The Inca Trail is the most widespread trek in the world due to its reach biodiversity, culture, history and mysterious Inca ruins along. The Inca Trail leads you to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu located at 100 km from the city of Cusco.
The best way to reach Machu Picchu is through the “Inti Punku” or the Sun gate, once you cross the dead woman pass the trekking is beautiful. You walk along mountains, through forests. You also get glimpses of the Snow Mountains in the distance on a clear day.Throughout the year, thousands of travelers from all over the planet trek the Inca Trail and successfully reach to Machu Picchu known as the lost city of the Incas.
Along the way there are several archaeological remains of different fortifications in relative good condition, which visually dominate all the valleys.
Inca Trail Distance
The Incas build approximately 45,000 kilometers of Inca trails thought the “Tawantinsuyu”; the Inca territory. The trails were of deferent functionalities some was of military purpose, others for economic purpose and others for religious purpose.
The Inca trail that links the city of Cusco with Machu Picchu was provably of religious significant, due to the existence of several remains along the trail.
The Inca trail used for tourist nowadays to Machu Picchu covers a distance of 45 kilometers; includes three high passes the highest of which reach up to 4,200masl.
Inca Trail flora & fauna
The natural scenery of the Inca Trail is impressive. While you are trekking you can observe some delicate variety of orchid, a robust “Pisonay” tree, or gracious Andean Guans teeming in a forest clearing may give the traveller an idea of the notable balance that the ancient Cusco dwellers were able to strike between nature and their own architectural works.
The geographical composition is very varied. There are numerous gulches and glacier watercourses. They all flow into the Urubamba River, which crosses the area in a deep more than 40 kilometers (24.85 miles) long valley, forming a succession of different ecological floors.
These different altitudes, creating differences in climates, mark the boundaries of the existence of different species of plants and wildlife. As an example, in the high areas we can find the so called high Andean grasses, amongst which different types of “Ichu” grass, such as the “Shulla” and the “Chilla” play a prominent role together with the “Crespillo”.
Inca Trail Weather
The Inca Trail weather is very unpredictable due to its location. However we can see two types of weathers: the raining season from November to March and the dry season from April to October; as you can see, there is not a perfect time (sunny, warm and dry months). You have to compromise to your desires, if the rain bothers you more or if you are sensitive to sun or cold. However, we can say that (from the worst to the best time of year):
- February is excluded because the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance the whole month.
- January and March are to avoid if possible because of the rain.
- April, November and December are a good compromise between an almost warm temperature and a nice weather.
- May and October offer a nice weather with fresh temperatures.
- June, July, August and September are, to us, the best time of year because the weather is very nice even if nights are cool but there is almost no rain.
Inca Trail Description
The Inca Trail starts from the community of Pisqhakucho, called as the “Kilometer 82″. To begin the trek, cross a modern hanging bridge, and then go to the right side. This trip is not suitable for people with heart disease, since it goes above 4,200 masl. The path winds up, down and around the mountains on the ancient stone carved stairs, and then follows three high Passes. From the top of which, you will surely be amazed again by the truly spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera del Vilcanota. On the way visitors can experience a series of microclimates and observe the changes in flora and fauna, typical of the high Andes and the cloud forest as well as the enormous biological diversity of the Amazon. to get more info contact us.
Brows our Inca Trail Treks that leads to Machu Picchu
2-DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
“2-day Inca Trail” is a wonderful short trek to Machu Picchu Inca citadel where you’ll hike through the Cloud forest for 5-6 hours and covering a distance of 11km; the second day, you’ll explore the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We recommend you to book this trek in advance to avoid disappointments.
INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
“Inca Trail Machu Picchu” is an ancient paved trail which runs 45km of distance through the Peruvian Andes and the beautiful cloud forest; along the trail, you’ll visit important Inca settlements like: Patallacta, Runkuraqhay, Sayacmarka, Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Wiñayhuayna and Intipunku ; the last day of the tour, we will explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
Inca Trail is a perfect trekking trip for people without experience in trekking on high altitudes and for families with children; in this tour, you will trek through the picturesque mountains and explore the Inca ruins along the trail.