Is it Possible to Hike the Inca Trail in One Day?

Machu Picchu's Point of view from it's inner streets.

Many paths lead to Machu Picchu for its visitors. Yet, depending on the type of visitor, many options have been tailored to fit their specific needs, however, a stop in Aguas Calientes (or Machu Picchu's town)

It's no big secret that out of all the routes, the Inca Trail is the most popular and recommended, and this opinion doesn't come with no solid reasons to back it.

The Classic Inca Trail Tour is usually the tour that is referred when these comments surge on the conversation. However, due to time constraints or unability to prepare physically for a hectic tour as the one that goes through the ancient Qhapaq Ñan (or path of the powerful in Quechua), many visitors may opt for a tour that takes less time to be completed.

No Need For Risk

If you're on a tight schedule for your visit in Cuzco, Peru, it's always recommendable to stay in the city fot at least a couple of days before engaging on a physically demanding activity to avoid suffering from altitude sickness. 

This is particularly riskier for visitors that come from places that are located at the sea's altitude or at an altitude of 5 000 ft. or less. If you rush your plans to begin with a hike, you might end up having a disgusting experience since the most common sypmtoms are vomits, nausea, headaches, dizziness and so on (you can even faint if you're not acclimatized properly).

Kenko Adventures encourages responsible practices when it comes to adventure touristic packages like the ones we'll be delving in furtherly in this article. So please, make sure to follow the guidelines that we're sharing with you to help us to ensure the best possible experience.

So, Is it Possible to Get Through the Inca Trail in only One Day?

The short answer is yes, yet, with the previous recommendations set. We need to warn you that this is no easy task if you're commited to practically rush this route, however, it might be worth it at the end of the day if this fits on your possibilities, our team is properly trained and experienced to deal with any inconvenience that may surge, but at the end of the day it depends more on you the visitor than on us.

The tailored tour that we're offering you has been recently offered generally in the market by many agencies and KenkoAdventures takes pride in being in one of the first that did it, no matter the tour company that you may choose. And if someone tells you otherwise, we're afraid that they're lying to you.

Usually, what people used to understand for a one-day Inca Trail tour was related to the two-day Inca Trail tour, but how so? Well, practically it's because the two-day tour will allow you to visit the Inca Trail path on its first day (this is were the confusion surges), thence visiting Machu Picchu on the second day of the "two-day" Inca Trail Tour. Anyway, if we decide to decide for the one-day Inca Trail tour, we'll be visiting both the Inca Trail path and Machu Picchu on the same day to return to Cuzco by the end of that same day. This is what differences both services and why the cost is different for both options, so don't get things mixed up when you'll be researching for these packages on other sites in the web.

What distinguishes our Service from the Rest?

The visit through the Incan sites of Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna is mandatory for any tour operator that offers this tour. However, we usually handle smaller groups, therefore giving the chance of experiencing a more private and careful treatment with our clients, feel free to enjoy a tasty boxed lunch according to your dietary preferences (vegetarian/vegan options available) and walking sticks provided for the 6-hour trek free of extra charge.

By the afternoon we'll be arriving at the Sun Gate for an uncrowded view of the amazing Lost City. A 2.5-hour walking tour around Machu Picchu's circuits 1 or 2 (this will depend on availability, so previous planning is key) to reveal the site's mysteries and vast information handled here in a comprensible and resumed way. 

Another thing that distinguishes us is the chance of returning to Cusco by a luxurious Vistadome train service. Your day will end around 9:30pm after an extraordinary adventure.

Also, our compromise with local community is also important for us, so when you book a tour with Kenko, you also donate a warm jacket to a child in the Peruvian Andes!

Don't hesitate any more and join us for this once-in-a-life experience. We'll be ready to help you with your trip arrangements, no matter the specifics that may need to be covered, our experienced team will be more than ready to assist you thoroughly!

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We  offer  unique services  like: hot shower and  private toilets on treks. We have a real responsibility taking care of  our planet.


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Kenko Adventure Peru founder decided to add a social proyect in all Our tours that means, if you are booking a tour with Us, you automatically are donating a warm jacket for Our litle kids that have very hard living in very cold conditions near by the Andes Mountain

f you are booking a tour with Us, you automatically are donating a warm jacket

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