1 day Inca Trail

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by hejallihop on November 26, 2003

The good news is that, for those of you twitching at the thought of the full four-day trek, you do not have to experience the icy nights and seemingly interminable climbs, on top of all the inconveniences of altitude, in order to reach Machu Picchu on foot or pass by the beautiful Incan site - Wi├▒awayna.

The train stops briefly at 105km (this will make more sense if you find yourself in the area one day, I assure you). You jump out, sometimes literally, pick up a local guide, and walk your way up into the mountains from the valley floor. This short but rewarding trek will succeed in giving you a real feel for the landscape, for the toughness of the terrain and an understanding that Machu Picchu did not stand alone in the Andes. Not forgetting that you too will be able to experience the rush when you round the corner, climb the steps to the famous Intipunku or Sun Gate and catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu lying discreetly in the distance.

The trek lasts around 4-5 hours and involves one fairly steep climb at the start. It then levels off and takes you though the wonderful Andean cloud forest before the home run to Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail
Andes Mountains
Cusco, Peru


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