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Inca Trail Map – The legendary Inca Trail was found; after its discovery Machu Picchu. The ruins or ruinas of Machupicchu was founf in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and after five years in 1915 the Inca Trail.
Inca Trail Map of Peru
The oldest Inka trail was in five countries of South America (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile). The countries mentioned are inside of the Andes Mountains which was the empire of the Incas.
The Inca Trail is one of the most exciting hikes in the world, and to help hikers navigate their way through this unforgettable adventure, Inca Trail specialist created a detailed map of the Path.
Inka Trail Map – (Follow the legendary Inca footsteps)
The world-popular 4 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu; has 26 miles (45 km) from start to finish; is a sacred part of what was an extensive network of Inca footpaths called “Qhapaq Ñan”; meaning Royal Road. The path was once the only route leading to the remote Inca city; and today offers a unique way of arriving at the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
The 4 Day classic Inca Trail Map to Machu Picchu
The Inca Path Map Step by step
Inca Trail Hike – (Day #1)
▬ Walking Distance: 7.4 mi (12 km)
→ Gradient: Moderate
Our clients collect their equipment in Cusco and continue by bus to km 82, where the Inca Trail begins. Here groups pass through the control point and cross a bridge to the other side of the Urubamba River. The Inca Trail parts from the train tracks that mirror the river’s path through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The terrain gradually climbs uphill towards Llactapata ruins, a massive archeological site containing terraces, Inca temples and hundreds of housing structures. After lunch, walk for roughly two more hours to the first designated campsite of the Inca Trail at Ayapata.
Inca Trail Tours – (Day #2)
▬ Walking Distance: 6.8 mi (11 km)
→ Gradient: Challenging
Day two of the trek is consider the most difficult. After breaking camp, the walk going up to Abra de Warmiwanusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass, is arduous and steep. Travelers should go at their own pace and drink plenty of water. Note in the sectional view of the trail map that Abra de Warmiwanusca is the highest point in the expedition with an elevation of 13,795 ft (4,215 m).
The trail viewpoints change from the moderate temperatures of the Sacred Valley to the arid and cold high plains. The camp is set up at Chaquicocha. Far away from bright city lights, hundreds of twinkling stars are visible overhead.
Inca Trail Trek – (Day #3)
▬ Distance: 10 mi (16 km)
→ Gradient: Moderate
♥ More than five archaeological sites are the highlights of the third day; on the Inca Trail to Machupicchu
Ruins of Runkurakay, Phuyupatmarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna are semi-circular in design and reside in a location with a beautiful views. The next pass is a steep climb away but offers gorgeous landscapes of the Vilcabamba and Pumasillo mountain ranges.
Resting at an elevation of about 11,800 ft (3,600 m), Sayacmarca is a set of ruins located on a cliff with a panoramic view of the surrounding terrain.
Continuing the climb up, trekkers pass the third and final mountain pass of the trek at Phuyupatamarca, undoubtedly one of the unique small villages along the Inca Trail. It’s located on the side of a ravine looking down on the Urubamba River surrounded by terraces. The ruins are covered in a blanket of mist more often than not.
Last campsite at Wiñay Wayna.
Note: the porters finish their job in this spot
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – (Day #4)
▬ Distance: 3.7 mi (6 km) of hiking to Machu Picchu
→ Gradient: Moderate
Wake up before the sun on the fourth and last day of the Inka Trek. After an early breakfast at 4:00 am, the group is on the trail by 5 am to reach Inti Punku or the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu for sunrise.
Then it’s time to explore and discover Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world!
Know Before Hiking the Legendary Inka Trek
There’s more to walking the Inka Trek than just showing up at the trailhead with your pack strapped to your back.
The best time to hike?
The best time to hike in and around Inka Trail is during the dry season; populary running between May to September. The rainy season is between October to April.
¿When Not To Trek?
Don’t make plans to hike the Inca Trail in February. It’s closed at this time every year for conservation work and maintenance of the trail.
How to book?
Hikers need a permit to trek the Inka Trail. Each day there are 500 permits available, around 200 assigned to tourists and 300 to guides, porters, and chefs. Demand for Inca Trail permits is high; particularly during the dry season. Plan ahead because permits sometimes are sold out months in advance!
If there are no permits for the dates you want to book the classic Inca Trail, consider an alternative trek: Lares or Cachicata trekkings to Machu Picchu.
What to take?
See the link of our complimentary packing checklist for hiking to Machu Picchu.
Ancient Inca Trail Essence – Travel in the past!
The classic 4-day Inca Trail is a breathtaking 26 miles (45 kilometers) from km 82 to Machu Picchu
The trek will take you through Llactapata; Wayllambaba; Warmiwañuska; Pacamayo; Runkurakay; Sayaqmarca; Phuyupatamarca; Intipunku; Wiñawayna; Sun Gate and the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
Be sure to review important trail regulations (book in advance as there are only 500 permits per day, and tickets run out very quickly!)
Interetsed more about trekking to Machu Picchu? Get tips about seasonal weather; and so much more. If you’re ready to book your lifetime trek, contact our team and book your Inca Trail to travel in the past by foot.
Do you imagine how pretty is the trail? We invite to join our groups to experience it.
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Inca Trail Map: Machu Picchu Trek 4 Days