Inca Trial – Located in the Andes mountain range, the trail passes through several types of Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra in Peru. Having total length of around 33km is an ancient trial, was laid by the Incas and is presently crossed by thousands each year. The trail leads from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu winding its way up and down and around the mountains, taking three high passes en route. Views of white-tipped mountains and high cloud forest combine with the magic of walking from one cliff-hugging devastation to the next – clearly making this South America’s most famous trail.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the longest of the three routes with the highest mountain pass and transects with the Classic way before crossing “Dead Woman’s Pass”.. Settlements, tunnels, and many Incan shells are located along the trail before ending the boundary at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu Mountain. The two longer routes require an climb to beyond 3,660 metres (12,010 ft) above sea level, which can result in height sickness.