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1 Day Inca Trail Hike
Price from: $ 369.00 USD (See: Pricing)
1 Day Inca Trail Hike
Tour Type
Mountain Hike
1 Day Inca Trail Hike
Maximun Altitude
2,715m/8,907 ft.
1 Day Inca Trail Hike
Physical Level
Moderately Strenuous
1 Day Inca Trail Hike
Recommended Season
March to December

1 Day Inca Trail Hike

Price from: $ 369.00 USD (See: Pricing)

1 Day Inca Trail Hike Overview Venture to the mysticism of the Inca Trail in just one day! This hike takes you through stunning Andean landscapes, past ancient Inca ruins, and breathtaking views, all leading up to the grand finale of Machu Picchu. You’ll follow in the footsteps of the Incas, learning about their culture […]

Tour Plan: Cusco | Km 104 | Wiñaywayna | Inti Punku | Machu Picchu Ruins

Awe-inspiring the 1 Day Inca Trail Hike

1 Day Inca Trail Hike – Enjoy a magnificent whirlwind adventure through the network of Inca trails to Machu Picchu via the ruins of Inti Punku. The most incredible trips take place on day hikes through the Peruvian Andes. The adventure starts from Cusco, Machu Picchu Pueblo, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo, then travel by train to km 104 of the railway to start the 1-day Short Inca Trail hiking adventure.

The Short Inca Trail 1 Day has incredible panoramic views of the Inca ruins of Chachabamba, Choquesuysuy, Wiñaywayna, Inti Punku, and the spectacular Machu Picchu. The 1-day Inca trail is built with stones of different sizes, making the adventure of walking to Machu Picchu a pleasant one.

Booking the Hike: BOOK YOUR TREK WITH KONDOR PATH TOURS WELL IN ADVANCE. Permits for the 1-day Inca Trail are limited and tend to sell out quickly, so secure your spot early.

If you’re short on time but still want to experience the beauty and history of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, a one-day hike may be the perfect solution. This trek offers a condensed version of the traditional four-day hike, allowing you to explore the stunning landscapes and ancient ruins in just one day.


1 Day Inca Trail Hike Overview

Venture to the mysticism of the Inca Trail in just one day! This hike takes you through stunning Andean landscapes, past ancient Inca ruins, and breathtaking views, all leading up to the grand finale of Machu Picchu. You’ll follow in the footsteps of the Incas, learning about their culture and history along the way. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you won’t want to miss. Experience the beauty and history of the 1 Day Inca Trail in a shorter timeframe – Get a taste of the Andean landscape and culture – Learn from knowledgeable local guides – Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch along the way – Make memories that will last a lifetime.

1 Day Inca Trail Highlights

Why You’ll Love the Short Inca Trail 1 Day

  • Experience the thrill of the Short Inca Trail in just one day! This adventure-packed trip is perfect for those seeking a quick and exciting escape.
  • Don’t have time for the complete Inca Trail in Peru? No problem! Explore the 1-day Inca Trail hike, a perfect way to experience the beauty and history of this iconic trail.
  • Travel at the best time to hike the 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu ruins. Our expert guides will lead you through stunning landscapes and ancient ruins.


1 Day Inca Trail Hike Itinerary


Hike from KM 104 to Inti Punku and Machu Picchu

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 5:15 a.m. to start the trip to the Ollantaytambo train station.

NOTE: If you prefer to start in Ollantaytambo, we recommend you spend the night in Ollantaytambo one day before. 06:00, we will pick you up at your hotel in Ollantaytambo to start the train trip.

We travel by train for 1 hour and 15 minutes until we reach km 104 of the railway, the starting point of the hiking adventure ascending the Inca trail for approximately 3 hours until we reach the ruins of Wiñaywayna. During the walk, we will find several viewpoints to observe the landscapes of the cloud forest and the Inca ruins before arriving at Machu Picchu.

From Wiñaywayna, there is a 1-hour walk, mostly semi-undulating with some Inca steps, to Puerta del Sol. At Inti Punku, you will have your first view of Machu Picchu. The last 35 minutes from the Puerta del Sol to the Machu Picchu viewpoint, take your time walking to fully enjoy the incredible views of the Machu Picchu environment.

After the incredible Inca Trail Day hike, enjoy the bus service to Machu Picchu town, “30 minutes of travel.” At 6:20 p.m., board the return service to Ollantaytambo; our private vehicle will then transport you to Cusco from Ollantaytambo.


Box Lunch

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Walking Distance

11km (6.14 miles)

Hiking Time

5 Hrs.

Starting Altitude

KM 104: 2,000m (6,560 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)

Highest Altitude

Inti Pinku: 2,720m (8,920 ft)


1 Day Inca Trail Hike INCLUSIONS

  • Active itinerary with unique landscape and cultural experiences
  • Local guide (s) with command of the English language
  • Private transport service for excursions and transfers
  • Pick up from your hotel at 05:15. Private transport to Ollantaytambo to the Train Station (the trip lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes.)
  • Outbound Journey – Train ticket: By Inca Rail: OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104: Class: The Voyager 61, departure at 07:22
  • Train guide “one way – the guide travels on the same train as the clients.”
  • Entrance ticket to the One Day Short Inca Trail
  • Admission fee to the Inka Trail by SERNANP “National Service of Natural Protected Areas.”
  • 01 oxygen bottle plus 01 first aid kit.
  • Box lunch per client, “clients load their box lunch.”
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu site to Aguas Calientes (one-way).
  • Inbound Journey – Train ticket: By Inca Rail: Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo: Class: The Voyager 49, departure at 19:00
  • Private transport service from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco
  • All local taxes.

Train Advice

Luggage Policies and Identity Requirements by Peru Rail changed its policies regarding luggage: 01 bags or backpacks must not exceed 5 kg/11 pounds or 62 inches/157 cm (length + height + width). This information means you should bring along a small backpack to Machu Picchu. You can leave your main luggage in your Hotel (Cuzco or Ollantaytambo). The Train service will require each passenger boarding a train service to submit their train ticket + original passport. Without this, the passenger will not be able to board the train for the safety of the passengers.


  • Overnight in Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Machu Picchu Tour with guide
  • Due to time restraints, doing the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb is impossible.
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
  • Dinner on day 1.
  • Tip for your guide(s) and driver

What To Bring for the 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

  • Original passport
  • Hiking backpack – 21-liter capacity.
  • Hiking poles with rubber cover.
  • Trekking clothing: Hiking shoes, pants, shorts, two shirts, and a rain jacket.
  • Anti-blister gel to prevent blisters on the feet.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Sun block cream SPF 60 (UVA-UVB).
  • Waterproof insect repellent cream, not a spray!
  • Reusable canteen for your water.

Notes of 1 Day Inca Trail Hike:

Machu Picchu Tickets are valid for a single entry, and re-entry is impossible! To re-enter, you have to buy a new entrance ticket in advance.

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Travel Guide

The 1-day Inca Trail is a shorter version of the classic multi-day Inca Trail trek. It offers a condensed experience of hiking along a portion of the Inca Trail and reaching the famous archaeological site of Machu Picchu in a single day.

The 1-day Inca Trail covers approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of hiking. It typically takes around 6-8 hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group and the stops along the way.

Yes, a permit is required to hike the 1-day Inca Trail. Since the 1-day trek includes a portion of the Inca Trail, it falls under the regulations and permit system of the Ministry of Culture of Peru. The number of permits available is limited, so booking in advance is essential.

The 1-day Inca Trail is considered moderately challenging. It involves uphill and downhill sections, uneven terrain, and some steep stone steps. However, it is less demanding than the multi-day Inca Trail trek, making it accessible to a broader range of fitness levels.

Yes, the 1-day Inca Trail ends at Machu Picchu, allowing you to explore and experience the ancient ruins. After completing the trek, you will have a tour of Machu Picchu to learn about its history and significance.

There are no specific age restrictions for the 1-day Inca Trail. However, it’s essential to consider participants’ physical abilities and endurance, mainly due to the challenging terrain. It’s advisable to consult with tour operators to determine if it suits children or older adults.

Some essential items for the 1-day Inca Trail include a valid passport, comfortable hiking shoes, lightweight clothing layers, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a rain jacket, a day pack, a refillable water bottle, snacks, and insect repellent. It’s also recommended to bring a camera to capture the stunning scenery.

Yes, a licensed guide is required for the 1-day Inca Trail. As per the regulations, all visitors must be accompanied by an authorized guide who provides information, ensures safety, and helps to preserve the site’s cultural and natural heritage.

The 1-day Inca Trail requires the services of a licensed tour operator. They handle the permits, provide transportation guides, and assist with logistics, ensuring a well-organized and coordinated experience. It’s not possible to hike the 1-day Inca Trail independently.

Yes, the 1-day Inca Trail is available year-round, except for specific maintenance periods in February when the Inca Trail is closed. However, it’s worth noting that the rainy season (December to March) may result in more challenging trail conditions.

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1 Day Inca Trail Hike COST

Season 2023 – 2024

Number of persons Price per person
1 $ 523.00 USD
2 $ 425.00 USD
3 $ 395.00 USD
4 $ 385.00 USD
5 $ 369.00 USD

Short Inca Trail 1 Day Days Upgrade

Enhance Your Trip


By PeruRail / PER PERSON

  • + $50.00 Vistadome train (MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO) + Transfer to Cusco from Ollantaytambo
  • + $45 Vistadome train (one way: MACHUPICCHU – POROY) Inbound Journey
  • + $445.00 Hiram Bingham train (Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY) Inbound Journey


  • This applies to the following services
  • Machu Picchu Fee: Short Inca Trail 1 Day College students$20 off



Short Inca Trail 1 Day – Don’t miss the opportunity to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This one-day trek offers an unforgettable experience with stunning views and hidden gems to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.

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Alittle bit of everything We had a last minute change of plans when it came to our tour. We were supposed to visit the rainbow mountain but with the recent protesting we called to see if we could change last minute and they were very accommodating. Odon and Fernando were amazing! They took us to see multiple attractions and made us feel very at home. And kudos to Renee for the amazing driving. I would highly recommend using this company for a tour. We will definitely use them if we ever come back!
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Atv Tour Odin and Fernando were great as well as our driver Rene. Very informative about the city of Cusco. Enjoyed our tour with this company and these individuals who took us around. Great time! Highly recommend!!!
Family vacation Kondor path tours arranged a couple of private tours on our last vacation in Peru. Our first tour was the Rainbow Mountains and the next day we did the sacred Valley Tour.The administrative services were excellent, we met at our hotel the day before our tours and our head guide, Fredy, explained everything perfectly, including what to wear and bring for each tour. On the tour days, our guides (Fredy and Juan Carlos) and driver (Juan Carlos) were great! very knowledgeable, considerate about our party, always helpful and ready to answer questions and meet the expectations (completely different expectations because we had different ages in our party (from 11 to 69 years)) of each party member.The rainbow mountain is awesome and is is really helpful to go with a guide that knows about the area, but also about hiking!!!
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Awesome Service and Tours Fernando and Patricia were SUPER responsive - usually responded to emails within 10 minutes!!. The arrangements they made for Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and surrounding areas were awesome.They were waiting for us at the airport and did everything we asked them. Our guide for the four days was Herberth and driver was Juan Carlos. Both were SUPER SUPER great. Juan Carlos was such an amazingly pleasant driver with cute stories. He also was a very safe driver. Herberth was very knowledgable and helpful. Took us all over the places with details about the history and details. We had friends who were not able to climb much and they accommodated us all.On the day we had planned to do rainbow mountain we did not feel great and emailed Fernando at 5am and he responded within 5 minutes with other options for us to do that day. Overall, if you are going to Peru and want to visit the historic sites, you SHOULD go with these people. They are SUPERB!!
Great memories for our family We went for a tour to the rainbow mountain, service was excellent and then we decided to go for another tour on the next day to the sacred valley, it was also excellent. Our guide was Fredy and our driver was Juan Carlos, two excellent people, honest and respectful. I recommend them. Gracias por todo, lo pasamos increíble.
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