The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the walks that is located within the archaeological park of Machu Picchu, in its 39.6 kilometers in length we will have the opportunity to enjoy natural and archaeological spaces as well as the impressive fauna, exuberant flora, climates incomparable and views of mountains and snow-capped mountains. Get to know the ancient route of the Incas towards the wonder of Machu Picchu passing through 18 perfectly preserved archaeological sites. If you ask someone who has done this hike, they will surely have a long talk. Immerse yourself in the best routes of the ancient Incas to the wonders of Machu Picchu.

Its Biodiversity

The Inca Trail offers a diversity of Andean fauna and flora. There are about 425 species of birds, 22 species of reptiles and 52 species of wild mammals throughout the archaeological park, including spectacled bears, deer, otters and rodents. Also, you can see about 32 species of hummingbirds, the main attraction being the cock-of-the-rock, which stands out for its beautiful red and black plumage and is also one of the representative birds of Peru. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture more than 700 varieties of beautiful butterflies.
The Inca Trail is a mega-diverse attraction thanks to the series of snow-capped mountains that surround it, highlighting the La Verónica snow-capped mountain, the Sahuasiray snow-capped mountain, and the Chicon snow-capped mountain. Upon reaching the jungle area, the panorama turns into vegetation and the trail is the only sign of human life, it will be the perfect landscape to disconnect from the world.
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Archaeological Centers on the Inca Trail

On the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu there are a variety of archaeological sites that were rebuilt and valued for your visit among which stand out.
Patallacta.– Its name means “high city” or “city on a hill” in Quechua, this archaeological site can be seen on the first day of the walk, we can also observe perfectly preserved terraces.
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Runkurakay.- On the third day we will visit a small and circular place, which is not common in Inca architecture makes us suppose that it could be a Tambo (a hotel).
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Sayacmarca.- It is estimated that this archaeological site was built by the Kola civilization that existed before the Inca civilization. Its location is surrounded by steep slopes on its 3 sides for which you have to climb 98 steps to reach the top.
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Phuyupatamarca.- The name means “City of the Clouds” in Quechua. It contains buildings, bridges and a ceremonial plaza.
Its name is due to the fact that it always appears above the clouds due to the fog.
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Wiñayhuayna.- Its name means “Young forever” in Quechua. This Inca site can be visited on the fourth day of the route. Due to its historical importance, it is one of the most photographed tourist attractions on the Inca Trail.
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Inti Punku.- The Intipunku whose name means “Gate of the Sun”, is the entrance to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in this place we can enjoy the arrival of the sun to Machu Picchu, which is an unforgettable experience.
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Finally and the most important we will arrive at “Machu Picchu” at the end of the tour, after seeing so many beautiful places, we hope you have the energy to enjoy this majestic Inca city.
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