Inca Trail photos

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Gallery

In recent years, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has become a rite of passage for adventure travelers.  By hiking the trail, you enter the park from the "Sun Gate" at dawn and are able to see Machu Picchu from a high vantage point.  Trekkers can snap some amazing Inca Trail photos of ruins, mountains and llamas along the way, and get...

Inca Trail Booking Resources

Inca Trail Part V: Booking Resource List

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Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Part IV: Machu Picchu

Located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the ruins of a 15th-century Inca city.  The Incas built it around 1450, at the height of their empire, but abandoned it a century later during the Spanish Conquest.  UNESCO declared Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site in 1983.  It was also chosen as one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World" in an...

Inca Trail photos

Inca Trail Part III: The Trek

In November, during Peru's rainy spring season, I hiked the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu with my sister Holly.  We did the "classic" 4-day, 3-night version of the trek. By hiking the trail, you enter the park from the "Sun Gate" at dawn and are able to see Machu Picchu from a high vantage point.  If you're...

Inca Trail Packing List

Inca Trail Part II: The Packing List

Having the right Inca Trail packing list and gear will help you prepare for (and survive!) the trip of a lifetime.  The trick is getting the right balance of things you'll need while taking the absolute least weight possible.  It will be different for each trekker, of course, and will vary based on what your trek company provides and the...

Inca Trail Trek Plan

Inca Trail Part I: The Training Plan

Will I Survive?

The simple answer is yes!  Particularly by following a solid Inca Trail training plan, you will survive the hike.  There are few people who don't make it (my guide only mentioned one and might have been kidding).  By using a training plan and upping your basic fitness level, you can make the long days of the hike...