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1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

One Day Short Inca Trail Hike To Machu Picchu

Hike part of the classic Inca Trail in 1 day, enter the Inca city of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate and visit it that same day. The 1 day Inca Trail allows you to hike the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu all in one day, this 1 day Inca Trail tour is perfect for those who only have one day to visit Machu Picchu but are looking for something different.

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.

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.

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. 

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Start your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 1 Day from the Sacred Valley

The tour can start in Cusco, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo.  just tell us where you are for pick-up and we will take care of the rest

Note: The 1 day Inca Trail trek is the same as the two day Inca trail only you will not stay in the town of Aguas Calientes, you return to Cusco the same day.

Extra Considerations: You need at least 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize,  we recommend our Training Program.

Trip Overview

  • Tour type: Adventure, Hiking.
  • Destination: Inca Trail & Machupicchu
  • Longitud: 10.5 km / 6.5 miles
  • Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult
  • Altitude: Max 2720 meters / 8924 feet
  • Weather: the weather is unpredictable
  • Extra Considerations: You need at least 2 days in Cusco to to acclimatize,  we recommend our Training Program, 
About this activity


  • 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.

1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu (private service)– Detailed Itinerary

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

At 0400 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 you will be boarding the train to Km.104. This is the trail head of short Inca Trail. 

It gets its name after its distance from Cusco while travelling to Machu Picchu. 

After a short introduction, we will begin the hiking gradually up the hill. We will be having a detailed tour of the famous Inca site of Wiñay Wayana. In Quechua the name means forever young. This is an unmissable site along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

After the tour, we will be having our box lunch at the lunch camp. We will then hike to the Sungate 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. 

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.

To do this trek you don’t necessarily need to be in shape but if you need some training before, for this we recommend our full day tour in Pisac with the acclimatization program that will help you a lot, follow the link here for more information, to book the Inca Trail 1 day or the 2 days necessarily need to do at least 3 months in advance, you do not need to be completely acclimatized since the place where you will do the Inca Trail is much lower than Cusco so do not panic, in the hike you will carry a lunch bag make sure to make space in your backpack.


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.

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.


  • Professional English-Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Train to Km104
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Oxygen bottle for emergencies.
  • First aid kit for emergencies.
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu ruins.
  • Bus tickets one way
  • Water.
  • Box lunch


  • Entrance to the thermal baths 10 soles (optional). (Bring bathing clothes and towel.)
  • Drinks, snacks, or water
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Lunch
  • Walking sticks
  • Tips for your guide 


  • 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 .

 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.

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.

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 Hostel 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.


The deposit you will make to secure your booking for your tour is unfortunately not refundable, once tickets have been purchased due to the booking policies of the companies that sell them are not refundable or transferable.

Health and Safety:

All of our participants must inform us if they have or have had any illness that may affect their personal or group progress during the walk. They must also bring their own medications. We recommend that you visit your doctor before making your reservation if you have any health problems.

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.

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).

If you’re concerned about making it because you are relatively unfit, we recommend doing at least two long-distance (5km) mountain hikes in your home country before you undertake your Machu Picchu trek.

If you find you are out of breath you are pushing yourself too hard, reduce distance and intensity until you get to a comfortable pace and slowly build up your endurance. Make sure you go slowly on your trek, particularly on the ascents up. Breathe deep into your lungs and do not overexert yourself that´s it!! Now you´re ready!!

Short Inca Trail: Availability

A very important factor that all our travelers must take into account is the reservation process for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; due to the high demand and also for the preservation of this tourist route, Peruvian regulations establish a daily maximum of 250 tickets for this package. Remember also that all Inca Trail tours are suspended in February each year for maintenance work.

Therefore, it is good that you begin to manage your reservation with adequate anticipation; as of today, there are still vacancies for the end of July and the rest of the season that goes until January 2018; we update the availability for the Short Inca Trail in real time on our website, and you can also contact our staff directly for any additional information and also to start your reservation process



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.


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.


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. 

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