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Overview

With the 1 day Inca Trail, you hike the short Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu Citadel all in one day. The appeal of the Inca Trail is the stunning cultural show of Inca ruins, exotic mountain views, primitive lush vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties. The trail goes through the National Park and enters through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu. Upon arriving to Machu Picchu, you will get a private guided tour, visiting all the hidden corners of the Inca monument.

About this activity

TYPE SERVICE

Private or Group

ACTIVITIES

Trekking and Adeventure

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8

ACCOMMODATION

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

DURATION

1 Day

ITINERARY

ITINERARY FOR THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM104 – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

At 4 am the tour guide will pick you up in your dedicated private transportation at your hotel in Cusco to escort you to the train station in Ollantaytambo. (For those who prefer to begin in Ollantaytambo, we will pick you up at your hotel at 5:30AM).

Before boarding the train in OLLANTAYTAMBO, your guide will provide you with a picnic lunch which you will carry in your day pack. Please be sure to notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you book! After about a 1 hr and 15 minute train ride, where you will enjoy spectacular views, you will arrive at the famous Km104 which is at 2,000 m/6,560 ft. above sea level. At this time, you and your guide will disembark from the train and begin your exciting journey starting along the beautiful Urubamba river.

After crossing the Urubamba river on a picturesque foot bridge, you will show your passport at the checkpoint and then visit a nearby Inca site. For the first hour and a half it will be a gentle uphill trek, with several shelters along the way to rest for a bit and to relieve you of the sun or rain, depending on the season. Along the way, you will stop at several outlooks where you will be able to take photos of the expansive views of the Urubamba River. You will also pass through several microclimates, including a cloud forest. So be ready to possibly get damp or even some rain at any time of the year. The next hour and a half will be slightly steeper uphill, with a beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike!

While crossing the bridge below the waterfall, take some time for photos. After which you then will find yourself gazing up at the awe inspiring Wiñay Wayna! Which is at 2,600 m/8,500 ft above sea level. These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history and some parts are still hidden by the dense jungle. As you continue to approach Machu Picchu, you will be hiking through a lush sub-tropical jungle and breathe the same air as the Incas did. Your guide will tell you about the local ruins and the incredible flora and fauna of this microclimate. At this time your guide can answer any questions you have before the short 5 minute walk to your lunch spot at the Wiñay Wayna campground which is the last campground for those hiking the four day Inca Trail.

Here you will enjoy your time at a covered shelter where there are nearby facilities to freshen up. Take your time enjoying your hearty gourmet lunch and admire the tropical scenery near around the campground.

Following lunch, you will have a mostly flat walk to the Sun Gate, from which you will have your first view of Machu Picchu. After a gentle hour and half walk, you will come to a set of lofty stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca. As you reach these ancient stairs you will be only steps away from the venerable Sun Gate! When there, you will be treated with a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, so take some time to savor the moment and take plenty of snapshots. The last 45 minutes down from the Sun Gate provides many opportunities to capture your experiences with even more photos of Machu Picchu from unique vantage points along the way. There are also more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu that your tour guide will surely point out and explain. So make sure to go slowly and enjoy your time walking in the footsteps of the Inca on this part of the trail and your guide will be glad to answer any questions about these historical places on the last bit of your hike to Machu Picchu.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, you will have time to take in the elegance of it all from the viewing platforms above the site. You will arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon as the archeological area starts to empty of other visitors. This is going to give you the opportunity to take many astonishing and possibly unobstructed photos in the brilliant afternoon light. Your guide then will proceed to give you the full tour of Machu Picchu, which will take approximately two hours. You will see the most important parts of Machu Picchu, including the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry and the House of the Inca. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious. At this time you will have the occasion to enjoy this magical experience before you take the bus down to Machu Picchu City. 

In the evening (at 6:20pm) you will take the return Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. If you upgrade to the Vistadome, you will depart at 6:10pm. Everyone will go in our private van to Cusco and to your hotel. You will arrive back in Cusco at around 10:00 pm.

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 by your guide
  • Private transport from your hotel to the train station
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Licensed English speaking professional guide who is experienced in trekking
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and then back from Machu Picchu City(Aguas Calientes) to Ollantaytambo where a private van will return you back to Cusco
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archeological site
  • Box lunch
  • Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Rain poncho
  • Taxes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED ON THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU:  

  • It is not possible to do the Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb due to time restraints
  • Energy snacks such as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • First breakfast & Dinner at Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the staff (Apple Travel Peru staff receives a fair payment immediately after they end their trip; tips are optional but greatly appreciated by them)
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train: $67 USD per person – (Return only)

ADDED VALUES  for FREE:

  • TRANSFER IN: from the airport to hotel included (Airport to hotel in Cusco only)

PRICE

BEST PRICE FOR THIS UNIQUE TREK!

The 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on any date that suits you! We just require a minimum of 2 participants!  

GROUP PRICES:

  • $377 USD per person

PRIVATE SERVICE PRICES:

  • $427 USD per person – 2 to 3 persons
  • $397 USD per person – 4 or more persons

PRIVATE PRICE 1 person only:

  • $557 USD per person – 1 person only private trek

We require a minimum of 2 hikers in order to start the trek. For solo travellers- please inquire on the dates you are looking to trek. 

EXTRAS

  • Upgrade to Vistadome: $67 USD per person (Return only)
  • Stay the night in Machu Picchu city  2, 3, or 4 star hotel. (We will arrange your return train back to Cusco for the next day)

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

The SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  is available year round February for maintenance — This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in ancient times, you will explore some amazing Inca ruins along the way like Wiñay Wayna Inca City.

WHY APPLE TRAVEL

Apple Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and a local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. Apple Travel Peru is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.

Our mission as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.  

We take pride in our reputation as an ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. We are so proud of our team! They are all a part of our extended family. Because of their dedication, we are able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients. We ensure they are supported by offering them a fair salary.

APPLE Travel Peru knows how important it is to trust in a reliable honest operator to create your adventure of a lifetime while in Peru. Check out our reviews and certificates of excellence on, TRIPADVISOR!  

WHY WITH APPLE?

SMALL GROUPS

To ensure a more personalized service for our guests, at APPLE Travel Peru we have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.

OUR TOUR GUIDES

We are so proud of our guides! They are highly professional and fluent in English. They are very knowledgeable and passionate for their Inca heritage and history.  Our guides are dedicated to continuous personal and professional development. They continually do research to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories in Inca and Andean culture. They are fun loving, personable and well-educated! Our guides all hold degrees in one or more of the following: Archeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.

OUR SERVICE PROJECTS

APPLE Travel Peru has always believed that we should give back to the local isolated communities.  Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many service projects and hire locally.

APPLE Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support our local people, not only employing them but going back to our grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!

IMPORTANT INFO

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport by one of our team and taken to your hotel. Please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look for our representative with an orange APPLE Travel Peru sign at the arrival terminal. Please note that you will have to exit the airport first, drivers are not allowed to enter the airport. This can be done on any date that works best for you!

THE BRIEFING

Your tour briefing will be the night before your trek at our offices at 6 or 6:30pm, depending on your confirmation details.  The office is located at  CALLE (                  )(second floor). We are next to Subway sandwich shop in a shared lobby with Hotel Casona Corrales.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.  Please pack only items you will need for your trek. Consult with your guide with any questions.

HOW TO BOOK

FIRST: When booking your 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our home page or click here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an Inca Trail permit without the following information:

  • 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 $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu.  You can make your deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address appletravelperu@gmail.com. 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek or tour to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you must have a valid university ID card to qualify for the student discount.

  • University students must provide a copy of their ID card showing a photo, University name and card expiration date. Cards must be valid for the current academic year only.
  • All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30 USD.
  • For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40 USD.
  • Children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.

All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount. Send us a copy at infoappletravelperu@gmail.com

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

Unfortunately, the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.  If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is non-refundable!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL?

Yes! You need to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your 1 day  Inca Trail MACHU PICCHU permit.  In case you are renewing your passport, send us your old number to secure your permit, and will be able change it when you receive your new passport number. Please send us the new passport number as soon as possible.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend to always dress in layers as that makes it easier to adjust to quickly changing weather.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu is a 12 km/7.5 mi. hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 2,700 m/8,850 ft.

In preparation: try walking 15km/9mi. in a day or working out in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. We suggest to trying to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3,350 m/11,047 ft) prior to starting the trek.

AT WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN’S DEPARTURE?

It will depend on the train availability. We hope to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco while on the train. The Expedition train departs at 6:20pm.

HOW MUCH IS THE VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE?

The Vistadome train service has nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered snacks and a dance show will take place on board. You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for $67 USD. These trains run from Aguas Calientes to Poroy. We will you up in Poroy and drive you back to Cusco, which takes about 25 minutes. Please request in advance. The Vistadome departs at 6:10.

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

Absolutely!! Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs are included with all of our packages! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you off there and vice versa.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

In general, if you exercise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually takes about 24 hours to 2 days. Consult with a physician for appropriate advice and medications.

The recommended remedies for altitude sickness are WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. See our detailed information about Altitude Sickness under FAQS.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many APPLE Travel Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local environmentally responsible sustainable tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all of our local staff to know and understand to respect the land and the local people.

PACKING CHECKLIST

PACKING CHECKLIST FOR THE 1 DAY INCA TRAIL TOMACHU PICCHU

The 1 Inca Trail Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE the extra porter, so, you will need to carry all your things, please try to pack as light as possible which is the key to enjoy this amazing trek

  • Original passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water: 2L in reusable bottles (please do not bring disposable bottles)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet paper
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Personal medications
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Wool hat (only in the cold season)
  • Rain gear if rainy season
  • Snacks (chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits)
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by APPLE)
  • Camera
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

 

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