INCA TRAIL & MACHU PICCHU IN 1 DAY

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Altitude

2730 m.s.n.m

Group size

Up to 8

Service

Group or private

Type Tour

Adventure, self-guided

Difficulty

Moderate

Duration

1 Days

INCA TRAIL & MACHU PICCHU IN 1 DAY

1 day

from $397 per person

We offer this unique the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in a group or private service. On which you’ll visit Inca Archeological sites and villages along the way.  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 appeal of this particular 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 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.  If you think the trek may be too much, 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 and all of the trekkers stay a night in Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Picchu the next day for their tour and there is time to be able to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.

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.
  • A train ride to the Km 104
  • Hiking the Inca Trail
  • Visiting the Wiñaywayna Inca ruins.
  • Great view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate.
  • 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! 

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

Before boarding the train in Ollantaytambo, your guide will provide your picnic lunch, which you carry in your daypack. After an hour 15 minutes train ride, your guide will get off the train with you at the famous Km104, where your hike begins! (2,000m/6,560 ft. above sea level) After crossing the Urubamba river on a picturesque foot bridge, you will show your passport at the checkpoint and visit your first Inca site nearby. The first hour and a half are a gentle up, with several shelters along the way to pause for a bit out of 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 flat walk to the Sun Gate, from which you have your first view of Machu Picchu! Though the hour long walk is a gentle rolling up and down, it does end with a set of steep stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca. Once you reach the stairs you will know that you’re almost at the Sun Gate! It is a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, so 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 on the Inca Trail 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 the full tour, which takes about two hours. You will see all of the most important parts of Machu Picchu, including the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry and the House of the Inca. 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 FOR THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

INCLUDED

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Pick up at your hotel
  • 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
  • Private van connection to Cusco.
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
  • 1 Box lunch
  • Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including an emergency oxygen tank

NOT INCLUDED 

  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Upgrade to Vistadome train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, Please add US$57 per person
  • Tips for the staff (Samtravelperu staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip; tips are optional but of great appreciation for them)

 

PRICE

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

PRICES:

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

We require a minimum of 2 hikers

 

EXTRAS

  • Vistadome Train: US$57 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: $60 (up to 10 kilos, or 22 lbs)

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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

WELCOME TO CUSCO

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding an orange board SAM Travel Peru at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

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 store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t  pack anything you will need for your hike.

 

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 many different varieties of weather as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depend on the location. We highly recommend you to bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.  Thick dressing in 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 reached is 2700mt.

In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to the fitness club 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.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

In general, if you have regular exercise and spend a couple of days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be fine.

The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. See our detailed information about Altitude Sickness under FAQS.

We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimatizing.  Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.

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 SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you feel, 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 for 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?

  • 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