Why Peru's Inca Trail Is One of the World's Greatest Hikes - By Mark Adams

by Andean Range Adventures - 5 Feb 2015

Some trips we take to reach a destination, others we take for the pleasure of the journey itself. Peru's Inca Trail is perhaps the world's greatest hike because it combines the best of both types of travel: a four-to-five day walk to the spectacular lost city of Machu Picchu that winds through the zone where the snowcapped Andes Mountains crash into the lush Amazon jungle, creating some of the world's most dramatic and beautiful terrain. Many experts believe that the Incas, the advanced South American civilization blazed this 27-mile trail five centuries ago as a holy pilgrimage that prepared visitors to enter Machu Picchu. After walking the I.T. myself, I have to agree.

Twenty years ago, it was possible to roll into the sleepy provincial capital of Cusco and depart the same day on a...

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