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Machu Picchu Trail
One of the most authentic routes in South America

Machu Picchu Inca Trail
Valley of the Inca trail on day one

Discovered 400 years ago, Machu Picchu Trail, the Inca trail of course, is one of the most authentic routes in South America. It can only be done by train or on foot. There are nearly 40 kilometers / 25 miles, about four days walking up to the great citadel, Machu Picchu.

In order to control the influx of tourists, the government only allows access to a limited number of people every day. It is mandatory to hire a guide-carrier to go the route, you can not make it by yourself.

You will come across great lakes, snow-capped mountains, vast valleys and Inca ruins. The Machu Picchu trail has stretches of stone stairs, with wooden bridges and tunnels dug into the rock. At night, you sleep in tents that carriers mount really quick. While you go along, it is inevitable to imagine the former "worshippers of the sun" in those lands.

Machu Picchu Inca Trail
Inca trail on day two - near the Dead woman's pass

The big moment of the Machu Picchu trail comes when crossing Inti Punku (door of the sun) and you see the Citadel in all its splendor, the long-awaited view that makes you feel mixed emotions, thrilled and peaceful, exhausted and proud. Watching the sunrise over Macchu Picchu will be one of the best moments of your life. And remember, the hike to get you there is nearly as spectacular. You will never forget it!.

Machu Picchu Inca Trail
The Urubamba river and valley viewed from the Machu Picchu Inca Trail

The famous “Machu Picchu Trail”, that links the Sacred Valley of Cusco with Machu Picchu, is just a very small part of the massive network of Inca roads that covered a vast region from the south of Colombia to central Argentina and Chile, including Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Carriers accompany you carry the material they provide such as tents, maps, food and so on. You carry your personal belongings, however, you can pay an extra carrier that take your bag during the trip.

Machu Picchu Inca Trail
Descending the steep steps of Wayna Picchu

The coca tea is an infusion that avoids the altitude sickness symptoms, but it is very diuretic. The guides recommend you to chew coca leaf mixed with limestone flour. It is a little more bitter, but you can travel without having to stop every fifteen minutes.

Inca Trail Video

This video will give you an overview of what you will find when hiking the amazing Inca Trail for 4 days. I hope you like it ;-)

Think the Inca Trail is too hard for you? Alternatively you can take the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu and get there the easy way.

Machu Picchu Cusco Travel

Guided Trips to Machu Picchu
Choosing one of the tours of Machu Picchu will make you marvel with the Lost city of the Incas, the Sacsaywaman fortress, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of Wiracocha, Cusco Cathedral, Lares and its lost comunities, etc.

Inca Trail Holiday Tours
An inca trail holiday will impress you with great lakes, snow-capped mountains, vast valleys and Inca ruins.

Temple of the Sun Machu Picchu
The Temple of the Sun Machu Picchu is among the many intact remnants of Inca culture that can be seen in Peru.

Machu Picchu Tourism
Machu Picchu tourism is an amazing experience, one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of South American civilization.

Visiting Machu Picchu

If you are planing to travel to Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas", prepare your soul for an idyllic dream.
Explore the sacred valleys, mountains, temples, ruins and trails. Try to find answers to the enigma around The lost city of the Incas, a misterious city. Roads, steps, fountains, temples and spectacular views are just a sample of what you will find when travelling to Machu Picchu.

Travel to Machu Picchu

Facts Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, is nestled 7,500 feet above sea level in the Andean mountain range above the Urubamba valley.
Many questions remain unanswered but here are a few generally accepted ideas about this ancient city on a mountain peak. Like the pyramids of Egypt, it was created using massive stones hauled over great distances. Inca structures were highly resistant to earthquakes and it’s one of the reasons Machu Picchu is still standing today.

Facts Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is a mountainous jungle hike that take you to the Lost City of the Incas. It is usually covered in 4 days (about 45 Kilometers) arriving at Machu Picchu on the final day before returning to Cusco.
You will reach altitudes of 4200m and enjoy spectacular views along the way. It is rated moderate so any person reasonably fit will be able to cover the route. Probably one of the most significant features of Machu Picchu history is the architecture.

Machu Picchu Trail

Ancient Machu Picchu

The site of Machu Picchu has been described as an absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization. It is without a doubt one of the most worthy and possibly life changing sites there is in the world.

Ancient Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Architecture

The sprawling complex of Machu Picchu architecture, at an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, often appears to merge with the surrounding hillside.

Machu Picchu Architecture

Machu Picchu Inca

Based on evidence, it has been suggested that the Machu Picchu Inca Citadel was built for the Inca emperor Pachacuti, however there are other various theories on the purpose of the site including one that suggests it was a settlement built to control the economy of the Inca regions.

Machu Picchu Inca

Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu founder

Hiram Bingham was born on the 19th of November, 1875. He went on to become an academic, working in Universities such as Princeton and later Yale, where he was appointed lecturer in South American history.

Bingham Machu Picchu

Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu is one of the famous mountain images in the world. With a height of 2667 meters above sea level, it beautifully raises over Machu Picchu.
The most interesting thing here is the view of the Lost City of the Incas and the Urubamba river to the bottom of the Canyon, you can even hear its turbulent waters from such a high altitude.

Huayna Picchu

Machu Picchu Weather

Machu Picchu weather is divided between dry and wet seasons. Most of the annual rainfall occurs from October to April, although it is not unusual for the summertime Machu Picchu weather to include rainstorms.

Machu Picchu Weather

Cusco to Machu Picchu Train

Many people choose to hike the Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu, but many more are limited by time so they choose to take the train (It's a 70 mile-112 km ride). The train sets out for Machu Picchu and arrives in Aguas Calientes. There is a shorter route that also leads to the lost city of the Incas, it is the Ollanta route, and begins in the main intermediate station, Ollanta.

Machu Picchu Train

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