The Inca Trail starts at kilometer 82 of the community of Piscacucho (Ollantaytambo), crosses the Urubamba River, ascends the highest peak, Warmihuañusca (4200 masl), crosses winding roads, landscapes and beautiful landscapes. It was the main way of communication between Cusco and the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Inca Trails, is known worldwide as the most beautiful route and with great mysteries of Inca engineering. so every year receives thousands of adventurers, 30 thousand walkers approximately per year, and due to high demand, it was necessary to regulate the income and put some rules to help protect the integrity and maintenance of the Inca Trail. each year it takes the month of February to close completely and dedicate entirely the maintenance and cleaning of that beautiful road.
The beginning of this tour is almost always in the imperial city of Cusco, where all visitors begin their preparations and information, regardless of the tour operator that is hired. tourism agencies are required to provide sufficient information on the rules, safety and characteristics of the Inca route.
Where does the Inca Trail begin?
The starting point of the Inca Trail is in the community of Piscacuicho (Ollantaytambo), on the right bank of the Urubamba River (the Vilcanota River in the Sacred Valley takes its name from the Urubamba River when it reaches the province of Urubamba), located 72 kilometers from the city of Cusco (1 hour 50 minutes by bus).
But we must bear in mind that the trip itself begins in the imperial city of Cusco. From there it is where the trip begins in bus with direction to the community of Piscacucho that belongs to the district of Ollantaytambo. When the trip starts at dawn from the city of Cusco, it is considered the “classic Inca Trail” tour. Since other travel offers make visitors spend a night in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo and enjoy a beautiful night in the sacred valley of the Incas.
Some important facts about the Inca Trail.
First of all, good information will be the main ally to understand some facts about the Inca Trail. And if you are looking for information about the famous Inca Trail, do so by writing to the operators or tourism agencies located in the city of Cusco, since they are the ones with the most experience and continuous trips. Asking for good information is free! generally each agency provides detailed information about its services through its website, where you can also leave your doubts and they will give you all the information you need for your trip. But, always keep in mind that there are agencies that offer a beautiful trip at different prices. It is the traveler’s choice to ask for all the comforts and make a truly spectacular adventure.
Now, to bear in mind only some of the most important facts about the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
- Limited access to 4 day Inca Trail. The limited daily access is 500 people, of which only 180 are tourists and the rest is reserved for help personnel (porters, guides).
- the months of greatest affluence are from March to September, where the reserves for such months are made with up to 5 months of anticipation.
- There is no tour by Inca Trail in February of each year. For maintenance reasons, the Inca Trail is closed for the whole month of February, restricting all passage (there is no access at all).
These would be the most important data and should be considered before organizing a trip by Inca Trail. But, the best and most detailed information will always give you the travel agency you choose.
starting the Inca Trail!
After having everything to order, and choose the tour operator to suit you. It is time to start a wonderful journey to Machu Picchu by Inca Trail.
Will you be able to overcome the altitude and enjoy a wonderful landscape? Before visitors from all over the world travel this marvelous route, the Incas were the ones who traveled daily (stories and chronicles about the qhapaq ñan road network).
Although the Inca Trail presents a medium difficulty. Touring it will be one of the best experiences that a visitor will take back with them on their trip to Machu Picchu.
When the information talks about the highest point of the Warmihuañusca road (4200 masl), many think that ascending to it will be the most difficult part of the tour. But everything is a lie, based on the information provided by travelers who have already had the experience, “the ascent is easier than the descent”, but enjoying each landscape, each experience and each breath of fresh air is worth every meter of tiredness.
What things can be found on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
In addition to passing through landscapes, elevated peaks, a spectacular afternoon observing the horizon and a rest in the open air, the Inca route presents archeological remains in several points, where the quality of the Inca engineer in the construction is truly appreciated. Besides Machu Picchu is the legacy of all the Inca wisdom. Small architectural remains found in the route, show the capacity that the Incas had to organize their ways of communication.
The most important points during the trip are:
End of the Inca Trail Hello wonderful Machu Picchu!
After traveling, enjoy everything on the way and live bad and good experiences (a smooth trip is not as wonderful as it should be).
After spending a couple of nights in the light and mercy of the firmament, it’s time to enjoy a wonderful view of Machu Picchu.
When arriving at Machu Picchu after a trip of several days the first thing a visitor always needs is a good bath and a meal that replenishes all the forces, and then visit the majestic Machu Picchu (depending on the stay or time you stay in Machu Picchu).
The trip ends without any problems. Now all you have to do is enjoy Machu Picchu and its wonderful constructions.
The return will be in charge of the train who is the one that puts the end of a beautiful trip to Machu Picchu.
Our experience in adventure travel on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
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