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One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


The  Inca Trail  Day Hike or Machu Picchu Day Hike from KM 104

One day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is the best way to reach the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu and is perfect for those with very little time or those who want to experience a hike in the Peruvian Andes without camping overnight or joining a multi-day hike and is also a great travel option for those who like the idea of ​​walking like the Incas, admiring the landscape stunning and uncover the mysteries of the Incas while highlighting the best part of the famous Incas Trail before reaching one of the New 7 Wonders of the World through the iconic Sun Gate


As you begin your full-day hike on our Inca Trail, experience a train journey through the Andean foothills following the Urubamba River to the start of the hike, known as km 104

Then, take the Short Inca Trail and visit the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu in one day! The trail crosses the National Park, the Wiñay Wayna Archaeological Site, and enters through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of majestic Machu Picchu. When you arrive at Machu Picchu, enjoy a private guided tour that takes you through all of the hidden corners of the Inca monument.

Need to know about “The 1 day Inca Trail Trek”

With the Inca Trail one day, you can hike the short Inca Trail and visit the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu in one day. The appeal of the Inca Trail is its spectacular cultural spectacle of Inca ruins, breathtaking mountain views, lush primary vegetation, and exceptional ecological varieties. The trail crosses the National Park and enters through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu. When you arrive at Machu Picchu, you’ll enjoy a private guided tour that takes you through all the hidden corners of the Inca ruins.



For potential hikers for the 1 Day Inca Trail, it is very important to understand that you are taking the same route as the 2 Day Inca Trail, only faster. Hikers must be in moderate to excellent physical condition to be able to make this trek and reach the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu on time. If you think the trek might be too strenuous, you can book the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in one day but at a slower pace later in the day.


Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 1 Day

  • Hike the best part of the famous Inca Trail as you embark on a full day hiking adventure on the Inca Trail from kilometer 104 to Machu Picchu via the sun gate and Discover Machu Picchu instantly!
  • At 4:00 am our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco or at 5:30 am in Ollantaytambo, if you want to start there.
  • We will transfer you by private vehicle to Ollantaytambo station to board the train at 6:00 am.
  • Depart from the Expedition train, enjoy breathtaking views and natural landscapes along the sacred Urubamba River to the start of the Inca Trail, known as Km 104.
  • 7:30 to 8:00 In the morning, you will pass the Inca Trail checkpoint, then you and your guide will begin hiking the Inca Trail following the Inca footsteps to the Inti Punku “Gate of the Sun” for the first look at Machu Picchu. The exact time depends on the walking speed
  • You’ll see vast mountain views, lush subtropical vegetation, exceptional ecological varieties, and explore amazing Inca cities along the Inca Trail, especially the stunning archeological site Wiñay Wayna
  • You’ll have time to enjoy a packed lunch after exploring the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site, usually around midday.
  • About an hour after lunch, you’ll arrive at Inti Punku, also known as the Gate of the Sun, where you’ll get your first look at Machu Picchu!
  • Around 2 pm you will begin to explore the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Your guide will explain all the history of this wonderful and mysterious Inca city.
  • In the late afternoon, enjoy the sunset and take the iconic picture of Machu Picchu without tourists before setting off to catch the bus.
  • At 5:00 p.m., catch the bus to Aguas Calientes, have a quick dinner at the restaurant, or buy takeaway dinner to eat on board. (Dinner not included). Train
  • Expedition departs at 6:20 pm, take the train to Cusco, then we’ll drop you off at your hotel in Cusco in our private van.


1 day Inca Trail Trek Trek Highlights

  • This route is designed for tourists not have much time but who want to enjoy the most amazing and famous trails.
  • Walk the best part of the Inca trail and enjoy the first attractions of Machu Picchu from the gateway to Sun
  • Travel and walk the forest walkway, feel the power of mountains, forests, and heroes Vo. Independent Valley of Incas and explore the ancient archaeological site.
  • Discover the Inca Trail in Peru, in just one day, without making one of the trails, Skant Nether, or other Inca trails.
  • Walk-in History Trail Inca with your private guide to your side and improve your experience of the MACHU PICCHU visit, one of the seven new wonders of the world.


Day 01: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

We will begin the Inca Trail Day Tour by picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am and take you to our private vehicle to Ollantaytambo train station (If you want to start in Ollantaytambo we will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am).


Before boarding the Expedition Class train at 6:10 am in Ollantaytambo, we will provide you with a lunch box that you will carry in your backpack. You and your guide will then take the train for 1 hour 30 minutes to begin the Inca Trail, known as km 104 (2,000m / 6,560ft above sea level).


After passing the Inca Trail checkpoint, your guide will take you to visit the first archaeological center, called Chachabamba. The site was one of the last shelters used by the Inca pilgrims before they reached Machu Picchu. The Chachabamba Inca site includes a number of fascinating buildings, and your guide will be happy to share the history with you.


Then, your Inca Trail hike begins with a steady ascent for about 3 hours, climbing the original Inca stone steps, with several lookout points where you’ll stop to take in the view. beautiful view of Urubamba River. Along the way, your guide will help you identify the different types of flora and fauna found in this unique area. After passing a spectacular waterfall, you will arrive at the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site, located at an altitude (2,650 m / 8,69 ft above sea level). Most hikers stop here to marvel at its exquisite architecture.



At the amazing archeological site of Wiñay Wayna, you’ll find many sources of water for rituals, sacred places dedicated to nature deities such as the Temple of the Rainbow, and beautiful agricultural platforms overlooking the river Urubamba. Wiñay Wayna (Quechua means “youth forever”) is the perfect place to learn a little more about the impressive history of the Incas, spend some time in peace, and quiet, and connect with  Mother Earth through language. birdsong or gentle breezes.



After exploring the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site, you will walk  5 minutes to the lunch site and have time to eat a delicious packed lunch provided by our company, admiring the tropical flowers around, then relax and recharge. You’ll also see campgrounds where Classic Inca Trail runners spend the night before heading to Machu Picchu.



After lunch, you will have a mainly walk to Inti Punku, famous as  Sun Gate, from where you will have the first view of the impressive architecture of this  Inca Majestic city. Although walking around the soft hour from top to bottom, it ends with a sloping staircase that is engraved directly in the Inca stone substrate. Once you have come to the stairs, you will know that you are almost in Inti Punku.



Sunrise, also known as Inti Punku in Quechua, is located at 2,720 meters / 2,92 feet with the first view of  Machu Picchu Beautiful, in all the great and majestic statements, It is difficult to inflict the impact of this old, sacred, and world-famous website.



After taking the time to take advantage of the views and capture these important photos, you will step down after the Inca traces on the Inca trail for about an hour of Machu Picchu’s ruins. At that time, take the time to enjoy the scenery, take a memorable picture and fill your mind with the energy of this place. After that, you will have a  tour guide for 1 hour through this ancient city and visit the temple, terrace, palace, priest, industrial sector, and agricultural sectors.


After wrapping up this magical experience at one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, we’ll head down to the main entrance of Machu Picchu, from where we’ll catch a bus to Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. In the afternoon you will take the Expedition train at 6:20 pm to Ollantaytambo station and take your private vehicle to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel around 10:00 pm. If you upgrade to  Vistadome, you will leave Aguas Calientes at 6:10 pm. End of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 1 day.


  • Meals: Box lunch
  • Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles
  • Walking time: 6–7 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 m / 6,693 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 2,720m / 8,924 ft.
  • Physical rating: Moderate



  • Pick up from your hotel with a guide
  • Private transport from your hotel to the train station
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Guide experienced professional English speaker
  • Expeditions train from Ollantaytambo to km 104
  • Entrance ticket to  Inca Trail and Archaeological Site Machu Picchu
  • Packed lunch
  • Private Guided Tour to Machu Picchu
  • First Set Care Includes Emergency Oxygen Tank
  • Tax


  • Energy snacks like chocolate bars, dried fruit
  • First breakfast and dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Upgrade to Vistadome train: $67  per person – (round-trip only)


Packing Checklist Inca 1-day Tomachu Picchu

Trail 1 Inca Picchu does not include additional porters, so you will need to wear all your tasks, try trying to pack as quickly as possible to enjoy this original


  • Original passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water: 2L in reusable bottles (please do not bring disposable bottles)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet paper
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Personal medications
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Wool hat (only in the cold season)
  • Rain gear if rainy season
  • Snacks (chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits)
  • Camera
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips



The 1-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on the day that works for you! We only need a minimum of 2 participants!



  • $397 USD per person


  • $457 USD per person – 2 to 3 persons
  • $437 USD per person – 4 or more persons

PRIVATE PRICE 1 person only:

  • $577 USD per person – 1 person’s only private trek
  • We require a minimum of 2 hikers in order to start the trek. For solo travelers- please inquire about the dates you are looking to trek.


  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of the university, student name, photo of the student, expiration date, etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for a discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


  • Upgrade to Vistadome: $67 USD per person (Return only)
  • Stay the night in Aguas Calientes 2*3*or 4* hotel.  (We will arrange your return train back to Cusco for the next day)

The short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year-round except when it is closed in February for maintenance — This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in the ancient times, you will explore some amazing Inca ruins along the way like Wiñay Wayna Inca City.