inca trail

This Huchuy Qosqo hike & 1 day Machu Picchu visit takes you from Cusco to the Sacred Valley passing by some impressive views and visiting the small site of Huchuy Qosqo. From here you will continue to Ollantaytambo for the train to Machu Picchu. This is a relatively new route that is not that often done so a great chance to enjoy the peace and quietness of the Andean highlands with few or no people around.

 

For people who do not have the time to do the entire 4 day Inca Trail or like hiking but don’t feel like camping, there is also the shorter 2 day Inca Trail available. This shorter trail will give you the chance to enjoy a part of the Inca Trail, get to know its ambience and maybe even more important enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. Even though it is called 2 day Inca the trek only involves one day of hiking. The night is usually spent in a hotel or hostel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). Here is an overview of what the two day Inca Trail looks like;

Basically there are two types of hikes that take you to Machu Picchu; the Inca Trails or the Alternative hikes. Following you can information about both;

 

Inca Trails to Machu Picchu;

Getting to Machu Picchu by road was for years a true nightmares during the rainy season (November through March) as the roads would be almost inaccessible. Nowadays the situation has improved quite a bit but this is still a bit the “off the beaten track” road to Machu Picchu. Some tour companies organize this trip, often in combination with other activities such as biking and rafting but this is a route that can be done by public transport as well.

  • The Inca Trail only allows 500 people daily (including guides and porters)
  • The Inca Trail sells out for most days of the year
  • The Inca Trail is closed every year during February for maintenance
  • Walking sticks with iron tip are not allowed (use wooden ones or a rubber protector)

The 5 day Salkantay Trek takes you along the mountain chain south of Machu Picchu. You will leave Cusco for a drive to Molepata from where you will start hiking to the camping site located at 3900 meters surrounded by lakes and snowcapped mountains. The hike will show you an amazing diversity in landscapes ranging from snowcapped mountains to highland pampa and cloud forests, before reaching Machu Picchu.