Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos in Peru - Heathland / Scrub

Inca Trail Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days4 (One way)TerrainHeathland / Moorland, AndesDateMid Nov
Region/PlaceCuzco, Macchu PicchuCountryPeru  
Dist (kms)33Height gain (m)2500Route findingEasy
Routekm 82 - Huayllabamba (N1) - Warmiwañuska Pass - Pacamayo Valley (N2) - Runkuracay - Sayacmarca - Wiñay-Wayna (N3) - Intipunku - Macchu Picchu
NotesProbably not the best mountain walk in Peru, but it does have the bonus of setting your (probably weary) eyes on Macchu Picchu suddenly from the Sun Gate, high above the city, and does allow you to get up into some high and steep Andean Valleys. The walk is now strictly policed, with permits and guides essential, with checkpoints at the start of the trail and just beyond Wiñay-Wayna. To what extent you have to stay with your guide is still a bit of a grey area - the route is easy to make your own way along. If you're aclimatized to the altitude, the route is fairly easy, if you're not but could comfortably walk the same kind of distance and elevation gain at home, you will be unlikely to find the walk a problem also. The minimum cost for this walk is now around USD 160, with at least another 20 to get the train back as far as Ollantaytambo, although it's possible to pay much more. The weather by Mid November was still fine and the trail is well enough constructed now that even with heavy rain it will not pose too many difficulties.
Machu Picchu from Porta del Sol, Machu Picchu (S), Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 8-Jun-94, W216

Llama, Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu (S), Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 9-Jun-94, W41

Start of trail at km 82 with Urubamba Valley downstream, Km 82 - Río Cusichaca Valley - Huayllabamba village Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 15-Nov-03, SA352

Trail 2km from start with ????mica (5750), Km 82 - Río Cusichaca Valley - Huayllabamba village Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 15-Nov-03, SA354

Inca Trail and porter nr start of Río Cusichaca Valley, Km 82 - Río Cusichaca Valley - Huayllabamba village Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 15-Nov-03, SA357

Llactapata ruins and Urubamba Valley (R), Km 82 - Río Cusichaca Valley - Huayllabamba village Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 15-Nov-03, SA358

Trail nr Tres Piedras campsite, Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA362

Clouds and distant valleys from Llulluchapampa Campsite, Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA365

Final ascent to Warmiwañusca Pass (Dead Woman's) (about 4000), Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA367

View from Warmiwañusca Pass (Dead Woman's) (about 4000) down into Llullucha Valley, Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA368

Deadly nighshade on descent from Warmiwañusca Pass, Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA370

Runturacay Ruin, Runturacay (S), Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA371

Red bell flowers nr Runturacay Ruins, Runturacay (S), Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA372

Tarn below second pass with Warmiwañusca Pass (L), Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA373

Orange spider flower at Second Pass, Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA375

Sayacmarca Ruins and Río Aobamba Valley, Sayacmarca (S), Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA376

Phuyupatamarca terraces and Inti Pata ruins (R) from below Third Pass, Phuyupatamarca (S), Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA379

Trail descending from Phuyupatamarca, Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA382

Huiñay Huayna Ruins, Huiñay Huayna (S), Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA383

Main site and Huayna Picchu from upper terraces nr sunrise, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA389

Inca stones around Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA396

Mtns to N through windows of Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA397

Mtns to N and Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA398

Staircase leading down though Residential Buildings and moutains on far side of Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA407