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.
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.