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The Inca Trail

There are many paths that lead to Machu Picchu but none like the Inca trail. Perhaps the best know trail on the entire American continent. It doesn’t sound so epic, when heading out from Cusco, the destination is just 43Km away. But the path winds ever upward, between forests and mountain, stone steps with majestic views, precipitous drops. Until one reaches the reward: Puerta del Sol and the views of the ruins of Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail can be done in short as a 2-day trek or via the classic route at 4 days. It is nothing short of a rite of passage for any person’s trekking adventures; a unique adventure, and most certainly not one to approach lightly; plan well before getting out on the trail.

Machu Picchu is of course the major attraction along the route, a network of ancient settlements, an ancient city and a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge at 2,430 metres above sea level. Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and now a world heritage site.

Along the Inca trail, you will enjoy breath-taking landscapes and attractions such as Chachabamba, dedicated to the cult of water, Wiñaywayna and Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol.

You will see hundreds of species of orchids, multi-coloured birds and dream landscapes ideal for a route that every traveller should experience at least once in their life.

One company doing the trail that I have been friends with for a while now is Perú Travel Specialist. This is not their only offering, so if you’re thinking Peru more generally you should check them out anyway. I am not sure how many of their guys speak English but there is not much in anything but Spanish on their website however, you can always google translate of course.

Machu Picchu - Peru
Machu Picchu – Peru

So how tough is it? Are you man enough to overcome?

To give you an idea about the 4-day trek.

Day 1:
2,750 m minimum altitude climbing to 3300 m and that is across 14 Km over 7 hours, described as moderately challenging.

Day 2: the trail that leads to the Dead Woman’s Pass in Warmiwañusca (4,215 m) which says it all, the highest point of the Inca Trail.

So, starting at 3300m it climbs to 4215m, 16 km over 8-9 hours – challenging!

The other days are easy by comparison and on the fourth you will have reached Machu Picchu.

Looking down on Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu
Looking down on Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu

So if you are man enough why not try it with Perú Travel Specialist; have a great trip!

 

 

Andy Seabrook

Old-time, backpacker, jealous of his brother, who is still living the dream.
Day job: Programmer / Data Analyst.
2 Kids, 2 Dogs, £2. Living in the UK
But with the claim to fame of having built Adventurebods.

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