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Machu Picchu Peru Hiking Inca Trail – Inca Trail Hike

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Want to visit Machu Picchu Peru Hiking Inca Trail in a short time? We have you covered. Our full day Inca Trail Hike is designed to offer you the highlights of the 500 years old legendary trek to Machu Picchu

Accompanied by a local tour guide, you will be visiting some of the prominent archaeological sites while hiking to Machu Picchu. 

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of many travellers. However, to protect the authenticity of the trail, local authorities restrict the access to just 500 people a day. This includes porters, guides and cooks. So barely 200 people get to hike the trail a day.

Often Inca Trail Permits tend to sell out six to seven months in advance. Last minute travellers often look for the best alternative like Salkantay Trek or Lares Trek to make their trip to Machu Picchu a memorable one. 

This one day Machu Picchu Peru Hiking Inca Trail is the best option.You will be visiting the main archaeological sites along the trail, you will also be skipping the challenging part of the four day trek like camping at high altitudes. 

Wondering why Inca Trail is so popular? Our local experts have compiled an article on this.. Check out our insider’s tips on hiking Inca Trail. We have also outlined the difference between Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail

Why Machu Picchu Tours?

We are a fully locally owned tour company and a licensed Inca Trail operator based in Cusco. Our guides are passionate about the history and culture of Peru. They have years of experience on hiking to Machu Picchu. 

We offer Inca Trail both in private and as a small group tour. 

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Trip Advisor

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a high altitude experience. We highly recommend you to spend 3-4 days in Cusco before the trail to avoid altitude sickness

It is best to hike the Inca trail during the dry season – between March and November. During the wet season, the trail gets slippery and hiking is somewhat challenging. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0400 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional English speaking Tour Leader in Machu Picchu
  • Pick-up and drop off in your hotel
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Km.104 and from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
  • Boxed lunch
  • Inca Trail Permit
  • Guided Tour of all sites
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of the Machu Picchu site

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Travel Insurance (Highly recommended )
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Original Passport (Same as used at the time of booking for permits)
  • Cash (For water, snacks, tipping)
  • Day pack
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket/ fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts (Lightweight & protection from sun)
  • Pants (zip off pants are ideal in changing weather conditions)
  • Sun hat/ cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable )
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medication
  • Hand-sanitizer
  • Camera fully charged & extra batteries (batteries drain quicker in the cold)
Useful info
Machu Picchu Peru Hiking Inca Trail - Inca Trail Hike
  • Level of difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour availability – Daily departures min 2 people
  • Weather – dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • Climb the Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book in advance
  • 1 or 2 days Acclimatization is Recommended
  • Service offered: Group service, Private Service and Luxury Service
Itinerary

Day 1Machu Picchu Peru Hiking Inca Trail - Inca Trail Hike

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving through the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo train station. Here you will be boarding an Aguas Calientes bound train and will be getting down at Km. 104. This is the starting point of the One day Inca Trail hike. 

After showing your tickets and passport to the authorities, we will begin with an uphill hike through the cloud forest to Wiñay Wayna. This in Quechua means forever young. Here we will be giving you a guided tour of the complex. 

Once you have had your fill of this alluring site, we will have lunch at the campsite. The campsite of Wiñay Wayna has all the facilities. 

We will then continue the Inca Trail Hike to Inti Punku or Sun Gate. From here, you will have a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu citadel. From here, we will be hiking down to the citadel. 

Our tour guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time for exploring Machu Picchu on your own.

If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the trail head. 

After the full day trip, we will depart Aguas Calientes to board the train to Ollantaytambo train station. Here, our representative will be meeting you and will be driving you back to Cusco. We will arrive at Cusco City at roughly 9:00 p.m.

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