Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 1 Day

One Day Inca Trail
Short inca trail to Mapi
sun gate
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  • Trip Style:Trekking Tours
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Group Size:2 pax min, max 10 pax
  • From: $389.00USD per person
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Designed for people who do not have too much time in Peru, our One day Inca Trail is the perfect option to walk to the Machu Picchu Inca Citadel all in one day. The stunning cultural show of Inca ruins, juxtaposed with exotic mountains, primitive lush vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties all encompass the true appeal of the Inca Trail. This one day Inca Trail goes through a National Park and enters through the Sun Gate, providing one of the most unique views of Machu Picchu. Upon arriving at Machu Picchu, you will get a private guided tour, walking through important temples, palaces, sacred places and outstanding buildings


Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km104 – Wiñaywayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

For this one day Inca Trail, we will pick you up at 4am from Cusco,  at 5:30am from Ollantaytambo, or any hotels along the Sacred Valley. (You must let us know where you are staying to coordinate the pick up time). We’ll board the train at 6:10 am that takes us to KM 104 for about one hour and a half, where we stop at a checkpoint to show the passport.

On the way to our Machu Picchu one day hike, you’ll have the chance to see an abrupt change of temperature as we ride the train; Cusco and sacred valley will be cold in the morning, and KM 104 is warm and hot, so we recommend all guests be prepared with proper clothes for this temperature shift. We’ll stay half an hour before we start walking, where we put Sunscreen on (factor 35 or higher) and Insect repellent. Because we are in the jungle, (cloud forest) there are a lot of mosquitoes.

We’ll start walking for our 1 day Inca Trail, visiting the first Inca construction “Chachabamba” just five minutes away. The professional tour guide will explain the history for about fifteen minutes, then we’ll start walking up for three hours to Wiñaywayna (mini machu picchu– forever young). The trail is easy up for the first two hours with beautiful views, but the last one hour is a little bit more challenging with stairs going up and down.

Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) measures in at a height of 2,600 m/8,500 ft., and has many elements that allow a unique opportunity to learn about Incan history. From Wiñay Wayna, we’ll walk an undulating trail (balcony way) to the Sun Gate, where we’ll see the first view of Machu Picchu.  We start walking down for forty-five minutes to Machu Picchu. We have a guided tour of Machu Picchu, walking through important temples, palaces, sacred places and magnificent buildings.

After the Inca Trail 1 day exploration of Machu Picchu, we’ll head down to the city of Aguas Calientes. In the evening at 6:20pm you’ll take the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. Be on time at the train station, which means 30 minutes before the departure. The train will take you to Ollantaytambo, where our transfer driver is waiting to take you back to Cusco. Finally we will drop you off at or nearby your hotel (depending the location and access) where you are staying. You will arrive around 10:30 pm.

Meals: Box Lunch

Includes / Not Includes


  • Pick up at your hotel by your guide.
  • Private van from cusco to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in trekking and tour to Machu Picchu.
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104, and return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • private van back to Cusco.
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
  • 1 Box lunch
  • Private guided tour of Machu picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank


  • It is not possible to do the Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb due to time restraints.
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Dinner at Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the staff.
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train – US$57 per person – Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 6:10pm train.

What you need to take

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Water
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

Aditionals/Extras Not Included (Need to book in Advance):

Price & availability

Group Service Price 

Price per person US$389.00

Private Service Prices 

  • 2 people    US$439 per person
  • 3 people    US$419 per person
  • 4 people    US$4O9per person
  • 5 +people    US$389per person


Student Discount: US$30 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18’s Discount: US$30

Equipment Rental:

Walking Pole US$05(pair)

Methods Of Payments

Inca Trail & Alterantive Treks
1 Person $200,00 USD 2 Persons $400,00 USD 3 Persons $600,00 USD 4 Persons $800,00 USD 5 Persons $1.000,00 USD
Full day and half day tours
1 Person $50,00 USD 2 Persons $100,00 USD 3 Persons $150,00 USD 4 Persons $200,00 USD 5 Persons $250,00 USD

Packing List


  • Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
  • Valid, Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Trekking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
  • A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
  • Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)


Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you everyday of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger backpacks can not be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Rain gear
  • Warm layers (fleece / long sleeved tops)
  • Sun cream, bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Band-aids, moleskin
  • Camera, extra batteries
  • Head Torch
  • Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips (small change is useful for paying to use the villagers’ toilets on the first day)


During the trek will provide you with a duffel bag in which you can pack any items that you won’t need to keep with you during the day. Our porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note this bag should weigh a maximum of 7 kg including the weight of your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). When rented from us these two items weigh approximately 3 kg. During the Inca Trek, you will travel through different temperatures as you climb/descend, it can also be cold at night when at the campsite. Therefore layers work best!

  • Sleeping bag for Inca trail (can be rented from us)
  • Air mattress for Inca trail (can be rented from us)
  • Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves for Inca trail
  • 2-3 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
  • 1-2 hiking pants/trousers
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Soap
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Face moisturizer
  • Power pack / battery charger
  • Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate

Terms & Conditions


To book your Quinoa Expeditions of a lifetime please visit or call our team on +5184384453 or + 51 910827647.


In order to make a reservation with Quinoa Expeditions you are required to make a $200 deposit for each trek and a $ 50 deposit for Day Tours. The deposit should be paid via PayPal. . All deposits are unfortunately non-refundable as they are used to secure your reservation (by purchasing permits, entrance tickets, etc.).


The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival to Cusco and we ask that this be paid at least 36 hours prior to your tour. If you are not able to arrive in Cusco this far in advance of your trek, we ask that you notify your travel agent in advance to make arrangements. You can pay the remaining balance with Peruvian Soles, Dollars (or a combination).


All primary deposits are unfortunately 100% non-refundable. However, the earlier you notify us of a cancellation, the better we can assist you. Please send all cancellation notifications to

If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.

8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.

4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.

5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.

36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.


Visitors are responsible for ensuring that they have valid visas and / or passports. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel.


All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounts may apply for children under the age of 12.


Prices are per person.


Refunds are processed to the credit card(s) used for the original payment.


For your safety, comfort and convenience, we are the only company in Cusco that offers free transfers to and from the airport to your hotel on arrival and departure. Please send us your exact arrival time in advance. (ONLY FOR TREKS & PACKAGES)


Tipping in Peru is completely voluntary. Tipping guidelines are provided with your final travel documents that are provided during your tour briefing, held the day before your tour.


Embarking on an adventure, such as the tours we offer, may involve risk of illness or injury caused by forces of nature, animals, insects, and flora. By booking your trip, you acknowledge these risks and are applying to participate voluntarily.


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