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Machu Picchu Perú

A Comprehensive Guide on Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the 7 wonders that you will be able to visit in the world. This historic place is really one of the ancient places that will not let your exclamation out of your face. A ton of people across the globe go to visit this place every year. You might also be one of them to go for that. In fact, there will be an option to go on Choquequirao Trek as well to visit this place.

Choquequirao Trek

Let The Journey Begin

Before you will go ahead and start with the trail to Machu Picchu, you need to know a bit more details about this place.

Incas built this city as their habitat zone in the 15th century though they abandoned it later on. Still, this place remains a mystery to all the people over the years. They built this complete city on the top of a mountain range, and it was not even accessible so easily.

These days also, it is not quite easy to go to that city to visit. Walking or trekking is the only possible way to go to this place. Incas made this city really perfectly and with great materials, and that is also almost intact even now as well. So, there is no offense that it will be one of the wonders. So, it will be important for you to travel to tour to Machu Picchu once you are there in Peru.

Short Inca Trail

You have already got to know that trekking is the only way to go to Machu Picchu. So, you need to know about Machu Picchu or the Inca trail itself before you start. Ideally, the complete trip will be a bit longer than the trek or the trail. Once you start the trip to the city, you need to travel a distance by car, and then there will be a train journey as well.

The scenic beauty will be started with the train journey itself, and the final step, the trekking, will be started where the train journey will end. You will start experiencing the beauty of the route with the main focus on watching the great history of the Incas. In fact, there will be some other things to view as well, like the waterfall, Sun Gate, and so on.

Details of The Choquequirao Trek

Once you are at the base camp of the trekking or the hiking, you need to know that it will be a 12 to 13 Kilometer trek, and it will take around 6 to 7 hours for the complete trekking. In between, there will be some stoppages, where you will have options for your refreshment. These stoppages or breaks will also be important in the complete Choquequirao Trek.

  • This complete trek will be divided into three parts, and the first half will be steep upwards, and this is so natural that it will take more time. The waterfall and the bridge will be in this part itself. You can’t let that place without taking some pictures.
  • After the bridge, you will again head upwards for a bit more time, and then, you will reach the Wiñay Wayna camping ground. This is the place where you can easily go for your refreshment.
  • After your lunch or snacks, you will again head straight, and this time, the destination will be the Sun Gate. This route is not a steep one, and there will be nice rolling of ups and downs and that will also be a lot enjoyable.
  • In the final steps to reach the Sun Gate, you will be getting some stairs. Basically, those are the marks that will let you know that you are just nearby to your final Destination.

Sun Gate and The Machu Picchu

Once, you will reach the Sun Gate, you will start touching the trails of the Incas. As they used to worship the Sun, they started their city with that gate. Just after you cross that gate, you will be getting the first-ever mesmerizing view of Machu Picchu. Give yourself some time, mix yourself with the history and get amazed.

In this part, the road will also be downward in this Choquequirao Trek. So, you will be able to relax while going towards your destination. So, use that time to take pictures and try to gather knowledge as much as possible. Those will be with you forever. After reaching the city just spend more time gathering memories to bring back with you.


This trek will basically end here, but after the completion, you will need to go back to your hotel, and mostly, that will be near this place itself. You need to come down from the mountain, and then you can relax after one of the greatest days of your life. Though you can go on this trek for the whole year, it will be closed in February for regular maintenance.

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