2 Day Inca Trail with Camping
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Our short 2-day Inca Trail hike with camping consists of a six-hour walk along the trail leading to Machu Picchu. On the first day, we will start with a 5-hour hike uphill to the Inca ruins of Winaywayna, where we will have lunch. We will continue walking for another hour to reach the Sun Gate (Intipunku), which offers a distant view of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, we will take a bus to our private camp. The next day, we will visit Machu Picchu early in the morning to see the sunrise over the ruins.
USD475.00 per person
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2-Day Inca Trail with Camping Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco – Kilometer 104 – Puente Ruinas
We will collect you from Cusco at 4:00 am to start our Inca Trail camping adventure. After driving for an hour and a half, we will arrive in Ollantaytambo town where we will board a train to kilometer 104, the starting point of our hike. Upon arrival, we will meet our chef and porters who will serve us breakfast before we begin our trek.
Our trail today offers breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains and includes visits to stunning Inca sites as well as an abundance of flora and fauna. We will hike 10km of the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days, starting with a visit to the Chachabama ruins before making our way along a paved Inca trail to the impressive Winay Wayna archeological site. From there, we will continue on to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), where we will enjoy a box lunch before continuing through the lush cloud forest. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to spot a range of plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and even larger mammals such as Viscachas and Spectacled Bears.
As the sun begins to set, we will reach the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and take in our first view of the magnificent Machu Picchu, spread out across the mountain ridge. The light in the afternoon is perfect for photography and with fewer tourists, it’s an ideal time to capture stunning images of the site. After passing through the Sun Gate, we will hike for approximately 45 minutes to reach Machu Picchu and then take a 20-minute bus ride to our campsite at Puente Ruinas. Here, we will enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night in our tents. We follow all the COVID-19 health guidelines issued by the Peruvian government to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
On the second day of our tour, we will begin with a short 20-minute walk to the bus station where we will take a bus up to Machu Picchu, arriving at 6 am to witness the sunrise over the ruins. Our expert guide will lead you to the best vantage points for capturing stunning photos of Machu Picchu.
The guided tour of the ruins will last approximately 2 hours, during which time your guide will explain the most important aspects of Machu Picchu’s history and architecture. Afterward, you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, or hike Huaynapicchu if you have opted for this option. (Please note that this requires a separate entrance ticket that costs $65 per person).
Later in the day, we will return to Aguas Calientes and take a train back to Ollantaytambo, followed by a bus back to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, we will transfer you back to your hotel.
- Hotel pick-up service from your accommodation in Cusco
- Transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station
- Experienced and certified tour guide proficient in first aid and knowledgeable in the trail’s history and route
- Additional guide for groups with more than 9 individuals
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Kilometer 104, which is the starting point of the trek
- Admission fee for the 2-Day Inca Trail
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu for both days
- One-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes
- Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the first day
- Emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit
- Three meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Return train ticket from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo. TRAIN at 14:30 or 14:55
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
- Sleeping Bag: You can rent a sleeping bag for $20.
- Walking Sticks: Walking sticks can be rented for $20.
- Hot Springs Entrance Fee: There is an entrance fee of US $5 to access the hot springs in the town of Aguas Calientes.
- Tips: Tips for the staff, including porters, guides, and cooks, are optional but appreciated.
Packing List for 2 Day Inca Trail with Camping
- Backpack: A small backpack to carry your personal belongings such as water, snacks, sunscreen, camera, and other essentials.
- Hiking shoes: Sturdy hiking shoes with good traction on uneven terrain.
- Hiking socks: Good quality socks can help prevent blisters and keep your feet dry and comfortable.
- Quick-dry clothes: Moisture-wicking clothes are recommended for hiking.
- Warm layers: Pack warm layers such as a fleece jacket or down jacket as it can get cold at night.
- Rain gear: A rain jacket or poncho is essential as it can rain anytime in the Andean region.
- Hat and sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun and UV rays by wearing a hat and sunglasses.
- Sunscreen: Use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
- Insect repellent: Bring insect repellent to protect yourself from insects along the trail.
- Water bottle: Stay hydrated and bring a refillable water bottle.
- Snacks: Pack some energy bars, nuts, or fruits to keep your energy levels up.
- Personal medication: If you have any medical conditions or take regular medication, bring it with you.
- Camera: Bring a camera to capture the beautiful scenery along the trail.
- Pack light and carry only what you need as you’ll be hiking with your backpack.
- Important documents to carry with you on the tour:
- Original passports
- Original student ID: If you booked the Inca Trail 2 days as a student, you must present your original student ID card and passport at the checkpoint located at km 104 beginning of the Inca Trail.
2-Day Inca Trail with Camping Cost
Standard Rate: $475 per person for our group service.
Sap Adventures, a local company, offers daily departures for the Inca Trail 2 days. We require a minimum of 2 participants to form a group.
Discount Opportunities for the Inca Trail Trek:
Group Discount: If your group consists of 4 or more people, you can enjoy a generous discount of $25.00 per person. To qualify for this discount, all group members must make their trek reservations together at the same time.
Youth Discount: For hikers under the age of 18, we offer a discount of $35.00 per person. To secure this discount, kindly provide a copy of the passport for age verification during the reservation process.
Student Discount: Students up to the age of 25 can benefit from a $25.00 discount. To qualify for this discount, you must possess a valid university student card at the time of the trek. Please send the necessary documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org for verification.
How to Book 2 Day Inca Trail with Camping with Us?
- Initiate Booking: Click the “BOOK NOW” button above.
- Date Selection: Choose your preferred departure date.
- Personal Information: Complete the booking form by providing the necessary personal details for each participant.
- Deposit Payment: Make a payment of $150 per person as a deposit.
- Confirmation: Once we receive your deposit, we will promptly send you a confirmation of your trip.
Additionally, you have the option to add extras to enhance your experience:
- Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu: Book these in advance because tickets can run out quickly, similar to Inca Trail permits.
- Walking Sticks and Sleeping Bag: These can be reserved one day before your departure at our office. We have an ample supply available for rent.
Inca Trail Altitude & elevation Gain by Day
The elevation gain along the Inca Trail can vary depending on the specific itinerary and starting point. Here’s a general breakdown of the approximate elevation gain by day:
- Start Point: The 2-day Inca Trail usually begins at a place called “Kilometer 104” or “Chachabamba” (at around 2,100 meters or 6,890 feet above sea level).
- End Point: On the first day, you will hike to the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site.
- Elevation Gain: You’ll ascend to an elevation of approximately 2,700 meters (8,860 feet) at Wiñay Wayna. This is a gain of about 600 meters (1,970 feet) from the starting point.
- Start Point: You’ll start the second day at Wiñay Wayna.
- End Point: The 2-day trek culminates at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), which is the traditional entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Elevation Gain: The highest point on the second day is the Sun Gate, which sits at an elevation of approximately 2,720 meters (8,920 feet). The elevation gain from Wiñay Wayna to the Sun Gate is relatively minimal.
Frequently asked questions
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Can you hike the Inca Trail in 2 days?
Yes it is possible, we complete part of the classic Inca Trail and the arrival point is Machu Picchu.
How long is the 2 day inca trail?
The 2 day trek covers a distance of approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles).
Where does the Inca Trail start and end?
It starts at Km 104, the same starting point as the classic 4-day trek, and ends at Machu Picchu.
What is the altitude of the Inca Trail 2 days?
The highest elevation point on the 2-day Inca Trail hike is 2,700 meters (8,858 feet) above sea level.