Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was hands down the highlight of our three months in South America. Going into our RTW trip, we knew that joining a classic four day trek to Machu Picchu would be the one excursion that we would splurge on while abroad.
Trekking Machu Picchu is one of the world’s top adventure trips. Irrespective of whether it is due to the fact that you have a really profound like of ancient historical past, trekking out in the wildness or just like doing a little something adventurous, this trek will make for an enjoyable journey.
Everyone knows about the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, Peru Travel. And as we have said before, despite its reputation for overcrowding, high cost and just being ‘touristy’ (none of which we think is true), trekking Machu Picchu and trekking Peru remains one of the premier trekking experiences in the world.
When it comes to Machu Picchu hikes, you have two main decisions to make: the length of the hike and the size of the tour. Some travelers don’t like the idea of joining a big tour group and would rather pay extra money to hire their own hiking guide. Others, especially solo travelers, like the idea of joining other fellow adventure enthusiasts for a hike. The second decision is the length. While it may be romantic to follow in the footsteps of the Incas along the Inca Trail connecting Cusco and Machu Picchu, not every traveler will have the fitness level and desire to make five days of hiking including camping a worthwhile adventure.
Exploreandes was described by Frommer’s as one of “the top high-end agencies” for hiking in Peru and as “especially good for forming very small private groups.” The company offers several hiking tours, most of which visit Machu Picchu as part of a larger exploration of the Sacred Valley and other nearby areasOne hike that covers Machu Picchu and more is the seven-day Inca Trails of Cusco tour. The tour format uses vehicle and train transfers to drop off and pick up hikers at the end of a series of day hikes, who spend each night in a hotel or country inn rather than camping.
Inca Trail Combining beautiful mountain scenery with a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels, the classic Inca Trail is the best known route to Machu Picchu, but it’s hardly a walk in the park. The 42km camping trek begins at the terraced ruins of Ollantaytambo (2792m), from where you’ll visit archaeological sites Llactapata, Qoriwayrachina and Wallabamba before reaching the highest point of the trek at Dead Woman’s Pass (4125m).
The Inca Trail hike takes place high in the Andes mountains, and it is important to allow your body to get used to the thinner air before starting the hike. All trekkers should plan to spend three days in Cuzco before the trek to acclimatize.