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1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The 1 Day Inca trail is the fastest trek to Machupicchu and Yes! it is possible to hike part of the Inca trail and visit the archaeological site of Machupicchu in one day. It starts from the train route of KM 104. This route has more spaces available than the Classic Inca Trail with a moderate level climb. This trail features one of the most important archaeological sites, Wiñay Wayna in other terms Forever Young. Stunning Inca ruins and beautiful mountainous landscape that enters through Sun Gate, where most classic photos of Machupicchu were taken.  02 hours private guided tour that takes you into the fascinating history of these spectacular ruins. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantay tambo – KM 104 – Wiñay wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Early morning pick up at 04:00AM from your hotel in Cusco, making our way towards Ollantay Tambo train station a 1h45 minutes journey by car to board the 06:10AM expedition train to KM 104, the starting point of our Inca trail. We begin with a moderate and well maintained path for 3 hours towards the ancient archaeological site Wiñay wayna (2,650/8,747ft) also known as Forever young a fabulous view of the Urubamba valley and the Inca site. Our path finally intersected with the Classic Inca Trail. Upon reaching we will rest and enjoy the dazzling view of this amazing site. 

After having our well-deserved rest, just one last climb before reaching, we will continue the trek to Sun Gate (2,730m/9,00ft) where you will get the first glimpse of Machupicchu. After taking in our first sight, we will walk down towards the ruins stopping for our first close up view. Congratulations! We made it! We will then begin our private guided tour that takes you into the fascinating history of these spectacular ruins.  After the full tour of Machupicchu we will head down to Aguas Calientes for a bite and board the return train to Ollantay Tambo at 18:20PM, later catching our private van back to Cusco arriving approximately 22:00PM 

  • Meals: Box Lunch
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel.
  • Pick up at your hotel.
  • Private transfer from your hotel to the train station.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Professional English-speaking guide.
  • Expedition Tourist Train – Ollantaytambo / kilometer 104 and Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo with a private transfer back to Cusco.
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
  • 1 Box lunch.
  • Private guided tour of Machu picchu.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICHU?

  • It is not possible to do the Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb in one day.
  • Snacks such as chocolate bars, dried fruits, etc.
  • Dinner at Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips for the staff (Optional but greatly appreciated).

ADDED VALUES FOR FREE:

  • TRANSFER: from the airport to hotel included (Airport to Hotel in CUSCO only).

Price

The 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on any date as long as we have a minimum of 2 people.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
2 to 3 peopleUS$ 377 per person
+4US$ 357 per person

***If you are traveling alone, please contact us for a special private price or to find a group you can join.

DISCOUNTS

  • Under 17 years and under: US $30 (Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.)
  • Under 11 years old: US $40 (Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.)

EXTRAS

  • Upgrade to Vistadome: $57 per person from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy at 6:10pm.
  • Stay the night in Aguas Calientes: 2*,3*, 4* or 5*hotel.  (we will book your return train back to Cusco for the another day)

The 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year round – except February when it is closed for maintenance. 

Availability

CHECK YOUR 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU AVAILABILITY BY CLICKING ON THE MONTH!

See if Inca Trail Permits are available for your preferred dates by selecting the Month, Year, and Date on the Calendar below! Hiking the Inca Trail requiresGOVERNMENT-ISSUED PERMIT obtained by a licensed Inca Trail Tour Operator. The government will only release a limited amount of Inca Trail permits each day, and EVERYONE will need a permit (even guides & porters!!). Tickets sell fast, so you must book your trek months in advance!

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Important Info

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please read the following information! It will help answer any questions you may have about the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

WELCOME TO CUSCO

We will pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel in Cusco. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading ORANGE Nation outside the arrivals. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter. (Please let us know if your hotel is in the Sacred Valley so we can make the necessary arrangments). 

THE BRIEFING

The Briefing will be the night before the trek at 6pm in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383; 107 (first floor), next to SUBWAY restaurant and across the street from Sunat.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:

ABSOLUTELY! During the 1 day, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour, your main luggage can be kept in our office or stored at your hotel, both are free.

HOW TO BOOK THE  1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

FIRST, to book your Machu Picchu Tour, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here – BOOK NOW.

We will need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). This information is necessary to purchase the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu the train tickets:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of USD 211.00 per person to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbol on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbol on our booking page.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Welcome to Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, located at 11,152 ft (3,399 meters) above sea level, where lack of oxygen is the only thing that can prevent you from enjoying your trip. Don’t waste one day feeling sick, prevent altitude sickness before your trip to Cusco.

For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as shortness of breath, discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, and even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract Soroche Quechua for high-altitude sickness.

Don’t do anything other than rest

If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.

Hangover x 2

To start on the right foot, avoid traveling to Cusco with a hangover (this is fundamental so that the body does not become even more dehydrated). Many of the symptoms one feels are the same as those of the almighty hangover, even if you don’t drink the night before traveling. It’s also recommended that you abstain from drink alcohol on the first day in Cusco.

Stay hydrated

How do people feel after a night of drinking? Really thirsty! That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.

Discovering coca

No one knows the effects of high altitude better than indigenous people. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2, and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. If you do not feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter, apart from numbing your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco

Pills help

There’s one magic pill that will save you many of these troubles. It is called Sorojchi Pill, and it contains acetylsalicylic acid, salophen, and caffeine. This over-the-counter drug will help with your blood circulation and headache. If you’re feeling dizzy and nauseous, try Gravol, an over-the-counter pill to stop motion sickness. Take both pills an hour before landing in Cusco. Remember to consult your doctor about medicines you intend to take, and always read the labels.

Still feeling sick? Don’t worry, the body will eventually get used to the altitude, and symptoms will gradually subside. Plus, if you’re traveling to Machu Picchu, remember it’s lower than Cusco, which means more oxygen!

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately Not. Once the tickets have been bought, the government does not allow any changes. We cannot change any departure date after the tickets have been purchased. Tickets are also non-transferable nor refundable.

*** If you cancel your 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the deposit is lost! ***

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

DEFINITELY! You MUST bring your original passport with the SAME passport number you sent to us to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances, and reservations. They will check when you enter Machu Picchu and to board the train.

In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, please send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we can change it when we receive a COPY of your new passport for a fee of $25 per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport, keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee, you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport, but you will need to show both passports, old and new to enter Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both, you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train.

Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into PeruPeruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.

ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

OF COURSE! We will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley when we return from the tour. We will also pick you up from the Sacred Valley if you are staying there.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip is appropriate. It means a lot to the staff and their families who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires better service and is a major part of the tourism industry across many ORANGE Nation destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less what you want, depending on how you feel about the quality of service and the length of your tour.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

We are a local, sustainable & responsible tour operator which functions according to the ethical principles of tourism. Protect the environment and help the indigenous communities by respecting their culture and religion. We have trained all of our staff to know, understand, and respect the local communities and the people living there. 

Packing list

PACKING CHECKLIST FOR THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL  TO MACHU PICCHU

The 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE an extra porter! You need to carry all your things, please try to pack as light.

  • Original Passport (Must be the same name and passport number used to Book the Trek).
  • Good daypack with extra room for your box lunch.
  • Water bottle: 1 – 2 liters (depending on how much you drink).
  • Comfortable hiking boots or shoes.
  • Toilet Paper.
  • Jacket.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear – just in case.
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, ice cream, cereal bars or dried fruits.
  • Rain poncho (provided by Orange Nation).
  • Camera.
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.
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NEW 2019 MACHU PICCHU REGULATIONS


Machu Picchu was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. UNESCO has been concerned with the increase of visitors to Machu Picchu within the last few years and worries that these crowds are causing damage. They have established new regulations for 2019 to reduce visitor traffic within this archaeological complex.

These new regulations will take effect on January 1, 2019. All visitors will now be limited to 4 hour visiting sessions. Tickets to Machu Picchu will be divided into three daily sessions: early morning (6AM – 9AM), late morning (9AM – 12PM) and early afternoon (12PM – 3PM). Within these sessions, visitors must choose a specific hour to visit. This is to regulate and reduce visitor traffic within the citadel– each hour will be limited to 600 visitors.

The new regulations will have a direct impact on: Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (not to be confused with the citadel itself). In order to enjoy your tour of the citadel and hike the additional mountains, you will need to purchase an extra entrance ticket to the ruins extending your time allowed inside. This means that Huayna Picchu tickets will go up from $35 per person to $75 per person.

All tours include the entrance to Machu Picchu but, in order, to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will need to purchase an additional Machu Picchu entrance ticket with the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu permit, which will cost a total of $75 per person. These new regulations will come into effect starting January 1, 2019 and will apply towards all tours. If you have booked Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain with us and do not want to pay the higher fee, please contact us at: orangenationperu@gmail.com

These are new regulations that will take effect starting January of 2019, keep visiting our page and social sites for more information or updates on these regulations.

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