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Packing List and Preparation Tips for the Short Inca Trail in 2017 and 2018

Preparation tips for the Short Inca Trail in 2 Days and 1 Night

The Short Inca Trail is part of the mystical network of ancient trails that lead to Machu Picchu, now one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

With the short Inca Trail you get to enjoy all the best parts of the Inca Trail condensed into a one day walk. Covering a distance of just 10km / 6.3 miles, the 2-day Inca Trail is slightly challenging which makes it perfect for families with children and those on a tight schedule.

The Short Inca Trail takes 2 days and 1 night at Aguas Calientes- the town of Machu Picchu. It is highly recommended that you take time to acclimatise and prepare physically in order to have an enjoyable experience

Below are ways that you can prepare to hike the Short 2-day Inca Trail for your next 2017 – 2018 adventure to Machu Picchu!

Practical Information 

What is included in a Short Inca Trail Package?

Our package includes all you need to have the best experience on your Short 2-Day inca Trail; we have professional, experienced and bilingual tour guides and also carry a first-aid kit and oxygen tank. This package also includes all transfers, bus rides and train journeys; three meals (1 breakfast, 1 box-lunch and 1 dinner), 1 night on day 1 at a hotel in Aguas Calientes (village next to Machu Picchu) and finally your Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance tickets. We also offer vegetarian food at no extra cost.

The closest town to Machu PIcchu

Aguas Calientes- the town of Machu PIcchu

Check the full package detailed itinerary, and book now!

What is not included in a Short Inca Trail Package?

This Inca Trail package does not include travel insurance, bottled water supply, entrbance ticket to the optional Huayna Picchu Mountain hike, tips and extra expenses and international or domestic flights. About meals, breakfast for the first day, second day lunch and dinner are not included.

What you need to bring for the Short Inca Trail:

We carefully prepared the packing list which will  save your preparation time and help you to get ready to enjoy the trek.

  • Clothing: a hat or cap for protection from the sun and the wind, a t-shirt (not cotton, polyester is ideal), nylon pant (better reversible), soft socks to avoid blisters, good, waterproof hiking boots. A warm jacket and a rain poncho; gloves and a scarf; and finally, a small towel and a swimsuit in case you want to enjoy Aguas Calientes’ hot springs (recommended).
  • Food and Drink: bottled water, varied snacks of your preference.
  • Health: sunblock, insect repellent, personal first-aid items and personal medicines
  • Equipment: a walking pole is very helpful; photographic camera
  • Documents: do not forget your original passport and your ISIC card if you are a student eligible for the discount

Finally, don’t forget to bring some cash for tips, shopping and other small expenses.

General Physical Preparation for the Short Inca Trail

It is very important you are fully prepared for the trek to enjoy it 100%!

Trekking shoes- one of the most important details for the trek.

The Short Inca Trail is considered easy, but we recommend preparing for a minimum level of fitness just so you do not feel uncomfortable on a trek so have have an enjoyable and pleasurable experience.

Before traveling to Peru prepare yourself; do some cardio exercises, steps, instead of taking public transport- walk, etc.

If you have medical issues make sure you have consulted with your doctor before traveling, for those who have joint problems we strongly recommend walking poles or sticks which will make your walking easier. If walking poles are not on your preparation list, you can easily rent them in Cusco.


Contact us

If you didn’t find all imformation you were looking for for your 2017 – 2018 hiking adventure, please contact TOUR IN PERU team for any further questions and requires.