| DESCRIPTION |
The Inca trail
to Machu Picchu (also known as Camino Inca
or inca trail
) consists of three overlapping trails: Mollepata, Classic and One Day. Mollepata is the longest of the three routes with the highest mountain pass and intersects with the Classic route before crossing "Dead Woman's Pass"
. Located in the Andes mountain range, the trail passes through several types of Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra. Settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins are located along the trail before ending the terminus at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu
mountain. The two longer routes require an ascent to beyond 3,660 metres (12,000 ft) above sea level, which can result in altitude sickness. Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly.
Note: that the inka trail is closed every February for cleaning.
| INCA TRAIL ITINERARY |
Day 1: Cusco - Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes
Picking up the passengers from their hotels between 5.00 - 5.30am by bus and go to the Cusco
train station (San Pedro's),On This Inca Trail
the journey will take about 3 hours to get to a place call 104 km from Cusco From here we have to check in at the checkpoint first. After this we start our long walk toward the archeological complex of Chachabamba which is 2150 meters above sea level, and then we will undertake a long walk of 8 kilometers which should take about 4 hour long to get to Wiñayhuayna 2700m archeological complex. This impressive complex is a little citadel that consists of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious
and an urban sector. From here we can see the bottom of the Urubamba river Valley, also a view of Choquesuysuy archeological complex
placed on the other side of the river, during this journey a beautiful waterfall will be able to be observed located, which is few some minutes walk away from Wiñayhuayna. Then we will walk toward Intipunku (the sun's Door) this will require about a one hour walking, on the way we will see some flat stones on the verge of mountain cliffs border. Machu Picchu's sacred Citadel
in its entire splendor will be able to be observed from intipunku. We will descend toward Machu Picchu from Intipunku
and then we will take the bus that will take us to Aguas Calientes. We will spend the night at a hotel.
Day 2: Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu - Cusco
In the morning we will take the bus to Machu Picchu's Citadel
, after the entrance checkpoint, we begin our visit to this archeological site with a guidefor two hours and we will be able to appreciate the architectonic wonder of the Inca culture. After this you will be able to have some free time to wonder around the Citadel or if you like to climb up the Huaynapicchu's mountain
(Young Mountain), from where you can observe the citadel of Machu Picchu completely, valleys
that surround this complex or going to the temple of the moon and seeing an Inca bridge. In the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes there exists some pools of hot spring where you can relax for some time. Later on we are taking the pullback train
back to Cusco.