1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

  • Start of the inca trail one day hike adventure in Km 104
  • Wiñayhuayna inca site at mid of the trek
  • Chachabamba  in the route of Inca Trail 1 Day
  • Arriiving to Wiñaywaina hiking the Inca Trail Full Day
  • Machu Picchu at end of the Inca Trail One Day Tour

Experience Inca Trail and Machu Picchu in only one day with our tour from Cusco, this is perfect tour if you want to cover more Inca Sites in your trip to Machu Picchu.

If you want other Inca Trail Trips with more days, consider the options of 2 day, 4 days or 5 days. Kenko adventures offer the best professional Inca Trail guided tours with direct operation.

The Inca Trail in ONE day

En few words, this hiking tour is the light version of the Short Inca Trail. You will hike the same long distance (12 Km) and arriving to Machu Picchu you will visit it immediately (not the next day like 2 day Inca Trail).Then, you will return to Cusco by train, after down to Aguas Calientes (See the map).

This adventure was made because many travelers have not time to do the Classic Inca Trail of 4 days and who having only 1 day to visit  Machu Picchu want to experience an Inca Trail guided tour that reaches the ancient city..

Hiking to Machu Picchu in 1 day

Many traveler ask if is possible to hike de Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu in 1 day, and the answer is yes! At least most people can do it (See difficulty of 1 day Inca Trail ). This Inca Trail Hike  starts on kilometer 104 of the train route from Cusco to Machu Picchu, of cobbled and authentic Inca road (See the detailed itinerary here)The height starts at 2700 m and it reaches less than 2000 m. You can see in the next altitude map the comparison between Classic Inca Trail  of 4 Days vs One Day Inca Trail.

Inca Trail 1 day altitude and distance map comparison with Classic Inca Trail of 4 days

You will walk during 4 to 6 hours until arrive to Machu Picchu. In the citadel of Machu Picchu you will have a walking tour with a professional English Speaker Tour guide .

Although we are going to take care of you a lot, it is important that you are accustomed to physical activity and ask your doctor if you can make this effort. (View difficulty)

Inca Trail One Day Map

We have free maps for you in PDF for download. You can choose any one in our Inca Trail Maps webpage. You can download the Inca Trail 1 day map in PDF version.

Inca Trail One Day to Machu Picchu Map

About the difficulty of Inca Trail One Day

The Inca trail to Machu Picchu in one day has a moderate difficulty level and we are  difficulty rating in # 3  from #1 to #5 (Read more about difficult levels for Inca Trail here). It demands a good physical condition since it is exactly the same as the 2-day Inca trail tour only in less time since It starts early from Cusco and a train trip to Kilometer 104 of the Cusco - "Aguas Calientes" route.

Difficulty Level of Inca Trail One Day To Machu Picchu

The travelers  will start the trek for approximately 6 hours on ascending Inca roads and then on Inca steps surrounded by abundant flora and fauna around until reach the 400 steps that cross the archeological site of Wiñayhuayna which demands good physical condition.

Then from there continue with the last part of the Classic Inca trail of 4 days until you reach the sun gate (Intipunku) and finally reach Machu Picchu and finish with the guided tour in the citadel of Machu Picchu and enjoy the sunset at your Machu Picchu tour.

Tickets and Availability of permits for 1 day Inca Trail hike

Unlike the Classic Inca Trail, this route has more spaces available. However, in high season, tickets tend to run out. Therefore we recommend that you book in advance three months before.

Entry tickets are only sold through a travel agency like Kenko Adventures. You cannot make the route on your own. You can not enter the Inca Trail if you are not accompanied by an accredited professional guide to make this trip.

You can choose the date of your Inca Trail trip when you have the certainty of separating a space for the Inca Trail. Otherwise you can have bad times if you do not find tickets even for Machu Picchu. You can see the availability of the Inca Trail One day Tour here.

Reviews of 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hiking Tour

We have real and the better reviews of this hike here. Also you can check all the reviews of Kenko Adventures here. All the reviews are from TripAdvisor (See our listing)

Testimony:

Kenko Adventures is an official Inca Trail Trekking Company based in Cusco, Perú.

Activities:

Hike, guided tours, adventure, history, culture, flora, fauna and more!

Our Tour for you: Inca Trail 1 Day to Machu Picchu (Glamping Service)

What does Superior one day Inca trail service include?

  • Superior private service.
  • Pick up from Cusco Airport and transfer to your hotel in  Cusco. 
  • Briefing service 2 or 1 day before your tour by your guide.
  • Professional english speaker tour guide 
  •  Private Walking tour in Machupicchu.
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary (B, L, D)
  • Entrance fee ticket to short inca trail trekking route.
  • Entrance ticket fee to Machupicchu citadel.
  • One way bus tickets from Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Transportation from Cusco to train stations.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to kilometer # 104
  • Expedition class return train ticket at 18:10 pm from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (according to availability)
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Professional trekking equipment.
  • 01 oxygen tanks and first aid kit in emergency cases.

What does not include?

  • The first breakfast (usually all Cusco hotels include breakfast)
  • Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain ticket (if you are interested please consult with our sales executives)
  • Tips.

Have a great adventure with this Inca Trail Tour: hiking half day to Machu Picchu with our tourist service train and enjoying at the same time more Inca ruins through of the rain forest mountains and arrive to Sun’s Gate (Inti Punku), prepare yourself to be amazed with the best panoramic view of Machu Picchu.

Day 01: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Bus transportation to  Ollantaytambo

Our clients are starting in Cusco city, picking you up from your hotel at 04:00 am in our private transportation and your professional guide then you will drive to Ollantaytambo train station, or if Our Clients want to sleep a bit more, We suggest to go to Ollantaytambo a day before to stay over night there (Kenko Adventures can give you this transfer a day before). Next day you will board your Expedition class train at 06:00 am  the train trip takes 1:20 hrs approximately, on board you will enjoy a marvelous Mountains and Glaciers of the Sacred Valley of the Incas like Veronica mountain. After one hour, the scenery will have a radical change as we will enter through the tropical forests and reach km 104 where our starting trekking point is located.

Before start the hike, we will access to the check point with our passport and tickets which our company had previously arranged. And also, we have a restroom if any of our clients want to use before start the hike.

One Day Inca Trail - Km 104  start of trek

The first Inca site that we are going to visit is the archeological site named Chachabamba and have a moderate climb with lush biodiversity, specially flora since in this area there are a lot of endemic orchids and fern species. Then hiking for few hours, we will reach another archeological site named Wiñayhuayna in which your expert guide will explain to you about its ancient function.

Inca Trail One Day to Machu Picchu - Wiñayhuayna

Hiking for few more minutes we arrive to Wiñayhuayna campsite which is the last camping place for the 4 day Classic Inca Trail hikers, continuing with the adventure; this portion of the trail is easier like up and down until to get Inti Punku (Sun’s Gate) At this point we will have the first fantastic view of Machu Picchu.

After taking our photos, we will continue for another 40 minutes downhill until arrive to Machu Picchu then, our clients will have a private walking tour with a professional guide for 2 hours and then enjoy a free time to relax at Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail One day to Machu Picchu - Visiting the citadel

After finishing the tour, our clients will board the bus down to Aguas Calientes in which the train station is located and then catch the train according the arranged schedule to Ollantaytambo train station. From here our transfer will pick you up with our private transportation and lead you to Cusco city, directly to your hotel. End of our services.

  • Meals: Snacks, Lunch.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hiking distance: 12 kilometers
  • Minimum Altitude:  2000 m.a.s.l. / 6600 fts. (starting trekking point, km 104)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2700 m.a.s.l. / 8600 fts. (Inti Punku)
  • Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

Transport: From cusco to Ollantaytambo bus then from Ollantaytambo to kilometer # 104 by expedition train service then hiking  to Machu Picchu from there by bus to Aguas Calientes then by train to ollantaytambo, and  private transportation to Cusco.

We need 2 people minimums to open this tour if you are two we can do it! 

Inca Trail One day Tour Group Service:

Our Price for group service is $ 369 USD Per person.

  Inca trail One Day tour Private Service Price:

We need 1 person minimums to open this tour if you are two we can do it! 

Our price $ 429 USD for solo traveller.

Our price $ 389 USD per person for 2 people.

Our price $ 379 USD per person for 3 people.

Our price $ 369 USD per person for 4 or more people.

What we included for this prices:

  • Superior private service.
  • Pick up from Cusco Airport and transfer to your hotel in  Cusco. 
  • Briefing service 2 or 1 day before your tour by your guide.
  • Professional english speaker tour guide 
  •  Private Walking tour in Machupicchu.
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary (B, L, D)
  • Entrance fee ticket to short inca trail trekking route.
  • Entrance ticket fee to Machupicchu citadel.
  • One way bus tickets from Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Transportation from Cusco to train stations.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to kilometer # 104
  • Expedition class return train ticket at 18:10 pm from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (according to availability)
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Professional trekking equipment.
  • 01 oxygen tanks and first aid kit in emergency cases.

Students discount

  • Students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.
  • Children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.
  • Children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.

We need a copy of your passport at info@kenkoadventures.com.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR TOUR

Have a look carefully the next information; it will help you answer any of your questions about our service and tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

WELCOME TO CUSCO

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and we drive you to your hotel, please send us the information about flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek or tour. Look out for our representative holding an KENKO ADVENTURES logo at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

THE BRIEFING

We use to visit at your hotel 6 pm or if you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please you could send us an email with details to get your briefing time Will be ready any time for our clients.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the Cusco Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.

HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?

FIRST, to book our day tours and Machu Picchu Tours or trekking tour, we need you to fill out our booking form with your personal information by clicking on BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the next information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):

Gender

 Passport number

Full name

D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)

Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US $ 210.00 per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket.  You can make you deposit by  PAYPAL  or you can do a deposit in our Bank account at Interbank.

Bank account number: 4203107104602.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It could be greatly appreciated if our clients pay in cash at your briefing time at the hotel (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by PAYPAL online.

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

According to our government Laws you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

  • Students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.
  • Children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.
  • Children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.

All students must send a copy of their passport at booking time to get the discount.

We need a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com.

HOW DO I GET THE STUDENT ISIC CARD DISCOUNT?

The ISIC Student can get Discount of US$ 20.

You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.

They could apply for the ISIC Card at https://www.isic.org/

You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at your booking time.

Send us a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com.

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

 “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable unfortunately.

*** If you cancel your Cusco Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE CUSCO MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

Yes, you have to get your original passport and it is very important and it have to be the same passport number that you sent to us at book time, and also train ticket, other entrances and reservations Will have the same document. The rangers will check when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before to board you’re the train.

In case you are changing your Passport or you lost and you get a new one, go ahead and send us your new passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it and when you get to our country no surprises and everything Will be fine.

HOW IS THE CLIMATE IN CUSCO?

The climate in our country is very variant and does not consider the normal 4 seasons. Here, in just one day we can see all of the seasons! And this is why we recommend our visitors to be prepared for any occasion, either for rain or sunny days.

A very important factor which alter our world is global warming, which has evolved into a high risky contributor due to the glaciers melting in Peruvian Andes, and it also affect the normal development of our weather.

Nonetheless, something that is very marked in our country and in some cities here in the Andes is that we only have 2 main seasons during the year:

Dry Season: We consider the dry season from the end of April until the end of September, in this period the first rains will start. For this reason, this is the best time to visit our region and our amazing Machu Picchu and also avoid any inconveniences.

Rainy Season: This season starts on October until the end of April approximately, so during this time it is advised to all of our visitors to pack their belongings into waterproof bags, as in our region it can be sunny the first 2 hours and then have a heavy rain.

We know that there are extreme climates worldwide, but this must not stop us from our longing and desire to explore the world, to discover marvelous cultures and interact with them. Be welcomed to Perú and Machu Picchu.

HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN:

This mountain is located inside Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, which is located at 300 meters more than Machu Picchu Inca Citadel; here it takes approximately just 45 minutes hiking up and other 45 minutes hiking down. This Mountain conserves some archaeological remains as the Moon Temple and other precincts that are interconnected with authentic trails, steps, tunnels and natural formatted caves which made the view more interesting. Without any doubt, this is one of the best attractions of Machu Picchu; the Huayna Picchu Mountain offers a 360 grades view and a stunning view of Machu Picchu Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu
Mountain and the famous Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Currently our government through Ministry of Culture, maintain the visitors income controlled per day, only 400 tickets are offered per day and divided in 2 groups of 200 each. The first schedule starts from 7:00 to 08:00 am and the second from 10:00 to 11:00 am, for this reason its demand is growing day by day and if any of our visitors is interested in this hike, then it is necessary to make a booking at least with 3 months in advance in order to guarantee their visit to this extraordinary place.

MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN:

This mountain is located inside the park as well, and is only 1:20 hrs away hiking by your own. Once you reach the summit, you will take impressive photos with panoramic views of the entire valley in which is situated Machu Picchu inca citadel, you will also have impressive views of the Andes Mountain range and the glaciers that protect this unique ecosystem.

The demand to obtain permits for this hike is quickly growing up, for this we advise a minimum of 2 months in advance to book the tickets, as there is a limit for visitors per day to experience this amazing hike. This hike has 2 schedules, the first from 07:00 am to 08:00 am and the second from 09:00 am to 10:00 am with a limit of 200 people per group.

NOTE: Kenko Adventures guarantees the visit to these attractions in any of our tours if you make the booking early enough in advance.

 

 

 

 

Rating Of: 1 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

  • Start of the inca trail one day hike adventure in Km 104
  • Wiñayhuayna inca site at mid of the trek
  • Chachabamba  in the route of Inca Trail 1 Day
  • Arriiving to Wiñaywaina hiking the Inca Trail Full Day
  • Machu Picchu at end of the Inca Trail One Day Tour

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