1D Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Cusco, Peru

9 reviews
Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 8
1D Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
Cusco, Peru

9 reviews

Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 8

About this trip

 This trail has been specifically designed for tourists who want to experience the wonder of the 2 Days Inca Trail Hike but are limited to do so due to time, activity level or permit constraints. 

This one day hike to Machu Picchu provides you with an opportunity to enjoy a train journey through the Sacred Valley, taking in many views of the Urubamba River en route. The train journey finishes at a lush forest high in a tropical area where the real adventure begins! 

On our 1 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu you will pass through the infamous ‘Sungate’ (Inti Punko) which is the most important entrance and was the unique ending gate to Machu Picchu. From this high point you will appreciate the city of Machu Picchu below and then descend through the archaeological complex.

What’s included

  • Professional tour guide
    Bilingual (English, Spanish)
  • Private Bus transport
    Pick up and drop off from hotels in Cusco
  • Bus ticket
  • Return train tickets
  • Short Inca trail permit
  • 1 Lunch
    Box lunch
  • Machu Picchu tour
    Private guided tour

What’s not included

  • Breakfast
    Hotels in Cusco usually provide a Breakfast to go on request
  • Dinner
  • Walking poles
  • Tips
  • Huayna Picchu ticket
  • Water and snacks

Available Packages

Solo Traveller

This option is for passengers booking by themselves

Deposit: $200
Group Traveller

This options is for passengers booking in a group of 2 or more people.

Deposit: $200

Available options


Day 1
Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 104 – Sungate – Machupicchu – Cusco

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco begins at 4 AM. An hour and a half drive through the Sacred Valley brings us to Ollantaytambo where we board the train to 104, which takes 90 minutes, all the while taking in views of the Sacred River and the Urubamba mountain ranges. After passing through the control point at 104 we start our amazing One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The first three hours hiking are gradually uphill until we reach the first Inca site of Winayhuyana (‘Little Machupicchu’) where you will be spoilt with stunning views of lush forest and rugged mountains and will be treated to a unique waterfall. After exploring this Inca site we continue following the trail for 90 minutes until we reach Sungate and from here you will appreciate your first views of Machupicchu. After enjoying the most stunning views of Machupicchu we follow the path to Machupicchu for 45 minutes where we end the one day Inca Trail.

When you have finished taking pictures you will start your two-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu with your expert tour guide during which you will learn the rich history of our ancestors. Following the tour of the ruins you will take the bus to Machu Picchu town, the train to Ollantaytambo and shuttle bus back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 10 km / 7.45miles
  • STARTING ELEVATION: 3350 m / 12,477 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3850 m / 12,690 ft
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Challenging

Your Organizer

Andean Path Travel
9 reviews
Andean Path Travel is a Peruvian Travel Company that caters to world´s travelers that want to step off the beaten truck, embrace the unexpected and immerse in the authentic and extraordinary of alive culture of peru, history and nature. Our staff people have the ideal balance of passion, attitude, intuition and high-guality expertise to make and deliver truly unique and unforgettable experience for you, under a fulfilling selection of innovative and off the beaten truck trekking adventures, non-conventional tourism and most authentic


Excellent trip, highly recommended for the entire family. The guide was great, full of interesting local facts. The camping experience, including waking upright in the middle of these impressive mountains, was very interesting. The entire experience is very recommended and the price tag seemed very competitive. Thanks to all the staff that care of us during this amazing experience.
By Jorge S for Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail with Camping on Apr 07, 2024
David was an artful guide in sharing his love for his country and its rich history. He was able to share a wealth of knowledge with the adults as well as engage our inquisitive and challenging teens. He had an infectious positive energy and made the trip immensely better! We will never forget our amazing by experience and would be happy to host him if he ever visits the Hill Country in Texas!
By Ashley E for 4D Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Experience on Mar 19, 2024
The trip to Machu Picchu was one of the VERY BEST travel/hiking expeditions that I have ever experienced. Period! From START to FINISH, we were treated with expert gentle guidance by our leader (David) that had spent FIVE YEARS in "college" studying the environment; so, yes, expert knowledge and gentle delivery were superb! Every accommodation was spot-on brilliant and a perfect fit for excited travelers to R&R AND just get out and visit. The hike to Machu Picchu proper was nicely challenging. It was a bit challenging in that some of the upsides (hills) are a bit steep, and all are entertainingly narrow with a great view down sans guardrails. In summary, an adventure brilliantly unique hosted by a team in a great location that certainly adds to the brilliance!!
By Jo ann P for Machu Picchu 2 day Hike + Huayna Picchu Mountain on Sep 20, 2023
It has been a tremendous experience: the hike during lush countryside up to the sun gate and down to Machu Picchu is both enjoyable and dramatic. Andean Path's tour arrangement was impeccable with train and bus times such that we were able to enjoy Machu Picchu when the huge crowds were either already gone or not there yet. The pick of accommodation in both Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes were good choices. Central to our experience being so positive was our tour guide Ronald. His incredible wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the tour made a huge difference. We enjoyed three glorious days.
By Joachim B for 3 Day Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on May 08, 2023
Let me start by explaining how David went above and beyond to get permits for our trip in the last minute. We called Andean path travel via WhatsApp, one day before of our trip to check if he can accommodate us. He did some magic and got permits for next day. It’s just unbelievable. We did the 2 day short Inca Trail and David was beyond exceptional. His English was excellent, his local knowledge from being from a near by town meant we got a very personal history tour, not only about the Incas, but the local fauna and Flora. His passion was admirable. David made the experience perfect for someone who wants to hike and learn about the history! It was definitely a trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend!
By Srikanth M for 2 Days Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Hotel on Jan 19, 2023
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