Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 1 Day

2730 m.s.n.m

Up to 8 People

Group

Van, Train

Moderate

1 Days
Wiñay Huayna, Sun Gate, Machu Picchu
From $377 USD
Per person

During the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you hike the short Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu Citadel all in one day. Some of the highlights of this section of the Inca Trail are the ancient archeological  Inca ruins, stunning mountain views, lush vegetation and the extraordinary ecological varieties of the several microclimates through which you hike. The trail goes through the Machu Picchu National Sanctuary and enters through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu. Upon arriving to Machu Picchu, you will get a private guided tour, visiting all the hidden corners of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
***It is very important for potential trekkers for the 1 Day Inca Trail to understand that you are doing the same trail as the 2 Day Inca Trail, just more quickly.  Trekkers need to be in moderate to excellent physical condition to be able to do this trek and arrive at Machu Picchu Citadel in time.  If you think the trek may be too strenuous, you may book the 2 day Inca Trail which arrives at Machu Picchu in one day but at a slower pace and later in the day.

Hike the 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate & explore Machu Picchu right away!

  • At 5:30 am your guide will pick you up at The Veronica View Hotel. If you are in Cusco you will be picked up at 4 am. There is an additional cost for transportation from Cusco.
  • The Expedition train departs at 6:10 and the ride will give you spectacular views at dawn of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It takes a little over an hour to get to KM 104. 
  • At 7:30 – 8:00 am, you and your guide will start hiking up to the original Inca, which you follow all the way to the Sun gate, from where you will have the first amazing view of Machu Picchu. The exact time depends on the group.
  • Along the way, you will explore the amazing Inca city of Wiñay Wayna.
  • You will have time for a picnic lunch at the campground, after exploring the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site, usually around noon.
  • An hour or so after lunch you will arrive at the Sun Gate where you will get your first view of Machu Picchu!
  • By 14:00 you will start exploring Machu Picchu Citadel. Your guide will explain all the history of this amazing and mysterious Inca city.
  • By late afternoon, enjoy the sunset and take the iconic photo of Machu Picchu when it is empty of tourists.
  • At 4:00 take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for your train to Ollantaytambo.
  • By 5:23 take the train back to Ollantaytambo then we will drive you back to the Veronica View in our private van in time for dinner at the hotel. (Exact train time depends on availability)

***Please note: It is not possible to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain due to time restraints. 

***We do highly recommend to start and finish this trek from Ollantaytambo

***If you choose, you can stay the night in Aguas Calientes, and we will book your return train for the next day. 

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM104 – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo

Your guide will pick you up at the Veronica View at 5:30 (or at 4am in Cusco) for the journey with our private transport to the train station of Ollantaytambo. After an hour and ten minutes on the Expedition Train, we arrive at Kilometer 104 (2,100m/6,927ft), where we cross the Vilcanota River and pass by the first checkpoint. Afterward, we begin a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8,747ft). Once we arrive, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba canyon and ancient Inca sites on your way up to the traditional Inca Trail. After your tour of the amazing Wiñay Wayna, we go to the campground for your picnic lunch. You will have a covered place to eat that is close to toilets and sinks for handwashing.

After, we have had time to enjoy Wiñay Wayna and lunch, we continue our hike towards the Sun Gate (2,730m/9,007ft). From there, you will have the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majesty. After enjoying the view, with plenty of time for pictures, we walk downhill for about one hour to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Once there, we will visit this incredible UNESCO World Heritage site, the magical Machu Picchu. A 2 hour guided tour takes you into the fascinating history of these mysterious ruins. On your private tour, you will explore these enigmatic ruins and its most important sites. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inca, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of architecture.

After that, you will have plenty of time for taking photos before we head down to Aguas Calientes for the 16:43 or 17:23 Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo. (If you prefer the Expedition train, you will depart Aguas Calientes at 18:20). We will pick you up at the Ollantaytambo train station to come back to the Veronica View for dinner. If you are going back to Cusco, add another 1.5 hours for the drive to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: Box lunch
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Pick up at the Veronica View Hotel by your guide
  • Private transport from your hotel to the train station
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in trekking
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Ollantaytambo at 104 kilometers and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo with private van connection to Cusco
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archeological site
  • Picnic lunch
  • Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including an emergency oxygen tank

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • It is not possible to do the Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb due to time restraints
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Dinner at Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the staff (tips are optional but greatly appreciated and customary in Peru)
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train: $67 USD per person – (Return Only)
  • Transportation from Cusco

ADDED VALUES  for FREE:

  • TRANSFER: from the Veronica View Hotel to any trek or tour starting point

PACKING CHECKLIST FOR THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL

The 1 Inca Trail Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE a porter. You will need to carry all your things, please try to pack as light as possible which will make this amazing trek even more enjoyable.

  • Original passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Reusable water bottle: 2L
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Dress in layers and be prepared for both sun and rain, anytime of the year
  • Toilet paper (not provided at campground bathrooms)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Personal medications
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Wool hat (only in the cold season)
  • Snacks (chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits)
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by VV Hotel & Tours)
  • Camera
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

The 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu is available on any date that suits you – We just require a minimum of 2 persons to book. Please email us to enquire about dates with group tours if you are traveling solo.

GROUP PRICES:

$377 USD per person

PRIVATE SERVICE PRICES:

$427 USD per person – 2 to 3 persons

$417 USD per person – 4 or more persons

PRIVATE PRICE 1 person only:

$547 USD per person – 1 person only private trek

CHECK YOUR SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU TREK AVAILABILITY 2020 BY CLICKING ON MONTH OF YOUR CHOICE!

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DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & 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.

EXTRAS

  • 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.

Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

THE BRIEFING

The evening before the tour, you will receive a briefing at the Veronica View.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL?

Of course! During the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our secure storage at the Veronica View.

HOW TO BOOK THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

FIRST, to book your 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu , you need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase the 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu .  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page or click here on the payment of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our hotel lobby in either US dollars or Peruvian soles. There are some ATMs in the historical center of Ollantaytambo.  You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but there is an additional 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of veronicaviewhotel@gmail.com. 

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

Unfortunately the answer is generally “No”. Once the Inca Trail Permits have been bought, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. 
*** If you cancel your 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu , the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?

Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu , other entrances and reservations. The rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 per person.  We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee, you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you.  You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or the train.  If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or get on the train. They are very strict about this here!

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. VV Hotel & Tours specialises in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalised service.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you always dress in layers as that makes it easier to adjust to the quickly changing weather patterns.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, Quechua for high-altitude sickness.

The Veronica View Hotel, and all of the Sacred Valley, are at a lower altitude than Cusco. If you are concerned about the altitude of Cusco, you may want to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley when you first arrive.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the Inca Trail Trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many VV Hotel & Tours destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible hotel and tourism operator. We incorporate the universal principles of responsible tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.