One Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail One Day Hiking To Machu Picchu
Maybe you have a limited number of days on your trip to Peru, but you wish to experience all that Cusco has to offer, including Machu Picchu.
If you want to visit Machu Picchu by train we offer you a better option if you allow us to help you in your trip to Machu Picchu. Imagine, arrive at Machu Picchu on the same route as the Incas without adding any extra days to your stay. Yes! arrive to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate!
Hiking to Machu Picchu in One Day
If you’ve never hiked before, four days of hiking and camping at high altitudes can sound a little scary. Keep calm! the one-day Inca Trail hike offers you the opportunity to get your feet wet on one of the world’s most famous hikes and still feel the satisfaction of climbing the monkey steps to the Sun Gate to see Machu Picchu for the first time.
Arrive at Machu Picchu in the late afternoon and get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. One advantage of this hike is that by the time you arrive at Machu Picchu, the day visitors will be gone, leaving the area to you and it’s a perfect time to take some pictures of the site with almost no one around.
Our 1 day Inca Trail trek starts from the moment we embark you on our private bus and we take the train with a panoramic roof to kilometer 104. We will be hiking along the original Inca Trail where we will learn about the flora and wildlife of the place. On this 1 day Inca Trail tour you can see about 300 varieties of orchids as well as begonias.
The Inca Trail was one of the greatest archaeological finds since it connects with almost 6 countries in South America where it is still possible to find constructions of the Inca and pre-Inca era, this famous trail was discovered in 1915 since then millions of tourists hiked through it enjoying the most beautiful landscapes and at the same time connecting with nature and the Andean world of our ancestors, we believe that everyone who visits Cusco should do this trek. We offer different alternatives for you not to miss this incredible adventure, we offer the two-day Inca Trail with hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes and if you do not have time to do the two-day Inca Trail then you can hike the Inca Trail 1 day tour.
Start your 1-day Inca Trail from the Sacred Valley
If you are in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba we will pick you up from your hotel, our one day Inca Trail tour can also start from Cusco or Ollantaytambo just ask for your 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.
- Tour type: Adventure, Hiking.
- Destination: Inca Trail & Machupicchu
- Longetud: 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,
- 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 tour to 1 Day Inca Trail km 104 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.
One Day Inca Trail Machu Picchu (private service)– Detailed Itinerary
Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM104 – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Our transfer will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4 am, if you are in the Sacred Valley you will be picked up at 5 am then you will be taken to the train station in Ollantaytambo, our train will depart at 6:10 am, our train ride will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes until we reach kilometer 104 (2,100m/6,927ft), here our guide will be waiting for you, then we will start our hike, If the weather is clear, we will have wonderful vistas of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca ruins.
After the tour at the archaeological site we will continue our hike, this time we will climb the mountain for approximately 2 hours and a half until we reach one of the viewpoints from where we will have one of the best views.
After hiking for thee hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail (Wiñay Wayna) at 2,600 m/8,500 ft.
After our exploration of the Inca site for around 1 hour, we will continue for another 15 minutes until we reach Wiñaywayna camp, where we will have lunch.
(At the beginning of the trek you will be given a box lunch which you will carry with you) After lunch you will have the change to take some rest. From Wiñay Wayna, we will hike to the Sun Gate, when we get to the sun gate, we’ll have our first glimpse of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below.
After enjoying the best views, we will begin our descent to Machu Picchu.
As soon as we arrive at the ruins of Machu Picchu our guide will start the tour through the most important temples, Once we arrive to the ruins of Machu Picchu our guide will start the tour through the most important temples, we will visit the sacred plaza, the sun temple, the temple of the condor and so much more, after our tour we will take the bus that will take us to Aguas Calientes town, to take our train back to Cusco, We will get back to Cusco at about 10:30pm.
The weather on the one day Inca Trail hike 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 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
- Box lunch
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Entrance to the thermal baths 10 soles (optional). (Bring bathing clothes and towel.)
- Drinks, snacks, or water
- Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Walking sticks
- Tips for your guide
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE:
- Original Passport
- Student card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- 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.
Refund: 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.
- 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.