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One Day Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu

One Day Inca Trail Trek

One Day Inca Trail Trek is the most excing way to get to Machu Picchu for those who don’t have the time to hike the clasicc Inca Trail. The appeal of this world-famous trek is the stunning cultural display of Inca sites, the beautiful mountain views, primive lush vegetaon, and extraordinary ecological variees.

The trail goes through Wiñay Wayna inca site, a beautiful Inca citadel and the most significant construction on along the Clasicc Inca Trail. You’ll also enter the Machu Picchu, through the Sun Gate and be astounded by unforgeable views of the imposing, myscal site. You’ll visit the most important parts of Machu Picchu before you will be back to Cusco.

Overview

Overview:

One Day Inca Trail Trek is highly recommended for adventure lovers who want to travel in couples and families traveling with their children. Also, for those who do not have enough time to stay in Cusco and no age limit, you just need to have an adventurous spirit.
Visit two emblematic tourist attractions in one day, part of the ancestral Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. In a spectacular 12km /7.4 miles hike discover the rich history, culture, biodiversity and the Inca empire wonders that will transport you through time.

By booking your One Day Inca Trail Trek with Cusco Journeys & Adventure you are choosing the best. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor!

  • Explore the 1 Day Inca Trail Trek.
  • Discover incredible Inca archaeological sites on the One day Inca Trail Trek.
  • Enjoy the exuberant biodiversity and scenic beauty.
  • From the Sun Gate, marvel at the first breathtaking Machu Picchu panoramic view.
  • Visit Machu Picchu a different way from the crowd.
  • Venture on the Inca Trail full day with your family and children.

Itinerary

Itinerary:

Pre-trek briefing:

You will have through briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your One Day Inca Trail Trek.

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

Day 1: Cusco – KM 104 – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 4am 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 6:00am).

Before boarding the train at 6:40 am in Ollantaytambo, we will provide your box lunch, which you carry in your daypack. Then, you and your tour guide will take the train for 1 hour 30 minutes to the beginning of the Inca Trail, called km 104 (2,000 m / 6560 ft. above sea leave).

After passing the checkpoint, your tour guide will take you to visit the archaeological site Chachabamba. This inca site was one of the last shelters used by the Incas pilgrims before they reached Machu Picchu. The Chachabamba Inca site features several fascinating buildings, and your guide will be delighted to share the history with you.

After that, our inca trail starts with steady ascent for around 3 hours, climbing the original Inca stone step, with several outlook points where you will stop to have an expansive view of the Urubamba River. Along the way we will see some inca site such as Choquesuysuy and other. We will also find a beautiful waterfall before reaching Wiñay Wayna (2,650 m / 8,694 feet). These incredible Incan ruins have a fascinating history and some parts are still hidden by dense jungle.

After exploring the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna, you will walk for 5 minutes to the lunch spot and have time to eat your delicious box lunch provided by our company, admiring the surrounding tropical flowers, then relax and recharge your energies. You will also see the campsites where people doing the classic Inca Trail spend the night before reaching Machu Picchu.

After taking some time to enjoy the views and take many photos, we continued walking downhill following the classic Inca trail for approximately half an hour towards the ruins of Machu Picchu. Once there, take some time to enjoy the views, take memorable photos, and fill your spirit with the energy of this place. You will then have a 2-hour guided tour of this incredible ancient city and visit temples, terraces, palaces, priests’ houses, the intihuatana, the industrial sector and the crop fields.

After having visited Machu Picchu, we will continue to the main entrance where we will take our bus to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, we will take our return train to Ollantaytambo station and private transportation back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel around 10:00 pm.

  • 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

Inclusions

Included:

  • Detailed explanations by your guide in a briefing 1 or 2 days prior to your tour that included maps related to the trek.
  • Pick-up from your hotel on your departure: touristic private transport from your hotel to the train station.
  • Entrance tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Professional English / Spanish guide for entire tour.
  • Water bottle and Box lunch in Wiñayhuayna.
  • Vegetarian meals at no extra charge (also allergy-related menus can be accommodated).
  • Visit the following Inca archaeological sites (Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna, Sungate and Machu Picchu).
  • Bus tickets down to Aguas Calientes town.
  • 2 hour private guided tour by your English speaking tour guide.
  • Tourism class train ticket until km 104 (Chachabamba).
  • Return ticket in Touristic class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • First Aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Touristic class transport from Train / Hotel.
  • All local taxes.

Does Not Included.

  • It is not possible to do the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb due to time restraints.
  • Extra porter (Extra porters available to carry up to 22 Pounds).
  • First breakfast and Dinner at Aguas Calientes.
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits.
  • Walking stick (we can rent if needed).
  • In an effort to reduce plastic waste on the trail we encourage our guests to use refillable water bottles.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • ** Tips for the crew (Porters and guide).

What You Need to Take:

  • Original passport.
  • A good-quality (and small) daypack. Maximum allowed in Machu Picchu is 25 liters, but the smaller the better.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof). Sneakers are acceptable but expect to get wet
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent sunburn.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Hat to protect you from the sun.
  • Rainwear or poncho for the rainy season.
  • Camera with extra batteries.
  • Toilet paper for the trail and small plastic bag for waste.
  • Trail snacks (dry fruits, energy bars, etc.).
  • Sunblock and insect repellent.
  • Wet wipes.
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste.
  • Extra money for drinks and tips, souvenirs. We recommend having both soles, in addition to your home currency.
  • Personal medications (if necessary).

Prices

Group Price:

A group tour means that it is open for other trekkers to join you. This means that your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our guides are experts on how to keep the trek moving and happy no matter how fast you hike.

  • $399 per person

We require a minimum of 2 hikers in order to start the One Day Inca trail Trek. If you are a solo traveler- please inquire on the dates you are looking to trek so you can join an existing group.

Private Tours are based on Group Size (2024):

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • Two trekkers: $459
  • Three trekkers: $439
  • Four trekkers: $419
  • Five trekkers: $399
  • Six trekkers: $379

Discounts:

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

Upgrades:

Train Upgrades:

  • Vistadome train -US $65 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Need to book in advance).
  • Hiram Bingham train (deluxe) -US $585 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy.
  • Stay the night in Aguas Calientes 2* 3* or 4* hotel. (We will arrange your return train back to Cusco for the next day, however you need to book your own hotel)

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles – US$15.00

Inca Trail Availability

Availability
2024
Feb.
2024
Mar.
2024
Abr.
2024
May.
2024
Jun.
2024
Jul.
2024
Ago.
2024
Set.
2024
Oct.
2024
Nov.
2024
Dic.
2025
Ene.
2025
Feb.

Terms & Conditions

By booking or participating in a tour and any related products or services (a “Tour”) with Cusco Journeys, you agree to these Terms & Conditions.

Booking:

  1. Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  2. You will pay a deposit which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.
  3. You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  4. The only acceptable ID to receive a Student Discount is your University Card with a clear expiration date that must be the same year as trek. IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at time of booking.

Cancellations:

  1. Cancellations: In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 40% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:

ONCE BOOKED, DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. CHART BELOW OUTLINES WHAT FURTHER FEES WILL BE DUE.

Cancellation By

Terms

91 days or more before departure we will retain 50% of your deposit.
90 – 30 days before departure we will retain 75% of the total tour cost.
29 – 0 days before departure we will retain 100% of the total tour cost.

Inca Trail Tours:

  1. Permits: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Cusco Journeys (or any agency).
  2. In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Cusco Journeys will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  3. Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

Medical Information:

  1. You must advise Cusco Journeys of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  2. You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. The Tour Operator does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
  3. Cusco Journeys reserves the right to deny you permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a Tour at any time and at your own risk and expense where the Tour Operator determines that your physical or mental condition renders you unfit for travel or you represent a danger to yourself or others.
  4. Pregnancy is considered a medical condition and must be disclosed to the Tour Operator at the time of booking. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry anyone with certain medical conditions if reasonable accommodation or alternatives cannot be arranged.
  5. It is strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect you in case of medical emergency or any tour cancellations.

Tours and Treks:

  1. All balances need to be paid in either cash, Western Union, Transfer Bank or PayPal (in full) prior to the briefing which will be held the night before your tour. Visa incurs a 5% service fee and if you need to use another card, it must be through PayPal which incurs a 5.5% service fee.
    You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  2. All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  3. If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment. However, we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be presented for your travel insurance.
  4. Cusco Journeys will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Cusco Journeys cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  5. Cusco Journeys does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  6. Cusco Journeys may modify your itinerary where reasonably required in its sole discretion.
  7. Group tours might be as large as 16 participants. Groups are open to everyone no matter skill or age. By accepting a Group Tour you acknowledge that others might change the speed and timing of the tour.
  8. All tours are done in English.

Delays:

  1. Any costs, whether direct or incidental, incurred by the Customer as the result of delays caused by bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, sickness, government intervention or other contingencies which are beyond the control of southern explorations will not be reimbursed.

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