Machu Pichu One Day Hike: The top 5 options

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Machu Picchu experience is one of the main objectives for those who visit Peru for business or tourism reasons. However apart of the traditional options offered by  clasic train trip, there are also options to reach  Machu Picchu hikking or add extra hikes to your Machu Picchu tour.

Here we will show you the 5 best ways to reach Machu Picchu One Day Hike:

Reach Machu Picchu hikking from One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

One day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

Using this route you will get Machu Picchu hiking literally. It starts with the car trip to Ollantaytambo town very early (4 AM), once you are at Ollantaytambo (Kilometer # 67) you will take the train to "Kilometer # 104", or ( Chachabamba) we will find a check point for entrance to Short Inca Trail. From this point you hike in between 5 to 6 hours by 12 Kilometers or 6 miles that it takes to get to Machu Picchu Inca City, the hikking is done according to your physical condition and without haste.

Our tour take you to amazing places that we have on Inca Trail like: Chachabamba, wiñayhuayna, Sun Gate, a nice and rich trail in flora and fauna. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will have 3-hours to visit the Inca city and private walking tour. from where you can have the best panoramic view from Inca Trail then the best postcar Machu Picchu pictures with impressive views with the Andes mountains and glaciers.

After your your fantastic  Machu Picchu experience, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes town and then you will take the train to Ollantaytambo town then return by car to Cusco city at night.

This tour, as its name indicates, is done in One Day!, just as you read it, in one day you are part of the Inca Trail and you visit Machu Picchu. It is challange and exhausting, but the reward for those who have little time and are prepared for the effort is unforgettable.

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Machu Picchu Full Day Tour with Huayna Picchu hike

Machu Picchu One Day Hike with Huayna Picchu

This route includes the traditional tour plus one of the most impressive hikes towards  the Huayna Picchu Mountain. It requires an additional ticktes and extra 2- hours hike in addition to your Machu Picchu tour. 

This tour starts early at 4 AM in the morning from Cusco city, transported by minivan to Ollantaytambo town. Once in Ollantaytambo we embark on the train to Aguas Calientes town (or Macchu Picchu town).
After that we will catch Our bus to Machu Picchu Inca City, here we haave a check point for Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu which is located inside of Machu Picchu city so you will have tour guide going with you and He is going to take you in your walking tour and your Huaynapacchu gate too.

The climb Huayna Picchu mountain takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour one way so 2 hours at least for round trip depending on your physical condition. You can stay at the top for few minutes appreciating the beautiful landscape and taking your great photos and then descend back to Machu Picchu city and you will be stay inside yet so you can still exploring the site, or just take a break enjoying  Machu Picchu.

After your Machu Picchu tour we begins the return to Cusco city. We use bus to get down to Aguas Calientes town, then we take the train to Ollantaytambo town and then by minivan finally to Cusco.

It is important to remember you that the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are together they are quite requested in the high season, so you must book the One Day Machu Picchu Tour with Huayna Picchu 2 months in advance.

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Machu Picchu Full Day Tour + Machu Picchu Mountain hike

Machu Picchu One Day Hike with Machu Picchu Mountain

The Machu Picchu Mountain is opposite side of Huayna Picchu Mountain, and the views and landscape are amazing so this option it is longer than Huayna Picchu. Unlike Huayna Picchu it is less popular but equally recommendable.

The itinerary is similar to the previous option. It starts in Cusco at 4 AM in the morning, continues to Ollantaytambo, then by train to Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes Town and by bus to Machu Picchu Inca city for about 30 minutes.

At this point begins the Machu Picchu mountain hike that it could takes 1h30 minutes. The ascent is around 700 meters (2339 feets) and the descent takes around 1h. Then it starts with Machu Picchu Tour for 3 hours exploring the most important places by walking tour with your private tour guide.

The return itinerary takes the traditional route. Go down by bus to Aguas Calientes town then lunch, and finally take the train back to Ollantaytambo town and finally you will get minivan to reach Cusco.

Entrance tickets for the Machu Picchu mountain plus Machu Picchu although they have little demand, it is preferable to book 2 months in advance.

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The last two options are not very popular, but they can give you a chance to reach Sun Gate (Inti Punku) the first point to see Machu Picchu by the clasic and the other one is Inca bridge which are considering the last bridge that those people left from 600 years ago.

Machu Picchu Full Day Tour + hikking to Sun Gate or hikking to Inca bridge.

These two final options are for those people that did not find any availabilities for Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain,

Sungate + Machu Picchu hikking

Machu Picchu tour and hikking to Sungate it is very similar like firsts tours at the same time and the same journey just at Machu Picchu you can go to Sungate as a free option. 

This extra hikes at Machu Picchu like Sungate Hike it can takes around 2 hours hike the round trip and they can have the best pictures from first view of Machu Picchu  have the necessary conditions to make the effort of the walk to visit them and to know the charm of their landscapes and impressive Inca Trail. 

Going to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) takes between 2 and round trip, the walk is moderate and preferable to do it before the visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu.

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Machu Picchu One Day Hike with Sun Gate Trek


Inca Bridge + Machu Picchu  hikking 

The itinerary is similar to the previous options with Cusco as starting point, then Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes town and then Machu Picchu Inca city.

this free option is if you do not have a good physical but you also want to do a bit hike for your experience, you can go the visit the Inca Bridge for free, it takes only 40 minutes the round trip and the trail almost flat so everyone can do, the views are very impresive and it is the single one that still exists from incas time. 


Machu Picchu One Day Hike with Sun Gate Trek

Once you return from any of those hikking options at Machu Picchu, you will visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu and ending with the return trip to Cusco.

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All these options for Machu Picchu One Day Hike can be done in a single day! , the first option (One Day Inca Trail) requires a good physical condition than any of those four options before, but all Our packages there is a special trek that any of Our clients can do it acording people limitation and each of you can get different experience from these hikking routes that we have for you to rech Machu Picchu. Choose one and enjoy them!

Machu Picchu Day Trip From Cusco 2024

Discover Machu Picchu on a day trip from Cusco, exploring the Peruvian Andes, picturesque villages, and the Urubamba River. Visit the Inca Bridge and best post card Picture of Machu Picchu, showcasing remarkable engineering, and opt for a Huayna Picchu hike for breathtaking views. A perfect blend of nature, culture, and adventure for an unforgettable experience.

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