Peru has been a destination for many tourists over the years, who come to walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The tourists have different reasons to hike the Inca Trail; some do it for the love of ancient history, others for adventure and some just enjoy doing something different. The main attractions of the Inca trail are the scenery and the ruins. Trekking has become popular for reasons such as ancient history, being in nature and being active.
Adventure treks take around four days whereby you go through the beautiful landscapes of Peru which lead you to the Inca trail. The treks begin from the city of Cusco which eventually lead you to the lost city of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail covers the beauty of three interconnected trails, Mollepata being the longest of them all.
The Peruvian government has taken conservation measures to prevent erosion due to the increasing number of trekkers. It has restricted the numbers and also requires hikers to obtain a permit. Five hundred people, including guides and porters, are allowed to hike the trail each day. If the treks are on your bucket list when it comes to family outings, make sure to organize your trip early or book with a tour company that will have you sorted with the permits.
You should also take note that the trail is closed in the month of February, every year for maintenance purposes. For families who love active holidays, the Machu Picchu treks are the best. They get considered as a moderate fitness level, and plenty of walking is involved. The treks are also very exciting since you get to view the beautiful scenery.
Lovers of nature are usually interested in this trek due to the eye-catching scenery, the landscape of Peru has to offer. Woods, grassy plains and steep mountainsides with prehistoric ruins are found in the region. The hike offers a unique and exciting way of travel which leaves you awed. The Andes mountain slopes are viewed well as you trek to Machu Picchu, you cannot resist the beauty as you go upwards.
The trail built by the Incas in South America covers plenty of kilometers. It spins west at Wayllabamba and ascends to the Dead Woman’s Pass. From the pass it slides to Pacaymayu River drainage, the trail then climbs offering excellent views of the mountains while allowing you to see the Urubamba and Aobamba valleys. The main trail leads you to Intipata, but there is a little spur that goes towards Winay Wayna. From Winay Wayna, the route leads you to Machu Picchu; you can also visit the Sun Gate and Intipunku once you have reached here.