short inca trail

camping 2d/1n


  • Tour Type: Hiking, Camping
  • Machu Picchu, History and Culture
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging
  • Maximum Altitude: 2732 masl / 8964 ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2088 masl / 6850 ft
  • Considerations: Permit Required (We obtain it for you, after you book with us)
  • Duration: 2 days/1 night
  • Meals: Lunch, breakfast, dinner


This is a shorter version of the classic Inca Trail trip with one night camping  for those who have less time or who would enjoy a less vigorous trek, but still want to experience the wonders of hiking the Inca Trail and visiting Machu Picchu. This trek is perfect for families and hikers of all ages and incorporates a significant part of the Inca trek in a short time frame.The trail is scattered with beautiful ruins open for exploring, before ultimately terminating at the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, a sacred citadel for the Inca civilization. Machu Picchu is a World Heritage site, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, and also one of the new seven ancient wonders of the world.


Day 01: Cusco km 104 Puente ruinas

We will arrive early in the morning to pick you up at your hotel in a private van that we begin our journey to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo we will take a scenic train ride to our stop, the Inca Trail checkpoint Km 104, where we will meet our porters and begin our 6-hour trek. Our trek begins along the original Inca trail to WinayWayna archaeological site. We will tour the ruins, before relaxing to eat a box lunch. After, we will continue our journey to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) at the optimal time of day to get breath-taking photos. After passing through the sun gate, we will ride the bus down to Puente Ruinas. Here we will camp, enjoying the warm weather and jungle vegetation that surround us.
Facts and Figures:

  • Hiking Distance: 8 Hours (10 km /approximately 11.1847 Miles)
  • Highest altitude:  2,730 m / 8,792 ft.
  • Considered: Moderately Challenging day
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Highlights: Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna, Sungate, Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation: Camping


We wake up around 4:30 am to eat breakfast and walk return up to Machupicchu for an extensive 2 ½-hour tour of Andean history and culture. Afterward, free time will be given to wander around the citadel or climb to Huayna Picchu the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with even more Inca structures at the peak (we can help you book the mandatory tickets for this unforgettable hike in advance). Together, we will return to the Aguas Calientes, where you can have your choice of restaurants for lunch. After lunch, we will take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and then by bus back to Cusco to your Hotel.

Facts and Figures:

  • Hiking Distance: 4 Hours Including in Machu Picchu Santuary
  • Highest altitude:  2,430 metros/7,972 ft
  • Considered: Moderately Easy day
  • Meals: Breakfast Snacks
  • Highlights:  Machu Picchu
  • Return: Train and bus to Cusco – Hotel




All of our guides are native to the region and have a true passion for teaching others about their culture and heritage. They have all studied English; as well as several other languages to ensure that communication is clear on your adventures with us. All our guides are experienced with the Inca Trail, and our other high-altitude treks. They will support you and ensure that you are safe and happy throughout your trip.



We are one of the few tour operators authorized to both book your permits and operate on the Inca Trail. Permits are registered in your name with a specific date and cannot be modified after confirmation. Your tickets will be purchased by us, and looked after by your guide until the time they are needed. These include:



Our highly trained chefs cook delectable, nutrient-rich meals, that honor your food restrictions while surprising you with International and Peruvian flavors. Prepare for a superb culinary experience to accompany this unforgettable short trip. Food is typically served family-style, three times a day in our dining tent.



 We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag to the campsite; however, you will not have access to your duffel bag until your evening campsite. We strive to keep our porters well cared for and healthy, so we limit duffel-bag weights to 5 kg/ 14 lbs.  



During your briefing, you will receive a personal duffel bag to pack all of your necessary belongings in; and will be carried by our porters. The duffle should not exceed more than 6kgs /15.4 lbs, including your sleeping bag. All other personal items needed, should be packed in a personal day pack.



We consistently maintain 4-season tents in order to ensure peak performance on our treks. In order to ensure maximum comfort, we provide you with a four-person tent to sleep yourself and one other hiker. If you wish to have your own personal tent to yourself, you can request our first class experience option. 



We always ensure you have plenty of clean drinking water for mealtimes, as well as enough for you to refill your bottle whenever needed. We use fresh spring water running down from the mountains. We require that you bring your own personal water bottle/s or Camelbak. To care for our spectacular environment, we humbly request that you use a reusable non-single-use plastic bottle.



Your transportation from Cusco to and from this trek is included. You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco and taken to Ollantaytambo to the train station. After your return riverside journey on the train, you will reach the train station, where you will be picked up by a van to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.



Every guide is first aid trained, and carries a first-aid kit and oxygen for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, elevation sickness, cuts, scrapes, etc.). In case of emergencies, every guide is equipped with a satellite phone which will allow for a quick exit off the trail to get you directly to a clinic for treatment, if needed.



You will either receive our North Face or Therm-a-rest down alpine mummy bag, which has an impressive temperature limit of -10C. Boasting quilted blanket interior, foot warmer pocket and a cinchible fitted design. Best of all, these sleeping bags are certified for responsible, sustainable down manufacturing. We  also carry extra blankets, pillows and sleeping bags for your comfort.



The night before your Machu Picchu hike, you can either come to our office or we can come to your hotel lobby for your briefing. During the briefing, you can also meet some of your fellow travelers that you will be with for the next couple of days. Your guides will explain the itinerary in detail and will give you your duffel bag for you to pack your personal belongings that will be carried by our porters.



We believe it´s the attention to small details that separates us from our competitors. Every hiker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking, and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best experience to remember for a lifetime!

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  • 2 People $880.00
  • 3 People $800.00
  • 4 People $730.00
  • 5 People $640.00
  • 6 People $600.00
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