The hike of the 4-day begins at Km 82. Each group of explorers has our best support team to enjoy each day of your adventure exploring the Inca ruins on the side of the route. The trail is essentially a work of spiritual art.
Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful and essential sites in South America. Equally impressive is the centennial Inca Trails Peru that makes its way from the Sacred Valley near Km 82 of the railroad, taking four days of a guided hiking trail to Machu Picchu. This hike is memorable because the Inka ruins, the unforgettable scenery, the magnificent Andes mountains, the exotic vegetation, and the extraordinary ecological diversity are impressive.
The Peruvian government recognized all this in 1981 and included the traditional Inka Trail in a national park covering 325 square kilometers, namely the historical reserve of Machu Picchu. Without the Inca Trail, we cannot understand Machu Picchu itself. Its leading archaeological group is ceremonial, clearly arranged in ascending order. This trail is essentially a work of spiritual art, and walking was once a dedication of the best people in the Inca Empire.
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The Classic Inca Trail tour begins at Km. 82, Piscacucho, at 2600-m., hikers are transported by our KONDOR PATH TOURS operator in a minibus on the road that goes to Hydroelectric (km 120). From Piri onwards, the route follows the riverbank and ends at 82, a bridge. You can depart as early as you like and arrive faster than by train. The Inca Trail equipment, food, fuel, and field personnel reach Km. 82 for the Sernanp staff to weigh each bundle before the group arrives. When several groups leave on the same day, it is more convenient to arrive early.
The first ruins are Llaqtapata, near Km 88, the helpful center of a large farming terraced settlement that probably supplied the other Classic Inca Trail sites. From here, it is a relatively easy three-hour walk to the village of Huayllabamba. Note that the route from Km 82 goes via Cusichaca.
The ideal introduction to the trail is a series of gentle climbs and descent leads along the Cusichaca River. The village is a popular camping spot for tour groups, so it’s better to continue for about an hour up to the following site, Llulluchayoc – “three white stones,” a patch of green beside a fast-flowing stream. It’s a steep climb, but you’re guaranteed a decent pitch for the night. Another great camping spot is a perfect flat meadow called Llulluchapampa. To reach Llulluchapampa takes 1 ½ hour ascent through the cloud forest. There’s a magnificent view back down the valley.
Today is the most impressive and challenging part of the expedition. We explore Runkuracay, Sayacmarka, Concha Marka, and some natural lookouts along the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu.
For most people, the second day is by far the toughest. It’s a steep climb to the meadow, followed by an exhausting 2 ½ hours haul up to the first Pass – aptly named Warmiwañusqa (Dead Woman) at 4200-m. The feeling of relief from reaching the top is immense. After a well-earned break, it’s a sharp descent on a treacherous path down to the Pacaymayo Valley, where there are a few flat camping spots near a stream.
Halfway up comes the ruin of Runkuracay, which was probably an Inca Tambo (port-house). A steep climb up an Inca staircase leads to the next Pass, at 3850-m, which spectacular views of Pumasillo (6246 m) and the Vilcabamba range. The trail descends to Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), a spectacular sight over the Aobamba Valley. Just below Sayacmarca lies Conchamarca (Shell town), a small group of buildings standing on rounded terraces.
Today, we will conquer two high passes of the Inca Trail, the Warmiwañusca and the Runkuracay!
A blissfully gently two-hour climb on a stone highway leads through an Inca tunnel along the enchanted fringes of the cloud forest to the third Pass. The most rewarding part of Peru is Machu Picchu hiking, with spectacular views of the entire Vilcabamba range.
Then it’s down to the extensive ruins of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level town), at 3650 m, where the Inca observation platform offers incredible views of nearby Salkantay (6270 m) and surrounded peaks.
An Inca stairway of white granite plunges more than 1000 m to the spectacularly sited and impressive ruins of Wiñay-Wayna (Forever Young), offering views of agricultural terraces at Intipata (Sun place). A trail, not easily visible, goes from Wiñaywayna to the terracing. There are spaces for a few camping tents, but they get snapped up quickly.
We say goodbye to our porters tonight because we will leave our campsite early the following day for Machu Picchu.
Free afternoon to recover energy.
From Wiñay-Wayna, it is a gentle hour’s walk through another type of forest, with larger trees and giant ferns, to a steep Inca staircase that leads up to Intipunku (Sun Gate), where you look down, at last, upon Machu Picchu, basking in all her glory. We will quickly forget your aching muscles, and even the presence of the functional hotel building cannot detract from one of the most magical sights in all of the Americas.
Explore Machu Picchu Inca citadel via Sun Gate.
The difficulty in the excursion comes mainly from ascending and descending.
PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2022. We run this tour only as a Private Service
*Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.
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*** Student discounts $ 30 off per person.
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