The Machu Picchu hike is a sacred archaeological heritage as much to Peru as much it is to all the trekkers, hikers and dreamers of the world. It is a pilgrimage to the archaeological-historical societies as well as the people attempting to highlight the simple fact that people from the past had much more knowledge about the universe than what we have now. Though there are quite a plenty treks for the citadel, the Inca trail is often the most admired. This is the route that the ancient Incans had used for this astronomical citadel of the Andes.
The place is a renowned UNESCO world heritage site and also among the new seven wonders of the world. The place is still veiled in uncertainty when the question of the purpose of its creation comes across. Few consider it to be a place for worshipping the sun god, quite a few consider it a place for astronomical studies and then some believe it to be an estate for the ruler.
The site is protected and surrounded by lush greens of agricultural terraces. The terraces are believed to have lowered the impact of natural hazards and disasters. The construction has been done by the interlocking of stones without the usage of any cementing material. Obviously, the architectural advances of the present times are still unable to deduct the cause and effect behind the construction and what has kept it wrinkle free all through the ages.
The place is a delight for both the mind and heart. Peru has quite many wonders but the Machu Picchu hike still holds a unique charisma to the minds of tourists. It invites the maximum visitors of South America and even the snow lovers don’t escape it.
Day 1 😕Cusco ? Wayllabamba
The Machu Picchu hike?commences at Cusco where you can meet your fellow hikers and choose your company for the upcoming adventures. From Cusco, you move to the sacred valley and the footsteps of Incans. The towns and points of Urabamba, KM82, and Wayllabamba. You will soon realize that the hike is going to show its true colors from day one. Be quite prepared for the weather of all kinds of climates and all seasons.
Urubamba is a nice place to get some breakfast and food items if you plan and please. You should pack a lot of dry fruits, chocolates and must not forget water. The first river is Rio Vilcanota, steady and smooth. It leads you straight to the rural culture and you can set your eyes on Mt Veronica (5,860m) or the Cordillera Urubamba with much ease. The glistening glaciated peak of Mt Veronica is an appealing sight to look at and is worth the steep slope you’ve climbed up from the Rio Cushichaca.
This village has a fort of the Incas named Huillca Raccay. Huillca Raccay is an important site of the Macha Picchu hike and is speculated to have been the control center of the valley of Cushichaca. The remnants of an ancient agricultural settlement can also be seen here, the Patallaqta.
The last stop of the hike is the village of Wayllapampa, about 5 miles from the Patallaqta.
Day 2 😕Wayllabamba ? Pacamayo
The second day is the most straining and demanding part of the whole trail. You also cross the Warmiwanusca pass, infamous as the pass of dead women which is about 2.6 miles long. The mountain slopes have their resemblance to a yielding and spineless woman stretched out. And that’s how the name.
The bridge at the Huayruro river has some amazing sights and decent sanitation facilities. Further this convenience, the slope gets steeper and you need to brace yourself up for a terrain demured by a thick forest covered in clouds. Llulluchapampa is the next stop and the route is certainly hot, and at times dehydrating and intense. It also gets cold at times due to the winds and clouds, so don’t leave your layers behind.
The last stop of this day of the Machu Picchu hike is Pacamayo(3,600km). Again a blessing due to its sanitation convenience and facilities.
Day 3 : Pacamayo ? Winay Wayna
Day three of the Machu Picchu hike is rewarding as well as tiring. Just an hour past you begin your trek, you come across the remnants of Runkuracay. Runkuracay is designated as a watch guard for the whole Pacamayo valley. You next stop at the Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m). Mesmerizing traces of fine architecture in the form of staircases and trails start walking with you hand in hand.
The slope further gets steeper and you reach to Sayacmarca, the inaccessible town in its meaning. The steep cliffs around have actually protected the place from the Spanish. The next stop is Phuyupatamarca, lovingly revered as the city above the clouds. You reach the site through a challenging steep path but a rewarding accumulation of five genuine Inca baths.
It’s interesting how many pilgrimages or ancient sites of the world have some miraculous sources of baths nearby. Maybe the primitive men had a better understanding of geology and geography which enabled them to handpick such places. Now comes a tough ascent of 1000 steps through an Incan staircase.
After quite a few hours, you will arrive at Winay Wayna,? the literal essence of which is ‘untouched by the marks of old age’. This site again has numerous baths and a resting spot, and it is also your last stop for today.
Day 4 : Winay Wayna ? Cusco
Day four and the last day of the Machu Picchu hike is the delicacy. You finally reach the Inti Punku, the door for the sun temple. You can explore the ruins of the wonderful city now. You can also set out for the Huyana Picchu trek at this point. The ascent down to the town of the Machu Picchu hike is equally astonishing and rewards you with some splendid sights. You can have a car ride back to Cusco or explore other options.
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