The one day Inca Trail is a great option for those wanting to experience trekking in Peru, but don’t want to do the full 4 days. This trek starts in from the train station known as “Km 104” and after a steep ascent, it follows the last portion of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Why we love it

  • Great option for those wanting to experience trekking in Peru, but don’t want to do the full 4 days.
  • Visit Machu Picchu not once but twice, entering the first time through the Sungate at the end of the trek then the following morning for a guided tour.

Is this trip right for you

  • This trek involves hiking approximately 15 kilometers - the first 10 on uphill (sometimes steep) terrain, a moderate level of fitness is recommended for people taking on this option.
  • A moderate level of fitness is recommended for people booking the One day Inca Trail

One Day Inca Trail

Price per person



Box Lunch – Packed Box lunch during trek

Trek guide – Specialist trek guide

Porter – Porter for duration of the trek (5 kg luggage allowance per passenger)


This option can be booked through your travel agent on any of the following tours (Subject to permit availability, and surcharge)

  • Amazon & Inca Adventure - PSAD
  • South America in Depth - 2017 - PSSIC
  • Rhythms of South America - 2017 - PSRSC
  • Essence of South America - 2017 - PSSEC
  • Lima to Cusco - PSLC
  • Peru Explorer - PSLR
  • Peru Highlights - PSPK



You begin our walk by crossing the Vilcanota / Urubamba River where we enter the Inca Trail at approximately 9am. Soon after we visit Inca ruins of Chachabamba.
After an upwards climb, you arrive at the Inca site Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') (2680m/8792ft). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural centre with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. Many consider this the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail.

You will then continue for about one hour further onto 'Inti Punku' (The 'Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) from where you will have your views of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). As you are arriving late in the day you may be lucky enough to enjoy the view by yourself!

Built around 1450, the city was deserted less than a century later following the Spanish invasion and ‘lost’ for hundreds of years before it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The architecture of Machu Picchu is quite extraordinary, with the mortar-free design particularly earthquake resistant and the stones so precisely cut that to this day not even a knife fits between them.
Depending on what time you arrive to Machu Picchu you'll have some time to take a few pictures and look around, however your guided tour will be tomorrow morning when you return to Machu Picchu.
You take a short bus down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) where you'll spend the night in a hotel.

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