One Day Inca Trail Hike
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One Day Inca Trail Hike

One Day Inca Trail Hike

Inca trails over the mountains, in a path of landscapes of indescribable Andean beauty that runs, throughout the day of this adventure, archaeological centers that can only be reached by it; that is the One Day Inca Trail Hike. With a controlled capacity of visitors, per month and per year, there is no visitor who does not wish to visit it. Machu Picchu was connected with the city of Cusco and with the rest of the Inca empire through paths of excellent structure, with ergonomic design, were built in strict harmony with the natural environment and have great aesthetics in its construction. Many of the roads are ledges on the edge of the abyss and are surrounded by beautiful landscapes with lush and varied vegetation. In some sections the road is carved directly into the rock. The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the most spectacular trekking routes on the planet and is the best known of the Inca trails. There are many roads that lead to Machu Picchu but none like the Inca Trail. The most popular among travelers and the most famous pedestrian street of the American continent. From Cusco, 43 kilometers of path between forests and dense fogs, millenarian stone steps and majestic views. At the end is the reward: the famous Inti Punku or Sun Gate and its impressive views of the ruins of Machu Picchu. Doing the Inca Trail is an initiatory rite for the traveler and a unique adventure but it is necessary to plan well before getting on the road.


Need to Know For “The One Day Inca Trail Hike”

When embarking on the One Day Inca Trail hike, it is important to understand that you are following the same route as on the 2 day Inca Trail, but at a faster pace. The only distinction is that, by booking the one day version, you will have the opportunity to explore Machu Picchu on the same day and return to Cusco that same night.

The short version Inca Trail tour offers a unique experience visiting impressive Inca archaeological sites such as Wiñay Wayna, a beautiful Inca citadel considered the most significant construction along the ancestral trail. In addition, you will marvel at the exotic mountain views, the lush primitive vegetation, the streams and waterfalls that you will find along the way. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary organic varieties and to get the first views of Machu Picchu from the iconic point known as Puerta del Sol.


You must be in moderate to excellent physical condition to be able to do this trek and arrive on time at the citadel of Machu Picchu. If you consider that the "Machu Picchu one day hike" may be too strenuous and fast for you, you have the option to book the 2 day Inca Trail. This itinerary will allow you to reach Machu Picchu in one day, but at a more leisurely and relaxed pace, enjoying additional time to explore the route at a later time.


Before you go

Quick Itinerary:

05:00Cusco, driver to Ollantaytambo train station 

07:20:Train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 (head trail)

08:30: Starting the Inca Trail

09:00: Chachabamba guide tour

12:30 Wiñaywanyna guide tour

13:00 Continue your hike to Machu Picchu

15:00 Machu Picchu guide tour

17:00: Bus down to Aguas Calientes

17:40: Aguas Calientes

18:30: Train return to Ollantaytambo

20:00: Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

22:00: Cusco


Highlights of Inca Trail 1 day hike:

  • The Inca Trail in the stretch that is commonly known between km. 88 of the railway line to Machu Picchu, concentrates 90% of the trekking or walks that are made in Cusco
  • The roads of the Inca Trail or Qapac Ñan, were undoubtedly one of the wonders of the Tahuantinsuyo, according to the Peruvian historian Jose Antonio del Busto. He explains the following: "The inca who increased the road network was Huayna Capac, who built and improved the many roads of his empire, assuring that he did so in order to quickly mobilize his army and thus be able to crush any of the great rebellions that arose during his government." This was due to the 16 thousand kilometers of roads that were completed under his reign.
  • What is known as the Inca Trail is a small stretch within what was the Inca communications network built throughout the territory.
  • Discover the ruins of Chachabamba a stonework that was used to be an important religious site, as well as having the secondary function as a gate house guarding this entrance to Machu Picchu.

Meet some of the most important routes at Inca Trail 1 day hike:

  • Chachabamba: the beginning of the Short Inca Trail . A few minutes from the start of the Short Inca Trail you will find the ruins of Chachabamba. It is located at 2150 meters (7053 feet). 
  • Wiñaywayna at Short Inca Trail to Machu Pichu in Quechua it means "eternally young." This archaeological site has agricultural terraces and other buildings nestled in the mountain. 
  • Inti Punku: The sacred door at Short Inca Trail that welcomes the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Interesting Information:



1 Day Inca Trail Hike Itinerary:

To start our Full Day Inca Trail Hike, we will pick you up from your hotel very early and we will travel by bus to the Ollantaytambo train station, where we will board the train for km 104 (the started point)  There a person will be waiting for you to take you to the bus station which will then board for about 20 minutes until you reach the entrance to Machu Picchu. In Machu Picchu you will have a guided tour of 2 hours, followed by free time so you can enjoy the citadel on your own. After finishing the visit to Machu Picchu, we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where you can have lunch and then catch the train back in the afternoon. At Km 104 and  after presenting passports at the control, we began to walk a few meters from the Vilcanota River. Starting the road we will see the ruins of Chachabamba. After visiting Chachabamba, we will continue the path to the south and begin a gradual climb to the mountain, before entering a cloud forest and with lots of vegetation, then the trail goes to the forest and goes west, while we continue uphill in an open meadow. After walking 3 hours, the path descends into an amazing forest. Here we will find a beautiful waterfall, then we will reach the lower part of the ruins of Wiñaywayna. We will appreciate the beauty of this place, complemented by the information of our expert guide. After lunch in Wiñaywayna, we will continue in the afternoon in the cloud forest, full of bromeliads, orchids and fern trees. While we walk this last part of the road, we will pass through many impressive features such as stone stairs and tambos ("resting places"). You climb 60 stairs before reaching Inti Punku ("Sun Gate").Finally we will enter into the beauty of the " Lost city of the incas" Machu Picchu, where we will have 2 hours of a guided tour and then you will have some time to explore by your own and take some amazing photos. After you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town, where you will take the train return to Ollantaytambo, and there our driver will be waiting for you to return to Cusco.


1 Day Inca Trail Hike Includes:

  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide (Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek for your briefing)
  • Private transportion from Cusco  to the railway station at Ollantaytambo
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 1x lunch (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • A train round trip (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.  


  • Breakfast on the first day and Dinner in the last night at Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)
Meal budget: Please allow USD 10-15 for meals not included.

What to bring to 1 Day Inca Trail Hike?

About the Clothing:

  • Trekking shoes, necessary to avoid falling or slipping during the trek. 
  • Impervious clothing, during the road there may be drizzles and since this is very common, wet walking will be uncomfortable and can cause some respiratory diseases.  
  • Hat, in these times it is not new that the sun, even if it is not strong, burns. 
  • Accompany this hat with a good sunscreen Taking care of your skin and your health is a priority. 
  • Towel and swimsuit. 
  • A small blanket for the nights, because these are really cold.

On Health: 

  • You must eat lightly and avoid heavy meals. 
  • The first days in Cusco, should be calm and without physical effort. Follow your rhythm 
  • Always drink bottled water, this will help you stay hydrated. If you do not want to buy bottled water, You can buy pills to purify the water. 
  • If you feel that you lack oxygen, rest a while. 
  • Also, if you feel any strange ailment, you MUST warn the guide (it is your duty to help you whenever you need it) 
  • When you can, drink an infusion of coca leaves. 

About The Baggage: 

  • Sunscreen and insect repellent. 
  • Personal toiletries. 
  • Fresh fruits, candies, chocolates (they are good to accumulate energy). 
  • Money (local currency-soles) 
  • Walking stick 
  • Flashlight and batteries. 
  • Sunglasses, lip balm 
  • A photografic camera.




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