If it is one of the people who likes to venture through inhospitable places, discover ancestral cities, feel nature and spend the soles of their shoes on ancient paths, then think no more, Machu Picchu, the sacred city of the Incas and wonder of the world , offers many adventures, some considered among the best in the world.
The adventure of reaching Machu Picchu
Although you will have heard that the trip to Machu Picchu may be one of the most pleasant and quiet you can do, it is true, because if your desire is to go comfortably to the Inca city you can find comfortable and exclusive services. But if on the contrary, your adventurous spirit emerges, you can go to the Inca city living the most incredible experience.
The Inca Trail Without a doubt, the most spectacular way to get to Machu Picchu is by the Inca Trail. A 4-day tour that will take you along a path made by the Incas themselves, between beautiful places of the Andes and the cloud forest, and by stone paths and Inca constructions that you can only see here. There is nothing that can be compared in the world, which is why it is considered one of the best walks in the world, an experience with everything a great adventurer is looking for.
Machu Picchu along the Santa Teresa route It is one of the alternative routes to get to Machu Picchu, first you have to embark on a bus trip from 5 to 6 hours approximately from Cusco to the town of Santa Teresa, from there you can take the mobility to the place called “Hydroelectric” , from here you will begin your adventure, a 10 km walk, between the jungle and the train rails, which will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes. In this small cosmopolitan town you can rest so that the next day you are ready to climb to the Inca city. There are buses that will take you to the entrance to Machu Picchu, but as you wish to live more adventures, you can walk up to Machu Picchu on a properly marked path that will take you between one to two hours.
On the Salkantay or Choquequirao route If you are an experienced walker these two routes will be a delight for you. The Salkantay walk will take you along the slopes of the snowy Salkantay (one of the largest Apus of the Incas) and through beautiful high Andean places to the Inca city of Machu Picchu. It is still a free route and you can even do it on your own, but it is advisable to do it with a guide, keep in mind that it is a trekking route with a high degree of difficulty and that will take you to 4630 m.a.s.l. And if you want to have an incredible double experience, the trekking that takes you through Choquequirao and Machu Picchu is what every adventurer wants. The two most incredible Inca cities can be visited by you on a walk that will take you from 8 to 9 days, an intense path that will test your will, but that will also delight your senses to be able to contemplate the wonder of the world and its sister citadel , an experience that has no comparison.
More adventure in Machu Picchu
The adventure continues when you arrive in Machu Picchu, within the Inca city you can not only marvel at all its beautiful stone constructions, but you can enjoy more adventures. Climbs to its mountains and short walks will put a lot of emotion to your adventurous spirit.
Climbing to Waynapicchu: If there is something that everyone wants to do inside Machu Picchu, it is to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, an adventure considered among the best short walks in the world. With almost vertical trails, spectacular views and Inca buildings on top of the mountain, make this a magical and unique adventure. Please note that to enjoy this experience you must purchase the combined ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu and which must be booked months in advance.
Climbing to Machu Picchu Mountain: The “Old Mountain” that supports the Inca city can be climbed to its top. It is the largest viewpoint of Machu Picchu, since from there you can see the entire environment of the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, obtaining the best possible view. To be able to venture through the trek of the Machu Picchu Mountain you must purchase the combined ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain.
Intipinku and Inca Bridge treks: If you want to have a less intense adventure you can do one of these walks, it is not necessary to purchase a special ticket since they are part of the route you can do with the Machu Picchu Ticket Only either in the morning shift or the late shift. The first hike will take you to the Puerta del Sol (Intipunku) which is the place where the Inca Trail hikers enter. The second will take you along a very striking path to the Inca Bridge.
Mountain Climbing Putucusi : While this excursion is not part of the official Machu Picchu tour, it is an experience not to be missed if you are an adventure lover. You will not need any ticket to climb the “Happy Mountain”, yes, it is recommended to go with a guide who knows the route, to avoid getting lost or going through dangerous places. From its top you can get a unique view of Machu Picchu, since you can observe it laterally next to its two main mountains, a view that few lucky people have. The climb is not simple so you must have an adequate physical condition and even some climbing experience.