2 day Inca Trail hike with camping is one of hike list experience for anyone planning a trip to Machu Picchu, It gives you a taste of the Classic Inca Trail hike but takes half the time and requires less than half the physical exertion This hike involves 2 day hike to Inca Trail and 1 night camping in the Puente ruinas.
Enjoy lush vegetation of a cloud forest while greeted by local exotic birds such as Andean guan, grey-breasted mountain tucan, etc. and since we can see various wild orchids and bromelias along the path too. Explore the Chachabamba ruins, Wiñaywayna a terrece complex that climbs a steep mountain slope and includes a set ritual baths. Walk on a gentle are leading uphill to the southeast of the main complex. Intipunko, the Sun Gate, is a small ruins in a nearby pass. This small ancient checkpoint is where you will find that Classic view that Inca Trail hikers emerge upon.The walk along the way yields some interesting and slightly different angles as well. Some minor ancient outbuildings alongthe path occasionally host grazing llamas. Intipunko is als the gateway to the Inca Trail. A two hour hike beyond the Intipunko along the Inca Trail brings you the Machu Picchu citadel. Then continue the hike to Puente ruins, where spend a night in the camping. The second day wake up early and walking up to the lost city of the Incas, guide tour to Machu Picchu. In the afternoon train return to Ollantaytambo and private transportation to Cusco
Day 01: Cusco - Km 104 - Puente Ruinas (Camping)
Day 02: Puente Ruins - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 05:00
Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek
Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00
Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department
Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel
Service Level: Comfortable Camping equipment, tourist train and private transport.
Physical Rating: 2 - Moderate - Some low-altitude hikes, but accessible to most healthy travellers
Age requirement: 4+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Crew: A profesional Tour Guide, a cook on the Short Inca Trail.
Accommodation: Camping (1 night).
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner, 1x afternoon tea.
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train (Expedition train).
Chose the best month and day for your hiking to Machu Picchu!
You can check the Inca Trail Permits Real-time Availability for 2019 by yourself and Book Online! Please click on 2 day Inca Trail camping 2019. Chose the best month and day for your 2 day Hike to Machu Picchu camping. We recommend to book in advance.
Inca Trail News: On October 1st 2018, the Ministerio de Cultura (Peruvian goverment) opened the Inca Trail permits for the 2019.
If you would like to do the hike without camping, you can visit the follow hike Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days
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The first day of the trek start long before the sun came up. Early in the morning between at 05:00 to 05:30. Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you all the way to Ollantaytambo where would catch the train heading towards Aguas Calientes. it is about a 2 hour drive.
When you arrive in Ollantaytambo at between to 06:30 to 7:00 am, you can have a breakfast or drink a coffe. and boarded the train. iwhere you find the comfortable seats. Not only that, but there are also additional windows on the ceiling so that you could enjoy the looming mountains along the way.
You will be on the train for about an hour and a half before you reached our stop: Kilometre 104. Our guide have the special Inca Trail permits in order for you hikers to be let enter to the Inca Trail. and walked down to the shores of the Urubamba River where you are greeted with a wooden bridge leading into the thick jungle and a few clouds hanging in the morning air.
As soon as we checked in to the trail, you will come across your first archaeological site of the day: Chachabamba. This site sits at 2,170 meters and it was one of the last shelters that the Incas used before reaching Machu Picchu. It also operated as a religious and administrative centre.
After visiting Chachabamba you will begin the slow ascent on the Inca Stone steps. The trail is steep for the first 2 hours, but it eventually level out (for a few brief stretches, anyway). During that time you will stop at 2 different shelters where you will cool off in the shade and enjoyed some snacks.
By lunchtime we reached a waterfall and unpacked our box lunches which will provide your guide. From there you continued on to Wiñay Wayna which sits at 2,650 meters. This is the highlight of the Inca Trail!
Wiñay Wayna is one of the most beautiful archeological sitesI What makes it special is that there is hardly a soul there, plus the terraces are built in a really cool amphitheatre formation that allows you to see the whole area. These terraces were built to grow different crops and you’ll also find a temple that was dedicated to the rainbow.
You also get to see Intipata in the distance (this is another archaeological site that sits at 2,750 meters),
You will enjoy the section of the trail from the waterfall to Wiñay Wayna because the landscape change quite drastically. As you will trek closer to the water, the temperatures became cooler, the vegetation became greener, and at times it fill like you are walking through a moss-covered forest. It is a welcome change after the hot temperature and dryer landscape you have experienced near the start of the Inca Trail trek.
After visiting Wiñay Wayna you will get back on the trail. Your next landmark on the trail is Intipunku, also known as the Sun Gate, and then after a long day of walking,
Here your group pause for a few moment to relish the moment: you will have your first glimpse of Machu Picchu! and you can take your first Machu Picchu selfies. It is a moment none of you will forget.
After getting your first glimpse of Machu Picchu, you will continue along the same trail, you will encounter some llamas and then once you reached the gate to Machu Picchu, you will descend to Puente Ruinas, where your cook is waiting with a delicious dinner and where you will spend a night in the tent, Machu Picchu would have to wait until the following day.
After an early morning breakfast, we continue hiking the Inca Trail for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own.
The 2 day Inca Trail ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.
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!
Our guide will visit your a day before the trek and He/ She will give you a briefing and more information about your 2 day Inca Trail with camping. It is very important, let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco. This information you can send us 2 week before the trek.
All Tierras Vivas trekkers are accompanied by a Tierras Vivas Tour Guide. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.
Tierras Vivas 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 trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary!
Tierras Vivas 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.
On the Machu Picchu Hiking with Camping is included the follow train service:
Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
|Departure||Arrival to Inca Trail|
Machu Picchu to Cusco
|Departure||Arrival to Ollantaytambo||Arrival to Cusco|
Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
|Departure||Arrival to Inca Trail|
Machu Picchu to Cusco
|Departure||Arrival to Ollantaytambo||Arrival to Cusco|
On the Expedition and The Voyager is not included extra service inside the train. Our driver will drop off in your hotel.
If you prefer Vistadome train or Machu Picchu Train 360 for this trek, the extra price is U$ 65 dollars. let us know before your booking your service.
The Vistadome train have panoramic windows, which allows to appreciate the beautiful scenery along the route.Live an unforgettable experience of magic connection with nature on the Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo route on the PeruRail Vistadome train.
In the Vistadome service is included the follow:
The only train in Peru with an entertainment app on board which will allow you to learn more about the train journey and the Inca civilization. Experience a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu, exploring the Andean landscape like never before with wider and taller panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage including a bar.
Enjoy our appetizing selection of cold and warm drinks, prepared using fruit juices and Andean herbs, and our delicious gourmet and organic delights made with products from the Sacred Valley.
Included the following service:
Usually our hike is starting from Cusco, but we can pick you up from your hotel outside of the Cusco city. Please check your trip and location for pick you up.
|Trip/ Hiking||Starting point & pick up|
|Inca Trail||Cusco, Chinchero, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo|
|Lares Trek||Cusco, Pisac|
|Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu||Cusco, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo|
|Inca Quarry Trail||Cusco, Urubambam Yanahuara|
|Day tours||Only Cusco|
Important Note: In case you will spend night in Ollantaytambo, Our guide can pick you up from your hotel and you can have a U$ 10 discount per person.
Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. If you have extra porter, the porter carry your luggage from Ollantaytambo to Puente Ruinas Campisite. You have extra porter. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb (included personal clothes and sleeping bag). You will need to carry daypack.
If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Inca Trail is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to putting your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.
Machu Picchu, is located in a sub-tropical area, biogeographically speaking is located in the eco-region of the Yunga - Quechua fluvial of Peru, for being a warm valley, is generally mountainous relief, with narrow and deep valleys.
The climate is warm moderate, slightly humid, with seasonal rainfall of more than 400 mm.
In the Inca Trail, there are two distinct periods, the dry season and the rainy season.
Basically, the temperature of rains, is from November to March, the climate is temperate cold, depending on the altitude, latitude and time of year and of course with presence of rains.
The dry season is from April to October, however the rain can fall at any time of the year. This is the best time to travel the Inca Trail.
The maximum temperature is 19ºC and the minimum temperature is 0ºC. The relative humidity of the air ranges between 77% in the dry season and 91% in the rainy season. The annual rainfall ranges from 1,571 to 2,381 millimeters.
In addition, to book the Inca Trail, you should consider the high season on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu from May to September, because this time coincides with vacations in the Western Hemisphere. These months probably offer the best trekking conditions with a dry and sunny climate. However, as we said before, you should reserve the permits many months before. April, October and November are also great months to make the Inca Trail. There are fewer hikers, although it is likely that at least one day it rains during the trek.
It is also easier to find available permits, although they must still be booked months in advance. The rainy season goes from January to March, and if you decide to come during this time, expect some frequent rains. However, it is perfectly safe to do the walk, with the equipment - waterproof - adequate. Again, it is much easier to get permits to travel the Inca Trail at this time of year.
The Inca Trail closes the month of February of each year, due to the fact that it is the rainiest month, and it is used for maintenance for the conservation of the paths of the road. However, all alternative routes are open during this month.
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the first day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring your Inca Trail” list.
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