Guide to Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The subtropical jungle and glorious mountain scenery that makes up part of the 26-mile hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered by many to be one of the top treks in the world. Hikers and explorers will experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip in which the incredible journey along the Inca Trail is only superseded by the ultimate “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. It’s a site that has become the ultimate bucket list trip for millions of people throughout the world, and a place where history, nature, and a mystical presence all come together in one place.

What to Expect Along the Inca Trail

Explorers to Machu Picchu have various route options that range from easy to difficult, with treks lasting between two to seven days. Trekkers should be prepared for all types of weather, conditions, and must be in good hiking condition to reach Machu Picchu. The long, strenuous hike takes part above 3,000m, so hikers must also be prepared to face some difficulties, as a result of the higher elevations. No matter the month, visitors should also be prepared for varied weather by packing rain gear and multiple layers of clothing.

Along the trail, visitors will pass through small villages such as Wayllabamba, Phuyupatamarca, and over large passes of differing habitats, lush jungles, incredible views, raging rivers and an abundance of wildlife. The multiple day trek truly is one of the most remarkable journeys on Earth, winding at high elevations throughout Peru and the incredible, Andes mountain range.

Packing list for the Inca Trail

Hikers must be properly prepared for hiking the trail, and should make a checklist that includes some of the following items. Although this list is not exhaustive, trekkers should bring:

A nice, sturdy backpack
Boots that have been worn in and properly cover the ankle
Sleeping Bag
Layers of clothing
Poncho or Raincoat
Basic First Aid Kit (your tour guide will have a first aid kit, but its also useful to carry some basics for yourself)
Toilet Paper
Water Bottle

Important Things to Remember

Thousands of visitors choose to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu each year, so visitors must be sure to plan accordingly and properly research the best trekking companies. A limited number of permits and people are allowed along the trail, so it is important to book ahead of time and choose a reputable company when making your plan.

A Trip of a Lifetime

As one of the most famous and popular treks in the world, visitors come from all over the country to visit the ancient, spiritual site of Machu Picchu. Along the way, visitors will be presented with majestic natural beauty and the stunning architecture built by the Incas in the 15th Century. A trip to Peru is alone a worth journey, full of stunning culture, beauty, and everything a traveler looks for in a destination. However, a trip to Machu Picchu is an experience unlike any other, and as thousands have discovered, the journey to the top is nearly as mystical and magical as the moment that eyes are first blessed by the almighty beauty and awe of the final destination.

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