If you are one of the people who like to venture through inhospitable landscapes, discover ancient cities, feel nature and wear your shoes on old paths, do not think about it anymore, Machu Picchu, the sacred city of the Incas and the wonder of the world , offers many adventures, some considered among the best in the world.
The adventure of reaching Machu Picchu
While you have heard that the trip to Machu Picchu can 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
Undoubtedly the most spectacular way to get to Machu Picchu is by the Inca Trail. A 4 days tour that will take you on a path made by the Incas themselves, between beautiful landscapes of the Andes and the cloud forest, walking over stone paths and Inca buildings that you can only see here. There is nothing that can be compared in the world, that 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 on the route of Santa Teresa
It is one of the alternative routes to get Machu Picchu, first you have to take a bus trip between 5 to 6 hours approximately from Cusco to the town of Santa Teresa, from there you continue to the place called «Hydroelectric» , from here your adventure will begin, 10 km of walking, between the jungle and the railroad tracks, 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 go up to the Inca city. There are buses that will take you to the entrance to Machu Picchu, but since you want to live more adventures, you can walk up to Machu Picchu on a well-marked trail that will take between one and two hours.
On the Salkantay or Choquequirao route
If you are an experienced hikker these two routes will be a delight for you. The Salkantay trek will take you through the skirts of the snow-capped Salkantay (one of the largest Apus of the Incas) and through beautiful high Andean landscapes to the Inca city of Machu Picchu. It is an even free route, 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 up to 4630 m.s.m.
And if you want to have an incredible double experience, the trekking that takes you through Choquequirao and Machu Picchu is what every adventurer desires. 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 trail that will test your will, but also delight your senses to contemplate the wonder of the world .
Adventure and more adventure in Machu Picchu
The adventure continues when you arrive at Machu Picchu, inside the Inca city you will not only be able to enjoy all the beautiful stone buildings, but you will be able to have more adventures. Climbing to its mountains and short walks will put a lot of emotion to your adventurous spirit.
Climbing the Waynapicchu
If there is something that everyone wants to do inside Machu Picchu, it is to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu, an adventure considered among the best short walks in the world. With almost vertical paths, spectacular views and Inca buildings on top of the mountain, make this a magical and unique adventure. Keep in mind that to enjoy this experience you must require the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu combined ticket and it must be booked months in advance.
Climbing the Machu Picchu Mountain
The «Old Mountain» that holds the Inca city can be climbed reaching the top. It is the largest viewpoint of Machu Picchu, since from there you can see all the surroundings of the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, obtaining the best possible view. To be able to venture for the Machu Picchu Mountain hike, you must require the Machu Picchu + Montaña combined ticket.
Hikking to the Intipinku and the Inca Bridge
If you want to have a less intense adventure you can take one of these walks, it is not necessary to book a special ticket since they are part of the route you can take with the Machu Picchu Ticket either on the morning time or the late time. The first walk will take you to the Puerta del Sol (Intipunku), which is the place where hikers of the Inca Trail enter. The second will take you on a very striking path to the Inca Bridge.
Climbing the mountain Putucusi
Although this excursion is not part of the official tour of Machu Picchu, it is an experience that should not be missed if you are an adventure lover. You will not need any ticket to climb the «Happy Mountain», but 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, as you can see it laterally next to its two main mountains, a view that few lucky people have. The climb is not easy so you must have a good physical condition and even some experience climbing.