1 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Would you like to experience the sublime beauty of gems of the Incas, just in a day hike?

Lace-up your boots and grab your fedora! The 1 day short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a great option for those who have a very short time, and who wish to set their sights on Machu Picchu and experience a taste of hiking in Peru, without doing one of the multi-day Classic Inca Trail, Salkantay, Lares, Quarry Trail, Choquequirao, or other trails.

1 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Is it Possible?

Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world, a high on bucket-list of dream destinations for everyone.

There are several ways to arrive in this majestic place, you can opt to take the 4-day classic Inca Trail, 5-day Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek or other hikes to reach this place, at the same time you can just opt to take the train and the bus (the easiest way), however, there many outdoor adventure enthusiasts that want to take the multi-day hikes but they can’t because of their very limited time, so this 1-day hike to Machu Picchu is perfect for them, where you do not miss out anything from the 2-day short Inca Trail, in other words, it is the same trail, just the hike might be a bit demanding.

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Footage

You Are Short on Time?

No, problem! This may be the perfect day-hike for you that way to reach Machu Picchu through the gate of the sun and make your Peru trip even more fascinating and memorable as well as you would be taking advantage of your short time as much as you can on this dreamed-trail.

How long do I hike in 1 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The total mileage is 12km/ 7,45 miles, which is hiked in about 6 to 7 hours, someone can even do in a shorter time.

1 Day Short Inca Trail

Is the hike hard?

The trail itself is not tough enough, there are some up and down steep sections, which can be managed easily since the section are very short (between 5 – 15 minutes). The trail is kind of hard until the halfway section, after this point the trail becomes smoother and mostly follows the shady part of the mountain, which makes the hiking temperature cool. Obviously, you end the day a bit exhausted.

1 Day Short Inca Trail
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How about the 1 day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permits, can I apply for one?

Yes, you can apply for one permit through Peru Summit Adventures and make your dreams happened hiking this trail to Machu Picchu. The permits are limited to 250 spots a day, which should be booked in advance especially for the high tourist season (May-August). Contact us for availability information or book the one-day Inca trail.

How do I visit Machu Picchu if have just a day?

The suggested itinerary by Peru Summit Adventures is totally well designed not to miss out on anything from this great hike and Machu Picchu. You arrive in Machu Picchu in the afternoon when the crowds have often thinned out from the morning rush.

You have time to snap some photos and as you descend into Machu Picchu, once at this place, you will have a time to have a guided tour in the Inca citadel, after the visit, you take the bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo/ Aguas Calientes, where you can get one of the restaurants to have some refreshing pisco sour before taking your train back to Ollantaytambo.

Machu Picchu during sunrise

If change my mind, can I do this hike in 2 days and extend my hike to Huaynapicchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain?

Yes, that’s totally possible, you just need to inform Peru Summit Adventures with a reasonable time in advance to book a hotel room in Machu Picchu Pueblo or Aguas Calientes town and get an extra permit for one of these mountains. If so, you return the following morning to Machu Picchu, refreshed, and showered to hike one of the mountains and opt for a two-hour tour/explore the ruins with your private leader.

Further information about the 2-day hike find here.

Machu Picchu Mountain View

What time do I finish the tour at my hotel?

Since the hike is a full day plus the Machu Picchu visit, the tour finishes at your hotel in Cusco by 11:30 pm or by 9:30 pm if stay in Urubamba. This may differ a bit according to the tourist season.

1 Day Short Inca Trail

Experience the Short Inca Trail In One Day

“Few romances can ever surpass that of the granite citadel on top of the beetling precipices of Machu Picchu, the crown of Inca Land.” by Hiram Bingham

Lace-up your boots and grab your camera and fedora.

Enjoy the first sights of Machu Picchu from the gateway of the sun.

Enhance your experience taking to the next level with a Peru Summit Adventures private guide at your side.

Live a once in a lifetime experience.

And, you will have seen everything just in a day.

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