Making A Pilgrimage: Hiking The Inca Trail In Peru

During their time in Peru, the Incas created a widespread system of roads. Today, the most intact and famous of these trails runs from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. It is the Inca Trail. Those who choose to travel along this road are following in the paths of those who came before them. For many tourists, this is part of a pilgrimage that may start anywhere along the trail but ends at Machu Picchu.

Where to Start?

For many travelers, the only route to Machu Picchu is along the Inca Trail. The classic version can be an unforgettable but also tiring experience. Be prepared to be amazed by the scenery even before you reach the City in the Clouds. However, you also need to be ready to endure the climate, the altitude, and the trek.

No matter how you look at it, the hike along the Inca Trail is not the proverbial “Walk in the Park.” However, you can alleviate some of the potential difficulties in one of two ways:

1. Come prepared: Make sure you have the right items of clothing, including hiking shoes, as well as any requisite supplies. Although you must go with a guide agency, you still must carry your own backpack on the hike. Moreover, it does not matter how easy the route, you will suffer if you do not have the right type of footwear.

2. Opt for the shorter treks: You can embrace everything – including some fabulous ruins if you take the 3 or 4-day hike. Yet, you might better be able to handle the shorter 1 or 2-day treks. It still has ruins, and you get to ride the train.

The Inca Trail

If you want to hike to Machu Picchu in Peru, make certain you know what it involves. Talk to professional hikers about your decision. Listen to what they suggest before opting for the complete or abbreviated hike along the Inca Trail.

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