Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

View of Machu Picchu with Urubamba River below.

Peru is a country in South America that you must visit and is home to one of the absolute If you are ever going to Travel South America, then Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail is something that you absolutely must not miss.


How far

The Inca Trail is just over 40 kilometres in length, but don’t let that fool you. The hike can take four days and can be very physically demanding due to the up and down nature of the path and also due to the altitude, it is however the ideal way to experience a Machu Picchu Tour. You will feel as if you have earned the amazing sights by the end.


How to get there

The closest city to the Inca Trail is Cusco and it is relatively easy to travel to the Inca Trail with a number of transport options and tour groups operating in the area. To find out a bit more about Cusco and travel options you can visit this website.

Why travel the Inca Trail

The Inca trail is so famous due to its rugged landscape as well as its distinct beauty. You can expect to see Inca ruins, lush forests, snowy peaked mountains and stunning panoramic views. The challenge of walking the harsh landscape and the pure beauty of it are just some of the reasons that people walk the trail.


As I mentioned above the challenge of the trail can be a great test for many adventure travel enthusiasts, but this perhaps will not fit every person looking to travel on the Inca Trail. There are ways of making it much easier and much more enjoyable to travel on the trail and the best way to do this is by using porters. Porters are a great way to support the local people as well as making the trip easier for you. You can hire porters, but it is important to follow the regulations in place to ensure that porters are not mistreated and are willing and able to work on the trail now and into the future.

Final Destination: Machu Picchu

Once you have completed the Inca Trail you will naturally come to the well earned highlight of Machu Picchu. This is an Inca citadel that was built around 1450 and was abandoned later after the Spanish Conquest of South America. The site is famous for its unique and well preserved Inca architecture. The most famous structures of Machu Picchu are without a doubt the Inti Watana, the Room of the Three Windows and the Temple of the Sun. Each of these are linked and dedicated to Inti, the sun god and primary god of the Inca people. Each of these holds a special purpose for the Incas and the Ini Watana for example is thought to hold the sun in its position and path in the sky.




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