TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 01:

Cusco to Ollantaytambo: Inca Trail Adventure to Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4 am and drive for 1.45 hours to the Ollantaytambo train station. Here, you will catch the train at either 6:10 am or 6:40 am, which will take you to Km 104 where the Inca Trail begins. At Km 104, you will meet your tour guide, pass the check point for the 2-day Inca Trail, and start your adventure by exploring the Inca site of Chachabamba.

Afterward, you will begin a guided uphill hike for 3 to 3.5 hours to Winaywayna, where you will stop to explore this beautifully preserved Inca site. You will then enjoy the packed lunch we provide, followed by a short rest before continuing your hike to the Sun Gate. Here, you will have an amazing view of Machu Picchu.

As you continue hiking into Machu Picchu, you will have time to take pictures and enjoy a short guided tour of the site. Around 5 pm, you will take a 30-minute bus ride from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes. Once in town, you will have dinner before boarding the train around 6:30 pm for a 1.5-hour journey back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, our transfer will be waiting to drive you back to Cusco for another 1.5 hours, dropping you off at your hotel around 10 pm. This marks the end of your full-day Machu Picchu adventure.

  • Highlight: Trekking the Inca Trail, enjoying the views from the Sun Gate, sunset views from Machu Picchu, camping at the foot of Machu Picchu
  • Walking Distance: 15 km / 8 miles
  • Meals: L + D
  • Elevations: Trek starting point 2,000 m, the highest point is Sun Gate 2,720 m, the camp is at 1,900 m
  • Weather: Hot and humid
  • Train tome for the way there: Vogayer train at 6:40 / Expedition train at 6:10

Inclusions

Included

Inclusions for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in One Day:
  • Hotel pick-up in Cusco
  • Transfer from Cusco to the Ollantaytambo train station
  • Professional tour guide trained in first aid, experienced in the route and history
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 (trailhead)
  • Entrance ticket for the Inca Trail
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle for emergencies
  • One lunch and one dinner
  • Return train ticket from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo (train at 6:20 pm or 7:00 pm)
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo station to your hotel in Cusco

What to Pack

Here’s a packing list for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in one day:

  • Backypack: A small backpack to carry your personal belongings such as water, snacks, sunscreen, camera, and other essentials.
  • Hiking shoes: Good hiking shoes with a sturdy sole that provides good traction on uneven terrain.
  • Hiking socks: Wearing good quality socks can help prevent blisters and keep your feet dry and comfortable.
  • Lightweight clothes: Quick-dry and moisture-wicking clothes are recommended for hiking.
  • Warm layers: It can get cold at night, so it’s essential to pack warm layers such as a fleece jacket or down jacket.
  • Rain gear: It’s always a good idea to carry a rain jacket or poncho as it can rain anytime in the Andean region.
  • Hat and sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun and UV rays by wearing a hat and sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen: Use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
  • Insect repellent: The trail is in the forest, and there are insects around, so it’s essential to carry insect repellent.
  • Water bottle: It’s important to stay hydrated, so bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Snacks: Bring some energy bars, nuts, or fruits to keep your energy levels up.
  • Personal medication: If you have any medical conditions or take regular medication, bring it with you.
  • Camera: Bring a camera to capture the beautiful scenery along the trail.

It’s important to pack light and carry only what you need as you’ll be hiking with your backpack. Additionally, porters will carry most of the equipment, so it’s recommended to limit your luggage to a maximum of 7 kg (15 lb).

Documents to carry with you on tour:

  • Original Passports
  • Original Studend ID: If you booked the Inca Trail 2 days as a student, you must present your original student ID card and passport at the checkpoint located at km 104 beginning of the Inca Trail.

Pricing

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU IN ONE DAY

Government regulations: The Peruvian government regulates the number of visitors and the prices for permits charged for the Inca Trail also, the Government regulates the salary of the porters and guides. Tour operators should comply with these regulations to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of permits and fees. That is why the prices we charge for the Inca Trail one day are fair and reasonable to cover all the needs to operate the Inca Trail in one day.

  • PRICES: INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU ON ONE DAY
Group service – Season 2024
  • ADULT: 400 US Dollars per person
  • STUDENT: 370 US Dollars per person

ADDITIONAL OPTION THAT YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR INCA TRAIL TOUR

  • A PAIR OF TREKKING POLES : 10 US Dollars 
  • UPGRADE TO VISTADOME TRAIN – PANORAMIC TRAIN – ONE WAY: 35 US Dollars

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STUDENT PRICE:

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE:

The student price is available for all students around the world, provided that they meet the requirements set by the Peruvian government. This discount is applicable when purchasing Machu Picchu tickets from the Peruvian government.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE, YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
Your student ID must be an original ID issued by your university, made of PVC material.
The student ID must have the following information printed on it.
  • University information.
  • Student name.
  • Student picture.
  1. The student ID must have a valid expiration date printed on it, which is only valid for one year. For instance, if you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the expiration date on your ID must be 2023 or 2024. If you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the maximum expiration date allowed is 2024.
  2. The student discount is available only for students who are not more than 25 years old.
  3. The International Student Identification Card (ISIC) is Not valid for the discount, even if it meets the requirements mentioned above.
  4. The only valid document for the student price is the original student ID that meets the requirements set by the Peruvian government. No other documents such as certifications or virtual cards are accepted as proof of student status.
  5. To apply for the student price, send us a photo of both sides of your student ID to machupicchureservations@gmail.com when you book the tour. If you send it later, you will not be eligible for the student discount.

How to Book with Machu Picchu Reservation

To book the Inca Trail, you need to choose a reputable tour operator who is authorized by the Peruvian government to operate the trail.

  • CLICK ON THE YELLOW BUTTON – BOOK ONLINE – choose the date, and fill in our booking form to book an Inca Trail Trek Tour today. Have one person fill in the form for the group so we make sure to book you all together. Have your passport ready; we need all your details to match exactly.

PAYMENT:You can pay online for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in One Day on our website using any type of debit or credit card – Paying online has a fee of 2.9% covered by the customer which is the lowest that we got for payments online.

  • To book the Inca trail, we request a deposit of 200 us dollars per person in order to buy from the Peruvian government the permit and the tickets for the Inca trail. Your deposit is needed to secure and book an Inca Trail Trek Tour
  • You can also choose to pay 100% of the amount of the tour so that you are any longer worrying about payments and just think in getting ready for your Inca Trail experience.
  • If you choose to pay only the deposit to reserve the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in One Day, you must pay the remaining balance up to 24 hours before the start of the tour. The remaining balance can be paid in cash (in soles or dollars) upon arrival at our central office in Cusco. If you choose to pay by card, there is a fee of 3.9%. Alternatively, you can pay online with any type of card, but there is a fee of 2.9%.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: Please note that if your passport is set to expire within 6 months of your planned entry date to Peru, you will be required to renew your passport before traveling to Peru. The Peruvian authorities will not grant you entry to the country otherwise.

If you are booking your trek with us and your passport is expiring within 6 months of your entry date, you can still book with us to secure your Inca Trail permits and tickets to Machu Picchu. However, you must renew your passport and update your passport details with us before your trip to Peru. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of your reserved permits and tickets to Machu Picchu.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Obtaining travel insurance before leaving home is strongly encouraged and very easy. In fact, we work with a reputable agency in the United States that has made it both easy and affordable. This is an excellent way to ensure your safety while visiting Peru.

NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE DEPOSIT: There is a $250 deposit per person, needed to book THE INCA TRAIL IN ONE DAY tour with Machu Picchu reservations. The deposit can be made online with any type of card, which will incur a 2.9% merchant fee paid by the traveller.
All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable.

REMAINING BALANCE PAYMENT: If you choose to pay only the deposit to reserve the Inca Trail for 2 days, you must pay the remaining balance up to 24 hours before the start of the tour. The remaining balance can be paid in cash (in soles or dollars) upon arrival at our central office in Cusco. If you choose to pay by card, there is a fee of 3.9%. Alternatively, you can pay online with any type of card, but there is a fee of 2.9%.

STUDENT DISCOUNT BOOKING: If your student card meets the requirements of the Peruvian government, you can make the reservation with only a deposit and pay the remaining balance when you arrive in Cusco. We will apply the student discount at that time.

Frequently Asked Questions ONE-DAY INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU

Q: What is the Inca Trail?

  • A: The Inca Trail is a famous hiking route in Peru that leads to the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. It is a 26-mile trek that takes several days to complete.

Q: Can the Inca Trail be done in 2 days?

  • A: Yes, there is a shorter version of the Inca Trail that can be completed in 2 days. However, this route is less crowded than the traditional 4-day trek.

Q: Is a permit required for the Inca Trail?

  • A: Yes, a permit is required to hike the Inca Trail. These permits are limited and must be reserved in advance.

Q: How difficult is the Inca Trail?

  • A: The Inca Trail is a trek that involves hiking at high altitudes and navigating steep inclines and descents. However, the 2-day route is less strenuous than the 4-day trek.

Q: What should I bring on the Inca Trail?

  • A: You should bring comfortable hiking shoes, warm clothing for the evenings, sunscreen, insect repellent, and plenty of water. You may also want to bring a camera and a flashlight.

Q: Can I hike the Inca Trail on my own?

  • A: No, hiking the Inca Trail without a licensed guide is not allowed. You must book a tour with a licensed tour operator in order to hike the trail.

Q: When is the best time to hike the Inca Trail?

  • A: The best time to hike the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. The trail is often closed on february.

Q: What is the altitude of the Inca Trail 2 days?

  • A: The Inca Trail reaches an altitude of 2,700 meters (9300 feet) at its highest point.

Q: What is the cost of hiking the Inca Trail?

  • A: The cost of hiking the Inca Trail varies depending on the tour operator and the length of the trek. The 2-day trek is generally less expensive than the 4-day trek.

Travel Guide

TripAdvisor Reviews

Machu Picchu Reservations has received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor . These reviews highlight our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Thank you for trusting us and for your valuable feedback!", we have 5,692 reviews

Elea
Elea
2024-05-13
INCROYABLE Je recommande 100% Machu Picchu réservations! Une des meilleures expérience de ma vie avec un personnel incroyable ! Notre guide Alfredo nous a soutenu, a été à notre rythme et nous a fait découvrir des endroits hors du commun. L’organisation était au rendez vous. Le prix très abordable pour ce qu’on vécu! Je remercie toute l’équipe de Machu Picchu Reservations pour leur disponibilité et pour l’encadrement de ce super trek. Si vous devez faire un trek, foncez avec cette agence !
Matthew H
Matthew H
2024-05-13
Trip of a Lifetime This was the best trip I've ever been on. Unbelievable sights for all 5 days and so many amazing people to meet. The company took great care of us during our 5 days and 4 nights of trekking. The chefs were incredible and made great food for each meal of the day, I was really impressed! The hike itself was not too difficult. The altitude of course makes it difficult on breathing, but terrain was quite easy. There were a few spots that were extremely rocky and easy to sprain an ankle. Our tool guide, Juel, was incredible and really made our trip. He was so knowledgeable about the Inca's history and was very interesting to learn from. He would let everyone go at their own pace, always making sure everyone was okay and safe. I cannot stress the impact that he made on our trip. I would highly recommend Juel to anyone who wants the best possible experience of Salkantay. Andre at the Cusco office is also a great guy, very helpful! Overall, we had an amazing time with Machu Picchu Reservations and would highly highly recommend the tour group!
Simona I
Simona I
2024-05-12
Super trip We had an amazing tour, time and views. The information our guide was hearttouching. And all spots he show us, were so worth it the steps
Maria I
Maria I
2024-05-12
Super trip! We had an amazing time! The hike and tour in generell was just magical! Angel the guide was very kind, he gave us a lot of super interesting informations and even if it was my second time- this trip was favorite and I am taking a lot of nice memories :) I would recommend it to everybody that does not have a lot of time - worth it so much more than a one day trip!
Lucy H
Lucy H
2024-05-12
Amazing trip! The 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was absolutely amazing. We had great accommodation each night with incredible views of the mountains, and each day was something different (lagoon, mountains, jungle, etc.). A special shout out to our guide, Billy, who was so friendly, passionate and knowledgable, and the chefs, who prepared us 3 incredible meals every single day of the trek. A trip I won’t forget for a while!
Paradise756139
Paradise756139
2024-05-12
The best 5 days What an amazing and rewarding five days with Machu Picchu reservations. My sister and I are vegan and all the food was amazing and plenty of it. The chefs went above and beyond. Aurelio was the best guide, we feel so lucky that we had him for the 5 days. He really made the trip! We had a great group of people who were so supportive and encouraging. Despite it being challenging at times we laughed so much!
Jacynthe P
Jacynthe P
2024-05-12
2 day Machu Picchu tour - amazing experience We were lucky enough to get Angel as our guide. He was amazing, super informative and captivating. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Pranav P
Pranav P
2024-05-11
Amazing experience Had great time at Salkantay Trekking and Machu Picchu for 5 days. Steven was excellent guide. He indulged us in inka culture, had supported so well in altitude sickness and intense hike. He took fabulous pictures and supported our vegetarian food need. Overall it was great fun with making new friends and memories. Highly recommend if you want intense hiking experience at Salkantay.
Jet S
Jet S
2024-05-11
Best andventure ever! This was honestly the best experience of my life. I had 5 days of adventure, stunning views and great company. It was sad that the time flew by as every day was such a blast! Machu Picchu Reservations is a great company to choose for the Salkantay Trek. They were very organized, food was delicious, sleeping arrangement was excellent and the guides create a supportive and amazing vibe! Aurelio was the best guide and it was bittersweet to say goodbye after such a great experience. I would highly recommend Machu Picchu Reservations and above all Aurelio as your guide!

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