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We offer this unique the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in a group or private service. On which you will visit many Inca Archeological sites a long the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Inca city.  The grand final is arriving at the Sun Gate just as the Incas did where you will enjoy your first view of Machu Picchu’s Citadel. Once arriving there you will get a private guided tour, visiting the whole Inca monument.

The highlight of this particular 1 day Inca is the stunning combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation, and extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes through the National Park up to the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu; it passes by the cloud forest and finally into subtropical vegetation, ending at the magnificent wonder of the world: Machu Picchu.

Places to visit: Inca Trail, Water Falls, Wiñaywayna ruins, Sungate, Machu Picchu and train ride!

***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 quicker.  Trekkers need to be in moderate to excellent physical condition to be able to do this trek and arrive in Machu Picchu in time.  

OVERVIEW

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km104 – Wiñaywayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

  • Pick up at your hotel at 4 am in Cusco or 5:30 am if you are staying in Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo for 6:10 train.
  • The Expedition train ride to Km 104
  • Hiking the Inca Trail and visit amazing place along the way like waterfalls and Inca ruins
  • Visit to Wiñaywayna Inca ruins (Iconic Inca city as beautiful as Machu Picchu)
  • Stunning views of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate enjoyed by a select few.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo and van back to Cusco
  • Walking distance: 12km/7.5mls

*** This can start in Cusco or Ollantaytambo! 

Orange Nation Peru is a specialist in the 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour; we never pass you onto another company, we are a Direct Local Tour Operator based in Cusco.!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km104 – Wiñaywayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00 am in Cusco for the journey with our private transport to the train station in Ollantaytambo. (If you prefer to begin in Ollantaytambo, we will pick you up at your hotel at 5:30).

Before boarding the train in Ollantaytambo, your guide will hand you your picnic lunch to carry in your daypack. After an hour and 15 minutes train ride, your guide will get off the train with you at the famous Km-104, where your hike begins (2,000mt/6,560 ft.) After crossing the Urubamba river on a picturesque foot bridge, you will show your passport at the checkpoint and visit your first Inca site located nearby. The first hour and a half are a gentle up, with several shelters along the way for a short break from the sun or rain,  depending on the season.

Along the way, you will stop at several outlooks where you have an expansive view of the Urubamba River. You will also pass through several microclimates, including cloud forest, so be ready for damp or even rain at any time of the year. The next hour and a half are a slightly steeper uphill, with a beautiful waterfall as your reward at the end of the hike!

Cross the bridge below the waterfall, take some time for photos and then you will find yourself gazing up at the spectacular Wiñay Wayna! (2,600m/8,500ft above sea level) These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history and some parts are still hidden by the dense jungle. This close to Machu Picchu, you are hiking through lush sub-tropical jungle. Your guide will tell you all about the ruins, plus the incredible flora and fauna of this microclimate and answer any questions you have before the short 5 minute walk to your lunch spot.

You will enjoy your box lunch at a covered shelter at the Wiñay Wayna campground, which is the last campground for those hiking the four day Inca Trail. Nearby are outdoor sinks to wash your hands and also restrooms. Take your time enjoying your hearty, gourmet lunch and admiring the tropical flowers around the campground. Be sure to notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you book!

After lunch, you will have a mostly gradual walk to the Sun Gate, only encountering 1 short set of steep inca  steps, aptly names ¨the gringo killer steps¨. After that the Sun Gate awaits with the most breath taking views of the Majestic Machu Picchu Citadel below! Take some time to savor the moment and take photos.

The last 45 minutes down from the Sun Gate provide many opportunities to take more photos of Machu Picchu from this unique vantage point. There are also a couple more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu, so make sure to go slowly, enjoy your time walking in the footsteps of the Inca and ask your guide questions about these historical places on the last bit of your hike to Machu Picchu.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, you will have time to take more photos from the viewing platforms above the site. You will arrive in the afternoon, as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists, which gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light with fewer people in your shots. Your guide will give you a tour, which takes about two hours. You will see all of the most important parts of Machu Picchu. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious.

Take your time to enjoy this magical experience before you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. In the evening (6:20pm) you will take the return Expedition train to Ollantaytambo and catch our private van to Cusco and your hotel.  You will arrive around 10:00 pm. If you upgrade to the Vistadome, you will depart Aguas Calientes at 6:10pm

  • Meals: Box Lunch

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

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

INCLUDED

  • Professional Englsih Speaking Guide: Every single guide attended Cusco National University and studied tourism as well as English. They are all local residents who are from villages in the area. This means they are dedicated to their families and heritage.
  • Permits for the Inca Trail and entrances to Machu Picchu: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits.

*** Once the permits are bought, it will could not be changed and it not transferable at all.

  • Transportation: We will be providing all transportation for this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 am, (unless you’re staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 104 to begin your trek. The train back from Aguas Calientes will be on the Expedition Class Train and will be included in your trip. You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Also included is your bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Food: We do include a deliciouse box lunch for this day hike to Machu Picchu.
  • Water: We will give you a bottle of water for your morning hike. We encourage you to bring extra on your own, as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
  • First Aid: Our guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February for all our employees.

NOT INCLUDED 

  • Energy snacks will be very useful such as chocolate bars and dried fruits
  • To upgrade to the Vistadome train from Cusco instead of the Expedition Train, Please add US$67 per person
  • Tips for the staff (Incatrailhikeperu staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip; tips are optional but are greatly appreciated by them)

PRICE

This trek its available on any date! Choose one that suits you best! as long as we have a minimum of 2 people we go(except in February when the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance)

PRICES:

  • US$397 per person – 2 to 3 people
  • US$377 per person – 4 or more people

We require a minimum of 2 hikers

EXTRAS

  • Vistadome Train: US$77 per person – This train runs from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco).
  • Walking Poles: US$7 per pair per person for the whole trek.
  • Extra Porter: $8 (up to 10 kilos, or 22 lbs)

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

“Please read the following information carefully; it will help you answer most of your questions about our services and the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”

WELCOME TO CUSCO

We will welcome you at the airport in Cusco and take you to your hotel. Please inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding an orange board reading Incatrailhikeperu at the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm or as arranged, in our office which is located at Garcilaso Street 210 , Office Nº:213 (2and Floor) in the la CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE

Of course! During the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike in your luggage being stored in our offices. 

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

First I would say that the weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  BUT you will have rapidly changing temperatures and weather conditions as you pass through the numerous microclimates depending on your location. We highly recommend that you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack. Dress in multiple layers.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu is a 12km (7.5 miles) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude you will reach is 2700m above sea level.

In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to a gym in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL? 

Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Of course, you are free to tip what you feel is  appropriate, 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 YOU SUSTAINABLE?

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

PACKING LIST

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING FOR THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Backpack
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Sun protection: sunscreen: sun hat: sunglasses
  • Scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho: a good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in the wet season
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
  • Water bottle: water purifying tablets optional
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport

Important Information & 1-day Inca Trail FAQs

Why hike the KM104 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Both the 1 and 2 day Inca Trail hikes are truly fantastic ways to see Machu Picchu in an active way. By choosing the km104 trek over the train you will see more nature and Inca sites than if you take the train, as well as being surrounded by fewer people, and of course, you will be following in the footsteps of the Incas themselves.

Can you hike to Machu Picchu in 1 Day?
Yes. The 1-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu follows the KM104 route along the Inca Trail, through the Inca Sun Gate and directly into Machu Picchu. This route is a one day trek, with an optional second day to return to Machu Picchu and take a closer look at the ruins after a refreshing nights sleep in the town below.

KM104, or the 1-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the final day of the classic Inca Trail, which takes four or five days to complete. The classic Inca Trail is 43km in length, whereas the 1 and 2 day Inca Trail is a mere 12km /7.5m

Where does the 1 Day Inca Trail start?
The 1 day Inca Trail hike starts at KM104, or Chachamba as the locals call it. KM104 refers to the distance along the train line from Cusco. The route climbs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins before contouring the hillside, through the Sun Gate and into Machu Picchu.

What is the difference between the 1-Day Inca Trail and the 2-Day Inca Trail?
The 1 Day and 2 Day Inca Trail are the same thing, but the two day Inca Trail spend a night in Aguas Calientes (or Machu Picchu town) before returning to the citadel the following day, whereas the one day Inca Trail returns to Cusco or the Sacred Valley the same day.

The actual hiking is totally the same. You will arrive at Machu Picchu on the afternoon of Day 1. It is not possible to spread the trekking out over 2 days. The hike can also be known as the Short Inca Trail.

Two Day Inca Trail with Camping
Yes, it possible and the camping will be at Puente Ruins which is located right at the bottom of the Machu Picchu.

One Day Inca Trail Difficulty
The one day Inca Trail is not a technically difficult and should be achievable to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. The hike begins with around 200 meters of uphill, before the path winds around the side of the mountain. There is a total of 550m ascension and 250m decent over the day.

Both the 1 day Inca Trail and the 2 Day Inca Trail are suitable for kids aged about 8 years upwards. The hike is 12km in distance and takes about between 5 and 6 hours for most people. Altitude sickness should not be an issue as the maximum heigh is 2650m/8700ft. This is lower than the Sacred Valley and much lower than Cusco. However, you may still notice that breathing is harder on the steep sections.

It can be a little scary for people who are very afraid of heights, so bare that in mind when deciding if this hike is for you. Once you have started the trail there is no exiting or getting back on the train. If you are feeling a little unwell or unsure then it will probably be better for you to stay on the train to Aguas Calientes.

Do you need a permit for the One day Inca Trail?
Yes, you do need a permit for KM104. There are 250 permits per day allocated for the 1 and 2 day Inca Trail. These are separate to the 500 permits for the full Inca Trail. All Inca Trail permits are non refundable and non transferable. You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit at the time of booking in order to confirm your place.

Permits for the 1 day Inca Trail do not sell out as quickly as they do for the full Inca Trail. Because of this, you can usually book them close to the date- although it is preferable to book early to secure them. The permits are available every day of the year except for the month of February when the trail is closed for maintenance.

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