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 The vast Inca Trail Empire was connected by an extense Inca trail system. The Classic Inca Trail is the most popular trail in Peru. This is the only trail that has as final destination, Machu Picchu. There are several places from where it is possible to start the Inca Trail, but the most popular one is the Classic Inca Trail which consists of a hike of 4 Days and 3 Nights.

The Classic Inca Trail is located in Cusco, Peru. If you would like to hike the Inca Trail, you will need to have an Inca Trail permit because the Peruvian government only allows 500 people per day. The only way to get a permit is by hiring a registered tour operator or a travel agency working directly with a tour operator. All tour operators and travel agencies offer packages including the permit and other services. It is important to book the Inca Trail with a travel agency or tour operator that is going to provide you the service that you are paying for.


This short Inca Trail route to Machu Picchu takes the trekker from the well-preserved Incan ruins of  Wiñaywayna to the amazing Gate of the Sun through a colorful Incan path. At the Gate of the Sun an amazing view of Machu Picchu will astonish the visitor. This Inca Trail excursion is perfect for ones who are not avid trekkers or have limited time. Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail are limited.


Inca Trail  Day 1 : CUSCO – KM. 104 – WIÑAYWAYNA – AGUAS CALIENTES (L), (D)


Early in the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel to take a backpacker train towards kilometer 104, where you will start your trek. A very short hike will take you to Chachabamba at 7,380 feet above sea level. This archaeological site used to provide several Andean products, such as corn and potatoes, to Machu Picchu.

After a presentation about the site, you will hike to Wiñaywayna as you observe the beautiful landscape surrounding the Urubamba River.

You might be lucky and observe the Machu Picchu orchid. Unexpectedly, the amazing ruins of Wiñaywayna will appear in front of you. Your guide will show you this important Inca Trail site located at about 8,692 feet above sea level. After another 10 minutes of hiking, you will arrive at the only lodge located in the area. This portion of the hike can be completed in about three hours. Here you will enjoy your lunch box. After lunch you will start a hike of about one hour and thirty minutes, which will take you to the Gate of the Sun or “Intipunku.” From here, you will have an amazing view of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu, which is 7,875 feet above sea level. After a rest, you will walk another 40 minutes in order to catch a tour bus that will drive you down to Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes. Once at the town, you will check in at the accommodation of your choice and then enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Inca Trail  DAY 2 : MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)


After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up to take the bus to Machu Picchu. Your guide will provide you a snack for the day and at Machu Picchu will give you a tour that will last about two and a half hours. After your tour, you will be free to climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain or just wander around. In the afternoon, one or two hours before your train departure, you should take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will take the Backpacker train to Poroy. Upon arrival in Poroy, you will be driven to your hotel in Cusco.


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