The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins at kilometer 82 of the railway that connects the town of Ollantaytambo with the town of Aguas Calientes. During the journey you will cross Inca ruins and archaeological remains more than 500 years old. You will cross through the high Andean mountains, walk through the cold plains at more than 3,000 m.a.s.l. and finally enter the hot sub-tropical jungle and enter the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu through the so-called Sun Gate.
The Inca Trail is one of the best, if not the best, hike in the world and offers us the possibility to explore a route created by the Inca civilization more than five centuries ago. An experience that transforms the lives of those who participate in it.
One of the most outstanding characteristics of Inca architecture is its incredible connection with the surrounding environment. It is remarkable how the Inca engineers built their observatories, towers, houses, roads, stairs, bridges, and other structures respecting the slopes, shapes and natural contours of the hills and rivers, creating masterpieces that remain almost intact to this day.
Being one of the most famous treks in the world, the reservation of tickets to enter the Inca Trail should be made six or seven months in advance. Keep in mind that in the month of June the festivities of the city of Cusco are celebrated while in July are the national holidays of Peru, so if you want to find a ticket available during these months you should do it at least twelve months in advance.
The southern part of the Peruvian territory, within which the Inca Trail is located, has two clearly marked stations:
Altitude sickness is characterized by a severe headache accompanied by a feeling of physical discomfort or fatigue that overwhelms the sufferer. This is due to the lack of oxygen in the muscles and blood and is usually overcome by resting, breathing deeply or drinking mate de coca.
The highest point during the Inca Trail is the pass of the dead woman or Warmihuañuska (4,125 m.a.s.l.) and it is here where travelers suffer from altitude sickness. Our travel team has foreseen this type of situation, carrying with them pills, oxygen and all the necessary equipment for this type of circumstances.
In fact, there is a short version of the Inca Trail that lasts two days. This type of tour does not cover the most difficult and highest altitude parts of the trek, starting at kilometer 104 of the railway and not at kilometer 82 as is normally the custom.
If you have already decided on this incredible trek, do not hesitate to contact our team of tourism professionals, who will take care of all your needs from the moment you arrive in Peru.
The Inca Trail is just one part of the immense network of roads built by the Incas, which at one time covered more than 60,000 kilometers and were built, according to many scholars, following the course of the earth's magnetic field. Take the time to feel th
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