"TO MACHU PICCHU: THE INCA'S TRAIL" Peru Things to Do Tip by swesn

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  Start of the Inca's Trail
by swesn

Trek either starts at Km 82 or Km 88. The first day's trek to Huayllabamba (3hrs) is not too arduous. Most groups camp at Llulluchayoc (3,200m, 1hr away). Some groups press on another 1.5hrs to Llulluchapampa in order to make the second day's trek easier.

Most people reach Llulluchapampa on the second day and now, this next stage to the first pass Warmiwanuska (Dead Woman's Pass) at 4,200m is an exhausting 2.5hrs hike. Remember your coca leaves! At the top, you will seriously wonder what the Incas were thinking!

After this, it's downhill to Pacamayo valley where you camp at the bottom of the valley (1.5hrs from first pass).

Next, you head up the second pass (3,850m) and should be able to enjoy magnificent views near the summit. A good overnight spot is past Sayacmarca (3,500m) about 1hr after second pass.

Through an Inca tunnel, you get to the third pass and here, a spectacular view of the entire Vilcabamba mountain range can be appreciated. After this, you will dsecend to Phuyopatamarca (3,650m), an Inca ruins, and then, more steps downhill lead to Winay-Wayna (2,700m), another impressive ruins with terraces.

From this point, the path meanders through jungle until the steep staircase up to Intipunku (2hrs) and wow... Machu Picchu!!!

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  • Updated Dec 20, 2007
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