Full day


449 $ / per person


Adventure, Cultural


Hiking, Trekking




Royal Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 1 Day

Royal Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 1 Day

One of the most thrilling way to reach one of the wonders of the world is our one day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, suitable for those who do not have enough time to hike the classic Inca Trail four days. This is a unique tour due the great variety of flora and fauna and the impresive views and andean landscapes. The trek goes along different placeswhere one can note the variety in architectural resources that give rationality, importance and mysticism to the Royal Road. The purpose of the Inca Trail to Machupícchu was religious and ceremonial, a pilgrimage that included rituals to honor the mountains and peaks of the route. We will finish the tour entering the wonder of the world Machu Picchu through the famous Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and enjoy the most impressive views, all in just one day.




Meals: Box Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel, “Camping on request”.
Distance: 9kms/5,59 mls (6 hours hiking approximately).
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.
Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours. 

Min Height: 2040 m / 6693 ft.
Max Height: 2720 m / 8924 ft.



Day 1: Cusco - Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Day 1: Cusco - Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

We will visit beautiful Inca sites, see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take the fantastic panoramas of the Andes Mountains. Covering 9 km of the trail, our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and in its way up, an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna “forever young” before continuing to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

As we make our way to Machu Picchu we'll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Vizcachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).On the way also we will have beautiful views of the Urubamba River and the opportunity to observe different types of the orchid family.
After a full day Inca trekking, we will arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the middle day and get our first views of Machu Picchu, spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos and with fewer tourists in the site; it's a perfect time to take some pictures. After we have passed through the Sun Gate we'll continue our last part of the Inca way that leads us to Machupicchu Inca city. “Free time for rest and Picture”.

We will begin a guided tour of the Inca City of Machupicchu; you will learn a lot about the Incas and will visit all the most important areas of the Inca citadel. 
Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and later board the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo Train Station where you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco arriving around 10:30pm “time can vary according train schedule”.

Map - Day 1: Cusco - Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Map - Day 1: Cusco - Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

End of our Services


  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide at our office to get an orientation before your trek. The meeting will be at 6:00 pm, before the trek begins. In case you are unable to attend the briefing, it will be virtual.
  • Touristic Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Ollantaytambo Train Station.
  • Touristic Train Expedition Service: Train leaves from Ollantaytambo Train Station until  the starting point of the Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu. Optional upgrade for Vistadome Train at extra cost.
  • Adventure Experienced Short Inca Trail Tour Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide with tourism certification. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route. 
  • Tour Guide in Machupicchu Cultural Experienced: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide with tourism certification. For visit the sacred city of Machupicchu.
  • Consettur bus: For the return journey from the Machu Picchu citadel to Aguas Calientes “Machupicchu village”.
  • Entry ticket to The Short Inca Trail.
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu Inka Site.
  • Meals: 1 Box lunch, (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost) .
  • Medical kit and Oxygen bottle: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Train tickets back: From Aguas Calientes “Machupicchu village” to Ollantaytambo train station (departure time is confirmed the day of briefing and it´s subject to availability).
  • Transfer back to Cusco: Private touristic transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco (Day 1).
  • 24-hour guest service: We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.

Not Included

  • Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company.
  • Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Sacred Mountain.
  • Panoramic Vistadom train.
  • Meals in Machupicchu village: Dinner In Aguas Calientes. Approx. Usd 20 to 25.00, Price can vary according your selection.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish “Recommendation usd 6 to usd 8 per day per traveler for all the trek staff”- Once again it is optional and can vary according your satisfaction. 
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.

You Need

  • Original Passport
  • Hikking Shoes
  • Day Pack   
  • Full rain gear.
  • Long-sleeve fleece/sweater
  • Trekking pants
  • Baseball cap, sombrero and bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended) 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Photo/video cameras and chargers 
  • Extra money

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