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Inca Trail 1 Day Hike

A THRILLING EXPERIENCE TO MACHU PICCHU

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    Inca Trail 1 Day Adventure

    The Inca Trail 1 Day Trek is an extraordinary journey that combines adventure, history and natural beauty in just one day. This trail takes you through the subtropical highlands of Peru, offering a stunning showcase of native wildlife and vibrant flora. As you traverse the winding trails, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking blend of natural beauty and historical grandeur. The Inca Trail day hike is an expedition through time, telling the epic story of the ancient Inca Empire with every step you take.

    Uncovering the mysteries hidden in ancient ruins along the way offers the opportunity to explore the mysteries of ancient Inca ruins scattered along the trail. These historic remnants offer a glimpse into the sophisticated civilisation that once flourished in these mountains. As you walk through these sites, the magic of the Inca Trail deepens, inviting you to reflect on the eras and lives interwoven with these time-honoured stones.

    The culmination of this adventure is the breathtaking view of Machu Picchu from the revered Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku). A personalised guided tour within the sacred precincts of Machu Picchu reveals the architectural brilliance of the site and its strategic importance within the vast Inca Empire, enhancing your appreciation of this global treasure.

    Embark on the Machu Picchu One Day Trek, a unique blend of the magic of the trail and the majesty of Machu Picchu, all in the space of a day. This short Inca trek offers a concentrated experience that will leave you with a sense of awe and respect for the creativity and spirit of the Inca civilisation.

    COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW OF THE INCA TRAIL 1 DAY HIKE

    • Duration: Full Day
    • Type of Tour: Adventure and Culture
    • Inca Trail Elevation Gain: 550 meters / 1,804 feet
    • Inca Trail Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
    • Hiking Time: 6 to 7 hours approx.
    • Meals: Box Lunch
    • Temperature: 8 ºC min / 28 ºC max
    • Physical Difficulty: Difficult
    • Group Size: 2 – 8 people

    Your Ultimate Guide to the Short Inca Trail 2 Day Itinerary

    FIRST DAY

    • At 4:15 a.m. Pick up from your hotel in our private van
    • Drive toward the train station Ollantaytambo (train departs at 6:10 am)
    • The train rides through the sacred valley giving fascinating views (1:10 hours)
    • At 7:15 am Get off at the train stop Km 104 to start the hike with your professional tour guide
    • 3 hours hiking up hill and explore along the trail two ancient Inca sites – Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna
    • After satisfying your appetite with a delicious lunch, take an hour-long walk and bask in the exquisitely picturesque view from Sun gate.
    • 40 minutes gentle downhill to get the main spot to take the popular Machu Picchu photos
    • Catch the bus down to Aguas calientes (30 minutes)
    • Check in at the hotel and take a refreshing hot shower (optional hot spring not included)
    • At 7:00 pm in the evening spend savoring a delicious dinner at one of this quaint locale’s renowned restaurants

    SECOND DAY

    • After indulging in a sprawling early morning breakfast, your guide will come to take you back Machu Picchu’s ancient wonders.
    • Get ready to explore the mysteries of Machu Picchu on your guided tour of 2 hours.
    • Back down to Aguas calientes after your visit of Machu Picchu and have lunch (not included)
    • At 2:30 p.m. at the train station (train leaves at 2:55 p.m.)
    • At 4:35 p.m. pick up from the Ollantaytambo station to drive back to Cusco.
    • Around 6:30 pm you will be finishing the tour dropping you off at your hotel.

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    Preparation for Your Inca Trail 1 Day Adventure

    We understand the significance of your vacation, and our top priority is ensuring you have a seamless and fulfilling experience on your Inca Trail 1 Day hike. To guarantee you’re fully prepared, we conduct a comprehensive briefing at your hotel 1 to 2 days before your journey begins. During this session, either our knowledgeable guide or a member of our office staff will walk you through every aspect of your upcoming trek on the short Inca Trail. They’ll share invaluable tips and recommendations to maximize your comfort and enjoyment, drawing from their extensive experience leading diverse groups along this path. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns, ensuring you embark on your adventure with confidence.

    For your convenience, the briefing is scheduled for 7:00 pm at your hotel, but we offer flexible arrangements if you contact us a week before departure.

    Journey Itinerary: Cusco – Inca Trail – Machu Picchu

    Our journey commences early at 04:15 am, departing from Cusco to embrace the short Inca Trail 1 Day hike. The initial leg of our journey involves a drive to the Ollanta Tambo station, where we’ll board the Expedition train. After approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, we’ll arrive at kilometer 104, the starting point of our trek on the Inca Trail. A brief stop at the checkpoint allows for passport verification and a final chance to purchase water before we embark on the trail.

    As we traverse the original pathway of the Inca Trail, we’ll be surrounded by the diverse flora and fauna emblematic of the Andes’ stunning landscapes. The trail ascends from the Sacred Valley, winding through historic sites like Chachabamba and Winaywayna, showcasing the incredible engineering of the Inca civilization. Our journey includes a lunch break at the scenic Wiñaywayna campground, offering picturesque views as you refuel.

    Note: The box lunch is given at the beginning of the trip that is carried by yourself.

    The Climactic Approach to Machu Picchu

    The final stretch of our hike is a tranquil walk through the lush cloud forest encircling Machu Picchu Mountain, leading us to the iconic Sun Gate. Here, you’ll be greeted with the awe-inspiring first glimpse of Machu Picchu against its dramatic mountainous backdrop, including the distinctive Huaynapicchu Mountain. Descending towards Machu Picchu, we’ll reach the prime vantage point for those quintessential photographs, marking a highlight of the Inca Trail 1 Day hike.

    With your guide, you’ll delve into the captivating history of Machu Picchu, exploring its main attractions during a two-hour tour that promises both enlightenment and ample photo opportunities.

    Concluding the Journey: Return to Cusco

    The adventure doesn’t end at Machu Picchu; a bus ride takes us down to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll board the evening train back to Ollanta Tambo. There, you’ll have a brief period to enjoy dinner before our private transport escorts you back to Cusco, concluding your Inca Trail 1 Day hike with a return to your hotel.

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    MAP OF CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 1 DAY MACHU PICCHU

    ADDITIONAL TRIP INFO

    Included

    • Expert guiding by a professional tour guide
    • All entry fees for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
    • Round-trip bus service from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Round-trip EXPEDITION train tickets
    • A nourishing box lunch and snack
    • Round-trip private bus service from your hotel in Cusco to Ollantay Tambo station
    • An oxygen tank for emergencies

    Not Included

    • Breakfast and dinner
    • Upgrade to VISTADOME train service
    • Gratuities

    Packing List

    PACKING LIST OF SHORT INCA TRAIL 1 DAY HIKE 

    We recommend that you bring the necessary and lightweight in a small day backpack to carry your day things and the boxed lunch.

    • Original passport (the same one that you used to make the reservation)
    • Backpack (must be very comfortable for all belongings and the lunch box)
    • Water
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Sunblock, sunglasses and cap.
    • Rainwear or rain poncho
    • Comfortable hiking shoes
    • Light clothing
    • Hiking pants
    • Shirts or t-shirts (we recommend long sleeved)
    • Sun cap
    • Walking sticks with rubber bands on the tip
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toilet paper
    • Personal medication
    • Extra money

    price

    GROUP SERVICE

    • High Season: $ 380.00 USD  per person (May-Sept)
    • Low Season: $ 330.00 USD  per person (Oct-Aprl)

    PRIVATE SERVICE

    • 02 hikers: $ 450.00 USD per person
    • 03 hikers: $ 430.00 USD per person
    • 04 hikers: $ 410.00 USD per person
    • 05 hikers: $ 390.00 USD per person
    • 06 hikers+: $ 380.00 USD per person

    EXTRAS

    Upgrade VISTADOME Train service

    • One way: $35.00 UDS
    • Round trip: $70.00 USD
    • Walking stick (1 pair): $ 15.00 USD

    Important Info

    PACKING LIST OF SHORT INCA TRAIL 1 DAY HIKE 

    We recommend that you bring the necessary and lightweight in a small day backpack to carry your day things and the boxed lunch.

    • Original passport (the same one that you used to make the reservation)
    • Backpack (must be very comfortable for all belongings and the lunch box)
    • Water
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Sunblock, sunglasses and cap.
    • Rainwear or rain poncho
    • Comfortable hiking shoes
    • Light clothing
    • Hiking pants
    • Shirts or t-shirts (we recommend long sleeved)
    • Sun cap
    • Walking sticks with rubber bands on the tip
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toilet paper
    • Personal medication
    • Extra money

    Faq

    This Hike is no easy feat! It requires good physical endurance and can be classified as difficult. However, for the brave adventurers out there you can experience all that the stunning 2 Day Inca Trail has to offer in a quicker amount of time; ideal for those short on vacation days but wanting to make lasting memories!

    Inca Trail 1 Day Hike

    From: 330 USD Per Person
    Type of Tour
    Adventure and Culture
    Duration: Full Day
    Activity Level
    Moderate

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