If you want to have your first glimpse of the sacred Inca citadel of Machu Pichu from a spectacular lookout point, to visit a former religious Inca site while walking along the Andean mountainside overlooking the Urubamba river Valley, to then be amazed by an impressive archeological site that can be reached only by foot and from there to descend into the cloud forest to finally reach the Inti Punku or Sungate and from there make a final descent to get to the extraordinary archaeological complex, then this 1 Day Inca Trail hike Machu Picchu is perfect for you. A proper acclimatization is recommended.

You will arrive early in the afternoon, when the crowds have often thinned out from the morning rush having time to snap some photos while the sun disappears behind the huge Andean mountains.  You will return the follow morning refreshed and showered for your guided tour.

The weather is unpredictable in the Andes, where rain and clouds can settle in in a matter of minutes and completely change the view. If you’ve dreamed of capturing that postcard-perfect Machu Picchu photo, adding the trek to your tour itinerary doesn’t guarantee that Pachamama (Incan mother of Earth and time) will cooperate with sunny skies. It does however, mean you’ll have two opportunities to see the famed relic of the Incas in all its glory.

NOTE: Although permits are easier to obtain than for the classic 4 days Inca Trail, you should reserve early to avoid disappointment.

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this 1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu?

Are you ready to retrace the steps of the Incas in this 1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu by the hand of our expert staff and knowledgeable local English/Spanish official guides?

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  • Reliable and high standard services
  • Certified Peruvian Tour operator
  • Safe transportation according the highest standards
  • Detailed and personal pre-departure information
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent local official English/Spanish guides who will turn out the star of your trip

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1 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

PRIVATE VS. GROUP SERVICES for this 1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu?

This is a question we must all ask ourselves before planning a trip. The answer depends a lot on the age, the particular interests of each person but above all on the economy of each passenger. Being in a group of 15/20 people with different interests will probably mean that some of them will want to make shopping without stopping on a souvenir market while others with 10 minutes will have enough, and although there is a schedule for each activity there always exist the person who arrives some minutes late running, causing a loss of your precious vacation time, at the end of the day. Besides, the local official guide of the group will guide in both, English/Spanish languages, will has a strict stipulated itinerary and will be available for the 15/20 people at the same time. The main advantage of this service is the affordable price.

On the other side, with the private services you will have a very accommodate driver (if this is the case) who will make the necessary stops where you indicate and for the time you will considerer convenient in each place and a local official guide who will guide in your own language (when possible, if not just in one language, most of the times English) and who will perfectly know your particular interests to make of your trip a very personal experience, without losing time in places that are not of your interest. The main advantage of a private tour is that you use your vacation time more efficiently, learn more about the country and have all the attention of your guide, no doubt a “must” for the demanding client. If you have 5 or more people in the group, we recommend you take the private services as the price gets very close to that of the group services.

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.

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  • Active Tour
  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Nature

  • Chachabamba
  • Cusco
  • Km. 104
  • Machu Picchu
  • Winay huayna
  • Winayhuayna

  • Moderate

  • Full day

  • April to December
  • March to January



  • Retrace the steps of the Incas and visit great archeological sites accessible only on foot
  • Take your first look at the “Lost City of the Incas” from the famous Sun Gate
  • Visit Winaywayna, the most important archaeological site besides Machu Picchu


Box lunch

Your adventure for  this 1 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu will begin very early in the morning departing by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station where you will board the Expedition train to Km. 104, the starting point of the hike. In there, you will first meet your guide and following you will need to show your Inca trail permit and your original passport. After the formalities of rigor, you will begin your hike and visit the ancient archaeological site of Chachabamba 6889f/2100m, then you will head to the magnificent archaeological complex of Winaywayna 7874f/2400m in a challenging uphill hike, there are many steep steps to climb to reach the ruins. At the arrival and with a fabulous sense of accomplishment and peace far from the crowds, this will be the perfect spot to enjoy your box lunch, with great views of the Cordillera de los Andes and native orchids. The trail becomes gentler as you continue on to Inti Punku or Sun Gate 8964f/2732m, the original entrance the Incas used to access Machu Picchu, from this unforgettable point you will have your first glimpse of Machu Picchu as the sun falls. Afterwards a downhill hike begins until the surroundings of the Macchu Picchu site 7972f/2430m where you will have your guided tour (please see below our IMPORTANT NOTES), you will then take the bus from the citadel to the nearby village of Aguas Calientes 6660f/2030m. and take the train back to Cusco

Maximun altitude: 8964f/ 2732m

Minimun altitude: 6660f/2030m

Walking distance: 6.8 m./11 km

Approximate walking time: 6 hours



  • This itinerary is quite tight and you run the risk of arriving too late at the citadel of Machu Picchu and not being able to have the guided tour, we strongly recommend you to overnight in Machu Picchu town and visit the citadel at a slowly pace the next day.
  • We need a minimum of 2 participants

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