Many treks take you to Machu Picchu, but none like the Inca Trail. The most popular among travelers and the most famous footpath in the Americas. From Cusco, 43 kilometers trail through forests, dense fog, ancient stone steps, and majestic views. At the end is the reward: the famous Sun Gate and its breathtaking views of the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
Beautiful mountains and landscapes of Andean surround the Inca Trail. Throughout the days that this adventure lasts, the Inca Trail is the archaeological center that can only be reached by it. With a controlled capacity of visitors per month and year, no visitor wishes to walk it.
Machu Picchu communicated with the city of Cusco and the rest of the Inca empire through roads of excellent structure with an ergonomic design built in strict harmony with the natural environment and had excellent aesthetics in their construction. Many trails are ledges on the edge of the abyss and surround beautiful landscapes with lush and varied flora and fauna. In some sections, the Inca Trail is carved directly into the rock. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the most spectacular hiking routes on the planet and the best-known Inca trail.
The Inca Trail Trek is recognized worldwide by the most demanding hikers. This trek has everything necessary to be a challenging route. With the great reward of enjoying the environment and the fresh air, we are sure that enjoying this hike will be an excellent reward for all our travelers. The Inca Trail is the route that the ancient Incas traveled, and now you can do it with these packages that include everything you need.
Inca trails over the mountains, on the road with landscapes of Andean beauty that crosses, throughout the days that this adventure lasts, archaeological centers that can only do reached by it; that is the Inca Trail. With a controlled capacity of visitors per month and by year, no visitor wishes to walk it.
Machu Picchu communicated with the city of Cusco and the rest of the Inca empire through roads of excellent structure with an ergonomic design built in strict harmony with the natural environment and had excellent aesthetics in their construction. Many trails are ledges on the edge of the abyss and surround beautiful landscapes with lush and varied vegetation. In some sections, the road is carved directly into the rock. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the most spectacular trekking routes on the planet and is the best-known of the Inca trails.
The excellent network of roads that connected the Inca Empire. The Inca Trail was the most sophisticated communication system that made it possible to manage resources and unify the Inca Empire.
Traveling the Inca Trail today in Cusco is a challenging and satisfying experience. You will push yourself to the maximum, walking at different altitudes and enjoying beautiful landscapes for one or several days. Lares, Ausangate, and Salkantay are some routes that await you.
If you like hiking, you should hike the Inca Trail at least once.
According to Peruvian archaeologists, there are stretches of this road network about 2,000 years old and did build by ancient cultures.
Researchers indicate that the Inca Pachacutec, who created the Machu Picchu citadel, used these existing roads and built others, linking them into a network.
The Inca Trail to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu is closed in February each year as part of the regulations of this archaeological site and by the provision of the institutions responsible for its administration, such as the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, the INC, etc. Therefore, if you wish to go on an excursion, it is not possible during this period.
THE INCA TRAIL?
The Cusco region does characterize by only two climatological seasons that help us choose the best season. The rainy season runs from November to March, and the dry season is between April and October. It is advisable to hike the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu during the dry season because we will have better views of the landscapes during the tour. However, coming to Machu Picchu in rainy weather also has its own; also. As we said, February is the only month you can not walk the Inca Trail.
The total distance of the Inca Trail is approximately 39.6 Km. and starts at Km. 82 from a place called Q’oriwayrachina. You will visit archaeological complexes such as:
You will reach the highest point, 4,200 meters, crossing the Warmiwañusqa pass. This distance does calculate in the tour of 04 days and 03 nights. On the last day, you will arrive at the Inti Punku (Gate of the sun) area, where you will have an impressive view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
You can imagine nature and adventure lovers who like to change the city’s noise for the beautiful singing of birds and the most beautiful landscapes. This Inca citadel of Machu Picchu hike by the Inca Trail will fulfill all your expectations. However, this type of trekking is not an easy thing to do, especially for those who are not used to exercise or physical exertion normally. That said, the route of the Inca Trail exceeds 4000 m.a.s.l. in some areas, so we must take some precautions, which Intupa Cusco will describe below.
Here are some tips to prepare before embarking on this fantastic adventure for those who plan to hike this impressive route.
This route will not be complicated for people in the good physical condition and who practice some sport, although it involves walking for many hours on rough trails of rugged and flat terrain. But, people who do not accustom to extreme physical exertion may experience minor fatigue and tiredness. Before undertaking this incredible route, the most important thing is to prepare yourself physically to condition your body for physical work.
As the entrance to the Inca Trail is limited, only authorized tour agencies can enter and do the tour, so it is challenging to make the Inca Trail to Machupicchu without a tour guide.
The Inca Trail trek has a great variety of options which we will list below:
We have a variety of routes to the Modern Wonder of Machu Picchu; we will show you the most important ones:
The Inca Trail is emblematic, thanks to its history as part of the Royal Roads system connecting the Inca Empire. Thanks to this, combined with the natural environment and the impressive finish at Machu Picchu, it is considered the number one hike in South America.
But we have an alternative, the Salkantay Trek, in which you will enjoy beautiful landscapes surrounding the essential snow-capped mountains that the Incas considered gods or Apus.
Below we will list some Pros and Cons between the two tours:
The Salkantay Trek is famous for its scenery, which most guidebooks recommend, where you have a better chance of seeing larger mammals such as foxes, deer, chinchillas, and, with luck, even spectacled bears. We will also see a wide variety of plant species; a hike through the picturesque Andes takes you to the splendor of the glaciers and then down through lush valleys with coffee plantations, and then back to the high jungle.
On the circuit, it is 72% less crowded than the Inca Trail, with a daily average of 50 people compared to a daily average of 180 people on the Inca Trail. This info means you will have a lot of the hike to yourself, and the campsites en route do not crowd, allowing you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the landscape.
This information helps make reservations easier since we can find daily trips to Salkantay. It is just a matter of finding a group that leaves on the same day as you (unless you go independently or opt for a private tour), unlike the Inca Trail, where strict permit rules do not allow date changes or cancellations.
Unlike the Inca Trail, you do not enter Machu Picchu through the Inti Punku Sun Gate. By spending the night in Aguas Calientes the night before, you can take the bus to the ruins or, if you wish to see Machu Picchu at sunrise, walk to see the morning. During your visit to Machu Picchu, it is possible to walk to the sun gate in about half an hour. The Salkantay trek is almost twice as long and higher than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This info means that it is physically more complicated than the Inca Trail. It is generally colder as well.
Campsite facilities along the trail are self-installed. There are no showers, although you can bathe in the streams to brave the cold.
Although the Salkantay Trek also follows historical routes, the only set of ruins you will see is the citadel of Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks globally, where hikers emerge from the jungle to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku, where Machu Picchu comes into view. From the gate, hikers descend to the citadel.
The Inca Trail features beautiful scenery ranging from snow-capped peaks to cloud forests and high-altitude jungles and includes a variety of tiny historical ruins along the way. The most important of these is Wiñay Wayna, abundant agricultural terraces.
Campsites along the trail include toilets that do cleaned every other day. For some, this is an advantage of the trek, although purist campers might prefer the more ‘wild’ feel of the Salkantay Trail.
The Inca Trail is a trendy route. Permit limits keep crowds tolerable, but larger crowds mean that the chances of seeing large mammals reduce. During the challenging ascent, you will likely encounter walking and other groups and crowded campsites.
To hike the Inca Trail, you must go with an approved operator (Kondor Path Tours), who will purchase an Inca Trail permit on your behalf. Permits are limited to 500 per day, 300 of which are guides, cooks, and porters. During much of the year, tickets are available, but you should purchase them for at least one or two months to ensure that you will find the desired date for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
If you would like more information about these and other tours in the Peruvian Andes, please do not hesitate to contact our travel agency in Cusco for information, assistance, or excursions.
The Inca Trail can be hiked by all adventure lovers who are in the good physical condition and are willing to walk for 04 days, 2 to 8 hours per day, sleeping in tents during this time.
This hike has no age restriction; however, it is advisable to consider the travel of children under 08 years old, seniors, and people with heart problems.
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