Training hike to do the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu
Prepare adequately to face the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Our training hike to do the Inca Trail is a hiking activity that takes place in the mountains of the Sacred Valley, which presents a topography very similar to what you will have on your 4-day excursion on the Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu. You will be with an experienced guide, who will lead you along the path that begins at 2900 meters, towards the forests of Queuña and Chachacomos. In this first segment you will test your level of resistance to slopes and altitude.
Continuing with the ascent we pass to the ecological floor of the subtropical alpine montane, in which a large number of birds and flora of the Andes can be seen, arriving at noon at the paramo that will be the maximum height. You will feel the real pressure of hiking the Andes, and if your body has adapted very well to this second segment, you will definitely be ready to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon you begin a steep descent into the sacred valley. This exercise will also be useful to determine if your knees are good for the steps you will have to face on the Inca trail. In the same way, you will know if it is necessary to carry hiking poles, you will be able to determine how much weight your body can support on a typical 8-hour walk. In summary, it is very important to do this adaptation walk to strengthen your muscles and successfully reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
- If your passion is hiking and challenges, this short 1-day route is a good option for you. Since in the 8 hours it takes to complete the entire route you will be able to test the resistance of your muscles and also adapt to the hardest terrain in the Andes, without a doubt a great first practice before taking the Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu.
- This trail is very beautiful since in its more than 10 km, it combines four ecological floors, with a large amount of flora and fauna typical of the inter-Andean valleys, mountains and Andean forests. Depending on the season, you will be rewarded with meadows full of wild flowers, such as cantuta, tumbo, phallcha, chinchircuma, in whose surroundings different species of hummingbirds usually flutter. There are also white-tailed deer, which usually graze around the hills of Apu San Juan.
- Get to know the majestic sacred valley of the Incas from another angle, where only few people goes. The views from the top are beautiful, you can see the mountains of the Vilcanota mountain range. A separate point, they are our guides, who will provide you with great information about all the places you visit. In the afternoon you will have a descent through the hot Yucay Valley, which was the ancient capital of the Incas. Very famous for its terraces and gardens full of colors where traditional grain and fruit agriculture is still practiced.
Inclusions of this tour
CUSCO - HUAYOCCARI - YANACOCHA - SAN JUAN - YUCAY
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco (4:00 am). Then we head in our private transportation to the sacred valley of the Incas, we will make a brief stop at the Taray viewpoint to contemplate the sunrise, after 1 hour we will arrive at the town of Huayoccari, where we will have a typical Cusco breakfast. Once our energies have been recharged, we begin our walk towards the Andean forests of Wawayoqrumi. This climb is very demanding, so we will make several stops to learn about the history and data of the flora and fauna of each place.
Around 11 am we will arrive at the Yanacocha lagoon, where our porter will be waiting for us with lunch. After a rest, we will make a short ascent to the Quellococha hills, where only small bushes grow and the views are unique in the entire Urubamba Valley. Later we descend to the town of San Juan, this section crosses the farmers’ crops of potatoes and other tubers, they are very friendly. Finally we finished our day in the Inca agricultural terraces of Yucay, which was a very favorite place of the Incas for its climate. From that point our transportation will pick us up that will bring us back to Cusco.
Best season to travel
The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.
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