever Young in Quechua. We will climb to the top of the ruins and enjoy lunch with an incredible view of the Urubamba River and the Sacred Valley. This large site sits on a mountainside and features experimental terraces that the Incas used to grow different crops. We will visit an important temple with 7 windows that was dedicated to the rainbow as well as observe the amazing engineering of water channels that still function today.
Once we finish our tour here, we will continue our hike for about 1 ½ hours on a part of the Inca Trail which is relatively flat, with small ascents and descents along the way. At about 5:00 pm we will reach the Sun Gate (2,720 m / 8,920 ft), which is called Intipunku in Quechua. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu and from there we will head down to the ruins. From Machu Picchu, we take the bus to Aguas Calientes and have a short walk to our camp at Puente Ruinas. Our porter will have the tents completely set up for us.
We will have happy hour with tea when we arrive at the camp. Then our chef will prepare us an incredible, hearty dinner. After dinner we can relax at camp and get a good sleep so we will be up early for the sunrise.
- Meals: Box Lunch / Dinner
- Accommodations: Camping at Puente Ruinas
- Maximum altitude: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
- Distance to walk: 13 km / 8 miles
- Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
DAY 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will get up early and have a marvelous breakfast, prepared by our chef. Then we will catch the bus to Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes. We will want to be at Machu Picchu by six AM to see the sunrise. Once we reach Machu Picchu you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.
If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (the price for this is not included in your tour price) you will begin the hike at 10 AM. If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the expedition train to ollantaytambo ( train station). From ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Maximum altitude: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
- Minimum altitude: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
Services Included in the 2 Days Inca Trail with Camping:
- Professional English speaking guide for the 2 Days Inca Trail with Camping.
- Pre trek briefing
- Transportation from your hotel to Ollantaytambo
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to camp on day 1. Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on day 2.
- Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco bus station)
- Transport by private van from Poroy to Cusco
- Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archeological site.
- One night camping at the bottom of Machu Picchu
- 1 Box lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
- Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
Services Not Included in the 2 Days Inca Trail with Camping:
- Hiking poles (can be rented from us)
- Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 2
- Tip for your guide
- Huayna Picchu mountain ticket
What to bring to the 2 Days Inca Trail with Camping:
- Backpack (if not waterproof bring waterproof backpack cover)
- Original passport
- ISIC card (if applicable)
- Sturdy Hiking boots
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
- Sun protection: sunscreen: sun hat: sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Rain poncho or a good rain jacket
- Toiletries / small towel
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
- Water bottle: water purifying tablets optional
- US $525 per person
- Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US $20
- Under 15 years will pay as student: US $20.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US $35.00
- Hiking poles – US $10.00 (pair)
- Sleeping bag – US $10.00
- Vistadome (US $35) or Hiram Bingham (US $375) train for trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Tinkuy Buffet Lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge on Day 2 – US $45