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1 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

February 6, 2021
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Availability : Closed in February
CUSCO - KM 104
Machu Picchu - Cusco
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 2 - 10

Trail Hike on Machu Picchu

We are introducing our 1 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu also known as Short Inca Trail Hike. This wonderful One Day Short Inca Trail Hike provides the highlights from day three of the 4 Day Inca trail Hike. Tourists on this Short Inca Trail get to experience the amazing landscapes of the sloping and stripey mountain ranges of the Urabamba region, the Inca sites of Chachabamba, Huñayhuyana Complex (also known as ‘Little Machu Picchu’) and Cascade.

This one day hike to Machu Picchu provides you with an opportunity to enjoy a train journey through the Sacred Valley, taking in many views of the Urubamba River en route. The train journey finishes at a lush forest high in a tropical area where the real adventure begins! This trail has been specifically designed for tourists who want to experience the wonder of the 2 Days Inca Trail Hike but are limited to do so due to time, activity level or permit constraints.

On our 1 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu you will pass through the infamous ‘Sungate’ (inti Punko) which is the most important entrance and was the unique ending gate to Machu Picchu. From this high point you will appreciate the city of Machu Picchu below.

NOTA, if you have more than 1 days you can request for the best option  Inca Trail 2 Days with Hotel or if you want to experience one-night camping at Puente Puinas  Inca Trail 2 Days with Camping.

Day 1: Cusco – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  1. Starting Altitude – 2,170 m / 7,170 ft
  2. Highest Altitude – 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
  3. Walking Distance – 13 km / 8.6mls

1 Day Inca Trail Hike – Pre-trek briefing:

You will have thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your trek. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

1 day Inca Trail Hike – Itinerary

DAY 1:Cusco – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – 104 – Sungate – Machupicchu – Cusco

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco begins at 4 AM. An hour and a half drive through the Sacred Valley brings us to Ollantaytambo where we board the train to 104, which takes 90 minutes, all the while taking in views of the Sacred River and the Urubamba mountain ranges. After passing through the control point at 104 we start our amazing One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The first three hours hiking are gradually uphill until we reach the first Inca site of Winayhuyana (‘Little Machupicchu’) where you will be spoilt with stunning views of lush forest and rugged mountains and will be treated to a unique waterfall. After exploring this Inca site we continue following the trail for 90 minutes until we reach Sungate and from here you will appreciate your first views of Machupicchu. After enjoying the most stunning views of Machupicchu we follow the path to Machupicchu for 45 minutes where we end the one day Inca Trail.

When you have finished taking pictures you will start your two-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu with your expert tour guide during which you will learn the rich history of our ancestors. Following the tour of the ruins you will take the bus to Machu Picchu town, the train to Ollantaytambo and shuttle bus back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 10 km / 7.45miles
  • STARTING ELEVATION: 3350 m / 12477 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3850 m / 12,690 ft
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Challenging
  • Professional English speaking guide.
  • Pre trek briefing
  • Transportation from your hotel to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus tickets both days
  • Train tickets raound trip
  • Transport by private van from Ollanataytambo to Cusco
  • Admission Ticket to 1 Day Trek to Machu Picchu.
  • 1 Box lunch
  • Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
Doesn`t Includes
  • Hiking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 2
  • Tip for your guide
  • Huayna Picchu mountain ticket
What do I need to bring?
  • Backpack (if not waterproof bring waterproof backpack cover)
  • Original passport
  • ISIC card (if applicable)
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Sun protection: sunscreen: sun hat: sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho or a good rain jacket
  • Toiletries / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
  • Water bottle: water purifying tablets optional

the price for the Short Inca Trail Hike 1 day change depend on the size of the group but if you are a group of family or friends more than 3 people ask for a special price

Group service price $ 395 per person

Private service or family service price $ 420 per person

Optional Extras

Optional upgrade (Need to book in advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mts climbing:  USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mts climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD 60.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

How to book (Group or Private Service):

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

By e-mail: andeanpathtravel@gmail.com

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