The Inca Trail and trip to Machu Picchu ranks amongst the most popular hikes in the world.
Everyone has seen the iconic image of Huayna Picchu, the mountainous tower at the ruins of Machu Picchu. It’s likely you know more than a handful of people who’ve had their photo taken in front of that imposing landscape (including yours truly!).
But the truth is that the photos do not do this region justice. It’s nearly impossible to capture the magic of the landscape and the ruins(!) without visiting it yourself. I finally had that chance on a recent trip to Peru.
Here’s what I learned…
Choose Your Route
There are several ways to get to the ruins of Machu Picchu: you can take a train to the town of Aguas Calientes and then ride the shuttle to the ruins; you can depart the train at kilometer 104 and take a one-day hike