INCA TRAIL PERU INFORMATION
The Inca Trail is a name that is commonly known around the world by all keen trekkers and travellers. Permits for the Inca Trail are highly sought after due to the limited number of tickets issued per day, and permit numbers dwindle very quickly in high season. There is no wonder why this is such a sought-after route to walk as this 43 kilometer trail links a number of striking archeological sites along the way.
The Inca Trail starts from Kilometer 88 in the Sacred Valley and four days later trekkers will arrive at the magnificent ancient city of Machu Picchu, originally discovered by an American professor by the name of Hiram Bingham. Along the way visitors will experience a range of terrain, microclimates and beautiful flora and fauna, typical of the Andes highlands and the impressive biodiversity of the cloud forest of the Amazon.
This trek is not for the faint of heart, passing over 4600m summits along the way. The path winds its way up and down and around the mountains upon ancient carved stone steps, snaking over three high Andean passes. One of them ominously named “Dead Woman’s Pass”. Once at the top, if you can catch your breath, you will surely be whisked away again by the truly breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains of the Vilcanota Mountain Range.
After four days of tough trekking, and aching muscles to show for it, everything seems to melt away and the pain and endurance is all worth it. Machu Picchu is an amazing site to see in the early morning sun rise and the feeling of completing the Inca Trail is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world!
Five Easy Steps to booking the Inca Trail
Choose your trek; there is a 4 day and a 2 day.
Check for availability through a travel agent or on Machupicchu.gob.pe
Choose a reliable travel agency and contact them.
When you are ready: book it! You'll need a scanned copy of your passport (and ISIC student ID card if applicable) and make a down payment.
Sort out the rest! (your flight to Peru and to Cusco, book your hotel, the Huayna Picchu climb and eventually other excursions).
For more booking info check here
Inca Trail Map
From Km 88, there are just 42 kilometres of mountains, Andean valleys, rivers and tropical forests that separate you from Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Map
This sector is separated from the terraces that form the agricultural zone
by a moat. One can note that some buildings were finished with smooth stone, fitted perfectly one to the other; while others were finished with small irregular stones joined...
Visit the Inca Trail Peru and Machu Picchu photo gallery