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:
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, after you enjoy the guided tour in Machu Picchu you will get back to Aguas Calientes by bus, then a train to Ollantaytambo, and a bus back to Cusco to the hotel. This is how works Machu Picchu by train tour.
It is surely a good alternative for people who do not have much time but do not want to miss Machu Picchu. 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 tour usually lasts 4 days and 3 nights. You walk through breathtaking landscapes, pass a pass at 4200 altitudes, experience the jungle, and camp in the middle of these landscapes.
However, there is a short version that will take you through the sun gate is the Inca trail 2 days where you can see important Inca architectural remains and you will experience Machu Picchu in a short time
Jungle trail to Machu Picchu
This hike is the most adventurous alternative to getting 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 and the second famous hike after the Inca trail. The highlight of the route and the difference from 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 in the low season, the Salkantay trek is open even in the rainy season if you are a person who doesn’t mind the rain so you can hike in the rainy season.