Are you the adventurous type and love to hike to exotic locations? Hiking can give so much pleasure and the rewards are endless. Many of you may have heard of the famous Inca City of Machu Picchu and how it is the best example of Inca Architecture to see in South America. Did you know that you can hike to Machu Picchu? Yes, there are several different hikes that you can take that arrive into Machu Picchu. The most famous and the most popular by far is the Inca Trail and today it is considered one of the most popular hikes in the world. Tickets for the hike sell out quickly how can you find out about Inca Trail availability.
There are many specialist agencies in Peru that you can contact to find out the availability so do some research and ask around about tickets for the trek.
The high season in the highlands of Peru is from May to October and these months see many tourists coming to see Cusco and Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is a highlight of many who visit Peru. The trail is a four-day hike that travels along many high passes and down many steps. You will experience cloud forests, beautiful green mountains and ancient Inca Ruins that your guide will explain the history. There are high passes to climb and stairs to climb back down.
If you plan to do your hiking the Inca trail in the high season than you will need to book months in advance. Tickets for these month sell out fast. If you miss out on the high season than do not despair, you can book in the low season when there is more probability to secure a spot. The down side to trekking the Inca Trail in the low season is that it is also the rainy season. When people hear that it is the rainy season they are inclined not book.
The rainy season is from November to April in the highlands of Peru and the tourist numbers are down. It does rain in those months and you are likely to get wet but the up side to this is that there are less people on the trail. This means you have more time to hike without being rushed. When you arrive into Machu Picchu after four days of hiking you will not have the crowds that the dry season attracts.
If you are lucky enough to book your Inca Trail you will need to have some level of fitness to complete the Machu Picchu Inca Trail. The trail is walked at high altitude and you will need to walk up a lot of high passes and down a lot of stairs. It is a great idea to do some walking before you leave home. Take some energy producing snacks to help you along the way, chocolate is the best for an energy boast and the sugar will give you a lift. On day two which is said to be the hardest day, you will walk up to Dead Woman Pass which is the highest pass on the trail. Here it is advisable to take a small rest here to recover from the climb.
On the last day of the trail you will awake very early and walk around two hours to the Sun Gate. From here you will get your first view of Machu Picchu, if you are lucky and the weather is good you will see the sunrise over Machu Picchu before you walk down to the ruin for your guided tour.
While walking the trail you will see some wonderful wildflowers especially after the rainy season and the trail will be green and a pleasure to walk. Travel through the cloud forest and experience many different climates along the way. Experience different ruins where your guide will explain the history. On the third day you will arrive at the beautiful ruin of Wiñay Wayna, the last ruin before the Sun Gate.
At Wiñay Wayna you will camp the last night before setting off the next morning for Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is a challenge but worth the effort and if you have the time and the energy you should experience this trek.
If by any chance you miss out on the Inca Trail tickets, there are other options available to you. For example, the Salcantay Trek which is a few days more but you will arrive into Machu Picchu on the last day or the Lares Trek which is also a beautiful experience. There are many more to choose from and you should explore your options.
So check out the Inca Trail Availability if you are lucky enough to find space than you will enjoy the trail, it is hard work but worth the effort. Do not forget to experience the rest of Peru with the coast and Lima to see, the highlands to explore, with Cusco and Puno and all they offer and the Peruvian Amazon with all the wonder of nature to discover.
Book your Peruvian adventure today and do not forget to include the Inca Trail.