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. In truth, there are many routes for a Machu Picchu trek. The alternative routes to Machu Picchu are given below.
You can take the Choquequirao trek going to the famous Machu Picchu ruins. This is a four or five day trek through the Andes to the Inca site called Choquequirao. A lot of travelers are unfamiliar with this route since it was only relatively recently that is was discovered as a route going to Machu Picchu. Although trekking routes do not usually pass this massive mountainside ruins, it is still a tourist attractive which tourists visit at some point in their vacation. But you can tailor your trek to pass this site going to Machu Picchu but it will take you quite a long time to reach it. This can be a ten day trek which pass through difficult terrain and isolated parts of Peru.
The Lares trek is the easiest route to Machu Picchu. 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. The town of Ollantaytambo is where the Lares trek ends and those who wish to go to Machu Picchu has to take the train.
The classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu is a 4-day trek which ends at the ruins themselves on the morning of the fourth day. If you want to watch the beautiful sunrise view of the ruins as they enter the famous Sun Gate, then this is the trek you should choose. Since this is the most famous trekking option to Machu Picchu, you need to book early since permits sell out months in advance, especially during high season.
Whichever path you take going to Machu Picchu, you will see the Peruvian highland and mountain scenery which is really very beautiful. If you take the Salkantay trek you will be going over the highest passes in the region which give you are really stunning view. You can see glacier covered peaks which are especially breathtaking.
If you want a truly unique experience, a lodge trek to Machu Picchu is for you, especially if you have the time and money. Instead of camping you will spend each night in a comfortable rustic lodge eating delicious meals prepared by expert chefs. You will hike through the mountains and valleys during the day, and after six days will reach your mountaintop attraction.