Amongst the most famous yet most elusive places on earth, Machu Picchu doesn’t only attract tourists for its amazing sights, but also the mystery of the place. It gained international notoriety in 1911 when famous historian Hiram Bingham came across the site. Though at that time it was completely new to the western civilization, it was very much known to the locals and nearby areas. Known also as the lost city of Inca, Machu Picchu is now among the most alluring sights of the world. If you are planning to have a machu picchu travel experience, it sure is going to be fun, adventurous and thrilling.
Located in the Cusco Region of the Machupicchu District in Peru, the prime location to visit is the Machu Picchu. This is why the Inca trail hike is one of the most attractive features of the visit. Inca Trail hike has become one of the most amazing outdoor experiences with its 43 km hike. You can take part in numerous hiking tours that are going towards Machu Picchu but remember that there are many that want to follow the trail being the top attraction. This means that you should be prepared to be turned down. However, lately, numerous other routes have been found and are being used to help make your Machu Picchu travel memorable.
First thing that you should know is that hiking to Machu Picchu takes about four days. Most tours follow this schedule as it allows tourists to enjoy the amazing locations and sights that come before you get to the final destination.
Your first day of hiking is considerably easy compared to what comes next. Most tours are going to take you on an 11 km hike. In between you will come across ruins that are worth staying for an hour or two. The first ruins that you will encounter are known as Patallaqta which translates to “the town on a hillside”. You should know that the Bingham first camped here as well before ascending to the final ruins of Machu Picchu. Your tour guide, who will also give you all the Machu Picchu information you need to know, will end your first day at Wayllamba, which is the only village on the hiking trail that is inhabited. You will be staying for the night at this cozy village.
Now comes the challenging (yet fulfilling) part. The second day will include around 10 km of hike that will become steeper with 1200 meters of elevation. Though you are going to get strenuous muscle aches, the sights and the splendor visible from this part of the hike are worth it all. Remember to conserve your camera’s battery till Warmiwanusca where you will see some of the best sights of the hike. This part of the hike is also known as Dead Woman’s Pass as it resembles a woman’s torso and head from afar. You will be making camp at Pacaymayu. Do congratulate yourself for covering the most trickiest and strenuous part of the famous Inca Trail.
On the third day of your hiking you will be descending. There are going be incredible forest scenery for you to enjoy. You will also come across the storage area of the Inca civilization which is known as Runkuragay. Another sight that you will pass by when taking a hike towards Machu Picchu is Sayacmarca, which many historians believe was the place where priests used to rest before heading towards Machu Picchu. Do spend some time at Puyupatamarca. This is an ancient site which has been recently restored. It includes baths that were used in different ceremonies. You will also see the silhouette of the Machu Picchu from here as you are nearing your destination.
Your last day of hiking and reaching the alluring lost city of Machu Picchu. Your tour guide will wake up the party before dawn so that you can spend as much time as you can on the ruins.
It is imperative that you visit Machu Picchu if you are planning your vacations in South America. One of the most mysterious and amazing sights that you can see in your life is on top of mountain in Peru, that will make your Machu Picchu travel expedition worth all the soreness of muscles that you will get to reach it.