Travelling to Latin America and overwhelmed by the many amazing things that are on offer to do? Well, whatever you chose you are sure to have a great time but if we could offer you just one piece of advice, the Inca Trail would be it! Rated by many to be in the top five treks in the world, the world-famous Inca Trail is spans 26miles/43km and finishes at the indescribable Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, boo yeah!
When reading up on the Inca Trail it can be easy to get confused about what and where it actually is. A very quick history lesson for you; the Incas were a tribe in the 13th Century that ruled a great empire in Latin America. It was the Incas who built a highly advanced network of nearly 40,000 kilometres of trails to connect the distant corners of their vast empire that stretched from Quito in Ecuador down to Santiago in Chile and east to Mendoza in Argentina. A particularly beautiful section of the mountain trail connecting the important Inca archaeological sites of Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu has become popular with hikers in the last 30 years and has become what we now know as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Ta daaa!
The Inca Trail is out of this world and simply must be experienced to really be appreciated. Here, you will see incredible mountain scenery, subtropical jungle and slow-moving cloud forest, mysterious wildlife, waterfalls and of course the mysterious Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels from centuries ago – a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
There are various different options for visiting the Inca Trail and can be anything from a day visit right through to a week long trek. The Inca Trail is strictly controlled and only authorized trekking companies are allowed to sell this trek. Luckily enough for you, Contiki offer some great options for the Inca Trail, all of which are hosted by a professional Inca Trail Guide (we promise!), so it couldn’t be any easier to get yourself there and tick it off the bucket list.
What’s the most amazing place you’ve visited during your travels? Is the Inca Trail on your ‘To Do’ list?