Enjoy a full day hike along the historic Inca Trail.
This shorter version of the Inca Trail still allows you to visit the most beautiful Incan sites along the way to Machu Picchu arriving at the Sun Gate in the afternoon for your first view of the Lost City of the Incas Machupicchu. You will continue down to Aguas Calientes village and have dinner at the restaurant in town before heading to bed.
For those who want a small taste of hiking the Andes, this 1 day hike with the next day spent at Machu Picchu can not be beat. But please book early, because permits sell out months in advance.
2-3 Trekkers US$555 per person
4-6 Trekkers US$525 per person
7+Trekkers US$500 per person
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18's Discount: US$20
Walking Pole US$10
Hotel single room +US$35
Huayna Picchu permit US$25
You will be picked up from your hotel at 4 a.m. Following, we will go to the train station and leave on the 6:10 a.m. train, from Ollantaytambo. The train follows the Urubamba River, until we reach Km104, where we'll begin our trek. Along the way, you will see spectacular views of the farmlands, snow-capped mountains and the mighty Urubamba River, one of the sources of the Amazon River. At 104 km, we will begin our trek. Once you have everything you need take a group photo, before visiting our first Inca site. After an orientation and tour of the Inca site, we will begin hiking upwards, as we head for the Classic Inca Trail. If the weather is clear, we'll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Sites.
After hiking for thee hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2,600 m/8,500 ft. Most people do not get the opportunity to see an elaborate water fountain, temples and some agricultural terraces, which provide a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of the Incas. The backdrop of this site drops off a cliff, with beautiful mountains surrounding the area. From Wiñay Wayna, we will walk to the Sun Gate, where we will see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views, we will begin our descent to Machu Picchu.
A big advantage of this hike, is that by the time we reach Machu Picchu, most of the day travelers will have returned home, so you will have the area to yourself. After taking photos, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and head to your hotel. After dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.
We will wake up early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu. You will have a two hour guided tour by your private English speaking guide. After that, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have tickets to huayna picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half, round-trip. When you are done exploring, you can either take a bus, or walk, down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Following, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, and then a bus to Cusco, where you will be brought back to your hotel.
Professional Guides: All of our guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy. Entrance to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
Entrance fees: to the National Park and Archaeological Complexes.
Hotel: We include a 2 star Hotel in Aguas Calientes. Most often, it is Inti Punku, based on availability. This hotel can be upgraded to any hotel in the town for the price difference. It is also possible to book this tour without a hotel for $30 off our listed price (per person). Our price is based on rooming two people per room. There is a $40 surcharge for a single room at Inti Punku (prices vary by hotel).
Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. to begin this tour. Following, we will go to the train station and leave on the 6:10 a.m. from Ollantaytambo, expedition train to km 104. The train returning to Ollantaytambo is again, expedition class. Upgrades to the Vistadome are available for $65 per person, one way per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco. Your bus ticket from Machu Picchu To Aguas Calientes and day 2 round trip bus ticket from Aguas Clientes to Machu Picchu is also included.
Meals: During the Hiking to Machu Picchu, we will stop for box lunch. Dinner will be at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes. Breakfast will be available at your hotel. All three of these meals are included in your tour.
Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done without your tour guide, after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75 per person. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control
Day packs: It is suggested to carry snacks, water, a hat, clothing layers, bug spray, etc. at all times, so you will likely have a small bag. We do not provide this and it should not exceed 25L.
Lunch on the last day
- Original Passports and student cards (if applicable and booked as a student)
- backpack or daypack
- Hiking boots
- Walking sticks (can be rented from the company)
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Insect repellent (non malarial mosquitos)
- Rain poncho (you can buy this in Cusco or on the trek)
- Toiletries, toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizer
- Water bottle (it’s not necessary to bring water tablets)
- Personal medical kit
- Student card if you are student, you must scan it when you are booking