Hiking is undoubtedly the best way to take in our surroundings and appreciate mother nature. Many of the best trails run through stunning but fragile areas. If you enjoy a long trek this one’s for you.
The 4-day Inca Trail is one of the oldest trails of the world, taking you to Machu Picchu which is one of the wonders in the world. Starting from Abra Malga to Machu Picchu, the trek is about 39 km through views of snowy mountain peaks, distant rivers, and ranges, and cloud forests that flush with orchids.
While Machu Picchu is an incredible spectacle itself, the brighter memory which will remain is the journey to the heart of the Inca civilisation.
On Day 1 – It starts at Abra Malga – Huaman Marca Santa Maria. Trek down to the center of the Inca civilization, and on reaching the spot if you’re lucky you will see Andean condors who fill the sky. These birds are silent and elegant. An Andean Condor has a wingspan of two meters, and it is mesmerizing to see them sail through the sky amidst the Andes. For the night you can spend time at a local inn.
Day 2: Santa Maria – Cocal mayo – Santa Teresa. Once you reach Santa Teresa you will find a hot spring you can dip yourself in and enjoy the natural warm water. After, you will start hiking along the river bank then climb to start the section of the original Inca trail as you walk up and down precipitous cliffs over the stunning valley. You walk through dense forest, look around and find flora and fauna. Later, The Inca trail descends to Quellomayo.
Day 3: Santa Teresa – Hidrolectric – Aguas Calientes Town. Here if you wish, you can try a zipline activity which is available. The walk from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes is 11 kilometers of walk-in total after that final walk of 7 kilometers.
Final Day 4: You will be ready to hike up to Machu Picchu. You have the amazing opportunity to see the sun rising at Machu Picchu. You can find a guide who will explain the Inca history and share everything he knows.
You still have time to explore the site by yourself or climb Huayna Picchu mountain. By the afternoon you have to come back down to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus back to Cusco. The tour ends in Cusco’s main square.