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The Inca Trail (Km 82) – Qhapaq Ñan

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

•location:
KM 82 PISCACUCHO

•type:

•country:
PERU

•interest:

ADVENTURE

ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS

The Inca Trail (Km 82) – Qhapaq Ñan

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ABOUT - 

The Inca Trail (Km 82) – Qhapaq Ñan

One of the most famous stretches for a walk, or “trekking”, on the Inca Trail is the one between Piscachuco (stop at Km 82 of the Cusco-Aguas Calientes railway line) and Machu Picchu, Peru. It belongs to the ancient road network of the Inca Empire or “Tahuantinsuyo”. The weather in the area is generally temperate throughout the year and the best time to do the walk is between April and October.

 

The Inca Trail, or as it is known in a wider sense "Qhapaq Ñan" (Camino Real Andino), was the road system of the pre-Inca and Inca Andean cultures. The Qhapaq Ñan was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. It crosses the countries of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. The extension of the road network exceeded 40,000 km and its objective was to connect Cusco, capital of Tahuantinsuyo (Inca territory), with the most distant regions of the empire.


Currently, the section of the Inca Trail that links the city of Cusco with the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is a tourist attraction. Through it, you can witness by foot a little of the magnificent communication roads that the ancient inhabitants of America had. Along the way there are ruins of fortifications, such as Huiñay Huayna or Puyupatamarca, places surrounded by nature and incredible landscapes, with hundreds of birds and plants.


The trekking path starts at the site of Piscachuco, near Ollantaytambo, the stop at Km 82 of the Cuzco-Aguas Calientes railway, and it takes a 4-day trek to reach Machu Picchu. It is a trip close to the sky, because the highest point is at 4,200 meters above sea level in Huarmihuañusca or "Deat Woman’s Pass". The trip concludes with the arrival to Machu Picchu by the Inti Puncu or "Sun’s Gate".

 

The Peruvian state strictly regulates the access to the road, for conservation purposes, so it is recommended to book the trip months in advance with a tour operator.

 

GET THERE - 

The Inca Trail (Km 82) – Qhapaq Ñan

• location:
KM 82 PISCACUCHO
•country:
PERU
•region: 
SOUTH AMERICA

ADDRESS OR VENUE

Km 82 (site of Piscacucho) of the railroad Cusco-Aguas Calientes, Peru.

GETTING THERE FROM THE CLOSEST MAIN BUS STATION

86 km by bus from the bus station of the city of Cusco to Km 82 (site of Piscachuco) stop of the Cusco-Aguas Calientes railway line, by the highway 3S. And from Km 82 to Machu Picchu there are 45 km of trekking in 4 days, making an average of 5 hours of trekking per day.

TIME TO GET THERE FROM THE CLOSEST MAIN BUS STATION

It takes 2h08 minutes by bus from the Terrestrial Terminal of the city of Cusco to Km 82 (site of Piscachuco) stop of the Cusco-Aguas Calientes railway line.

GETTING THERE FROM THE CLOSEST AIRPORT

86 km by bus from Alejandro Velasco Astete international airport from the city of Cusco to Km 82 (site of Piscachuco) stop of the railway line Cusco-Aguas Calientes, along the highway 3S.

TIME TO GET THERE FROM THE CLOSEST AIRPORT

It takes 2h08 minutes by bus from Alejandro Velasco Astete international airport from the city of Cusco to Km 82 (site of Piscachuco) stop.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Cusco city - 82km - 51miles

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Cusco city´s airport - 82km - 51miles

 

PRACTICAL - 

The Inca Trail (Km 82) – Qhapaq Ñan

PROFILE

• Interest:

ADVENTURE

PLACE

• Class:

ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS

• Type:

• Kind:

SYLVAN

4200

• Altitude meters:

13780

• Altitude feet:

• Minimum visit time in hours:

48

• Maximum visit time in hours:

96

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

  • Monday to sunday including holidays.

  • Every month except february, for reasons of maintenance of the Trail.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • There is no entrance fee. However to be able to walk by the Inca Trail from Km 82 (site of Piscachuco), it is necessary to contract a tour in advance, due to the regulations of the Peruvian government. For more information, click here: http://www.culturacusco.gob.pe

RELATED ACTIVITIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Experiential journey.

SPORTS:

  • Walking

  • Trekking.

  • Camping.

SPECIALIZED:

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

ADVENTURE:

  • Mountain climbing.

  • Rock climbing.

  • Espeloelogy.

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

  • Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site.

  • Cultural National Heritage.

  • National Protected Area.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Passport

  • Cash, credit or debit cards.

  • A camera and a video camera.

  • Binoculars

  • A backpack cover

  • Waterproof windproof jacket

  • A small towel and bathing suit, shirts / t-shirts

  • Cap for the sun

  • Shorts

  • Long pants

  • Strong and comfortable hiking boots / sandals

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

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