The Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu “The Famous Inca Trail” still existed and was re-discovered by Hiram Bingham when he realized his clearing work between 1913 and 1915. The Inca trail was a route of pilgrimage to Machu Picchu used by the Inca (or Emperor/King) in the 15th century.
There are different sites between Ollantaytambo Inca City and Machu Picchu Inca City where one can note the variety in architectural resources that give rationality, importance and mysticism to the Royal Road. It did not have a commercial use; there were other, more simple, trails to transport products, llamas and people to Machu Picchu.
The purpose of the Inca Trail to Machupícchu was religious and ceremonial, a pilgrimage that included rituals to honor the mountains and peaks of the route, like Veronica Mts or Wakaywilka Mts.
Meals: Box Lunch and dinner.
Distance: 16kms/10 mls (6 hours more or less of hiking)
Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic and lunch in route)
Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter, on open roads, some steep ascending trails
*** We only take ITEP Eco Travel clients in our vans / cars – We do not use public transport.
Trekking Km 104 “Chachabamba to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate” – Machupicchu Guided Tour ends in the afternoon Train back and final Transfer to Cusco.
Today Our Inca Trail day trek take us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail to Machupicchu. We will visit beautiful Inca sites, see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take the fantastic panoramas of the Andes Mountains. Covering 16km of the trail our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works, it is the way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna “forever young” before continuing to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
As we make our way to Machu Picchu we'll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Vizcachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).
After a full day Inca trekking, we will arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the middle day and get our first views of Machu Picchu, spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos and with fewer tourists in the site; it's a perfect time to take some pictures. After we have passed through the Sun Gate we'll continue our last part of the Inca way that leads us to Machupicchu Inca city. “Free time for rest and Picture”.
We will begin a guided tour of the Inca City of Machupicchu; you will learn a lot about the Incas and will visit all the most important areas of the Inca citadel.
Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and later board the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo Train Station where you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco arriving around 10:30pm “time can vary according train schedule”.
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The 4-day journey to Machu Pichu was a great experience. The porter crew was very friendly, the cool Julio cooked delightful food and a very special thank goes to our wonderful guide Franco who was indeed not only a good leader, Storyteller and historian but became also a friend! Thank you for this...
It was very good we had Franco as a guide and he knew a lot about the history and things surrounding the inca trail! The chef and porters were also very kind and the food was very Nice. Would highly recommend!!...
We had a great trip! Well organised. Special thanx to our guide Jezus who was kind, relaxed and explained a lot. It is so important to be with a guide you like and you feel in good hands!...