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Inca Trail Peru
When it comes to places for trekking, South America and the Inca Trail in Peru are right up there. And where better to go for that magical wilderness connection than the Inca Trail or Ausangate? We all know that the most popular and well-known trek is the Inca Trail, but it is important not to overlook the rest of the abundant country and other amazing treks such as Ausangate and Salkantay. The Inca Trail trek is a must see but don’t forget about the others too!
Another breathtaking and challenging trek is the Ausangate Circuit. Tinki, a small village, is where this trek tends to start and end during the six day cycle. That said, there are route alternatives. It does not include a visit to Machu Picchu so, if you are planning to include a tour there, you will need to go by train.
This is a spectacular trail including snow capped mountains, gorgeous lagoons, large herds of llamas and alpacas, hot springs and small villages that have retained their traditions throughout the centuries. Consider acclimating to the altitude before hitting the trek by spending up to three days in the city of Cusco. It is also quite cold and requires proper outfitting.
There are other treks such as Salkantay and Lares which are traveled a lot more commonly than Ausangate. Enjoying a proper feel for the South American country, and getting out into nature, tends to make this trek an enjoyable option. However, it also means that if you're really set on doing this one, it's a good idea to book with a reputable agency ahead of time to be sure of your dates. We can definitely help you with that!
The excursion begins with a six to seven hour drive to Tinki where you will stay overnight. The actual trekking doesn't begin until the following day. The second day will typically involve a stop and perhaps an overnight at some thermal baths.
What comes next is that you will see lagoons alongside wildlife like vizcachas, an Andean rodent and falcons. Negotiating mountain passes can be difficult so remember to take it easy as you climb up and down the trails. On the fourth day, in addition to the continued scenic quality of the route, there's even a possibility of viewing a puma.
The fifth day, again featuring a trail that goes both up and down, there's a chance to see Andean deer. Following intense hiking for four days at altitude, a trip to Pacchanta and the hot springs is a usual, welcome treat. A short hike the following morning will bring you back to Tinki and to your transport back to Cusco.
Like any of the treks apart from the Inca Trail, it is possible to do this one unaccompanied by a guide. This is not recommended. Always be vigilant in doing the trek because even when trails were obvious, conditions are able to change very rapidly. An experienced guide may know alternative routes that aren't obvious to help you out of danger as well as be able to communicate with any local people that you encounter in their native Quechua.
There are many methods of reaching Machu Picchu, nicknamed the Lost City of the Incas. These include taking a train from Cusco or hiking the Inca Trail in order to arrive at the archeological wonder of the world.
However, what many visitors don't realize is that the Inca Trail popular today is actually just a small part of a larger, more extensive Inca Trail road network that stretched from modern day Quito, Ecuador all the way south to Santiago, Chile. Therefore, if travelers have time, it is highly suggested to get a deeper understanding of the impressive Inca Trail highway system that existed over 600 years ago and of the Inca civilization. One way to do this is to travel overland, by foot, from Quito and into Peru, while still finishing at Machu Picchu.