Piscacucho in Cusco or the Km 82 in Peru, is the place where the Inca trail to Machu Picchu begins.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or Qhapaq Ñan is the trekking and camping route with 42 km of travel.
The longest road begins in Piscacucho (Km 82 in Peru) of the railway line to Machu Picchu. It crosses different ecosystems, colossal archaeological sites and places rich in flora and fauna, until it reaches the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Surely you are wondering where is Piscacucho? The Piscacucho community, also known as Km 82 in Peru, is located in the Ollantaytambo district, Urubamba province in the City of Cusco, at a height of 2709 meters above sea level, on the edge of the Machu Picchu National Park, and Where visitors start the Inca Trail, it can be reached by bus in approximately 3 hours from the city of Cusco.
Piscacucho in Cusco has an ecosystem that corresponds to alpine or mountainous mountainous areas, its climate is temperate, oscillating between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius in the morning and 6 to 10 degrees Celsius at night.
The rainy season covers the period from November to March, while the rest of the year is relatively dry.
The Km 82 of the Inca Trail has wonderful Andean landscapes, the snow-capped mountains and the Urubamba river that adorn the landscape of this community.
In Km 82 of the Inca Trail you can see Inca archaeological sites and bridleways, being at the beginning of the Inca trail.
In 2011, the “Regional Directorate of Culture” made important findings in this area, they were skulls, long bones, and it was not ruled out that they could be mummified since they were in good condition.
It is a space that seeks to make known to its visitors the majesty of the place, it was inaugurated in June 2013, and it is located in the community of Piscacucho, it was built with the intention of generating an information space on the Protected Natural Area, at the point initial of the traditional Inca Trail. The tour of the Center begins with an induction video that aims to transport the visitor through the most fascinating places of the Sanctuary, and you can also discover the vast biodiversity that this Historic Sanctuary is located in the Andean-Amazon area.
The only way to get to Piscacucho in Cusco is through the Inca Trail 4 days or 3 days.
The 4-day trekking on the Inca Trail requires a good level of fitness and stamina for walking times of 5 – 8 hours and a maximum of 1,400 m in ascent and a maximum of 1,280 m in descent. We cross two passes at 4,200 m and 4,480 m. Although the tour is designed in such a way that we can acclimatize well, the risk of altitude sickness should not be underestimated. Your heart and circulation should be healthy. we recommend you stay in Cusco Peru.
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To start the Inca Trail begins in the community of Piscacucho (Km 82), which is the official entrance to the Inca Trail, from here the legendary trail begins around 6 to 7 hours, 11 kilometers long, passing through an impressive landscape and through from the Inca archaeological complex of Qorihuayrachina with a wonderful view of Llactapata. Then we ascend to the Wayllabamba community to finally rest in the Yuncachimpa camp. On the second day, the walk is more at the pace of the walker along the Lulluchampa path at 3,850 meters, until reaching many stairs, passing through beautiful landscapes to reach Warmihuañusca at 4,200 meters above sea level, after which point it descends, passing Runkurakay until reaching to the Chaquicocha Camp. The third day of hiking is the most impressive when entering the tropical forests, combined with beautiful Inca archaeological monuments such as Sayacmarca, Conchamarca and Phuyupatamarca. Finally, descend a few steps to the Inca archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna to the last camp. For the 4th day, we walked a 7 kilometer trail of approximately 2 to 3 hours, to finally arrive at the entrance to the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu called Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol.
All tour groups follow more or less the same itinerary over 4 days. The trek starts in the village of Pisqacucho or km 82 and leads through a magnificent dream landscape with snow-capped mountains, rivers and valleys.
Although most tour groups follow more or less the same itinerary, it is highly recommended that you do your research before deciding on a group and choose one that will take proper care of the porters.
While some tour operators may appear much cheaper than others, it is likely that they do not pay proper clothing, food or wages to the porters who take excellent care of the trekkers.
Undoubtedly, many tourists would not be able to complete the famous Inca Trail without the help of the porters. The porters carry on their backs all the equipment the hikers need to set up camp comfortably.
The porters personally carry tents, tables, chairs, food, and cooking equipment and help the trekkers with difficulties during the trekking.
It is important that these wonderful people can get enough food and rest during the trekking. Unfortunately, many tour operators save money by not taking good care of the porters – so make sure you book your trip with a reputable company.
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Entrance tickets for any of the routes are not sold at the access control. In the case of Huayna Picchu Mountain, you cannot enter this area without the corresponding ticket. The maximum entrance capacity is 400 visitors per day, divided into two groups of 200 people according to the indicated schedule.
Service: Private and group service
Duration: 3 Days/ 2 Nights
Inca Trail cost: U$ 850 per person
Service: Private Tour
Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights
Inca Trail Cost: U$ 750 per person
Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights
Inca Trail cost: U$ 650 per person
Service: Group & private service
Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
If you are hiking the Inca Trail, and you want to climb up to the mountain, you choose the best schedule, Usually the last day, you will be arriving at Machu Picchu at 08:00 and we recommend you can get the Huayna Picchu ticket between to 9:00 or 10:00 am
Adult: 200 Nuevos Soles Route Duration Rates for the Right of Visit
Student: 125 Nuevos Soles
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