The beautiful and world-famous trip to Machu Picchu by the classic Inca Trail is one of the most extraordinary adventures you can have to get to “the lost city of the Incas“.
The citadel of Machu Picchu is located to the northeast of the city of Cusco, receives daily hundreds of travelers from all over the world. In order to get to that place, today, there are different ways or routes to make the trip, some more complicated than others.
The best known routes that lead to Machu Picchu are:
– Salkantay Route to Machu Picchu (walk of up to 4 days).
– Route Valley of lares to Machu Picchu.
– Travel by train to Machu Picchu (short trip).
– Travel to Machu Picchu by bus (Santa Teresa – hydroelectric route).
All the mentioned routes have variations or alternate routes (short and longer) as the Inca Trail, which presents more alternatives in travel times that can be: trips from 2 days to 4 days.
Every year thousands of travelers pass through the Inca Trail, as it is the most requested and known route. Therefore, it presents variations to make it easier for travelers to comply with their itineraries, travel plans and stay, so they can enjoy more time traveling more tourist places in Cusco.
Classic Inca Trail Machu Picchu of 4 days and 3 nights.
It is perhaps the best known and most common travel on the Inca Trail, it is also known as the classic Inca Trail and has a duration of 4 days full of adventure and beautiful scenery.
Most tourists buy this trip, as it is the most recommended for inexperienced travelers regarding long walks, the physical demand of the trip is minimal and you have more days to travel quietly all the way from its inception to end in hot water (Machu Picchu town).
The Inca Trail starts at the place called “kilometer 82”, is a community that is 30 minutes away from Ollantaytambo. For the trip from Cusco to “kilometer 82”, if you travel through tourist agencies, it is the company who will take care of the mobility and the trip lasts 2 hours 30 minutes.
Before buying a ticket for this adventure, it is highly recommended to investigate and ask enough information to the tourist agency that believes convenient, the information will give you with total friendliness, even if you do not buy the services, because in Cusco travel agencies provide high quality services to all visitors.
The most important information to ask for would be: about your safety, duration times, food and necessary documents for the trip. Also, the information on the Internet will help you plan less your adventure on the Inca Trail.
How is the trip to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail?
“The Inca Trail was recognized as one of the 5 best hiking trails on the planet. One of the most beautiful adventures that not only show you the majestic Machu Picchu, but also, to know the traditional life of the current inhabitants who are during the walk. During the tour you can enjoy beautiful landscapes and several Inca constructions.
Travelling the Inca Trail is not only about getting to know Machu Picchu, but also about enjoying the Inca engineering that crosses mountains, ravines, pampas and summits that in spite of the passage of time remained intact before all the inclemencies of the changing environment of Cusco.
The highest point of the road is “Warmiwañuska at 4,200 m.a.s.l.”, a spectacular place from where you can observe the beautiful mountains that take care of the beautiful city of the Incas “Machu Picchu”.
On the way there are also Inca constructions such as: Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca that welcome all visitors before visiting Machu Picchu.