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Inca Trail Express 1 Day

The Express Inca Trail to the Machu Picchu citadel is one of the best one-day experiences for travelers seeking to discover and immerse themselves in the treasures, nature, and history of Inca culture. This innovative tourism route offers the opportunity to explore the INCA TRAIL, but in a shorter version. You will have the chance to enjoy stunning landscapes, learn about the history and culture of the region through a guided tour, visit some of the main archaeological sites in the area, and experience a unique way to encounter the World Wonder of Machu Picchu.

Day 01

Inca Trail Express

The tour starts very early at approximately 3:30 a.m. We will transfer you from your hotel in Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo. It is in Ollantaytambo where we will board the 5:40 a.m. train that will take us to Km. 104. The Express Inca Trail is a level 3 out of 4 physical difficulty tour, suitable for ages from 12 to 60 years old, for individuals with adaptable physical conditions, for adventurous visitors who want to take on the challenge of hiking the short Inca Trail, and for those who do not wish to undertake the traditional 4-day hike but still want to experience this unique journey to Machu Picchu, declared one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

The Express Short Inca Trail features stunning geography that encompasses different archaeological sites, landscapes, and climates that have given rise over time to a diversity of plants, animals, and insects populating our mountains and jungles.

A visit to the Machu Picchu citadel within just 7 hours of hiking is an adventure you shouldn't miss. We will arrive at the Intipunku (Sun Gate) around 2:00 p.m., where we will have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu that will fill your soul with pure and ancestral energy. Variety is the spice of life, and this tour includes hiking, a tour of Machu Picchu, the bus, the train, and round-trip transportation from your hotel to the Ollantaytambo station. This tour is a culmination of endless experiences. Enjoy all the options that CuscoPeru.com has for you on this unforgettable journey from Cusco to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

HIKING LEVEL:

The hiking level for the 1-DAY EXPRESS INCA TRAIL is categorized as level 3 to 4:

  • Level 1: Easy on flat terrain, without major difficulty.
  • Level 2: Combination of flat terrain and gentle slopes.
  • Level 3: Uneven terrain with steeper slopes.
  • Level 4: Steep and rugged terrain.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Stop at Wiñay HuaynaTour Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu

INCLUDES:

  • Pre-departure briefing.
  • Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Km 104.
  • Professional bilingual guide (English - Spanish).
  • Box lunch.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu circuit 1 or 2 (subject to availability). Includes classic photo of Machu Picchu.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco city.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
  • Hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
  • Unmentioned services.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Hiking time is approximately 6 hours, we recommend you to wear trekking shoes.
  • Carry a small backpack, a camera, a sun hat, sunscreen, a warm jacket, sunglasses, mosquito repellent, and a water bottle.
  • The hike is at high altitude, so make sure to be comfortable.
  • Wear trekking shoes.
  • Bring a waterproof jacket.
  • Personal hygiene items.

Itinerary Inca Trail Express 1 Day

Our Camino Inca Express tour starts early, and we will pick you up at approximately 3:30 a.m. from your hotel in Cusco to transfer you to the train station in the Ollantaytambo district. There, we will board the 5:40 a.m. train, which will take us to Km. 104. The train journey lasts about 90 minutes, during which you'll have the opportunity to admire the Andean landscapes surrounding the Sacred Valley, as well as a view of the Vilcanota River. The geography in this area is astonishing, providing a space for ornithologists, biologists, doctors, scientists, and nature lovers to explore the various archaeological attractions, landscapes, and climates that have given rise over time to a diversity of plants, animals, and insects populating our mountains and jungles.

We will make a stop at KM. 104 at CHACHABAMBA, where we will cross the bridge and enter the Inca trail network. At this point, after reviewing our entrance tickets and passports for entry control, we will begin a trek along the sacred path. Climbing uphill, we will reach the first archaeological site, where you'll enjoy a lovely view of the Chachabamba archaeological site and Choquesuysuy, a small archaeological group belonging to Machu Picchu hidden in the surrounding semi-tropical forest.

After visiting this archaeological site, we will begin an ascent, encountering orchids, mushrooms, a variety of epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants attached to tree trunks, branches, and shrubs), and lithophytes (plants that grow on rocks) due to the type of inter-Andean climate and vaporizations of air characteristic of the tropical forest. Continuing, we will have the first panoramic view of Wiñaywayna with beautiful viewpoints. Along the way, we will pass by the Phuyuwachi waterfall, a natural water formation that comes from the heights of Phuyupatamarka, where you'll observe a variety of wild flora and native birds of the region. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will reach the well-preserved remains of Wiñaywayna (wiñayhuayna), which is located at an altitude of 2,650 meters (8,694 feet) and 5 km southeast of Machu Picchu. It is an archaeological site with a ceremonial and productive complex, architectural distribution belonging to the Inca culture, and a control center for access to Machu Picchu. The name Wiñaywayna comes from an abundant orchid found in the area.

After this visit and having recharged our energy, we will continue until we reach the Intipunko or "Sun Gate", the entrance gate to the citadel. After a hug and the joy of satisfaction of having completed the Inca trail route, we will take some time to rest, enjoy the beauty, and discover from this point the first view of Machu Picchu and its surroundings.

Finally, we cross the ridge that leads to our destination, descend, and walk through the archaeological site that in modern times is a delight for every visitor. After a general overview and orientation about the Machu Picchu citadel, we will take the tourist bus that will take us to Aguas Calientes, from where we will board our train back to Cusco, concluding our one-day Camino Inca Express tour. A tour that offers a wide variety of experiences. Enjoy all the options that CuscoPeru.com has for you on this unforgettable journey from Cusco to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

HIKING LEVEL:

The hiking level for the 1-DAY EXPRESS INCA TRAIL is categorized as level 3 to 4:

  • Level 1: Easy on flat terrain, without major difficulty.
  • Level 2: Combination of flat terrain and gentle slopes.
  • Level 3: Uneven terrain with steeper slopes.
  • Level 4: Steep and rugged terrain.

INCLUDES:

  • Pre-departure briefing.
  • Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Km 104.
  • Professional bilingual guide (English - Spanish).
  • Box lunch.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu circuit 1 or 2 (subject to availability). Includes classic photo of Machu Picchu.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco city.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
  • Hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
  • Unmentioned services.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Carry a small backpack, a camera, a sun hat, sunscreen, a warm jacket, sunglasses, mosquito repellent, and a water bottle.
  • The hike is at high altitude, so make sure to be comfortable.
  • Wear trekking shoes.
  • Bring a waterproof jacket.
  • Personal hygiene items.
 

HOW MUCH IT COSTS?

We have two options based on the type of train, the price is per person. Ask for our seasonal offers and promotions for last minute reservations. If the hotel of your preference is not in our offer request a quote and we will respond very quickly; if you have questions regarding prices, destinations or tour, we will gladly assist you. Write to us at info@cuscoperu.com , you can also contact us by phone:
Celular - WhatsApp: +51 984 709080.
Celular - WhatsApp: +51 930 202155.

IMPORTANT:

  • For reservations made 3 months in advance, ask for a special discount.
  • For groups larger than 4 people, please contact us for a special price..

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CHECK OUR OFFERS!

INCA TRAIL EXPRESS 1 DAY - SHARED SERVICE
PRICE PER PERSON - Minimum 2 persons

Inca Trail Express (1 Day)
Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
Group guide

US$ 445.00
INCA TRAIL EXPRESS 1 DAY - PRIVATE SERVICE
PRICE PER PERSON - Minimum 2 persons

Inca Trail Express (1 Day)
Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
Private guide

US$ 595.00

IMPORTANT:

  • TRAINS: Our service includes the EXPEDITION or VOYAGER Train for the round trip; you can upgrade to the VISTADOME Train category for an additional 30 USD per person, only for the return trip.
  • We can also offer you the VISTADOME OBSERVATORY TRAIN, with an additional 90 USD per person round trip.
  • HOTELS: You can choose packages based on the type of Hotel, you can also opt for Hotels that are not listed in our offer, before confirming you must inform us of the hotel you prefer and we will add it to the package.
  • PRIVATE: Consult with one of our advisors if you want any of the services in private.
ABOUT TRAINS
The route is the same, only the wagons vary.
TRAIN EXPEDITION - PERURAIL
The traveler on the Expedition will be comfortable and relaxed, and will also be informed about the most important points of this ancient route that every adventurer should know. The Expedition has wagons fully covered by large windows so that the traveler can immerse himself in the beauty of the natural landscape, and make your experience to Machu Picchu begins on the train.
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VISTADOME PANORAMIC TRAIN
Surrounded entirely by glass, with cars with large panoramic windows that offer unparalleled scenic views and countless opportunities to take spectacular photographs, the traveler on the Vistadome connects with and feels part of Peru's breathtaking landscape. Perurail provides a personalized and first class service in which the traveler on board will live an unforgettable experience. The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating system, leather seats that mold to the body providing comfort and relaxation throughout the trip. Snacks and beverages are also available.
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OBSERVATORY TRAIN VISTADOME
The Vistadome Observatory train by Peru Rail takes you on a breathtaking journey from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. Immerse yourself in the majesty of the Andean landscapes through its expansive windows and a space specially designed for observation. Every moment on this train is a celebration of Peru's rich heritage, expressed through traditional melodies and dances. During the journey, travelers have the freedom to move between the panoramic view carriage and the sophisticated observation space, ensuring an immersive and unique experience.
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HIRAM BINGHAM TRAIN
Luxurious and exclusive train with all inclusive service decorated in the style of the Pullman cars of the 1920s, each of them is decorated with polished wood and bronze details and have been equipped with large comfortable armchairs. It is the finest way to travel to Machu Picchu, with a personalized service that takes care of even the smallest detail in the trip. In the Hiram Bingham you can enjoy the sophisticated dining car, the bar car and the observatory car, from where you can enjoy the open air, the wonderful route, in the company of a Peruvian cocktail and local live music shows; it will be an experience you will never forget.
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HOW TO BOOK?

To start your reservation process please send us the following information:

  • Name and surname:
  • Passport No.:
  • Nationality:
  • Date of birth:
  • Sex:
  • Phone:
  • It is very important your information about your hotel in the city of Cusco, so we can pick you up there at the beginning of the tour..
To confirm reservations, 40% of the payment is required in advance and the other 60% can be paid upon arrival at your destination.
We have 4 options for you to make the deposit.
  1. Payment by credit card VISA or MASTERCARD through our system www.cuscoperu.com/payment the system charges an additional 5% (SSL secure system and foreign bank transfer fees).
  2. Sending the advance via Western Union coordinating with our sales representative and sending the request to info@cuscoperu.com, then you must send us the MTCN code of your deposit.
  3. Payment via deposit to our company's account at BBVA Banco Continental Cuenta Corriente: Account Code. Interbank: (CCI) 011 201 000100028495 18 - CUSCOPERU.COM Tour Operator SRL - SWIFT CODE: BCONPEPL - you must add U$89.00 which is the charge that our bank makes to our account for international transfer and administrative expenses, you should also consult your bank about the additional amount that you will be charged.
  4. Payment by credit card VISA - MASTERCARD with the PAYPAL system generating the payment order that we would send you from CuscoPeru.com e-commerce If you accept this option you will have a 7% surcharge.
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