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 2023
  • ADULT: 370 US Dollars per person
  • STUDENT: 350 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 INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU IN ONE DAY

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

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Helena G
Helena G
2024-03-26
Bucket list experience This was an experience of a lifetime! I wouldn’t have done it with any other company. They really look after you and ensure you have the best experience as possible. We were served delicious freshly made traditional Peruvian food everyday and served an array of different hot drinks. Along the way we were welcomed by the amazing views of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon rainforest. Juel was an incredible tour guide, very passionate about his Inca ancestors and about the nature around us.
Charlotte T
Charlotte T
2024-03-26
Great, rewarding experience This tour was a great experience, not only seeing Machu Picchu itself but also beautiful lakes, viewpoints and Inca sites. The food was absolutely incredible and there was more than enough for each of us. Joel was a great guide, very passionate and knowledgable about the Incan empire. I would definitely recommend hiring the walking poles and sleeping bag. The whole experience was very rewarding and Joel made sure the morale of the group was high. The only downside was the return bus company from Hidroelectrica to Cusco. We booked via bus and had to leave Machu Picchu early to catch this bus. The organisers made us wait for over an hour for our bus, which meant we could have had more time at the site.
Stefan G
Stefan G
2024-03-25
4-Days Salkantay Trek with superb guide Aurelio I did the 4-days Salkantay Trek with Machu Picchu Reservations together with a friend. Our guide Aurelio was really good and you felt that he completely identifies with the Anden culture! He always made sure that everybody in the group was able to follow. Also he gave us a lot of interesting insights into the Anden culture and nature. In general the organisation of the tour was good (briefing one day ahead of the tour, information flyer etc.). It could have been better, if we would have been better prepared for the rainy weather. Drying wet clothes was challenging in the accommodations which we had.
Kelan J
Kelan J
2024-03-24
5 day trek review with Juan Oros (guide) The salkantay trek under the expert guidance of Juan Oros was a life highlight of mine. We completed the hike across 5 days and were blessed with plenty of breaks in the weather given it was wet season. If you're completing the hike in March, do NOT forget a poncho, plastic bags/dry bags, and extra pairs of socks/clothes for when your stuff gets wet (it's very hard to dry stuff after it's wet). Juan was optimistic, knowledgeable, understanding and went out of his way constantly to ensure our experience was a good one. Additionally, he was transparent and gave us options when the conditions affected the normal route. Machu Picchu reservations are accommodating for dietary requirements and provide comfortable accommodation along the hike. All-in-all, some incredible views, plenty of laughing, great and varied hiking, good food, and an incredible guide. Thank you Juan and Machu Picchu Reservations for an unforgettable experience!
Hélio J
Hélio J
2024-03-24
Tour Vale Sagrado e Salkantay 2D1N Viajamos a Cusco na segunda semana de março. Reservamos dois passeios com a agência, o tour do Vale Sagrado e o passeio Salkantay de dois dias e uma noite. Na agência fomos atendidos por Jimmy, que foi bastante solícito e respondeu todas as nossas dúvidas. Nos dois passeios ocorreu tudo bem. Eles foram pontuais e seguiram exatamente conforme programado. Gostaria de deixar um elogio especial ao guia Nestor, que nos acompanhou no Tour Salkantay. Nestor foi muito atencioso e respondeu todas as nossas dúvidas, desde o briefing até o retorno a Cusco. Nos ajudou bastante durante nossa estadia no acampamento e na volta. Só temos elogios e agradecimentos, muito obrigado Nestor e todos os funcionários da agência!
Alex Proskurnya
Alex Proskurnya
2024-03-24
Marco’s Muchachos - A Tale of Adventure, Laughter, and Friendship Words cannot even begin to describe the experience Marco provided for myself, my mate from work, and our Aussie, British, and English friends. Aside from the natural beauty of Humantay Lake, rich culture of the Incas, majesty of Salkantay Peak, and, of course, the grandiose beauty of Machu Picchu itself, the experience was truly made unforgettable because of Marco’s guiding service. Incredibly knowledgeable, considerate, and fun, Marco guided us through the 4 day, 3 night trek stopping to elaborate on the fascinating history of the trail and of the Incan people culminating in a well-earned view of the historic ruins themselves. As an avid traveller and hiker, I would strongly recommend THIS particular company with specifically Marco as the leading guide.
claireK6420PL
claireK6420PL
2024-03-24
ChoquequirWOW I can't recommend this tour enough. Our tour guide Renzo was organised, professional and incredibly intelligent. I felt like I was in safe hands and benefitted so much from his vast local knowledge and prefect English. The food was a great opportunity to try local Peruvian cuisine and as a vegan I was very grateful for the effort our hosts, Renzo and horseman Jon went to to make sure I had delicious meals. The hike was challenging but the constant stunning views made it worthwhile and I felt so accomplished afterwards. Plus Renzon provided us with lots of encouragement and support. Choquequirao itself was like nothing I have ever seen before. We only saw 13 people not in our group there (including the ricket collector). The site is impressive and feels special, especially with everything Renzo told us about it. Having a whole day to explore the site was brilliant as we could take our time ot enjoy and appreciate it rather than rushing off, like others we saw did. It meant we had a lovely lunch there, kindly delivered by Jon, and had the site to ourselves for the afternoon. If you are in Peru you must visit Choquequirao and I strongly recommend ypu use Machu Pichu adventures for the perfectly curated experience.
Sarah C
Sarah C
2024-03-23
Incredible Trip! Incredible trip!! Our guide, Bruno, was phenomenal and a crucial part of why our experience was so great. He let us set our own pace and had meeting points each 1-1.5hrs of hiking. He taught us so much about local culture and history and made us appreciate the scenery we were walking through even more. The views are truly stunning. Each camp was comfortable and the meals were great! Tons of food and always felt fueled up for long days. I would recommend Machu Picchu Reservations again! We had nightly briefings about each day of the trek and they ensured we had everything we needed for a safe and enjoyable trek. I have been to Machu Picchu before but going via Salkantay Trek was a far better experience and I would recommend this trek over and over--truly an unforgettable experience!
Sam H
Sam H
2024-03-23
4 day Salkantay trek with Angel Me and my friend Conor did the 4-day Salkantay trek with our guide Angel. Angel was a fun and attentive guide who taught us a lot about the surrounding area and showed us some breath taking scenery. He always gave us a lot of information about the day ahead, made sure we were comfortable and helped make the trek a really memorable experience. Reaching the 4600m peak of Salkantay was incredible and finally getting to see Machu Pichu were definitely highlights of the journey. Would recommend.
Sarah-Jane D
Sarah-Jane D
2024-03-21
Marco’s Salkantay Tour Marco took us on the 4 day Salkantay Trek. He was so enthusiastic and friendly so it didn’t take long for the whole group to bond very well. Marco was very supportive of all abilities and very knowledgeable. The food and the organisation was incredible and the whole team kept us safe. We loved every second and each challenge was met with a reward of the beautiful views. A highlight of South America

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