How long is the Inca Trail?

Hiking-the-Inca-TrailThe Inca Trail is unquestionably the most popular trekking in South America, so it is not the most suitable trekking if you want to enjoy a solitary experience, but how long is the inca trail?

First, you should known that the Park only allows access to 500 people a day, which you have to request months in advance, if you do not want to get to the doors and not let you pass.

The result is that you enter the Park one day, which under no circumstances can you change, and in 4 or 5 days you have to leave again, following a route marked by the government and some rules.

Every day after the camp, the porters and the guide passed through a government control post, on the one hand to control the tourists that went and on the other to control the weight per carrier and the number of porters per tourist.

We must say that as we were the last ones because we did not meet many people, it is one of the advantages.

From the moment you join the trekking, you are moving without wanting to with the 500 people that have entered that day, and you camp in the same places, since the camps are planned in advance, both for sleeping, and for lunch . They have a system that we could call a bit militaristic, all in the same way. In principle this system is to preserve the Park and the ruins of tourists.

You have to know that for each tourist there is a guide, 2 porters, a cook and an assistant. That is to say, of the 500 people who enter the park, only less than half are tourists, the rest are workers.

Despite all the inconveniences of such control, it must be said that the landscape is breathtaking, half jungle, very populated with vegetation, a lot of humidity, and so are the fascinating Inca ruins that are found until you reach Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Incas. The route passes, between many slopes that have to be saved, from ruin to ruin, and very often following an intricate system of stairs and steps that go through the woods, up and down mountains.

The route on the Inca Trail is a 4-day itinerary that starts at Chicla, at the famous km. 82 of the train track, in Ollantaytambo. Now, we give you the details about how long is the Inca trail to cheer you up to book the trail.


How long is the Inca Trail

The total distance of the road is approximately 39.6 km and starts at Km. 82 in the place called Pisqacucho. To start the road you should cross a bridge, then go to the left side through a eucalyptus orchard and start the day calmly.

  1. Cusco – KM-82 – Wayllabamba
    Difficulty level: Easy
    Maximum altitude: 3000m
    Minimum altitude: 2600m
    Distance traveled: 9 km
    Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
  2. Wayllabamba – Paso Warmiwañusca – Paccaymayu
    Level of difficulty: Difficult
    Maximum altitude: 4600m
    Minimum altitude: 3000m
    Distance covered: 12KM
    Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours
  3. Paccaymayu – Runkuraqhay Pass – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñayhuayna
    Difficulty level: moderate
    Maximum altitude: 4000m
    Minimum altitude: 2650m
    Distance covered: 16 km
    Approximate walking time: 8 hours
  4. Wiñayhuayna – Inti Punku (Sun Gate) – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
    Difficulty level: Easy
    Maximum altitude: 2650m
    Minimum altitude: 2100m
    Distance covered: 6 km
    Approximate walking time: 2 hours