The best place to trek in Peru is the Inca trail. It has an amazing inclusion of the famous Inca ruins, lush forests that are amidst clouds and fauna that is found here; exists no other place on earth. You can also catch a view of the wealth of aerial fauna like the hummingbird, the waterfowl and of course the Imperial Andean Condor. Amongst all these, one of the most endearing is the spectacle bear which is almost extinct and extremely rare.
Machu Picchu is one of the most famous torch bearers of the ancient Inca civilization. The Inca trails is so famous as it used to be the royal pathway for pilgrims as well as the members of the royal community, transporting them to and from the sacred Inca cities. A trail through Peru’s beautiful forests leads you to the sacred city of the ancient Incas. Lasting about four days, the trek is about 45 kilometers long.
No!, you don’t have to be an athlete to go on this trek. Any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the path with no problems whatsoever. If you are coming in by sea then you should get yourself acclimatized by visiting the nearby Inca ruins at Q’enko, Tambomachay and Pucapucara.Pisac has a large traditional market where you could go shopping or just window-shop!
The government has limited the number of treks to 500 per day. This includes about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff. Hence, it is important to book well in advance. During December and January, you may book 5-6 days in advance but during other times, it is recommended to book about 5-6 months ahead. The best time to hike along this trail is from May till October; as the weather is drier.
If you think that four days if trekking is something you just cannot subject yourself to, although; you still want to experience the rich Inca culture then no worries! There is the Short Inca Trail. This trek can be completed in one days itself. The only difference in this trek is that it starts further along the Vilcanota river valley.
All the treks here follow strict Inca trail regulations. Trekking should not be done on your own and must be booked through licensed trek operator. You also need to buy a trek permit in advance. One of the famous trek organizing companies are ‘Peru treks’. This company has specialized in the Inca trail to become one of the most successful and safe tour operators in the region. Thy assure quality service. They employ Peruvian porters from local communities who help you through your trekking trail. Whats more is that The operators provide you with sleeping bags, rain ponchos, backpacks and suitable shoes so that you have necessary gear for your safety and comfort.
So, get along your gear, if you don’t have your own, you can always hire or buy from the local operators! Come and experience Peru like never before and relive the magic of the ancient Inca civilization.