1 Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

$ 396 /
per person


The 1 day Inca Trail hike or Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour all in one day. is dazzling, you will see incas ruins, unusual mountain views and extraordinary biological, diversity are what draw people to the Inca Trail. the Sun gate and the highlights of the traditional Inca Trail 4 days such as: the ruins of Chachabamba, wiñay Huayna and offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from 104.

It is crucial for prospective hikers to understand that the 1 Day Inca Trail is the same as the 2 Day Inca Trail—you just go through it faster. To complete this trek and make it to the Machu Picchu Citadel in time, hikers must be in excellent to very good physical condition. Booking the two-day Inca Trail, which gets you to Machu Picchu in one day but at a slower pace later in the day, is an option if you feel the trip could be too taxing.

Note: If you have more than 1 day, I would recommend requesting the Short Inca Trail 2 days.

Itinerary For The Inca Trail 1 Day

Day 1: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

The Inca Trail adventure begins at 5:30 a.m. with the pick up from your hotel in Ollantaytambo, if you are in the city of Cusco the pick up time will be 3:50 a.m. From where you will board the train, the train ride will be an average of 90 minutes from where you will enjoy Inca ruins, breathtaking scenery throughout the sacred valley and views of the Vilcanota River, arriving at our starting point, the control 104 from where our hike to the lost city of Machu Picchu begins.

Once we start the hike uphill we will arrive at the first archaeological center of the Inca Trail, where you will enjoy wonderful views such as valleys, forests, mountains and a waterfall. After the visit we will continue for about 2 hours until we reach the Sun Gate, where you will appreciate the first impressive views of Machu Picchu. Once we finish our visit we will descend to the lost city of Machu Picchu, where you will start your visit with your expert guide for 2 hours. After the visit, you will descend in the buses to the town of Aguas Calientes and then you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Our AltitudeXperience representative will be waiting at the train station for your transfer to your hotel.

Campsite altitude: 3,350 mts / 12444 ft.

Weather: Cold, warm

Additional Information 1 Day Inca Trail 

Getting to Cusco

All international passengers by plane must disembark in Lima and pass through Customs because the airport in Cusco is currently only for local flights. You must pick up your luggage in Lima and then check them back in, even if your trip from there to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.

The best way to go to Cusco is by plane, and there are many airlines to choose from. Although LAN generally offers the most options and flights, it is also the most expensive. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.

Arrival to Cusco

At the Cusco airport, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Please notify us of your complete flight details at least days prior to 24 arrival. At the arrival terminal, look for our representative holding an Blue ALTITUDEXPERIENCE Peru board. Please keep in mind that you must first exit the airport; drivers are not permitted to enter the airport. This can be done on whatever date works best for you!


All briefings take place at our office starting at 6:30 p.m. You must arrange a different time with a member of the ALTITUDEXPERIENCE office staff if you are unable to make this appointment. Briefings last between 30 and 45 minutes. Your duffel bags will be delivered here.

Luggage Storage

Your luggage allowance is still restricted owing to railway regulations even if this is an overnight train vacation. To be transported to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), all bags must fit in a carry-on.

While you trek, you can leave any additional luggage in Cusco at your hotel or with us at the ALTITUDEXPERIENCE deposit. On the morning of your tour, we will collect from you and return after you have reached Cusco. Make sure your baggage are identified in some way so they can be found easily.

Pick Up

One of the few businesses that will pick you up from your hotel is ALTITUDEXPERIENCE. We’ll schedule this pickup depending on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing as long as your accommodation is in the heart of Cusco City. Depending on the amount of traffic and the period between pickups, pick-up times may vary by 30 to 45 minutes.

The alleys and alleyways in Cusco’s historic center are cobblestoned. Small accommodations like Air BNBs and hotels are frequently found on impassable streets.

Inca Trail Permit

Due to Covid-19, the government has shortened the number of permits for the entire Inca Trail, including the campsites.

Inca Trail has different tour versions among them are: Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu; the most popular tour among travelers, Inca Trail 5 days to Machu Picchu; a more leisurely and comfortable tour designed for travelers who wish to explore in depth and stay longer on the Inca Trail. 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; a tour for travelers who due to time and permissions could not do the classic Inca Trail, and wish to have the amazing Inca Trail experience in two days.

The Ministry of Culture in Peru is in charge of all regulations of the Inca Trail, including permits and campsites. To enter the Inca Trail, you must have a permit that matches your NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY, and AGE (issued by the Ministry o Culture). Only licensed Inca Trail tour operators can secure these, and they are not transferable in date or name at any time.

If permits are sold out for your desired start date, there are lots of other roads that lead to Machu Picchu. We can help you find the perfect trek for you.

Altitude Sickness

People begin to worry about altitude sickness as soon as they reserve their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco. Because there is less oxygen in the air at high altitudes than at sea level, your body must work harder to obtain oxygen. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.

This is why we always advise staying in Cusco for at least two days before to starting any hike. It would be ideal if you had more time. You won’t get bored in Cusco because it is a fantastic city with lots to do.

These symptoms will typically be modest. Always ease into action gradually to give your body time to acclimate. Drink a lot of liquids, such as coca tea or water. Since ancient times, coca tea has been used to help avoid altitude sickness.

Coca plant leaves contain alkaloids that help your body get more oxygen into your blood and stave off altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided. They’ll make you urinate more frequently and dehydrate you. Don’t smoke.

Your body has a harder time getting oxygen when you smoke. Don’t use sleeping medicines. Your body may have a harder time absorbing oxygen when you sleep as a result of their potential for shallow breathing at night.

Keep in mind that the journey to Machu Picchu is not a race. When people rush to the mountain’s summit too rapidly, even those in the best form will experience altitude sickness. Your body will have more time to become used to the mountain if you move gently.

To assist prevent altitude sickness, your doctor may recommend medications like acetazolamide and dexamethasone. Two days before you travel to a high altitude, begin taking the medication. While you are at a high altitude, keep taking it.

You must keep in mind that this is your vacation and that worrying about becoming sick is unnecessary. Drink plenty of water, move slowly, and take pleasure in the coca tea. In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong and you become ill, inform your guide right away. All ALTITUDEXPERIENCE guides have received training on how to assist you in navigating it.

Weather in Cusco

Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April to October. This does not, however, prevent it from raining in June or from shining in December.

Being ready is the best course of action. Please make sure you have rain gear, which should include a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you’re undertaking the walk. Gloves are frequently forgotten, yet trekking is miserable when it’s cold and damp.

Consider the four seasons as well. You should be prepared for all four seasons as many of the climbs over the Andes entail numerous microclimates. Always wear layers since they make it simple to adapt to changing temperatures.

Additionally, it will always be chilly in the evenings, so please be ready with a warm winter-weight jacket.
It’s also critical to remember that the weather can alter an itinerary. Routes can occasionally become impassable, forcing the guides of ALTITUDEXPERIENCE to alter the plan for your safety.

Environmental Impact

ALTITUDEXPERIENCE carries all of our trash back to Cusco and uses biodegradable soap. Our staff are taught to maintain the trail and collect any trash left by other groups. Additionally, we employ chemical portable restrooms that allow us to pack trash out. Leaving no trace is something we highly support.


Full Day

1 Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

$ 396 /

per person

13 km / 8,6 miles
March 1st through January 31st
Permit Required
Type of Tour:
Cultural & Trekking

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