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INCA TRAIL ALTITUDES

The Inca Trail begins on a zone called "Quechua": This zone is between 2300 - 3500 m (7,500-11,500 ft) and its weather is temperate and dry with temperatures that range from 0 -21C (32 -70F). The rainy season is from December to March. The rest of the year is dry or even parched from May through September. This region is widely cultivated and essentially, there are no natural plants left.

Above Wayllabamba, there's the zone called "Suni" or "Jalca": This is the zone between 3500 - 4000 m (11,500 - 13,000 ft). There is still some agriculture possible at this altitude. Above that lies the "Puna" which is a zone from 4000 - 4800 m (13,000 - 15,750 ft). Its weather is very cold with frequent frost. It is mostly grassland with a type of grass called "Ichu" and the area is used for the Llamas and Alpacas.

Going down from the "Puna" through the "Suni" is the "Yunga Fluvial": which are inter-Andean valleys on the east of the Andes between 1000 - 2300 m (7,500 - 3,300 ft). These valleys have a moderate, moist climate and abundant vegetation.

Heights

Cusco City: 3,360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2,400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2,850 m.a.s.l.
Inca Trail highest point: 4,200 m.a.s.l.

Kilometers Altitudes Places on the Inca Trail (By Ukukus Travel)

KILOMETERS

ALTITUDES

PLACES

Meters

Feets

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3,250

10,660

Cusco

0

2,850

9,350

Km. 82 (Piscacucho)

3

2,750

9,022

Llaqtapata

10

3,100

10,170

Wayllabamba

20

4,200

13,775

Warmiwanusqa

24

3,924

12,870

Runkurakay

28

3,725

12.220

Sayaqmarka

32

3,580

11,740

Phuyupatamarka

39

2,650

8,690

Winay Wayna

45

2,430

7,970

Machu Picchu

INCA TRAIL PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING

Briefing before the Inca Trail

Pre-departure briefing;

One or two days before departure our representative in Cusco will contact the clients in their hotels, where you will meet with your guide, he’ll provide information and answer any questions they might have about their Inca trail program. We must be informed in which hotels the clients are staying and the date of their arrival.

Where you will meet with your group and guide, here you will be given any rental equipment such as sleeping bags and duffle bags if you have requested extra porter the actual time of your briefing (6 or 7pm) will be confirmed at your check-in at the office 2 days prior to the trek.

If you do not have an operator in Cusco our office can take care of the reconfirmation of any domestic flights to Lima or other cities. Please ask for further information when you make your reservation.