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. There are many ways to reach the Machu Picchu ruins by foot aside from the famous 4-days Inca Trail. While the Inca trail is the most famous route going to Machu Picchu, you can also take other alternative routes which can be longer or shorter than the famous path. Here are some of the alternative routes going to Machu Picchu.
One of the alternative routes to Machu Picchu is the Choquequirao trek. It takes you four or five days trekking through the Andes mountains until you reach the Inca site called Choquequirao. This route has not been discovered until quite recently and many travelers have not really taken to this path yet. 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 be a ten day trek which pass through difficult terrain and isolated parts of Peru.
The easiest way to Machu Picchu is the Lares trek. The route passes through many Peruvian communities and through the Sacred Valley. Along the way you will see many valleys, hot springs, rivers, and lagoons. Your trek ends in the town of Ollantaytambo and then travelers take the train to Machu Picchu.
The most famous trek to Machu Picchu is the Inca trail which is a four day trek; you reach the place 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. If you want to take this trek, you need to book early since this is the most popular Peruvian trek and they usually sell out months in advance especially during peak season.
The Peruvian highland and mountain scenery is something that is beautiful to behold and will be a part of any of the treks you can take going to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay trek takes you near and over some of the highest passes in the region which is really stunning. 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. You will spend each night in a comfortable rustic lodge instead of camping, and you will eat special meals prepared by an expert chef. This trek takes six days where you hike through mountains and valleys during the day until your reach your destination.