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1. Posted by JonnieC (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Is it possible to do Macchu Pichu in 1 day. Have been enquiring to companies about the Inca Trail and there are a bit too keen on the 4 day trek. Sounds nice but have limited time and want to do it on the cheap. Any ideas greatly appreciated.

All the Best
Jonnie

2. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

Hi Jonnie,

Basically you have three options for the Machu Pichu:

4 days Inca trail
2 days with night in Agua caliente.
1 day Jump in the train to agua caliente bus up machu pichu and going down bus then train.

All the Inca trail company have the three options.

It´s my best memory in south america make sure you do it.

3. Posted by mohnton (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Hi Jonnie,

I did the one day tour and it was good. Everything was sold out, but I didn't have the money anyway. The one day deal is about $100 I think. The train is pretty expensive...I had been travelling for 7 months when I got there and I had seen a lot of great stuff and I just wanted to see the sight. But if the highlight of your trip is macchu picchu you should def do the 4 day trek - I only heard good stuff about it. Some say the trekking is much better than the inca sight it self.

Good luck,

Trine

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Did the 2 days/1 night in Agua Calientes and it was awesome.
Best thing about staying overnight is that you can get the first bus up to Macchu and miss most of the crowds who are still training from Cuzco.
One of the highlights of my life, and you gotta climb Haunya Pichu which is behind Macchu Pichu. Killer climb but so so good!!!

El Legendado

5. Posted by gier (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

The one day trip is a bit of a rush, I think that it's a shame to try and fit it all in one day. Most 1 day tours will have you leaving your hotel at 4:30 or 5am and returning to the train station in Cusco around 8:30 pm.

It is fairly easy to visit Machu Pichhu without a tour group.

Make a train reservation with Peru Rail - it's cheaper to go from Ollantaytambo, but involves a little more travel (this might not be a good option if you are on a tight schedule).

Book a hotel in Aquas Calientes for a night - most will meet you at the train station. One that I have stayed in is Rupa Wasi - I recommend it (especially room #5). I will be staying there this September.

Plan to catch the 1st bus to Machu Picchu the next morning (go for an early morning soak at the hot springs if you are an early riser). If you want a guide, you can book a guide in Aquas Calientes or outside the ruins. (Make sure you buy your entrance tickets in Aquas Calientes if you don't go as part of a tour)

Enjoy the first couple of hours at MP before all the day-trippers arrive from Cusco. Soak it all in, climb Haunya Pichu, hike to Intipunku, etc, etc. Then take the bus back down and catch the train back to Ollanta or Cusco (make sure that you give yourself enough time to catch your train - there will be lines for the buses right before the trains leave).

Have a great trip!
Mike

6. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

I agree with the above post. Stay o/n in Agua Calientes then get to MP early the next morning.
I did the 4 day trek in April and absolutely loved every minute of it, but its not for everyone!! It IS tough and long and you are very tired when you reach MP. I wish I had stayed another night in Agua Calientes then come back again to MP the next morning when i could appreciate it more not being so tired. I really wanted to climb Huayna Picchu (?) but my knees had suffered enough and I didnt think they would make it. Next time!!!
The train journey is lovely too so its a good option for those short on time or fitness or determination.

7. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

I agree with the above post. Stay o/n in Agua Calientes then get to MP early the next morning.
I did the 4 day trek in April and absolutely loved every minute of it, but its not for everyone!! It IS tough and long and you are very tired when you reach MP. I wish I had stayed another night in Agua Calientes then come back again to MP the next morning when i could appreciate it more not being so tired. I really wanted to climb Huayna Picchu (?) but my knees had suffered enough and I didnt think they would make it. Next time!!!
The train journey is lovely too so its a good option for those short on time or fitness or determination.

8. Posted by sudipta (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

What about motorcycle ride? I see motorcycle tours that are for 7 – 9 days and very expensive. Can someone tell me if I could rent and ride a motorcycle instead of taking the bus and the train? Have anyone done that?

Thanks

9. Posted by lisasd (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

I'll be in Peru on March 07. Do I need to book the train/bus to Machu Picchu from Cusco before I leave for Peru? I will only be going for the day because I will only be in Peru for 1 week.

Thanks!
Lisa

10. Posted by holybinch (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

Lisa

Despite the fact that it will be the rain season, you should still book ahead, in order to chose the company you want to do it with.
If you wait for a last minute booking you'll probably end up in a "cattle agency"