The Inca Trail is considered the best hike in South America, perhaps the world, it is something you must do and that can change your life. It is one of the most arduous and impressive hiking trails that exist. During 4 days you will experience fatigue and very low temperatures, but everything will dissipate when you see the mist vanish to show you the jewel of the Inca empire, nestled in the middle of that impressive labyrinth of mountains. It is likely that no other place in the world combines so harmoniously, the scenic beauty of its location (between the Andes mountain range and the Amazonian forests) with the vestiges of one of the greatest empires that have ever existed in the world.
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The incredible Inca Trail, the most spectacular hiking route in South America
The Inca road was revealed to the world in 1915, when it was found while excavating in the Inca city of Machu Picchu, then the route was drawn three decades later by the Viking expedition, in 1942. Tens of thousands of visitors listen to their nomadic instinct and they decide to travel 40 kilometers to the “Sun Gate in Machu Picchu”; but it is not the only archaeological site you will see, since the tour will show you some of the best Inca buildings you can see in the entire Sacred Valley, comparable with the ruins of Pisac, or with what you will see in Machu Picchu itself. It will be with people from all over the world and in special contact with history and nature, traveling a path of more than 500 years old, at the same time enjoying a natural scenery of incomparable beauty.
The adventure of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
In ancient times the Inca road joined the city of Cusco (capital of the Inca Empire) with Machu Picchu. Today it is the most famous hiking route in the whole continent and one of the most important in the world. There are trains and buses that can take you directly to the Inca city of Machu Picchu; However, the experience of reaching Machu Picchu as the Incas did for centuries, is an incredible journey into the past through fabulous landscapes, accompanied by a mild climate and camping at night with minimal resources. Does it sound harsh ?, it is; but the entrance through the “Puerta del Sol” (Intipunku) will make you realize that each step was worth it.
Not all people have the necessary days to travel the entire Inca Trail, that’s why it has 2 versions depending on the time it counts. The classic Inca Trail takes 4 days, but if you do not have so much time, or so much energy, you can do the Inca Trail short, in just 2 days.
How is hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
In most cases you will start your excursion at kilometer 88 of the railroad tracks (town of Qoriwayrachina); In this place, at a height of 2 thousand meters, the path of more than 40 kilometers will begin, reaching maximum heights of 4,200 masl, to end the journey in the Sacred City of Machu Picchu at 2,430 masl, on the fourth day of his adventure. The main problem that people face in this trek, lies in the scarce oxygen at these altitudes, so it will cost more if not properly acclimated or if it comes from places close to sea level.
About tickets to enter the Inca Trail
You must get entrance tickets to the Inca Trail a long time in advance (6 months), otherwise you will have to enter Machu Picchu by train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas or through the alternative route of Santa María. Another thing, you can only travel the Inca road to Machu Picchu hiring an agency; We are experts in trips to Machu Picchu and we can make your dream come true to enter Machu Picchu by the Inca trail.