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Km 82 of the Inca Trail

Piscacucho in Cusco or the Km 82 in Perú, 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 39 km of travel.


The longest road begins in Piscacucho (Km 82 in Perú) 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.


Where is Piscacucho?

Surely you are wondering where is Piscacucho? The Piscacucho community, also known as Km 82 in Perú, 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.


Km 82 of the Inca Trail

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.


The Historical Interpretation Center of Machupicchu

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.


How to get to Km 82 of the Inca Trail?

The only way to get to Piscacucho in Cusco is through the Inca Trail 4 days / 3 nights.


General information of the Inca Trail

  • Location: Cusco Department, Urubamba Province 2,400 masl (Machu Picchu)
  • Mild weather
  • Average temperature: 15 ° C
  • Season: Recommended between the months of April to October, closed for maintenance during the month of February
  • Access: Air and land routes, from Lima and Arequipa to Cusco. Railroad, Poroy - Piscacucho (Km 82) and Machu Picchu - Poroy (return, 92 km in 3 hours 30 minutes)
  • Medium level
  • Duration: 4 days

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.

 Inca trail km 82 to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Rates

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.


Adult: 292 Nuevos Soles Route Duration Rates for the Right of Visit

Student: 147 Nuevos Soles


Would you like to travel the fascinating Inca road to Machu Picchu? This is the opportunity, take advantage and travel to Machu Picchu.


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