Inka Trail

It forms part of the network of Inka trails (Qhapaq Ñan). This is one of the most famous trekking routes in South America. On the trek, hikers can see numerous ravines and waterways flowing from glaciers. Among the 12 archaeological sites that can be visited, the following really stand out: Qoriwachayrachina, Patallaqta, Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipunku, Intipata and Wiñayhuayna.

The Visiting season is from March through January (closed in February for maintenance). The location of the trail varies depending on the section you wish walk. The most popular route starts at km 82 on the Cusco-Machu Picchu railway line (40 km from Machu Picchu Citadel). A less strenuous alternative is the Camino Sagrado (Sacred Path), which starts at km 104 on the same railway line.

Travel Style: Active
Service Level: Standard
Trip Type: Small Group

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