Short Inca Trail With Camping



The Short Inca Trail with camping 2 days can be completed in a minimum of two days, but it is still an arduous trek that fascinates trekkers with its impressive panoramic views of the Andes of Cusco, verdant forests, and ancient Inca centers. The first day of walking is about 12 kilometers, while the second day is about 4 kilometers.

The first day it takes between three and four hours to ascend to the spectacular ruins of Wiñay Wayna, located at about 2,650 meters above sea level. The Short Inca trail with camping climbs steadily up an original Inca trail through verdant forests and passes numerous Inca sites, including those of Chachabamaba, in the distance you can see Choquesuysuy to the impressive agricultural terraces of Wiñay Wayna, which create an inspiring sight. Here you will have lunch and then continue to Puerta del Sol and receive your first impressive glimpse of Machu Picchu.

You will continue to Machu Picchu to take some classic photographs and then descend to Puente Ruinas where the camp will be ready and tonight we will have an exquisite dinner prepared by our cook.

The next day, before the masses gather, you will get up early and go up to Machu Picchu. The Intihuatana Stone, the Temple of the Condor, and the Temple of the Sun are some of the most famous attractions in Machu Picchu. You will take a train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes, but first, you will need to board the bus to Aguas Calientes.

If you have little time but still want to see and explore the incredible Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, I highly recommend the two-day short Inca Trail with camping, and if you don’t like camping we have the other option of the short Inca Trail with a hotel where you will have more comfort options


  • Inca ruins: The road crosses several Inca ruins, such as Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna,  to show you wonderful agricultural terraces, ceremonial sites, and attractive views of the mountains in the area.
  • Scenery: The road passes through thick forests and offers attractive views of the Andes Mountains and the Urubamba River. You will also observe the diverse ecosystems and everything in between the high-altitude plains and cloud forests.
  • The Sun Gate: The inspiring creativity of the Sun Gate provides the entrance to Machu Picchu, commonly known as Intipunku. From here, visitors can enjoy the most pleasant views that soothe the soul and mind.
  • Machu Picchu: The tour will definitely be the most remarkable part of the trek as this archaeological monument is one of the most attractive and impressive art in the world that also showcases the talent of the Inca people. It offers visitors a striking view and a complete representation of the ancient Inca civilization and the impressive architectural and technical talents of the Inca people.
  • Local culture: Along the route, you can engage in a good conversation with the residents to explore and understand their history, values, and traditions. in addition, you can also gain an understanding of useful plants and how these people use plants as forms of natural medicine.
  • Puente Ruinas: a beautiful camp on the slopes of the Huayna Picchu mountain.
  • Food: We will enjoy the delicious Peruvian gastronomy known worldwide.


DAY 1:Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Kilometre 104, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu , Puente Ruinas camp.

DAY 2:Puente Ruinas camp , Machu Picchu , Aguas Calientes, Cusco


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$ 500 per Person
Group SizeUP TO 8
Activity LevelMODERATE
Trip StylesHIKING
Lodging TypeCAMPING

Trip Itinerary


The pick-up will be at 4:00 am at your hotel and there is also the option if you are staying in the Sacred Valley we will drive for about an hour to Ollantaytambo, where we will board the train to km 104 (start of the trail) Here we will meet our stuff that will support us during the 2 days of this incredible experience.

Then the cook will prepare breakfast for us, and after that, we will start the trekking.

This trail will lead us to the most beautiful stretch of the classic Inca trail in 4 days, we will pass by Inca centers, exuberant flora, and fauna typical and native to this place, and incredible views of mountains and snow-capped mountains. Our trail begins at the archaeological center of Chachabamba and then continues to the impressive terraces of Wiñay Huayna before continuing to the mystical site of the Sun Gate.

In Wiñay Huayna we will have box lunch and then continue the trail through a lush green forest where you can observe some orchids, and some animals such as spectacled bears (if you are very lucky).

After a couple of hours of hiking, we will arrive at the famous Sun Gate in the afternoon where we will have the first magical view of Machu Picchu it is a very special place to take some pictures of the memory definitely with fewer tourists, then after passing through the Sun Gate we will follow the trail for 45 minutes until we arrive to Machu Picchu where we will board the bus to Puente Ruinas camp where the tents will be ready and dinner prepared by our cook.

  • Highlights: hiking the original Inca Trail, Visit Wiñaywayna ruins, you will see the sunset over Machu Picchu, camping at the foot of Machu Picchu
  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 9.32 miles
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner Included
  • Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 m / 6561 ft.
  • Highest point: The top elevation is Sun Gate 2,720 m/8923 ft.
  • The campiste Elevation:  1,900 m/ 6233 ft.
  • Weather: Hot and humid


After a fascinating trail of 1 day, now we have to visit the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu for this we will have to walk about 20 minutes to the bus station and board the bus to Machu Picchu once there we will have to show the tickets at the tourist control to then go inside Machu Picchu have the tour of about 2 hours and then descend to the mountain of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu note that you have to book about 5 to 6 months before.

After visiting the Inca citadel you will have to board the bus to Aguas Calientes to have lunch with the group (not included) and in the afternoon take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco where the transfer will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Highlight: Visit Machu Picchu early in the morning, and enjoy the sunrise over the Citadel.
  • Temperature: Warm and humid.
  • Meals: Only Breakfast included.
  • Aguas Calientes elevation: 2040 m / 6692 ft.
  • Machu Picchu Elevation: 2430 m/ 7972 ft.

Tour Inclusions


  • A personal porter to carry your 7 kg of your personal belongings
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
  • hiking sticks
  • sleeping bag
  • Trail ticket of 06:10 am from Ollantaytambo to km 104 (the starting point of the walk).
  • English-speaking guide with conduct radio communication.
  • Foam mattresses.
  • Professional chef
  • Kitchen equipment.
  • Dining tent with chairs and tables.
  • Portable environmental biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
  • Meal service at the campsites (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 snack). With options for vegetarians, gluten-free, lactose Intolerance, and any food allergy.
  • 4 season Tents for two people (tent with capacity for 3 people used as doubles – Kayla Doite).
  • Porter service. As detailed in the table authorized by the Ministry of Culture. (To carry our camping equipment and food) We never overload our porters and they have proper equipment.
  • Inca Trail Permits and Machu Picchu ticket.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 01.
  • Round trip bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and viceversa on day 02.
  • Return Expeditions train ticket back (14:55 Hrs.) To Ollantaytambo.
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit.
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by the tour guides at 6:00 p.m. at the office a day before.
  • Wake-up tea. Hot herbal tea brought to your ten-second day.
  • A duffle bag, where you put your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items per person (personal care, personal items, and sleeping bag are within this 7 kg / 14 pounds).
  • We provide hot water bins to help our clients clean and feel good at night.
  • Two-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottles or Camelback (your chef will provide clean water after each meal)
  • Day pack cover to keep you dry your belongings.


  • First breakfast
  • Last lunch
  • Tip for staff
Starting at
$ 500 USD
Per person (Group service)

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2-Day Short Inca Trail Trek with Camping to Machu Picchu

  • Original Passport and student cards if you are a student.
  • A Hiking/trekking Backpack (21 liters capacity).
  • Hiking Poles with rubber tips. You can bring your own or rent it from INCA TRAIL HIKE.
  • Trekking Clothing: Hiking shoes, waterproof pants, waterproof shorts, two shirts, a light sweater, a jacket for rain, and clothes to rest in at the hotel. On the other hand, it is quite comfortable and relaxing for the body to wear light clothes for the walk; for this, waterproof materials are very good, because they enable quick drying from sweat and rain.
  • Night in Aguas Calientes: Please bring with you a clean set of clothes to wear after the trekking. Also, you can bring along swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal Hygiene items: toothpaste. toothbrush, and wet wipes.
  • Medicine: If you are taking any medications, please bring them with you. It is also recommended to bring some over-the-counter medicine for altitude sickness (Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamide). It is also suggested to bring Anti Blister Gel to avoid getting blisters on your feet and being unable to continue on your trek.
  • Digital Camera with an external memory (2-4 Gb) (Optional).
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Sun Block SPF 60 (UVA-UVB) is waterproof and sporty.
  • Waterproof Insect Repellent lotion, not spray.
  • Swiss Army Knife.
  • Water bottle made of flexible plastic. This type of bottle is very easy to carry and does not take up a lot of space. At the same time, they help in our effort to protect the environment.


Group service – Season 2023

ADULT: 399 US Dollars per person

STUDENT: 370 US Dollars per person





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Why is the Inca Trail so popular?

The Inca Trail is very popular because it crosses different altitudinal levels starting from the jungle and culminating in Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail is the most popular and starts at km 82 30 minutes from Ollantaytambo you walk the entire original Inca Trail which is 43 km long and is done in 4 and 5 days, where you can see Inca centers up to Machu Picchu. You can reach the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

can I do the Inca trail in 2 days?

There are a variety of networks of Inca trails and the popular and well-known are in Cusco the classic is 4 days and if you do not have much time you can do the short Inca Trail 2 days and enjoy the highlights of the classic Inca Trail 4 days passing through the famous Sun Gate.

Is it necessary to book in advance the 2-day Inca Trail with camping?

To hike the Inca Trail you will need a permit, that’s right. These permits are difficult to get and require you to make a reservation in advance, at least 2 to 6 months.

How difficult is the short Inca Trail with camping?

Those who choose to hike the Inca Trail should be prepared for high altitudes and difficult ascents and descents. The two-day trail is easier than the four-day trail. With good physical preparation, you should have no problems.

What should I bring for the Short Inca Trail with camping?

Bring a good pair of hiking shoes, warm clothes for the evenings, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and the occasional snack. A camera and flashlight are also useful.

Water will be very necessary and also some snacks and don’t forget your camera with these things will be more than enough to enjoy the short Inca Trail.

Can I make the short  Inca Trail with camping on my own?

The answer is no, as it is very controlled by the Peruvian government to preserve it for future generations of hikers.

You should look for a reliable agency and book in advance as there are limited spaces.

When is the ideal time to hike the Short Inca Trail with camping?

The Inca Trail is at its best between April and October, during the dry season. February is a common month when the trail is closed.

What is the price of the Short Inca Trail with camping?

The price of this trail will depend a lot on the service you are looking for and varies from $400 to $900 with different options for hot showers, massages, etc.

in general, it will depend on your budget.

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