Jun 23, 2015

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Hiking to Machu Picchu by Way of Peru’s Inca Trail

Hiking to Machu Picchu by Way of Peru’s Inca Trail

Situated on a remote mountainside, Machu Picchu appears to be a castle floating in the sky. It is found perched over the Urubamba River chasm and is surrounded by dangerous looking spiked peaks, which are carpeted with orchids. In fact, over 220 species of orchids have been identified by the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. Hiking to Machu Picchu by way of the Peru Inca Trail takes a total of four days, when guided by our experienced guides.

Sites and Features of the Inca Trail Hike

When you book your hiking experience with Alpaca Expeditions, you can be confident that our guides will help you experience first-hand the exquisite flora and fauna found in the region. This specific trail, which is 25 miles long, hugs the Urubamba and the climbs through a forest of clouds to Warmiwanusqa (which means Dead Woman Pass). At 13,780 feet, our guides will help to prepare you for the thinner air to ensure you are able to enjoy every aspect of the journey.

During your journey while hiking to Machu Picchu, you will also pass the ruins of Runkuracay and travel over paving stones dating back to the time of the Incas. You can rise before dawn to watch the first light of the day illuminate the stone walls of Machu Picchu, a once-in-a-lifetime, truly breathtaking event.

Why Use Alpaca Expeditions?

All our guides are from the Andes and love to teach about their heritage and history. They have all graduated from the University with a tourism degree and are speak at least three languages fluently: Spanish, English and their local language Quechua, which is fun to learn while trekking. We take care of your every need while hiking – supplying all of your equipment needs with spacious, 4 season tents, portable and private toilet tents, dining tent and amazing food that will be prepared by your Alpaca chef. We even go the extra yard and supply to everyone small pillows, rain ponchos, and day pack covers. You will be greeted every morning at your tent by a smiling face and a cup of coca tea.

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