The route of the Inca Trail, is one of the most famous in all of Peru. Known as the flagship tour of the country, thousands of tourists visit it making their reservation through a travel agency months in advance. This is the only way to guarantee your tour on this wonderful route.
The number of people who can enter the Inca Trail is 500 people per day. These include tourists, guides, guide assistants, cooks, and porters. The tour lasts 4 days and 3 nights and makes a distance of 43 kilometers on paths made of stone in the time of the Incas.
The walk begins at kilometer 82, where the control of access to the Inca Trail is.
Travelers are amazed with this walk, as it has an impressive variety of climates, altitudes, and ecosystems as well as several archaeological centers each with its own beauty that makes visitors have an unforgettable adventure and recommend other people visit.
The walk ends on the fourth day when you enter through the Intipunko early in the morning. In the Quechua language this means “door of the sun”. It is a magical entrance from where you have a panoramic view of the Machupicchu Sanctuary.
If you have not been able to book your Inca Trail tour in time, we will mention some hiking alternatives that will take you to Machu Picchu:
Salkantay Trek: This is a good alternative route to visit Machupicchu. The tour lasts 5 days and 4 nights and is categorized as trekking. The route mixes adventure, impressive glaciers, waterfalls, and jungle with varied landscapes. Every day the flora and fauna varies according to the altitudes where one walks. On the fifth day, we visit the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Choquequirao Trek: This tour is for people who like adventure and already have experience in hiking. It is categorized as a level 4, which is the level of more difficulty. Every day you have to walk 6 to 7 hours. The Tour lasts 8 or 9 days, arriving the last day to Machupicchu, The landscape is really wonderful. Although the walk is hard, it is worth it. The reward is to appreciate this wonderful place and enjoy the impressive landscapes.
Lares Trek: This tour is 3 days and two nights. You visit Machu Picchu on the third day. This walk is smoother. The landscapes are located in high areas, over 4,000 thousand meters. It is more for people that they would like to do experiential tourism: share with people and learn from them. It has landscapes totally different from other tours, because of the height at which it is located. You will see snow, llamas, alpacas, lagoons and local people.
Santa Teresa: This is the most used alternative for tourists, because the tour is 2 days and 1 night. It is intended for all those who do not have many days and for Peruvians who managed to buy the train tickets as Peruvians, this It is a good alternative if you want to know Machupicchu and can not buy a tour that includes the train of foreigners.