The Inca Trail

The route known as the Inca Trail (El Camino del Inca or Camino Inca) takes visitors from the city of Cuzco to Machu Picchu. This trail covers approximately 40 km and has a very well‑documented history. The research conducted, from Bingham up until the present, has led to an itinerary which allows access to the archaeological site and the summit as well as all of the other areas which start from the lands bordering the Vilcanota and move away from the Yucay valley. More precisely, the starting point for visitors is kilometre 88 on the Cuzco-Quillabamba railway line, which is referred to as Qoriwayrachina. The present tourist excursions prefer to begin their route starting at Chilca, located a bit earlier. Nevertheless, the location and route of the ancient trail are located in the place referred to as Llaqtapata, where there are ancient terraces and the town of the same name. This was the ancient starting point, or at least that which was used in pre Hispanic times, which led towards Machu Picchu. Gradually, with the river at one's feet, the walker ascends through the Cusichaca valley, crossing the lands cultivated by the Augustinian friars and researched by the present archaeological work.


Today, the Inca Trail is followed by travelers from all over the world who, with backpacks or by leasing the services of the carriers from Ollantaytambo, embark on this walk which takes three days to reach Machu Picchu. Although Machu Picchu is located at a height of 2,350 m above sea level ‑lower than the city of Cuzco (3,400 m)‑ along the Inca Trail the walker will surpass heights which reach up to a maximum of 4,200 m. Travelers who follow this route on foot usually take the local train, which leaves at dawn from the San Pedro station, to the aforementioned km 88. At this point, the route on foot to Machu Picchu begins. The natural scenery which dominates the trip to the Machu Picchu area is especially impressive because of the balance between the natural world and the Inca architecture. At dusk or dawn, framed by the snow capped peaks at altitudes over 6,000 m such as Salkantay, Huamantay, as well as othersthe forest, the valleys, and the variety of flora and fauna in the scenery offer a continuous spectacle of fascination and mystery. Undoubtedly, if one's physical fitness allows him or her to do so, the Inca Trail is the best way to approach Machu Picchu.

Suggested Inca Trail Programs :

Program Duration
INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS 2 Days and 1 Night
INCA TRAIL PRIVATE 2 DAYS 2 Days and 1 Night
INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS 4 Days and 3 Nights
INCA TRAIL PRIVATE 4 DAYS 4 Days and 3 Nights
LARES TREK 4 DAYS 4 Days and 3 Nights
CHOQUEQUIRAO "THE LAST INCA OUTPOST", 4 DAYS TREK 4 Days and 3 Nights

SALKANTAY EXPRESS TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

4 Days and 3 Nights
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 DAYS 5 Days and 4 Nights
INCA TRAIL PRIVATE 5 DAYS 5 Days and 4 Nights
SALKANTAY, 5 DAYS 5 Days and 4 Nights
SALKANTAY, PRIVATE 7 DAYS 7 Days and 6 Nights
AUSANGATE TREK 7 DAYS 7 Days and 6 Nights
CHOQUEQUIRAO AND MACHUPICCHU 8 DAYS 8 days and 7 nights
CHOQUEQUIRAO, AND MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS 9 Days and 8 Nights

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For further info look at The Inca Road to Machu Picchu By Ted Rose
also Peru Inca Trail

 

 
 

 
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