to Machu Picchu
The Inca Trail is by far the most famous
trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world.
In just 26 miles (45km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush
cloud-forest, and subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca
paving stones ruins and tunnels.
The final destination of the trail just cannot
be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious "Lost City of the Incas".
Inca trail to
Machu picchu usually covered
in 4 days arriving at the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu for sunrise on the fourth
day. The Inca trail is rated moderate and any reasonably fit person should be
able to cover the route. It is fairly challenging nevertheless, and altitudes of
4200m are reached, so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. If
arriving from sea level, plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco prior to
commencing the trek. This should allow plenty of time for acclimatization and
give you sufficient opportunity to visit the city of Cusco and nearby Inca ruins
at Sacsayhuaman, Q'enko, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, as well as
spending a day or two exploring the Sacred Valley of the
Incas visiting the tradition market town of Pisac and the fascinating Inca
fortress at Ollantaytambo.