Guide to Trekking in Peru
If you are looking for a great holiday adventure, one place where you can go trekking is in Peru – a hiking trek to Machu Picchu. You can trek to Machu Picchu through the famous Inca trail which is a four day trek, but there are also other alternative routes that you can take to be about the reach the famous Inca ruins. While the Inca trail is the most famous route going to Machu Picchu, you can also take other alternative routes which can be longer or shorter than the famous path. The alternative routes to Machu Picchu are given below.
The Choquequirao trek is one of the alternative routes to Machu Picchu. This is a four or five day trek through the Andes to the Inca site called Choquequirao. This was relatively recently discovered which many travelers have failed to know about. Although trekking routes do not usually pass this massive mountainside ruins, it is still a tourist attractive which tourists visit at some point in their vacation. But you can tailor your trek to pass this site going to Machu Picchu but it will take you quite a long time to reach it. This can be a ten day trek which pass through difficult terrain and isolated parts of Peru.
The Lares trek is the easiest route to Machu Picchu. The route passes through many Peruvian communities and through the Sacred Valley. There are many valleys, hot springs, rivers, and lagoons along the way. Your trek ends in the town of Ollantaytambo and then travelers take the train to Machu Picchu.
The most famous trek to Machu Picchu is the Inca trail which is a four day trek; you reach the place on the morning of the fourth day. If you want to watch the beautiful sunrise view of the ruins as they enter the famous Sun Gate, then this is the trek you should choose. The permits for this trek quickly sell out months in advance especially during peak season, so if you want to take this option you need to book early to be able to join the trekking group.
Whatever route you are taking to Machu PIchhu, one thing you will not miss out is the beauty of the Peruvian highland and mountain scenery. If you take the Salkantay trek you will be going over the highest passes in the region which give you are really stunning view. You can see glacier covered peaks which are especially breathtaking.
If you want a truly unique experience, a lodge trek to Machu Picchu is for you, especially if you have the time and money. In this trek you don’t have to camp out but your will sleep in a comfortable rustic lodge with meals prepared by an expert chef. This trek takes six days where you hike through mountains and valleys during the day until your reach your destination.