Inca Trail Marathon Machu Picchu is perfect challenge on your sport trip to Machu Picchu. The Classic Inca Trail is done over 4 days and 3 nights. An athlete set the fastest recorded time. A Cusqueñean person from Cusco, Roman Tinta in 1997 he completed it in 3 hours, and 34 min. if you’re fit and properly acclimatized 6 hour or 8 hours is the right time, for people who want to run the whole Inca Trail Marathon Machu Picchu.
Experienced runners are required! become a true Chasqui!
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Today all runners and spectators; if your flight arrivals are on different schedules, we transfer all clients to your Hotel (located in Cusco center) by a Kondor van, The rest of the day is a free time to explore Cuzco city.
Cusco overnight included
We have a briefing during the morning at 9:00 AM MEETINGS with your Kondor runner guide and Inca Trail logistic staff to give you a pre- talk about the Inca Trail race, rules, regulations, permits and Machu Picchu meeting day”: This is FOR KONDOR RUNNERS! and FOR KONDOR SPECTATORS (family, friends, instructor, etc.). In addition, around 13:00 pm We have a Cusco city tour for exploring four Incan sites near Cusco city and optional a short Andes running race from Pucapucara to Cusco city via Moon Temple (an Ancient and hidden Inca Trail).
The rest of the day is a free time for exploring more about Cusco center by yourselves, and then get prepare your duffle bag pack for the race! in Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu!
Departing place is from Cusco city and after your breakfast at 6:30 AM, during your Kondor bus trip we stop at Ollantaytambo Inca site (to explore a portions of the Inca Trail race one day before). Then we will be reaching via dirt route to Km 82, this is a place where you begins one day hike Inca Trail, that is super moderate and short trek to Llactapata camp. In the afternoon, you will have a Kondor guided tour around Llactapata Inca citadel.
Spectators will take the train to Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Pueblo!
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Official Inkathon Race Day! Become a true Chaski.
An early breakfast, in advance and at 5:00 AM race starts. Those that do not complete the race in one day will camp at Wiñaywayna at mile 23! behind Machu Picchu Inca site. Finishers will sleep in Machu Picchu Pueblo well known as Aguas Calientes village by Machu Picchu local people.
Spectators Train departs at 11:15 AM or earlier with Inca Rail company trains service) and takes one hour and forty minutes to Aguas Calientes Village. Then heading up to Machu Picchu Park to receive all finishers around or next to the Inca guardhouse (Casa del vigilante Inca). Note: Spectator have morning time to explore by themselves Machu picchu or to hike on Inca Sun Gate.
Meals: Runners are finding three Aid Stations during the Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu (sandwich, crackers, fruits, fresh water, dehydrated fruits, Gatorade, etc).
All finishers and spectators will take an early tourist-shared bus up to Machu Picchu Inca citadel for enjoying a nice and early Andes mountain sunrise at Machu Picchu “if it not cloudy” before a half day tour of the site. Two-day finishers will continue running the last portion of Inca Trail after breakfast your breakfast in Wiñaywayna, last runners will be arriving in Machu Picchu in time for a tour in the Lost City of the Incas “Machu Picchu”. Evening spent all together in Machu Picchu Pueblo (in the Hotel), with prize giving and Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu medals for all runners of one or two days Inkathon race.
Meals: Runners and Spectator “dinner”
Morning train back to Ollantaytambo then by transport to Cuzco, on the way back we will visit the Salt mines of Salineras of Maras and Moray (the cycling Ina terraces). We will be arriving in Cusco around 17:00 PM the rest of the day a free evening to explore Cusco.
For clients who are flying back to Lima and then to their Home Countries at this stage, we have to transfer you from the Hotel to Cuzco airport for your flight back to Lima.
This point is considered the start of the Inca Trail to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Today it has become the official entrance with a check control for all hikers or runners on the great adventure that starts across the Urubamba River. Nevertheless, before we start, we have to record all the relevant documentation for entry to the Inca Trail Marathon Machu Picchu. Once we are on our way, we pass over the Urubamba River and find a path that leads us to Miskay and then Llactapata.
The road that leads to the summit branches off, leaving the Willkaraqay pass towards a lookout that is the highest point of the pre day hiking to our base-camp, very similar to a pass. From there you can appreciate the whole valley and the Cusichaca River, as well as a short canyon that is the product of the patient work of river. This canyon is very narrow so is not passable; from here, we have a short trek to Llactapata camp, just around the corner.
The Andean name of the archaeological complex of Llactapata, in Quechua language, means, “Town located in height”. This Incan site was a central town with more than 112 houses, which belonged to the local administrative nobility. Other residents lived here who were dedicated to developing agriculture. The town also was an entrance control to Machu Picchu because this Inca Trail was the royal road. The town is organized into three areas. The highest part is an Incan urban area with houses of one or two floors that were evidently defined for many functions. The town has streets and perfectly organized houses, respecting the topography of the land and occupying those areas less suited for agriculture. The second area is comprised of staggered platforms and channels that adapt to the mountain shape, giving security to the superior housing. Finally, the third area consists of a plain area or pampas, suitable for extensive Andean agriculture, supplemented with a crystalline river that runs through the middle with additional water channels.
After crossing the Cusichaca river (happy bridge), the curious hiker/runners notices the presence of a meteorite which was possibly being taken to some project, because part of the same one was used as a hammer in some Inka construction. Continuing on, we arrive at the pass of Willkaraqay that leads us to a gulch or short canyon that has been formed by a river with the same name. The geography of the Andean valley is interesting because of the immensity of the hills that sometimes frighten the traveler. The beauty of the fields worked on terraces are spectacular with the multiplicity of colors of the countryside, which includes dense forests and unique singing creeks. The road always follows along the river so our way is accompanied by the murmur of it. This road easily leads us to the Wayllabamba settlement.
This Incan site has a contemporary name that alludes to a pulpit of a catholic church. It is the shape of a cornice, an enormous dominant rock that forms a shelf. Above this, there are two main enclosures, with other complementary enclosures with doors and trapezoidal windows that surround the central element. This is an excellent archaeological Inca site very near to Cusichaca River. The site includes interesting examples of columns, perrons (open spaces), and a structure raised by platforms.
This is the last and unique small Andes town of the Inca trail. We can find some scattered houses comprise this town. We also have the opportunity to obtain food, drinks, or other equipment (by our Kondor staff; an aid station). Wayllabamba or “place of the Walla Walla,” takes its name from a bird that exists in the area. This place is an important point, because here the road divides into two trails, one that branches and leads us to the snowy Salkantay Mountain. This route is restricted some times of the year, but travelers with a desire for more intense adventure frequent it. This place is an area predominantly dedicated to agriculture. Many platforms harmoniously blend with the topography of the land. Further on there are other dispersed platforms located on hillsides of the mountains. The area is also the point of convergence of the creeks of Llullucha and Wayruro with the Salkantay River. Together they form the Cusichaca River.
When we leave Wayllabamba aid station for our Kondor runners, our road ascends on a sheer path, and zigzagging. Little by little, we go on conquering the formidable hills and the Warmiwañusca summit, as we appreciate the depth of the valley and the beauty of the Andean countryside. This path leads us toward the heights called Ayapata and further on to the Llulluchapampa.
A forest of Unca trees (Myrciantes orophyla) with curious contortions gives the road an atmosphere of dimness and solitude. At certain times, the fruits of these trees attract the bear with glasses; because of its facial feature, which is a protected species in risk of extinction. As we move on a creek of crystalline and singing waters, and a rich environment of vegetation including areas of forest with permanent fog / sun accompany us. After ascending, we arrive at the Llulluchapampa 3,750 meters of altitude / 12,303 ft. The road toward Warmiwañusca Pass begins here. The silence of the Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu is broken by the sound of the wind or rain in the Andes Mountains, as we continue along the well-placed solid Inca road of thick stone flagstone. It is advisable because of the elevation of these high mountains that we run.
This is the highest point in the whole route 4,212 m / 13,825 ft. so because of this elevation, the heart beats quickly. Although this is the most arduous part of the day itinerary. Actually, the name of this site is not strange, because Warmiwañusca in the Inca language means “where the women die or the dead woman pass.” The ancient Incas had good reasons to give it this name. Warmiwañusca presents a landscape dominated by the strong grass and vegetation of the high steppe. It is the territory of deer and the Andean bears. Nature is at its best as the sky plays with the clouds and the colors emanate such brightness that it is impossible to not experience considerable pleasure. Also from here, we can appreciate the Salkantay glacier and other snowy peaks in the distance. On Warmiwañusca Pass, we can also appreciate Apacheta, heaps of stones, where the Andean people tossed a liquid mixture that they revered as much as the coca. The purpose of this offering from their mouths was to dispel the fatigue of the road. Other people leave their shoes as an offering. Therefore, for us it is important to acknowledge this Apacheta when arriving and before going to the next aid station “Pacaymayo Alto”.
From Warmiwañusca the road descends at a comfortable place to the bottom of the gulch 3,650 m / 11,975 ft. and the Pacaymayo River “hidden river”. There are designated spaces to install our Aid Station.
The enclosures of Runkuracay are in the middle of the ascent route toward the Runkuracay summit. The Incan site is located in an area usually covered by the fog and green nature. The architecture is a harmonious interplay with the nature, a kind of organic architecture that was well known by the Incas. The conformation of this architecture corresponds to an elliptic shape, what inspired the name that was assigned to Runkuracay pass by the workers of the Hiram Bingham expedition in 1915. A unique and main square gives entrance to a corridor that leads toward a central court. Around this, two rustic squares reconnect with two big and two small areas in semicircular form. A third part is a balcony looking toward the valley. Continuing on the route there is a lagoon called Yanacocha “black lagoon” that could have been a reservoir of the Incas to assist with the agriculture of Runkuracay. Following a short run to the Runkuracay Pass 3,945 m / 12,942 ft. a lower elevation than Warmiwañusca. The road continues with less slope and the landscape changes to thick forest that is characteristic of these beautiful and remote places. Our following viewpoint will be the Incan site of Sayacmarca.
After conquering Runkuracay pass, the landscape is wide open with a strong decline. Sayacmarca is a small Incan town that in the Quechua language means, “Place to stop and to contemplate.” From here, the Salkantay chain can be seen! The spectacular glaciers of the Vilcabamba mountain range can also be seen as well as other snowy peaks such as Humantay and Palcay. In some parts of our Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu 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. The most important building has an elliptic way. All their appearances are rustic, with masonry held together with a mortar of mud and the characteristic earthquake proof engineering of Inka architecture. During many years, Andean areas have considerable fog and green nature, so this situation was compensated for when the Inca people located their houses in high places so that they enjoy more hours of sun than in the lower parts. It is also an example of the impressive choice of Inca architects to build in places so rare and spectacular.
Continuing your Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu run race, we find a building and several platforms denominated by the Concha Marka Incan site. This strategic location has housing with typical Inka characteristics: a court of distribution and straw roofs preserved until today. Here we can also appreciate the solid construction of the Inca roadway as this tract is the best conserved in the whole route. It clearly shows the originality and Inca design, which took care to harmonize with nature (Pachamama). The Inca workers conquered abysses that hide among the tangle of the vegetation, and with the effort of thousands of hours of work, they constructed superb stairways and courts in the rock. Everything was made to give comfort to the walkers and Inca runners, so there was no fear of the abysses and cliffs or fear of security. Accidents that have happened in the Inca trails have been few and insignificant because of the safe construction. Those that have happened were for reasons of leaving the boundaries of the assigned areas.
At this point in the itinerary, we can appreciate a changed landscape characteristic of a humid tropical area with an intense green color, multicolored flowers, and the trilling and singing of birds. From afar, the mountains contemplate us as jealous guardians. Further, on we find one of the Inka works that demanded a more sophisticated knowledge of the handling of materials. It is a twelve-meter tunnel constructed directly in granite rock. In the interior are sculpted elegant tiers and tianas (seats). This tunnel took thousands of hours of work to conquer a great abyss to make easier walking. It is not easily seen because it gets lost among the dense vegetation. From Chaquicocha the roadway is impressive and rather flat. The path is carved directly in the rock with platforms whose foundations get lost in the bottom of ravines. The roadway has an average width of two meters. We continue at a fast pace until we can see the deep valley that forms the Vilcanota river. Our following destination is Phuyupatamarca, a complex of impressive Incan architecture.
Dr. Paul Fejos discovered Phuyupatamarca. The name means “town among clouds,” which is an appropriate name because much of the time it is wrapped in a dense fog. 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. In the high part, there is a group of enclosures with multiple functions, as well as six ceremonial Inca sites that are examples of the permanent reverence that the old Peruvians had for the giver of life. This site also contains a series of stairways, channels, terraces, passages, a system of channeled water, and a sacred rock, all related to a population dedicated to agriculture and the acclimatization of species. From Phuyupatamarca site until Wiñaywayna is a distance of 3,150 tiers that are developed over five kilometers with tracts of tiers. The descent is interesting, because in this tract there are numerous changes from one area to another in only a few hours.
Before Wiñaywayna where an electrical tower is, you can choose which trail to take: directly to camp or the Intipata route. Both roads lead to the Wiñaywayna. The platforms of Intipata, whose name means “heights of the sun,” are formed by sequential convex platforms. These platforms, in a pyramidal way, have the characteristic of being oriented toward the dawn, with the purpose of capturing the first sunbeams. Studies in archaeological botany have demonstrated that these platforms contain earth brought from distant places and the spores found correspond to strange species. This demonstrates that at this Inca place were engaged in acclimatization processes or adaptation of new species in a different ecological area. In addition to the platforms, some enclosures with fine masonry correspond to the housing of the farmers. These constructions are in the top and bottom parts of the terraces. In the central part, as well as at the ends, there are perrons and channels for water, located very near the enclosures and platforms. Besides these areas, we assume that there are other archaeological remains patiently waiting, because we can see only the tiers of them, which get lost in the thickness of the Intipata forest.
The last part of the Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu is on a wide and well-paved path that leads us to Inti Punku “Sun Gate”, a natural watchtower from where you can sight the Inca city in its entire splendor. At Inti Punku, it is imperative that we take time to stop because it is possible that many years could pass before you return here. From here, we can see the imposing Machu Picchu citadel and its backdrop, a few miles more you are ending the great Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu.
3 Aid Stations “by Kondor Staff”
All runners can find along the Inca Trail Marathon Machu Picchu race 3 Aid Stations to supply water, snacks, fruits, etc. Our Kondor Porters and guides are running in advance one day before than the main race day, or the same Official day race in front and behind the World runners.
Locations of 3 Aid Stations:
Take a look of how looks like the Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu race.
Llactapata: 2,585 m / 8,480 ft. To Wayllabamba 3000 m / 9,900 ft.
Wayllabamba 3000 m / 9,900 ft. To Warmiwañusca first pass 4215 m / 13,828 ft.
Warmiwañusca first Pass 4215 m / 13,828 ft. to Pacaymayo 3600 m / 11,877 ft.
Pacaymayo 3600 m / 11,877 ft. to Runkuracay second Pass 3945 m / 12,942 ft.
Runkuracay second Pass 3945 m / 12,942 ft. to Sayacmarca 3600 m / 11,877 ft.
Sayacmarca 3600 m / 11,877 ft. to Phuyupatamarca third Pass 3850 m / 11,975 ft.
Phuyupatamarca third Pass 3850 m / 11,975 ft. To Wiñaywayna 2650 m / 8,694 ft.
Wiñaywayna 2650 m / 8,694 ft. To Inti Punko (Sun Gate) Last Pass 2715 m / 8,907 ft.
Inti Punko (Sun Gate) Last Pass 2715 m / 8,907 ft. to Machu Picchu 2400 m / 7,874 ft.
315 m / 1,033 ft. Last push to Machu Picchu, a place where the race gets End “in front of Machu Picchu”.
Machu Picchu Pueblo overnight 2065 m / 6,774 ft. Easy we go by bus to Aguas Calientes Pueblo “last bus at 5:20 PM”.
Llactapata: To Wayllabamba
Wayllabamba to Warmiwañusca first pass 1215 M / 3,986 FT. “ASCENDING”
Warmiwañusca first Pass to Pacaymayo
Pacaymayo to Runkuracay second Pass
Runkuracay second Pass to Sayacmarca
Sayacmarca to Phuyupatamarca third Pass
Phuyupatamarca third Pass to Wiñaywayna
Wiñaywayna to Inti Punko (Sun Gate) Last Pass
Inti Punko (Sun Gate) Last Pass to Machu Picchu. End
Machu Picchu Pueblo overnight 2065 m / 6,774 ft.
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