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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

21 March 2019

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the best adventure for many travelers who have already received its  energy. The surroundings are impressive and the balance achieved between nature and Inca architecture is amazing. The mountains of Vilcabamba have wide and high peaks that reach up to 6,000 meters as well as Salkantay and Humantay among others. The mixture of mountains, jungles and valleys create a fantastic world where dawn and sunset are shrouded in mystery. Are you ready to discover it?

 

The network of Inca roads (Qhapaq Ñan or inca Trail ) is considered one of the best engineering works that exist; helped turn a small family caste into the largest empire in the Western Hemisphere. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu combines history with its new purpose, being one of the best walks in the world. So join us and know the most interesting facts about Inca Trail:

 

Did you know? …

  • The Inca Trail, like Machu Picchu, was built taking into account the probability of the intense earthquakes that sporadically occur in this territory. This small detail has made engineers and architects obsessed, when they study them seeking to benefit from that knowledge.
  • Sustainability is the key to success and this the Incas knew very well; they paid attention to each of the details of local conditions, used local materials and avoided at all costs to alter the natural landscape, "the amazing natural landscape" of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Steps were built in the steepest places to dissipate water energy and counteract erosion; at high altitudes, they paved the road with stones to protect the surface of the ice and the snowfall. If the road had to have support walls, there were holes that allowed the drainage of water.

Inca Trail Weather:

 

 

 

The climate is relatively mild around the whole year, with heavy rains from November to March, dry and hot weather from April to October, which is a recommended time to visit. The minimum annual temperature ranges from 8° to 11°C. In the months of June, July and August the temperature can often fall below zero.

The annual maximum temperature varies from 20 ° to 26 °. The terrain is quite irregular, with several ravines and streams fed by the glaciers that eventually pour into the Urubamba River, which crosses the area forming a deep valley that crosses the granite base of Vilcabamba for more than 40 km through a variety of ecosystems.

 

So, Whe to go?

 

Cusco is characterized by having 2 very marked seasons. The dry season and the rainy season. It is highly recommended to visit this Inca Trail Hike during the dry season (April – October) but really the best months to visit it is in June, July and August. Thats why it is also recommended to book your entrance tickets in advance and remember that Inca Trail closes in the month of February.

 

 

What will I see?

 

 

 

Some of the most interesting inca remains are along the Inca Trail Hike here the list of this ones that will captive your attention by its unique landscapes and you would wonder how Incas can built this perfects arqueological remains in the Deep heart of the jungle?

 

The cultural heritage of the Incas, The Inca Trail, which was well built, crosses the dense forests and deep canyons shows you 18 archaeological complexes along the way which can be seen in all their splendor. These are composed of houses, irrigation canals, agricultural terraces, walls and sanctuaries, which are an irrefutable proof of the existence of important human settlements. Here the list of the most important archeological complexes along the Inca Trail:

  • Patallacta: Its name means "high city" or "city on the hill" in Quechua. This site can be seen on the first day of the route. It includes terraces and hundreds of structures.
  • Runkurakay: On the third day of the tour, you can see Runkurakay. It is small and circular, which is not common in Inca architecture. It was probably a Tambo (place where incas take a rest and take some food for the rest of the way).
  • Sayacmarca: This site was built by the Colla civilization, which existed here before the Incas. It is surrounded on 3 sides by steep descents. To get there, you will go up 98 steps!! But really it worth it.
  • Phuyupatamarca: The name means "people of the clouds" in Quechua. It contains bathrooms, buildings and bridges, as well as a square. Because of the fog, it often seems to be above the clouds.
  • Inti Punku: The Sun Gate where you will be the lucky who will entry to Machu Picchu by this Gate, looking the first solar rays in Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu: Last but not least, you will see Machu Picchu at the end of the route, after seeing so many beautiful places we hope you have the energy to enjoy this majestic place.

So now is in your hands the decision to explore this incredible path in your next vacations.

Inca Trail Programs

We organize tours for small groups, including families, friends, students and volunteers. Our tour leaders speak English, Spanish & Quechua (Andean Language) and will dedicate themselves to giving you the best independent tours in Cusco as well as Machu Picchu.

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