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Inca Trail: living the past

16 March 2019 (2552 reads)

Inca Trail: living the past

A way of living in the present Inca culture is visiting Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail, 4 days and 3 nights to tread the soil that our Incas stepped on, to go back in time through beautiful landscapes.

Located in the Andes mountain range, the road passes through several types of Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra. Settlements, tunnels and many Inca ruins are found along the track before ending at Puerta del Sol on the mountain of Machu Picchu. The two longest routes require a climb up to 4,200 meters (13,800 feet) above sea level, which can result in altitude sickness.

 

The Inca trail tour starts at km 82 located in Piscacucho, a trek along the Urubamba river until reaching Llactapata, an important archaeological group. The first camp is at Huayllabamba, where you will spend the first night.

The second day the walk starts with an ascent until reaching the first pass (Warmihuañusca) which is at 4,200 meters above sea level. From this place you can see an impressive view of two geographical panoramas of mountains and snowy.

 

On the third day the hike starts ascending to the archaeological zone of Runkuraqay located in the middle of the Inca trail, its enclosures are semicircular. The structure is slate stone and gray granite. Possibly it would be a place of rest or ritual, the continuous route to Sayacmarca located on a summit at 3,600 meters. It is divided into two parts: ceremonial and residential. The site has a cover and staircase, as well as an irrigation system through channels that supply the houses.

 

This is also the archaeological group of Phuyupatamarca, (city above the clouds) has a complex system of water sources, in addition to terraces, stairways and enclosures.

The fourth and last day is the most anticipated since with a walk of an approximate hour you will reach the Intipunku (door of the sun) where you can have a panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel where you will go down this wonder of the world.

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