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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Camping 2 Days

Experience in a more enjoyable way the pilgrimage to Macchu Picchu by the Short Inca Trail with Camping

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHTS Short Hike

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Camping 2 Days 23 reviews
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Camping 2 Days

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Camping 2 Days

Experience in a more enjoyable way the pilgrimage to Macchu Picchu by the Short Inca Trail with Camping

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHTS Short Hike

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Camping 2 Days 23 reviews
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Short Inca trail with camping 

The Short Inca Trail with camping involves the 2-day hike to Machu Picchu with a professional tour guide, cook, and porters. Spend a night in Machu Picchu camping in the Puente ruins and viewing the sacred mountain.

Short Inca Trail with Camping
Short Inca Trail with Camping

This Short Inca Trail with Camping is An excellent alternative to reach the last stretch of the Inca Trail. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for people with little time to spare.

We begin our Short Inca Trail at a moderate altitude of 2,500 m, passing through a rainforest; we will make an excursion for about 4 hours until we reach the spectacular ancient ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Siempre Joven).

Late in the afternoon, we will arrive at Inti Punku (Puerta del Sol), the original entrance to the mysterious «Lost City of the Incas,» Machu Picchu.

We will take a bus to Aguas Calientes to spend the night in a hotel of your choice. The next day, hike up to the Pyramid forms Huayna Picchu accompanied by your guide. Afternoon train back to Cusco.

Short Inca Trail with Camping itinerary

  • DAY 1. Inca Trail – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Puente Ruins Camp
  • DAY 2. Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Incas) & Return to Cusco

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DAY 1Inca Trail – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Puente Ruins Camp

Sites to Visit DAY 1


Start with Short Inca Trail with camp 2 day

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel very early at 4:10 a.m. we take a train to Ollantaytambo.

This is one of the most magnificent train rides globally, with its phenomenal views of the Urubamba River, the rise of snowy peaks, and corn farms.

As we go down, you will see micro-climate changes, from mountains and cornfields to green jungle valleys with ferns, bromeliads, and orchids, as the temperature begins to warm.

This train trip is an hour and 45 minutes to Km 104, where we will disembark to meet your chef and trekking porters. You can also enjoy breakfast before starting your hike. Be sure to bring your original passport, as this is the first checkpoint along the Inca Trail. After breakfast, you will have time to prepare before starting the walk.

Shortly after, we will explore the first Inca site, Chachabamaba. Chachabamaba was the first Inca control post to enter the Inca Trail. Your guide will give you some background history about this ruin, followed by the ascent of three hours to the most famous Inca site along the way, Wiñay Wayna.

You will see incredible views of the Machu Picchu Valley and the Urubamba River along the trail, as well as the native flora and fauna of the area. There are also waterfalls and spectacular views of Machu Picchu Mountain.

The course itself has some flat areas and short uphill and downhill climb. It also has steps arranged in sections, which may be narrow in some areas, but not dangerous.

Once you arrive at the Wiñay Wayna Inca site, you will have time for a tour by your tour guide. It will also provide time to explore the Inca site, temples, waterfalls, gardens, warehouses, watchtowers, and agricultural terraces.

It’s just a short walk to the lunch spot where your trekking chef and porters will be ready with cold drinks and delicious fresh food, prepared by our cook and served buffet style. After lunch, there will be time for a short nap.

Then it will be an hour, a gradual climb, and a descent hike to get to Puerta del Sol, where you will have spectacular views of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, and the surrounding valleys.

The Incas used the Puerta del Sol to observe the sunrise of Machu Picchu during the summer solstice. From here, it is another hour of trekking to the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Once in Machu Picchu, you can explore the watchtower area to get lovely pictures of Machu Picchu (without crowds). Then we will take the 20-minute bus ride to the Puente Ruinas camping site.

Before arriving at the camp, we will visit the small museum of Machu Picchu, which contains photos of the condition of Machu Picchu when Hiram Bingham discovered it in 1911.

Mummies, bracelets, tools for working stone and metallurgy, weaving tools, and ceramics found on the site are also insights.

When you get to the camp, you will have all your tents. You will meet your porters and enjoy a social happy hour with hot drinks and dinner.

Later in the evening, we will have a small ceremony with their chef and porters to say goodbye to them. They will still be there the following day to cook breakfast. This is the proper goodbye.

  • 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
  • Walking Distance: 15 km / 8 miles
  • Meals: Included
  • Elevations: Trek starting point 2,000 m, the highest point is Sun Gate 2,720 m, the camp is at 1,900 m
  • Weather: Hot and humid
Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Short Inca Trail 2 Days

DAY 2Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Incas) & Return to Cusco

Sites to Visit DAY 2

Machu Picchu

Finishing Short Inca Trail with Camping 2 day

We will start the day very early with a hot drink. You will have time to prepare your bags and packages for the day and enjoy breakfast.

We will walk to the bus station to be one of the first on the line to climb to Machu Picchu (it is optional to take a one-hour hike to the ruins if you would like).

The first buses will depart at 5:30 am and arrive at 6:00 am in Machu Picchu. It would help if you had your original passport at the checkpoint. Your guide will take you to the perfect place to enjoy the sunrise over the mountains (weather permitting). Then we will have a private tour, guided by two hours, of the ruins of Machu Picchu, with all its fascinating history.

You will also have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you have booked a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, this is an excellent time to rise. However, there are many other things to see around Machu Picchu: the Inca Bridge is one of the best options – you can climb to Puerta del Sol for free or walk around the temple and residential areas of Machu Picchu to mingle With the Flames.

You will have to take your bus back to the city of Aguas Calientes for lunch and to take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo. From there, you will go by private van to Cusco, where we will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Highlight: Arrive early to Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise
  • Temperature: Warm and humid
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Train: Expedition tourist class


  • Short Inca Trail with Camping Pre-departure briefing.
  • Two Excellent experienced Local tour guides (9-16 people / 6-8 with one tour guide).
  • Tourist bus “Cusco to km 82.”
  • Inca Trail permits and Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Admission document to the Inca Road System by SERNANP – INCA TRAIL “National Service of Natural Protected Areas.”
  • Local porters to carry campsite equipment.
  • Extra porter to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. customer’s items.
  • Tent: 02 people in each.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad.
  • Camping equipment.
  • One Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • One cook.
    • Assistant cook.
  • One chief porter.
  • Meals:
    • 02 breakfast
    • 02 lunches
    • 01 dinner
    • Daily morning snack
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Our kitchen staff uses biodegradable dishwashing detergents.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour for 2 hours.
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Return by train to Ollantaytambo and private transportation from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco.

No Included

  • 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.

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.
  • Water.
  • 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.


Luxury All Inclusive Service
Number of personsPrice per person

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 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD

  • Group service $460 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need for extra Porter hire!).

Discounts: Short  Inca Trail with camping

  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • 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)

Frequently Asked Questions: Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Camping 2 Days

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.


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.

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 the 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.

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