6 January, 2020
There are many roads that lead to Machu Picchu but none like the Inca Trail. The most popular among travelers and the most famous trek in the Americas. From Cusco, 43 kilometers of path between forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and majestic views. In the end is the reward. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins at kilometer 82 of the railway that leads to Machu Picchu (2 hours and 30 minutes by bus from the city of Cusco). The Inca Trail is considered the best trek in South America. It is a 43-kilometer route along ancient Inca trails to Machu Picchu. Tourists have the opportunity to appreciate the scenic beauty with Inca archeological sites including the Wonder of the World.
Every year more than 25,000 walkers from around the world walk along the 43 kilometers of this cobbled road built by the Incas that leads to the wonderful citadel of Machu Picchu located deep in the jungle of Cusco. The trip begins in the town of Piscacucho, at kilometer 82 of the Cusco – Quillabamba railroad and takes 3 to 4 days of intense walking. The route includes an impressive variety of altitudes, climates and ecosystems that goes from the tips to the cloud forest. Travelers will cross two high altitude passes (the highest will be being in Warmiwañuska at 4,200 m.a.s.l.) to finish the hike with a magical entrance to Machu Picchu through the Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol.
RECOMMENDATION: Acclimatization is necessary in the city of Cusco, one or two days before starting the tour. For good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, drink plenty of fluids; especially coca tea that has recognized healing and digestive properties. Proper acclimatization prevents it from affecting the “Soroche” or altitude sickness, which could cause numerous discomforts to health.