the wonderful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the most beautiful and amazing archaeological sites in the world. People from all corners of the world gather in Peru to discover its indescribable beauty and engineering. In order to reach it today, the best treks to Machu Picchu are available through different routes that start from the imperial city.
There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu on foot, and moreover, adventures such as the classic Inca Trail are the most sought after by adventurers. In addition, these are trips that offer great advantages for visitors, since they allow them to travel through beautiful landscapes, spend nights under the stars accompanied by friends or people of other nationalities.
Below, we will give you just some of the most requested hikes to Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
the famous and world famous “Inca Trail” that linked the sacred citadel with the villages distributed along the Inca Empire.
There are many variations in days of travel on the Inca Trail. If you look for enough information you will find that you can acquire a 2-day Inca Trail, a 3-day Inca Trail or a 4-day Inca Trail. It is up to each adventurer to choose the travel time depending on his needs.
The attraction of this trek is the impressive combination of beautiful landscapes and Inca remains found along the way. The Inca Trail crosses magnificent mountains, exotic and extraordinary vegetation, ecological variety and above all it shows the capacity of the Inca empire to connect their villages to have a total control over them.
The trail crosses high passes, such as the “Warmihuañusca which is at 4,200 meters” with unforgettable views, also crosses the cloud forest and finally enters the subtropical vegetation of the Inca forest.
To walk the Inca Trail it is necessary to have a reasonable level of physical ability, age should not be a barrier, as there is a record of children and older adults traveling without any problem. But, the most important thing is to be very well acclimatized to the altitude, so it is recommended for any person, to spend at least 2 days in Cusco before starting the hike. These two days of acclimatization are generally used to tour the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas or take city tours.
Salkantay route among the best treks to Machu Picchu.
Another of the best known routes is the famous “Salkantay“, the adventure walk par excellence. During its journey you will pass through unique and beautiful landscapes including the turquoise lake “Humantay”.
The start of this classic Salkantay to Machu Picchu hike begins in the city of Cusco. From there it goes to Soraypampa, located at 3,800 m.a.s.l.
The food and preparation of equipment is always in charge of the tourist company you choose, you will only worry about enjoying the beauty of the mountains and wildlife.
The Salkantay route – considered one of the best treks to Machu Picchu – is generally covered during 4 or 5 days, it is a medium-high adventure, and like the Inca trail, a couple of days of acclimatization in the city of Cusco is recommended. It is a recommended route for all visitors even children and older people can make this trip, always taking precautions.
In Cusco there are few tourist companies that offer this trip, as it requires a good organization and a good logistical management in the transfer of camps and food. But the most important thing is that after living this experience you will see that it was worth every effort made along the way.
Lares Machu Picchu Route.
The Lares to Machu Picchu route is an unusual hike that starts in the town of Lares. It runs through the Lares Valley, east of the Urubamba mountain range (Pitusiray and Veronica mountains), which crosses part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The hike can be completed in 4 or 5 days ending in the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). This option is quickly becoming a popular itinerary for hikers and adventurers due to the ease of getting a ticket that fits your needs.
Lares Trek has the benefit of a true Andean cultural adventure. The beautiful Lares Valley is home to a number of totally traditional Andean communities that have not changed much in their customs and dress over the years. During the tour you will most likely see many local weavers dressed in colorful traditional clothing, and you can take advantage of this to participate in some weaving action or a typical fiesta.
Unlike the permits needed to travel the famous Inca Trail, the Caimo por Lares does not require permits. This means that you can easily organize a good walk with your friends. The altitude will always be a problem as well as the Inca Trail and Salkantay, there are 3 high altitude passes that exceed 4,200 meters and a good acclimatization to the heights is also required.
As for the Lares route itinerary, there are in fact a number of variations on it, most of which end in Ollantaytambo and continue the journey by train to Machu Picchu.