The Inca Trail


From: Pisacacucho near Chilca (KM 82)

To: Machu Picchu

Length: 24 mi (39 km)

Permits: should have a permit for tracking (500 people a day)

Dec- Apr are wettest months and thus most dangerous


Travel Destinations on the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail to a great Incan settlement of Machu Picchu is one of the greatest hikes you will ever undertake. It lies in a beautiful Andean mountain range and connects numerous ancient archaeological settlements along its way.


1. Llactapata or Llaqtapata (aka Patallacta)

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Llactapata or Llaqtapata is an ancient Incan site along the Inca Trail. Its ancient name is lost, however its modern name is a combination of two Quechua words "yakta-pahta" and translated roughly as a "town on a high point" or a "town on a hillside". It was discovered by Hiram Bingham. Archaeological digs at this site still continue.

2. Huayllabamba (last place to buy food and supplies)


3. Abra de Warmiwanusca

This is the highest point on the Inca Trail and also the hardest point to climb. The view of Pacaymayu valley (Hidden River) below.

4. Runkurakay

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5. Sayacmarka

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6. Winay Wayna

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7. Phuyupatamarca

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8. Intipunku

End point destination: Machu Picchu