There are many ruins, great viewpoints and beautiful landscapes along the Classic Inca Trail. The following are a view of the attractions along the way, many of which are ruins left by the Incas.
Ollantaytambo: Ollantaytambo is a small town near Cusco and where we will find a construction left by the Incas. During the time of the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was a real property and when the Spaniards were in their conquest of what is now Peru, it was a bastion of Inca resistance. There is a train station from where you can get to Aguas Calientes and from there to Machu Picchu.
Canabamba: It was a small administrative control point left by the Incas.
Llactapata / Llaqtapata: Llactapata means City on top, it was a small Inca city and now one of the very popular Inca archaeological sites along the Inca Trail.
Wilka Rakay: It is an Inca ruin over Llactapata that was used as a checkpoint.
Wayllabamba: It is also a 'llacta' or administrative center of the Incas, besides being a small city with the same name in the area.
Yuncachimpa: Yuncachimpa is a small rest area with restrooms and a place where you can buy supplies along the Inca Trail.
Llulluchapampa: Llulluchapampa is the last place on the Inca Trail where you can buy supplies before arriving at Machu Picchu.
Dead Woman Pass: The Dead Woman's Pass , name in Quechua known as Warmiwañusqa, is named because the mountain looks like the profile of a woman looking at the sky.
Paccaymayu: Paccaymayu is one of the camps along the Inca Trail at 3500 meters and this is also the name of the Paccaymayu Valley.
Runkuraqhay: Runkuraqhay is an archaeological construction that is believed to be an administrative point left by the Incas.
Pase Runkuraqhay: Runkuraqhay Pass, named for the mountain and the ruins of the same name. From this height, you will see the valley that you just left and the one in front of you along the Inca Trail. This is a great point of view and a place to take photos. It is northeast of the ruins of Sayacmarka.
Sayacmarka: Sayacmarka is an Inca ruin that is believed to be a village, as well as a sacred area, dedicated to the mountains. Sayacmarka means' place where you can not enter / inaccessible.
Chakiccocha: Chakiccocha means 'dry lake' and is one of the campsites along the Inca Trail.
Phuyupatamarka: Phuyupatamarka is a point of view and an archaeological center. It is believed that it is a Llacta or administrative center for the Incas.
Inti Pata: It was believed that Inti Pata was used as an agricultural center by the Incas.
Wiñayhuayna: Wiñayhuayna means 'always young' and is considered a sacred place along the Inca Trail before reaching Machu Picchu.
Intipunku: Intipunku is also called 'Puerta del Sol' and leads to Machu Picchu. This is a great point of view from where you will get your first view of Machu Picchu. It was used by the Incas during their ceremonies for the summer solstice in December.
Chachabamba: Chachabamba is an archaeological site left by the Incas that is believed to be dedicated to water.
Choquesuysuy: Choquesuysuy is an Inca archaeological site that is believed to be dedicated to agriculture.
Machu Picchu: Of course, we could not miss the most important place and final destination of our route, Machu Picchu as well as being one of the seven new wonders of the world; It is also known as "City on the clouds" or "The lost city of the Incas", one of the most impressive views of such a wonderful construction on the mountain, above the clouds. Simply incredible!.
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