For tourists heading to Peru, a visit to Machu Picchu is a must. For many, the only real way to experience the journey from nearby towns is to hike along the trail. When looking at the available Inca Trail Tours, it is important to consider all aspects of the intended trek and your intended overall encounter with Inca culture.
The Classic Inca Trail
This is the standard. It is what people think of when they plan a trip to Machu Picchu. They gather at the starting point at near Aguas Caliente and walk for just over 20 miles. Many more start then finish the route this way. They opt to take the train for the final part or walk after taking the train.
However, with restrictions on the number of people who can hike along the Classic Trail, it is becoming increasingly difficult to book a spot. If your heart is set on trekking this particular route, consult your booking agency well in advance of the date of your intended trip. This requires you to consider booking with one of the many Inca Trail tours at least a year prior. If you want to avoid this challenge altogether, take the train from Aguas Caliente directly to the site.
For those who cannot follow the Classic Inca Trail and refuse to ride the train, consider the currently available options.
* The Lares Trek
* The Choquequirao Trek
* The Salkantay Trek
* The high Inca Trail
Technically, since they all follow trails the Incas made over the hills to reach Machu Picchu, they are all Incan Trails.
Inca Trail Tours
If you plan to visit Machu Picchu, make sure you book in advance. This is vitally important if you hope to walk the Classic Inca Trail. Contact the agents of various Inca Trail Tours well in advance of your intended arrival. However, remember, if you cannot take the Classic Inca Trail, all other routes are, arguably Inca Trails.
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