BEST TREKS TO MACHU PICCHU 2020
Machu Picchu Hike 2020 update: With landscapes being a melting pot of diverse natural beauty and breathtaking ancient archeological ruins, Peru is quickly becoming known among outdoor enthusiasts and backpackers as one of the world’s best locations for hiking.
Machu Picchu becomes more popular globally, researching about hikes can at times be a cluttered and stressful process with trustworthy and reliable information being hard to find.
MACHU PICCHU HIKE – CHOOSING A ROUTE:
The first step for any hikers planning their Machu Picchu hike is deciding upon a route. Famed globally for its stunning topography and hiker friendly layout.
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS:
The Inca Trail hike has become the Machu Picchu hike of choice for many. Departing from the city of Cusco in the Peruvian Andes, this 4 day trek rewards hikers with a barrage of breathtaking views – from snow capped mountain peaks, deep ravines & river ways, to forests of lucious low lying clouds – all while walking from one mystical, cliffembedded ruin to the next.
Unfortunately however, the time where a traveler could simply arrive in Cusco and depart on an Inca Trail hike the following morning has long since passed. For preservation purposes, the Peruvian government now limits access to the trail to 500 persons per day, porters included. Access to these permits has been known to sell out up to six months in advance, sometimes even more in peak seasons! So make sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
For many travelers, though, booking this early isn’t always possible. But if you’re reading this and fear you may have left it too late to book your permit you do not need to fret.
SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS:
It is a very interesting tour where nature and the millenary past of the Incas are combined. To make this tour you only have to make a reservation with a minimum anticipation of 2 months. The tour goes from the valley floor to the cloud forest, along the way you can see various varieties of orchids. Also picaflores, eagles, and the spectacled bear. The archaeological complex of Wiñayhuayna, which means forever young, is a true jewel of Inca architecture, since it is built on a hill with the best view of the valleys, and snowy Veronica. The weather is very pleasant almost all the time an average of 24 C ° is constant.
The real value of doing this trek is to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu 2 times, the first when seen from the door of the sun at sunset, and the second on day 2 when you climb again to make beautiful photographs at sunrise.
Our company is one of the few authorized agencies, for the Inca Trail, which works with small groups.
THE SALKANTAY TREK:
A globally renowned alternative to the Inca Trail, this 4-5 day hike is currently open to everybody, with no limitation on access or permits. And unlike its more popular sister route, this Machu Picchu hike hits a sweet spot for most travellers in that it’s just well-known enough to be safe, but not well-known enough to be overrun withtourists.
The Salkantay Trek route follows a system of ancient footpaths connecting Mollepata, Cusco to the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Travellers on the Salkantay Trek will be treated to kaleidoscopic views of snow touched peaks meeting lush, subtropical rainforests.
The focal point of the route is undoubtedly Mt. Salkantay, a 20,500 ft. Whose Quechuan translation is literally ‘Savage Mountain’. This glaciar capped mountain is endeared to the local people, itself being one of the holiest peaks within the Incan religious domain.
This walk leads to a small train station, where frequent routes are ran along the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes, the town dubbed ‘The Gateway to Machu Picchu’.
INCA QUARRY TREK:
Relatively easier than other Machu Picchu hikes on offer, the Inca Quarry trek is an easily approachable alternative for less experienced trekkers, and the rewards are just as fruitful.
One of the newest treks offered to Machu Picchu but also one of the most scenic, Inca Quarry Trek travelers will be treated to spectacular views of the Perolniyoc waterfall as well as being given the chance to explore some of the lesser-known Incan ruins that surround it. If history is your niche, this picturesque high altitude route also follows some of the the old paths once traveled by the Chaski messengers – the swift footed messenger boys that once connected the Incan Empire.
Also, being one of the newer Machu Picchu hikes available, the Inca QuarryTrek is much less crowded than other routes, making for a much more authentic hiking experience.
The Inca Quarry typically takes between 4-5 days depending on your desired speed and concludes with a short journey from Aguas Calientes.
Bonus Tips from our Experts:
Stay Hydrated: Dehydration sets in faster at higher altitudes, so make sure to pack plenty of water and stay well hydrated, whatever your route. It might also be Smart to pack some rehydration salts as some routes can be particularly strenuous.
Be Prepared for all Weather: At higher altitudes, swings in weather become faster and more extreme. Some routes have been known to treat hikers to 4 seasons in one day. To combat this make sure to pack plenty of layers and layer up/down during the day as you see fit. Rain jackets are imperative.
Hiking Boots: This one is vital. Some Machu Picchu hikes can take up to two weeks with 7-8hrs hiking per day. Avoid some of the horror stories common to novice hikers and ensure your hiking boots are well in prior to your departure.
Acclimatise yourself: Prior to commencing your Machu Picchu hike, it can be wise to spend 2 days in Cusco to acclimate yourself to the higher altitude. This will help prevent soroche (altitude sickness) and all the unpleasantness it brings with it.
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