The most famous stretch of Inca road is the Inca Trail - which is technically three overlapping routes - to Machu Picchu. Of these, Mollepata is the longest, starting with a high mountain pass and then descending through the Andean cloud forest to Warmi Wañusqa and ending at Machu Picchu’s impressive Sun Gate.
The classic Inca Trail begins 88 km from Cusco at a point on the Urubamba River. If you are moderately fit, you can complete the route on foot over five days, though shorter versions are also possible. At Journeysmiths we’re strong believers that the experience of getting there can be as important as the destination, however, and so will ensure that you have all the support you need to complete the trail safely and comfortably.
Demand for Inca Trail permits is high, and the route can become busy at certain points. We are also therefore enthusiastic about sharing our knowledge of alternative Inca trails, which though less well known are no less remarkable. The Salkantay trek has unparalleled mountain views, and the Lares route takes you through fascinating Andean villages which have changed little in hundreds of years.