||INKA TRAIL Trek Code_ A_1 (Most popular Trekking)
||4 days / 3 nights (standar service)
|Starting point :
||Cusco Ending point : Cusco
||Easy Moderate /Moderately Dificult / Very Dificult
|Tour Type :
||Archaeological, cultural, ecological, hiking and camping
||subject to space availability
¡¡ Fantastic !! If you have a adventurous spirit All Trek Company is giving you the chance to go on your own adventure of a lifetime - retracing the footsteps of the Inca people to the ancient lost city of Machu Picchu.
From high remote mountain trails to the first sight of the legendary Lost City of the Incas, this is a challenging trek on steep trails at high altitudes through the beautiful foothills of the Andes. The beatiful trek will take in the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, and the surrounding Sacred Valley KM 82. Walking through cloud forests and steep passes, exploring ancient Inca settlements by day, and camping amongst ruins by night.
Passing through the ancient Sun Gate at the trail’s finish, all our trekkers will not only have an immense sense of pride that they've completed the challenge.
This is the most beatiful way to reach Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail has a restriction on the number of people who can trek the route each day and it closes for one month every year to allow the land time to recover
Inca Trail Tour sumary and more famous campsites:
Day 1: Cusco to Wayllabamba
Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacamayo - Dead Woman's Pass
Day 3: Pacamayo to Wiñaywayna
Day 4: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
The famous Inka trail to machu picchu is a particular trek in the world, the trail sets out from at Kilometer 82 of the Cusco-Quillabamba railway, and takes three to four days of tough hiking. The route runs through an impressive range of altitudes, where climates and eco-systems range from the high Andean plain down to the cloud forests. The trail climbs up through two highland passes (the higher of the two, Warmiwañuska, lies at 4,200 masl) before reaching Machu Picchu through the Inti Punku or Gateway of the Sun. One of the attractions of the trail is that it winds past carved granite Inca settlements (Wiñay Wayna, Phuyupatamarca), and is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery. The forests abound in hundreds of species of orchids, brightly-colored birds and dream-like landscapes, the ideal complement to this indispensable hikers' route. Machu Picchu was connected with the city of Cusco and the rest of the Inca empire by amazing trails, specifically designed for the use of the Inkas in a perfect harmony with the flora and fauna of the area. It has to be said that they had an absolutely wonderful knowledge of architecture and construction. Throughout the whole trail you can locate some shelters surrounded by gorgeous country sites and great views, some of the trails lead you to a few archeologycal rests. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is known as the most famous and tough hiking circuit all over South America, because of the conjuntion of different elements that it offers to its visitors.
Inca Trail Itinerary: (most popular)
Day 1: Cusco- Huayllabamba.
One hour bus ride lead us to urubamba or ollantaytambo town, were we'll stop about 30 or 50 min. in order toarrange with the porters and have break fast (optional) Then we keep on until Km. 82, which is the starting point.of the trek. After showing up the permissionsand passing the booths control, we'll walk for 5 or 6 hours making for the Wayllabamba village, where we'll camp, have an agreeable dinner and spent the night.
Included *lunch And dinner .
Day 2: Huayllabamba-Pacamayu.
This strectch comprices a sharp upwar way which lead us through a zone abundant in vegetation until Llulluchapampa, and them the valley. we will gain height enjoying from good views gettin across the Warñiwañusca passage ( 4200 M.A.S.L) ( 13,700feet). This estrectchlasts about 05 hours. After crossing the highest step, we'll get in again the valley of Pacaymayu, where we'll spend the night and have dinner.
Included *breakfast , lunch And dinner
Day 3: Pacymayu-Wiñayhuayna
At 7:00a.m.we are continuing to climb to the second pass a small look out from here we look back to the first pass and forward to high Ice covered and the cordillera Vilcabamba. A cross the other side of the Runcuracay passes (3,800m.s.n.m.)(12,900ft.). we quickly notice a change in the vegetation, since we have, now across the continental divided into the Amazon basin. The Inca trail itself now became more apparent, a defined path made of flat boulders descending into the valley and visit the ruins of Sayacmarca. After crossed the dry lake, and enter on the rain forest; the trees are hung with orchids paradise flowers and flock parrots can be see on the trail, now unforgettable fowl lodge along the valley and passed at one point through an Inca tunnel before opening out at the ruins Phuyupatamarca, the 3th. Pass (3,600m.s.n.m.)(11,600ft.) Far a way we get glimpses of Pumasillo and Salkantay and neared, but thousands of feet below, in once again the Urubamba river. Soon we can see Machupicchu huge mountain around it the long desert begging towards and 2hours on way down we stop neared of the lodge of Wiñaywayna.
Included *breakfast , lunch And dinner
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna-Machupicchu Cusco.
Finally we walk one hour to the sun gate after check the view of Machu picchu and the full grandiose of the world greatest ruins in revealed. We should arrive at 7.00 a .m. Before the mayor of the tourist arrived, so shall have place our self for two hours in the morning, From Aguas Calientes we get the train in the afternoon to Cusco.
Do you want to get at the Huayna Picchu mountain? (300 Mts).
According to the Inca Trail permit, If you are interested to climb Wayna Picchu (the mountain at the back), along your visit to Machu picchu, take into account that the regulations have changed from August the past year (2012) and so, all permission ought to be bouht in advance. The Price to be paid for this trek is : ($60 USD approximately).
The permissions are limeted to 400 to get at the Huayna picchu mountain. There are two shifts for entrance:
First shift: 7 a.m (200 persons)
Second shift: 10 a.m (200 persons)
Important notice: The this year 2012 we have get 95% of spaces for to climb for the Wayna Picchu mountain for our trekkers.
All trekker must adjoin his name and passport number in the reservation request. ¡¡Good Luck!!
Daily walking distances:
DAY 01- Total distance: 12 km (7,47 miles) Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft) Campsite altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
DAY 02.- Total distance: 11 km (6,84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)
DAY 03.- Total distance: 16 km (9,94 miles)
Estimated walking time: 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
DAY 04.- Total distance: 4 km (2,49 miles)
Estimated walking time: 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)
* Departure and arrival times are approximated.
** Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the Inca Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress
Please note: In an effort to reduce impact the Peruvian government has lowered the number of people allowed on the trail. For this reason it is important that you make reservations as far in advance as possible to ensure your space. Reservations
Inka Trail Climate and Environment
The climate is relatively mild all year- round, with heavy rains from November to March, and dry and hot weather from April to October, which is a recommendable time to visit. The annual minimal temperature runs from 8° to 11.2°C. In the months of June, July and August the temperature can often fall below zero. I
The annual maximum temperature varies from 20.4° to 26.6°C. The terrain is fairly jagged, with many gullies and streams fed by glaciers which eventually pour into the Urubamba river, which crosses the area forming a deep valley which runs through the granite base of Vilcabamba for more than 40 km through a variety of eco-system
The natural surroundings are impressive and the balance achieved between nature and Inca architecture is striking. The Vilcabamba mountain range boasts peaks higher than 6,000 meters such as Salcantay and Huamantay among others. The blend of mountains, jungles and valleys create a fantasy world where the spectacular dawn and sunset are shrouded in mystery.
This is abundant and varied. The existence of species in danger of extinction such as the spectacled bear (Tremarctos omatus), the Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks (Rupicola peruviana), the dwarf deer (Pudu mephistopheles), etc. was one of the reasons why the government decided to declare it a Conservation Unit.
The park includes species like the puma, Andean fox, river otter, Taruka (Huemul deer), wildcat, ferret, etc. There are birds like the Mountain Caracara, hummingbirds, torrentduck, parrot, wild turkey, and many other colorful smaller birds. There are also reptiles like the Jergon Bothrops and the coral micrurus snake (lethal for its venom), lizards, frogs, and numerous Andean and jungle fauna which inhabit the Sanctuary. This abundant wildlife makes the Sanctuary ideal for tourists and researchers who wish to watch or study the animals.
The large natural areas are filled with a variety of forest species which vary according to the habitat. The forest vegetation is represented by trees such as cedar, romerillo or intimpa, laurel, etc. There are also species like Ocotea, Pedocarpus, Guarea, Weinmania, Clusia, Cedropia, Cinchena, Eritrina or Pisonay, and Ilex among others. The decorative plants have made the Sanctuary famous. Experts have identified more than 90 species of orchids, and many species of begonias and puya cacti. Most of the area is covered by herbaceous, shrub like and arboreal plants. The varied conditions have created an ideal environment for the growth of diverse plant life that runs from thick jungle like the cloud forest to the sparsely covered mountain tops.
Apart from everything that has been mentioned, there is also the Incas cultural heritage. The Inca Trail which was well built, crosses dense forests and deep canyons. There are 18 archaeological complexes dotted along the trail which can be seen in all their splendor. These are made up of housing, irrigation canals, agricultural terracing, walls and shrines, which are irrefutable proof of the existence of important human ettlements.
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