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Inca Trail route to the Inca City of Machu Picchu

The Inca trail is considered the best trek in South America, maybe the world, it is something that must do and that can change your life. It is one of the most arduous and impressive hiking routes that exist. During 4 days you will experience tiredness and very low temperatures, but everything will dissipate when you see the fog fade to show you the jewel of the Inca empire, nestled in the middle of that impressive labyrinth of mountains. It is likely that no other place in the world will combine so harmoniously the scenic beauty of its location (between the Andes and the Amazonian forests) with the remains of one of the greatest empires that ever existed in the world.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The incredible Inca Trail, the most spectacular trekking route in South America

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail was revealed to the world in 1915, tens of thousands of visitors listen to their nomadic instinct and decide to travel its 40 kilometers to the “gate of the sun in Machu Picchu”; But it is not the only archaeological site you will see, since the tour will show you some of the best Incan buildings you can see in the entire Sacred Valley, comparable to the ruins of Pisac. You will be with people from all over the world and in special contact with history and nature, traveling along a path of more than 500 years old, while enjoying a natural setting of incomparable beauty.

The adventure of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

In ancient times the Inca road united the city of Cusco (capital of the empire of the Incas) with Machu Picchu. Today it is the most famous hiking route in the whole continent and one of the most important in the world. There are trains and buses that can take you directly to the Inca city of Machu Picchu; However, the experience of reaching Machu Picchu as the Incas did for centuries, is an incredible journey through the past through fabulous landscapes, accompanied by a temperate climate and camping at night with the least resources.

Versions of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Not all people have the necessary days to travel the complete Inca Trail, that’s why it has 2 versions depending on the time it counts; The classic Inca Trail takes 4 days, but if you do not have so much time, or so much energy, you can make the Inca Trail short, in only 2 days.

How is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

In most cases he will begin his excursion at kilometer 88 of the railroad tracks (Qoriwayrachina locality); In that place to 2 thousand meters of height will begin the way of more than 40 kilometers, reaching maximum heights of 4,200 msnm, to finalize the route in the Sacred City of Machu Picchu to 2,430 msnm, to the fourth day of his adventure. The main problem that people face in this walk, lies in the low oxygen at these altitudes, so it will cost more if it is not properly acclimatized or if it comes from places near the sea level.

About the tickets to travel the Inca Trail

You must get tickets to the Inca Trail with a long time in advance (6 months), otherwise you will have to enter Machu Picchu by train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas or by the alternative route of Santa Maria . Another thing, you will only be able to travel the Inca trail to Machu Picchu by hiring an agency; We are experts in trips to Machu Picchu and we can realize your dream of entering Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail. Please contact us at

If you did not find tickets to tour the Inca Trail, but still “have to be in Machu Picchu”, then check the availability of Machu Picchu tickets, must also be booked in advance.

When to go to Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail?

From May to September (dry season) is the ideal time to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The months between April and October (neutral months) are generally good for the travel. In the months of November to March the summer is presented, this season is usually very rainy, which hinders the walk and access; So much, that it will not be able to cross the Inca way in February.

How is the tour of the Inca Trail?

The route shows rugged, undulating geographies with several slopes, with ascents, descents and steep steps, narrow roads next to huge ravines. In jungle areas you will see the variety of green shades of jungle forests, covered in clouds most of the time. The vegetation is quite dense and is largely due to rainfall almost all year round; It is rare to carry out the whole walk without at least a rain. Along every road you will find several archaeological sites with different fortifications very well preserved.

The Inca trail begins at the place called Qoriwayrachina (km 88 of the railway) crossing a bridge over the Urubamba river, you will see hills to the right and the archaeological complex known as Q’ente ( Picaflor in Quechua). It will ascend towards the valley of Cusichaca between platforms and fields of native plants; Will cross the ruins of Llactapata (2,840 masl) and after crossing the Cusichaca River twice, will head south to reach Huayllabamba (3,057 masl), the last town on the way and last place where you can find food.

From this village its only companion will be nature, it will ascend to the northwest through the Llullucha valley towards the passage of the dead woman, Warmiwañuska , this is the highest point of the route (4,215 masl). This stretch was used as a way of commerce and smuggling by merchants of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From this point it is possible to see the archeological site of Runkurakay (3,760 masl).

After passing the Warmiwañuska pass the descent will be vertiginous until the valley of the Pacaymayo river. When you resume your climb, you will be able to appreciate the magnificent Inca engineering in a perfect paved white granite slabs, following a zigzag path of cliffs and slopes until you reach the second pass, Runkurakay, to finally descend by a stepped slope of almost 1,600 m to the enclosure Of Sayaqmarka (3,625 masl). Here you will be rewarded with the extraordinary view of the Urubamba valley, the ruins of Phuyupatamarka (3,670 masl) and a bouquet of snowy peaks of great beauty: Palcay (5,600 masl), Veronica (5,750 masl) and great Salkantay (6,180 masl ).

This site partially hides some of the best examples of Inca architecture: Phuyupatamarka, Wiñaywayna (3 h further down) and its magnificent system of agricultural terraces, tambos and viewing platforms among dozens of orchids growing among polished rocks. When leaving the ruins of Wiñaywayna (always young), will undertake a gradual ascent that became more complicated at the end, to reach a small open covered with tropical vegetation. It is the Intipunku or Sun Gate from there you will walk for another 30 min to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Entering Machu Picchu after completing the Inca Trail

Advice from people who have been there

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Dolly MBy: Dolly M

“Unique and incomparable“

“We take the train from Ollantaytambo to km 104 to start the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The experience is unforgettable, unique and incomparable. On the way, you will see beautiful Inca sites until you reach the jewel of Machu Picchu by the gate of the sun, the old main gate to Machu Picchu.“

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 25-04-2017


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