About Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is an ancient hiking route located in the Andes of Peru, leading to the famous citadel of Machu Picchu. It is one of the most iconic and popular trails in the world, renowned for its natural beauty, history, and archaeological significance.

The original trail was constructed by the Incas over 500 years ago and served as a communication route between different regions of the vast Inca Empire. The most famous and visited stretch of the Inca Trail is known as the Classic Inca Trail or the 4-day Inca Trail. It starts at kilometer 82 of the railway line from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Along the 42-kilometer hike, trekkers traverse a variety of stunning landscapes, including mountains, cloud forests, and Inca ruins.

The Inca Trail offers a unique experience, combining the adventure of hiking with the discovery of important Inca archaeological sites. During the trek, hikers can explore and visit places such as Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and Wiñay Wayna, among others. These Inca ruins provide a fascinating glimpse into the life and culture of this ancient civilization.


The highlight of the Inca Trail is, of course, the arrival at Machu Picchu. Hikers reach the Inti Punku or the “Sun Gate” at sunrise, from where they have their first glimpse of the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This is a magical and thrilling moment for many travelers, as Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive and mysterious archaeological wonders in the world.

It is important to note that, due to its popularity and to preserve the site, access to the Inca Trail is restricted, and a permit is required to hike it. In addition to the 4-day Classic Inca Trail, there are other alternative hiking routes, such as the 2-day Inca Trail and the Salkantay route, which also offer incredible experiences and allow you to reach Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail is a challenging but rewarding experience, combining natural beauty, history, and adventure. If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend exploring this legendary route and immersing yourself in the magic of Inca culture and the breathtaking beauty of the Peruvian Andes.