The once-in-a-lifetime experience!
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world, built by the Inca more than 500 years ago! The Classic Inca Trail tour starts in the Sacred Valley and finishes in a cloud forest region where Macchu Pichu, the lost city of the Inca, sits.
The 43 km trek, normally covered in four days, is not too long in itself, but it is certainly a challenge. This ancient Inca winding path is laden with amazing scenery along the way: high passes (above 4,220 meters – 13,780 feet), snowy peaks on the horizon, stunning cloud forests, and high cliffs that bring goose bumps. Spread out along the route are several archaeological sites, which are quite mystical! The feeling of a lost world is encountered all along the way.
Adventurers, backpackers, and trekkers come to the Inca Trail from around the world. This trail into one of the Seven Wonders of the World is coveted and permits to access it are limited (500 hundred per day). For this reason, you need to book the trip well in advance, at least four months before departure. Normally, guided tours are year-round (with the exception of February, when the trail is closed for maintenance). Also, expect to find a slippery, muddy, and difficult hike during the rainy season (December to April). This can make the experience more rewarding, though, and your achievement greater!
The hike is not easy and you should be physically prepared for the The Inca Trail trek.
At Perú Inside Out, we ask all trekkers not to litter along the way, and not to leave graffiti on stones or trees. Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail are unique, legendary, and astonishingly lovely destinations – not to mention, the testimony of a lost civilization that we need to protect.