Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hike on your bucket list? I traveled to Peru to hike Machu Picchu (read the full blog) and it was a trip of a lifetime. Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the World, and the #1 attraction in Peru. Compared to other hikes I’ve done (in Norway and Nepal), the Inca Trail is one of the most challenging, scenic, and rewarding. I traveled with a local tour operator (SAS Travel) along with a dozen or so other hikers. We hiked all day and made camp each night with the help of local porters.
Getting to Machu Picchu
The journey to Machu Picchu is a memorable one. You’ll fly into Lima, the capital city of Peru, and carry on via bus or plane to Cusco – which is the staging point for all Machu Picchu hike tours. After reaching Machu Picchu, you have the opportunity to spend some time in Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes (aka Machu Picchu Pueblo) is a town positioned at the foot of Machu Picchu – in a gorge right below the ruins.
If you want to see Machu Picchu in Peru…
Make sure you get there via the Inca Trail Hike! That is, if you’re up for a physical 4-day hike. As an alternative, you can take a train from Cusco right up to the foot of Machu Picchu- hopping off at Aguas Calientes. Remember that Machu Picchu (the “Stone Castle in the Clouds“) is at a much higher elevation than Aguas Calientes (1,280 feet higher to be exact), so be prepared for a 30 minute drive and a 1 hour hike up a stone pathway to reach Machu Picchu. If you don’t like the sounds of a 1 hour hike, take the shuttle bus.