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The most breathtaking places on the Inca Trail that will take your breath away

The most breathtaking places on the Inca Trail that will take your breath away

Have you ever wondered which are the most breathtaking places on the Inca Trail? Here I’ll show you the highlights you shouldn’t miss on your journey to Machu Picchu. From ancient ruins to dreamlike landscapes and panoramic viewpoints, these destinations will take your breath away.

Machu Picchu Citadel: The highlight of the Inca Trail

The jewel in the crown of the Inca Trail is undoubtedly the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu. Perched atop a mountain, this Inca architectural marvel will transport you back in time. Explore its temples, terraces and observe the perfection of its engineering while admiring the breathtaking views that surround it.

La ciudadela de Machu Picchu

Runkuracay: An archaeological site steeped in history

During your walk along the Inca Trail, you will come across the impressive ruin of Runkuracay. This small, strategically located fortress offers a glimpse into the military prowess of the Incas. Climb to its summit and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area, marvelling at the grandeur of nature and Inca architecture.


Sayarmarca: The city in the clouds

Another impressive site along the Inca Trail is Sayarmarca, an ancient Inca city located high in the Peruvian Andes. Known as “The City in the Clouds”, Sayarmarca offers a magical experience with its terraced terraces and well-preserved architectural structures. As you approach this wonder, you will be greeted by breathtaking panoramic views and a sense of being in another world.


Phuyupatamarca: The village above the clouds

Phuyupatamarca is another place that will take your breath away on your Inca Trail trek. Known as “The Village Above the Clouds”, this archaeological site is strategically located on top of a mountain, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. Explore its terraces, observe the intricate water sources and marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds you.


Warmiwañusca Pass (Abra de la Mujer Muerta): A challenge and a lookout point

The Warmiwañusca Pass, also known as the Abra de la Mujer Muerta, is one of the most challenging parts of the Inca Trail. However, the reward on reaching the top is breathtaking. Contemplate the grandeur of the surrounding mountains as you sit on top of the world. This viewpoint will give you an incomparable panoramic view.

El Paso de Warmiwañusca

Wiñay Wayna: An oasis in the middle of nature

The archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna is another highlight on the Inca Trail. This ancient Inca city is surrounded by lush vegetation and waterfalls. Walk along its stepped terraces and admire the fascinating buildings that housed the ancient inhabitants. Also, enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain and valley.

Wiñay Wayna

Intipunku: Gate of the Sun

One of the most exciting moments of the Inca Trail is arriving at Intipunku, also known as the Sun Gate. This place marks the last stretch of the trail before reaching the citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Machu Picchu, while being thrilled by the grandeur of this ancient Inca sanctuary. It is the perfect place to capture memorable photographs and appreciate the splendour of the final destination of your journey.

Wiñay Wayna

Embark on an Unforgettable Adventure on the Inca Trail!

Don’t miss this opportunity to live an unforgettable adventure on the Inca Trail! We invite you to discover the mystery and grandeur of the Inca Trail as you immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Incas and marvel at the breathtaking scenery along the way to Machu Picchu.

If you would like to get more information or book a tour you can easily contact us by calling or texting us on our Whatsapp number +51 901557125, or if you prefer, you can email us at ventas@incatrailinperu.com.. Our team is eager to give you the best attention and make sure that this experience is truly unforgettable for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to hike the Inca Trail?

The time needed to hike the Inca Trail varies depending on the route chosen and the pace of each hiker. The classic route usually takes between 4 to 5 days, while other routes can be shorter or longer.

Do I need to book in advance to hike the Inca Trail?

Yes, it is necessary to make a reservation in advance to hike the Inca Trail, as the number of visitors is regulated by the Peruvian government to protect the site and preserve the hiking experience.

How difficult is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is a hike of moderate to high difficulty, with steep sections and uneven trails. Good physical condition and prior preparation is required to successfully complete the trek.

What is the best time of year to do the Inca Trail?

The ideal time to hike the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this period, the weather is generally more stable and there is less chance of rain. However, for those who prefer fewer tourists and greener landscapes, the rainy season might be the perfect option.

Is the Inca Trail safe to hike?

Yes, the Inca Trail is safe as long as you follow the guide’s recommendations and take appropriate precautions. It is important to walk carefully and respect the rules of the park to ensure a safe and memorable experience.

Are there any alternative routes to the Inca Trail?

There are several alternative routes to the Inca Trail, such as the Salkantay Trail, Lares Trail, Choquequirao Trail and Inca Jungle Trail. Each route offers different landscapes and archaeological sites, and requires reservations and authorised guides. Tourists can choose the one that best suits their interests and fitness level, but all must follow regulations to protect the sites and the environment.


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