Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with CAMPING - Orange Nation Peru

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with CAMPING

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When you hike the SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU you will see impressive Inca ruins, exotic mountain views, primitive lush vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties. The “Ancient Inca Road” goes through the national park and enters through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu! We will pass through cloud forests and finally into subtropical vegetation. People hiking the short Inca Trail Trek will have the privilege of seeing the famous Machu Picchu Citadel in the afternoon and another guided visit the next morning! A trek perfect for those wishing to experience a comprehensive outdoor experience without having to endure a strenuous hike or with little travel time, but want an individualized experience on part of the Historic Inca Trail.

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Service Level: Luxurious camping experience. Exclusive modern vehicles with private driver.
Physical Rating: Moderate hike, with minimal training before hike. Perfect for families with small children and mature adults.
Travel Style: Hiking, trekking and camping.
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.



Your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Camping Begins!

We pick you up from your hotel in the wee hours of the morning, to start the most epic journey of your life. Ask your hotel to pack you a picnic breakfast, ready for your 4am pickup. Most hotels in Cusco include this complimentary service. If not, then you can always pack your own breakfast.

We then set off for an hour and a half drive to Ollantaytambo. Since it’s still dark at this time, you can use this opportunity to catch up on extra sleep.

On arrival at the train station, you have a few minutes to grab a cup of tea or coffee before boarding the train, which is scheduled to depart at 6:10am. You will have just over an hour on the train to enjoy the scenery and have breakfast if you haven’t already (not included).

You get off the train at the famous KM104 (2,000m/6,560ft) where your trek begins! After crossing the Urubamba River on a picturesque foot bridge, you will show your passport at the checkpoint and visit your first Inca site, just a few steps away from the beginning of the hike.

The first hour and a half is a gentle uphill climb. Along the way, we will stop at several viewpoints where you have an expansive view of the Urubamba River and plenty of opportunities for pictures.

You will also pass through several microclimates, including cloud forest, so be ready for damp weather or even rain at any time of the year. The next hour and a half is a slightly steeper uphill with a beautiful waterfall as your reward at the end of the section!

Once you cross over the small footbridge at the base of the waterfall, you will find yourself gazing up at the spectacular Wiñay Wayna (2,600m/8,500ft). These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history with some parts still hidden by the dense jungle.

This close to Machu Picchu, you are hiking through lush sub-tropical jungle. Your guide will tell you all about the ruins, and the incredible flora and fauna of the area, as well as answering any questions you might have.

We head from the ruins to our lunch spot, just 5 minutes walk away. Lunch is at a covered shelter at the Wiñay Wayna campground, which is the last campground for those hiking the Classic Inca Trail. Nearby are outdoor sinks to wash your hands, as well as restrooms.

Take your time enjoying your hearty, gourmet lunch and admiring the tropical flowers around the campground. Be sure to notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions you have at the time of booking!

After lunch, you have a mostly flat walk that culminates in a set of steep Inca stairs also nicknamed the “gringo killer steps”. These steps were carved directly into the rock by the Incas. Once you have conquered these steps you will arrive at the iconic Sun Gate, which has the most enchanting and awe inspiring views of Machu Picchu.

Savor this experience and snap some photos to capture the moment. After all, you’ve earned it. The last hour of the hike, from the Sun Gate into the citadel offers plenty of opportunities to take more photos of Machu Picchu, each with a unique vantage point.

There are a couple more important Inca sites on the path between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu. Take your time and make the most of hiking the same path that the Incas carved into Machu Picchu.

Once you reach Machu Picchu you will have time to take a few more photos from the viewing platforms above the site (level with the Guard’s House). This is the spot where the famous photos are taken from. Postcards at the ready!

You will arrive in the citadel in the afternoon, as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists. This gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light with fewer people in your shots.

Once you have had your fill of the viewing platform for the day, we take a shuttle bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes. Before we reach the town, we get off for a short walk to our campsite in Puente Ruinas. On arrival, our porters will have camp set up and ready, and dinner will be waiting for us, prepared by our talented chef.

  • Meals: Box Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance: 12 kms/7.5 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Difficulty: moderate

You can leave an overnight bag at the Ollantaytambo train station to be sent by train directly to Aguas Calientes.

As you leave your tent in the morning, you will be bowled over by the enchanting landscape of lush mountain peaks and the sound of the Urubamba river soothingly gushing downstream, dawn barely grazing the campsite. This is a truly idyllic camping spot.

The day begins with a hearty breakfast, expertly prepared by our chef and his team in the midst of this dreamy landscape. After you have had your fill, we take a short 15-minute walk to the bus station in order to catch one of the earlier shuttles to the Citadel.

We arrive as the sun rises and illuminates the Inca City in its full glory. It is a truly extraordinary sight to see, and not something you’ll want to miss! You will enjoy guided tour of Machu Picchu, which takes about two hours.

After your tour, those who have an advanced booking for the extra hike up Huayna Picchu will have time to enjoy this hike and scenery on their own.

When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station and take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 7:00pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast at camp
  • Difficulty: Easy


  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $57
  • We organize an earlier train, please request at booking.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike is subject to availability. Please let us know at the time of booking if you wish to complete this hike.


The 2 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with camping is almost always available year round except when it is closed in February for maintenance. This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in the ancient times. You will explore amazing Inca ruins along the way including the magical Wiñay Wayna.

Price Per Person: US$537 per person


  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Groups of 5 or more: $30 per person


  • Sleeping Bag: $15 USD per person per trek (They are steam cleaned after every trek)
  • Air Mattress: $15 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles: $10 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal Tent: $30 USD – (For single travelers only)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes: From $60 USD (Depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade: $57 USD per person (For the return to Cusco at 4:43pm)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)

**Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.


  • TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT: to your hotel in Cusco included (Airport to Hotel in Cusco only).
  • SMALL GROUPS: average 4 to 6 with a maximum of 12 hikers
  • AFTERNOON TRAIN: We give you enough time to explore Machu Picchu and have a relaxing lunch at Aguas Calientes. Your train back to Ollantaytambo is at 14:55 or 15:20, and when you arrive in Ollantaytambo you catch your private van to Cusco, arriving in Cusco by 7:00 PM.



  • Hotel pick up
  • Private transport from your hotel to the train station
  • 3 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • English speaking guide experienced in trekking
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Round-trip Expedition Tourist Train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 – Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 2:55pm or 3:20pm (train time depends on availability)
  • Admission Tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site
  • One night camping in Puente Ruinas (Dinner and breakfast included)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Taxes


  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
  • First breakfast (served in hotel), last lunch at Machu Picchu
  • Hotels  before and after the trek
  • Travel Insurance (highly  recommended)
  • Flight tickets
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel or Train
  • VISTADOME Train: $57 USD per person (RETURN ONLY)
  • Tips for your staff (Orange Nation Peru staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but are greatly appreciation)

**Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.

The 2 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek DOES NOT INCLUDE a porter. Your duffel bag will be sent by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. Please try to pack as light as possible, which is key to enjoying this amazing trek.

In your daypack, or on the first day’s hike you will need:

  • Original Passport ( the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (25 to 30L)
  • Water 1 to 2 liters of water in reusable bottles (please do not bring disposable bottles)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Polar or sweater for chilly mornings
  • Rain jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by Orange Nation)
  • Camera
  • Valuables
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer

In your duffel, you should pack

  • A change of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the next day
  • Face moisturizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Battery chargers
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with CAMPING
From USD $537

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Letty C

Excellent worker

Jun. 2023

Joaquín excellent 👍 Very Caballero helped me with my 🎒 offered me oxygen does very well His work ⁇ in singing to Subme to the 🐎 And what a beautiful mountain it cost me to Climb but with the Joaquín's help I did!

Mariana D

A great adventure!

May. 2023

We made 4D / 3N of the Inka Trail. The experience was challenging, but it was worth it. Chef Fortunato's meals and explanations of Jony and David's places were very complete. Tmb the patience to make sure we all get there on time.


Fast and friendly service

Dec. 2022

We did not get to specify the service due to the political situation in the country, however the company quickly and carefully proceeded with the return. Very good service and when the situation calms down we will resume service with them.

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