You have probably come to Peru to see Machu Picchu. So why not do it well?
Our 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best way to get to Machu Picchu for those without the time to hike the full trail. You can either return to Cusco the same day or spend a night in Machu Picchu town before exploring Machu Picchu again the next day, then heading back to Cusco.
You can also combine our one day Inca Trail with Lares in a great 5-day trek. Therefore mixing living local culture with Inca sites.
You start the day with an early transfer to the train towards Machu Picchu. Jumping off at km104 you pass through the control point and begin your one day Inca Trail trek.
First, you visit the Inca site of Chachabamba. Then you ascend gradually through the tropical cloud forest to Wiñay Wayna. Here you climb old Inca stairways through these beautiful terraces, stopping to explore the various buildings and water features.
Wiñay Wayna is where your one day Inca Trail joins the 5 day Inca Trail. Enjoy a delicious box lunch. Then continue on the loveliest part of the whole Inca Trail.
Lush vegetation flanks you on either side. The scent of wild orchids fills the air. And all around you, brightly coloured songbirds fill your ears with song.
Soon you will reach a final set of stairs to arrive at Inti Punku, better known as the Sun Gate. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos, you carry onto catch the bus twenty minutes down to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
For those returning the same day, you take the train back towards Cusco.
For those staying the night, you can head to your hotel for a well-deserved hotel and shower.
When walking the one day Inca Trail all you need is your daypack.
If staying overnight, we will transfer an overnight bag to your hotel.
Included: lunch, English-speaking guide, porter support, transport, train ticket, one day Inca Trail permits, entrance fees, bus ticket, (hotel if doing the 2 day version)
After a comfortable night, you take the bus back up to explore Machu Picchu with your guide. You have time to hike to the Inca Bridge or Watchman’s hut or to wander through the ruins and soak up the atmosphere.
In the afternoon you enjoy one of the world’s great train journeys along the Sacred Valley to your hotel.
We recommend this book by our friend John Hemming, to learn more about the Incas, and what you will see on your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Included: breakfast, English-speaking guide, entrance fees, bus ticket, train ticket, transport
In order to fully enjoy your trip, it is very important that you choose the right trip for you and fully understand what it involves.
There are risks inherent in travelling in Peru. Indeed there are in most of the activities that we provide. Many of the activities we offer also involve a significant level of effort on your part. After all, it is called Adventure Travel for a reason.
It is really important that you read both the trip notes above and the Risk and Safety Section on our website. Because this enables you to choose the best trip for you. Once you have read them both, please make sure you ask if there is anything you do not understand. We classify this trip as:
This trek is about what you’ll see along the way. The ‘nature’ of trekking does, of course, include the risk of trips and slips, etc. Our experienced guides will keep a close eye on you and endeavour to keep you on the right track. Do take extra care on steep descents and on the occasions where there may be an ‘edge!’ –don’t be shy to ask for support from your guide – it’s what they are there for! There is no real need to have any experience of trekking for this trip.
We create safe, responsibly run adventures in Cusco and the Sacred Valley for lovers of the great outdoors. We are a Certified B Corps and hold all Adventure Licenses for the activities we offer.
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