1 Day Inca Trail VS 2 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


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Note: Both are covering totally the same trail, same distance, same place to visit.. The biggest diference will be that the 1 day option will be big faster and the 2 days Inca Trail will be more relaxing.

*** The 1 day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is recommended for moderately fit or fit people ONLY.

The 1 Day Inca Trail – Bit fast

On the 1 day Inca Trail you hike the exact same incredible Inca Trail as the 2 days short Inca Trail and you tour Machu Picchu Citadel in the afternoon with your guide all in 1 day.  It is a more concentrated hike and tour for those short on time or just wanting to do it all in 1 day.

Trekkers still get the same stunning cultural show of Inca ruins, exotic side by side mountains, and the beauty of the primitive lush vegetation. The ancient Inca road goes through the Peruvian National Reserve with cloud pitted forests, subtropical vegetation including several varieties of orchids. 

The trail enters straight into Machu Picchu Citadel through the Sun Gate.  You get a private tour visiting all of the hidden corners of the Inca city.

*Passengers either take the train back that evening and some stay the night in Aguas Calientes the city at the base of Machu Picchu Inca City.

**It is important that potential trekkers understand that they need to be in moderate to excellent physical condition to be able to complete the trek and arrive at Machu Picchu in time to for their guided tour before the citadel closes. 

If a hiker thinks the trek of 12KM or 8 miles might be too strenuous we suggest that they consider booking the 2 days short Inca Trail which provides the trekker more time to trek, visit sites, and hike at a slower pace enjoying the sites.

2 Day Short Inca Trail – Relaxing

The appeal of the Short Inca Trail 2 day trek is the stunning cultural show of Inca ruins, exotic side by side mountains, and the beauty of the primitive lush vegetation. The ancient Inca road goes through the Peruvian National Reserve with cloud pitted forests, subtropical vegetation including several varieties of orchids. 

The trail enters straight into Machu Picchu Citadel through the Sun Gate.  Persons hiking the 2 days short Inca Trail have the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu Citadel at the end of their trek the 1st day and they return to Machu Picchu the following day for their 2.5 hours guided tour. They have the possibility of also climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain. This option is more relaxing and give you time for everything.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE 2 DAYS INCA TRAIL

  • You visit Wiñaywayna which is an amazing and unique Inca city
  • You are hiking the last 1/3 of the famous Classic Inca Trail that everyone worldwide desires to hike.
  • You are hiking the actual trail that the Ancient Incas hiked more than 600 year ago.
  • You get to hike through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) all the way to famous Machu Picchu Citadel.
  • The views from the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu Citadel are spectacular.
  • You get to visit Machu Picchu Citadel twice, the 1st and 2nd day of the trek.

SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU MAP

Times are approximately and depends on your fitness. Permits need to be booked way in advance!

The 1 Day Inca Trail VS 2 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu information was updated on March 6th.