Inca Trail 1 day hike

Inca Trail


Full Day
Tour type
Group Size
15 Person
English and Spanish

General Information

Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu 3 days

The Inca Trail 1 Day offers a fantastic option for those who have time constraints or prefer a shorter hike than the traditional 4-day trek. This condensed version is designed to highlight the natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, and the most magnificent archaeological site of the Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna.

The trek covers a 10km or 6.3 miles route that will take you through breathtaking scenery in just a single day. This experience allows you to enjoy the unique features of the Inca Trail without the need for an extended trip. With us, you can embark on an exciting and educational journey that will leave you in awe of the charm, culture, and history of the Inca civilization.

One day hike to Machu Picchu Highlights

  • Intensive Trek: The one-day Inca Trail is an intensive hike that condenses the highlights of the longer trek into a single day, making it perfect for travelers with limited time.
  • Wiñay Wayna: Visit the impressive Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna, known as the “Forever Young” or “Eternal Youth” in Quechua. These well-preserved ruins are a sight to behold and offer a glimpse into Inca civilization.
  • Sun Gate: Hike to the Inti Punku or Sun Gate, the traditional entrance to Machu Picchu. It provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the ancient citadel, making for a memorable and rewarding end to your trek.
  • Machu Picchu: Explore the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, one of the most renowned archaeological sites in the world. Wander through the ancient city, visit its temples, terraces, and learn about its history and significance with the help of knowledgeable guides.
  • Scenic Beauty: The one-day Inca Trail offers stunning views of the surrounding Andean landscapes and the Urubamba River, providing plenty of opportunities for photography.
  • Cultural Insights: Gain insights into the Inca civilization and its cultural significance. Learn about the history and customs of this ancient culture from your guides.



Not Included

15% off for the season


USD $390.00 per person
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Inca Trail Trek 1 Day Itinerary

On the first day of our journey, we’ll depart from Cusco at 04:00 am, commencing our one-day Inca Trail adventure. After a roughly one-and-a-half-hour drive, we’ll reach Ollantaytambo, where we’ll board a train bound for kilometer 104, the starting point of our trek. This leg of our journey will take us through the most enchanting segment of the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days. Along the way, we’ll explore splendid Inca sites, encounter diverse flora and fauna, and savor breathtaking vistas of the Andes. Covering a 10km stretch of the trail, our hike commences in the Sacred Valley and ascends along a paved Inca path to the archaeological marvel of Winay Wayna before proceeding to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Following our visit to Wiñay Wayna, we will enjoy a boxed lunch.

Following our meal, we’ll trek through the verdant and lush cloud forest enveloping the mountain, affording us the opportunity to admire a rich array of plants, flowers, orchids, and avian species. If fortune favors us, we may even catch a glimpse of larger mammals like Viscachas (resembling rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears.

Upon completing a full day of hiking, we’ll reach the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the afternoon, granting us our initial panoramic views of Machu Picchu, gracefully situated on the mountain ridge below. The afternoon lighting provides ideal conditions for capturing photographs, and with fewer tourists present, it’s the perfect moment to capture exquisite images of the site. After passing through the Sun Gate, we’ll continue hiking for approximately 45 minutes until we arrive at Machu Picchu.

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, our first stop will be the Guardhouse, where you’ll have the opportunity to capture postcard-worthy images of Machu Picchu. The advantage is that this spot tends to be less crowded, enhancing your overall enjoyment of Machu Picchu. Subsequently, you’ll exit Machu Picchu briefly to use the restroom, and then re-enter at 15:00 for a guided tour lasting an hour and a half. During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore all of the most significant areas of Machu Picchu. Finally, at 16:30, we’ll catch a bus to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll enjoy dinner before boarding a 18:20 train back to Ollantaytambo. From there, our van will transport you back to Cusco, with arrival at your hotel scheduled for 10:30 pm.

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    What our customers say?

    February 6, 2024
    4 day Inka trail trek My friend and I did the 4 day Inka trek trail which included river rafting. The team were so friendly and funny. We felt safe and prepped with safety instructions. The views were incredible as we went down the river. Highly recommend!
    February 3, 2024
    Valió la pena al 100%! El Inca Jungle Trek en Perú fue una experiencia verdaderamente aventurera y variada. Nuestro guía, Amaru, fue excepcionalmente amable y posee un profundo conocimiento sobre su país. Las vistas a lo largo del trekking fueron espectaculares. Definitivamente, lo haría de nuevo 🙂
    January 30, 2024
    Excellent Amaru was fantastic, very helpful and knowledgeable. They make sure you are comfortable and help every step of the way!
    Dani F
    Dani F
    January 16, 2024
    Viaje inolvidable. Una expericia única rodeados de naturaleza y disfrute. 10/10 El Inka jungle estuvo increíble. Una experiencia maravillosa que será imborrable. Nuestro guía Guille un genio!! Nos contó mucho la historia Inka , durante el trekking probamos distintas frutas del camino y nos enseñó sobre ellas, fritas plantas animales. Recomiendo muchísimo. Toda la actividad fue fenomenal. Las bicis por la montaña con unas vistas hermosas, el rafting, el trekking y finalmente machu pichu. Esperamos volver pronto a peru, ha sido una experiencia y un viaje inolvidable.
    Gabriella M
    Gabriella M
    November 28, 2023
    Inka Jungle Trek with Paul My Inka Jungle trek with Paul as the guide was fantastic. He expertly navigated the route, shared insightful information, and ensured a safe journey. His knowledge of the area enriched the experience, making it both educational and adventurous. I highly recommend Paul for the Inka Jungle trek.
    October 26, 2023
    Esperienza bellissima! Da rifare assolutamente Esperienza super divertente, ci siamo sempre sentiti al sicuro e le guide sono molto simpatiche e accoglienti! Da rifare assolutamente
    Michael P
    Michael P
    September 1, 2023
    Highlight of Peru Trip Our time on the Inca Jungle Trek was amazing. This is the best alternative to the traditional Inca Trail treks as it includes fun activities (and cheaper as well). Mountain biking, river rafting, and zip lining are great additions on the journey to Machu Picchu. Also stopping along the trek to meet various local village farmers was really neat! Our guide Paul was helpful and informative. We had a big group of individuals who all booked through different agencies so it was sometimes difficult to provide all the answers. There may have been some confusion at times but it all worked out in the end. It should be noted that the accommodations are very basic for the first 2 nights so don’t expect anything fancy. As long as you go into this trek with the right attitude then it will be a blast. This was the highlight of my Peru trip!
    jhensson c
    jhensson c
    August 30, 2023
    Buena experiencia Todo el viaje fue muy bueno, lleno de mucha aventura y caminatas con hermosos paisajes, a la comida le doy un 8 de 10, sin embargo todo lo demás fue muy bueno.
    Lucio S
    Lucio S
    August 30, 2023
    Increíble Realmente muy buena excursión... Paul el guía fue una maravilla y nos brindo una atención impecable, sin dudas volvería a realizar la misma excursión...
    Frank May
    Frank May
    August 19, 2023
    Brilliant time Great a great tour, with amazing activities throughout. Paul and Emerson were both amazing from a tour of machu picchu to teaching us salsa. Would highly recommend.

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