Trek to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca citadel set high in the Andes Mountains, and the best example of a classic Inca civilization. It is believed to have once been the home to Inca emperor Pachacuti, and abandoned at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Today, millions of visitors flock to this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site every year, most of which come by trekking the Inca Trail.

An advanced network of nearly 40,000 kilometers of trails, built by the Incas, connect the faraway corners of their grand empire. At the heart of this empire is Cusco, where you can access the 43km Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu. Before setting off, you’ll spend two days acclimatizing in Cusco. During this time, you can visit the Inca ruins at Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay, or spend a day exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You’ll spend the next 4 days hiking the Inca Trail, being mesmerized by panoramic views and stopping at fascinating archeological sites such as the Sayaqmarka,  Qunchamarka, Phuyupatamarka and Patallaqta. The ultimate view can be enjoyed from Temple of the Sun, where you look down upon the glory of Machu Picchu.

Getting there

The historic ruins and ancient monuments make Machu Picchu seem almost inaccessible. However, travelling to Machu Picchu is easy when using the well-situated Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, Peru. The famous citadel is located directly outside of the city’s boundaries. International travel directly to this airport is limited to few airlines, so many travellers find connecting flights through the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru via WestJet, Air Transat, Porter Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa and other popular Airlines. Those flying in from Brazil can access direct flights to Cusco from Rio De Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia. Once at the Alejandro Airport, you have the option to use the scheduled Inca Trail treks in order to get to the ruins, or venture on your own through bus systems and rental vehicles.