At the top of the list of tasks for all travelers in Peru: Machu Picchu, the wonders of the world. But what options are there to visit the famous Inca terraces? The best routes that consider these possibilities.
What trek to Machu Picchu is recommended?
Machu Picchu day trip:
By bus they will pick you up early at your hotel in Cusco and take you to the train station in Ollantaytambo. From there, take the train to Aguas Calientes and then continue by bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Then follow a guided tour of the famous Inca ruins, which is already back to Aguas Calientes by bus, train to Ollantaytambo and bus back to the hotel. This is what most agencies look like.
For people who do not have much time, but do not want to miss Machu Picchu, it is surely a good alternative. For me, this tour was out of the question. I had more time and wanted to experience something more unconventional.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
The Inca Trail, one of the most famous hiking trails in the world, The walk usually lasts 4 days and 3 nights. You walk through breathtaking landscapes, pass a pass at 4200 altitude, experience the jungle and camp in the middle of these landscapes.
However, there is a faster route of 2 days. Where you can see important Inca architectural remains before arriving at Machu Picchu.
Jungle trail to Machu Picchu:
This hike is the most adventurous alternative to get to Machu Picchu. It is less about hiking / trekking itself, but rather a combination of trekking, rafting, zip line and mountain biking. Especially among the youngest travelers in Peru, this route is one of the most popular.
The little walk, which makes the walk attractive, finally allowed me to decide against it. I was allowed to walk a little more.
Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu:
The Salkantay Trek combines the cultural and natural beauties of the Machu Picchu landscape. The highlight of the route and the difference with the other possibilities is the passage of the snow-covered Salkantay with a height of 6264 m. It is considered the most representative mountain of the Vilcabamba mountains. From there it crosses the cloud forest and the jungle to Aguas Calientes.
The walk is considered more demanding, rugged and, above all, less crowded and remote than the Inca Trail. Especially, the latter makes it more authentic for me and finally I was touched by some testimonies about my decision to choose the 5-day Salkantey trek to Machu Picchu.