Short Inca Trail To Machupicchu in 1 day

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 1 day
Inca Trail to Machupicchu 1 Day

Would you like do the Inca trail and you don't time? only you have few days in Cusco and you want hike the Inca trail and also visit Machupicchu?, well, you can do the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu Citadel in one day, yes in one day...

Exotic Andean mountains, primitive lush vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties. The trail goes through the Machu Picchu National Park and enters through Inti PunkuThe Sun Gate” with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu.

Upon arriving to Machu Picchu, you will get a private guided tour, and you´ll enjoy a Sunset free time in Machupicchu, what else can you ask for?.

Inca Trail 1 day - Trekking to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail in 1 day

DAY 01

4:00am – 22:30p.m.
Transfer to train Station and train to Km 104.
Trekking – Half Day
Afternoon: Machupicchu Sun Set Guided Tour
18:20p.m.: Train back and transfer to Cusco


Enjoy a full day Inca trail with a sunset guided tour in Machupicchu; two of the most famous tours in Cusco in just one day, we´ll visit the most important archaeological site of the famous Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna “(For Ever Young)”, at midday we going to arrive to The Sun Gate and at afternoon a beautiful sunset in Machupicchu and the guided tour.


  • At 4:00 am your guide with our van will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco city, immediately transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (Train leaves at 6:10 am)
  • The Expedition train ride consists of spectacular views in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a little over an hour to KM 104 also know such as “Chachabamba”.
  • At 7:20 am “INRENA” Machupicchu check point “, where we need to show our original passport, right away we going to start the Half Day Inca Trail until Machupicchu, on our way we going to visit Wiñay WaynaFor Ever Young” archaeological site and the the Famous Sun Gate, from this place we can have a first view of Machupicchu also on this place we´ll have a lettle free time for take the lunch.
  • By 14:00; exploring time in Machu Picchu Inca city, your guide explain you all the history about this amazing and mysterious Inca city.
  • By late afternoon, enjoy sunset and take the great picture when Machu Picchu it´´ empty.
  • At 17:30 take the bus down to Aguas calientes
  • By 18:20 take the train till Ollantaytambo and the transfer back to Cusco (Train schedule can change according availability).


Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo Train Station – Km 104 “Chachabamba” – Wiñaywayna – Inti Punku “Sun Gate” (Lunch in Inti Punku) – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Trekking on Inca Trail 1 day
Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo Train Station – Km 104 “Chachabamba” – Wiñaywayna – Inti Punku “Sun Gate” (Lunch in Inti Punku) – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Our private transport and your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 4 am in Cusco for the journey to the train station on Ollantaytambo at 5:30am “meeting time “in Ollantaytambo, After 01 hour and 10 minute ride on the Expedition train, we arrive at 104 kilometer, this place is also know such as Chachamba and is at (2,100m/6,927ft) beetwen Cusco - Machu Picchu train road, where we´ll begin the Inca Trail. Here we´ll pass by the first check point “Chachabamba”. Afterwards, we´ll begin a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana “Wiñayhuayna” (Young for ever) (2,650m/8747ft). Once we arrive you may enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba canyon and the sacred river of Vilcanota, stunning Inca sites and the connection with the traditional four day Inca Trail.

After we have had time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we continue our hike to Inti Punkuthe Sun Gate” (2,730mts/9,007ft). From there you will have the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. After enjoying the view, we walk downhill for about one hour to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Once there we will visit one of the most important mystic centers of the world: Machu Picchu

A 2 hour guided tour takes you into the fascinating history of these mysterious Inca city

After that you will have plenty of time for further exploration of Machu Picchu, time to enjoy the Sunset in Machupicchu.

Later we head down to Aguas Calientes for dinner. 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 10:30 pm.

Meals: Box Lunch

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

End of our Services


  • One day before “briefing about your trail with our staff at our office”
  • Pick up at your hotel by your guide.
  • Private transport from your hotel to the train station
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in trekking and degree in archaeology.
  • Expedition Touristic Train from Ollantaytambo to 104 kilometer “Chachabamba
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail
  • Admission Ticket Machu Picchu Inca City
  • 01 Box lunch
  • 01 Dinner in a Machupicchu restaurant
  • Private guided for Machupicchu
  • Sunset Free time
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train Back Expedition from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Transfer from Train station to Cusco
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank


  • It is not possible to do the Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Sacred Mountain climb due to time restraints
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Tips for the staff (Tips are optional but of great appreciation for them; ITEP Travel staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip)


  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train “Panoramic Train” – USD $ 50.00 per each way per person “recommended in the route Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo


  • Meals on our Inca Trail 01 day
  • Box Lunch and Dinner in a restaurant
  • Vegetarian and Vegan option is available at no extra cost “just on request”


  • We offer a Box Lunch as comity at the style of.
  • After hiking for sometimes up to four hours before a full meal, our lunches were always welcomed. They had a great balance nutrients and the just the right quantity as you never wanted to be so full you just felt like sleeping
    • Peruvian chicken salad
    • Native Peruvian potato chili with rice and spinach cake
    • Chicken rolls
    • Vegetable and Russian salads
    • Apple, Orange and bananas.
    • Chocolate "Sublime Extreme".
    • 01 bottle of wáter.


Our final culinary experience of the day would come at dinnertime with wonderful three-course meals

  • A range of soups including potato, rice and vegetable, and Andean corn chowder
  • Steamed trout in a mushroom sauce served with garden vegetables
  • Lightly fried chicken with freshly cut potato chips
  • Stir-fried noodles with mushrooms and steamed kale
  • Apple and cinnamon pudding
  • Chocolate cake and pudding



Our high quality service is not about quantity, is not about cheap prices and large groups. We have a fair-price while providing the best possible service and personalized attention in small groups


  1. According to Peruvian Law you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount. Also discounts under 24 years old with student card.
  2. All students from 18 to 24 years “With Sudent Card”, the discount is USD $ 20.
  3. All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is USD $ 20.
  4. For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is USD $ 60.
  5. For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
  6. All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  7. Send us a copy at the time of your booking.

ITEP Travel Peru is your best choice if you truly want to enjoy your trek in Peru:


In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our visitors, ITEP Travel Peru have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. Small group have their own flavor, unique and authentic experience in Perú.


Professional Tour Guides! Highly professional, speaking in fluent English or other language according request and very knowledgeable. Passionate for the Inca heritage / history, dedicated to a steady personal development and learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories about the Perú Andean culture.


Our high quality service is not about quantity, is not about cheap prices and large groups... We have a fair-price while providing the best possible service and personalized attention in small groups, and providing the best trekking experience through our unique trekking paths. All you have to do is to immerse yourself in the stunning Andean landscape.We carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents, avoid crowded campsites, and take care of all your requirements and details so you can relax and enjoy your trek or tour.


We will guarantee the majority of departure dates - this means that a tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled - we guarantee these tours!!!


Our departure start in the lobby of your hotel, drop off after our tour will be at hotel.


“An emergency radio and satellite phone is carried by your guide”.

Safety is first!!!. It is important that all of our guides are informed before your trek or tour or at least at your ...Emergency Preparedness, Safety on the Trail, and Evacuation Plans are available on ITEP Travel.
Note: It is important to confirm before departure that you are in a fit enough condition to undertake our trails and treks.


We don’t like credit card charges and we’re pretty sure you don’t either! For that reason, we won’t pass any fees on to you if you choose to pay by credit card. That’s more cash for you to splash on souvenirs!


ITEP Travel has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment in responsible tourism, we socially support and employee from these communities.

ADDED VALUES FOR FREE: “Just on request”

  • TRANSFER: from the airport to hotel (Airport to Hotel in Cusco only), “just on request”.
  • Free Cusco City Tour  with guided tour and touristic Transport, “just on request”:  Join our daily departure Cusco city tour, visiting the most important attraction in Cusco; The Koricancha, Saqsayhuaman archaeological park; entrance fees are not included and you can get them at the entrance.

Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the trek to Machu Picchu.


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 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 to Machu Picchu in one day but at a slower pace later in the day.


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 07 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding our Red flag and your Name at the arrival terminal.


It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 18:00 pm in our office which is located at Calle San Agustín 317.


Yes, you can! 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.


To book your 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW or fill up the following passenger details form.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an Inca Trail permit without the following information:

  • Full name, exactly as on your passport:
  • Passport number
  • Gender
  • Date of Birthday (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of USD $ 200.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit choosing the following options:


It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money.  


Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. Tickets are also not transferrable or refundable.

*** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!


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 Machu Picchu permit. The controllers will check every day and 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, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the new passport number as soon as possible.


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.

In this link you can check an approximately of the Wheter all around the WOrld


The 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu is a 12km (7.5 mile) 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.


Yes! 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 will pick you up there.


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.


If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek.  It inspires excellent service. 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 mandatory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.


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 its people.


The 1 Inca Trail Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE the extra porter, so, you will need to carry all your things, please try to pack as light as possible which is the key to enjoy this amazing trek

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water bottle: 2 litres
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet Paper
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Personal medications
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Wool Hat only in the cold season
  • Rain gear if rainy season
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
  • Camera
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.


For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

Please keep in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups. All our tours are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information for the tour that you are choosing, or to begin customizing your own itinerary. recommendations:

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NOTE: ITEP Eco Travel, specializes in organizing the ideal travel plan to Peru, with hotels and destinations that you choose, because we have all confidential and promotional rates. For guidance on how to organize your custom package. Please write us.

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1 day

Departures Dates

Every day of the year (please check availability in our groups).


1950m - 3350m / 6398 ft - 9840ft

Visited Places

Cusco, Km 104 – Chachabamba - Wiñay Wayna, Inti Punku (Sun Gate), Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Cusco.

Inca Trail Availability

- Daily departures are available along the year, the recommended period for this trek is April to October.
- All private service departure dates are adapted to your request any day you choose.

Group Size

Small groups 4 – 8 people maximun. Average 4 people.

The world opens up a little more for a small group, We have the freedom to move around

Preparation prior the Hiking Trips

due to the altitude of the highest point in Wiñay Wayna we recommend a period of at least 1 day for acclimatization in Cusco at 3350m/9840ft.


Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

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DAY 1: moderate

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Traveler reviews

Written: Apr 6th 2024
5 star rating 5/5 stars

This was one of the best trip I’ve ever taken! It was definitely life changing and I learned so much on this trip with the local people and from our best tour guide ever, Jorge C. Jorge was so friendly and knowledgeable in every way in this trip and made it more special. We all really connected...

An amazing trip! Highly recommend!
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We had an amazing trip!! We did the 2 day Inca trail tour. Day 1 included a trek and we saw many different ruins. Our guide Primo was so knowledgable and we learnt so much about the history as well as the flora. Day 2 we had a tour around Machu Picchu ruins and again we learnt so much from Primo....

Life changing
Written: Feb 17th 2024
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This trip was one of the best decisions I could’ve ever made , it was such an amazing experience and our guide Jorge C made it even more special, he made us feel very welcomed and special during the whole trip, I couldn’t have asked for a better guide but the trip was incredible, adventurous,...

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