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The Machu Picchu trails and it’s types

The famous Machu Picchu in Peru is a remarkable place that you must include on your list of places to visit. Situated on top of a mountain, it is necessary to hike into the historic village. The main trail is through the Inca trail which will lead you directly through the ruins of Machu Picchu. There are also other trails that you can choose, depending on your preference. These trails are differentiated by duration as well as the degree of difficulty in terms of the hiking and trekking behavior.

Short Inca trail (Duration: 2 days / 1 night; Trail difficulty: Easy)

For those who are looking for an easy trail going to Machu Picchu, this short Inca trail is for you. You’ll still experience the classic Inca trail as you will still go directly through the impressive Inti Punku (the Sun gate) along with a number of shortcuts that make this trail shorter.

Lares Trail (Duration: 4 days / 3 nights; Trail difficulty: Medium)

This is a great trek for people who want to see firsthand the great Peruvian culture as this trail will get you to various Peruvian communities where you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself and interact with them.

Salkantay trail (Duration: 5 days / 4 nights; Trail difficulty: Hard)

This trail is not intended for beginners and should only be used by seasoned hikers. That is the main drawback but those who do choose this path will be treated with fantastic views with a main highlight of seeing the Nevado Salkantay up close which peaks for about 6,000m along with its nearby peaks.

Choquequirao Trail (Duration: 9 days / 8 nights; Trail difficulty: Hard)

This trail comprises the majestic view of the Choquequirao ruins so if you are an experienced hiker, it is recommended to use this trail to see the very impressive views of the ruins.

Inca Jungle Trail (Duration: 4 days / 3 nights; Trail difficulty: Medium)

Perfect for adventure seekers who want to have some more fun prior to reaching Machu Picchu, the Inca Jungle Trail consists of various types of downhill cycles as well as some opportunities for zip-lining and river-rafting.

Vilcabamba Trail (Duration: 5 days / 4 nights; Trail difficulty: Very Hard)

While this trail’s duration is just 5 days, you may be deceived because it is one of the most (if not the most) difficult trails due to its unpredictable terrain. Aside from getting away from the crowd, you will then be rewarded with majestic and scenic views along the way to Machu Picchu.

Here are some the trails that you can choose from when traveling to Machu Picchu. They each have their own personality so it would be best to plan ahead in order to fully enjoy your trip.

For more information about the trail or any other trails, please feel free to contact us anytime at Machu Picchu tours. 

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