The Inca Trail and Other Treks to Machu Picchu
If you are looking for a great holiday adventure, one place where you can go trekking is in Peru – a hiking trek to Machu Picchu. The most famous trek to Machu Picchu is the Inca trail which is a four day trek, but aside from this, there are other trails that you can take to reach the place. You can actually reach Machu Picchu through different routes. Here are some of the alternative routes going to Machu Picchu.
You can take the Choquequirao trek going to the famous Machu Picchu ruins. This is a four or five day trek through the Andes to the Inca site called Choquequirao. This was relatively recently discovered which many travelers have failed to know about. Although it is not recognized as a route to Machu Picchu, this massive mountainside ruin is still part of a Peruvian holiday itinerary for many travelers. Your trek to Machu Picchu can be tailored to pass by Choquequirao if you want, but this will take you more days to reach your destination. This can take up to ten days which follows difficult terrain which passes through some isolated parts of Peru.
The easiest way to Machu Picchu is the Lares trek. This trek passes through the Sacred Valley which allows trekkers to see and interact with many Peruvian communities. There are many valleys, hot springs, rivers, and lagoons along the way. Your trek ends in the town of Ollantaytambo and then travelers take the train to Machu Picchu.
The classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu is a 4-day trek which ends at the ruins themselves on the morning of the fourth day. This trek is famous for allowing the trekkers to witness the beautiful sunrise which enters the famous Sun Gate. The permits for this trek quickly sell out months in advance especially during peak season, so if you want to take this option you need to book early to be able to join the trekking group.
Whichever path you take going to Machu Picchu, you will see the Peruvian highland and mountain scenery which is really very beautiful. If you want to experience going over the highest passes in the region and experience the stunning views, then you should take the Salkantay trek. You can see glacier covered peaks which are especially breathtaking.
For those who have time and money and would like a really unique experience, they should take a lodge trek to Machu Picchu. In this trek you don’t have to camp out but your will sleep in a comfortable rustic lodge with meals prepared by an expert chef. During the day, you will hike through the mountains and valleys before finally ending up at a mountain top attraction after six days of traveling.