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1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu | Inca Trail 1 Day

Hiking Machu Picchu in 1 day from Km 104
1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu | Inca Trail 1 Day
1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu | Inca Trail 1 Day
1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu | Inca Trail 1 Day
1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu | Inca Trail 1 Day
1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu | Inca Trail 1 Day
1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu | Inca Trail 1 Day
Kate T
Kate T
2022-10-08
Friendly and knowledgeable guide! We did a tour from Ollantaytambo to Maras salt mines and Moray with Carlitos and Cristobal. Carlitos was very knowledgeable and tailored the tour to what we already knew which was great. They also made the recommendation to start early which was a challenge but well worth it for the absence of crowds!
David S
David S
2022-09-19
A perfect way to spend the day! This was an excellent tour! Carlitos is a great guide and my wife and I really enjoyed spending the day with him. He was friendly and very knowledgeable, too. We recommend this tour to anyone exploring the area!
Kasia (Poland)
Kasia (Poland)
2022-09-05
Great experience with a local guide I highly recommend this agency. We booked a trip with them from Ollantaytambo to Cusco visiting many unique sites of Sacred Valley on our way. Everything was well organised even though we contacted the agency quite late. The agency was very responsive and we kept in touch on WhatsApp all the time. Our guide Carlitos came on time and he was the nicest person ever, very patient with us and ready to take a lot of pictures. We learned a lot about Inca history from him. The whole day was a pleasure. Thank you guys for taking care of us! Thanks to you we fell in love with Peru even more.
Karen Moreno
Karen Moreno
2022-09-04
Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley My friend and I took the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour from Cusco with Come See Peru and the whole trip was fabulous. We had an amazing trip and everything went as planned. Highly recommended!
CCB
CCB
2022-08-29
Kickass personalized tour experience for a solo traveler, A++¥ Awesome company!! I am a solo woman and staying in Ollantaytambo and I wanted a tour package created just for me and they were able to do it. I saw the Maras salt flats, Moray, Pisac market, and Sacsayhuaman and it could not have been a more perfect day! The driver was a very safe driver and the guide spoke excellent English and took great pics. 10/10 recommend, you will not be disappointed!!
Sara V
Sara V
2022-08-23
Great trip! Carlitos is an excellent guide!! He made our day trip fun and entertaining, he told us many facts from the site and it was amazing, to say the least. I would highly recommend taking a tour with Carlitos! He takes great pictures as well!
cong
cong
2022-07-11
Thanks Carlos! Carlos is great tour guide and an excellent photographer. He told many interesting stories during the tour, also made many extra stops at beautiful view point. We really enjoyed the half day private Tour.
Auris López
Auris López
2022-06-27
Un sueño hecho realidad Estar dentro de la ciudadela es una experiencia irreal, además de poder observar el maravilloso paisaje que hay al rededor, es una mezcla perfecta entre el poder humano y la naturaleza. Todo el recorrido de la mano de nuestro guía Juan Carlos, excelente! Siempre atento y súper profesional 👌
Carla M
Carla M
2022-06-21
Wow! I totally didn't think we could do Machu Picchu in a day, but it is! The trip was EPIC! It was a full day but it was a blast! Macchu Picchu was incredible - I was weary that it was built up in my head (wonder of the world and all that) it was just wow. and made even more incredible by our guides - they knew the history, stories, and fun facts. They also made it feel like we were just traveling with friends - we loved our guides. highly recommend
Campo C
Campo C
2022-06-15
The Best Day EVER! My friends and I did a private tour with Come See Peru Tours 1 day to Machu Picchu. It was a fantastic day! We definitely were moving all day (we got all of our steps :) ) But we didn't feel rushed at all - we truly got to enjoy machu picchu and aguas calientes. I enjoyed our tour guide and their stories both fact and myths about Machu Picchu. Highly recommend this tour company
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Hiking The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 1Day

Did you know you can hike just a part of the Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu in 1 Day? We offer you an alternate option to hike the Inca Trail in a One Day Hike to Machu Picchu, this fantastic single-day trek finishes at the Inti Punku or (Sun Gate) overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn more about how you can hike along the Inca Trail for one day to get to Machu Picchu.

Hike part of the classic Inca Trail, enter the Inca city of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate and visit Machu Picchu all in one day!

With the 1 day Inca Trail hike, you hike the short Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu the same day. Upon arriving to Machu Picchu, you will get a guided tour also in private service, only for you and your party, what else can you ask for?

The 1 Day hike to Machu Picchu is the perfect alternative to the 4-day Inca Trail for those who are short on time and still want to hike into Machu Picchu.

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Overview

Who is The 1-Day Inca Trail Great for?

The short 1-day Inca Trail is a great Inca Trail trekking option for travelers who do not have much time, are physically unable or unwilling to do a long multi-day hike to Machu Picchu or for those who prefer to stay in hotels instead of camping. But what is the 1-day Inca Trail like?

What is the 1-day Inca Trail or Inca Trail One Day?

The 1-day Inca Trail, also called One day hike Machu Picchu or  Short Inca Trail 1 Day to Machu Picchu, is a single day trek along the final stretch of the traditional Royal Inca Trail.

The Inca Trail 1 day trek is the same as the 2 day Inca Trail only that here you visit Machu Picchu the same day and return to Cusco the same day ,without overnight in Aguas Calientes.

This 1 day machu picchu hike begins with an early morning train ride from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. For the 1 day Inca Trail we must get off at kilometer 104 before arriving to the town of Aguas Calientes.

Once we do the check in for the entrance to the Inca Trail you immediately step within Incan ruins at Chachabamba.

On the route you see beautiful mountain scenery, orchids, and impressive Inca ruins, the most impressive of all is WiñayWayna a beautiful Inca citadel and the most important construction in the traditional Inca trail.

The 1 day Inca Trail hike culminates at the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu down below. Upon arriving to Machu Picchu, you will get a private guided tour.

It may sound that the 1 day Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu is very exhausting because you will only have 1 day to do it all, however it is not what it seems, you will enjoy your 1 day Inca Trail tour without any problem, trust us. In Come See Peru we thought about it that’s why the train schedule back to Cusco is in the evening and we start our trek quite early, so you will not be thinking if you will not make it to the train at the end of the tour.

What’s special about this one-day Inca Trail hike is that you don’t need to be acclimatized to the altitude and does not demand much physical effort, unlike the 4-day Inca Trail, which takes 4 days.

Due to the overgrowing popularity and to protect the trail, authorities have implemented Inca Trail Permit. This allows access to just 500 people a day. It includes porters, guides and cooks so barely 200 hikes get to enter the trail each day.

Often Inca Trail permits are booked 5-6 months in advance and travellers looking for the best alternative to get the best and the most of this historic trail to Machu Picchu. The 1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is the best alternative.

This Short Inca Trail offers the best of this legendary trail with no long high altitude hikes or campings. It takes you to Machu Picchu through some of the prominent Inca sites like Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the major highlights of the 4 days trial.

Why Hike the 1 Day Inca Trail Hike with us?

We are a fully locally owned and licensed Inca Trail operator based in Cusco. Our guides are locals from the region and have excellent knowledge about the Incas history and Andean traditions.

Our tour guides are professional mountaineering experts with knowledge of providing first aid in case of altitude sickness.

At Come See Peru Tours, we believe that choosing the right tour operator is vital to determining your travel experience. We aim to provide a seamless experience on all our tours to make your Peru Travel experience a pleasant and memorable one.

The highlights of the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Arrive to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate in the afternoon  to watch the sunset.
  • Enjoy lunch before visiting and then continue through the Sun Gate for your first view of the Lost City of the Incas.
  • Explore the most beautiful places with our exclusive private tour guides.
  • Travel Assistance 24/7 for any questions or recommendations.
  • Visit Machu Picchu at exclusive hours.
  • 2% of  the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects.

Advantages of booking with us.- The all-inclusive 1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu offers a safe and well-organized experience, transfer during the entire tour is in sprinter. The service also includes the tour guide service in English or Spanish.

Trip Details

Important Information for 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Destination: Inca Trail & Machupicchu
  • Tour type: Adventure, Hiking
  • Longitud: 10.5 km / 6.5 miles
  • Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult
  • Altitude: Max 2720 meters / 8924 feet
  • Weather: the weather is unpredictable
  • Activities: Hiking through the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in one day.
  • Pick up location: Hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley area.
  • Pick up Schedule: At 4 am from Cusco or at 6am from the Sacred Valley.
  • Physical Grading: ★★☆☆☆ The difficulty is moderate. Note: the 1 day Inca Trail is the same as the 2 day Inca Trail but for the 1 day Inca Trail you hike more quickly.
  • Booking in Advance: Yes! It is necessary to book well in advance. However, not as much as for the 4-day Inca Trail.
  • Extra Considerations: Feeling that you are not fully acclimatized yet? Don’t worry, for the 1 day Inca Trail you don’t need to be acclimatized, you can do it even the day after you arrive in Cusco.

Itinerary

1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu One Day Hike Itinerary

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM104 – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

At 4:00 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo train station.

Here we board the early train from Ollantaytambo towards the town nestled below Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, but we get off before Aguas Calientes, at the Kilometer 104 stop, to start this one-day hike to Machu Picchu. Just as soon as we get off the train we will cross a footbridge over the Urubamba River. A well-preserved Inca road will take us to the checkpoint, where our passports and permits will be checked. Then you will visit Incan ruins at Chachabamba, believed to be a former important military outpost. From there, a gradual 2- to 3-hour morning ascent takes you along the mountainside towards the terraces of  Wiñay Wayna, an Inca site built into the hills overlooking the Sacred Valley.

Your guide will explain everything about this amazing place, also here you will have lunch.

After Wiñay Wayna Inca site, we will follow the trail inward into the cloud forest and connect with the traditional final day portion of this short Inca Trail. (The Sun Gate) or Inti Punku from where you will get the first views of Machu Picchu citadel. Here we will have a short stop to contemplate the piqturesuqe vista.

Machu Picchu:

We will then hike down the hill and arrive at Machu Picchu citadel. Our local expert will be giving you an immersive tour of the citadel. On this two hours tour, you will be visiting some of the prominent sites like the sacred plaza, the sun temple, the temple of the condor.

After the tour, you will have some free time to enjoy the Inca citadel on your own.

We will then take the Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes bus down to the town. You will have some free time to walk around the narrow streets of this town.

Later in the evening you will be taking a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you at the train station and will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco. You will be reaching by 10:30 PM.

Meals: Box lunch
Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Minimum elevation: 2,040 m / 6,693 ft.
Maximum altitude: 2,720 m.
Physical level: Moderate

Important:
The one-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu does not include porter service to carry your belongings during the trek.

Therefore, it is recommended to travel light.

To enjoy this wonderful Inca trail hike. A light backpack is the essential to feel good. The box lunch will also be carried by you.

Included

Check carefully what we include and what we don’t include for the 1 day Inca Trail tour. If you want to add something extra to the 1 day inca trail tour just let us know when booking.

Professional english-speaking tour guide
Experience the best trekking Inca route and let yourself be carried away by an epic adventure with a very experienced local tour guide at your side.
Briefing the night before the tour at your hotel
Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco the night before the tour to go over the itinerary of the 1 day Inca trail trek. Tour orientation is usually in the afternoon or evening over the phone.
Private transport to the train station in Ollantaytambo from Cusco
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. If you are staying in the Sacred Valley let us know so we can arrange a later pick up.
Round trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to 104 kilometer and viceversa.
For the 1 Day Inca Trail Hike we take the Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo. The train allows you to continue enjoying more spectacular views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In a little over an hour you will arrive at KM 104 where you begin your hike to Machu Picchu.
01 Box lunch
Tourist bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank carried by your guide.

No Included

Huayna Picchu Mountain
Drinks, snacks, or water
Dinner at Aguas Calientes
Walking sticks
Tips for your guide

What to Bring

Need to take for the 1 Day Inca Trail
  • Original Passport
  • Student card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Water
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Small backpack with rain cover.
  • Clothes for warm and cold weather like a waterproof jacket.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and thermal baths) .
  • Synthetic or wool socks and a sweater .
  • Long or short sleeve polo shirt.
  • Plastic rain poncho and hat.
  • Bathing clothes (for the thermal waters in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, alcohol disinfectant gel and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), a flashlight and batteries.
  • Some snacks such as chocolate bars and nuts .
  • And extra money in soles .

Important: It is necessary to acclimatize in Cusco, one or two days before starting the tour. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, to eat little, to drink abundant liquid; specially the mate of coca that possesses known healing and digestive properties. An adequate acclimatization avoids that it affects the “soroche” or bad of height, that could cause numerous annoyances to the health.

Pricing

NOTE:

Before booking ask for availability for the date of your trip, to book the Inca Trail it is necessary to book at least 2 months in advance otherwise it will not be possible to book your trip.

Due to the short time that this trip has it is not possible to climb WaynaPicchu or Machupicchu mountain because after the visit to Machu Picchu you will have to take the bus to Aguas Calientes town to take the train back to Cusco.

IMPORTANT:

We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed)

  • 1 person   $380 per person for a group of two people

Based on group size

The  day Inca trail Prices Depend on the final number of people in your group.  If there is a cancellation please note, the price per person will reflect the actual number of people going on the trek.

NOTE:

For this trip the client must assume ALL transaction fees or taxes.

To secure a booking with Come See Perú Tours, the client must deposit 40% of the entire price of the tour. You will receive a confirmation email for the tour that you made a deposit. The total balance must be paid in cash at your hotel before the start of your trip.

2 Persons
Price
US $ 380.00
per person
3 Persons
Price
US $ 370.00
per person
4 Persons
Price
US $ 360.00
per person
5 Persons
Price
US $ 350.00
per person
6 Persons
Price
US $ 340.00
per person
7 Persons
Price
US $ 330.00
per person
8 Persons
Price
US $ 300.00
per person

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    Terms and Conditions

    Deposit

    We use PayPal as the most secure method for our customers. When you pay with PayPal, your financial information is never shared with the vendor, and you can pay using only your email address.

    PayPal charges a 7% fee which must be paid by the traveler. The PayPal fees will be automatically added to the total cost during the transaction.

    Remaining Balance

    The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival to Cusco before the start of the tour. the total balance must be paid in ” CASH “You can pay the remaining balance in Peruvian Soles or Dollars.

    (Bills must be in good condition – no torn bills are accepted).

    PERMITS: Inca Trail permits are in your name and cannot be transferred to another person under any circumstances. Changing dates is also not possible once the permit has been bought. Keep in mind permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
    The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not of Come See Perú.
    In extreme cases in which the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for security reasons, Come See Perú will replace your hike with an alternative hike or day tour.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Overwhelmed with questions about our 1 day Inca Trail? Let us help you, here we have collected the most frequently asked questions from our customers who have already taken the 1 day Inca Trail tour. If we didn’t answer your question, you can also write us at info@comeseeperutours.com

    Facts about the 1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

    What is the weather like on the 1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu ?

    The weather on the 1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is relatively warm, the rainy season in Cusco starts from December to February, so the best time to do the one day Inca Trail tour is from March to November and December but you have to know that the weather in Cusco is unpredictable so you have to be prepared to ensure that nothing ruins your trip, we recommend wearing rain ponchos as well as hiking boots, mosquito repellents, sun blocker, a good backpack.

    1 Day Inca Trail or 2 Day Inca Trail

    It is very important for trekkers for the 1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu to understand that you are doing the same trip as the 2 Day Inca Trail, just a little quicker. You should be in excellent physical condition to be able to do this trek and arrive at Machu Picchu Citadel in time. otherwise you may miss the train back to Cusco. If you’re over 50 and think the trek may be too difficult, you may book the 2 day Inca Trail.

    Trekkers need to be in moderate to excellent physical condition to do the inca trail 1 day

    If you think the one day hike machu picchu may be too strenuous and quick, you can opt for the 2-day, 1-night Inca Trail which offers the same hike at a slower pace.

    What happens if you renew your passport or document?

    If you renew or change the number or names of your passport or documents after booking the tour/walk, you must send us a photograph of the new passport or document; we will make the change with the authorities before you arrive in Cusco; the extra cost to make the change is $20 which will cover expenses for the change of Inca Trail Entry, MachuPicchu Entry and train tickets. If you do not wish to pay the $20 for the corresponding changes you must bring your new and old passport or document to show it to the authorities (Inca Trail, entrance to MachuPicchu, train tickets). If you don’t have the 2 passports you will have to buy a new entrance to the Inca Trail, MachuPicchu and by train on your own, the costs could be around $100.

    What type of Hotel is reserved for this tour?

    In Aguas Calientes; we will reserve in the hostels Golden Sunrise or similar offers comfortable beds, hot water for the bath, Wi-Fi and breakfast.

    NOTE: We guarantee the above mentioned hotel reservation only if you make your reservation in advance. Otherwise, we may have to offer alternative accommodation.

    Can I exchange the hotel in Aguas Calientes?

    Yes, each traveler has their own expectations of accommodations. That is why we offer you the option of reserving your own independent hotel.

    Book it yourself or request that we book it for you.

    Can I change my return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo for an earlier one?

    Yes, you can make this change personally at the Aguas Calientes train station. However, they will ask you to pay an additional fee for changing the ticket and this change will be subject to the availability of spaces and timetables on the train. In this case you will be responsible for assuming the cost of your return transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

    How long will it take to return to Cusco?

    You will travel for about two and a half hours before returning to Cusco. And this is divided into a one-and-a-half hour train ride to the Ollantaytambo train station. From there our driver will pick you up outside the train station. Our driver will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it, so there will be no confusion. If you don’t see our driver initially you just have to wait for him outside the station. Once our driver has picked you up you will travel for another hour and a half before returning to Cusco.

    Where to store your belongings

    You can leave or store the things that you will not take to the Inca Trail in the hotel or hostel where you are staying. Most of these establishments have stores where they will keep their things. If you do not trust the place where you are staying, we will gladly store your belongings in our office.

    When is the best time to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

    From May to September (dry season) is the ideal time to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. These months are generally good for the crossing due to the low frequency of rains.

    In the months of November to March the summer (rainy season) is present. This season is usually very rainy, which makes walking and access difficult. You will not even be able to walk the Inca Trail in February due to rainfall and maintenance work.

    What you will see on the tour

    You have already booked your 1 day inca trail tour and want to know what to expect? Learn more about our 1 day inca trail in this short guide for travelers.

    Trekking to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail in 1 day

    Between Andean mountains and tropical forest there is a great Inca Trail crossing the mountains and the Sacred Valley. The first archaeological site we will visit is Chachabamba (2,200 m / 7,218 ft) located next to the Urubamba River and at the top is Wiñaywayna (2650 m / 8,694 ft) then we will go to Intipunku (2,720 m / 8,924 ft) where we will have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu (2,490 m / 8,169 ft), you can also find a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as a diversity of birds.

    The walk takes approximately 6 to 7 hours to reach the Puerta del Sol known as Inti Punku, where you can get the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu. Prior to the walk the guide will be presented at your hotel and will give precise information about the walk and recommendations of the things you should bring, you will also be given the tickets (entrance to the Inca Trail, train ticket, etc..) ideal time at which you can make your queries.

    One of the main attractions along the route is the ancient network of settlements built on granite rock by the Incas such as Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca immersed in an overwhelming natural scenery. Hundreds of varieties of orchids, multicolored birds, and dream landscapes provide the ideal setting for a route that the walker should walk at least once.

    All  You Need to Know About Our 1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

    Want to experience the majestic beauty of one of the new seven wonders of the world through the classic Inca Trail but don’t have enough time?
    The 1 Day Inca Trail is a great option for those wanting to set their sights on Machu Picchu and experience a taste of the Classic Inca Trail on a 1-day hike.
    For the 1 day Inca Trail it is not necessary to be acclimatized to the altitude since the maximum altitude you will reach is only 2,720 m / 8,924 ft.

    But what’s so special about this 1-day Inca trail? read on to find out more.

    What Inca ruins will you see on the 1 day Inca Trail?

    Hiking the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu you will see about 6 archaeological sites along the way, including Machu Picchu.

    Here we share with you some information about each site you’ ll see.

    Chachabamba

    This Inca site was once a military checkpoint, which was used to control the access to Machu Picchu from the Sacred Valley. Exploring Chachabamba we will also find a small religious sector, temples, water fountains, a sacred carved rock, agricultural terraces, irrigation canals and a ceremonial plaza.

    Inti Pata

    Intipata is one of the most striking archaeological sites during the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as it can be seen from far away. The site was used as an agricultural settlement back in Inca times. The Intipata ruins are spectacular for the number and steepness of the terraces which draw a lot of attention from the travelers during the hike to Machu Picchu. “Inti Pata can only be seen from a distance along the Inca Trail but not visited due to the short time”.

    Wiñay Wayna

    Wiñay Wayna (in Quechua means “always young”) is an Inca ruin along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The site is built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. This Inca site may have been a spiritual destination, a special place for royalty to rest before arriving at Machu Picchu. The ruins consist of upper and lower collections of Incan architecture, connected by stone steps that are laid out in graceful curves. (This site can be explored closely during the 4-day Inca Trail and the 1-day Inca Trail).

    Inca Relay Stations

    During the final part of the Inca Trail before arriving at the Sun Gate we will be able to explore some Inca structures along the way. A type of lodges which hosted the Inca runners or messengers and provided them with water and food to continue the journey to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

    Inti Punku

    Inti Punku, also known as the Sun Gate is the final part of the Inca Trail. Inti Punku served as the entrance to Machu Picchu—which is now one of the 7 wonders of the world. What is now referred to as, “The Sun Gate at Machu Picchu” was once protected by Incan military and dedicated to the Sun God. The rising sun passes through the Sun Gate each year on the summer solstice and goes through one of the windows of the temple of the Sun.

    Machu Picchu

    Our 1 day Inca trail culminates with a visit to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
    We enter the site through the Sun Gate, from there we will descend for 1 hour until we reach Machu Picchu.

    Useful Information

    • Starting Altitude – 2100m / 6900ft.
    • Highest Altitude – 2730m / 8,792ft.
    • Walking Distance – 10km / 6.3 miles
    • Overall Difficulty – Easy to Moderate difficult (depends on your level of fitness).

    1 Day Short Inca Trail Availability

    Only 250 trekking permits are issued per day for 2 day and 1 day Inca Trail trek in 2023 therefore, booking the Inca Trail in advance is essential.

    The best time to hike the One Day Inca Trail is the dry season, which runs from May to Octuber. It is also the busiest time of the year, so it is important to book your trip as far in advance as possible especially during the high season.

    Note:

    One thing you should know about the 1 day Inca Trail is that it will start as early as possible so as not to rush and make the hike more pleasant as you will take the train back that same day, for this our guide will give you a briefing or orientation the day before your trip either in your hotel or by phone if you are in urubamba or ollantaytambo, once you make the reservation we will arrange the day  of your briefing.

    You also have to inform us if you are vegetarian so we will have your lunch bag ready for the day of your trek.

    We do not recommend walking sticks because you will only be walking for 1 day or for 4 hours but if you have knee problems or have any knee surgery then you will need to purchase them.

    Consideration

    It is very important for trekkers for the 1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu to understand that you are doing the same trip as the 2 Day Inca Trail, just a little quicker. You should be in excellent physical condition to be able to do this trek and arrive at Machu Picchu Citadel in time. otherwise you may miss the train back to Cusco. If you’re over 50 and think the trek may be too difficult, you may book the 2 day Inca Trail.

    Need to Know For “The 1-Day Inca Trail Tour”

    You should understand that you are doing the same trail as the 2 Day Inca Trail, just more quickly and without overnight in Aguas Calientes.

    Trekkers need to be in moderate to excellent physical condition to do the inca trail 1 day

    If you think the one day hike machu picchu may be too strenuous and quick, you can opt for the 2-day, 1-night Inca Trail which offers the same hike at a slower pace.

    Extend your tour with a Mini Adventure

    Led by one of our knowledgeable CEOs (Chief Experience Officers), these tours will have you hitting up all the highlights, enjoying the tastiest of eats, and visiting beloved local gems in some of your favourite cities around the world — all with the added health and safety measures of our Travel with Confidence policy.
    Peru’s Inca Trail Training Program
    3 Days
    Peru’s Inca Trail Training Program
    $ USD 210.00 / per person
    Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Trek 5 Days
    5 Days
    Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Trek 5 Days
    $ USD 500.00 / per person
    Machu Picchu Tours Adventure 4 Days
    4 Days
    Machu Picchu Tours Adventure 4 Days
    $ USD 600.00 / per person
    The Condor Sightseeing Chonta Tour Full Day
    The Condor Sightseeing Chonta Tour Full Day
    $ USD / per person
    Experiential Tourism In Patacancha 3 Days / 2 Nights
    Experiential Tourism In Patacancha 3 Days / 2 Nights
    $ USD / per person
    Lares Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights
    4 Days
    Lares Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights
    $ USD 99 / per person

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