23 December, 2019
The Classic or Traditional Inca Trail is approximately 40 kilometers away and 4 days of walking (approximately 18 to 24 hours). The route will take you through mountains, until arriving at Machu Picchu in the eyebrow of the Amazon rainforest of Peru.
Some information about the tour of the Inca Trail:
– The route crosses archaeological sites such as Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna.
– The end of the road is the entrance to Machu Picchu through the Intipunku (Puerta del Sol). That was the main gate in the time of the Incas. The scenery there is amazing.
– Some people decide to stay and relax in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes to return to Cusco the next day.
This route has sections where you have to climb large stairs, as well as descend steep hills, so the route is not linear or straight at almost any point. The walking time during the Inca Trail depends on the distance between the assigned points or camps and the physical condition of the traveler. Normally you have between five and eight hours of walking the first three days and two or three hours of walking on the fourth day.
In addition, the time it takes to walk the Inca trail varies according to the tour you decide to do; The most famous is the classic Inca trail tour that lasts 4 days and 3 nights and you reach a maximum height of 4,200 meters above sea level; The second is the short Inca trail of 2 days and 1 night where you reach a maximum height of 2650 meters. The beauty of making the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is that you will pass through unique places built by this civilization and that you will find more adventurous people to share the trip with. To make the Inca trail you will have to book early. Since places are limited and usually end long enough in advance, 6 months before is recommended. Also, you have to keep in mind that during the month of February the Inca trail closed for maintenance.