INCA TRAIL

 

In its greatest splendor, the Inca Empire extended its power over several countries of South America by laying out a giant network of roads known as Qhapac Ñan (royal trail or Inca trail), which came to unite different regions crossing The Andes.

The Inca Trail that we know today is only a small part of the great Qhapac Ñan that connects part of the Sacred Valley with the Machu Picchu citadel, highlighting beautiful landscapes, important archaeological sites and impressive natural diversity (flora and fauna).

Travelers in search of adventure arrive to Peru hoping to do the Inca Trail through its different routes:

 

Traditional Inca Trail (4 days / 3 nights):

This is the most popular route starting at Piscacucho (km 82 of the railway), along the creek of Cusichaca to the heights of the Huayllambamba town, passing by Huarmihuañusca (at 4,200 masl / 13,780 fasl), visiting the circular remains of Runkuracay, as well as an impressive Inca tunnel carved in rock to a step where it can be seen snowy mountains like Salkantay and Veronica until reaching Puyupatamarca (city of clouds), the most impressive Inca remains of the trip. Finally, a cloudy forest is crossed until arriving at Intipunku (the sun gate or entrance to Machu Picchu).

During this tour you will camp in places regulated by the authorities. Baggage control and trash disposal are strictly controlled. A team of guides, porters and cooks accompany the visitors throughout the tour. Free traffic is not allowed through the Inca Trail.

It is required at least 6 months in advance to schedule this trip since the admissions to entry to this trail are controlled by the authorities and their authorization implies an immediate, non-modifiable, non-endorsable and non-refundable payment.

  • Altitude: 2,050 – 4,200 masl / 6,726 – 13,780 fasl
  • Seasonality: March to January (closed in February for maintenance)
  • Distance: 45 km (approximately)
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult
  • Remarks: Prior experience of hiking in high altitude and good health are recommended.
  • Offer: Private and shared services

 

Royal Inca trail (2 days / 1 night):

The Royal Inca Trail starts in Chachabamba (Km 104 of the railroad) and consists of a 4-hour hike to Wiñay Wayna (2,700 masl / 8,858 fasl) to enter Machu Picchu.

During this tour visitors spend the night in a hotel at Machu Picchu town(Aguas Calientes). Baggage control and trash disposal are strictly controlled during the trek. A team of guides and porters accompany the visitors throughout the tour. Free traffic is not allowed through the Inca Trail.

It is required at least 3 months in advance to schedule this trip since the admissions to entry to this trail are controlled by the authorities and their authorization implies an immediate, non-modifiable, non-endorsable and non-refundable payment.

  • Altitude: 2,050 – 2,650 masl / 6,726 – 9,350 fasl
  • Seasonality: March to January (closed in February for maintenance)
  • Distance: 16 km (approximately)
  • Difficulty level:  Normal to moderate
  • Remarks: Prior experience of hiking and good health is recommended
  • Offer: Private and shared services
Address Peru:
Urb. Lucrepata E-16, Cusco - Peru
   
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