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The Inca Trail and Other Treks to Machu Picchu

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. There are many ways to reach the Machu Picchu ruins by foot aside from the famous 4-days Inca Trail. 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. Below are these alternative routes when visiting Peru’s most famous site.

One of the alternative routes to Machu Picchu is the Choquequirao trek. It takes you four or five days trekking through the Andes mountains until you reach the Inca site called Choquequirao. A lot of travelers are unfamiliar with this route since it was only relatively recently that is was discovered as a route going to Machu Picchu. This is a massive mountainside ruin which typical trekking routes do not pass, but which travelers can still visit at some point during their vacation in Peru. Your trek to Machu Picchu can be tailored to pass by Choquequirao if you want, but this will take you more days to reach your destination. This can take up to ten days which follows difficult terrain which passes through some isolated parts of Peru.

The easiest way to Machu Picchu is the Lares trek. 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. This trek is famous for allowing the trekkers to witness the beautiful sunrise which enters the famous Sun Gate. 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 want to experience going over the highest passes in the region and experience the stunning views, then you should take the Salkantay trek. You can see glacier covered peaks which are especially breathtaking.

If you have the time and money, a lodge trek to Machu Picchu is a truly unique experience. You will spend each night in a comfortable rustic lodge instead of camping, and you will eat special meals prepared by an expert chef. You will hike through the mountains and valleys during the day, and after six days will reach your mountaintop attraction.

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