Inspiring Inca Trail 4 Days

Detailed Description “The CAPAC ÑAN”

Kilometer 82 and Pisqakucho

Km 82 is the beginning point of the second hiking option. After registering, we arrive at a bridge crossing the Vilcanota River (Urubamba River).

Llactapata or Patallacta

The town does organize into three levels or areas. This road quickly leads us to the Wayllabamba settlement.

Wayllabamba

Scattered houses comprise this town. Wayllabamba, or “place of the Walla Walla,” takes its name from a bird in the area. Many platforms harmoniously blend with the topography of the land. Together they form the Cusichaca River. This place was responsible for controlling the roads that led to the Salkantay and Machu Picchu mountains.

Llulluchapampa

A forest of Unca trees (Myrciantes orophyla) with curious contortions gives the road an atmosphere of dimness and solitude.

After ascending for two or three hours, we arrive at the Llullucha Pampa. If we camp around here, we will experience a fascinating sky full of stars. The road toward the Abra of Warmiwañusca begins here.

The Warmiwañusca Pass

This Abra presents a landscape dominated by the strong grass and vegetation of the high steppe or Puna. It is the territory of deer and the Andean bears.

Pacaymayo Camp

There are designated spaces to install camps.

The Runkuracay Abra

The enclosures of Runkuracay are in the middle of the ascent route toward the Abra of the same name. A unique main square gives entrance to a corridor that leads toward a central court. Around this, two rustic squares reconnect with two significant and small areas in semicircular form. A third part is a balcony looking toward the valley.

Sayacmarca

Sayacmarca is a small Inca town that means “place to stop and contemplate in the Quechua language.” From here, the Salkantay chain can indicate seen. In some parts of our hike, the remains of Inca platforms will appear.

The architecture of Sayacmarca shows buildings constructed in different formations, including many rectangular buildings, courts, streets, ceremonial areas, and platforms, which all form a kind of functional labyrinth.

Concha Marka

Continuing our hike, we find a building and several platforms denominated by the Concha Marca Inca site. It clearly shows the originality and Inka design, which harmonizes with nature (Pachamama).

From afar, the mountains contemplate us as jealous guardians. This tunnel took thousands of hours of work to conquer a great abyss to make walking easier.

Phuyupatamarca

Dr. Paul Fejos discovered Phuyupatamarca. It has the silhouette of a truncated pyramid. The platforms have the double purpose of incorporating the architecture with the hill and creating agricultural areas.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the guides like?

Our Kondor Path teams are native guides among the best and most experienced guides anywhere.

What is the food like?

A cook accompanies every group on the Inca Trail and alternative trails in Cusco. Almost invariably, hikers comment on the delicious Andean menu. Meals are a mix of local specialties and international favorites. We promote organic and healthy food.

How is drinking water supplied?

We will supply you with boiled water for the remainder of the trek. We recommend that hikers bring their refillable bottles to limit plastic waste on the hike; it is available in the morning to fill your bottles and every meal.

Which base camp will we use?

Campsites are subject to change depending upon the crowds and the season. Our most popular campsite choices are Wayllabamba, Pacaymayo, Wiñaywayna, and Phuyupatamarca.

What do I need to carry?

Porters will carry all of your other supplies, including camping equipment, clothes, sleeping bags, etc. We ask all travelers to limit their personal belongings to 7 km/15 lbs.

What if I have a medical emergency?

Guides carry a first aid kit for fundamental medical problems (hiker’s diarrhea, cuts/scrapes, etc.). They receive Red Cross First Aid and emergency training every year. Guides and porters have pre-established evacuation strategies in place should this need occur.

How concerned should I be about the altitude on the hike?

We recommend drinking plenty of water and the traditional Coca tea and chewing coca leaves. Doing this will help immensely with the effects of the altitude.

How can I be sure that the porters are well-cared for?

Kondor Path Tours ensures proper staffing with weight limits for individual porters and fair wages for each. We have a long and successful relationship with their community.

What has the government of Peru done for the porters?

The Peru government has created the Laws of the Porter:

  • Inca Trail Porters Protection Law No. 27607
  • Decreed Laws Numbers 19990 and 25897 Article 3 Conditions of work (December 6, 2001):
  1. Transport up from the point of departure to the end of the trip.
  2. Limit of load up to 20 kilograms / 44 pounds.
  3. Warm equipment and accommodation.
  4. Unique belts to protect their backs from injuries.
  5. Provision of sufficient food and appropriate clothing (Warm jacket, rain ponchos, walking boots, and backpacks).
  6. Fair and decent payment on time on Day 4 at 10 am.
  7. Life/Accident Insurance, the Social Security of Health.
  8. Article 6: Single, honest, and decent payment to our crew.
  9. Article 7: The minimum age of a porter is 18 years.
  10. Just 500 people, including porters, start the trek per day.

Watch and see how our porters work!

  1. Company Kondor Path Tours treats its porters well.
  2. Porters and cooks work with us regularly.
  3. Porters have life insurance.
  4. The families of the porters directly obtain the benefits of working with us.
Interacting with your porters

Talk to your porters and learn about their traditions and families. Share coca leaves with them; even encourage them to sing some of their local songs.

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