The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a branch that goes from the Andes to the jungle and requires some physical effort, remember that there is an alternative Inca Trail to Choquequirao that is equally beautiful and less physically demanding than the Inca Trail to Machu picchu. But if you feel strong enough not hesitate and assured you will have a deserved reward to complete its Inca Trail. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the best hiking tours in the world, both for its exquisite natural beauty composed of different ecological niches ranging from high deserts to Andean tropical forests. The Inca moved through the empire using a vast network of roads that crossed the Andes from Argentina to Colombia and from the coast to the Amazon. The road makes its way through the high Andean mountains, carving the rock sample in a fantastic high reached by the Inca engineering. It is a royal road as it was used by the Inca and his court to reach the sacred city of Machu Picchu; therefore important Inca ruins are seen along the way. * Due to restrictions issued by the Peruvian government on the number of allowed people to the Inca Trail per day, we recommend that you book at least 4 months in advance (6 months or more for the months April to September is the peak season ) and thus make sure the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is a royal road as it was used by the Inca and his court to reach the sacred city of Machu Picchu; therefore important Inca ruins are seen along the way. * Due to restrictions issued by the Peruvian government on the number of allowed people to the Inca Trail per day, we recommend that you book at least 4 months in advance (6 months or more for the months April to September is the peak season ) and thus make sure the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is a royal road as it was used by the Inca and his court to reach the sacred city of Machu Picchu; therefore important Inca ruins are seen along the way. * Due to restrictions issued by the Peruvian government on the number of allowed people to the Inca Trail per day, we recommend that you book at least 4 months in advance (6 months or more for the months April to September is the peak season ) and thus make sure the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Early in the morning, we will pick your hotel and then go on a private bus to Piscacucho located at kilometer 82 (m./9,200 2,800 ft), on the way we pass through the Sacred Valley, the towns of Urubamba and Ollantaytambo in here make a short stop for you to visit the local market and buy some supplies for the hike, then continue with our journey to Piscacucho. Upon arrival at Piscacucho Km. 82 pass the control to start the walk along the Urubamba River.
In this first section of the Inca Trail, visit the small community of Miskay (2,800 ft m./9,200), later we begin to ascend to a small plateau where we can delight with extraordinary scenery and Incan Andean construction known as Patallacta, located 2,750 m. / 9,030 ft., in this place we can observe some farming terraces that were used to feed different places travelers taking this route to reach Machu Picchu.
Then we continue walking through a green area where it is very likely seen the giant hummingbird, after walking for about two hours arrive at our first camp in the area Huayllabamba 3,000 m. / 9,900 ft. Huayllabamba is a small town surrounded by fields of corn, potato crops and other products, here we will have our first camp.
The first day is usually hot during the dry season (May to September), therefore it is recommendedwear light clothing, as well as a good sunscreen and a good hat or cap.
On this day we will have a great challenge, ascending the open Warmihuañusca to begin with we will have a refreshing breakfast then begin our trek toward the Valley Ayapata which took 1 hour to get to this sector, it is known for having a micro climate of high Andean valley. Then we pass through a packed narrow trail vegetation, passing a small bridge that will take us through a cloud forest, with unsurpassed beauty, to reach an area called “Llulluchapampa” this is a good place for the traveler can make a rest stop before climbing the last part of Warmihuañusca which is the highest point of the walk with a distance of 11 kilometers (6.84 miles) climb up to the highest point of Warmihuañusca,
Then we descend along a winding valley to a point where we stop for lunch. During this journey you can observe various types of birds. We follow the path until you reach the Pacaymayu River Valley (3,600 m / 11,811 ft), where we will have our second camp.
For many visitors, this is one of the longest days, but at the same time one of the most beautiful, because of the presence of Inca constructions along the path. After a nutritious breakfast we will take our walk ascending a steep path. We will pass through a second open where the archaeological sites of Runkuracay (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) which takes its name from its unique shape of half circle. This semicircular shape allows protected from strong winds in the area. Then ascend towards Yanacocha (Black Lake) lagoon and then proceed to Sayaqmarca (3600 m / 11, 811 ft), “The dominant people”, where we will see interesting Inca ruins, and will have a panoramic view of the valley of Acobamba, the only way to access these buildings is through a steep stone staircase. During the tour porConchamarka, a small archaeological site recently discovered is passed.
Then we continue uphill and we will reach the first tunnel along the road, then continue climbing until you reach the third and final open, where the people of Phuyupatamarca (3,665 m / 12,024 ft), “Town above the clouds” see which it is undoubtedly one of the most original along the Inca Trail citadels. It is located on the edge of a ravine. Here we will find many cultivation terraces and ceremonial fountains.
After visiting this site, we descend about 2,000 cobblestone stairs to the citadel of Wiñaywayna (2,700 m / 8,858 ft), which means “Forever Young”, is located at an altitude of 2,490 m / 8,675 ft, and the name drift thanks to the typical orchids that can be found throughout the year with its flowers of red, yellow and violet. This is possibly the most attractive of all the palaces along the Inca Trail, and the last urban center before reaching Machu Picchu. It was built on the slopes of the mountains, is divided into four main parts: housing at the bottom, with over 20 buildings, the area holding the ritual fountains, the area of cultivation terraces and the tower area .
After exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna, we go to our last camp, which is located a few meters away. In the latter camp, hikers will have access to better showers, hot water and bathrooms. Here is also a restaurant where you can buy drinks. This will be the night when we bid farewell to our porters or staff of the tour, so at night a little party to thank everyone for sharing with the group this beautiful experience will be held.
On this last day, we get up early and then have breakfast and continue our walk, after three hours of walking, we reach the area Intipunku or Puerta del Sol (2,490 m / 8,169 ft). A small complex of small buildings that apparently seem to have been used as a control. It is an excellent opportunity to take panoramic pictures of the citadel of Machu Picchu. If the traveler has started to walk early, will come just before dawn, this is perhaps the best place and time to contemplate the majestic splendor of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.
For a long time it was thought that Machu Picchu was part of a legend, until 1911 that the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu rises to a height of 2,430 m / 7,980 ft. in the middle of a tropical forest, and a extraordinary location. It was certainly one of the most beautiful urban creations in the heyday Incaico. Its massive walls, terraces and ramps seem to be continuously cut naturally in the rocky cliffs.
Then descend to tour the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, we will have a guided tour our local guide about 2 hour tour, followed by a free time for you to enjoy this wonder of the world independently can visit Wayna Picchu (not included in the tour ).
Then descend by bus (not included in the tour) to Aguas Calientes (2,160 m / 7,087 ft), where you can visit the thermal baths of the town (entry 10 Soles is not included in the tour). Return to Cusco.