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2 day Inca Trail with Camping

2 day Inca Trail with Camping

In this 2 day Inca Trail with camping, you will have unforgettable moments and a lot of fun with friends or family. It's not like the Classic Inca Trail; instead, it's a Machu Picchu 2 day hike with 1 night of camping at Puente Ruinas. The adventure starts from the beginning as our first checkpoint is Aguas Calientes.

During the Short Inca Trail with Camping, you will encounter many animals and plants before arriving at Chachabamba. We will make a stop there to visit the magnificent archaeological site.

Finally, when you reach Machu Picchu, you will be seeing one of the most amazing places in the world. In this magical place, some buildings were finished with "La piedra lisa", while others were finished with small irregular stones that fit together perfectly.

Many tourists come not only to see Machu Picchu but also to add adventure to their trips by hiking the Inca Trail. The permits for this 2-day hike are very important and difficult to obtain, as tickets fill up quickly, especially during the high season (June-August).

It's wonderful to visit all these archaeological sites with monuments, beautiful landscapes, a variety of animals and vegetation, and diverse weather that this famous excursion has to offer.


Inca Trail Overview

Sustainable Tourism: Inca Trail Machu is very keen and happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities. We created a job opportunity for our local people with the reforestation of native plants in the community of Cusco and you can help us to sponsor this retrieval.

Physical Activity: 2-Moderate to Difficult - Some points are high

Style Type: Trekking/Hiking, Natural, Cultural, Adventurous

Service Level: All Inclusive & Quality service

Age Requirement: 4+ Please note: all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour OperatorInca Trail Machu since 2007.

Inca Trail Permits: The Inca Trail permits and Machu Picchu tickets are included in the package. It is very important to obtain the permits in advance. The process is the same for the 4 day Inca Trail and they are generally available with little notice.  

Staff: We provide a professional tour guide and an Inca Trail Machu representative who will visit you at your hotel to brief you about the trail

Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner, and 1x Snack bag.

Accommodation: Camping in Aguas Calientes for 1 night.

Transportation: Transportation by private vehicle, 1x train round trip (standard class).


Quick Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 - Puente Ruinas (Camping) 
  • Day 02: Puente Ruinas - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Highlights during the 2 Day Inca Trail Camping:

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Explore scenery trail of the 2 Day Inca Trail 
  • Enjoyed the most beautiful scenery of the Machu Picchu trail
  • Discover the Chachabamba Inca site 
  • Explore and Visit Wiñaywayna (Forever Young)
  • Cherish the Sun Gate
  • Guided Tour of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu 

Essential information

  • Trek among the Inca steps to Machu Picchu
  • Limited permits because the Inca trail trek is well known around the world
  • Weather: A varied weather on the road, acclimatize for the altitude
  • Departure Point: We'll meet up on your accommodation

  • Departure Time: 05.00 am

  • Briefing Point: Our professional guide will be visiting your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek

  • Briefing Time: Among 17:00 - 18:00

  • Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department

Short Inca Trail with Camping

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, we can recommend the best alternative trail: the Short Inca Trail with Hotel option. Check availability and book this trail online.


Interesting Information:


Day 1: Cusco / Km 104 / Aguas Calientes
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Before the 2 day inca Trail hike, we will take you from your hotel to the Ollantaytambo train station, arriving in 2hrs to the place…then on the train we will go to Km 104 where our adventure begins. Continue to Chachabamba in 3hrs, it´s a picturesque archaeological site…there will have a rest while we have lunch, your cook will prepare the food (Optional Vegetarian). continuing thetrek we will move to Wiñay Wayna that´s a beautiful place, but before arriving will stay a while in the local waterfall for take your unforgettable pictures. At the end, arriving to the lost city will have a pass to “Puente Ruinas” where the fun will be amazing and relaxing a comfortable tent, inflatable mattress, sleeping bag, air pillow will be our campsite, here we can prepare to the important day…the arrival to Machu Picchu.


Estimated trekking time: 5 hours

Trekking distance: 12  Km

Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

Day 2: Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cusco
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We have to go to Machu Picchu... finished our breakfast we headed to the lost city to enter and take our respective tour. We get to know the city while we filled with knowledge about its history. After the tour, you have 45 minutes to visit Wayna Picchu and the free time that have left we can buy craft or continue exploring the mysterious site before direct us to Cusco city. Upon returning to Ollantaytambo, a car awaits us, this one will give us back to Cusco city. Certainly a very tired and hectic Inca Trail trek, but also fun and surprising.

What is included?
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  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the railway station at Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation: Camping (1 night)
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
  • Water on the first and second day (Excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide (a group of up to 8 participants receives 1 Guide, a group over 8 persons receives 2 Guides);
  • Professional Chef;
  • Porter will carry your camping equipment and your duffel bag 5 kg. per person
  • Sleeping bag (feather) 
  • Inflatable sleeping therma-rest mattress
  • Inflatable pillow
  • A blanket
  • A duffel bag for your personal clothes, this duffel bag, our porter will carry
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • A train round trip between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Not Included
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  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the second day
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu (U$ 12 one way or U$ 24 a round trip)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)

Meal budget: Please allow USD 10 for meals not included on the last day Aguas Calientes town.

Solo Traveller: If you like a single room for this trek, please choose the "Solo Traveller" option during your booking.

Local flights: No local flight is included in the trek´s price!

Encampment Equipment for Machu Picchu 2 day hike
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Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each Inca Trail trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.

When to go?
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All the high-season / low-season trade-offs are here. Winter (June through August) means drier weather and easier traveling, but it´s prime vacation time for those in the northern hemisphere. Prices and visitor numbers drop dramaticalle during the summer rainy season (October through April). For near-ideal weather and manageable crowds, consider a spring or fall trip.

In January and february the weather could most likely wreak havoc with your travel plans. But it´s also the time when you can enjoy Machu Picchu without the crowds. Mudslides are an occasional problem when visiting during the October-April rainy season. It´s rate, but visitors have been stranded at Machu Picchu or between Aguas Calientes and Cusco if the slides block the way., but usually only very briefly.

Packing List
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  • Original passport, 
  • Original ISIC (an international student card if applicable) 
  • Travel insurance, 
  • Money in cash, 
  • A small rucksack,
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers), 
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended, 
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping), 
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold), 
  • Sun cream or sun block, 
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body, 
  • Insect repellent – recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria cases have been reported during this trip!), 
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions), 
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries, 
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper, 
  • Small towel and toiletries, 
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear, 
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes), 
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.) 

Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu. Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refill every morning of the Machu Picchu 2 day hike

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  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent. 
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10 
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10  
  • There are emergency porters available for rent if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about 2 Day Inca Trail with Camping
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Where is located the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, between Cuzco, Capital of the ancient Inca Empire, and the citadel of Machu Picchu. The alternation of mountains and valleys along the walk offers incredible and diversified landscapes.


During 2 day Inca trail hike we will find the following altitudes:
  • "Ollantaytambo" at 2,972 m.a.s.l.
  • "Km 104" at 2,100 m.a.s.l.
  • "Hot Springs" at 2,040 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2 700 m.a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked and how many hours do we walk per day?
During the hike you will just walk the first day from km 104 to Chachabamba for 3hrs. Then, we will move to Wiñay Wayna. At the end, we will arrive to "Hot Springs". The entire trek is 12 km long, and the trekking time is for 5 hours.

What does "Machu Picchu" mean?

"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.

How difficult is the Machu Picchu 2 day hike?

The 2 day Inca trail hike is considered an intermediate level trek. Since it does not include rock climbing, or hiking on snow, isn´t required previous experience. The most difficult part comes the second day, when we climb a number of stairs and start from 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) to climb to more than 4000 meters (13,123 feet) walking through a small space, later things become more easy as the road continues downhill. Keep in mind that you will carry your personal items, which may include clothing, camera, water, camp equipment, etc; which may add difficulty to the trek because of the weight. 

Is it possible to do this trek on my own?

If you are an experienced hiker, you may want to do the Inca trail trek on your own, without a tour operator, without a guide, without a carrier, just you and the way. However, that is NOT possible.
Government regulations do not allow it, since 2001 hiking independently on the Inca Trail is prohibited. The regulation states that each hiker must be accompanied by a qualified professional guide. The UGM (Management Unit of Machu Picchu) is the regulatory entity that supervises companies fulfill certain requirements to operate this route. The license of each company is renewed annually, likewise, the list of authorized guides and agencies is published on the official website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe

Camping or Hotel during the Machu Picchu 2 day hike

Deciding taking between our 2 day Inca Trail with Camping or the Short Inca Trail Trek is based on choose past the night in a hotel or camping.
If you like the adventure, we recommend to book the 2 day Inca Trail with Camping, because you can spend a night in the subtropical zone and near to the Vilcanota river, enjoying the landscapes and the rich flora and fauna around the Puente Ruinas campsite. In case you want to sleep comfortably, book the Inca Trail trek with hotel. You will have a room with a private bath and you can explore the Aguas Calientes town.
In the 2 day Inca Trail with camping there is a greater contact with nature, greater freedom than in hotels. In these establishments, although you are surrounded by vegetation in their gardens and pools, it is somewhat artificial and customers are subject to a greater degree of social protocol. Also, camping for children is an adventure. Children see their vacations as an "adventure" from the camping remember, the campfire, climbing, camping food, hiking, and much more. Deciding staying at a campsite is such an important part of the vacation experience as hiking, visiting a water park, or going to a natural park.
While camping the bathroom is a tree not a actual bathroom with a toilet and a shower. Hotels have bathroom right in the room with the main supplies like soap, shampoo, towels, and wash cloths. Hotels usually have a continental breakfast waiting for you when you wake up and when camping a homely breakfast. 

The Inca Trail trek 2 day involves a walk of 16 km to Machu Picchu, passing through spectacular landscapes of mountains and cloud forest. You’ll also visit Inca archaeological sites along the route, such as Chachabamba, Choquesuysuy and the amazing Winaywayna Complex. Then, of course, you’ll have a full-day tour of Machu Picchu, with plenty of time to explore the site on your own, to take photographs and contemplate this magical place.

This Machu Picchu 2 day hike is preferred by many travelers, because it complements their trek, strengthening the contact with nature and allowing them enjoy a real adventure during their trip.


Mainly Diffrences

2 day Inca Trail with camping: Spend a night in the camping with a tent, inflatable sleeping bag. Our cooker will prepare all the food (Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast) and the porters will carry your personal belongings and camping equipment. You need to walk only with your water, jacket, sunblock and daypack.


This tour offers you:

  • Tents of the brand MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. 
  • Camping equipment, such as sleeping bag, inflatable mattress (thermarest mattress -an inflatable mattress to sleep more comfortably), pillow, blanket,
  • Duffel bag for your clothes, rain poncho and daypack
  • All meet according your itinerary (01 Lunch, 01 Breakfast, 01 Dinners)
  • Professional chef
  • A person will carry your personal belonging 7 kg included clothes and sleeping roll mattress and sleeping bag.

Machu Picchu 2 day hike: Spend a night in the hotel; you will have a private room with bath. Lunch will be served around Wiñay Wayna ruins (Box lunch) and dinner will be in the best restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes. Breakfast will be enjoyed at your hotel the next morning. You need to carry your clothes along the trail. The second day you can leave your personal belongings in your hotel and you can walk up to Machu Picchu with your water.


This tour offers you:

  • Accomodation in a Hotel in Machu Picchu
  • Box lunch in Wiñaywayna
  • Dinner in the restaurant in Aguas Calientes and breakfast in your hotel.
  • Professsional guide.
  • You will need to carry your personal belonging on the trail

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