What to expect Inca Trail? There are destinations that offer a simple visit or a short route, but the Classic Inca Trail offers a four-day hike through a surprising variety of landscapes. Starting the first day with cold mountains and stone paths, to end the last day with a visit to the wonder located on the top of a mountain, Machu Picchu.
Each day you will have a different challenge as well as a unique experience.
What to expect Inca Trail?
Explore landscapes of silent Andean mountains and intense cold to green hills full of trees, birds and life. Walk the stone path step by step and explore the archaeological sites of the route. Spend the night on pampas in the middle of what in ancient times was the Empire of the Incas. Reach heights above 4000 meters and shout to the world your victory.
Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Modern Wonders and it should not be out of the list of places you should visit. This stone citadel was chosen as the best tourist destination in the world in 2016 by TripAdvisor.com.
The architecture of Machu Picchu is intriguing. Using huge rocks that were miles away, they built walls, temples, cultivation terraces and other buildings without using any adherents.
The ancient Inca Trail, with paved stone paths and stairs cut into mountainsides, the trail passes Inca citadels, such as Runturakay, Wiñay Wayna, and Phuyupatamarca, through cloud-forests speckled with orchids, across high Andean plains and up on to the oxygen.-starved Warmiwañusca Pass.
The present day trail covers diverse landscapes and passes more than 30 Inca sites:
- Llactapata. Also known as Patallacta in Quechua, this city served as the local center for agricultural administration.
- Intipunku. The Sun Gate is where the Incas controlled access to the city. It offers a 180-degree view of Machu Picchu. Most hikers try to get here in time to see the sunrise.
- The Inca tunnel. 66-ft (20 m) long and cut through solid rock, features carved steps and polished walls. It is an amazing feat considering the lack of sophisticated mechanical drills.
- Phuyupatamarca. Stairways connect the four groups of buldings built in the pirca architectural style. Six water fountains and crop terraces are higlights.
- Abra de Warmiwañusca. This is the highest point on the trail and the hardest climb because of the lack of oxygen at this altitude. From the pass hikers can look down to the Pacaymayu Valley and up to Runkurakay, which is the second pass on the trail.
- Huayllabamba. The largest village on the trail, it is the last place to buy basic supplies such as snacks and bottles drinks. Locally brewed corn beer is also readily available.
- Runkurakay. Opinion is divided on the role of this circular Inca ruin – food storehouse, watchtower, or rest stop. Its commanding position on the edge of the pass overlooking the entire area, however, suggests that it served as a watchtower. It offers superh views across the valley.
- Wiñay Wayna. Resting on a series of terraces are upper and lower house clusters, interconnected by a long, steep staircase. A series of 10 fountains run from the top of the slope to the bottom, perfectly aligning with the agricultural terraces.
- Sayacmarka. Carefully adapted to blend in with the natural mountain forms, this complex is made up of semicircular buildings, with a series of rooms and squares on different levels, narrow streets, fountains, patios, and canals.
Now you know what to expect Inca Trail, don´t miss the opportunity to hike it and visit one of the seven wonders. Machu Picchu.