Are you going to Peru and do you want to visit the highland of the entire country? Then you should get ready to follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! Don’t forget to enrole yourself 4 months in advance, because it’s a very populair attraction and a stamp in your passport is needed.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
In the middle of the Andes mountains the Inca’s builded a city, now part of Unesco World Heritage. The Inca’s didn’t just build a city but also the pathways up and down the mountains, which are still in use. This trail to Machu Picchu is called the Inca Trail. On route of the Inca Trail you’ll pass a lot of ruïnes. Something you won’t see on the other tracks. This is what makes the Inca Trail so special. The guides of the tour will tell you a lot about the history of the Inca’s during the trip.
Another selling point of this trip is Sungate. The gate to Machu Picchu. You will get up early in the morning to reach Sungate before sunset. When you’re arrived you will see the sun getting over beautiful Machu Picchu. It’s totally worth the exhausting trip!
4 days of walking and camping
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 4-days walk through the high mountains and isn’t about luxury. You will sleep in tents that are brought by the carriers, just as cooking gear, food en other supplies. It won’t be a comfy night in the mountains, but the view of waking up in the Andes mountains is unforgettable!
When you book your trip with a good organisation you will sleep in a good tent with warm sleeping gear. Paying a little more for your trip so you can sleep well at night is completely worth it 😉 Most companies can lend you the sleeping gear so you won’t have to bring it on your holiday.
You will be walking 82 km up the Andes mountains in just three days and the fourth day you will spend at Machu Picchu. If that is hard? Hell yeah. But the climb up the mountains is so worth it! The second day of the climb is the hardest. This is also called ‘dead woman’s pass’. You will climb to the top of the 4250 meter mountain and your body will notice. Keep hydrating and eating! The cook and guides of the tour will do anything to keep you in good shape. On the third day you can descend! Well, just for 1 km and this will be hard on your knees. After descending you will have to go up again, so please, don’t forget your walking shoes!
Where to book?
A good agencie to book your tour with is Peru treks. You will pay a little more than others but the service is better as well. The guides are outstanding and a lot of carriers will come along the trip for carrying tents, cooking gear etcetera. There is even a cook joining to prepare you a fresh meal three times a day.
As said, you should book at least 4 months in advance. Machu Picchu is very popular and to minimalise the masstourism the government only lets a limited number of people in the area a day. When you are entering the border you will even get a stamp in your passport!
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