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Hike the inca Trail

Few walking tours speak so much to the imagination as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The tour leads through beautiful mountain landscapes and it is called the 'Royal Highway'. Many have added this amazing walk on their bucket list and we understand why. The Inca Trail starts in the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River and leads you through the mountain peaks of the Andes to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is 160 kilometers long, but you can start at many points. The route of the 'short' version is 43 kilometers long.
Those who want to take a real look into the life of the Incas must take the longer route. You can start from Cuzco, but also further on the Trail. The special thing about this trip is that you can also see the Inca tunnels and the ruins of Ollantaytambo, the site of one of the last battles between the Incas and the Spaniards. Walking in the footsteps of the Incas is a wonderful experience, but make sure you reserve on time, in high season all places are booked up months in advance.

Best time to visit

The best time to plan your hiking adventure depends on what you prefer. If you are looking for lush, green landscapes then leave in May. The wet season will be over, allowing you to enjoy the spectacular views even more. The dry season of Peru starts in May and lasts until September which is also the high season. If you like peace and quiet, it is also an option to go during the rainy season (October to April). Click here for more average weather details.

Where to stay
If you will start the Trail from Cuzco and you have a big budget you might want to stay at the Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa. A beyond amazing hotel. Staffs are super friendly and the property is just pure magic.On this hotel gets an average rating of 9.7 and you can book it here.

This article was last updated on October 16, 2019.