Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days with Camping

Machu Picchu

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7 reviews
Duration: 2 days
Group size: 1 - 16
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days with Camping
Machu Picchu

7 reviews

Duration: 2 days
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

 

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a unique opportunity for those who may not have as much time to hike the full Inca Trail. This trek combines highlights from the original Inca Trail, with some of the most beautiful Inca ruins nestled in the dense vegetation of the cloud forest. Enter to Machu Picchu through the Sungate (Inti Punku), and from here you can take in one of the most spectacular views of The Lost City of the Incas. We arrive in Machu Picchu late in the afternoon and therefore have the unique opportunity to see the city almost empty. You’ll spend the second day exploring all the wonders of Machu Picchu city.

Highlights of the Short Inca Trail:

  • Travel with an authentic Local Tour Operator from Cusco city
  • Arrive at Machu Picchu twice and at exclusive hours
  • Support Social Project that helps the education as you travel
  • Come back to Cusco on the last days in the Vistadome Panoramic trains.

What’s included

  • Safety Briefing
    Held the day before the tour at 6:00 pm in our Office
  • Pick up & drop off
    From and to your hotel
  • Transportation
    All Included
  • Tour Guides
    Highly trained mountain tour guides
  • Hotel
    One night 3-star hotel
  • Meals
    1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
  • Entrance Tickets
    To Inca Trail & Machu Pïcchu
  • Buses
    Up and down in Machu Picchu (3 buses)
  • Train back to Cusco
    Exclusive Panoramic train
  • Meals
    First breakfast, 2nd day Lunch
  • Tickets
    Huayna Picchu or Montaña
  • Tips

Available options

Trekking poles
$10
Huayna Picchu Mountain
$75
Montaña Machu Picchu
$75
Panoramic Train Upgrade (VTD or 360°)
$55

Itinerary

Hike the Inca Trail
Day 1: Cusco – Ollanataytambo – Km 104 – Machu Picchu (16km, 8 hrs)

 We start in Cusco around 4:00 am and drive to Ollantaytambo where we take the first trains to Km 104, the beginning of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, here we have a checkpoint to show a passport, after passing the control we hike up for about 4 hours to Wiñayhuayna, place where we will enjoy a box lunch, after lunch we will continue to Machu Picchu. We arrive in the afternoon through the Sungate and this gives us the unique chance to see Machu Picchu almost empty. Later we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a hotel.

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TreXperience
7 reviews
We are a responsible local tour operator based in the city of Cusco

Reviews

A real great team (included all, guide, cooks and porters) made great work! We got a lot of interesting informations about plants, animals, the Inka-culture and the people living in Perú. Charly does his job with passion, takes care for his guests. Perfect-I won't forget this perfect trip! The food was incredibel: tasty, healthy, everything fresh and prepared with so much love . Again : Thank you so much, Celso!-we miss your food already now... . The porters were so nice and friendly and the comfortable tents were always ready, when we arrived in the camp. We got so much more then expected! The only thing that we didn't appreciate was the trip back to Ollantaytambo (by train) : it was too luxouriosy, too much show for our taste. We would have preferred to have the option for travelling earlier and a class lower and to give the difference to the porters...
By Iris H for Final Invoince: Classic Inca Trail 4 days /Iris Haab + Kurt Winkler on 11 Oct, 2021
Great trek, an amazing experience. Just hard enough to keep motivation really high and live the effort. Great views constantly, amazing paths and overwhelming landscape. Elisban was a perfect guide, caring and providing what was necessary to live a great 4 days. Jorge cooked for us like the great chef he is, delicious fussion food with Peruvian and international touches well mixtured. Edgar had all the team in control, they were fast and neat, and everything was in perfect time and place. Thank you all for this great Inca Trail. Trexperience is a sensible and experienced agency, who give what they offer, and organize the trip well. It's clear they know their business well, they're local and friendly. Would do it again anytime.
By José Ignacio C for Classic 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 05 Oct, 2021
I just completed the Classic 4 day/3 night Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu with Trexperience and what an amazing experience it was! Everything, from my initial enquiry about the trek to the final drop off at my hotel in Cusco, was handled smoothly, professionally and with warmth and friendliness. My last minute decision to visit Peru for 3 weeks with the primary goal of doing this trek started with a Google search for companies to check dates and permit availability. As many of you know, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide between so many companies offering what appear to be the same trek at similar prices. TripAdvisor reviews helped me narrow down my list somewhat, and I started sending out emails. When I got to Trexperience’s website, I decided to use their chat function instead and was pleasantly surprised at the quick and thorough responses I got from Tom. The date they had available worked for me and I was meant to be the 5th person joining the group. Tom even told me about the group - it was a couple and two other girls, which I thought was pretty ideal, since I didn’t want to be the fifth wheel to a family or group of friends. A few emails later that same day, I had paid my deposit - they make the entire process super easy to pay by credit card, with no fees! One of the factors that sealed the deal for me was that Trexperience’s package includes private tents for solo travelers and the panoramic Vistadome train on the way back. Other companies at a similar price point charge extra for both of these. Over the next two weeks before my trek date, I received several emails reminding me of my pre-tour briefing, what to bring and pack for which bags and very importantly, updated entry requirements for Peru related to being vaccinated and testing. It gave me peace of mind to get an email directly from them confirming that I did not need a test to enter the country as I am fully vaccinated (this changed literally days after I landed in Peru, and there was another email about that). The day before the trek, I walked to their office for the briefing and to pick up the duffel bag I would need to pack. They let you borrow a small luggage scale so that you can weigh your duffel bag after you’ve packed it at your hotel to ensure it doesn’t exceed 4kg. They also let me borrow a second duffel bag to store clothes and items that I wasn’t going to take on the trek. The briefing from Carlos more or less went over what is on the itinerary on their website and what is in the emails. I was the only person there for the briefing - the couple was running very late and instead of two girls, there was only one other girl, who was staying in Ollantaytambo and would be picked up tomorrow. He confirmed my pickup time the next morning and helped me get a taxi back to my Airbnb at the local price (Uber exists but takes forever for a driver to confirm, and the taxi ride was actually cheaper). The pickup on the morning of was on time. We stopped by the office to drop off the bag that I wasn’t taking with me and picked up Elisban, our guide. It was at that point that I found out it was only me and the girl doing the trek. The couple had cancelled for unknown reasons. Wow, it was going to be almost a private trek! Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo, I met the other girl and we had a lovely, massive buffet breakfast at a restaurant. Then it was time to finally begin the adventure. Throughout the entire trek, Elisban was a wealth of information. He told us so much about Incan history, which he is very passionate about, about all the ruins we visited along the way, the plants and wildlife we saw, the weather patterns in the area and so much more. His English is excellent and he had a great sense of humor, which really made the trek that much more fun. He took such great care of us, regularly reminding us to drink water, apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent when needed, to remove or add layers. He helped us adjust our walking sticks every time we needed them longer or shorter for descents or ascents. When it started hailing on our way up to Dead Woman’s Pass, he helped us tie our ponchos properly and remained in good spirits. For us, it was all part of the adventure, but I imagine he’s used to motivating people on this most difficult part of the trek. He was always willing to take photos and would helpfully advise on good spots along the trail for a “llama toilet”. Now, the other girl and I are actually grown women, older than Elisban, perfectly capable of taking care of ourselves. However, for me at least, it was so wonderful to have someone there to take care of me. He felt like a big brother, always watching out for me. Now, about the chef Almicar - he was amazing and produced incredible meals - plentiful buffets with elaborate dishes, decorated as well! All using just two gas burners and minimal equipment. I had requested vegetarian meals when booking even though I’m not a strict vegetarian - in my experience with these kinds of buffet style meals, it usually means that there will be more vegetarian options, which is what I hoped for and what we had. So many vegetarian items, so much food in general, and it was hard to stop eating because it was all so good! Breakfast was on the simpler side but was hearty enough to get you going for the morning. Fruit or cookie snacks were distributed for us to take in our backpacks. Lunch was an elaborate affair, with a starter, soup, then several plates of food for the main course. Dinner was soup, buffet of main courses and a dessert. On the last night, the chef baked a cake big enough to feed 8! And this was just for our happy hour, the pre-dinner snacks they put out each evening. I was thoroughly impressed knowing that he baked a cake in a pot on a stove. And it was incredibly moist and delicious! Finally, I have to write about the team of 5 porters we had - Portfilio, Gregorio, Justino, Santos and Alejandro. It’s hard to fully appreciate what these supermen do until you’re hiking the same trail they are, carrying a light backpack, huffing and puffing uphill, while they literally race past you carrying about 20kg on their backs, sometimes even wearing their masks as they pass you to be polite. I mean, how?!?!? I know these guys are acclimatized to the altitude from birth and have been doing this for years but still, it’s incredibly impressive to watch them move up and down the steps and slopes effortlessly. Upon arriving to our campsite each afternoon, our tents would already be set up with our air mattresses inflated, sleeping bag, liner and pillow placed neatly inside along with our duffel bag. And the all important toilet tent would be set up, complete with toilet paper, a bag for trash and a bowl of water with soap for washing your hands. Yes, there are toilets at the campsites, but depending on the camp, they could be a bit of a walk, especially at night. It was so great to have a private toilet, just for the two of us ladies, seconds from our tents. And the porter in charge of it was diligent about emptying it regularly, keeping it clean, keeping toilet paper replenished and emptying the trash bag. Other small touches that made camp life more pleasant included the bowls of hot water they brought us after we arrived at camp in the afternoon for soaking your feet and the daily wake up call that included another bowl of hot water for washing your hands and a cup of hot coca tea. The tents we had were comfortable 2 person tents, so that there was plenty of space for our bags, shoes and other items. All of the equipment I rented from them was in good condition - the trekking poles, sleeping bag and air mattress. The trekking poles were 100% worth it - it was my first time using them but you quickly get the hang of it. They are great for going up very steep steps but absolutely indispensable for descending slopes and steps, especially in the rain, which we did get on day 3. The trek was easier than I expected, mainly because each day included a lot of breaks. Oftentimes we could have just kept on walking but it was also nice to stop because Elisban would always tell us about something or tell us a story and that really enhanced the experience. He was very professional but also very friendly, accommodating of our requests and overall a pleasure to spend 4 days with. By the time we got to the Sun Gate, I felt a tinge of sadness mixed with my excitement at finally arriving - I’d had such a wonderful time on the trek and couldn’t believe it was over. The entire team of 7 for just us 2 ladies provided a truly excellent level of service and made the experience more than I could have hoped for. Lastly, Tom proved to be efficient until the very end, processing my refund for Huayna Picchu, which I had paid for but is still closed, immediately after I emailed him. This is a solid company with integrity, a professional team with a willingness to go the extra mile to deliver the experience of a lifetime. As someone who has worked in the tourism industry since 2009, I truly appreciate all the effort that went into creating such a amazing experience. Thank you so much for everything.
By Rebecca W for Classic 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 02 Oct, 2021
The tour was very good. Traxperience has organised the tour very well and the tour guide has done a very good job. The first day is a very nice tour on the trail in the andes mountains. There are beautiful plants and amazing views into the valleys. The waterfall gives the oppertunity to take lunch in a beautiful setting and the inka village in the mountain with the terrace farm plots is very well peserved and deserves time for exploration. At the end of the first day is the first view of Machu Picchu. To really enjoy it some fitness helps. The second day is Machu Picchu. It is as impressive as it is on the pictures you see everywhere. Machu Picchu is surounded by mountains that provide the setting. There are many beautiful views first from above and then inside. The buildings and the stories behind all of the buildings like trade, vacation, military and religion are very interesting and have been very well explained by Maribel. There are serveral inka houses with traditional roves that have a very effective design. Ask for the natural materials and their purpose. This tail is for everyone who likes a hike to machu picchu with a hotel room for the night.
By Sven L for Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D - Sven Loesekann on 19 Aug, 2021
Our guide was amazingly informative! This place is magic!
By Kim S for Gladys Kouts's Group - Full day Machu Picchu trip by VTD on 14 Feb, 2020

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Our tour guide was amazing!!! i will cherish these memories forever!!!
By Gerardo G on 24 Mar, 2020

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