One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Inca Trail Trek

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Tour Details

One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of our signature tours. We have designed this itinerary exclusively for those who want get a glimpse of both, the esteemed Inca Trail and Machu Picchu in a day. This undoubtedly is the best alternative to Classic Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail

A recent study has revealed that Machu Picchu was sort of a pilgrimage destination. The trail was built by Incas for pilgrims to travel from Cusco some 500 years ago. 

In modern world, the trail rapidly gained all the deserved attention globally. Infact, National Geography Travel Magazine considers this as one of the best 25 treks in the world. In order to maintain the trail and to avert any eco hazards, the government restricts only 500 people on the trail a day.

This includes porters, guides and cooks which leaves just 200 places a day for trekkers. As a result the permits for the Four Days Inca Trail trek sell out way in advance. 

One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is yet not as popular as the four days trail. Hence it can booked in a short notice as well. 

On this day trip from Cusco, we will be visiting prominent archaeological sites including Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku (Sungate) before reaching Machu Picchu from the trail head. Both these archaeological sites are important stops on the Inca Trail trek

Why Encuentros Peru Adventure?

We are a fully locally owned tour operator. All our guides are certified tourism professionals. They are locals with a wealth of knowledge about the history and culture. Also, they have a good proficiency in English. We aim to offer the best and memorable experience to our guests. 

We highly recommend you to spend at-least three days in Cusco, acclimatising before the trail to avoid altitude sickness

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0400 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • Round Trip Transport
  • Tour Guide (English and Spanish)
  • Entrance ticket to visit Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Train from Ollantaytambo - KM.104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Box Lunch

Price Excludes

  • Dinner
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • Original Passport
  • Snacks and Water
  • Peruvian Soles in cash


We will be picking you up at 0400 AM from your hotel in Cusco. Then we will transfer you to Ollantaytambo train station in our private transport. Here, you will be boarding an Expedition train to Km.104. It will be an hour and ten minutes journey.

KM.104 is named after its distance from Cusco en-route to Machu Picchu. Upon reaching Km. 104, we will be crossing a security check point where your entrance ticket will be verified against your passport.

One Day Inca Trail Trek:

We will then start the hike to Machu Picchu, with a gradual climb to Wiñay Wayna archaeological site. We will be hiking up against the course of Urubamba river. Here our guide will give you a tour of the site and will explain in detail. You will get a breathtaking view of Urubamba canyon from here.

After the tour, we will stop for lunch at the campsite. The campsite of Wiñay Wayna has basic facilities. The dedicated lunch site has a roof on top. There are also toilets and hand wash facilities.

After lunch, we will continue the trail. We will then be hiking to the emblematic, Sun gate (Inti Punku). You will get a first view of Machu Picchu from here. This view is exclusive to those on Inca Trail.

We will then hike down the Inca site and arrive at Machu Picchu. Here, our guide will give you a two hours detailed tour. You will be visiting the main square, the ceremonial centre, temples among other sites. After the tour, we will be taking a bus from the citadel to Aguas Calientes town.

If you wish to have dinner before boarding the train, our guide can recommend you some restaurants.

Then you will be boarding a train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will meet you and transfer you back to Cusco.

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Couple Traveller

If you are short of time and want to experience the best of Inca Trail, i highly recommend doing this one day experience with Jose Luis from Encuentros. I have absolutely no words to thank him. It was a lifetime experience.

March 10, 2020

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