The 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu can be offered only for experienced hikers with private service (it is not a group tour).

The 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu is the stunning cultural show of Inca ruins, exotic side by side mountains, 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, through cloud pitted forest and finally into subtropical vegetation.

Upon arriving to Machu Picchu, you will get a private guided tour, visiting all the hidden corners of the Inca monument. As you explore you begin your connection to the natural world and cultural show at the Citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7907ft). Catch yourself as you travel back in time to this magical place, sacred and mysterious, with the name of Machu-Picchu, “The Old Sacred Mountain.”  Take your time exploring the magestic Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins  rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.


Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 3:45 am for the journey with our private transport to the train station of Ollantaytambo. After a 1:10 train trip, we arrive at 104 kilometer (2,100m/6,927ft) of the Cusco-Machu Picchu road where we begin your trek and pass by the first check point. Afterwards, we begin a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana (2,650m/8747ft). Once we arrive you may enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba canyon, stunning Inca sites and the connection with the traditional four day Inca Trail.

After we have had time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we continue our hike towards the Sun Gate (2,730mts/9,007ft). From there you will have the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. After enjoying the view, we walk downhill for about one hour to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Once there we will visit one of the most important mystic centers of the world: Machu Picchu. A 2 hour guided tour takes you into the fascinating history of these mysterious ruins.

After that you will have plenty of time for further exploration of Machu Picchu and taking photos before we head down to Aguas Calientes for dinner. In the evening (7:00pm) you will take the return train to Ollantaytambo and catch our private van to Cusco and your hotel.  You will arrive around 10:30 pm.

Meals: Box Lunch
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult.


  • 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.
  • ¿Expedition Tourist Train from Ollanataytambo at 104 kilometer and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo with private bus connection 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 (Pacha Peru Explorers staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip; tips are optional but of great appreciation for them).


  • TRANSFER: from the airport to hotel included (Airport to Hotel in Cusco only).
  • SMALL GROUPS: average groups 2 to 6 (depends on the size of the private group requested).

What you have to take with you for the 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu?

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3 litre Camelbaks are encouraged.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet Paper
  • 1 t-shirts
  • 1 hiking pants at least
  • 1 sets of undergarments
  • 1 sets of hiking socks
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcious.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them.
  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Wool Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Coca leaves.
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
  • Camera
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
The 1 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu is available on any date that suits you – We just require a minimum of 2 persons to book.  

PRICES – Private Service

We require a minimum of 2 hikers (If one person please contact us for a special price)
  • US$395 per person – 2 to 3 persons
  • US$375 per person – 4 or more persons


  • Students with ISIC CARD: US$25. Please send us a copy of your ISIC at the time of booking.
  • Under 18 years old: 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.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$30. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.


  • Extra Porter: $90 (up to 10 kilos, or 22 lbs).
  • Upgrade to Vistadome: $70 per person from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at 6:10pm.
  • Stay the night in Aguas Calientes  2*3*or 4* hotel.  (we will delay your return train back to Cusco for the next day).

**** The short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year round except it is closed in February for maintenance — This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in the ancient times, you will explore some amazing Inca ruins along the way like Wiñaywayna Inca City.