Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of the network of Inca roads (Qhapaq Ñan). It is one of the most important trekking routes in South America. In the route there are numerous ravines and water courses of glacial origin. Among the twelve archaeological monuments that can be appreciated include Qoriwachayrachina, Patallaqta, Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipunku, Intipata and Wiñayhuayna.
The location of the route varies according to the section you want to walk. The most popular route starts at Km. 82 of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railway (40 km until you reach the citadel of Machu Picchu). Another possibility, which takes less time, is the so-called Sacred Way, which starts at Km 104 of the same road.
The first day starts from Piscaycucho in km 82 of the railroad that goes from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu village, you walk to Corihuayrachina, then cross the Urubamba River in Quente, here you will visit Wayna Quente and Llactapata.
On the second day, we will continue through the Cusichaca Valley to Huayllabamba, then climb to Llulluchapampa, here you can see a cloud forest with queñua trees, in the background there is the snowy Huayanay.
Third day, we continue to climb up to 4200 masl to the Warmiwañusca Pass, from here we descend to the Pacaymayo River, then climb to the archeological site of Runkuracay, climb up to 4050 masl and then descend to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca, we see one Dry lagoon and begins to see the first signs of low forest, camping in Phuyupatamarca, here you can see the snowfall of Salcantay to the west and Pumasillo to the north.
Fourth day of the site of Phuyupatamarca you arrive at the site of WiñayWayna one of the most fascinating among the discoveries, from here are 2 hours walk to the Intipunku, the Puerta del Sol and have Machu Picchu at your feet.