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2 Day inca Trail with Camping

2 Day inca Trail with Camping

This tour combines the greatness of Machu Picchu with the adventure that involves touring the original Inca Trail for several hours. A great experience for those looking for something different.The Inca Trail is considered the best hike in South America, perhaps the world, it is something you must do and that can change your life. It is one of the most arduous and impressive hiking trails that exist. During 2 days you will experience fatigue and very low temperatures, but everything will dissipate when you see the mist vanish to show you the jewel of the Inca empire, nestled in the middle of that impressive labyrinth of mountains. It is likely that no other place in the world combines so harmoniously, the scenic beauty of its location (between the Andes mountain range and the Amazonian forests) with the vestiges of one of the greatest empires that have ever existed in the world. The Inca Trail was revealed to the world in 1915, when it was found while excavating in the Inca city of Machu Picchu, then the route was drawn three decades later by the Viking expedition, in 1942. Tens of thousands of visitors listen to their nomadic instinct and they decide to travel 40 kilometers to the "Sun Gate" , the door to the wonderful  Machu Picchu citadel; but it is not the only archaeological site you will see, since the tour will show you some of the best Inca buildings you can see in the entire Sacred Valley, comparable with the ruins of Pisac, or with what you will see in Machu Picchu itself. You will be with people from all over the world and in special contact with history and nature, traveling a path of more than 500 years old, at the same time enjoying a natural scenery of incomparable beauty.

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Quick Itinerary:

Day 01Cusco (Km 104) -  Ruins Bridge (Camping)

Day 02: Ruins Bridge - Machu Picchu - Cusco


Frequent questions:


What is the inca trail history?

Inca Trail is the name that has been given to the road networks or roads that made up the road system of the Inca Empire, in this sense the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an Inca route through which you reach one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. On the way you know and enjoy different archaeological sites, beautiful landscapes, beautiful panoramic views and also enjoy the coexistence with a new group of people during the walk; The hours dedicated to food and overnight are made in tents in the middle of nature along the route

When is inca trail closed?

As is customary since 2002, every year the Inca Trail, together with the 18 parks that are along this route, are closed in February, since the entities responsible for the Inca Trail, carry out maintenance activities, conservation and cleanliness of the place; they make a treatment to the deteriorated floors, terraces, maintenance of camping areas, cutting vegetation and everything necessary to be ready and adequate for the Inca Trail to be reopened in the month of March. One more reason to restrict entry in February, is given precisely this month in which we have the strongest rains of the season in this region. So with the purpose of taking care of the integrity of the visiting travelers, as well as that of the guides and companions, is that the Inca Trail remains closed during the entire month of February of each year.

Will Machu Picchu also be closed? 

On the other hand, you must bear in mind that this temporary closure does NOT affect visits to Machu Picchu; so you can visit this World Wonder any day of February, but through one of its alternative routes such as tours to Machu Picchu via train or alternative adventure tours to the Inca Trail as it is important to remember that the latter remains closed all this month.

When to walk inca trail?

During the journey to the Inca Trail, you will pass through different altitudinal floors, from 2,400 m. up to 4,200 m., at the highest point and of course this influences the climate, which varies according to the height of the place you are visiting. Next, we present a detailed list of the climate, for months on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • In the months of January and March the rains are persistent mostly at night, the days are cloudy but there are nice and sunny days, if we have good luck.
  • In the month of April, the rainy season ends little by little, and the days become warmer and more pleasant, with sporadic rains. 
  • Between May and October, the climate is warm and cool, with little rain, sunny days and quite bright. 
  • June, July, August and September are undoubtedly the best months to complete the Inca Trail, during the day it is clear and you can clearly observe the landscapes, the days are fresher, however, the nights are cold in the high areas. 
  • November and December; it is the time when the rainy season begins, the days are sunny, but at any moment it can rain, as well as, there are cloudy days without rain.

How far in advance should I book the Inca Trail? 

It is only allowed the entry of 500 people, on any day to the Inca Trail; around 200 of these go as tourists, the rest go as guides, porters and other trekking staff. If you think it sounds limited, it's true. While alternative walks will provide opportunities for last minute walks to Machu Picchu; hiking on the Classic Inca Trail; Whether it's two days, four days or more, it requires a reservation in advance to get a space on this hike. If you arrive in Cusco with the idea of finding a space on the Inca Trail, there is a high probability that you will be deeply disappointed when you do not find any space.


Is the Inca Trail a very difficult or dangerous tour? 

The walk is not very common and it is slightly difficult since it is between mountains and not in flat places in which we are used to walking, in the Inca Trail what is required so that it is not so difficult or heavy is a physical preparation before From the trip; For example, one of the difficulties is having to climb and descend stone steps that are in the whole route. It is NOT a dangerous tour, but you should walk through the places assigned by the authorities and by the guide and it should not be impertinent or want to go or go through places not due as it could suffer an accident; remember that this tour is part of our vacation, so it is better to be warned and careful. 

 

Do I need to prepare physically for the Inca Trail? 

Yes, it is very convenient and essential to do physical activity before the Inca Trail Tour so you can enjoy the tour; If you come to perform the walk in poor physical condition will not have much resistance and the adventure will not be pleasant. It is advisable to carry out an exercise routine even weeks before the trip, the main thing is to strengthen your legs since the walk is about 6 hours a day, you should make long walks in your city and you are recommended to have at least one day of acclimatization in Cusco before the start of your Inca Trail tour. 

 

Will I be affected by altitude sickness? 

Altitude sickness does not affect all people, it is not possible to know if a traveler will go bad, generally on trips there are no problems, although there are rarely general symptoms such as headache, shortness of breath sensation ; but they are minimal problems; If more severe symptoms appear in a person, they have to descend or return to the nearest service area; However, to avoid major problems it is highly recommended to acclimatize yourself in the city of Cusco at least 2 days before the walk, not to drink alcohol the days before the walk and drink plenty of liquid; additionally take coca tea and pills for altitude sickness that are recommended by your doctor or the guide.

 

How is the food, should I bring food?

 Travelers do not have to worry about food, because the agency or tour operator takes care of it, we have specialized chefs who prepare food based on typical dishes of the Peruvian cuisine, taking care that it is not too heavy and that it contains proteins and vitamins necessary for the resistance of the walk. Usually consumed pasta, rice, chicken, fresh vegetables, eggs, creams, salads, tuna, vegetables and a variety of fruits such as apple, orange, peach, mandarin, avocado, banana, etc. We also offer vegetarian food, but you must request it before making the reservation.

 

Travel alternatives to the Inca Trail:

DAY 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Puente Ruinas

we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, to transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, during the tour you will be able to observe the Sacred Valley of the Incas, farmland, majestic snowcapped mountains; in Ollantaytambo we will board the train that will take you to km. 104 the trip is about 1 hour. It is here at Km 104 (2,200 m / 7,217 ft) where we will start the walk, we will pass by the bridge that is on the Urubamba or Willkamayuc River which translated from Quechua means Sacred River, which was very important for them. When you arrive at the control point you have to show the identification documents, either Passport or Alien Registration Card or National Identity Document. A 15 minute walk is the archeological center of Chachabamba and Choquesuysuy that are hidden in the semi-tropical forest, after your visit we will begin the walk through tiers upwards until we reach the next place on the way we will observe the sacred valley , waterfalls and different types of orchids of the semi-tropical forest, after 3 hours of walking we will arrive at Wiñaywayna (2,650 m / 8,694 ft) it shows a perfect example of what agriculture was in the time of the Incas, , you will see the famous circular terraces, where the Incas cultivated different agricultural products. The name Wiñaywayna comes from a beautiful orchid that abounds in the area and that has as meaning in spanish "Eternally young" and has more than 20 buildings, one of them the Temple of the Rainbow also called Temple of Fertility, the visit will be 1 hour on average, then you will enjoy the box lunch to replenish energy and continue until you reach the Wiñaywayna control. In this second part of the tour we will walk for 2 hours through an Andean plan, stone stairs and tambos ("resting places") until we reach the Inti Punku "Sun Gate" (2,720 m / 8,923 ft) that during the Incas functioned as control of entry to the Citadel of Machu Picchu; From here you have an impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the entire surrounding valley, then descend for approximately 30 minutes to the wonder of the Machu Picchu world (2,490 m / 8,169 ft) and finally take the bus to our campsite (2,160 m / 7,086 ft) the trip lasts 15 minutes, here we will spend the night in our "Puente Ruinas" camp, located next to the Urubamba River. In the afternoon we will have tea time with hot drinks and some snacks, and then have a delicious dinner that will be prepared by our specialized cook.

 

  • Night camp "Puente Ruinas".

 

Day 2: Ruins Bridge - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will get up early and have a wonderful breakfast, prepared by our chef. Then we will make a walk of about 30 minutes, to reach the Citadel of Machu Picchu and be able to appreciate the majestic sunrise. We will have a guided tour of 2 hours  to know the most important places of Machupicchu, you can visit the most amazing places like the Royal Mausoleum, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Main Temple, the Sacred Plaza, the famous Intihuatana where the wise Incas tied the sun on the winter solstice in June, steps, squares, fountains, etc. After the tour you have a free time of more than 04 hours to visit Machu Picchu on your own. At opportune time we will board the bus from Machu Picchu to the town of "Aguas Calientes" to board the train back to Cusco, where the tour ends with the transfer to their respective hotels.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Pre-trek briefing at your Hotel with your Tour Guide
  • Private transportation to the train station in Ollantaytambo (2 hours) 
  • 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)
  • Snack on the first and second day
  • Water on the first and second day (Excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • Experienced expert bilingual guide.  (a group of up to 8 participants receives 1 Guide, a group over 8 persons receives 2 Guides);
  • Professional Cook;
  • Porters 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 (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Admission to the thermal baths 10 soles (optional). (Take bath clothes and towel.) 
  • Bus to Aguas Calientes on the second day US $ 12 (or 45 minutes of descent) 
  • Entrance ticket to the mountain Huaynapicchu $ 85.00 / ($ 45 with ISIC card). 
  • Single Room US $ 25 (Only if you request it.)
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the second day
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)
  • Travel Insurance

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

  • Original passport
  • ISIC International Student Card (if registered as a student) 
  • A personal backpack for the day. 
  • Camera
  • binoculars 
  • Rain jacket in rainy season - December to March. 
  • Cleaning items, basic toiletries. 
  • Hat by the sun, it is essential. 
  • Sunblock to protect from the sun. 
  • Insect repellent by mosquitoes. 
  • Boots for hiking, sturdy shoes. 
  • Money in soles or dollars (The change to soles is low in Aguas Calientes).
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refill.
Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during the entire trek, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.

 

Some Advices to the journey of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • Time: there are two options from Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; Inca Trail Short 2 days / 1 night or Classic Inca Trail 4 days / 3 nights. It is necessary to plan your trip several months in advance.We recommend you insure your space in advance of 6 months. 
  • Limited Access: many people choose to do this Inca route, which makes it difficult to get an available space, since the availability of spaces offered is at least 500 spaces per day (Including support staff, porters, cooks, guides, etc.). However, there are other alternative routes to the  Tradicional Inca Trail.

 

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